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Nickname Quboid
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Description I can't make any car pop a wheelie.
Homepage http://bcmedia.biz/
Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
84. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 22, 2014, 11:49 Quboid
 
Blue wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 09:49:
Redmask wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 08:51:
Iurand wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 04:43:
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:31:
Purposefully cripple product = unequal treatment. Or, as their own developers put it "is PC only, who cares."

Was that confirmed?

Yes it was commented in the games source files, you can see it yourself as just as easily.

AAA publishers view the PC as an unimportant platform outside of DLC and microtransactional revenue. That's why all of the innovation on PC is happening outside of that space.

That comment is for PC graphics code amid a bunch of console code. Doesn't that seem more like a comment meant to denote what platforms the code was for rather than a buried public statement of platform prejudice? That DsoG link even says the same thing.

The way the #ifdef statements are structured suggests that upperColor isn't relevant when READ_3D_TEXTURES isn't active, so it's just filling in a value so later code can safely assume that upperColor has a legitimate value set. "This is PC only, who cares" could mean that READ_3D_TEXTURES only applies to consoles. This is just going by the code snippet, I'd need more source code (and motivation) to know one way or the other.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
68. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 22:12 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 21:27:
another person mentioning that customers have "rights" other than just not-buying (but not saying what those rights are)

Who me? I didn't think the existence of consumer protection laws needed backed up. The Sale Of Goods Act 1979, for example. Whether or not that applies, or what laws do apply, is a question for someone with more law degrees than I have.

Edit: In response to your post 3 minutes before this one - bravo! The thing that really amazes me about this is when the hell have you ever heard of anyone, particularly Ubisoft, have a problem with their PC port being too good.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
58. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 19:19 Quboid
 
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 19:07:
They claimed that activating it would cause issues. But as many have shown, that was a total BS claim. It's not cherry picking lines when the reality shows its BS.

It has not been shown to be reliable - "many have shown" isn't necessarily good enough for these features to be in a retail release. As much as we criticise them, the Q&A testing done by Ubisoft will be much more thorough. The port was clearly rushed and by the sounds of it, it would be more playable if they'd switched off some more (but exactly what might be the trouble).

Is it really hard to believe that they did a bad job of porting it? Is it easier to believe that they made such a great port that the suits above ordered them to pull it back? I wish PC ports being too good was a problem!
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
52. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 17:37 Quboid
 
I haven't seen any reason to believe that it was purposefully crippled. Rushed, yes but for the reasons I gave earlier in this thread, not intentionally damaged.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
40. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 16:55 Quboid
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 16:40:
Are you subtly implying that anyone who doesn't buy a game doesn't have an opinion about it and about its consequences it might do to the market?

I don't think he knows it, but he's implying that the right to not buy a game is the only consumer right we've ever had (if that's what we're left with after giving up 0 rights). This is not true.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Jun 21, 2014, 12:11 Quboid
 
I've found he's worn a bit thin, he rambled on too much at times. I pretty much gave up on him when he went on a sexist rant about firefighters which proved the point he was arguing against. If he'd meant it as satire then it was genius but I really don't think he did.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
12. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 11:59 Quboid
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 11:52:
Overon wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 10:09:
I have no goodwill for Ubisoft. They have fucked over the pc master race too many times. Latest example is gimping Watchdogs.
Then why is the PC Master Race pirating their products in the first place? If you guys don't see value in what they're producing, then why spend time on them?

You realise not all PC gamers pirate games? It appears not, which presumably means you do.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
7. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 11:39 Quboid
 
*slow clap*

At least they've finally figured out that rewarding customers is a better route than attempting to punish pirates.

In terms of services being always on-DRM; that depends on how they implement it. The gaming community will be quick to call bullshit (and some will be quick to boycott, although I doubt that hits their bottom line much) if they impose required connections that aren't essential to the game. It doesn't really matter what they say, their actions have and will determine their reputation.

I don't think Watch Dogs was gimped, as in the graphics were turned down to make consoles look good. I've heard plenty to suggest that the PC port is well below the standard of Far Cry 3 and it makes sense that some things that didn't work right got cut rather than fixed when a deadline - already after a slightly embarrassing 6 month delay - is approaching. I know a modder enabled this quickly but "getting it to run" and "getting it to run properly on (theoretically) all systems (theoretically) all the time" are very different things.

They probably implemented this stuff, used it for E3 bullshots and then realised they couldn't get it to work reliably in time. Again, going by what I've heard, the game isn't short of unpolished PC features with stuttering performance issues.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Jun 20, 2014, 22:12 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 18:18:
Another day and nothing really good. Well Stat of Decay is for $5 if you don't own it already. I really wish they'd do the flash sales every 4 hours instead. Or even 2 like GOG and just keep them rotating throughout the sale.

It's been disappointing. I think I own nearly all the games that pop up on these sales that I've a whole lot of interest in and 33% or 40% off isn't tempting any impulse buys. I picked up Driver: San Francisco so it's not been a total washout and there's time.

Take 80% off Watch Dogs and I'll bite
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2014, 11:43 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 11:35:
Quboid wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 11:33:
Does this Game of Thrones link have any season 4 content?

No, it's a gag joke more than anything...


Ta. Turns out, I'm Hodor.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2014, 11:33 Quboid
 
Does this Game of Thrones link have any season 4 content?  
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline PC Beta Instant Access
23. Re: Battlefield Hardline PC Beta Instant Access Jun 18, 2014, 13:05 Quboid
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 11:34:
Verno wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 10:18:
I didn't really enjoy this, spent a few hours with it on the weekend. I like BF games in general but this feels like a weird mishmash of BF mechanics with other subgenres and sits in a strange spot as a result.

Would this be the best way to describe what you feel?

If they managed that, I'd buy it.

They won't manage it. I won't buy it. Battlefield is well and truly EAised.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - NA Tropico 5 Discs
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2014, 08:31 Quboid
 
Rigs wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 00:21:
I know all that, I'm wondering why it's not available right away? I mean, it's on the disc already, why would the customer have to wait until some arbitrary time to use something that is already included in the product, just not 'available'? That's just totally stupid. I realize this was a thing with Capcom titles too and I just don't see the logic behind it, why consumers would actually find that appealing and a buying point...

=-Rigs-=

Perhaps they want to create additional publicity for Tropico 5 in a few weeks by sending out press releases about the DLC. Jog the memories of people who considered it upon release but never got around to buying it. It's a bit early, but perhaps it'll be on sale for a weekend too. I don't recommend paying full price but 33% off makes more sense.

A modder released "Fast Food Joint", a mod which basically enabled a building that was locked away. The mod has been taken down so I can't see how it worked (other mods are snippets of Lua code) but I suspect all that's missing is a configuration file to define jobs/cost/input/output/etc.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Jun 17, 2014, 21:52 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 21:06:
Sorry, Brits. John is our now.

Fair enough IMHO. He was funny the few times he got on British TV but we really didn't appreciate what we had. Look at the nerdy little guy, he's blossomed so well across the pond.

You go, Oliver. You keep wanting some more gruel.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Jun 16, 2014, 19:57 Quboid
 
OK, between the fist goal (00:29) and the second goal (about 81:00), that was turgid stuff. A dramatic ending and the USMNT deserved the win. The reaction of John Brooks after scoring was quite something, he was just utterly overwhelmed.

Football is like sex, even when it's bad it's better than pretty much anything else (and because I rarely score ha ha self-burn!). I do understand why people might see it as 2 interesting minutes out of 90 but for me, it's all 90.
 
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News Comments > Free DLC with Tropico 5 Disc in NA
3. Re: Free DLC with Tropico 5 Disc in NA Jun 16, 2014, 18:36 Quboid
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 18:21:
Doesn't the digital version cost them less since there's no physical shipping or distribution? So the expensive way gets rewarded? I am confused.

I presume it's just a gift to try to grab a few more sales. This stuff was included for preorders too. It seems rather badly conceived, I can only assume they didn't realise this is an insult to digital purchasers. I expect they get more money from most of us, although I bought Tropico 5 for 16 from a Portuguese retailer so they didn't get much. It's still a legal purchase and being a savvy customer shouldn't be held against me.

I'm pretty sure I already have most of these files on my system. There are mods around that unlock some of the future DLC. That's shitty, putting files on my system and demanding money for me to access them.
 
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News Comments > SCS Software Dev vs Valve
13. Re: SCS Software Dev vs Valve Jun 16, 2014, 18:13 Quboid
 
hello newman wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 17:47:
I wonder if Blue would ban an account that pulled that on bluesnews.com ...

Hmm, good question.

A duck wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 17:47
uack quack![/quote:

I broke the board! Muahahahaha!
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jun 16, 2014, 18:10 Quboid
 
I sat down to watch USA vs Ghana after an evening walk; I got in about 3 minutes after kick-off. Watched for about 5 minutes before noticing there'd been a goal!

Any US Bluesnewsers watching the soccer?

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If you don't watch much football/soccer, be warned. An early goal is no guarantee of a good, attacking game. Some of the dullest games I've seen (and yes, football can serve up some poor stuff) have been when one team scores early and "parks the bus" - defends so much it's as if they've parked the coach they came to the stadium in in front of their goal.

And now Altidore is injured and if his hamstring has gone, he won't play again in this World Cup. Big blow for the USA. (Actually he's always been poor when I've seen him play in the English Premier League but I understand he does well for the USMNT.)

This comment was edited on Jun 16, 2014, 18:25.
 
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News Comments > Free DLC with Tropico 5 Disc in NA
1. Re: Free DLC with Tropico 5 Disc in NA Jun 16, 2014, 18:07 Quboid
 
I'm sorry, my digital purchase was obviously inferior and not only do I deserve this lesser treatment as a result, I should be and I am very deeply ashamed.

Sorry Kalypso Media. I'll try to buy your products better in the future.
 
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News Comments > SCS Software Dev vs Valve
1. Re: SCS Software Dev vs Valve Jun 16, 2014, 12:09 Quboid
 
Valve, reading from the "we're too big to care" play-book. Same book that Google, Microsoft, governments and other behemoths get their plays from.

Problem? Ignore it. Unignorable problem? Begrudgingly deal with it, but punish whoever made it unignorable so others aren't encouraged to make us do stuff.
 
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