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    Best Application to Make a Gaming History Timeline

    I mean, it depends on what format this timeline is going to take. Is this going to be a Youtube vid type format? If so, then I agree with scojer that PowerPoint is a good choice. On the other hand, is it going to be a visual timeline graphic similar to what I have shown below...
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    Intel misses Q4 badly, Q1 guidance is abysmal

    I know that there is way more to these numbers than just the consumer desktop market along with a ton of factors that are completely out of Intel's control. Nonetheless, it just doesn't seem fair for history to shackle the 12th and 13th gen with such poor financial results when Intel appears to...
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    New Shuttle LGA 1700 XPC Cube (SH610R4) Releasing Soon!

    Yeah, for some strange reason the PC63J (500W Shuttle PSU) is not listed as compatible with the SH510R4 (basically the same as the SH610R4). That said, the PC850 (850W PSU) is listed as compatible but it is not cheap...
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    Ugly GPUs

    Well it was back in 2005, a time when it was OK for companies to acknowledge the reality that men enjoy the beauty of the female form. It would never fly today because it is too "offensive" to the feminists, also getting men thinking about women this way can result in new humans being born...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    Yes, the RTX 2060 uses an 8-pin connector and yes, the 6+2 pin connectors on your existing 550W PSU will work fine for that connection. If you are worried about this 10 year old PSU failing and you can afford a new one, then please feel free to buy a new one. That said, if it were me and if I...
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    New Shuttle LGA 1700 XPC Cube (SH610R4) Releasing Soon!

    Not sure how interested folks are here but it looks like Shuttle is finally releasing a new economy-class XPC Cube for the Intel 12th and 13th gen: https://global.shuttle.com/products/productsDetail?productId=2727 FORM FACTOR Shuttle Form factor PROCESSOR Support Intel® 12th/13th...
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    Best IOS RPGs

    I am not sure how old school you are with your gaming, but I will throw out a few old school Sega RPG's that tend to really fly under the radar. if you handled the first few Final Fantasies then I would recommend looking at the Phantasy Star series. I know II, III and IV are on IOS, I am not...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    OK, that is a fair point, and it does look like the 5700XT sells for a similar price used to that of the RTX 2060. That being said, the 5700XT recommends a 600W PSU which is even higher than the RTX 2060's recommendations for a 500W. Do you really think that a 5700XT can be safely run on a 10...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    There is actually a thread in the PSU subforum that already asks a question that is similar to your situation: https://hardforum.com/threads/is-using-10-years-old-power-supplies-a-concern.1940737/ Please read it for yourself, but it looks to me like the general consensus is that if your 10...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    I am guessing that this is an old PSU then? I mean, I haven't heard the name Jonathan Wendel (Fatal1ty) in probably like 15 years. I would love to recommend you a used RTX 3050 for your son's PC as it has the more advanced ray-tracing support, but I just don't know given that PSU. Between the...
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    Ugly GPUs

    Nothing tops Nividia's GeForce 7 series mascot. Mad Mod Mike. I have no idea who at NVidia approved that decision for a mascot. I mean, clearly, he looked like the 7800 series' target audience but what I don't understand is why NVidia's marketing team thought that this was a good thing or...
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    Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 licenses in a few days

    Yeah, it's always been like this. For every Windows 2000, Win XP, Win 7, Win 10 that was well received by users, Microsoft puts out garbage OS's like Win ME, Vista, 8 and now 11. For the last 20 years, at least, it has almost been like clockwork: every second operating system is reasonably...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    No for sure, you are right. Once you enter the used market the price barrier comes down considerably. If price is the only consideration I am sure that he can get something better than the 2060 for the price of a new 1660. That said, the main reason I suggested a 2060 is because it has...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    Thanks for the interesting retrospective. Yes, I agree with you, while it's before my time, I can definitely appreciate the significance of advancing from a simple jump + move style of 2D gameplay to something that is clearly a story-driven, object-oriented style of RPG. Certainly, the changes...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    Thanks for this newsgroup thread. It's really hard to find info on public sentiment from that era as most messageboards like [H] weren't around yet. One thing that also stands out to me here is this comment: That's another factor here. Yes, High-end PC's exceeded the N64 graphically at...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    This is how I remember it being in 96. PC gaming was absolutely a thing and was probably almost as big as console gaming was at the time, even among kids. That said, the kids I knew back then were still playing either outright 2D games or heavily sprite-based 3D games on the PC. I don't know...
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    The state of gaming (really has me bummed out)

    I will never forget a quote from PokeCapn during a Let's Play of Sonic 06 (possibly the worst game ever made): "There's lense flare because this is a cinematic gaming experience." Exactly, the graphical improvements that we see now are generally fairly minor and incremental, mainly because a...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    Yeah, but given his budget and the fact that he was about to buy an RX 6500XT I am sure that we can agree that the GTX 1660 would be leagues better. I am sure that the extra 2 GB of VRAM will make a significant difference. That said, I agree the RTX 2060 is the best choice, especially if...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    Originally, I replied to you saying that only RTX Nividia card support ray-tracing but I guess that is for hardware-level only. Apparently the GTX 1660 was given driver-level ray-tracing support at some point after its release. That said according to this quora thread it sounds like the GTX...
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    4090 vs 2k 270 what's your choice?

    According to Wikipedia 2k == 1080p, at least for television and consumer media. It sounds like for cinematography (film) it is closer to being 1440p but I don't know much about that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2K_resolution Yeah, it is extremely unclear. I am just going to assume that the...
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    No new Switch this year as Nintendo plans to ramp up production post pandemic induced shortage

    Nintendo needs to remember that it wasn't that long ago that the company was on the brink of having to throw in the towel on their existing business model (dedicated handhelds and home consoles) during the Wii U era. During that time, Iwata took a 50% paycut to appease enraged investors over...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    I guess that it's always been the case that console's generally have not been on the graphical forefront given that gamer's always have the option to build a $2,000 PC that can basically cream any console, even one that has just been released. I know that is the case with the PS5, I mean the...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    That is a fair point, I stand corrected here (protracted explanation as to why you are right is provided below). When I argued that Mario 64 was graphically advanced my frame of reference was in comparison to the 3D entries that we had seen up until that point on the Saturn and PS1. Mario...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    You make some really good points. Mario 64: yes I never thought of it in that way before. If you think about it, Mario can do such a wide breadth of actions and movement that it almost approximates what a (super) human can conceivably do to traverse an obstacle course. Mario can tip-toe, walk...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    You know, I thought a little more about what you were saying here. I get it. Gen 6 was the console generation where gaming systems started to surpass the capabilities of SD televisions. I remember that my Dad bought FIFA 2002 soccer on the Gamecube when I first got the console back in 2001...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    I am not as knowledgeable as some of the people on this board (so somebody please correct me if some of what I say below is not completely accurate), but I recommend looking into how much more money would it be to go with an i3-12100F setup, overall, for your son. I recently did a side-by-side...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    Yes, you really nailed it here. What made Mario 64 so great is simply how big of a leap it was from what came before it. It did so many things for the first time and it did it with so much polish and mastery that it honestly felt like you were playing something that was developed like 10 years...
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    The Mandalorian- new Disney+ Star Wars series

    I am an enormous fan of the original Trilogy (A New Hope is my fav movie of all time and Empire is easily in my top 5). I thought that the prequels were flawed but I still enjoyed the heck out of watching them: there was so much potential that was held back by the stoic writing and acting...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    Yes! I totally forgot to consider pre-rendered games. Honestly, I should have included Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings on my list as well for the Gamecube. Resident Evil on the 64 and Gamecube (although the latter wasn't pre-rendered) were extremely impressive games, visually! You made some...
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    What games do you think were graphically well-ahead of their time?

    Or it doesn't even necessarily have to be ahead of its time, just games with particularly impressive graphics that stood out to you in some way (please explain why). Also, please feel free to include PC games, arcade games, etc here as well. I am more of a console gamer at heart and so my list...
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    Video Card for Minecraft

    I think that it would be good to talk with your son and determine exactly what it is that he wants to do in Minecraft that he cannot do now. My understanding is that the benefits of Ray-Tracing usually only come into play in fairly high-end systems, as a result, I think that rasterization would...
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    EVGA's Farewell & Repair Facility Behind The Scenes

    That repair centre was awesome. The part where they were trying to pop off the GPU from the damaged board brought memories of trying to desolder something without a heat-gun and knowing that there is probably a 50% chance that the component will be cooked/deformed. I can totally understand now...
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    Talk me out of this new build

    The one thing I might look at changing is going with 64GB of memory. You said that you want this build to last many years and my experience is that RAM is one of the first things that becomes a limiting factor for general multitasking use in older systems. Right now, most pre-built gaming PC's...
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    iRobot Says Beta Testers Do Not Have a Right to Privacy When Photos of People on the Toilet Appear on Social Media

    This is why I always click "No" on the "collect my data for experience improvement" option on basically anything that is computer-related. I mean, even clicking no, I am sure that my data is being collated and shared without my permission and that these companies are protecting themselves with...
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    Ubisoft cancels three more games, issues dire update

    Thanks for that awesome post, I read the entire thing a couple of times. I really like how you talked about the culture of the 80s and how gaming existed within it, it is surprisingly hard to find retrospectives that actually try to frame 80's gaming within 80's culture and not just talk about...
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    Ubisoft cancels three more games, issues dire update

    This is a very interesting post, thank you for sharing. I have studied and read about the video game crash of the 1980's but as a millennial the closest I came to living through something like this has been the recent microtransaction-ridden smartphone gaming bubble that somewhat deflated 5...
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    Ubisoft cancels three more games, issues dire update

    You know, I personally don't play games that I don't legitimately purchase but some of the not-so-great developers out there that over-enforce copyright law are making it increasingly hard for me to remain totally enraged towards those that do. For example, I have backed up my retro game...
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    Ubisoft cancels three more games, issues dire update

    I swore a permanent boycott of Ubisoft back in 1999 when I made the egregious mistake of buying Tonic Trouble on N64 when I was a child on the recommendation of a Nintendo Power endorsement that was clearly paid for. That game nearly killed the joy I had for video games. I am not joking, for...
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    4 Generations at the same time?

    I just thought that I would share this breakdown that I compiled from https://cpu.userbenchmark.com. I was just trying to get a better feel for the 10th-13th generation and what kind of performance leaps occurred. Budget: CPU Gaming Desktop Workstation Overall Rank i3-9100F 81% 87% 61%...
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    6 GHz Intel Core Out-of-the-Box Demo

    Well they finally did it! Back in 2004 when Intel sprinted up to the 4.0 GHz barrier by basically doubling in speed every year up to that point, I am sure that nobody thought it would take 20 years to see the 6.0 GHz barrier broken.
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