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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2014, 15:36 Creston
 
I liked HL2, but I always felt there were way too many gimmicks in it, and those gimmicks had to carry entire levels on end. Still, for its time it was pretty damn amazing.


 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
53. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 15:30 Creston
 
Drayth wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 15:13:
My only point being is I bet they honestly didn't expect this big of a shit storm over this. I wonder what their metrics were in terms of people playing in online modes vs off?

Well, that would have been 100% versus 0, as there is no offline mode. There never has been. (at least AFAIK)

And if they didn't expect such a shitstorm, makes me wonder if they've actually BEEN on the internet the last five years? Have they heard of the backlash against Ubisoft's always-on DRM, against SimCity's always-on requirements, etc?

 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
52. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 15:28 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 14:52:
If you're going to have to give refunds, isn't that the opposite of greedy?

They don't have to do anything, so let's wait and see how many of the people who request a refund will actually get one. There are rumblings on the forum that it's on a case by case basis. I'm very curious to see if that guy who donated 5K will get his money back.

I don't really see how the dots connect that make this a monetary move. We don't really have that information. Nor do we have information that this was a lie rather than a pivot partway through development because something wasn't working out right.

I'm sure they wanted to deliver it, but if every single thing in the universe is done by servers, and the stuff you have on your PC is just a rendering client, basically, then they knew reallllly early on that the offline sp mode just was never going to work. They knew that from the moment they made the decision to have everything be handled by the servers, so I'm going to guess early in 2013. Why wait until less than a month before release before telling people?



Scope shift.

Scope shifting something that a lot of people specifically kickstarted for seems shifty, but I guess people will feel differently about that.

It isn't like it isn't precedented. And this one sucks. But it seems less "greed" and more "this is why you don't Kickstart games" aimed both at the developer, who can't really promise what a game will end up looking like, and the consumer, who can't realistically expect that a game doesn't have some changes as the developers start realizing that some of their initial ideas either didn't work or were beyond what they were capable of.

Yep, that's definitely fair enough. Glad I didn't KS it, as I'd hate to go through the stupid refund process, but I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to playing it. Ah well, plenty of other devs who realize that not everyone appreciates always-on bullshit.
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
31. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 15:07 Creston
 
And another dipshit goes on the dipshit list. Bye dipshit!
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 3 Preview & Tips
3. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 3 Preview & Tips Nov 16, 2014, 15:03 Creston
 
We are also investigating various performance issues including framerate drops, and are looking into how we can address them.

You could have addressed them before you put your fucking game on sale. You can also address them by firing every retard at Ubisoft Kiev, since they obviously can't tell a fucking PC from an Xbox 360.
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
25. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 14:57 Creston
 
From a post in one of the forum threads:

Whilst this news is bad, they have explained that to create an offline mode would result in them having to create a whole other game.

Iow, Braben & Co knew all along they wouldn't be delivering offline mode, but they wait to announce it until the majority of people have pre-ordered.

Ubisoft/EA-level move there. What a fucking cockanchor.
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
5. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 14:21 Creston
 
And in the end, the true Braben is revealed. Fuck you, you stupid moron.

/scratches ED off list.

Galaxy, story, missions, have to match

Why? Why do they HAVE to match? That's fucking horseshit. It'd be my galaxy, who cares if in my galaxy I've wiped out every single station?

This is a bullshit excuse to hide the fact that they just don't have a lot of content.

Btw, how awesome is it that in the same newsletter in which he essentially tells all his backers "FUCK YOU", there is an entry called "A Lesson In Greed."


 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads
36. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads Nov 16, 2014, 00:57 Creston
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 00:41:
I looked at the preload executables from a friends machine and I am 100% certain this game has Denuvo DRM so don't expect a pirated version any time soon. FIFA15 and Lords of the Fallen used it too and neither has been cracked.

Yeah, some rumors to that effect are going around Bioware's forum. it's been confirmed by Bioware devs. Trust EA to fuck shit up again in any fucking way they can. Fucking bastards.

Of course, they're pretending that it "has nothing to do with DRM, Origin is the DRM, and the Denuvo is just there to prevent tampering for multiplayer."

The fact that Denuvo has been linked to massive issues in games it's previously been used in, all for the sake of "preventing tampering" is of course never addressed.

I think my favorite quote comes from the shitty DRM's website itself "Denuvo is not DRM. It just prevents tampering with the executable so you can't circumvent other DRM systems."

We're not DRM! We're just doing what other DRM also does! Fucking Sony. Go bankrupt already.


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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
3. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Nov 16, 2014, 00:51 Creston
 
"Unless the government wants it. Or the police. Or our third party vendors. Or our partners. Or anyone with money, really."
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
6. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 15, 2014, 21:57 Creston
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Nov 15, 2014, 20:54:
Got a message from Sony yesterday. Black friday deal, 500 Gig PS4, GTA5, Last of Us $399.


If true, that's a pretty sweet deal. Sony's got to do something, as MS's current promotions are damn good.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads
20. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads Nov 15, 2014, 00:53 Creston
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 23:39:
Damn you all! Between the coverage here and the recent video reviews I couldn't help myself. I got caught up in the hype.

I feel badly about this weakness of mine... yet I caved and bought the game on Origins. Something I had sworn never to do. After they wiped my BF3 account. Even though the agent made it up to me in a big way a month or two later. He gave me three games if I remember correctly. On Origin of course.

I'm preloading and hoping that is 9pm east coast time?

I think it's Pacific. It releases at midnight EST, I'm pretty sure.
 
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News Comments > Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released
17. Re: Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released Nov 15, 2014, 00:49 Creston
 
Emu seems to work fine. Can't tell a difference between my memory of the games and how they play today.

Note that they have both the PC and Amiga versions, and the PC versions are just awful. The Amiga versions, though, are just like you're playing them on the Amiga.

(now I want someone to re-release the Amiga version of Paradroid 90. Now THAT was a fucking awesome game. How it's never had a modern remake yet is beyond me.)
 
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News Comments > Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released
15. Re: Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released Nov 14, 2014, 23:58 Creston
 
harlock wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 23:12:
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 22:13:
harlock wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 20:47:
anyone remember those bad ass "sex scenes" from Sinbad??

AWWWW YEH

About the only thing I remember from Sinbad is the sword fights with a freaking tiger or something...

haha you can find anything on youtube these days... it starts at 3:00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0RK2CcpJCQ

Woah, steamy!

Played the games for a bit. Do NOT play the PC versions, as they are absolutely terrible. The Amiga versions are basically as you remember them. Damn, these games are hard, btw. Got flatout murdered as the King of Chicago before I could take over from the old man, and in three games of Defender of the Crown I keep getting my ass handed to me by guys with armies 16 times the size of mine.

I used to be really fucking good at Cinemaware games...
 
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News Comments > Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released
12. Re: Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released Nov 14, 2014, 22:41 Creston
 
Steam currently has it for 15% off, so it's 8.50.

Entire collection is 238MB. Lol. The Dragon Age Inquisition SOUND TRACK is three times that size.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Things IT people never say Nov 14, 2014, 22:38 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 19:49:
wow. did like, all the HDDs die simultaneously? what kinda hardware failure could delete all the data spread across a network?

If you've got it all on one SAN and it fries, I could maybe see that happening. Or a terribly wrongly configured cluster or something, but it takes some doing to lose EVERYTHING. More likely they didn't actually lose all the data, but they just can't get that data they still have back up in such a way that it's actually accessible. They probably have reams of drives filled with data, and have no idea how to reconfigure their DR environment to read it. (should we do that beforehand? NAH!)

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
23. Re: Things IT people never say Nov 14, 2014, 22:33 Creston
 
Prez wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 15:57:
My only wish is that they just not cap the framerate on the PC version. We are just going to remove the cap anyway via a tweak or fix anyway.

A personal anectodote about IT - throught the years of being here I've been able to determine who is or has been in IT here, and you guys are pretty smart. So why is it the IT department at my place are some of the most incompetent buffoons I've ever worked with? After 14 years I have lost count of the number of times they have done just facepalmingly stupid things that have made my job more difficult, and in October of this year they performed their best trick of stupidity yet by losing 100% of the data on the plant intranet LAN servers (despite it supposedly being automatically backed up every night) due to "a hardware failure". All of the hundreds of thousands of spare parts catalogued in SAP? GONE. Tens of thousands of archived work orders? GONE. 2 decades worth of job instructions on work procedures for intricately complicated and vital maintenance jobs? GONE. 8-years worth of NFPA and OSHA-mandated records of critical electrical power distribution maintenance and testing (that I performed and for which I am responsible)? Fucking GONE! Way to go IT Department! Jolly good show! Clap

IT PEOPLE are smart, or at least can be (and even then you have to get the support guys or the server guys, etc. Most of the rest is dumb as a post.) IT DEPARTMENTS? They are the dumbest fucking motherfuckers on the planet when taken as a whole, and you combine that with their general unwillingness to help, their flat-out refusal to look even a millionth of an inch outside of their own little corner of IT, general lack of social skills, refuse to do a shit's worth of work or take any responsibility for anything, and you typically have departments full of jackasses that nobody would ever want to work with.

My wife's IT department at her school is so comically inept that she and her colleagues have just given up on reporting problems to them, and instead she just calls me. Essentially I keep that entire school running. OVER THE PHONE.

It's pretty staggering how shitty IT is (or can be. There are a few good departments here and there.) Sometimes I think to myself that I really need to get out of it, but then I realize that this is what I've done for nearly 22 years, and it's about the only thing I CAN do, and it's definitely the only thing that pays me the kind of salary I now get, so... I guess I'll put up with it for another 22 years.

But yeah, your IT department losing all that data is pretty spectacular.

"Hey fellas, should we ever restore a backup to see if it's actually working?"
"NAH!"
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Nov 14, 2014, 22:22 Creston
 
Eh, it's news. I find it pretty interesting that the guy went back after his little bitch temper tantrum.

He's still fucked though, as I'm fairly certain Valve isn't even going to bother to reply to anything from their shitty company ever again, so good luck selling your indie games without Steam, fellas!
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads
14. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads Nov 14, 2014, 22:20 Creston
 
Frijoles wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 21:52:
1badmf wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 21:01:
is it just one big file that you copy over to another machine and dump in the same directory?

I did this with Mass Effect 3 a few days ago. Download the game wherever, open the Origin Games folder and you should see the new game. Copy it to a flash (consider zipping it first) and move it to the other computer. Tell Origin to download the game on the new computer. After it starts going, stop the download and close Origin. Rename or delete the folder it created. Copy your game in to the folder. Restart Origin. It should bypass the download and do a short install.

Worked fine with ME3. Might be an easier way, but I dunno. Haven't done it very often.

I did the same thing, except I didn't bother to delete/rename the old folder, just copied over the top of it.

This didn't use to work with games that were installed, only with games that had been downloaded, but maybe they've finally fixed it to the point where it now works for all of them. I'll give it a try on Monday with some other games.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads
13. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads Nov 14, 2014, 22:18 Creston
 
Midnight wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 21:11:
: :-checks-: :

Nope, no preload for Aussies until the 18th.

You can use a VPN to get it unlocked. Plenty of people have already done so according to Bioware's forum. These people are also going to be playing Monday morning, as they'll just pretend to be in Japan or something.


 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads
12. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Preloads Nov 14, 2014, 22:17 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 21:01:
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 20:47:
Wooohooo! While it doesn't work with games that are already released, you CAN download Origin preloads on a faster pipe, then port them over to your slow-as-shit connected machine, and it'll work. Just saved myself 80ish hours of preloading.

C'MON TUESDAY!!!

is it just one big file that you copy over to another machine and dump in the same directory?

No, it's just the entire install directory, but Origin has apparently gotten smart enough to realize "oh, these files are already here!" and just skips the entire downloading process. You know, like Steam USED to be able to do

 
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