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Comment: Uh. No. Sorry. (Score 4, Informative) 45

by Chas (#47434927) Attached to: What Happens When Gaming Auteurs Try To Go It Alone?

Daikatana failed because it sucked, and was three years late.

Romero's skills were GROSSLY oversold
The game was GROSSLY overhyped.
And they burned through an obscene amount of money trying to be a "rockstar" studio (spending lavishly on facilities and trinkets, rather than putting the money where it belonged, in the game.
On top of that, the studio couldn't deliver titles on time to save their lives and was basically had all the makings of a terrible reality TV show with constant infighting, turmoil, etc, etc.

Basically the only thing Ion Storm did RIGHT was to found their Austin office (which kept its nose clean of all the bullshit coming and going from the main Dallas office). Ion Storm Austin actually gained a rep for producing solid work.

Comment: Re:Sound Cards are good enough? (Score 1) 453

But why build a Lamborghini only to put an 8 track player in it

Because a Lambo will do 220mph and you can READILY assimilate the experience and tell the difference from a Volkswagen Beetle doing 90.

For most of the people out there who aren't wanking their audiophile, they can't tell the difference between decent onboard sound and a high end sound card without lots and lots of expensive audio equipment and an oscilloscope.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 453

Maybe with crappy OEM motherboards and stuff from Dell.

Take a look at people who spend between $100-$400 on a motherboard plus for a decent power supply.

Not all that prone to electrical noise.

I'm running a well cable-routed system with 6 large fans in there (including the CPU fan). Electrical noise is basically nill. My audio lines coming out of the box are DEAD SILENT with no distortion detectable by the Mark 1 Ear. And if I need to bust out an oscilloscope to detect it, it's effectively zero.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 453

The /. writeup sounds like audiophile wank to me.

Funny you mention that. Because the entire article IS audiophile wank.

Most of the variance between the aural experience of onboard and that of said SB card can only REALLY be differentiated with specialized audio equipment.

With a Mark 1 Ear (your ear, whatever condition it's in, pristine or blown out from rock concerts or too loud a radio), you're going to be DAMN hard-pressed unless you're also one of those poofy little wankers who spends a year's pay on their sound system and faps over how "good" vinyl sounds compared to CD or DVD audio.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos