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Signed On Mar 14, 2002, 15:47
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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
37. Re: Hello Games Jun 25, 2014, 17:04 The Half Elf
 
Verno wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 16:04:
Minecraft on the consoles is arguably dumbed down anyway. It just hasn't affected the PC version so far which is the exception rather than the rule.

You mean the built in wiki to build things?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Jun 24, 2014, 22:35 The Half Elf
 
What if ya have a BBF that's also your BF? Do I need to get a prescription for Viagra to keep up?  
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News Comments > DICE on Bad Company 3: "Wait and See"
20. Re: DICE on Bad Company 3: Jun 24, 2014, 14:01 The Half Elf
 
I want 2143. I don't give a shit about another Battlefield game with a bunch of whiny sidekicks (GTA5 is just as bad), in a story mode that they are trying to push on Hardlines to justify charging 60 bucks for a fucking mod.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
23. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 21:39 The Half Elf
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:15:
And here's a great post looking at the tip of the iceberg....

"Assassin's Creed
-August 2006: Announced for PC, Ubisoft told PC Gamer it was a 2007 release
-September 2007 (less than 2 months before release): Delayed to 2008

Assassin's Creed 2
-April 2009: Announced for November, 2009 release, no mention of any platforms
-September 2009 (less than 2 months before release): Delayed to 2010

Splinter Cell Conviction
-January 2010: After all platforms delayed, April 2010 release date announced
-March 13 2010: Demo announced
-March 17 2010: No PC demo
-March 19 2010: PC version delayed, coming 2 weeks after 360 version

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
-May 2010: Announced for holiday release on all platforms
-September 2010: Delayed to 2011

H.A.W.X. 2
-July 2010: Announced to be coming out in September 2010
-August 2010: PC version delayed to October
-September 2010: PC version delayed to November 1
-October 2010: PC version delayed to November 12

From Dust
-July 8 2011: Announced for release on July 27 on all platforms
-July 25 2011: PC version delayed to August

Call of Juarez: The Cartel
-June 2011: Console versions July 22, PC version August 26
-July 2011: PC version delayed to September

Driver: San Francisco
-April 2011: Announced for September 6 2011
-August 2011: PC version delayed to September 27
-Also, no demo of course for PC

Assassin's Creed Revelations
-May 2011: Announced for November on all platforms
-August 2011: Surprise! No PC demo
-Actual release: December 2nd, 2011

Assassin's Creed 3
-February 2012: Assassin's Creed 3 announced for October 30th release
-March 2012: Ubisoft promises over and over and over again that October 30th includes the PC release
-June 2012: PC version delayed


Why does Ubisoft keep lying to PC gamers pretending like they're stupid enough to believe their version will come out at the same time as the console versions?

All the while, they strap on the most restrictive DRM ever created, claiming that it lowered piracy (without bothering to mention sales numbers)


Is their strategy working, focusing on console games, neglecting PC games, obviously delaying their games not for "polish", but because they don't want one to cannibalize the other?

Well, let's take a quick look at the numbers:

Ubisoft: First half - ~$127 million loss (after conversion). PC games make up 6%.
EA: Last quarter - $221 million profit. PC games make up 29% (non-GAAP), equivalent to the 360, ahead of all other platforms
Activision Blizzard: Last quarter - $335 million profit. PC games make up 7%, or 38% with subscriptions. Last 6 months - $838 million. PC games make up 6%, or 49% with subscriptions


What do you think? "

Christ, you'd really think you trolls tire of being wrong all the fucking time. But I guess when you're self-deluded that never occurs to you.

Cutter I hate to say this, but each version of Assassin's Creed has been graphically superior to their console counterparts including the Xbone and PS4 versions of AC4.

AC1 was held back to include DX10 features, and they have been including better and better graphical features in each game.

If I'm not mistaken, the latest AC4/Watch Dogs/Splinter Cell game came out at the same time as the console versions. And again if I'm not mistaken, AC3 and 4 had quite a bit of work put into the controls for mouse and keyboard (cause I sure as hell couldn't play the previous ones very well without a gamepad).
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Jun 23, 2014, 21:31 The Half Elf
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 18:58:
Not my cuppa tea, but I like the names. Makes me think Helf should make a game called Squee!


LOL maybe I need to trademark it?
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
56. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 18:29 The Half Elf
 
mag wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 18:20:
I still can't bring myself to buy Anno 2070 because of the shitty DRM. I desperately want to play this game, but I'm being prevented.

Same mag, as it keeps getting cheaper and cheaper but I simple choose with my wallet, a concept other's can't seem to grasp.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
55. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 18:28 The Half Elf
 
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:31:
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:17:
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:04:
Guessing you've missed the whole deal about the Watch Dogs being held back on PC?

Given that you can find posts from me in the comments for that article, yeah, I'm well aware of it. That article discusses extra features cut from the final game - not features present on other platforms that were cut from the PC version. The PC still has the graphics features of the other platform, plus extra. How is that unequal treatment?

Purposefully cripple product = unequal treatment. Or, as their own developers put it "is PC only, who cares."

Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:17:
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:04:
Out of every form of DRM, online DRM has always proven the worst for customers. Issues with flaky internet, Diablo 3/SimCity/numerous other games whom severs couldn't handle the pounding, etc... Just because something can be down, doesn't mean it's the best/only option.
By all means, then, suggest a better option for protecting their investment. The last idea (protected memory regions using TPM) was shouted down.

Since you missed it the first time (and even managed to quote it but not read it...) I will repeat: Just because something can be down, doesn't mean it's the best/only option.

Steamworks also seems to be working great for many companies, and it's not always online...

Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:17:
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:04:
And if I don't want to join such a system, I don't need to on a console. But I MUST on a PC, which again adds software that crashes and can lock me out of the product I purchased. Why is it mandatory for a PC but optional on a console? Just because they made it, doesn't mean it should be a mandatory (and problematic) need for some and a basic option for others. Also, things like GfWL, Gamespy, Steam, etc existed when UPlay was released. They didn't need to create yet another friend system, options were there.
You'd rather they used GfWL or Gamespy? And you suggest that I'M not keeping up on the latest news?

Gamespy and Steam (which I noticed you failed to read... again...) would be a better choice. GfWL was also a possible solution (didn't say the best one, nice strawman though). And since you are failing in knowing the news, UPlay has been out since 2009. Trying to use news of 2014 as your counter argument is a bit of a stretch.

You your OWN link, it stats that they didn't 'turn them on' due to issues and side effects, up to and including lighting issues across the entire game. Are you really going to cherry pick a link you posted instead of reading the entire thing?

BTW, Uplay does have a offline mode. You know what it keeps you from doing? Accessing the multiplayer part of the game, as if you were offline. Wow, I'm pretty sure if you were in offline mode in Steam you can't access some things like Steamworks. But then again Steam, Origin, Uplay are all forms of DRM, and considering the draconian crap Ubisoft use to offer, this is pretty good. But you REALLY want to point out that you don't have to do Uplay on a console, and previously bitched about having you information tracked, yet you're ok with using a console? Again awesome double standards dude.

Yeah Lets go ahead and use Gamespy or Games for Windows Live! Gamespy is dead, and thankfully so is Games For Windows, as the cluster fuck of downloading a game (say from Steam), then having to sign into GFWL and have to pray it was implemented correctly, download the patch (pray it worked), and restart your game.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
15. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 12:07 The Half Elf
 
Flak wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 11:51:
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 10:39:
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.

How exactly did they 'fucked over' the pc users 'too many times'? Yeah Watch Dogs has some graphical things turned off because they cause some serious issues with the lighting engine, but again I'm curious.

Much like how EA has utterly destroyed the Battlefield franchise, Ubisoft has obliterated everything Tom Clancy related, at least if you're an actual fan of the original games and not the bile they call the current ones.

Ubisoft also has a terrible track record pre-'DRM' with Securom going back to Chaos Theory and Farcry 1. UPlay is a fucking joke and another useless layer of bloatware I don't need on my system. Their customer service rivals EA in terms of poor quality. Titles purchased or 'owned' on UPLAY are not available to be claimed on any other service (ie. I got some Ubisoft games with a video card and could not redeem them on Steam, even though 99.9% of my library is on Steam). Many Ubisoft games require post-install .ini tweaks so they don't look like complete ass on PC.

*yawn*

EA destroying franchises is one thing, but Tom Clancy's involvement with Ubisoft ended a long time ago.

The always online DRM issue was taken care of years ago, as Chaos Theory was released in 2005 and Far Cry in 2004. Customer Service I can't say either way, but I haven't heard any out cryings of horrible support either.
Now about Uplay itself. They give you free games, offered by Ubisoft, and your surprised you can't redeem them anywhere else but Uplay? Really? But yet it's ok for EA to do this? Please pick a double standard and stick to it.

Post install ini tweaking?!? People have been doing this since fucking QUAKE!

Do I care for Uplay? Not really. But I will give them credit that if I do something in one of their games, I can use those points to unlock something in another Uplay game (Used Driver San Fran to unlock stuff in Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 4, and Watch Dogs). But Ubisoft really has turned around from where they were 10 years ago.
Great support for PC games, got rid of the Online DRM, good rewards beyond collecting cards on Steam.

I just don't understand why people are bitching about a company that fixed what people were bitching about years ago.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
3. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 21, 2014, 10:39 The Half Elf
 
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.

How exactly did they 'fucked over' the pc users 'too many times'? Yeah Watch Dogs has some graphical things turned off because they cause some serious issues with the lighting engine, but again I'm curious.
 
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News Comments > EA on "Unacceptable" BF4 Launch
31. Re: EA on Jun 21, 2014, 00:17 The Half Elf
 
The REALLY sad part is that they are going to make a Star Wars Battlefront game. I will buy that (sorry but the concept is too juicy to pass up), but at the same time I'll have a taxi ready to take me to the Battered Gamers of EA/Dice Center.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jun 21, 2014, 00:14 The Half Elf
 
Most gay guys I know would just be happy to be like Harry Potter and have a owl in their house.  
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News Comments > Gearbox Community Day 2013 Digital Bonus Pack Returns
1. Re: Gearbox Community Day 2013 Digital Bonus Pack Returns Jun 20, 2014, 18:29 The Half Elf
 
I'm sorry, after the clusterfuck of Aliens: CM, you want me to PAY you to watch you produce nothing but recycled Borderlands crap because you have nothing else to sell?!?  
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News Comments > All Battlefield Hardline Beta Weapons Unlocked
2. Re: All Battlefield Hardline Beta Weapons Unlocked Jun 20, 2014, 18:27 The Half Elf
 
I've already used all these weapons. In previous Battlefield games. I've already used all the gadgets in previous Rainbow Six and SWAT Games.  
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News Comments > Play PC Titanfall for Free
3. Re: Play PC Titanfall for Free Jun 20, 2014, 09:15 The Half Elf
 
Yeah but if they open this open to all of the games on origin... Would beat out select free weekends on steam.  
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News Comments > EA on "Unacceptable" BF4 Launch
2. Re: EA on Jun 20, 2014, 09:12 The Half Elf
 
Bullshit. Bf3 had a shit launch, bf4 was worse, and hardline is a glorifyed mod that come across as a low end mod that even with 3 years and the base bf4 still has tons of issues.  
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News Comments > PC Dead Rising 3 Date; 30-FPS Follow-up
8. Re: PC Dead Rising 3 Date; 30-FPS Follow-up Jun 19, 2014, 21:01 The Half Elf
 
Axis wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 18:36:
I don't purchase ANY fps/tfps etc game if the frames are capped at any speed. I play FPS's at 120+ these days and I ain't ever going back.

Name 1 FPS released in the last year or two that you play with max settings and get 120+ fps in?


And ya might want to go read the Steam post, where they have links to video footage they took (with machine specs) uncapped.
 
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
5. Re: Steam Summer Sale Jun 19, 2014, 13:59 The Half Elf
 
GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM MY WALLET!


GAH!
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained
22. Re: Star Citizen's Realistic Flight Explained Jun 19, 2014, 13:30 The Half Elf
 
Question I was accepted into the Dogfighting Beta, but have never purchased anything from them. To participate do I need to purchase a ship and the Dog Fighting Arena?  
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News Comments > LEGO Minifigures Online Open Beta
5. Re: LEGO Minifigures Online Open Beta Jun 19, 2014, 13:28 The Half Elf
 
You need a lego website login for the game, and it's really blah. Probably great for kids younger then 10, but it's sorta like Diablo meets Lego.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 18, 2014, 19:59 The Half Elf
 
It depends. If they are allowing the players to play the 3 main characters there will be quite a bit of scripting for cut scenes, and audio lines to write and record. Either way I'm find till the PC version comes out.  
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