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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > New Steam Client Released
5. Re: New Steam Client Released Apr 26, 2010, 16:43 DG
 
Vice City is on a 2hr sale for next to nothing if you're desperate to try out shopping with it...  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 26, 2010, 15:00 DG
 
The price of BR's is really annoying. I'm not going to pay 2-3x the DVD price for BR.

DVD's are cheap enough that I'd pick them up on a whim. But, I'm also put off that because I don't want to have the obsolete one either, I think I'd regret it later on especially since I usually have years between viewings so the BR may be reasonably priced the second time around.

I did get a BR player though since they're quite cheap (er, well the drive for my PC was, I don't even have a HD telly but my TFT is), and through my rental scheme they're no different to a DVD. I also get the occasional one on a good offer. I good subscription HD download service is what I really want though.
 
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News Comments > On MW2 Bonuses
32. Re: On MW2 Bonuses Apr 23, 2010, 20:18 DG
 
Anonymous Rex wrote on Apr 23, 2010, 16:21:
It's easy to say "Well don't sign it." And it sounds easy right up until you're actually in that position, and you discover that the alternative is not working.
Far as I can see I'm the only one mentioning signing things, specifically "well they agreed to it".

But... They did. My comment didn't pass judgement. But you know... The reason we get screwed over by employers is because nobody challenges it. It isn't even screwing their staff over any more, it's borderline standard practice. Want to know why execs and bankers get paid a squillion dollars? Not only do they read their contracts, they negotiate - most importantly, they all do.

I like to moan about politicians. But, I'll admit at least half the problem is people not reading real newspapers, paying attention and using their vote with care. Again I don't pass judgement - I don't and can't blame anyone for considering it a waste of time. But as a group, we have to take our share of the blame for the state of politics. It's the same thing. I don't blame anyone for needing to make the rent, no individual's apathy is making a difference. But as a group, we take it and we take it and we take it and we hope someone else is going to save us - we don't do ourselves any favours.

Oh and yeah, there are the occasional cool employers who treat staff fairly in the belief that staff will respect and respond to that and so in the end they'll make a return on that. And they're right 90% of the time, but there's that 10% who abuse it and make it so that it's not working for the employer and in the end we get screwed over again. The best part is we're probably covering for those 10% guys.

So yeah, they agreed to it. Maybe they had little choice, maybe it's not their fault - at least no more than anyone else's. Maybe it's your fault. Maybe it's our fault. Activision? They're assholes but who expects different?

PS no this isn't support for unions who as far as I can tell is just another bunch of bosses abusing you for their own ends.
 
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News Comments > PC Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Released
32. Re: PC Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Released Apr 23, 2010, 17:47 DG
 
yeah unimpressive campaign. Good in bits (and the whole campaign was just a collection of bits taped together) but overall "meh".

meeting the old crew was just... crap. Like some crap sitcom when they have some celebrity cameo. Especially when the 3 of them are slouching on the bridge trying way too hard to look cool or whatever.
 
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News Comments > On MW2 Bonuses
26. Re: On MW2 Bonuses Apr 23, 2010, 12:59 DG
 
It's quite normal to incorporate into contracts bonuses that are contingent on the recipient still being an employee at some specified date. That can be years down the line, if that's what the contract says.

Of course it seems bloody cheeky when the bonus is being tied to a specific, individually identifiable and wholly completed piece of work. But well they agreed to it.
 
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News Comments > Metaverse
7. Re: Metaverse Apr 23, 2010, 12:50 DG
 
there's subtitles in the movie, it's Downfall (translation from Der Undergang, the German name).

Good film, I recommend it if the premiss sounds at all appealing. 92% on rotten tomatoes, 8.4/10 IMDB, 82% metacritic

Oh noes now a DCMA takedown might be encouraging sales!!1111one
 
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News Comments > PC Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Released
2. Re: PC Left 4 Dead: The Passing Released Apr 22, 2010, 17:35 DG
 
trickling down incredibly slowly. no probs though not playing until tomorrow  
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Details and Trailer
10. Re: Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Details and Trailer Apr 22, 2010, 12:34 DG
 
loomy wrote on Apr 22, 2010, 09:13:
In the old days people were allowed to modify and host their own games so you could play anyone's mutation. There were even mutations so popular they replaced the original game.
You're saying you can't play mods with L4D2?
 
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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Item Drop Changes
8. Re: Team Fortress 2 Item Drop Changes Apr 21, 2010, 16:25 DG
 
sounds good to me. I've been trying to get the scottish resistance, have everything else in multiples (except hats, want max hat, and those pistols)

instead I join games and see idlers with every item in the first game after I've just heard about it
 
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News Comments > Metaverse
8. Re: Metaverse Apr 21, 2010, 16:16 DG
 
If you want to avoid ads being blocked host them yourself and vet them to ensure they're reasonable. If you're not going to take responsibility for your ads why would anyone else want to trust them?

If you use a standard ad service hosted offsite then you just need readers to have visited 1 other site with a bad ad policy and as a result they're going to be blocking yours.

By hosting from your domain people have to choose to specifically block ads on your site. If you don't give them a reason, they won't bother.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's "Green" Packaging
50. Re: Ubisoft's Apr 20, 2010, 13:39 DG
 
Last time I saw a good manual was the last time I bought a Civilization game.

Time before that, it was the Civ game before that.

TBH there's only a few games that need a manual at all. Usually the most you need is to have a flick at the key setup. Most games if you have to look in an actual manual they must have made a big mistake with the UI.

Just to be clear this does not apply to Civ, which damn well needs the huge, well written, hard copy tome that they consistently deliver.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II AO in Korea
7. Re: StarCraft II AO in Korea Apr 17, 2010, 16:15 DG
 
joe2tiger wrote on Apr 17, 2010, 12:33:
Being an adult, I'm more likely to buy such an "AO" title from Blizzard. Maybe that will prevent the 8-12 year old kids from screaming rage into the mic or keyboard during play.
Unfortunately the worst kids mostly have parents who aren't paying attention to notice the rating, or no longer have sufficient control over them.

Of course it's still all the fault of the video game that they didn't even notice they were playing.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II Monthly Fees in Russia
16. Re: StarCraft II Monthly Fees in Russia Apr 13, 2010, 16:01 DG
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 13, 2010, 12:57:
All the people swearing up and down they were being discriminated against by Valve for being "smart consumers?"
Well in their defence it clearly was price discrimination.

Beamer wrote on Apr 13, 2010, 12:57:
Kind of like people that don't understand why Africa gets drugs nearly free, subsidized by the prices paid here.
Kind of, but not quite the same thing; for one this can be seen as a quite effective (if involuntary) charitable donation of sorts, whereas subsidising entertainment in a second-world country is a rather less charitable endeavour. Secondly the drugs companies fought this but were forced into it by the WTO.

Not that I'm necessarily against it; Russians getting cheaper games might generate more revenue for a developer and hence lead to more investment in games for me to enjoy. But if any person is being treated less favourably than another it is quite reasonable for them to be sour about it.
 
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News Comments > Akamai Network Video Deals
4. Re: Akamai Network Video Deals Apr 12, 2010, 14:15 DG
 
kxmode wrote on Apr 12, 2010, 10:58:
This is how television dies because when you watch shows online you can't skip the commercials.
I usually tab out to Blues or wherever.

Some providers are bloody cheeky though, like UK channel 5 where usually a double-click returns you from full screen but when an ad is running this opens the advertisers website.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 9, 2010, 13:53 DG
 
That Linux article is wrong on every count in my experience.  
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News Comments > Charles Cecil Working on Free, Digital Dr. Who Game(s)
14. Re: Charles Cecil Working on Free, Digital Dr. Who Game(s) Apr 8, 2010, 16:38 DG
 
Er what? The game's not free, my licence fee is paying for it.

I don't know why they aren't doing this through BBC Worldwide which would allow them to charge for it.

I wouldn't be so surprised if it is free in UK and has a small charge overseas; though the balance of probabilities is against it.

Oh well, qpq for Americas Army I suppose.
 
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News Comments > On Games and Dental Health
11. Re: On Games and Dental Health Apr 5, 2010, 16:37 DG
 
Longswd wrote on Apr 5, 2010, 15:30:
What's even more interesting is this demonstrates that researchers still do not understand the logical fallacy being committed in that correlation is not causation.

Well... TFA doesn't necessarily give an accurate description of what the research claimed. When they start quoting the researcher, the quotes are all about snacking being the causation.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 5, 2010, 16:32 DG
 
TBH I thought the trees looked bad, the "curves" clearly weren't, the track and grass were just hi-res textures and they made the usual mistake of having a bright day while the shadows make it look like the sun's getting ready to set (in fairness the shakycam prob making this look worse than it is).

The cars, and the lighting on them was impressive, and you probably wouldn't give a damn about the above stuff when playing anyway.
 
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News Comments > On Games and Dental Health
5. Re: On Games and Dental Health Apr 5, 2010, 13:56 DG
 
BobBob wrote on Apr 5, 2010, 11:11:
Is this cause and effect or correlation? I can see it being correlation considering that a great deal of gamers are morbidly obese and unhealthy.
Ah but in modern times correlation does imply causation! Though here they're also confusing associated behaviour for causation, and doing the usual trick of taking shortcuts that don't exist:

1. Playing games sometimes involves consuming more sugary snacks which can lead to worse teeth

becomes

2. Playing games sometimes involves consuming more sugary snacks which can lead to worse teeth

becomes

3. Playing games sometimes involves consuming more sugary snacks which can lead to worse teeth


Note though that the above is usually presented in the reverse - TFA is a good example of this. The very first line is "HOURS spent playing on computer games could be as damaging for children’s teeth as their overall health and fitness" while about 2/3 of the way down it's looking more similar to my first step: "The study ... suggested dietary habits leading to decay are associated with screen activities and that computer games, if associated with increased snacking are associated with decay experience."

Then in the next paragraph it's admitted that controlling sugary snacks is the resolution and really the only way games are involved is that some people snack at the same time.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Mar 29, 2010, 13:46 DG
 
while [Steam] doesn't require a constant connection, it's severely hampered without one, thanks to large game downloads and Steam Friends
This makes no sense. The only thing that doesn't work is the benefits of Steam. This is like saying a completely DRM-free game is severely hampered without a constant connection because it's difficult to obtain updates and chat on MSN, Vent or whatever.

consider the new service that is going to revolutionize gaming: OnLive.
Putting aside the confidence in OnLive that isn't shared everywhere, OnLive is a completely different service, where your broadband connection is pretty much the equivalent of a gaming console. I don't expect to be able to play PS3 games without a PS3. It's a technical limitation inherent in the platform, not one arbitrarily introduced wholly in the name of profit at the expense of the user, and is negated by very clear benefits arising from it.

electrical outlets can also be hard to find, so is gaming while traveling really an issue?
Firstly, outlets are quite common anywhere I might want to game, far moreso than Wifi. Secondly, outlets are far more commonly free to use. Thirdly, electrical outlets are vastly more reliable than Wifi especially those found on the move. Fourth, the need for an outlet is an inherent requirement and one imposed by my hardware, not one arbitrarily introduced wholly in the name of profit at the expense of the user.

increasing ubiquity of internet access in planes, trains, and maybe one day
Increasingly.... Maybe one day... But not yet. Maybe this argument will work "one day".

Valve's DRM implementation created headaches for owners of Half-Life 2. Since then, server hiccups have created minor problems and delays for users trying to download major updates and even play online games.
Problems which they since worked on and substantially resolved. Problems which are usually now straightforward to work around. "playing online games"... seriously?

But such problems are rudimentary when compared to the Xbox 360 RROD.
WTF? What a ludicrous point. That's a hardware issue, a console hardware issue at that. They also took steps to resolve that including taking a massive hit on extended warranties - not a problem arbitrarily introduced wholly in the name of profit at the expense of the user.

What an absurd article. So bad I'm confused, I can't fathom that anyone capable of writing is so stupid as to believe in it. It's too dumb fort someone to be playing devils advocate (a stance I can respect). If Ubisoft had paid them to write it, it's so dumb even Ubisoft would have pulled it. That leaves intentionally writing a dumb article to generate hits from people saying how dumb it is - trolling.

Very tempting to block that site out of my existence with a "this site is just too crap" 404.
 
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