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I was here back when message boards were all the rage; probably at the height. All premium GameSpot users were allowed to create their own message boards, making the position of Admin and Mod a big deal. There were message board "mergers" and some were exclusive like the 'Mullet Union' and 'Members Only Union'--where only the friends of the Admin were allow to view and access their message board. Naturally people did a lot of brown nosing in order to join and exclusive message boards even had an application process to see whether you were "worthy" enough to post in their boards. Message boards were primitive, relative to Unions, so much so in fact that "Admins" would create threads that contained a list of message board 'members'--if you can believe it.
When 'Unions' came out in 2005 I was slow to adapt, much like many other users acquainted with the message boards era. Sure there were message boards that created Unions with the same name but most of the activity happened in their original message boards. And it wasn't long before message board activity started to die off. So much so in fact that exclusive boards that were held in high esteem were forced to open their doors to everyone. Like many others involved in the message board scene, I eventually joined the Union craze. It took a while before my resentment for Unions subsided to the point that I eventually acknowledged the fact that "Unions" were a natural progression from message boards and it was something I had to learn to accept.
The problem this time around is saturation, anyone can create a union--as long as you have an idea and some charter members, you're set. And I believe that is the primary reason the Unions' rise and fall was so dramatic. Unions can only be placed into 15 categories and the largest category just so happens to be "Games - General" with over 1100 Unions out of a total of 3,922 Unions on GameSpot. So you have 1100 Unions talking about the same general crap, with the same layout and everything else. No uniqueness except the name and the Union banner. Basically Unions right now are glorified message boards. Of course it's going to get dull. There needs to be another natural progression and that progression begins with exclusivity and I think people tend to underestimate its impact.
If the GameSpot were to ever get back on the Union bandwagon they should start off by making Union creation and the Union leader position exclusive to premium users and or users who pay a specified monthly fee (whichever GameSpot decides). They should also purge all Unions that are inactive and ones whose leader doesn't pay the fee after an allotted time window. During the allotted time window the Union Charter becomes "pending" and union loses some of its functionality. If the Union leader is not a premium user and or can't afford the fee they can choose to transfer leadership to a premium user to make the Union Charter "active" once again and regain total functionality. And lastly as stated earlier, if they can't transfer leadership to a premium user or are unable to pay the fee, the union is purged. That way there are fewer of them and the money paid by subscribers can go towards the Unions update. It's better to have a smaller number of very active Unions compared to having a large number of Unions that are sporadically active or not active at all. If GameSpot were to better implement advertising in Unions they could take advantage of this and make more money that could go towards supporting the Union overhaul.
After that, GameSpot should actually showcase Unions instead of completely hiding them in their website. Unions are no longer highlighted on the GameSpot Forums main page. They only show up on the bottome right corner when you enter a message board. And they are not prominently place in any other legitimate places on the website. They also should receive more attenion on the GameSpace pages. If I wasn't already a member of some Unions I don't think I would have known they even existed. GameSpot should include a "Unions" drop-down tab when you hover over the "Forums" link. Union search and categories also needs to be overhauled. When all this is done, then GameSpot should move on to Sentinel's ideas.
I remember seeing Sentinel's post back in 2006 and I thought it was a very thorough and detailed plan for the Unions overhaul (the BEST out there) and I was almost certain that GameSpot would act upon it. They were good ideas that COULD be implemented and most importantly, from a business perspective, they were FREE ideas! They didn't pay Sentinel to do it, he took time and effort to configure his ideas and thoughts and handed them right to GameSpot. And GameSpot gave him, along with the Union community, a big middle finger and decided to ignore Unions for the better part of 5 years. Maybe one day GameSpot will come back to their abandoned child and decide to fix it. I would be surprised if anything happened this year. Maybe in another 5 years...
Well my laptop crapped out on me after two years and I vowed when I needed to get a new PC it would be a custom job. So I did some research to make sure my specs are compatible and as far as I know they are (I included them below if you're curious). But one thing that has hovered over me is purchasing the correct power supply. Because of how relatively cheap the GeForce GTX 470 is now (I guess there's some new cards coming out in November or something);I am considering purchasing two for SLI. When I went to the Nvidia website it says the maximum graphics card power for the GTX470 is 215w. Now since it says "maximum" I assume that's the card's power usage maximum. The minimum recommended system power for a system configuration with the GTX470 is 550w, meaning the remainder (335w) is devoted to the CPU, RAM, and other hardware. So will getting an Intel Core i7-950 increase the minimum any substantial amount? By doing some basic arithmetic I get 430W maximum power usage for the SLI configuration plus the 550w for the remainder of computer operations and we arrive at 990W minimum (assuming everything else in the computer uses 335w in total). So Should I get a 1000 or more, or is less better because usually cards never meet their maximum power usage? Are there any you would recommend?
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL-------------x3
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Internal Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Blu-ray/CD/DVD Drive: PLEXTOR Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal BD Combo Model PX-B320SA
Computer Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
[QUOTE="Nxss-effa-sim"]Okay everyone, I appreciate the suggestions. I decided to go with the general consensus and purchased DW5 from Amazon. However, I still have some questions: What are the Xtreme Legends spin-offs? Are they a must have? Which one should I get? Should I opt for ROTTK instead of a DW: Empires if I want strategy? Which one should I purchase? Thanks.mitsuhideakechiI say you should have tried out 4 Emp first. :(
Well the main factors that contributed to my decision were better character design, graphics, and replay value. This might make me sound shallow to an extent but graphics do matter. If the games pretty much offer the same experience with minute differences I would prefer the one with the best artistry and replay value. Plus, DW5 has more user scores with a higher rating than DW4 does. That says something--although I know I shouldn't take it on blind faith. I also took the liberty to purchase Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII. I searched around and it is pretty much agreed that VIII and IX are the best out of the series, with the former focusing on role-playing and the later focusing more on strategy. I want some role-playing so VIII here I come.
Hello everyone! I'm sure there have been a million of these threads so you'll need to indulge me ;) for a hot second. Anyways, a long time ago when I was a wee lad I had the opportunity to play a Dynasty Warriors game (I can't remember which one in particular) and it left an impression on me. Well yesterday I was searching on the net for old gems I'm might have missed to make for potential purchases and I came across this franchise in the process. So I'm interested in getting into the series, and like the title suggests, I was wondering which Dynasty Warriors game and Dynasty Warriors: Empires game you believe to be the best and would recommend to me? Thanks.
I turned my computer on today and started up my Speed fan program to monitor temperatures and I was surprised to find that only one GPU was showing up. So I checked my NVIDIA Control Panel and found that "Set SLI Configuration" was no longer showing up as well. So I went to Device Manager and found that both of my GPU's are recognized but one of them has an exclamation point inside a yellow triangle next to it. When I clicked on properties it says "Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems (Code 43)". I uninstalled and reinstalled drivers twice but to no avail. How do I know what problems it is having? Is there a way to prevent Windows from stopping it? Any help would be appreciated.