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Comment: Re:Source 1 was awful (Score 1) 88

by coxymla (#41962171) Attached to: Gabe Newell Confirms Source 2 Engine

Source was never "awesome". idtech4 came out before it, for christ's sake.

Source is saddled with tiny maps/levels that are exceedingly slow to load. The graphics are OK but seem to require hardware that is capable of producing much better results using other engines like CryEngine or UE3. Finally, and this is changing now, but it was targeted way too strongly into DirectX.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous (Score 1) 217

by coxymla (#41954017) Attached to: Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication

Minor quibble: the IOS mobile authenticator app won't run in the simulator because the IOS sim is not an emulator. You need to compile an app specifically for the sim.

The Android sim is actually a full-fledged emulator and so can run any app, but is obviously much less performant because of that.

Comment: Re:What does it all mean? (Score 1) 305

by coxymla (#41580365) Attached to: Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected

An NPC is definitely not a bot. Bots are PCs being controlled by macros and/or programs.

The most common bot you see is one that queues for PVP battleground, but then just targets another friendly player and follows them around to soak up participation/victory points.

More sophisticated ones fly around the world gathering resources by actually being programmed with the location of resource node spawns and enough logic to be able to determine if they're present, click on them if so, then move to the next.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"

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