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1  Games / Games Corner / Re: Steam/GOG Summer Sale is on on: Yesterday at 01:52:45 PM
I finally bought Dead State, a zombie survival turn based RTS with base and people management.
So far, so good. Certainly not lacking for depth.
2  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: June 22, 2017, 02:08:26 PM
Democrats: These congressional elections are a bellwether.
Electorate: Go fuck yourselves!
Democrats: These congressional elections meant nothing.

Interesting way to spend money though. Guess it turns out in the end you actually have to stand for something the electorate likes, no matter how large your pile of money is.
3  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 22, 2017, 02:04:48 PM
Yeah, I cannot quite picture it as described above.

Pretty impressive though. And with a .50 BMG round too. I'd have thought it would be something exotic like .408. I hope we won't learn later it was one of those fancy guided rounds.
4  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 19, 2017, 11:03:52 AM
Look, the chance of being killed by an islamophobic attack is so near to nil that muslims have nothing to worry about. Keep calm and carry on?
Also, this islamophobic attack has nothing to do with the wider islamophobic community, who are a movement of peace. Just a mentally deranged lone wolf. Keep calm and carry on!
And we should definitely call for all the people in the UK to unite with the islamophobic community, who are the real victims here.
5  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: June 16, 2017, 08:41:00 PM
So I guess the captain of the USS Fitzgerald has some explanations to make. Someone was seriously lax with his watch keeping.
So the seven missing are in the crushed section I take it? I just cannot see 7 men going overboard. Apparently also considerable flooding
so I guess there's additional damage underwater that might have trapped people. Poor buggers.
Though through my interest in WW2 and quite some time on the World of Warships reddit, I have to smirk at that being called heavy damage. Sailors on the USS New Orleans after Tassafaronga might just about go so far as calling it a mere paint scrape.

In the "More on this story"section I noticed Gabrielle Gifford got a LCS (or as I would put it, gunboat) named after her.
I strongly disapprove. I am not even a fan of naming them after presidents, alive or dead.
Considering the rich history of the USN they can do better than that.
There is currently no ship named Hoel, Heermann, Johnston, Samuel B Roberts or one named after the captains lost by Taffy 3. But you now have one after an unremarkable politician who once got shot in the face.
If I was put in charge of the US Navy, I'd commission a battleship for the express purpose of calling it the Samuel B Roberts. Well... for that reason and because the US has no naval gunfire support options right now. Whoopsie!
6  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: UK Politics thread on: June 16, 2017, 12:56:04 PM
And we have somehow arrived from the Grenfell Tower to chanting "May must go" outside No.10.
How?! Fucking how does the left do these things and not feel shame? Not only is it a phenomenal reach, many bodies aren't even found yet!

And Corbyn speaks of confiscating the houses of the wealthy nearby to house those made homeless. That didn't take long!
7  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 15, 2017, 11:19:57 AM
Also, it would be more polite to wait for a tyranny to show up.
You'd have a point if the 2nd amendment was written to guard against useless, corrupt politicians. But then, why target just Republicans? He might have started with shooting Bernie if that was the case.
God dammit, lefties, what have you done?! You have me agreeing with Ann Coulter. You maniacs! God damn you all to hell!
8  Games / Games Corner / Re: Upgrade or replace on: June 13, 2017, 08:14:32 AM
Oh, don't get me wrong, I swear by an SSD. But if you have a $1000 budget or whatever, I'd put all of that towards the best possible MoBo, CPU, GPU, RAM as the SSD can be added at a later date when the budget allows.

In fact, I'd prioritize components in the above mentioned order.
Get a good MoBo that has everything you need and want. Upgrading these is a PITA so get the one you want.
CPU upgrade is not too big a hassle but a good CPU can be made to last so it is worth spending on the very best now.
You need a good GPU for a three monitor setup but since obsolescence happens quicker, don't feel bad cutting a corner here as within a few years you'll likely be looking at bigger, better things anyway.
RAM upgrades are easy and need not be bank breaking expensive. Still, it'd be the area I'd skimp on in favour of the other components. If you buy one of the bigger brands you can always get half of the ideal amount of RAM and get an identical set later. 8 Gig is adequate, 16 is ideal, 32 is excessive future proofing.
9  Games / Games Corner / Re: Upgrade or replace on: June 12, 2017, 11:13:43 PM
Honestly I think your rig has just about reached the end of it's useful gaming life, if you want to run the more serious sims like DCS, Arma 3 or a modern mainstream wargame like Steel Division Normandy '44 at the higher settings. And its upgrade path ain't good. Pretty near all or nothing.

My opinion is wholly money dependant:
If you have the money for it now, I would recommend splurging on mostly new everything. MoBo, CPU, DDR4 RAM and GPU. A SSD is nice too but non essential. How far you choose to push  the boat out on is up to you.

If you are a bit short on cash, I'd say throw in a new GPU (see below) that you can use in a future upgrade not too far down the line.
Maybe bump the RAM up to 12 Gig DDR3 with the fastest RAM speeds your MoBo can handle. It kinda needs it but you won't use the new RAM long which prevents a solid recommendation on that.
The rest you cannot upgrade because of compatibility issues. Replace one and you need the rest replaced too.

Or leave it as is until your PC really starts telling you "No, this I cannot run" and see what your requirements, budget and options are then.

On the GPU/video card:
If you are running three screens, you want some oomph behind it and I assume you aren't getting three screens only for it to look ugly because you have to set all graphics options to minimum. So you want a modern video card. I swear by Nvidia myself. A 1060 or 1070 would be my guess but I cannot look into your wallet, there is no shortage of more expensive options. AMD has a decent affordable card out too, for once. A 460/470/480 or something? A bit more entry level than nVidia but I heard decent bang for your buck if you need to cut corners. Might not be ideal for 3 screens, haven't looked into it.
But all use PCIe 3.0 AFAIK. You should still be able to use them in a PCIe 2.0 slot but you won't be getting what you paid for, though I am not well versed on how big the performance hit is. On non taxing games I expect little to none.
Myself not a big fan of SLI, doesn't seem worth the hassle and expense.
10  Games / Games Corner / Re: The Witcher on: June 11, 2017, 10:30:51 PM
The writer dislikes the video game series as he thinks that it might have cost him sales.  rolleyes
11  Games / Games Corner / Re: The Witcher on: June 11, 2017, 06:35:14 PM
I will just bump this thread even though Witcher 3 was discussed in other threads.
But GOG has a sale on and if you have not got it yet, go get it. BEST GAME EVER MADE in my opinion.

May as well pick up and play Witcher 2 first as it is very good too and it introduces a lot of people you'll be meeting again in W3. You'll get a bit more out of the Witcher 3 that way even if stands quite well on its own.

Looks great, plays well but above all it is amazingly well written. And it is Open World done well. Who knew it could be done? Geralt and what he does and who he meets fits so perfectly. And the tone of the writing and dialogue is great. Grimdark and funny, sometimes at the same time.
It really treats the player as an adult.
And it is clearly a labour of love from top to bottom. There are little touches scattered throughout that will charm and delight you.

I finally got going in my New Game+ mode as I so liked my 1st playthrough that it felt like cheating on my beloved characters if I did it over but that prevented me from hooking up with the Blood and Wine DLC up until now. Holy shit! Electronic Arts would have called it Witcher 4! Get that too. Get it all!

No, seriously, I don't own shares in CD Projekt Red, the developers. But BUY THIS GAME. Doesn't look like "your thing"? Shut up, and BUY THIS GAME. Need the money for rent? Shut up, and BUY THIS GAME. It is the Shawshank Redemption of gaming.
Except it will last you about 150 hours or more.
12  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: UK Politics thread on: June 08, 2017, 10:45:34 PM
I still think she was right to call the election but everything after that was just astonishingly awful.
I expect the person in charge of the Conservative manifesto to have a cushy Brussels job before too long.

13  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: Ultimate Road Trip - OTR on: June 08, 2017, 08:57:07 AM
Another guy took your load, eh?  And you will take his? HeeHee!

It had to be done.
14  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: UK Politics thread on: June 06, 2017, 06:52:33 PM
I think I'd like to come back to this quote in the light of Diane Abbot's third car crash interview.  This time she was invited to talk about a review in to security in London, which was published by the Labour mayor six months ago, and which, as shadow home secretary, she really ought to have read.
Don't be too hard on her, she managed to find her place on stage this time. She's getting better at this!
I was never a fan of her from what I saw of her on This Week but she's absolutely disastrous now. On the bits of policy where she is coherent she is unbelievably left wing. As in, the kind of left wing I didn't like even before I turned against the left. Also, more than a little racist and anti-British.
15  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: June 06, 2017, 02:47:41 PM
While I don't particularly like Lindsey Graham, he apparently did come up with a rather good line on Trump.
"I don't believe Trump colluded with the Russians because I don't think he colludes with his own staff."
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