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    posted a message on How long until Minecraft requires a Windows Live account to play?
    The only logical reason I can see a sale of 2.2B (or was it more?) is simply for the rights to the Name.

    As best I can tell, there's got to be a plan for a Minecraft 2.0, I don't see how they expect the current iteration to break even, let alone turn a profit unless they do so. At that point, i'd expect to see a change in account access. This sale comes years after the official PC launch (tack on even more for those of us playing since alpha/beta), years after the 360 launch, and post the PS3/4 and Xbox One launch.

    ...Either that, or they're going micro-transaction model, which will kill the game in my eyes. All I can say is i'm glad i'm an alpha player, I exhausted Minecraft long before Microsoft got their hands on it.
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    posted a message on [1.8] I am disappointed.
    I may or may not be the first to post this, i'm not going to red through 11 pages just to find out.

    While you might not like 1.8, remember that Minecraft is finished, it has officially launched. Anything past 1.0 (non alpha/Beta - I.E. the last 8 updates), are not contractually obligated by Mojang. They continue to support a hugely popular game because they want to.

    As a mid-Alpha adopter (alpha 1.2-ish) don't play Minecraft all that often anymore, but I am thankful that they continue, and plan to continue to support Minecraft. It could have ended with 1.0
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    posted a message on I'll this run well?
    Quote from JohnOptegrove
    It most certainly is. Intel even says so themselves. I don't know where you're getting this impression from.I'd say they're quite a lot more demanding than browser games.You pretty much implied it when you said you have no idea how anything will run on an i3, and when you said it's easily outclassed.

    And that means...? If they also say that it solved world hunger, cured cancer, and has the capability to become sentient, does that mean it's so?
    It's called marketing. Yes, they make really low end CPU's, CPU's that were outdated five years ago. that doesn't make the i3 a mid range CPU. By today's standards, it is low end. If you're build an Intel system today that's going to see any moderate use (or, any moderate gaming, in any aspect) and not running an 1150 socket, you're doing something wrong. And even if I were to take this argument as valid, it's the low end of the mid range, it can, is, and will always be be outclassed. it's the nature of tiered products.

    They're really not. The have very basic minimum requirements, as I said, they're designed as such. they're designed to be accessible.

    I never implied anything. In fact, quite to the contrary, I very clearly stated:
    "It's just something to consider. I'm not saying the i3 won't serve you well, but it may not be best suited for the task at hand."
    if you believe that the i3 can not be easily outclassed, you need to do some research. From a gaming perspective, my FX-8150 is easily outclassed by newer AMD offerings, as well as longstanding Intel offerings.
    I fail to see how you interpreting me as "pretty much" implying something leads to me actually making said claim... but perhaps i'm living in a false world here.

    This is driving the topic in a direction that isn't helpful to the OP, or on topic. I'll be ending my argument here.
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    posted a message on I'll this run well?
    Quote from JohnOptegrove

    It's their mid-range line, and it most certainly is decent for gaming. You sure as hell don't need an i5 for (according to you) League of Legends and DOTA 2.

    It is not their mid line. You don't NEED an i3 to play LoL or DOTA, either. You could play both of those on a Pentium but then again, I said moderate gaming, anything outside of Minecraft or browser based games, LoL and DOTA are more or less on the resource requirement end of browser based games. They are designed as such. A toaster could run both of those games.
    And, for final good measure, at no point did I ever say that you NEED an i5 to game. I don't even use an intel processor and my system is a multipurpose rig, which includes gaming.
    Please, read before you make a fool of yourself again.
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    posted a message on I'll this run well?
    That should be a good benchmark then. You'll likely see similar performance. One last thing to check before making the purchase is that your motherboard supports your processor.

    If I might also give some more advice: If you ever do decide to buy a pre-built gaming PC, avoid Alienware like the plague. massively inflated costs just for the name and logo.
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    posted a message on I'll this run well?
    Shaders are usually more GPU oriented, so i'd imagine that you'd not have too much of a bottleneck.

    I can't say "yes" or "no", however, as I do not know how they run on an i3. I have zero experience with gaming on an i3.
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    posted a message on I'll this run well?
    As I interjected into my post above (after you quoted me :P)

    you may want to take into consideration that the i3 is the low end of intel's offering. upside is you save some money, downside is they are easily outclassed, especially in gaming aspects. If you even moderately game on your PC, (I.E. anything outside of minecraft or browser based games), id advise you take a look at the i5 line.

    GTX 760 is a great card. it'll last you for some time yet. You'll have no problems there, assuming it doesn't crap out on you



    I have zero experience with Camtasia, so I can't comment on that. If it works for you, great!, if not, There's FRAPS, DxTory, OBS, or even Shadowplay (personally, I love Shadowplay)
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    posted a message on I'll this run well?
    Well, in that case, i'd say stick with your headset mic, you're not going to see a huge improvement jumping to a Snowball, and it's going to create a different set of problems for you, namely that it isn't noise canceling (or cancelling, if you prefer). It's going to pick up everything that goes on in your room unless you take steps to dampen noise.

    If I may also interject about the processor:
    i3's are generally considered light-use processors, i5's are considered moderate/frequent use, the sweet spot for gaming oriented builds, and i7's are geared more towards workstations.
    It's just something to consider. I'm not saying the i3 won't serve you well, but it may not be best suited for the task at hand.
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    posted a message on I'll this run well?
    in regards to the mic:

    I'm assuming by the interest in upgrading your recording software that you plan on growing your channel?

    Simply put (and i'm honestly not trying to be a debbie downer here) I'd hold off on buying something more expensive than what you have, until you see if your channel gathers more views/subs. Honestly, very few channels do, and you're not offering anything that can't be found by the hundreds of thousands of videos already on YouTube (based off of the linked video). YouTube is oversaturated with let's plays. Moreover, YouTube is completely saturated with Minecraft videos. I recall reading somewhere that it holds the largest number of views in terms of games, and has the most regular uploaders.

    If it takes off, then yeah, invest in some equipment. The Snowball is a great mic, I love mine, but had I the chance to do it over again, I'd wait and opt for something more like:

    http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT2020-Cardioid-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B0006H92QK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406450721&sr=8-2&keywords=at202 (with a desk clamp stand, shock mount, and pop filter)

    with

    http://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-2i2-USB-Recording-Interface/dp/B005OZE9SA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406450795&sr=8-1&keywords=scarlet audio (if you plan to use a preamp, make sure the mic you buy is an XLR connective mic, the model linked is XLR, however AT also makes an AT2020 that's USB)

    Edit: Focusrite also has an all-in-one package, condenser mic, preamp, and XLR cable. I can not speak to the quality of the headphones or condenser, however
    http://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Studio-Interface-Recording/dp/B00AW91CPG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1406451411&sr=8-4&keywords=scarlet audio

    It's obviously significantly more expensive, but it will improve your audio quality that much more. especially for headphone users. As someone who uses studio-quality analytic headphones (INB4, beats are NOT studio headphones), some setups are cringeworthy when heard for what they truly are.

    If you'd like ot find out how much RAM you have:
    Start > Right click "Computer" > Properties > Installed Memory (RAM), this is assuming you're using Windows 7.
    You can also run a dxdiag from a command prompt.
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    posted a message on A screen recorder for ios without jailbreak?
    Aside from a Jailbreak, the only thing I know of is using an external capture card.
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    posted a message on PC upgrading help
    $295 is, unfortunately, not going to get you very far in terms of staying up-to-date. You can get yourself a powerful GPU on that budget, but it's not going to be of the current generation.

    http://pcpartpicker.com is usually fairly good on keeping track of the cheapest price for a specific item (such as a specific case, PSU, or GPU), however, they don't have a general "cheapest item of the day" type of thing that I know of.
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    posted a message on Gaming Gear Help.
    Quote from fm87

    Yes. You want as little compression as possible when uploading to youtube, or your video will look like garbage. When youtube re-encodes the video during the 'processing' stage, it amplifies any compression artifacting in your video 2-3x more than the raw footage you ended up with. You may not actually see it when playing the video back on your computer, but once it's on youtube it will be VERY obvious.

    If we're talking about 1080p, DVD quality... sure, extreme compression is a bad thing. that said. I'm still not seeing much of a difference between the likes of

    and
    I'll let you decipher which was recorded with fraps, and which wasn't.
    In the event that you are capable of differentiating the two, I still don't see it worth the extra 197GB, you, more than most people, would have the eye for it.
    Quote from fm87

    Willful ignorance is not an excuse.

    i'm not seeing the ignorance part, nor am I seeing the excuse.

    Quote from fm87

    Unfortunately, this is your choice to live where you are. Either move to somewhere with better internet and make youtube videos, or suck it up and simply don't make videos.

    Sadly, were it my choice, I wouldn't be within a thousand miles of here [Southern California] (quite literally, too) the Marine Corps stuck me here, and unfortunately, at this time in my life, I don't have the capacity to move.
    Quote from fm87

    Life isn't fair, and neither are ISPs. The solution to both these problems is quite simply 'fix it, or deal with it'.

    I have dealt with it. I explained my situation to you, and you seemed to think my fix was wrong. I never said life was fair.
    Quote from fm87

    The problem is when you compress up the bumhole, the video looks like garbage and no one will watch a video that looks like garbage.

    There is a solution to your problem, and that is unfortunately to just not make videos.
    See the first part of this reply. While I understand that compression significantly alters quality, the video quality, at least to me, isn't what i'd call garbage. In fact... I use a compression method suggested by LevelCap.

    Quote from fm87

    If you're of age, why haven't you moved to a better area if this is something you want to do? Unless you have a wife and kids, moving is pretty damn cheap, even with just one of those options it's still very cheap, considering. I'm planning on moving to the other end of my state with my girlfriend at some point next year and the total cost is only going to be about $3.5k, including the first month's rent of an apartment, process of moving, etc.

    Considering moving into an area with better internet often also means better jobs, this is basically a win-win in either case if you wish to do it.

    Unfortunately, as I said before, moving right now isn't an option. There's a lot of other factors that come into play here that i'll spare you the details on, but selling my house in the market in my city would be an ~87k loss from when it was purchased. (if it sold at it's appraisal price of $103k), which would still leave me (before to govt. gets it's hands in my pockets) with about a 100k deficit. My wife and I both know exactly where we want to move (Austin, a couple hundred miles from where i'm originally from), and as soon as we can do so, we're out of here... and by the looks of it, Google Fiber is well on it's way to making it's way to Texas.
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    posted a message on Gaming Gear Help.
    Quote from karlzhao314

    The reason fraps is superior to all of them is because fraps records raw(which is what makes its file sizes so big). There's no compressing or encoding done on the fly, which would save you a ton of CPU power.

    Is that superiority worth the ~197GB difference in my case, however?
    Especially for the likes of YouTube?
    If you find it worth it then by all means, go with fraps. For me personally, I don't think it is, nor do I think it's likely that anyone will convince me otherwise when it comes to YouTube.
    Especially in my case. I have two ISPs in my area, AT&T (ADSL on ancient lines) and Time Warner (cable). This means I have two options, neither of which, i'm very satisfied with:

    AT&T: 6 mbps downlink, 768kbps uplink, strictly enforced 150GB monthly limit ($10/GB over that point) (of which i'm currently only obtaining~ 4 mbps downlink 400 kbps uplink)

    or

    Time Warner: 6 mbps downlink, 2 mbps uplink, strictly enforced 30GB monthly limit ($20/10GB over that point). I can not speak as to it's reliability of service, as I've never used them (and refuse to do so with their embarrassingly low "lol screw you" 30GB cap.), but it's not uncommon to see complaint of nowhere close to the bandwidth you pay for from TWC.

    So, file compression is key for me (for both data, and time reasons) and fraps makes that a whole hell of a lot harder.
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    posted a message on Gaming Gear Help.
    You can find out how it interacts with your system before purchase, however.
    The best video recording platforms I know of just happen to be free... you can pay for fraps if you like. until OBS came around, It's what I used. My playthrough of BF4's campaign (the first game I actually did a comparison on) came out at a grand total of 344GB with Fraps,
    OBS put roughly the same amount of time (a second playthrough... give or take a half hour of recording time) into a significantly smaller file, 147GB The video quality was minimally, if even distinguishably, different.
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    posted a message on Gaming Gear Help.
    You'll have to try them out. All three are free and have a fairly small footprint, however they offer the ability to lock your framerate, which could inadvertently (if you didn't know what it did) lock your framerate to 30 FPS (or... any number for that matter). They'll all interact slightly different from system to system.

    http://www.exkode.co...eatures-en.html

    http://obsproject.com/

    http://event.msi.com...er/download.htm

    Quote from Hakumisoso

    Or use a keybind.


    My keybind still kicks me back to the desktop for my Yeti.
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