Ben_H's forum posts

#1 Edited by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

New premium content idea if I ever saw one.

"We want to be healthy with this." "Obviously you want to put a shit load of cheese on anything you're ever making".

#2 Posted by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

Post mortems with developers.

I realize this would be super difficult to find scenarios where developers could speak freely about projects without feeling worried about repercussions, but even hearing stories about non-dramatic development situations is super interesting.

Yeah. The Brad Muir and Dave Lang TNTs they had were great. I found the horror stories about working on Backstage Assault really interesting.

#3 Posted by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

They absolutely need to release stuff for SC2. The game is getting very dull. Even most of the diehard people I know (I used to be one) are either getting bored and playing less or have moved on. I didn't get bored of Wings of Liberty for the entire span of its release, I got bored of Heart of the Swarm after a year. The new units detracted a great deal and have forced the game into a very stale state. A Korean caster recently was talking about the game needing huge changes and I thought his entire comment was spot on. Nearly all balance issues in the game are caused by the new HOTS units, with the Widow Mines, Oracles, and Swarmhosts all being quite problematic. The mothership core is an entirely different issue.

There's a new lead for the game so hopefully huge changes will occur. The game needs it. Badly.

#4 Edited by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

New Super Mario Bros. was 8 years ago...

I feel old.

I couldn't pick a best of 2006. There are so many amazing games on that list. Oblivion, Viva Pinata, Dead Rising, Empire at War, NSMB, GRAW (the PC version of course. Far better than the console version), Saints Row. Wow, what a year. I could back up any of these games for best of 2006.

Edit: Apparently Company of Heroes was 2006. That might just be the best of 2006. I thought it was 2007 for some reason. That game was mindblowing when it first came out.

#5 Edited by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

@rorie said:

NO flaming, trolling, disruptive activity or posts which encourage such behavior: Includes but not limited to posting inflammatory comments with the intent of starting an argument or flame war, quoting inflammatory posts or comments made off-site, or attempting to derail conversations with dismissive or off-topic posts.

We see a fair amount of people who think it’s cool to come into a discussion thread and say stuff like “Why would anyone care about this?” That’s unnecessary and unwelcome. If you don’t want to participate in a thread or comment section, then don’t.

On the editorial side of things, the editors will decide what is and isn’t appropriate to post to the site; if you feel that something isn’t up your alley, your best bet is to ignore it. If you really feel strongly about a piece of content, take it up with the editor (or Jeff) in a PM.

Just keep in mind that one of our most popular videos from this time last year featured nothing but a video of llamas. There is and will continue to be non-gaming material on the site; it's fine to not care about it or even dislike it, but excessive complaining about it at this point is unproductive.

YES. Thank you.

This one has been driving me nuts for a while. Seriously people, if you don't like something, then don't post stupid useless posts saying as much. It's not that hard. If you have something constructive to add, even if it is about how you dislike something (say you describe why you dislike a game mechanic or something), then sure, post away. The number of times I've seen people go into otherwise productive threads and post an awful quip that either was condescending or just plain dumb has been increasing a lot recently so this rule makes perfect sense. Any post that is the equivalent of "This game is garbage and the only people that like it are poopoo heads" is not a productive post. Nor is a passive-aggressive sounding post like the example Rorie used.

But really, take 30 seconds and think about what you are posting. If you can determine it is actually adding something to the thread, then go for it. If not, maybe think twice about posting or perhaps think of a way to improve the post so that it is productive and useful. It's not that difficult of a thing to do and it improves the level of conversation a great deal.

#6 Posted by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

Not sure where the stream is, but I will admit that I am impressed by your devotion. There is no way I would ever watch an entire stream of that mess of a game. The Quick Look of it was almost too much to handle.

#7 Edited by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

This song is dope, no matter how awful it is:

#8 Posted by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

Yes. Lots of games I stupidly traded in back in the Gamecube/Xbox era. I just recently rebought F-Zero GX.

#9 Posted by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

Huh, weird. I was under the impression they were the same person.

#10 Edited by Ben_H (3440 posts) -

Well, here's my old post from 4.5 years ago

@ben_h said:

Stolen from my post over at Tested

  • AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4Ghz Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 G.Skill 1333 Mhz RAM (Soon to be 8Gb. Just have to get around to ordering it.)
  • 2x ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB in CrossfireX
  • 750 GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive
  • MSI 790FX-GD70 Gaming Series Motherboard
  • Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W power supply
  • Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium
  • Logitech MK300 wireless mouse and keyboard (May be getting a new mouse. I adore the keyboard.)
  • 23" 1080P Acer monitor
  • Seems quite speedy. I just built it under a month ago. It seems to be able to run Just Cause 2 quite well on maxed settings with an average of 55-60 fps with the odd drop to 30-40 when things get berserk.
  • And yes, Crossfire bridges are but ugly. I have a double sized bridge for my 5770s. It came with my motherboard because PCI slots 1 and 3 are able to do Crossfire in x16 while 2 and 4 are not. You can run quad Crossfire in x8 but I don't think that's necessary. So yes, I get double the puke brown coloured Crossfire connector.

This machine has been split into 2. One, of which is basically the same, and another which basically very little to do with this.

First, my main machine I use for games and stuff. Just ordered a new GPU for it. That gets here Monday. I had to as my old 6950 (which I replaced the 2 5770s with) is starting to die (I'm getting artifacting once and a while) and cannot handle triple monitors on Linux for some reason if I use my U2713HM in that setup (It literally just freezes as soon as I do something. No combination of distribution or drivers will solve this):

  • Intel i5 3570k CPU
  • MSI motherboard of some type
  • MSI GTX 970 4 GB (I just got this, was an HD 6950 before)
  • That 4 gigs of RAM from my old machine with another 2 sticks so it totals 8 GB
  • Crucial 512GB SSD
  • Seagate 2TB HDD
  • the 750GB WD drive from my old machine
  • PSU from my old machine
  • Windows 10 Preview (works great! Much better than 7 or 8)
  • Fractal Designs Define Mini case

The rest of the old machine is in use as a Linux box (dedicated for school work and as a local server-type thing for our home network). The single 5770 in it can handle my triple monitor setup fine so for now if I need to use all 3 monitors for Linux stuff, I just use this machine. I tried to be as cheap as possible when rebuilding it because I didn't know how much I would use it. I use it a ton now since we are doing tons of Linux stuff at school right now. I think to get it back up and running was around $175. It can still run the Linux version of Dota 2 on low-medium, which impressed me a lot:

  • CPU from old build
  • Motherboard from old build
  • One of the 5770s (the other one died) from old build
  • 8GB Kingston budget-priced RAM
  • 120GB Crucial SSD
  • A bunch of random HDDs.
  • Antec PSU that I got for 50% off (it is actually a really nice PSU. Fully modular and everything)
  • case from old build

For both I use a USB hub built in to my main monitor, so I can switch between machines in about 1 minute. Just have to change monitor cables, which is quick enough. Peripherals for both are as follows:

  • Main monitor: Dell U2713HM
  • Secondary monitor: Dell U2412M
  • Tertiary monitor: Dell U2312HM
  • keyboard: Filco Majestouch 2 (I have one with red switches and one with brown. I mostly use the one with browns now. The one with reds is in my other room that has my music stuff. I hook it up to my Mac along with one of my G1s and an old monitor and use it when I am doing music recording stuff.)
  • mouse: Logitech G1 (I own like 4 of these. I imported a bunch from Korea back when they were like $15 a piece. Now they're more expensive because they were discontinued there. They were made and sold in Korea for a few years after they were discontinued everywhere else). It's basically the perfect mouse for me. Hence why I own 4 of them.