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Thain Esh Kelch

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#449433 New 2018 MBPs released

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 14 July 2018 - 06:48 AM

View PostCougar, on 13 July 2018 - 05:47 PM, said:

Yes, I still don't understand why they didn't just put the magic keyboard in the MBP. It has more travel and no reliability issues. Keep the thin keyboard for the thin MacBook.

Edit: this is interesting: https://www.theverge...esistant-ifixit

I wonder if they will replace broken 2016/2017 keyboards with this.
I can let you know in a few months when I have to time to get my '16 MB keyboard fixed for the third time.

#449400 64-Bit compatibility topic

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 05 July 2018 - 03:47 AM

View PostFrigidman™, on 04 July 2018 - 08:01 AM, said:

The MacGameStore App has a 64bit version ready, we are just adding more features to it to make it a worthwhile release.
You forgot to upgrade your forums to a 64bit version - At least it appears it isn't there anymore!

#449348 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 21 June 2018 - 01:18 PM

Thanks I will do so, some time!

...(I've always been SO annoyed that after you select Single Player in Civ4:BTS, it then defaults to the THIRD menu option, which is mods - So if you start the game, and then spam enter to get going, you actually end up relaunching the game with some weird mod started! >_<)

#449341 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 20 June 2018 - 02:04 PM

Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword.

No contest there. The replayability of that amazing game is outstanding. A pity it gets more and more bugs for each macOS release, and wont work at all in 10.15. :(

#449325 Blizzard announced bringing World of Warcraft Classic at Blizzcon

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 16 June 2018 - 09:11 AM

WOW Classic will run on a Frankenstein version of 1.12. So it will be the vanilla experience without any expansions, but with modern server and backend technology.


Blizzard said it chose patch 1.12 “because it represents the most complete version of the classic experience.”


So we asked ourselves, would it still be possible to deliver an authentic classic experience if we took our modern code, with all its back-end improvements and changes, and used it to process the Patch 1.12 game data?

While that might seem counterintuitive, this would inherently include classic systems like skill ranks, old quests and terrain, talents, and so on, while later features like Transmog and Achievements would effectively not exist because they were entirely absent from the data. After weeks of R&D, experimentation, and prototyping, we were confident we could deliver the classic WoW content and gameplay without sacrificing the literally millions of hours put in to back-end development over the past 13 years.

I can live with that. Looking forward to re-experiencing WOW! Some more technical stuff in the link above, if you care about stuff like that.

No release date yet, but we will like hear something around BlizzCon in November I assume.

#449317 Feral's upcoming project?

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 14 June 2018 - 01:10 PM

So, how far is Feral with the Witcher 3 port? 2018 or 2019 release?

#449169 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 27 May 2018 - 10:30 AM

Civ4:BTS, again.

Had this start in a game. Never seen that before. At least it turned out that they were indeed on the same continent!
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#449144 Razer releases entry-level eGPU $299 eGPU enclosure with macOS support

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 25 May 2018 - 04:41 AM

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 25 May 2018 - 02:18 AM, said:

Wasn't this thread about an eGPU enclosure?
The mere presence of tBC as an admin on these boards, causes automatic derailment. It just goes slower when he isn't posting in the thread.


Anyway, I don't get the appeal of these for gaming on a Mac. For all the expense, you cannot even achieve maximal performance.

Why not spend the money on either a gaming laptop or desktop just for PC gaming instead? You get your Windows install included, whatever GPU you want and it really isn't that much more money is it?
But if money isn't an issue, but Windows is, what then? In many cases performance will be adequate on a Mac, and we don't have time to play all the AAAs anyway, so the Mac selection is likely fine.

#449124 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 24 May 2018 - 01:23 AM

View PostEllieFeral, on 23 May 2018 - 04:38 AM, said:

New question!

What's your favourite series/franchise of games, and why?
Legend of Zelda I have to say. I have had waaaay to many wonderful gaming experiences in that series. Ocarina of Time is still my number one all time game (Followed by Baldurs Gate 1, Civilization 4: BTS, Borderlands 2 in that order). The music, the setting, the characters, the gameplay, the story, the AAA feel - Everything top notch. Specifically for OoT, it has to be the music and story though.

Really looking forward to getting a Nintendo Switch and dive into Breath of the Wild.

#449123 Introducing Speedcat (New Feral rep)

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 24 May 2018 - 01:15 AM

Speedcat: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Witcher 3, Mass Effect 1-3, Assasins Creed 3+, Far Cry 1+, for Mac. You may reply to this thread when you've convinced your superiors to start porting them. Thank you very much! :pinkpony:

Oh, and Half-Life 3 now we are at it, please. But I will allow you to reply to the thread before this is confirmed in the making. I am that kind.

#449097 Razer releases entry-level eGPU $299 eGPU enclosure with macOS support

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 22 May 2018 - 01:38 PM

I wonder when Nvidia is going to come out of the closet with some proper macOS support again.

#449012 I apologize for derailing threads.

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 09 May 2018 - 12:27 AM

View Postipickert55, on 08 May 2018 - 02:17 PM, said:

I haven't ever taken it personally either, no worries Kitty, though I do appreciate you saying this.
This ^

The continuing derailing of threads is kind of the charm of the community, because we all do it, and we all keep them going, and fill them with funny nonsense, which we all love.


I think our community is pretty cool and I can't recall ever being frustrated or annoyed (I won't lie Ballmer is pushing it though), so no sweat. Y'all are cool!
And this. I consider Ballmer a first rate troll, with his endless spamming of completely pointless and lousy humored threads that just fill up the forum for no reason what so ever than to satisfy his apparently very empty life.

#449011 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 09 May 2018 - 12:24 AM

I still have to finish the first one. Some time when I have plenty of time, I'll restart it. I have no idea what the story is about now.

#448721 Apple CPUs to Replace Intel in Macs?

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 10 April 2018 - 02:47 AM

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 09 April 2018 - 07:31 PM, said:

I don't think Steam figures into a future where the consumer ecosystem does not include hardware capable of running desktop games. The vast majority of Apple customers are not using desktop computers now as it is. When it comes to games, mobile games are where the money is at for Apple.

Which is a bit crazy, considering GTAV just hit a staggering 6 billion dollars of revenue... It is the largest entertainment franchise ever!
Apple is really missing out on something, not having proper gaming Macs.

#448702 Apple CPUs to Replace Intel in Macs?

Posted Thain Esh Kelch on 05 April 2018 - 12:48 AM

If you add the stuff about ARM Macs, together with the new Universal Binary rumors, and Timothy's love for the iPad, and shake it a little bit, you do end up with a scary FrankenPadBook rumor like that. ^