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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: No subject Oct 2, 2009, 13:43 DG
 
Well I'm in no position to be a grammar nazi but here's my take:

The device may be referred to as a remote controller in that the device is controlling the TV. Once device hence singular controller - plural here would be for two+ remote controllers.

You would not correctly refer to multiple devices as "remote controls": you are not making any reference to how many devices there are but instead referring to functional "controls".

This is probably clearer if you substitute "controls" for "buttons": "pass the buttons" may refer to any number of controllers.

alternately:
a remote has controls
a remote does control
a remote is a controller

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News Comments > OnLive has Funding, Patents
12. Re: OnLive has Funding, Patents Sep 30, 2009, 14:40 DG
 
Due to latency and cost Onlive just seems implausible to me, btu both those issues have been debated widely enough, it's wait-and-see time now.

Those two (major) issues aside, if you're looking at it from a console perspective the rest could be very sweet. On the PC gaming side, well it's back to the console vs PC debate: you're losing out on mods, tweaks, diversity in server configurations, and so on. You just get the keyboard + mouse control. Maybe - if it took off just watch all the publishers race to the bottom to "maximise potential market share", which means a joypad.

Granted until they get there they would be using existing PC games and there is potential for existing PC mods to be imported, but once it gets big there is no way for mods to get started.

FWIW patents don't necessarily signify anything, any "innovator" should be protecting their investment. Admittedly though the proportion being spent on patents hints to me that they're looking to sell up and have someone else put the money into and carry out the operations as a trade, or have 3rd parties carry out the operations under licence.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2009, 15:38 DG
 
Since some other UK Blues readers have complained about this in the past...

http://store.steampowered.com/news/2861/

EA Launches with 10% off all Games in the UK!
September 24, 2009, 9:49 am - Valve - Product Release

Electronic Arts has launched all of their games on Steam in the UK! There is a 10% discount for UK customers only through September 27th for all titles so hurry over to the EA page before the offer expires!
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Leaked Video FAQ
7. Re: The Witcher 2 Leaked Video FAQ Sep 23, 2009, 13:59 DG
 
What i don't understand ... the GH and Rockband games require an additional controller. So, why not say to the console gamer: Look, if you want to play this on your PS3, just spend a little more, because we got you this nice little USB keyboard and mouse.
I'm pretty sure MS specifically do not allow games to be played with KB+Mouse (I recall a dev saying it a ling time back though don't have link) and Sony will also.

At a minimum MS & Sony will insist that games be playable with the pad.
 
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News Comments > L4D Crash Course This Month
13. Re: L4D Crash Course This Month Sep 23, 2009, 13:52 DG
 
I'd like to see a map where you are trapped in an area and have to defend it instead of just running from A-B the whole time. Like a shopping mall. It wouldn't be like survival mode, it would just be a huge map where armies of zombies bust in on one side and you have to defeat that wave, then another army busts in on another side, defeat that wave, etc. After the last wave you get a helicopter rescue or something. Large open maps would be a welcome change. Football Stadium, Baseball Stadium, Basketball/hockey arena, etc. Could include some more destructive weapons like grenade launchers, .50 cal mounted machine guns, M60's, make it fun to kill zombies! And who doesn't want a flame thrower?!
I would have thought that would be quite doable with a custom map + server mod, other than the weapons. Dunno if the map has to be huge either, just a typical chapter but designed in an interconnected block rather than linear path.

Actually it's basically a finale with a large area and modified zombie spawn patters no?

I'd also like to see a time trial mode, just the original campaigns without panic events, tweak Director to be more aggressive towards players that hang around and throw in more ammo.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 23, 2009, 13:40 DG
 
Sounds like something my dad had/has, though he found out from his dentist because it was making his mouth acidic and eroding his teeth.  
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News Comments > German Wolfenstein PC Recall
1. Re: Wolfenstein PC Recall Sep 22, 2009, 12:47 DG
 
Ouch, must be at least half a dozen copies!  
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Sep 19, 2009, 19:14 DG
 
downloaded the madballs demo, looks fun.  
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News Comments > Arkham Asylum Free DLC Released
9. Re: Arkham Asylum Free DLC Released Sep 18, 2009, 19:10 DG
 
I agree, though one does wonder why this has to be delivered through Games for Windows, and not just as a straight download since it's free.
I guess it's in an attempt to prevent pirate copies getting it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: We have de facto National Drivers Licens Sep 16, 2009, 14:17 DG
 
I had my licence renewed recently due to change of address. Did it online and the new one came in the post a little over a week later.

The DVLA in the UK, they're actually pretty good, though they sell more information than I'd like, with less discretion than I'd like.

Though actually as I recall much of it is outsourced overseas. To the US.

PS. I can't see much reason for liking the Daft Punk tune for more than half a minute but youtube keeps looping it and I'm feeling reluctant to stop it... Very Daft Punk.

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News Comments > Direct2Drive Sales Figures
23. Re: Direct2Drive Sales Figures Sep 15, 2009, 13:49 DG
 
I just looked at some of the people in here sign up dates and it looks like everyones been coming here for awhile
Seems my first post was Oct 2002, regarding C&C Generals beta (which I got into). Someone was moaning about their AMD 1800+ being the minimum requirement, I think I started reading Blues (infrequently) when I had Quake running on a p200mmx (not to say that the chip was actually current at the time...).

 
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News Comments > Direct2Drive Sales Figures
22. Re: Direct2Drive Sales Figures Sep 15, 2009, 13:38 DG
 
I don't like the idea of potentially limiting my ability to use mods, which is why I haven't bought anything through D2D
Well those folks buying vanilla CIV4 made two mistakes then. CIV4 should be played as the BtS expansion (which is more like a big patch with lots of extra content) and it has a very good modding scene (several of which are included in BtS...).


Prez, looking at it another way the chart is 3 MMO's and the rest were on sale* bar the sole non-MMO, non-sale game being Sims 3. But I see it as a list of 8 because the only reason I would care to separate Civ4 & Civ4:Complete is if I was deciding which of the two to buy.


* Not sure about Civ4 Complete, but I'm sure it was at least influenced by the Civ4 sale. Didn't see notice on Blues of Darkest of Days sale on D2D but it was on sale elsewhere and so I guess D2D also did.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 14, 2009, 17:38 DG
 
That's because developers didn't make games that USED it, because they couldn't be sure that people HAD one. If every Xbox had a HD, they could have streamed games off your HD, which goes a heckuva lost faster than streaming it off the DVD...
You can do this for any game. Though it doesn't make that much difference (performance wise anyway, it's certainly quieter).

Not to say that there may not be other advantages to programmers if they could rely on a hard drive, though I don't know what. I do recall someone moaning about savegames having to support those very small memory cards, and various repercussions that has down the line.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 14, 2009, 14:07 DG
 
My icons were rearranged when I installed these 9.9's over 9.3's.

There is a way to save the icon positions, which I came across just the other day, but damned if I can find it now - IIRC the guy linked to technet. It wasnt a complete fix basically you have to save the positions beforehand and then reload them.
 
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News Comments > Tech5 Linux Hopes Raised
4. Re: Tech5 Linux Hopes Raised Sep 14, 2009, 13:56 DG
 
I get the impression id Linux releases are handled by one guy (Timothee) who does most of the planning and nabs spare resources (people) as they are available - I've no basis for that other than most of the announcements for linux releases seem to be done via his .plan, but that's the impression I've had on a number of occasions.

edit: well I do now, he says so in TFA.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Valve Wants To Sell Mods On 360, Pay Cre Sep 14, 2009, 13:38 DG
 
There's no reason for MS to release a new console. Sony isn't going to do it and there's no point MS getting a head start when they are already beating Sony for market share month after month (with very rare exceptions).

On the Nintendo front, MS more or less are releasing a new console - performance specs don't matter on that front.

A new Xbox would mostly cannibalise 360 sales.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Sep 12, 2009, 10:23 DG
 
I think the problem with Wolfenstein was that no one really asked for another one.
It was asked for plenty when RTCW started dying down. Instead we got Wolf - ET which was good fun but turned off a good half of the community, and the other half got turned off by ETQW.

Then with this game they, unfathomably, totally failed to realise that the multiplayer was what mattered. They did plenty media work on the single player (which sounds so completely out of touch with current gaming and far too lame for a good retro) but said nothing about MP, when then got panned when the beta leaked.

Activision dropped the ball almost immediately after they released RTCW and pretty much screwed the franchise with every decision they made after that (bar deciding to release ET for free, though really it was only thanks to some prodigious modding that ET really worked).
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Sep 11, 2009, 13:18 DG
 
Yeah, I will try Braid for $5.
good game. $15 was maybe asking a bit much given how long it'll last but at $5 I'd recommend it to anyone.
 
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News Comments > More L4D DLC Planned
8. Re: More L4D DLC Planned Sep 11, 2009, 13:13 DG
 
hoping it's a new campaign...

And I agree with Prez at least on the point that some of the custom maps are surprisingly high quality.

TBF though people keep saying things like "what usually happens with Valve games e.g. TF2". IMHO TF2 support is exceptional even for Valve, far above what they've done for anything else (OK, bar CS, but the scale of that game's popularity and the cash it made puts it on another plane). On the other hand there's various Valve quotes that have been quoted on these boards often enough which promised a high level of support for L4D, support of which there was very little sign until the L4D2 furore kicked off.

In the end it's coming out OK though it is a shame they took so long.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: On Sale Sep 5, 2009, 08:30 DG
 
fwiw Beamer the last patch for Civ4 took out the requirement for the DVD to be in the drive.

Don't make any plans for after you buy the game though, it's a major time sink if you get into it. You can be sitting telling yourself "one more turn" for hours.

IIRC it was on sale on Steam not so long ago? I can buy the physical copy on Amazon.co.uk for 7.45, 1/3 of Steam price. One thing, only Steam reports including Colonisation.
 
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