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#448099 Blizzard announced bringing World of Warcraft Classic at Blizzcon

Posted by Spike on 02 February 2018 - 08:49 PM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

Forbes had an interview with Blizzard on WoW Classic:
https://www.forbes.c...raft-interview/

Still looks like its going to be awhile, dang it.



#448034 macOS 10.13 - High Sierra

Posted by Spike on 25 January 2018 - 06:53 PM in Mac OS Related

AAR Report.

After 10.13.3 was released, I was going to try it and install on an external drive to check out. To bypass the APFS conversion, I ran the installer in terminal and after agreeing to the licensing, it immediately installed on my internal drive - no drive selection anywhere! No cancel or abort! No Warnings at all! After many swear words at Apple, my internal SSD is now 10.13.3.

First thing I noticed was how much slower everything is. Windows and graphics were slow, and finder copying was dreadfully slow. I switched to CCC to backup and it copied in ¼ the time rate as the Finder. Currently playing Guild Wars 2 and it ran a lot slower with major stuttering. Ran War Thunder and it was unplayably slow, but saw that it defaulted to Metal and I know I have the Nvidia problems so for my 2012 MacBook with Nvidia 650M WT Pacific Day Low graphic settings 1920x1200:
10.11.6 OGL: Ave 83.1, Min 54.7, Rat 19018
10.13.3 OGL: Ave 76.4, Min 46.1, Rat 17491
10.13.3 Metal: Ave 35.3, Min 25.4, Rat 8073

I ended up adding a partition and installing 10.11.6 back on as my main startup partition. So warning again for anyone else thinking they want to install 10.13.3 on an external drive and bypass APFS!

edit: Also 10.13.3 had many crashes last couple days and one crash destroyed my flash drive that now wont format.



#448004 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted by Spike on 23 January 2018 - 10:42 AM in General

Command: Modern Air Naval Operations. Because I want Feral to expand on the types of games they do to ones that I like (simulations and multi-player rpgs).



#447847 Most missed hardware feature

Posted by Spike on 11 January 2018 - 12:14 AM in Mac Hardware

PCI expansion in the desktop computers.



#447757 Cold Waters and Atlantic Fleet now on gog.com

Posted by Spike on 04 January 2018 - 08:04 PM in Mac Simulators

Just bought today and played some.

Atlantic Fleet is turn based where one gives movement and then fire orders. There are 19 historical Atlantic scenarios such as Graf Spee, Bismarck, HMS Glorious. There is a campaign that has your navy patrol and then get into battle what they find. I found it unrealistic, but interesting. However note that all WWII naval sims are arcade to me.

Cold Waters is a modern sub sim that is real time and better. Ive only gone thru half the training so far, and I do like it so far. It would be top notch if it was multiplayer, but then that would mean sim of surface ships as well.



#447754 Cold Waters and Atlantic Fleet now on gog.com

Posted by Spike on 04 January 2018 - 04:14 PM in Mac Simulators

For those who also have been wanting Cold Waters or Atlantic Fleet but without Steam, they are now available on gog.com DRM free!



#447524 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted by Spike on 12 December 2017 - 11:18 AM in General

When Empire: Total War returned to the Mac App Store.



#447461 Join the battle for net neutrality

Posted by Spike on 05 December 2017 - 07:55 PM in Off-Topic

Trying not to get political, but its very bad that FCC chairman Ajit Pai is trying to take our internet freedom and rights away and might succeed. The FCC is doing a lot of underhanded tactics and ignoring their own rules.

Im with you on this one Ballmer!



#447452 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by Spike on 05 December 2017 - 02:42 PM in Off-Topic

I dont know what DIAF stands for, but it sounds bad. I also (assuming) hate subscription models to just play a game.

The game I want THE MOST is WoW Classic and so the only thing I am praying for is it doesnt have subscription... please-o-please-o-please!



#447443 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by Spike on 04 December 2017 - 11:55 PM in Off-Topic

Diablo 3 also has xpac and then they came out with paid dlc (that I bought and hated as the necro is too overpowered). So it also has additional income.

This trend is great.



#447421 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by Spike on 03 December 2017 - 07:02 PM in Off-Topic

View PostJanichsan, on 03 December 2017 - 02:18 PM, said:

What have games like The Sims, Civilization, StarCraft, and CounterStrike in common, what Disney Infinity, Marvel Heroes, and – unfortunately – Oni have not?

They are massively popular.

Popularity is what keeping them alive and supported, and what drives the still existing sales of these in part decades old games. Not a massive number of expansions, not DLC, and certainly not microtransactions.

Obviously the main reason for game shut down is unpopularity. Let me put this another way. Assume there are two games that are exactly identical and so have same popularity - one with and one does not have microtransactions. The one with microtransactions would be more likely to receive updates for a longer time.

View PostJanichsan, on 03 December 2017 - 02:18 PM, said:

On the other hand, microtransaction and DLC haven't saved a single game that wasn't popular "enough"

Disagree. Microtransactions, DLC, etc have let games continue support longer.

It costs to run servers, a fact of business. I dont know anything about Star Wars Battlefront II as there is no Mac version, but again I am saying microtransactions, dlc, xpacs allows a better chance of a game being saved then if there were no microtransactions (but why would one want to have a game saved if it sux?)



#447410 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by Spike on 03 December 2017 - 10:38 AM in Off-Topic

View PostJanichsan, on 03 December 2017 - 02:33 AM, said:

And yet history is also full of examples of games no longer supported or shutdown online despite having microtransactions, DLC packs, or other means to secure a constant revenue stream, like Marvel Heroes, Disney Infinity, or FIFA 14.

And vice versa games that are still supported despite having neither countless expansions and/or microtransactions, like CounterStrike/CS Source, StarCraft 1, and Diablo II.

We werent implying 100% of games are one way or the other, just that its rare for games that have no microtransactions, expansions, dlc, etc, to be updated.

Although the topic is about Destiny 2 which I dont know anything about, I have played a few Mac games that have microtransactions and saw no problem at all with them and like them.



#447402 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by Spike on 01 December 2017 - 07:24 PM in Off-Topic

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 01 December 2017 - 03:30 PM, said:

Does this mean you like micro-transactions all of the time, because I cannot think of an instance where it is not crystal clear what they are for? Also, do you believe that EA and Activision as the two major culprits brought up here with the examples of SWBF2 and Destiny 2 desperately need more money to support and update AAA games that sell for $60. a pop and generally are followed up with expansions? Do these major companies really need to for example, gate progress to extract more money from players willing to pay to remove that suckage from the game they already paid full AAA price for?

My statement "I like micro transactions when its clear what they are for" means not all of the time but when its clear what they are for. I have played a few games that the micro-transactions are great and like it that way.
I have never played SWBF2 or Destiny 2 since there are no Mac versions and so do not know anything about those two examples. If a $60 game is purchased and a person expected something from it and then found could not get it without micro-transactions, then that would be bad. I have bought many many $60 games that have zero micro-transactions and found they sucked and immediately deleted. Theres always a risk buying something.

Lots of games can be played free or reduced cost thanks to micro-transactions, which then help support the developers.



#447398 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by Spike on 01 December 2017 - 02:53 PM in Off-Topic

Completely agree with Matt Diamond as those very small examples are rare and not the norm. I have Aspyr and Feral games that no longer run on my current computer.

I like micro transactions when its clear what they are for as it gives developers much needed money to support and update games.



#447335 macOS 10.13 - High Sierra

Posted by Spike on 25 November 2017 - 08:54 PM in Mac OS Related

A great article on OWC blog "The Speed of APFS: Just How Fast Is It?"

I found how to install 10.13 without converting to APFS, so I might update to 10.13 when 10.13.2 or 10.13.3 is released. I have also read how many have games playing slowly with it currently.



#447284 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted by Spike on 20 November 2017 - 10:49 AM in General

95% Mac and 5% Bootcamp Windows. I love Macs as they are awesome at everything except games. I wish more of the types of games I like would have Mac versions as it blows to lose my Mac to reboot to Windows.

Edit: Actually:
95% Mac
4.5%  Bootcamp Windows
0.5% iPhone.



#447110 Blizzard announced bringing World of Warcraft Classic at Blizzcon

Posted by Spike on 07 November 2017 - 10:23 AM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

View Postnick68k, on 07 November 2017 - 07:44 AM, said:

Questing and mobs will scale with your level now

I wish they would add group scaling like in Diablo. Killing a mob in Wow takes like 16 seconds, but if you group with 1 person, then takes like 8 seconds etc.



#447065 Blizzard announced bringing World of Warcraft Classic at Blizzcon

Posted by Spike on 04 November 2017 - 02:22 AM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

World of Warcraft Classic
Blizzard announcement video: https://youtu.be/TcZyiYOzsSw

A Classic Server option. Woot! Some details still to be determined. Looks awesome :rolleyes:.



#447003 Mac App Store Vs. Steam?

Posted by Spike on 28 October 2017 - 01:46 PM in General

What I got from all the posts is also that people have mixed preferences, but we all agree on one thing, buy from all of the stores. Theres no unattended consequences.



#446995 Mac App Store Vs. Steam?

Posted by Spike on 27 October 2017 - 10:12 AM in General

I gave a bad example trying to illustrate the point of steam requiring the game to be at specific locations. Wow, that was a bad example.



#446990 Mac App Store Vs. Steam?

Posted by Spike on 26 October 2017 - 11:48 PM in General

ugh.

Anyway, as I already wrote and will write again here, steam requires the games to be run from specific locations. MAS games however, I can move, organize and run where I want them (which obviously includes outside a steam library).



#446986 Mac App Store Vs. Steam?

Posted by Spike on 26 October 2017 - 07:03 PM in General

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 26 October 2017 - 05:57 PM, said:

It's easy to move an existing Steam library or any part thereof wherever you want....

I did not write about moving a steam library. I wrote about moving a game application and running it from where I currently decide to move it to.

Edit: Also, steam really needs to remove those old games that no longer work with current systems. Yet they still show them as able to buy like they would work.



#446980 Mac App Store Vs. Steam?

Posted by Spike on 26 October 2017 - 03:46 PM in General

View PostLaurensvo, on 26 October 2017 - 12:15 PM, said:

Does anyone use Mac AppStore (MAS)? Does anyone recommend it?

I use MAS as my main store and I recommend it. MAS has some stupid problems such as:
- trying to pause large downloads (such as tens of GB) and try to resume later
- MAS will not update applications that are on external drive (so I boot up on the external drive to update them)

Steam has things I cant stand such as:
- Not able to move games to where I want them such as small or frequent games on internal SSD AND large or rare games on external hard drive
- Intrusive tracking. Steam tracks which games you run and how much time and frankly that is none of steams business what game I run
- Annoying DRM of having to log in just to play a game (going to offline mode also has annoyances)



#446965 Mac App Store Vs. Steam?

Posted by Spike on 25 October 2017 - 02:06 PM in General

I buy anywhere but steam, except for rare games that are no where else that I have to have. MAS is my preferred store, even though the app has a lot of problems.



#446920 Apple Photos App Confusion

Posted by Spike on 23 October 2017 - 01:29 PM in Off-Topic

I avoid Google because it is the internet plague.