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Support & Help / Re: Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 08:36:55 PM »
I forgot where you live, but if you have a Microcenter near you definitely go there. They have prices that are equal if not lower than Amazon, and have everything you can imagine.

Also, what Adam suggested is good and future proof(Especially if you go with the 970. I'm going to be selling mine that's a few months old if you want to talk). 8gb RAM is definitely enough, but with how cheap it is and if you have the money you may as well go for the 16gb.

Never heard of that, so probably not.  I live in western Oregon, FYI.

Also, I'm not going to go cheap, but with as high as I'm having to push my budget (if it even still exists even more), I'm not sure if it's worth the added expense. 

Support & Help / Re: Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:43:30 PM »
Go for Intel chips. AMD are still a ways behind. And don't cheap yourself out. If you have the money to spend on a good rig, spend it. Last thing you wanna do is regret not spending more and knowing you could have done better.

I've tended to stay away from AMD in general, for better or worse.  Intel has certainly served me well and Nvidia is...I guess it's good?

Support & Help / Re: Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 03:54:33 PM »
just build it yourself. its way easier then you're probably imagining trust me, took me about an hour to do my first time and I was like 13

I probably am just over thinking it.  Either way, I currently have about 200 or 300 in my fund, and I should have all the money I need by the end of July.  It would also probably help if I just went out to Fry's and bought all of those retail.  Would definitely save on the S&H.

Support & Help / Re: Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 03:32:09 PM »
Right now i would lean at this:

However if you are willing to save up until lets say end of July (When Windows 10 is out) we can use it and probably upgrade to a 970, 16GB of ram.  You would have a pretty solid machine then.  I went with a White/Black Design i thought it would look cooler.  Also for the case one bay of drives would need removed for the video card (More than likely). 

Oh yes and if you hate White/Black i can look at Red/Black or some random colors.

I can certainly wait.  Another question I had was how much can I expect to pay for labor?  I'd rather not begin to think I could competently assemble the box, so I'd probably pay some guys at Fry's or Best Buy to do it.

Support & Help / Re: Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 03:13:12 PM »
I would highly suggest saving up abit more cash.  I have a build id suggest but its at the 1k mark due to having to add a monitor (And OS).  The build is mostly future proof for a good while.

Can do.  This job I've got at the local country club pays pretty damn well, both due to Oregon's high as fuck minimum wage plus 15% gratuities.

In the mean time, what was the build you were going to suggest?

Support & Help / Re: Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:43:53 PM »
Quick Questions:
Keeping old OS or not (Can clone to a new drive if you want).
Monitor, keyboard, mouse do you have any?

1.  Probably not, I'll probably purchase a new copy of Windows.  Which one would you suggest?  The one on my laptop is Windows 7.

2.  I have a wireless mouse, but that's the extent of my external hardware I currently have on hand.

Support & Help / Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:38:03 PM »
So, I've decided to build a new PC over the summer to replace my laptop.  I know jack about what makes hardware "good", so I would like to ask your help in finding the components I will need to build a gaming computer.  I've currently set a tentative budget at $750, but this may change if necessary.
Any techies able to help?

Support & Help / Technical Issues
« on: June 11, 2015, 10:39:49 PM »
So, I've been running into issues whilst trying to reinstall Mount and Blade: Warband.  It gets ~80% of the way installed, and then just stops.  When I tell it to continue via the downloads page, it keeps going for a few kilobytes before stopping again.  When I restart it, it starts back where it was originally.  If I try and continue it by pressing play in the library page, it does the same thing, except this time, it includes a message saying there was a disk write error.  Screenshots of import are below.  The first one is when initiating the install, the window that appears after the one that displays disk space is completely blank.  The second screenshot is when trying to reinitiate the download when it gets bogged down.

I should note two things:  One, the thing with the first screenshot has happened to every game I have since tried to reinstall, and two, I have successfully installed other games just fine.

General Discussion / Re: What type of mouse grip do you use?
« on: May 24, 2015, 08:08:24 PM »
I typically use fingertip.  I may use palm on occasion, though.

Support & Help / Re: Pictures
« on: May 07, 2015, 10:20:49 PM »
I have no idea how to get it from your phone directly to CG.  The way I've always done it is by the way mentioned above.

Support & Help / Re: Pictures
« on: May 07, 2015, 10:06:55 PM »
Kies to get it onto your computer, then imgur/puush to get it on the internet.

Support & Help / Re: Pictures
« on: May 07, 2015, 09:20:58 PM »
Download Samsung Kies.  Plug your phone into your computer, and you should be able to copy your photos over.

General Discussion / Re: Paid Mods
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:52:41 PM »
So here's something I found on tumblr, written by someone with common sense (An oxymoron, for sure):

For those of you not in the know, here are the facts.  Valve and Bethesda have teamed up to allow mod creators on Skyrim’s Steam Workshop to charge money for their mods.  It can be a little as $0.99 or as much as $99.  However, the mod makers don’t get the full amount.  Rather, because these are mods of Bethesda’s licensed IP, and hosted on Valve’s distribution platform, the mod makers receive 25% of the profits.  The rest is divided between Valve and Bethesda.  Additionally, the mod makers won’t see any of the cash until the mod’s earned at least $100, which is $400 in sales.  There are some other features, like a 24hr refund policy if a mod user finds the mod has broken their game, but what I listed above is the gist of the situation, and several known modders have already released new versions of their mods or entirely new mods on the Workshop as part of the initial launch of the new system.
The response from the modding community has been… volatile, to put it lightly.
It’s honestly not a surprise that Valve, Bethesda, and even some of the mod makers are on the receiving end of quite a nasty bit of backlash; some mod makers more so than others, but I’ll talk about that later.  What Valve and Bethesda have done here, while in principle being a good concept, has grossly overstepped the boundaries players and modders alike are used to, and it comes across as extremely exploitative, if not downright malicious, considering they’re taking a combined 75% of the profits.
Firstly, slapping a purchase price on a mod is more than just a little unorthodox, it’s, in my opinion, impractical on its own.   Mods are never guaranteed to play nice with your game.  As someone who has modded Skyrim extensively (181 active mods and as many as 200 sometimes), mods can cause all kinds of hiccups and gripes in a game, even when you follow the instructions to the letter and take all the steps to make sure they’re compatible.  Sometimes, a problem with a mod may not show up for days or weeks of play, or may only fail under very specific circumstances.  Requiring people to pay a price for a mod is therefore not only risky for the gamer’s save files, it might be risky to their wallets, too.  Even a dollar-priced mod, if it fails beyond the first 24hrs, is a dollar _lost_ for that gamer, which is not something the modding community has had to deal with before.

Secondly, paying for mods flies in the face of the community-driven model that modders and gamers, especially in Bethesda game community, have been operating under… well forever.  Some creators have done nothing but create new assets or resource packs explicitly for other modders to use in their own creations.  Two of the most prolific examples of this are SkySE and SkyUI.  SkySE is a coding framework that unlocks a wide range of additional scripting functions for modders to tap into with their mods.  SkyUI is a User Interface replacement and framework, and its primary features require the use of SkySE in order to function.  One of the mods widely used SkyUI feature is the MCM, the Mod Configuration Menu.  The MCM allows modders to create easy-to-use configuration interfaces for their mods inside the game, so players can adjust mod settings on the fly.  Almost all of the mods I use that aren’t strictly animation/texture/model replacers use the MCM.  Beyond that, many mods are inter-dependent on other mods, or feature designed compatibility.  So most mods depend on the MCM, which is part of SkyUI, which depends on SkySE.  When everything is free-to-use, it’s not a problem.  But once money gets involved… legalities get really fuzzy.  Which brings me to the third point.

Permissions.  Because of how inter-dependent and open the modding community is, everything being free lent itself to very few conflicts.  So long as you got the creator’s permission, you could use whatever assets and coding you wanted in your own mod creations.  With the introduction of money into the system… there’s a very real fear of assets being used for profit, and the asset creators never seeing a penny of it.  There’s also the fear of outright theft, re-uploading for profit, or even more ironically, pirating of mods already up behind the ‘pay wall’.  To many gamers and even many modders, charging for mods violates the spirit of the cooperative modding community.  Texture makers and 3D modelers, voice actors and writers, animators… anyone who has created new assets for the game are now at risk of having someone use their work not only uncredited, which was always a risk, but also for profit without their consent or knowledge.

Now, the modders that have taken the jump and have uploaded their mods for sale on the new system have had various reasons and explanations for why, ranging from ‘why not?’ to open letters to the community… once their Valve-enforced NDAs expired.  I personally understand where most of them are coming from.  Mods, especially the deep mechanical changes, the huge retexturing projects, the DLC-sized adventures, the carefully written and voice-acted NPCs and companions, all these mods and more require a huge investment of time and sometimes money to create and maintain.  That the mod creators want some compensation for their work is not a radical concept.  It’s actually quite logical.  However, what Valve/Bethesda have done here has blindsided both creators and users with a poorly executed paradigm shift that neither was ready for, and some mod creators have fared better than others when it comes to the backlash they’re getting from what used to be a very loyal and supportive community.
I’m going to use two specific modders as examples, though to spare them from any further vitriol, which they’ve both gotten plenty of, I’m going to refer to them as  Modder A and Modder B.  People who mod Skyrim extensively will know of whom I speak, but I don’t feel the need to throw fuel onto the fire.

Modder A has been a fixture of the community for a long time, and is known for making a long list of quality and widely-used mods that introduce brand new gameplay options into the game, and has dominated a particular kind of immersive mod for years now.  Modder A’s first mods behind the new paywall were the latest version of a mod he’s been helping maintain with another mod maker, a joint venture they both agreed to, and unique new mod.  As soon as the NDA he had with Valve expired, he made a statement to the community explaining his reasoning, and making it explicitly clear that everything he uploaded behind the ‘pay wall’ would become free to download on the Skyrim Mod Nexus after a certain length of time.  He was, in effect, giving players the option to pay for access to the latest version of this and all future mods he releases there, or just wait for those versions to eventually make their way back to the Nexus for free.  He also promised that all his mods would use the new system’s ‘pay what you want’ option, which sets a minimum of $0.99, but allows the purchaser to pay more at their own discretion.  This transparent letter earned back the loyalty of most of his fans and the community at large.  However, he voluntarily took down his new mod when one of the situations I talked about above happened.  A creator whose animations he used in the mod, with proper credit, took issue with his animations being used for profit.  Modder A has since said he’s been burned by Valve and has pulled all his content off the Steam Workshop.  All of it.

Modder B was really excited about the latest iterations of his two major mods, and spent a lot of time talking about the new features and upgrades.  However, due to Valve and Bethesda’s poor choice to enforce an NDA on all the modders being featured in the first batch, Modder B was unable to explain that the new versions were going to be put up behind the new ‘pay wall’.  When the news broke and the news went live, Modder B faced the same kind of backlash as Modder A.  However, instead of clarifying anything, Modder B was silent for much longer than Modder A, before making a very small and hard-to-find explanation that he, too, was going to operate under the timed exclusivity policy.  Modder B’s mods are still up on the Workshop, but recently one of them has come under fire for what I imagine is something similar to what Modder A faced with his one mod.  The results of that situation have not been determined yet.  However, due to the longer silence, the quieter response to critics, and the large amount of hype that had been generated around the latest versions of the mods, the community is much less forgiving of Modder B.
A lot of players feel betrayed by the modders who are choosing to sell their mods.  The modders that are keeping their content free feel the modders who are selling their mods are ruining and complicating what was once a simple idea.  If it sounds like I’m blaming those modders for wanting to sell their mods, I’m not.  I understand what they want and how they feel about it.  I blame Steam and Bethesda for what has happened.  What was once a strong and unified community has been fractured in less then 48 hours by a shoddy, poorly implemented, and foolishly secretive system.  I don’t think either company understood the complications they were going to end up creating with the system, nor how being so secretive about would magnify and galvanize strong and vocal opposition the whole idea.

It’s similar to what Microsoft tried to do with the XBOX One originally, with their massive push towards pure digital distribution.  Objectively, the idea was not a bad one, and I respect what Microsoft was trying to do with the system, but the announcement blindsided the console community with paradigm shift they weren’t prepared for, and the inevitable backlash forced them to back off their plans for the system, and lost them a large part of the console market in the process.

It’s a case of companies trying to improve the lives of their users without understanding the ramifications of the changes they’re trying to implement will have.  Or it’s a case of greed gone amok.  Either situation yields the same result, and I’m not in a position to comment on the motivations behind Valve and Bethesda’s decision.  I am however in a position to say that it was a bad move for a long list of reasons, the very basics of which I’ve covered in this article.  It has forced a lot of hands, and even the Nexus site has had to implement a set of new changes to help protect modders from exploitation and give them new ways to make it clear how people can use their mods, as well as planning a more prominent donation system to give users a more visible reminder that modders are people too, and donations can go a long way to help.
I happened to have stopped using the Steam Workshop for my Skyrim mods about a month ago, well before this problem started, and I have no intention to return and use it, especially with the system they’ve put into place and at least one modder getting into a spat with Valve itself.  Its goal is noble on the surface, but it’s already done far too much damage to deserve my support, and I would encourage any current mod users and potential mod creators to instead make use of the Skyrim Mod Nexus site and donate to the mod creators there, not to punish the modders that are using the Workshop, but to send the message to Valve and Bethesda that this system they’ve created is too flawed to be functional.

Social Discussion / Re: What is a hero?
« on: April 07, 2015, 06:30:13 PM »
According to google, "a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities."

Support & Help / Re: Logan Hill and Dice Martin
« on: April 02, 2015, 07:35:15 PM »
Just a few tips:

First, go here to fill out a Ban Request.

Second, fill out all the information in the form.  Steam ID can be found here so long as you have the URL of their Steam profile.  You can also just type status in console, look for their Steam name and copy/paste the Steam ID from there, but they need to be playing on the server at that moment for it to work.  As for their Catalyst Gaming forum profile, go here and plug in the Steam ID you found earlier.  That will take you directly to their CG profile, whose URL you need to copy and paste into the Ban Request.

Third, get actual evidence.  Legitimate evidence is in the form of screenshots, rendered videos, and sometimes demo files.  Copied and pasted text from console can easily be tampered with and witness testimony can be perjured, so neither are accepted here.

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