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  1. CaptainJack

    FLASH TEAM recruiting reboot

    Hi Jo, how's it hangin' ?
  2. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    I referred to Bathurst because the exclusion of that one has been an issue in the past with one game although it might not have been a Codemasters game. But excluding Spa is completely ridiculous, back in Grid 1 we walked that track to learn every corner.
  3. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    Are you kidding me? there have been riots in the past when Bathhurst was left out of a game and Spa is the single most popular track. Maybe we weren't as paranoid as we thought with some of their previous moves to destroy their own games. For reputation reasons maybe the powers that be will allow those tracks in F1 but no other Codemasters game. I'd like to see Codemasters crowdfund a Game called "Lacetti" and make that the next Grid title. I'd definitely throw £50 at it as a gamble. It worked with Project Cars so why not with a Lacetti led Grid game. Edit: 18:08: Shadow of the Tomb Raider was the game with Ray Tracing and Battlefield V also has it. RDR2 has Raymarching which is also a neat effect for all those atmospheric goodies.
  4. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    I play all my games on 2560x1440. I didn't want to go higher because of the size on screen and little is optomized for anything higher so a waste of time and money. You mention raytracing and a little while ago I had access to that with one of my games and I can't remember which one. I did read somewhere that Nvidia had been pressured into doing something which would make the 1080Ti capable of accessing raytracing but as there are few games at the moment exploiting this I wasn't too fussed about it although I did activate it so knew that it worked. It might have been RDR2, I'll have to check. I do recall that when it came to details the scene had a certain polish . . .bit like when we finally got rounded edges and not hexagons. Funnily enough around 30 years ago in Autodesk Animator we were messing around with the idea of ray tracing.
  5. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    You were always the resident expert so no complaints on corrections. However, you missed my point. I know that Vram is card ram which is why I said Vram and bandwidth meaning those two are the important ones when it comes to gaming. I bought the GTX1080Ti for the 11Gb of Vram. This meant I had a lot more space when watching the meter as I ramped up my graphics. And a good bandwidth means no choke points. 😉
  6. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    'Fraid there is nothing new here. Something similar is why we all walked away years ago. Years ago we accused them of purely creating whatever as a cash grab and nothing has changed. They must be rolling on the floor wondering just how many suckers are out there. But seriously, there just isn't enough money in the racing pool to sustain all games to the fullness of their potential. Even though Grid 1 won a BAFTA it wasn't a financially successful game and series. Dirt is, which is why it's still going strong.
  7. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    So bandwidth and Vram for gaming?
  8. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    This is why I like to run it past you as you have far more technical knowledge than I do. I suspect the ram would be of more use in MS Office and Photoshop but I could be wrong.
  9. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    I think Codemasters prefer the young players. They even made a mod out of one child, how crazy is that. We used to point out where the money came from and it wasn't from the kids. So far we have got away with "off topic" far longer than back in the day but as Assie mentions maybe we should start our own thread? The problems of today are the same as yesterday but we had a more conversational approach to things, much like you see here. Imagine we are sitting down chewing the fat with the crew at Codemasters. In fact back in the day I had an invite to go visit them and discuss matters but pointed out that as a guest in their house I'd have to be on my best behaviour so thanked them kindly and declined. Point is they are still only people warts and all so there will always be flaws on both sides, us and them. The fact that they are still in business tells me they are doing something right and that of course they cannot share details of what it is so all we can do is plug away and hope that at some point more people will be happy than unhappy. We would give Codemasters stick but always buy the next game in the series until we stopped doing so and slowly they lost a whole mass of people. I'm just sorry that they didn't find another magical game which would have brought back many of those players. I enjoy the Dirt games and save myself a lot of frustration by seeing what I have got in front of me and making the most of that. I have this philosophy. Back in the 60's I spent 8 years in a living hell in the services, much of it in freezing conditions. Since then I have a great appreciation for the simplest of things like a warm dry bed every night. Think back to 1971 and the ping pong game in pubs, the early computers in the 80's, the DOS before windows arrived, the chunky early games [ the kids had Sega or Nintendo which, of course, we also enjoyed . . . particularly when 'Link' appeared]. We not only survived them but enjoyed them. We enjoyed every new innovation . . .it was like magic. Then, games got too good which turned us into too demanding. I include myself in this. But every night when I go to bed I'm reminded of the nightmare I suffered for 8 years back in the 60's and just how good those 2000 pocket springs feel now.
  10. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    As usual I haven't bothered looking for updates and then you fire it up again. I have 32gigs 2100 but am looking at 32gigs [2 x 16Gb] Corsair Dominator Platinum 4000MHz for just under £500. What is your opinion?
  11. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    Just quoting the dxdiag but can always trust you for the exactitude, lol . . . nothing changes, lol. I just knew that you would have something close on the max available. My number two is still running the GTX980 and number three the 770. Are you still overclocking? My dilemma is that my present No.1 rig has no problems running the games and if I went for the ultimate top end rig I'd be sat on four computers which is one too many and I'm loathe to decommission my No.2 as it is still a very good computer with all my music stuff on as it's best to keep music progs separate from other progs. The GTX770 No.3 rig is no problem and doesn't need replacing as it is my cinema computer and only used to show movies in my sitting room. I know that individual parts can be updated but experience has shown me that updating just the gfx card is ok but doing all the other bits and pieces creates a mongrel computer open to conflicts. In the past I have sorted everything by crawling around in the bios but I'm fed up with that. Must check out that card you mention as I can always find a bit of spare cash. Funny how over the years the cost of a card has crept up from around £300 to around £1000 Edit: 19:10: Took a look and see that the 3080 is way ahead of the 2080ti but a bit concerned that a 3090 is mentioned. we had the '90' series some years ago and that tends to throw a few cogs into the works with trying not to throw money away on a bad choice. It looks like the 3080 or/and 3080ti will come with 18gigs Vram - the touted 24gigs is for the pro card - which would be very handy and also the bandwidth. The price could be very attractive so we will have to see. Sht, it didn't take long before we were back on the gfx card trail . . .
  12. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    I'm getting heat up near that at the moment and it's just that tad too high. [ Cornwall ] . . . just in case you were wondering, lastbreath!
  13. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    I don't know where you get your info but I haven't finished SP because I've been too busy online setting up my Moonshine business, Collectors business, Bounty hunting, and creating stocks in my camp for sale. There are numerous challenges to take part in and the gambling is not for real money but just another ingame challenge. For me it's like with GTA V where I got halfway into the SP and then went online and stayed there because of all there is to do. The live chat system is very efficient so you can communicate that way and your rig will give you some decent graphics so there is nothing stopping you, except for some reason you never liked live chat but maybe now that your English has improved things have changed. server capacity is similar to GTA V with about 22 -24 people which is understandable considering the size of the game. It really depends what you want from a game. I'm just as happy fishing or looking for treasure as I am having to clear a random roadblock or outlaw camp. I grew up on the old westerns on TV so this is like being in my own western, and I'm sure that goes for many others. If you embrace every aspect of online play there is always something needing to be done to keep the dollars rolling in so that you can buy all the goodies on offer. One thing which stands out are all the clothes so you can create whatever 'old west' look you desire and change it around as you wish. In this game you have to look after your horse like you would a real one otherwise all he'll do for you is throw you off and take off. The game is designed around action and reaction, everything has a consequence and Rockstar has put stuff in and told no-one about it so your behaviour will determine how that stuff impacts your game. My present rig is: GTX1080Ti ; i7 - 7700@4.20GHz (8cpu's); 32 gigs ram. and between you and me I only put that in as bait for Assie to blow it out of the water with his current rig, lol.
  14. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    Toca 2 also for me. What you mention is a replay of ten years ago and every year inbetween so why do they never have a brain storming session and finally work it out? The thing with lobbies and chat reminds me of when they threw around that forums are a privilege not a necessity . . . really? other types of companies spend a fortune to get the information forums throw up for free. I know why they say it! it's because their actions over the years have made it clear that they have little or no interest in what we want but instead prefer to tell us and invariably they have got it wrong . . . there's arrogance for you. Yet it is so, so obvious what we want as a package because we have always sung the same tune in every racing game we indulge in . . . one day, aye?
  15. CaptainJack

    The future of Grid

    It is interesting to note the changes. For myself and most of my friends who have been gaming since the beginning of gaming taking part in Alphas and Betas was just run of the mill, we all took part in making games. I joined My Space when it appeared and within two months removed all trace of my account from that cesspool. I don't belong to any social media site as I view them all as cesspools corrupting natural social intercourse and in many cases the actual truth. I mention this because your comments about the Codemasters staff of today and my recollections from 12 years ago are at direct opposites. I see this as reflecting the influence of these social media sites and this new world of direct contact with other human beings being through a tiny screen and a tiny keyboard and requiring your head to be stuck in this 24/7. Manners, patience, tolerance no longer exist and back in the day the majority of personal issues were dealt with privately. Only the trolls looked for a public stage. I don't say it is the fault of the staff as their behaviour is probably as a result of what the world has become and how it treats them. With my generation of players we tried and tried to get Codemasters to be reasonable but in the end their arrogance resulted in the most ridiculous game mechanics - almost space age or magical kingdom - so we left and they went back to their money grabbing kiddies games. I suppose we can't blame them because they had to have an income and all of their major talent left - poached - after the success of Grid leaving no-one capable to create a suitable follow-up. No idea who is in the office today but for sure they still haven't got that special talent to just tip them back into brilliance. Gamers today demand the full package or as near as dammit. Codemasters always could make brilliant cars but that doesn't make a complete game. Forget 'sims' where Codemasters are concerned. Waffle after waffle but they will always only be arcade and nothing wrong with that. We had the mighty Lacetti and they never caught on that they could have made a game just with that and the game would sell in the millions. Back in the day it wasn't about finding enough people to form a race but about hoping to find a space in all the full meetings and usually having to wait for one to pop up. I don't believe online racing has anywhere near the pull it had years ago as other, more exciting, games have been perfected for online play. Sure, I like an occasional spin but GTA V is my usual go to as it is the complete package. Warframe is one of the most stunning visual games with fantastic gameplay and enough detail for even a scientist to be entertained alongside all levels of players and after 7 years this founder member is back there on a daily basis. Racing games are just 'repeats' so how long can that hold anyone's attention? Which means they rely on new players as the format is never going to be 'new'. And can a company always get enough 'new' players for new titles, new updates, each year to pay the bills? Time for me to get on one of my beautiful horses, ride over to Blackwater, and have a few hands of Texas Hold'em. PS. On another note, Isn't it tragic that all this statue daubing we are seeing only serves to display the ignorance of history of the daubers?
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