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

Posted Spike on 04 January 2018 - 08:04 PM

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 Spike on 04 January 2018 - 04:14 PM

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

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

Posted Spike on 01 December 2017 - 07:24 PM

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.

#447284 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted Spike on 20 November 2017 - 10:49 AM

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.

#447003 Mac App Store Vs. Steam?

Posted Spike on 28 October 2017 - 01:46 PM

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.

#446920 Apple Photos App Confusion

Posted Spike on 23 October 2017 - 01:29 PM

I avoid Google because it is the internet plague.

#446578 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted Spike on 20 September 2017 - 10:51 AM

Will be in 2017? (cough) window is a little tight (cough).

Universe Sandbox 2. First, because it is a simulation and so has reality to it. One can also learn about our universe and space is the future.

#446093 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted Spike on 20 July 2017 - 01:58 PM

The Sleeper in Everquest. I have not personally tried to attack The Sleeper, but I did shiver in just the mention of his name. He was the most powerful dragon.

#446070 The State of Mac Gaming in 2017 (Ars Article)

Posted Spike on 18 July 2017 - 02:46 PM

View PostCamper-Hunter, on 17 July 2017 - 11:55 PM, said:

Also many users in this very forum have switched to a PC or console for games. I wonder if there aren't now more Windows and console gamers than macOS gamers here!

Yea, and I will have to do more. Currently 95% Mac and 5% Win. Only Win game now is Command Modern Air/Naval as others I have been able to get using wineskin. I really hate having to reboot into Winblows and lose all my Mac stuff.

#446027 The State of Mac Gaming in 2017 (Ars Article)

Posted Spike on 15 July 2017 - 05:42 PM

I thought the Ars Technica article was pretty bad myself. They declared Mac Gaming to be dead in 2007?? I have been gaming on Mac 95% of the time this whole time. Mac gaming has been fine. Although now it is at its worse then ever, I still game on my Mac fine. The two main issues I see are the unupgradable hardware and dropping the open standard API. However, now with future support of external GPUs, I believe that will reverse this trend.

#445937 StarCraft: Remastered

Posted Spike on 29 June 2017 - 11:58 PM

Blizzard now has the starcraft remastered up for preorder (for 14.99). Yay.

#445654 WWDC 2k17

Posted Spike on 05 June 2017 - 01:40 PM

I would not have put this thread under Mac hardware.

Anyway, one of the best WWDC in many years. I cant wait for Safari Auto-play blocking, APFS, H.265, and Metal 2. The worst was the iMac Pro, powerful, but still unupgradeable, just like the current Mac Pro - which would be expected. Waiting for the real modular Mac Pro in 2018 or 2019.

The announcement that Apple will be shipping external GPU enclosures to developers was very nice :)

#445487 MMORPGs feel like Pinball machines

Posted Spike on 11 May 2017 - 02:20 PM

Everquest was (is?) an amazing game. I was playing it two years ago as I got it working in Wine on my Mac. Amazing game. Pantheon is one of my most anticipated upcoming games. Hopefully it will be awesome and not have the fate of Everquest Next.

#445112 StarCraft: Remastered

Posted Spike on 30 March 2017 - 06:12 PM

Looks like no Mac Beta today after all as the windows version announced today was evidently beta that needed testing. :sad:  Bliz posted the following update:

We're also working to get the Mac build ready. It needs to have some parallel changes with the PC client. Ultimately, not today, but our team has some registered Macheads so we'll get it there.

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 30 March 2017 - 04:41 PM, said:

I cannot imagine the remaster needing Metal but considering that it is the new standard on macOS why wouldn't they? For compatibility there will be 1.18.

Because it would be a complete waste of time and money for no reason whatsoever.

#445063 StarCraft: Remastered

Posted Spike on 28 March 2017 - 09:47 AM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 27 March 2017 - 11:59 PM, said:

So is the 1.18 legacy version compatible with the latest macOS releases? I could see it go Metal right from the start.

A Bliz post said that they will have the Mac Beta out with 1.18 on Thursday.