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I just stepped out of the house to recycle a box when I heard… - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
February 26th, 2007
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I just stepped out of the house to recycle a box when I heard rumbling of a large vehicle and the strains of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love".

Ah, the sweet auditory melange of FedEx. Turns out, the cute FedEx chick had two gifts for me: tickets to see The Police in concert, and Supreme Commander, a computer game I've been anxious to play ever since a bunch of my coworkers left our then-mutual place of work to work on it.

My giddiness over SupCom is effectively masking my shame for overpaying for the Police tickets.

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From:chiabrit
Date:February 26th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
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You doing dual monitors with SupCom? let me know how you like it.
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From:tsmaster
Date:February 26th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Heh, I haven't got the DVD out of the box yet, but for the demo which I played through (and I might have broken it, I played it so much), I found the dual monitor support to be less useful to me than I had hoped.

They've implemented "fluid zooming" (I don't know if that's their name for it, but it's descriptive), which allows you to mousewheel continuously from a usefully zoomed in view (good for aligning your power generators with your mass extractors or factories) out to a full-map view, and back in to a medium-scale view with two movements of your finger. As easy as a mouseclick.

That's without the second monitor. I did try having the second monitor given over to a fullscreen strategic map, but then I couldn't use the edges of my primary monitor to pan around the main view, as it interpreted moving off the edge of my primary monitor as wanting to move my cursor over to the strategic map. I don't know if there's a good solution to that.

One thing I found disappointing with the demo was that my nVidia 6200 is able to keep up with the low-end presets for video options, but not medium. Looks like I need to upgrade.
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From:tsmaster
Date:February 26th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
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The install process suggests nVidia 6800 as the minimum recommended graphics card.

The outside of the box, for what that's worth, says that minimum is a 128 MB graphics card with DX9 Vertex and Pixel shaders (2.0), with a recommended 256MB number.

The outside of the box, now that I'm peering at the fine print, also says nVidia 6800 or better. So there you go. I'm sure I'll post if/when I upgrade.
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From:rechercher
Date:February 28th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
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You can afford to overpay for something occasionally? Go you.

Soon I will have this ability. (Affirmation, affirmation, affirmation.) :)
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