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    I think I've reached an odd point in my gaming hobby.

    I finally decided to call it quits after many 'false starts' in trying to rekindle my interest in it. After 19 years as a self-described PC gamer, I sold my machine off piece-by-piece two weeks ago. The Mac is now my only computer, and though it's capable of gaming, it's unlikely to ever see a...
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    NVIDIA Unveils The Titan X At GDC 2015

    Honestly... I'll settle for the box.
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    Apple "Spring Forward" Event

    If you prefer mice to trackpads, you'll be in the same situation with a MacBook as you would be with any other notebook: wanting a mouse. Getting a different notebook only affords you the opportunity to use wired mice without a dongle, though considering the Magic Mouse is both A) excellent and...
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    Apple "Spring Forward" Event

    VGA adapter? I don't recommend that you pair a 2015 notebook to a display device with a twenty-something-year-old analog interface.
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    Is THIS the SteamBox?

    That's easily the worst thing I've ever seen.
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    Gonna Play Oblivion, what mods should i get?

    I wouldn't say it needs to be totally vanilla, but when it comes to gameplay-altering mods, players should understand what the problems are before they start bringing things in to try and fix them with mods. I think Oblivion is a pretty broken game, but another person might really like the...
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    Walking Sims and Exploration Games

    You're joking (or half-joking), but DayZ for all its faults is actually a decent exploration game. They're adding some interesting areas in the standalone worth looking at. Not quite what the op is looking for in terms of something that's narrative-driven, but the narrative is what happens...
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    Gsync vs: 144hz

    144 is a number — 144 Hz is a frequency ;)
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    Antialiasing vs downsampling -- which is preferred?

    Downsampling is anti-aliasing. Do you mean multisample anti-aliasing? If so, you should use MSAA when performance is at a premium and add downsampling to the mix (in tandem with MSAA) when not. Because monitors are not free and desks are rarely deep enough.
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    Is Apple making an 'iPad Pro' with a stylus?

    I'm racking my brain as to what was confusing about my question.
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    What is proper way to deal with a function that has multiple return paths?

    If you're checking for exceptions "throughout your entire program", you probably aren't leveraging the fact that exceptions propagate through the call stack and can be caught (and potentially dealt with) at higher levels. Just because a function may throw an exception doesn't mean you have to...
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    Is Apple making an 'iPad Pro' with a stylus?

    What does cost have to do with the utility of those features?
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    Is Apple making an 'iPad Pro' with a stylus?

    And digital pens aren't, as Jobs would put it, "good ideas". They're just an input option wih fairly limited overall value for the majority of users. Compare the real-world utility of something like Touch ID or Apple Pay to the real-world utility of digital inking and they aren't even in the...
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    How do you programatically send a text message?

    I've used Twilio. Amazon also runs a similar service.
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    Petitioning for 970 Refund

    Point being? Intel could quite safely advertise their processors as having X MB of cache, where X is the sum of L1 + L2. In their spec sheets, they draw a useful but genuinely unnecessary distinction between L1 and L2 cache. This situation is somewhat different, as there are some unexpected...
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    DirectX 12 Preview: Star Swarm benchmarks

    Not necessary. Neither card does much work. The fan is the only thing doing any work of any substance.
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    Petitioning for 970 Refund

    I don't think the frame time variance here could be reasonably attributed to an issue in shading performance or general performance. Increasing the average frame time (through 'natural' means) will always increase relative frame time variance, but the graphs do tend to look very 'night and day'...
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    Mechwarrior Online, anyone looking foward?

    I never considered it to be a problem until they introduced Clan 'Mechs. C-Bill 'Mechs and MC 'Mechs — doesn't really matter. Now it's gotten a little silly.
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    Best way to update drivers

    Windows 98 was a good OS, but sometimes it's good to let go. What laborious process do Vista, 7, 8 and 10 users need to go through to update drivers? Run the driver installer with the default options. You can change the default options if you have a demonstrable reason to do so or if you're...
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    Origin Account Phishing

    I lost my Origin account a couple months ago. I never disclosed my account details to anyone, but that didn't stop whoever snatched the account. Luckily I only had a couple games (I never play) on the account. I didn't bother trying to recover it.
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    fixes for windows 10

    Dimming is a useful mechanism because it signifies that all input is going toward the UAC prompt. At the second level, malicious scripts can automatically trigger a 'Yes' click on the prompt. At the third level and above, UAC has full control over the machine. It's not a big concern unless...
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    Remember in 2015 we will turn it around... #nopreorders

    Yeah, I've heard that from women before.
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    fixes for windows 10

    If you're having to OK your favorite programs constantly, your favorite programs are antiquated.
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    fixes for windows 10

    Don't worry. Without UAC, he'll end up punching himself some day.
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    Windows 10 is free for Win 7 - 8.1 users?

    You can always do a clean install 'over' an existing version of Windows.
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    Windows 10 is free for Win 7 - 8.1 users?

    I don't understand "as they did".
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    Dealing with Phone Numbers in web application

    Input validation is often the most annoying aspects of building a robust web app, so I feel your pain. Thankfully, unless your application actually has to do something with the phone number — like programmatically dial it or send automated SMS alerts to it — you don't really need to...
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    Mechwarrior Online, anyone looking foward?

    Well, don't get your hopes up: it runs about as well as DX9 and looks no different. Though TXAA does become available with DX11.
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    5 Most popular First Person Shooters of all time

    Or total player hours as a ratio of time the game's been available, maybe.
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    GTX 970 flaw

    Is the memory itself slower or is the GPU's link to that memory slower?
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    Windows 10 TP Build 9926 Released!

    Microsoft's iteration time has become too fast for them to really apply the necessary level of attention to detail with each release. I think the visual disparities in Windows 8 are a good example of that. That said, I'd rather have fast iteration and flaws than slow iteration and perfection...
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    fixes for windows 10

    Not following your recommendation to disable SmartScreen filtering and UAC would be my recommendation.
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    DirectX 12 won't require a new graphics card

    We're talking about different things. D3D12, to which you're referring, is the API. Each version of Direct3D has an associated feature level: it's the set of features that exist atop the base API, requiring hardware support. Do not expect many developers to start leveraging feature level 12.0...
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    DirectX 12 won't require a new graphics card

    DirectX 12: no new hardware required. DirectX feature level 12.0: new hardware may be required. Don't expect many games to require a card with partial or full feature level 12.0 support for a very, very long time.
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    Windows 10 is free for Win 7 - 8.1 users?

    I'm fairly certain clarification will be provided prior to or on release. So, yes, it logically follows that you shouldn't upgrade until Windows 10 has been, uh, released.
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    Yet again, ANOTHER gamer has Died from Massive Gaming Binge

    I can't even game for 45 minutes anymore. How the hell do you do it for three days?