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The answer to LG damage debate (29 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 01:41 CDT, 7 September 2017 - iMsg
You've probably heard about that LG damage nonsense:
"6! no 7! no 6! no 7! no 6! no 7! no 6! no 7! no 6! no 7!"

Tearing apart a delightful community.

I suggested 6.5dmg so everyone would be happy, but that seems to be too much work for id software.

Last night I had a dream.
And I have the answer:


Yes, this is gonna happen.
You know it.
Tim knows it (he will invent this soon).

"Clawz hits like a truck with LG? np I'll activate my thunder shield which reduces LG damage to 3"

You'll just have to keep an eye on your mana level, and refill it with Qmana coins.

thx Tim
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IT'S BJ BABY (19 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 09:09 CDT, 13 July 2017 - iMsg
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Cheaters face jail time in South Korea (25 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 06:02 CST, 8 December 2016 - iMsg
"The South Korean parliament has passed an amendment to a law on promoting the gaming industry . Based on this law, manufacturing and distributing programs that are not allowed by the game company and its Terms of Service is now directly illegal.

That would include aimbotters, hacking programs, scripters, or anything not allowed by the ToS.

The punishment? A maximum of 5 years jail time or $43,000 in fines (50 million KRW)."

more details @
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BenQ ZOWIE releases a 240Hz monitor (34 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 01:25 CST, 8 November 2016 - iMsg
The BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 is the first monitor with a 240Hz native refresh rate (no overclocking or tweaking needed).
Of course it's a TN panel, with a resolution of 1920x1080 and a diagonal of 24.5" for a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1ms GtG response time.
It also has "Shields", which are some kind of adjustable blinders that used to be cool in the late 90's offices, but we all know that real gamers have no idea what sunlight is.
There are all kinds of connectors: DVI-DL, HDMI (x2), DP (1.2) for the video, an integrated USB hub, and for audio the now-defunct headphone and microphone jacks.

All the infos on the official product page:

Edited by Teen Queen at 03:29 CST, 8 November 2016 - 18458 Hits
Duke Nukem 20th Anniversary World Tour (4 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 03:45 CDT, 7 September 2016 - iMsg

Frag like it’s 1996 – this time with even more asses to kick! Join the world’s greatest action hero in Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour as he saves Earth once again, kicking alien ass and saving babes across the globe along the way.

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour brings classic Duke Nukem 3D, plus an ALL-NEW 8-Level fifth episode from the original episode designers, to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on October 11.

Pre-Order on Steam (19,99€) :

Edited by nsx0r at 03:49 CDT, 7 September 2016 - 2956 Hits
QL GIBS (13 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 09:52 CDT, 7 June 2016 - iMsg
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GameFront closing down in 10 days (11 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 01:50 CDT, 19 April 2016 - iMsg
First known as FileLeech then FileFront and finally GameFront, this website is one of the oldest for hosting and sharing game demos, mods, maps, patches/updates/point releases, etc.

Here's the official statement:

To all of our loyal fans and site users:

We are sorry to announce that GameFront will be closing its doors permanently as of April 30, 2016. Since our founding as FileLeech almost 20 years ago, we have always strived to offer the best file hosting alongside quality gaming content. To all of our fans who have supported us throughout the years, we thank you for making us your destination for gaming files. Despite name changes, ownership changes, and staff changes, you have always made our jobs rewarding and fun.

If you have files that you would like to save from the site, you will need to make sure that you have downloaded them prior to April 30. Any files not downloaded by that time will no longer be accessible.

Again, thank you all for your support through the years. Game on!

TL;DR: If you want/need to download old files, do it now or never!!!!!!
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John Carmack receives BAFTA Fellowship (8 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 05:08 CDT, 9 April 2016 - iMsg
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QuakeCon 2016 Dates Announced (1 comment, locked)
Posted by nsx0r @ 12:52 CDT, 4 September 2015 - iMsg

Bethesda Softworks announced the official dates for QuakeCon 2016: August 4-7.

Same place as usual:
Hilton Anatole
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207, US

Locked by Teen Queen at 17:10 CDT, 4 September 2015 - 3421 Hits
Lenovo Y Series Gaming Accessories (18 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 14:49 CDT, 2 September 2015 - iMsg
Lenovo is launching its new Y Gaming Series: mouse, keyboard, headset, mouse mat and backpack will be available this month.

Lenovo Y Gaming Precision Mouse - 69.99€/$

- 8 programmable buttons
- Up to 8200 customizable DPI setting
- Up to 1000Hz polling rate
- 4 removable weight cartridges
- Wired USB 2.0
- Dimensions = 140x90x200mm = 5.51x3.54x7.87"
- Weight Without cable and Weight Cartridges = 120g = 0.3lbs
- Weight Cartridges = 4x 5g = 4x 0.011lbs
- Cable (braided) Length = 180mm = 7.09"

Lenovo Y Gaming Mouse Mat: 350x250mm, "highly reliable" and waterproof - 9.99€/$
Lenovo Y Gaming Mechanical Switch Keyboard: Backlit anti-ghosting mechanical Kailh Red switch keys - 139,99€/$

Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset: 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound - 69.99€/$

Lenovo Y Gaming Backpack: suited for a (up to) 17.3" laptop - 99,99€/$
Edited by nsx0r at 15:35 CDT, 2 September 2015 - 18582 Hits
ESL announces anti-doping policy (160 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 05:26 CDT, 14 August 2015 - iMsg
You've probably heard about the Adderall drama that was started by pro CS player United States of America Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen when he openly admitted that all the members of his team (United States of America Cloud9) were using this stimulant drug during the ESL One Katowice tournament.

Although none of the team members have been punished, mainly because the Electronic Sports League couldn't prove they actually took amphetamines, Netherlands Anna Rozwandowicz, ESL's Head of Communication, announced a program in partnership with NADA and WADA (respectively German and worldwide anti-doping agencies) to help create an anti-PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs) policy that is "fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players".

The official rules and guidelines will be updated with the new measures, meanwhile the first saliva tests will randomly take place in ESL Cologne next week-end, and will be extended to all competitions organized, hosted or produced by ESL (Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESEA Pro League, etc.).

ESL will be looking for some substances that made the WADA list, including marijuana, for which they recently raised the threshold by a factor of 10.

As eSports continue to grow in visibility and popularity, ESL, one of the oldest and largest organization, wants to pave the way to a new integrity standard in order to protect the players and the sport as a whole. Will this become the new norm for every eSport organisation? If professionnal gamers want the same recognition as traditional sport athletes, it will certainly have to.
Edited by Badb0y at 14:50 CDT, 14 August 2015 - 43713 Hits
Quake Live's Next Update and Beyond (452 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 18:42 CDT, 30 July 2015 - iMsg
United States of America SyncError was in a chatty mood today in ZLive chat, I tried to sum everything in a clear post, in case you missed it. Sounds good to me.

Edited by xou at 13:15 CDT, 31 July 2015 - 170947 Hits
The Ghetto AC (19 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 11:14 CDT, 1 July 2015 - iMsg
OK guys there's a major heatwave across the globe right now, so here is some advice to keep you fresh for only a few bucks.

It works.
It's quiet.
It's cheap.
It's portable.

Edited by nsx0r at 11:14 CDT, 1 July 2015 - 6577 Hits
YouTube Gaming (76 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 01:00 CDT, 13 June 2015 - iMsg
This is it, YouTube is launching its dedicated gaming platform.

YouTube (Google) wanted to buy Twitch at some point, but it was Amazon who got top bid.
And instead of backing off, Google transformed YouTube over the past year to create what could potentially be a serious contender.

The service will launch this summer in the US and the UK, other locations will be announced at the upcoming E3.

Edited by nsx0r at 11:25 CDT, 13 June 2015 - 13690 Hits
Is your PC ready for 8K streaming? (14 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 01:49 CDT, 10 June 2015 - iMsg
Forget 2K, silly 4K or even stupid 5K, there's a video on YouTube in 8K.
That's 7680x4320 at 24fps.
And that's a lot of pixels.

Question is: can your config handle it?

Oh, and it needs around 220Mbps of stable bandwidth.

Can't wait for the 60fps version!
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the_movie of Ze dem0n (121 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 12:23 CDT, 29 April 2015 - iMsg

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Rating: 9.1 (177 votes)
I was tired of waiting for dem0n's movie, so I made it myself.
Edited by Badb0y at 15:24 CDT, 3 May 2015 - 75787 Hits
ZOWIE GEAR releases EC1-A and EC2-A (79 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 01:28 CST, 16 January 2015 - iMsg
tl;dr, it's a EC with Avago 3310 sensor (like the FK).

Features and Specification:
- Ergonomic right-handed design
- Plug and play - no driver needed
- Perfect lift-off distance: Only 1.5 ~ 1.8 mm
- 24-step scroll wheel
- DPI ( Dots Per Inch ): 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
- Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
- Connector: USB
- Buttons: 5
- Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft
- Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8
- Mac OS X v10.2 after

The stock availability of our partner shops will be announced through our Facebook page –

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Posted by nsx0r @ 11:47 CST, 9 January 2015 - iMsg
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Happy Birthday funnyb (3 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 04:36 CST, 30 November 2014 - iMsg
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Logitech G302 Mouse (49 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 05:46 CST, 4 November 2014 - iMsg
Here's the official presentation for the so-called "Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse"

I don't know what's so 'MOBA' about it, I don't see 99 side buttons!?

Some features:
- 6 programmable buttons
- On-the-fly adjustable 240-4000 DPI settings
- Logitech's "Delta Zero" technology (a combination of lens design, illumination geometry and algorithms)
- Lightweight design
- Low-friction feet (250km lifespan)
- 20 million high-speed clicks buttons (something like 10h/day for 2 years)
- Metal spring left/right button tensioning system
- 1 millisecond report (1000hz on USB 2.0, 16 bits/axis)
- Max. acceleration: >20G
- Max. speed: >120 ips (3 m/sec)
- 32-bit ARM Microprocessor
- Dynamic coefficient of friction: .09µ (k)
- Static coefficient of friction: .14µ (s)

Official images:

Weight (mouse + cable): 4.48 ounces / 127 grams
Weight (mouse only): 3.07 ounces / 87 grams
Length : 4.53 inches / 115 mm
Width : 2.56 inches / 65 mm
Height : 1.46 inches / 37 mm

It should be available worldwide this month (November 2014), pricetag should be around $60 / 50€ / Ł40.

Official product page
Edited by nsx0r at 07:43 CST, 4 November 2014 - 21600 Hits
155+ Quake Movies at 60fps on YouTube (99 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 03:34 CDT, 27 June 2014 - iMsg
2014-10-30 UPDATE

YouTube made 48-60fps settings available to everybody, so I re-re-re-uploaded Quake movies in 60fps glory here

Edited by nsx0r at 11:53 CDT, 30 October 2014 - 22786 Hits
Rapp's rap (14 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 16:10 CDT, 5 June 2014 - iMsg
* (beatboxing starts)

no matter if you were 7 foot above me
ill get a real hacker to fuck you up
I told you to shush already
in fact lets arrange to meet up

I would fuck you up

I don't do weights, I do people like you
ill find you and come for you
I probably have a demo of you getting it up the arse too
Oh dear do I need to send screens of that shit too?

I would fuck you up

* (beatboxing ends)
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Half Life 3 Confirmed (8 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 07:37 CDT, 23 May 2014 - iMsg
For real.
By Counter-Strike creator.
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THE_KULLAR (10 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 06:21 CDT, 19 May 2014 - iMsg
Cooller cool bag pro-model from Ikea

5345 Hits New European Servers (8 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 04:30 CDT, 29 March 2014 - iMsg
Twitch delivers.

Less than 6 months after promising a solution for the huge lags experienced by some (most?) EU users, doubled capacity and new servers are now ONLINE!

13-dec-2013 :
* NEW SERVER: Prague, CZ
* CAPACITY x2: Amsterdam, NL

* CAPACITY x2: London, UK

29-mar-2014 (today):

I hope it will be enough to absorb the rapid expansion of their service (especially in Europe) but at least it shows they're going in the right direction.

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Ins millionnaire soon (93 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 00:14 CST, 28 February 2014 - iMsg
<Insan3> I need money
<Insan3> I'm going to McDonalds brb

and then:

I think not.
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FACEIT 2-6 September Daily Cups (8 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 06:10 CDT, 31 August 2013 - iMsg
New week, new daily cups on FACEIT!

Next week's QuakeLive Daily Point Cups schedule:

11:00 CDT : Duel Level 4 & 8
12:00 CDT : Duel Level 3 & 6 & 10
13:00 CDT : TDM 2v2 (Mon-Wed-Fri) or CA 3v3 (Tue-Thu)
14:00 CDT : CTF 4v4 (Mon-Wed-Fri) or TDM 4v4 (Tue-Thu)
15:00 CDT : PREMIUM CUP (varying)

Links: Sign Up, mIRC #FACEIT, Facebook FACEITCommunity, Twitter @FACEIT, YouTube FACEITcom
Edited by wn at 06:57 CDT, 5 September 2013 - 7548 Hits
Tower Of Guns (11 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 11:15 CDT, 30 August 2013 - iMsg
Tower of Guns is a splendid first-person robot-shooter with randomised elements and power ups that stack, creating weaponry and skill sets that are ludicrously powerful and ludicrously ludicrous. A work in progress build is available to those willing to pay $7.50 for a preorder and I’ve spent forty five minutes ascending the tower this morning, pinging circular saws off angled walls, trashing hordes of robots and triple jumping to safety as avalanches of chunky, cartoonish bombs threaten to crush me. Levels are stitched together from a selection of predesigned rooms, some cramped and packed with whirling dervish-bots, others requiring vertical navigation and precision aiming. It’s the Borderlands of Isaac, a roguish Quakelike delight. But you probably shouldn’t play it. Not yet.

The game’s designer, Joe Mirabello, kind of agrees with me:

Tower of Guns is the kind of game that’s more fun the more surprises there are for you. That said, if you want the “full ToG experience”, you might want to wait until the bar above reaches 70-80% complete [it's currently at 42%] or so before you try it. It’ll be more fun for you then.

It’s the kind of experience that requires variety to keep the player interested. Short bursts of play, different every time. At the moment, there’s little variation in enemy types, with the same turrets and spinning blades appearing in every other room. The bosses, some of which turn their lairs into first-person bullet hell contraptions as soon as they start their assault, are mightily impressive, but when the final opponent in any given set of rooms becomes harder to predict, the player’s skills will be more thoroughly tested.

As in Isaac, your weaponry and skills are usually discovered rather than purchased, removing decision-making from the process. You don’t choose a build, apart from an initial skill and gun, instead it’s necessary to learn the best use for whatever the game throws in your path. Flexibility and speedy reactions are the tools for survival.

The more robots you kill without taking a hit, the more chance you have of levelling up your gun, which deteriorates in power when damage is taken. Never stop moving, that’s the key.

Lewie P told me to try this while we were drinking a glass of grown-up pop and I’m glad he did. There are far worse ways to spend time and money, but holding back and waiting for a more complete version does seem sensible. That’s not to say there are problems with the current build – its stable, attractive and entertaining – but best not to burn out the excitement factor before there’s more to see. And it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of other games to play while you wait.

Edited by wn at 09:01 CDT, 31 August 2013 - 3504 Hits
THIS WEEK ON FACEIT: 26/08-01/09 (20 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 07:07 CDT, 26 August 2013 - iMsg
New week, new daily cups on FACEIT!

This week's QuakeLive schedule. Daily Point Cups:

10:30 CDT : Duel Level 4 & Level 8
12:00 CDT : Duel Level 3 & Level 6 & Level 10
13:30 CDT : TDM 4v4 (Mon-Wed-Fri) or CTF 4v4 (Tue-Thu)
14:00 CDT : PREMIUM CUP (varying)
15:00 CDT : CA 3v3 (Mon-Wed-Fri) or TDM 2v2 (Tue-Thu)

The rules have been updated so please read them carefully. You can always vote for the maps you want to see in the mappool in this thread. GLHF!

Links: Sign Up, mIRC #FACEIT, Facebook FACEITCommunity, Twitter @FACEIT, YouTube FACEITcom
Edited by Badb0y at 09:08 CDT, 26 August 2013 - 6768 Hits
SyncError talks (281 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 16:04 CDT, 25 August 2013 - iMsg
SyncError recently talked a bit in Zoot's chat about different topics, so I tried to keep the essential parts for your informative pleasure.

*** about Mac support:

[18:24] <fr0zzen> Syncerror will you ever be able to fix Quake Live crashing for mac, i'm not mad, didnt have any crash for one week, what bugs me is that I only have 90 fps max.
[18:24] <syncerror> Mac support is really up in the air.

*** about a "new quake"?:

[18:25] <shabadoo_> When will we hear anything Syncerror, because with the rise of esports people are forgeting about Quake, its not what most want, but sadly its true
[18:25] <syncerror> Shabadoo_ yeah, we hope to usher in a new age though, and maybe bring back that attention.
[18:26] <fearghas_> the only way to usher in a new era would be quake 5, quake live had it's chance and failed
[18:26] <syncerror> Fear, you have the right idea.
[18:26] <syncerror> I wouldn't go as far as to say Q5
[18:26] <syncerror> but something along those lines.
[18:27] <agonnie> QL 2.0
[18:27] <kodisha> M F G
[18:27] <testostronk> \o/
[18:27] <jolonnar> Dear god. Syncerror is full of stars.
[18:27] <shabadoo_> 2GD said sopmehing about a new game I believe

*** about Steam:

[18:27] <kodisha> if it was on stream - where would they put stats?
[18:27] <syncerror> Steam is something our internal team likes, but is a debated business move... given that they take 30% of your income.
[18:29] <scrbr> what won't you gain with steam
[18:29] <rgp_> ql in steam would fail just like q3 failed on STeam
[18:29] <x0ut> millions of potential clients
[18:30] <rgp_> you should know that by now
[18:30] <syncerror> Q3 doesn't use steamworks.
[18:30] <syncerror> It's just 'on steam'.
[18:30] <agonnie> QL on steam would mean nothing
[18:30] <syncerror> There's a huge difference.
[18:30] <mass_hysteria> Nothing really changes. It's just on a client.
[18:30] <mass_hysteria> That is popular
[18:30] <inkorp> QL's too good for Steam
[18:30] <syncerror> There is 'on steam' and 'using steam'. You can a lot from using steamworks.

*** about maps:

[18:23] <syncerror> we have much better ideas
[18:23] <syncerror> than worrying about how to improve those pools.
[18:24] <syncerror> We'd rather just rebuild the entire game/system to have a better model
[18:24] <jolonnar> Sync, sounds great. Care to share? :)
[18:24] <syncerror> No. :)
[18:24] <syncerror> Yes, but no.
[18:43] <testostronk> syncerror, could you kindly recreate wcp16
[18:43] <syncerror> We don't recreate others maps, because that's essentially stealing. :p
[18:43] <testostronk> naaaah
[18:44] <grabthemegar> same creator as wcp9
[18:44] <grabthemegar> which is in the game
[18:44] <syncerror> Grab, we're sure trying.
[18:44] <syncerror> We've been speaking with him to buy them..
[18:44] <syncerror> but he's been busy / unresponsive.
[18:44] <syncerror> We're fully willing to buy them though, and he's been willing to sell them.. it just hasn't happened yet.
[18:44] <syncerror> I've been pestering him kindly for the past 4 months especially.
[18:44] <supermario2k> does id own dreamcast map pack rights?
[18:45] <syncerror> Yes we own the dreamcast maps.
[18:45] <syncerror> Hidden Fortress, House of Decay are Dreamcast maps
[18:47] <pjanoman_of_4s> syncerror, q2 pack! we already have the edge and warehouse but let's add tokeys towers and the fragpipe!!
[18:47] <syncerror> Yup, you pretty much named the last two remaining decent Q2 maps, not including the ctf maps..
[18:48] <syncerror> Although I'd rather rip out the dumb TA runes and replace them with Q2 runes first. :)
[18:48] <grabthemegar> yep, chastity belt
[18:48] <syncerror> Chastity Belt is a bit overrated. We could add it, but it doesn't really hold up as well.
[18:48] <naymlis> its not overrated, it just sucks in q3
[18:48] <noobindahouse> YES
[18:48] <syncerror> Regardless there are higher priorities atm.

*** Impact of Todd leaving id:

[18:45] <grabthemegar> hey sync another question: has QL's situation changed in any way after Todd left?
[18:45] <syncerror> Grab, yes it has.

Note: I tried to keep everything in context, but if there is anything that wasnt supposed to be read/known, let me know and I'll take it down.
Edited by nsx0r at 08:34 CDT, 26 August 2013 - 61247 Hits
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Next FaceIt Mappools - DUEL-TDM-CTF-CA (103 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 12:45 CDT, 6 August 2013 - iMsg
Let us know what maps you'd like to see in the next mappools by voting!

Duel @

TDM 4v4 @

CTF 4v4 @

CA 3v3 @

TDM 2v2 @

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FACEIT CUP OVERVIEW 15 - 20 JULY (6 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 05:10 CDT, 15 July 2013 - iMsg
This week on FACEIT:

From Monday to Friday we have our daily FACEIT Points Cups with several Duel levels, Clan Arena 3v3 and CTF, plus a different Premium Cup on every week day!

On Saturday we have 3 Premium Cups with higher points prizes. These points can be exchanged for prizes, such as Razer gear in the FACEIT Shop.

P.S.: These schedules appear LIVE in the new version of QLPrism, among many other great things!
Edited by Badb0y at 08:39 CDT, 16 July 2013 - 3858 Hits
Chocolate Potat > Gamer Food (7 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 09:43 CDT, 26 June 2013 - iMsg
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Posted by nsx0r @ 12:46 CDT, 13 June 2013 - iMsg
@Qun emitted the possibility that the growing number of people experiencing lag on Twitch might be due to ISP bandwidth throttling.

@TwitchSupport decided to collect infos to see if this is true, feel free to contribute in this simple form :

Get lag on Twitch? Help them collect info here:

Again, it's NOT the streamer's fault NOR Twitch's (direct) fault, it probably is your ISP not wanting to spend too much bandwidth during internet rush hours, like a lot of them already do for YouTube for example (resulting in endless buffering).

If you plan to contact your ISP, ask them to "peer" (ie, direct connect) with Twitch.
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Streaming with a capture card (8 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 04:14 CDT, 6 June 2013 - iMsg
As some of you may know, I try to stream some Quake from time to time.

Since died, I'm using and my channel is /nsx0r.
I've also started using since Twitch seems to have more and more issues recently, but the following tests were run using Twitch.

As Twitch only allows 1 stream per channel, I also have a secondary channel /nsx0r_LQ for the laggers.
The main, high quality stream is constant 3.5Mbps and the low quality is constant 1.5Mbps (btw streamers: DO NOT USE VBR FOR STREAMING. EVER.).

Anyhow, the nerd inside me wanted to try a capture card, more out of curiosity than a real need, and here is how it went.


There are two important things for a nice stream:
1/ Computing power
2/ Internet bandwidth

At the time of writing I would qualify my computer as 'pretty good' for a 4-year-old setup, and I'm lucky enough to have my own 100/100Mbps fiber access.

After a quick interweb comparision, the capture card I chose is the AVerMedia Live Gamer HD (C985)

Here are its tech specs from the manufacturer's website:

Interface PCI-Express
Compression Hardware
Max. Resolution 1080p
Game Type Console & PC
Input HDMI/DVI & 3.5mm Audio
Output HDMI/DVI & 3.5mm Audio
Recording Format H.264
Software RECentral
• Hot Button
• DVI to HDMI Adapter
• HDMI Cable
• HDMI to DVI Cable
• 3.5mm Audio Cable
OS Windows 7/Vista SP2

- Capture 1080p@60 HD Gameplay
- Recoding by H.264 Hardware Encoder
- Super Low CPU Consumption
- Graphics Card Resolution Support
- Pass-thru Video While Recording
- Dedicated Record Button Included
- Exclusive Functions of RECentral:
1.Record Commentary with Gameplay
2.Stream Your Live Gameplay on TwitchTV

Installation is very simple:
- plug the card in a PCI-E slot (screw not included)
- plug the HDMI cable (included) from your graphic card to the capture card
- install the drivers

The record button looks pretty cool too, it works like a gameshow buzzer: press it and the light tells you that you are live!
Well, kind of, see below.


OK now we can try to stream from the PC!

Versions used:
OS = Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (all updates OK on May 3rd 2013)
Video = NVIDIA GeForce GTX570, drivers v320.00
Driver = v3.3.64.30 (2013/01/22)
Firmware = v17 (2012/09/04)
(Device = PCI\VEN_1AF2&DEV_A001&SUBSYS_A0011AF2&REV_00)

Once everything is in place, the OS should detect a new "monitor".
Chose the "duplicate" option so the cepture card will reflect exactly what's on your main screen, working as a camera.

Out of the box, you have 2 software options:
- RECentral, the proprietary tool.
- XSplit, in the form of a 3-month premium licence coupon.

Here's a quick presentation of RECentral:

Unfortunately the 'hot' button only works with RECentral, apparently you can't use it for XSplit, OBS, or anything else.

By the way, OBS does NOT support hardware encoding for now, the card can only be used for capture.


This card can capture or encode, but not both at the same time: it's one or the other.
And you can only encode 1 channel at a time, so bye bye secondary stream.

As I'm streaming a PC game, I only used the encoding option.
Basically that means your CPU doesn't need to encode anything and thus the workload will be minimal while streaming, so everything will be smoother.

Most of today's streams are 16:9 aspect ratio, and this card supports 1080p and 720p, but nothing under at this ratio.
That means it CANNOT encode a 16:9 video in 640p/560p/480p/360p/240p for people having lags in HD streams...

I tested different bitrates, and I can safely and honestly say that encoding with this card is complete SHIT.

(clic for full size)
Hardware H.264:

Software x264:

It just looks like shit.

After many disappointing results, I did some research (that I should have done before buying the card anyway) and for many reason hardware H.264 will always look like shit, unless you use a bitrate 999x higher than with x264 library, which would result in something virtually impossible to stream with a reasonable bandwidth.

Conclusion : this card is fine if you want to capture a slow game and stream it in shit quality.
Like UNO on XBOX360 or something.

I sent the card back and got a refund, it's not a good solution for PC FPS streaming.

What I really need as a PC streamer is a x264-like hardware encoder, which doesnt exist yet as far as I know.
Looking forward to proper uses of technologies like OpenCL or NVCUVENC.

For now, CPU encoding with the x264 library is just more efficient and flexible.
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Posted by nsx0r @ 00:11 CDT, 2 May 2013 - iMsg

C Y P H E R C Y P H E R C Y P H E R !


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Sweden -vs- Italy (17 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 14:52 CDT, 28 March 2013 - iMsg

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Rating: 8.3 (2 votes)
Gametype: TDM 4v4
Map: Various Maps
Mod: Team Death Match
Viewpoint: Stream
Version info:
How to play back QL demos

QuakeLive ClanBase NationCup XVI - Sweden vs Italy - Map 2/2: Terminatria - Streamer POV
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Sweden -vs- Italy (No comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 14:51 CDT, 28 March 2013 - iMsg

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Rating: 7.7 (2 votes)
Gametype: TDM 4v4
Map: Various Maps
Mod: Team Death Match
Viewpoint: Stream
Version info:
How to play back QL demos

QuakeLive ClanBase NationCup XVI - Sweden vs Italy - Map 1/2: Limbus - Streamer POV
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Logisteelzowizersoft (36 comments)
Posted by nsx0r @ 12:09 CDT, 19 March 2013 - iMsg

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(working title)

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