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    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2-Years Later Reviewed

    Thank you whoever moved my post, got so caught up in typing the review I forgot to even look for another thread. Sorry!!
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    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2-Years Later Reviewed

    Yes, this is obviously well past the day it was released. No, I have not played it up until now. I believe I picked up the game during the Steam holiday sales, and never really got into it until recently. I powered through and beat it in like 4-5 days. Others have done it faster, but I am not a speed rusher, and I have lots of other things to do as well. Also, I have not played the original Witcher, but I would like to now. Anyway, after starting and finishing the game, it did leave some impressions on me, both good and bad. I never really wrote a review on a game before, but I felt that this one needed it. So lets get into it. Every section will be based on a 10/10 scale, then the average will be the final score. Graphics: Absolutely stunning, tons of options to tweak it and everything looks gorgeous. Not exactly life-like, but I can tell a lot of work was put into the visuals in the game. Only gripe is reuse of same NPC models throughout the game for non-important roles. Minor issue, but really only one I have. 9/10 Sound/Music: Great voice acting, great sounds, decent music. I never really get into the music in games, but everything flows well. Everything seems correct, did not hear any issues or sounds that left me wondering what made it. 10/10 Controls: To be honest, the controls are a bit clunky and somewhat odd. There are quite a few keys you will normally have to use, and some of those are bound to keys that most people do not normally use. Also, to change key binds, it can only be done via the launcher, as you cannot access the key binds in game. You can't even see what the keys do in game, so jumping right in was very confusing as the tutorial did not give adequate description. One other thing, inventory and chat controls are very poor. You can use your mouse to click or move anything, but sometimes the space bar and the enter key interchange. For instance, to add a mutagen to a skill, you first have to press the space bar to mutate it, space bar to select the mutagen, and then enter to confirm. That isn't that hard, but the constant back and forth for everything you do is pointless, why not just make the space bar the only control? There are many other control quirks that I had issues with, similar to the mutagen controls, that really brought my opinion down. 5/10 Gameplay: The fighting is excellent, especially once you rebind keys to ones that make it easier. Signs are great, but I found bombs and traps and knives to really break the flow of combat. Most traps take a few seconds to deploy, so you more than likely have to suffer a few hits if you are fighting multiple enemies. Aiming bombs and knives was simple, but sometimes hard to see the impact point, so I had trouble lining up my shots when I first pushed the key. Beyond fighting, dialogue is pretty normal, pick a line and go through the conversations. Pretty similar to other RPG games. Alchemy and crafting was decent, but drinking potions took way too long and really decided why I went sword skill path and not alchemy skill path. Drinking one potion takes a minimum of 20 seconds because of the pointless mini cutscene of Geralt drinking a potion every time. Too long in my opinion, and really breaks the flow of the game. Meditation was simple, but I only really used it 4-5 times throughout my playthrough, just did not need it as much. The mini-games were nothing more than time killers, and you could not bet enough to make a decent income. Plus, the games never gave instruction and controls were sometimes not listed, so I had a hard time figuring out what to do. Again, minor quirks that break the flow of the game and drag it down. 6/10 Story: The story, once you get into it, is very well done. Lots of action, decent romance, good dialogue, among other things. It flowed pretty well with the theme of the game, and I did not feel out of place. My gripe with the story is that so many things happen or are talked about and I have no idea why or who these people are. There is almost no explanation for what happened in the past or who some people are, maybe because I need to play the first game? As a first time player, I have no idea who Zoltan or Dandelion are, and beyond the game telling me they are from Geralt's past, you are pretty much left to figure it out on your own. Yes, the story flowed in the theme of Witcher 2, but a game should not have me constantly looking up via the internet who people are or why things happened or are done a certain way. 7/10 First-Timers/Replayablitity: As a first-time player, the game has to be viewed as a good RPG with poor intangibles. The tutorial was a waste of time. CD Projekt Red could have made this game a complete knock-out with minor changes, but the fact that it has been out for a few years and these issues still persist is mind-boggling. Maybe some of that is because they are a Polish company and I live in the US, but I can only account for the game as it is for me. I would not recommend this to first-timers unless you are an avid gamer and willing to deal with the inconsistencies and clunky behavior. For replayability, I am definitely interested in going through again, especially since I know what to expect. I am also excited to get my hands on Witcher 3 when it comes out, as I am now a fan of the games. So, if you can get past the clunkiness and other issues, then the game is fun. 7/10 Final Score: 44/60 - 73.3% The game has so much potential and should be a lot better, so hopefully the company will listen to feedback and make Witcher 3 the 9/10 or 10/10 game it could be. Anyway, even getting a C score, I still enjoyed the game. Thoughts and/or critiques? I am no way a good reviewer, just thought that this game needed it because of the potential I saw in it.
  3. Last October I was laid off from my job as a crane mechanic at multiple rail yards, and with nothing really being available my wife convinced me to go to school for a degree with computers. I just finished my first semester for my Bachelors in CIT, though I have not had any classes in that direct field yet because they are only available in the fall. Anyway, a friend of mine who recently graduated with the same degree has put in a good word for me with the universities IT department, and they want me to submit a resume with what computer/technology experience I have. I asked if I could list personal experience, as I have no job experience or actual training, and was told that personal experience would be accepted as well. Specifically, operating systems, hardware, networking, etc. Currently, my resume lists information regarding my experience in regards to heavy equipment. I am trying to figure out what kind of information I should put in place of what I already have. I was thinking of cutting out one of my previous jobs and adding a section for "Computer & Technology Experience". In there I could include every Windows since 2000, building and repairing hardware, home networking, etc. Obviously, you guys don't know exactly what I could do, but I am trying to see what would be some viable experience to list. Any tips/advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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    Switched Careers, Change Resume?

    Well after submitting my updated resume, I received an email back that they have other applicants with more experience so an interview will not be given to me. *rolls eyes* Since when did experience become so important for an entry-level position, which I thought was to gain experience. Lol
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    Switched Careers, Change Resume?

    Thanks guys. I took your advice and cut out the details for the previous jobs that do not relate to the IT field. I tried to keep it one page, so I had some previous jobs (not all) and I included a part for what computer/tech experience I do have. I tried to not get into anything too specific, just a general overview of what I can do from being self-taught. I do not have the experience with programs like Python, etc, like you do Capitan, but since the position I am being considered for is entry-level in IT I am hoping my basic knowledge with computers and networking will be sufficient.
  6. Oops, I know I forgot something! Thanks for the reminder lol.
  7. Recently I came into possession of an MSI 780ti. The PCB is the Nvidia reference layout, so any waterblock for a 780ti reference will fit. Since I have a custom water loop, I spent a lot of time researching what block to use. I originally wanted the EK acetal with the backplate, but FCPU was all out of backplates. So I saw they also offered the XSPC Razor full cover and the backplate, both in stock. I went on the XSPC website to verify that this waterblock would fit my card, and for the GTX TITAN/780/780ti waterblock, the MSI card is listed as compatible. Great, so I order both the card and the backplate from FCPU. Both of them arrived 4/4/14, and tonight I finally received all the parts I needed to upgrade my PC. Got the fan and heatsink off the board, got the waterblock prepared, and go to test fit before putting thermal grease/pads. What, the waterblock will not fit? While studying the waterblock, there was one part that stood out right away, one of the silver and blue cylinders (no idea what they are really called) sticks out of the line of them, and the waterblock cover only has room for the single line. Also, the power connectors hit the edge of the acrylic cover, thus making another spot that won't allow it to fit. I start doing research again, and turns out EK full cover blocks compensated for both of these issues on the 780ti boards, and which is why their 780 blocks do not have the changes. So XSPC is selling waterblocks listed that will fit 780ti reference boards but they in fact will not. Talk about a hassle, I am out of money, out of a usable waterblock, and my PC will be down for a while. Sure, I could take my dremel and grind those sections out, but I do not feel I should have to, as I bought something that was listed as compatible. /endrant *Update* After about two weeks, FCPU finally got back to me after they contacted XSPC. They said XSPC was sending them updated covers for the blocks they already have, and asked if I wanted one. Since I already purchased another waterblock, I declined. FCPU agreed to take the block and backplate back for a refund and waive the 20% restocking fee. Who knows if they will refund the shipping as well, because their policies say they will not, but they have been good to me so far so I do not see why not. XSPC still will not have my business because I feel like they had enough time to update the cover and then act like they have had the revision for a while, but that is just my opinion. Anyway, my issue is resolved.
  8. Just called FCPU, the guy who answered is actually the one I was dealing with over email. He said he had just received word back from XSPC. According to the email (I have not seen the email), XSPC says the 780ti reference layout changed and so they made an update to the acetal block, which compensates for the differences with the capacitors, and that they would be sending FCPU a batch of these new covers. I was asked if I would like one of the updated covers sent to me and I could replace it, and I said no because I have no need for it now, seeing as how I have another waterblock. He said I could then just send it back and they would issue a refund (and waive the restocking fee). This is what I wanted the most, and FCPU came through. Glad to see they are willing to go beyond what their policies state to ensure a happy customer, and I have no further issues with FCPU. They took care of me and I am happy. I still have to question why it took XSPC so long to come out with an updated cover, considering how long this design of cards has been out. Maybe I am mistaken and all the other waterblock manufacturers only recently came out with these new designs, but without doing much research I am led to believe the updated waterblock haves been out for a while. Also, with the time frame of almost 3 weeks from when FCPU and I contacted XSPC about this issue and their reply, it seems like maybe it was a long enough time to make an update to the cover really quick then make a batch of them (or just update older covers). Obviously that is just speculation, but it does make you wonder if XSPC only just realized the issue and acted quickly to make amends. Anyway, my issue is resolved.
  9. Nothing yet. I emailed the person last week asking if I could just send it back for a refund and I was told I would receive word by Monday, but have not received anything. Will be calling in the morning and either getting this resolved or opening a Paypal Dispute with FCPU. I have had a block I cannot use for two weeks now, no reply from XSPC and FCPU is really testing my patience.
  10. Bump, some parts added to Ebay so put in your bids! http://www.ebay.com/usr/traptpatriot09
  11. I upgraded some stuff in my build so I am selling what I have left over as well as some stuff I had originally. Might have some new stuff in a few days/weeks, will update post. Willing to negotiate, except for shipping. Paypal or Google Wallet, no returns. All items have been tested and work well. Buy with confidence, many members have bought from me over the years and I have never had an issue. Any questions or problems, contact me right away. My Heatware is new, never used it before but a lot of members here have bought from me and can verify I am a good seller. Some items now on EBAY! - http://www.ebay.com/usr/traptpatriot09 Heatware - TraptPatriot LINK TO MY PHOTOBUCKET WITH PICTURES:http://s294.photobucket.com/user/TraptPatriot/library/ $40 shipped - Heatkiller GPU-X3 GTX 680 "Hole Edition" Ni-Bl - Great waterblock that was used on the 670 FTW I also have for sale. Looks great and keeps the card very cool. Will need new thermal pads, I believe they are 0.5mm and 1.0mm. After two installs the pads just are not in usable shape anymore. SOLD TO PUCK - CoolerMaster Silent Pro M 1000W $2 each (8 total) - XSPC 7/16 x 5/8 Compression Fittings, Black Chrome - Used these in my built until I upgraded and did not need them anymore. Will probably need new o-rings but those can be found in almost any hardware store for very cheap. $4 each (3 total) - XSPC 1650RPM 120mm Fans - Work well, I just upgraded to Gentle Typhoons. Come with fan grills. $10 - Sunbeam Rheosmart 3 - This is a very good fan controller and fits the HAF theme very well. Only 3 knobs but each line has 30W of power so you can connect multiple fans to each. I ran 6 120mm fans on one line and it worked great. $10 - Rosewill RNX-N180PCe Wireless N PCI-E Adapter - Works well, just did not need it anymore. $2 each - 8pin CPU Extension and Audio Extension Cables - Both are braided black with black connectors. Just did not need anymore. Will only include these in purchase of other items.
  12. Just an update... FCPU contacted me back. "Dan, I did my homework on this and it appears this is indeed a reference design. I will see what XSPC has to say about this." Not sure if he meant it is a reference waterblock or it is a reference video card. I asked if I somehow got a pre-revision block if they made a revision for the 780ti, no response to that email yet. And still no word from XSPC, though it has been only a few business days.
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    Room Temps get hot the computer shuts off

    I mean what hardware are you using? And can you monitor the GPU and CPU temps?
  14. Well too late now anyway, but I still feel like this isn't a case of the wrong block being in the box. I guess time will tell, but until then I am still dissatisfied with XSPC. *edit* Oh and this is not the first time I have had issues with their products. So it's not like one thing happened and I went off.
  15. You see, I respect posts like that because they actually have more than just saying I'm wrong it was a mistake. I understand that custom layout cards are different, but I have a reference board, just one that is made by MSI. And yes, I understand there are still compatibility concerns even with reference designs, but anyone could see just by looking at the block and the cards that it will not work unless more of the acetal is removed to make room for the silver/blue capacitor. Also, I did say it was possible I received the wrong waterblock, but all the research I have done never showed any type of revision to the block to account for the changes in the 780ti. Other companies made the revisions and I easily found those, but either XSPC did not post about it or I cannot find it or it never happened. I would be more than happy to find out it was just a packing mistake, but if not then aren't my views justified? Plus, I still have not heard word back from either company. I don't think they are a manufacturing giant, but they are not a company run out of a garage either. I would think that with how much they produce and design, they are somewhat big compared to some of the other watercooling companies. Yes, every person and company makes mistakes, but nothing would be done if people did not make it into an issue. I am sure there are plenty of people that will not buy EK products because of the flaking issue, and they have every reason to support and post about that view. EK was held accountable and they paid for it, and they still are around today. XSPC will still make parts and sell them regardless of what happens with me. But to imply that I cannot post my views about them just because it will impact them takes the power out of the consumers hands and puts it into the companies. None of these companies would be in business if consumers did not buy their parts, so they have to deal with the good and the bad reviews.
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    A Different Kind Of Contest @ OCC 2014

    i5 2500k Asus Z77 Sabertooth MSI 780ti 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 Samsung 120GB Evo 1TB HDD Corsair RM1000 Corsair 750D Asus VG248QE Corsair K70 Corsair M65 Logitech 2.1 speakers And lots of custom watercooling USA
  17. Yes, because most threads you post in all you do is provide helpful insight. Right... As I stated previously, I spoke too quickly about FCPU. They are just the retailer, they do not make the parts or the descriptions. In my original post about them I spoke out of immediate anger, and I admitted I was wrong with that. I changed my posts and my stance on that, so you have no reason to bring them up anymore. If you fail to read what I type then that is your fault, not mine. Also, as I have stated many times, XSPC is at fault because of their own negligence, whether it was accidental or not. If you are a waterblock manufacturer, and make a waterblock for a specific card, then say the block will work on other cards, it is then your business to ensure the block works on said cards. If the blocks do not work, what does that prove? Ok, so say it was all just a mistake like you say, but what does that still prove? Maybe that they don't put enough effort into their products or their policies. If they make such a simple mistake like this, what is to say they won't make or haven't made many more mistakes like this? Anyone in the business of making products for consumers to buy knows that you have to ensure everything works properly and is described accurately. If something does not work, then that is the companies own fault and could speak about other underlying issues. And, this isn't a small company that has the owner and 1 or 2 other people working there - this is XSPC, a company that designs and manufactures watercooling parts that sell around the world. They are in the business of designing watercooling parts, shouldn't they be the experts on watercooling? Sure, I have a problem because I received a waterblock that will not work with my card. Yes, I am handling it. But my reason for this topic, and every subsequent posts has not been to "hate on companies." I am merely explaining my previous explanation that XSPC should be held accountable, not give them a pass just because you say I should. If these companies are not held accountable, then these issues will continue to happen. That is what I have an issue with. And if you don't agree with it, then so be it, but stop trolling my thread just because you have no concept of how a business should be run.
  18. And you just like crapping in anyone's thread just because you disagree with something they say. So crap away.
  19. False advertising implies intent to deceive. This is clearly a mistake and if nobody is making them aware of it, how do you expect it to become fixed? You do realize false advertising does not have to be intentional? I never said they did this on purpose. "Any advertising or promotion that misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities or geographic origin of goods, services or commercial activities" (Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C.A.
  20. Haha you speak wise words.
  21. Well, sort of. I admitted I spoke too soon about FCPU and their policies, I am still waiting for word back from them regarding the issue. It could either work out or it won't. But my gripe with XSPC is based one about them listing the blocks as compatible when they are not. Unless there was a revision and I somehow received one only meant for a Titan/780, I don't see how this could be anything other than false advertising. Believe me, I wish/hope I was wrong, but the facts are I have a block that lists my card as compatible when it obviously is not.
  22. How could I possibly be aware of the problem before I bought it? And if I knew of the problem why would I buy it? Just stop your nonsense...
  23. Please explain how it is not a mistake. It was just listed wrong. Why do you think XSPC knows and won't do anything? I meant known to other water cooling modders. And that's a long ass time to be listed wrong, anyone can look at the block and the card and see that it will not work. If XSPC would actually show pictures of the contact side with the acrylic cover attached, then I never would have bought it. All they show are the actual block or the topside of the cover... You guys are constantly putting words in my mouth, please stop. If you don't have a problem with XSPC, that's fine. But don't criticize me because I have an issue. *edit* Also, I never once said XSPC did this one purpose, but anyone can see that the block does not work with the cards. And if it never occurred to them before now then that's not a mistake, that's just straight up negligence.
  24. How was it a mistake? It clearly isn't designed for 780ti video cards and apparently it's been a known issue that XSPC won't do anything about...
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