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  1. DriveBy

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    The UK blu ray is intact. I was a bit surprised actually, I watched it with my 13 year old son as I figured it was just a bit of cartoon violence. It was quite a bit more violent than I expected and the anal sex joke made me a bit uncomfortable. He laughed though, so at least I know he's not completely naive!
  2. Yeah, us too. I haven't got either yet, and I vowed after my live account was hacked never to give MS another penny which wasn't from buying credit elsewhere, but right now I simply feel safer with an Xbox that if something does happen, MS will at least try to sort it out. My kids' friends have mostly got PS4 this time round though, so there is some residual pressure there.
  3. DriveBy

    EA Origin Hacked?

    Thanks for the heads-up guys, 2 factor enabled. No password change emails yet but you can't be too careful, I had mine stolen in the fifa hack as well.
  4. DriveBy

    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1

    Those are great videos, and the guy's presentation is really good as well. Definitely worth a watch, I saw them all last week as he released them. Just about the right length to have one with a cuppa and a biscuit!
  5. DriveBy

    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1

    My son wanted a PC for Xmas, and he loves messing about, so I've bought him all the bits to build one. Looking forward to sitting with him on the afternoon building a PC and installing windows. My only slight worry is that I got him one on the unlocked pentiums so he can play with over clocking and now all these games start not launching with only 2 cores. Can't wait to see his face as he starts unwrapping bits
  6. DriveBy

    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1

    I seem to remember the Escom PCs were gimped in some way or other which wasn't apparent until you started doing upgrades, can't remember the details though. I had a DB50XG as well, it was fab. I even bought a midi keyboard so I could get some use out of it. I probably still have it at my dad's place - he was using that PC until about 5 years ago.
  7. DriveBy

    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1

    Encarta was amazing, in the days before always-on internet.
  8. DriveBy

    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1

    I bought my first PC when I was at uni and running the dos-based circuit emulation tools on my Amiga emulator was taking hours to run a simulation. It was a P75 bought on the high street, Escom I think? with Windows 95. Dos tools ran really fast, I also experimented with Slackware linux. I was really into 3d at the time, towards the end of my course I worked on some Onyx systems with proper OpenGL, so as soon as the Net Yaroze came out I had a choice to make between a voodoo card and the Net Yaroze for home experiments. The Voodoo and a CPU upgrade was my choice, and I was quite surprised to find out exactly how basic the Glide API was in comparison to OpenGL. Still, I wrote a few almost-working engines but mostly never got as far as completing them to make a game while my Net-Yaroze friends were able to jump straight in. DirectX was a bit easier, but I still felt like I spent more time getting the display to open properly than ever doing any interesting rendering.
  9. DriveBy

    The Titanfall Thread

    You can always get a game in Attrition on PC. Other modes maybe not instant. Most are OK though and at least you can look at the player numbers before you go sit in a lobby waiting now.
  10. DriveBy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    I do want to play BF4, it looks great and no doubt it is an absorbing and intelligent shooter. I've enjoyed playing through the campaign. Not having anyone local who plays it online to talk to, I can't work out why I should choose one server over another and once into a match I can't work out what's going on. No mics and no friends makes things rather obscure. I tried bf3 but none of the servers would let me in. I got kicked for being in the UK, kicked for being low level but mostly kicked without reason. There is a big learning curve with those games (even before you get into strategy or loadouts) which isn't present in AW because it has maintained the Xbox Live style multiplayer. I've seen PC players complain about that but personally all my multiplayer has been on Xbox Live until now so I like not having to find a good server although I appreciate that dedicated servers and private servers could make a game much better if you have a bit of a community to play with. Anyway, yes I wasn't intending to compare the two as equals - for me they are different ends of the shooter continuum.
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    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    I just picked this up on PC now that it is available for 22 quid. I'm enjoying it a lot so far, although it generally complains that the online service is not available many times before it finally connects and I've been kicked out once or twice. Other than that, seems OK. Mostly I feel like my deaths are my fault. I've had battlefield 4 since release but I just can't be bothered with it. CoD is simple pick-up-and-play twitch gaming.
  12. DriveBy

    The Titanfall Thread

    Inspired by this thread on gaf http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=936010 I just went and added up the reported 'worldwide' player numbers on the PC version, as reported by the game itself. The total across all game modes is 2081 with only 2 having no players, but only Attrition and Frontier Defence have > 175 players. Worldwide.
  13. DriveBy

    Football thread 2014/15 season

    Maybe the quality wasn't there from both sides, but I thought it was an entertaining match. Obviously, we'll implode just in time for actual tournament football but for now I'm enjoying being given the impression that England might have a team and some talent. Still, a good fixture which should be played more often.
  14. DriveBy

    Oculus Rift (VR Headset)

    I like it, you can put it fullscreen and watch it in stereo if you focus right
  15. DriveBy

    The Titanfall Thread

    I'm about and easily shot in the face. I'm quite slow actually, can't keep up with this at all. dr1ve8y on Origin.
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