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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
120. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 17:05 WaltC
 
Creston wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 12:39:
PunkiBastardo wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 09:53:
Even though I don't like these offline-scraping news, at this point they've put themselves against a wall. They can't really refund the people who have played already or massive amounts of customers are just gonna ask for a refund to their overpriced alpha/beta purchase and get the much cheaper release version in a few weeks.

That's actually a very good point.

Not really...in that case, the refund people *should* be the price of the "much cheaper release version" purported to be released in a few weeks. That's it. That way they've paid for the *beta* software they've played and not for the final release software they have yet to receive. That would be the way to handle it: partial refunds for those who have paid & played but are disappointed in the no off-line mode, out-of-the-blue unpleasant surprise. Seems 100% fair. Those who don't care about off-line won't care about the partial refund.

IMO, the whole thing about "no offline mode" is just plain silly. When you add to the online mode, you simply add what of that that you can to the offline mode and make it available as an off-line-mode only patch. What's the big deal? You are going to make it available online, so you have the data, so just put it into a patch. They know it is possible else they'd never have mentioned it from day one. On-line things that are are *only possible online* won't be available offline--but nobody who is playing the game off-line will expect them to be, will they? OF COURSE the online game will be somewhat different from the offline game--they always are! Red herring Alert!


This sounds like much more worry about online DRM than it is about technical feasibility.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 17, 2014, 14:22 WaltC
 
As usual with something the Democrats want that involves government regulation, the only reason anyone supports it at all is because he thinks he'll be getting something for free (that somebody else will have to pay for--"fat cat, 1%", etc)...;) But, of course, it never works out that way. Take the AT&T Long-Distance telephone company for instance--the one service company regulated "like a utility." It wasn't a "regional" monopoly, it was a national monopoly, and the US Government passed laws to the effect that it was illegal to compete with it--even regionally. The idea was that if the government regulated the cost of long-distance phone service, handling it just like the post office, and protected it from competition--the idea was that service would be great and rates would stay very low and everyone would be happy. Didn't work well at all, as everyone knows...;) Long-distance service in the US has taken thirty years to recuperate. The government had to dramatically reverse itself back in the '80s through deregulation of the industry in order for things to progress to where they are today. Regulation paralyzed the long-distance business in the US for decades.

The Internet, however, is much different from a national long-distance phone service--the Internet is a bunch of decentralized servers all over the world. The ISPs don't own the servers, either. So, a slow/down server before "net neutrality" is still going to be a slow/down server after net neutrality...;) Most people who talk about this issue don't know that, though. They think that net neutrality is going to bring them, personally, a big bunch of goodies and benefits that they don't have now, and that's exactly why they support this thing they call "net neutrality," even though they don't know what it will *really* bring: taxes, lawyers and lawsuits, and ever-degrading service.

Many of these people are too young to remember how bad the old AT&T government-protected monopoly got--just how bad things got and how long they stayed bad before the government finally said "Uncle! OK, we admit we screwed it up and so we're going to deregulate." I for one sincerely hope the Internet is spared the fate of being run by politicians, *shudder*. If that happens you won't have to be satisfied with stories and homilies about "killing the goose that laid the golden egg"--you'll get a ringside seat!


 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
157. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 21:18 WaltC
 
walrus1 wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 20:37:

In this case he might be very well right. This is a case of fraud and might very well end up in court.

The only people class actions help are the attorneys who bring them...that is, if they can wrangle a settlement out of the company. The only certain thing about it all is that the bilked people wind up with little to nothing at all. Best plan: just don't put yourself in a position to get bilked. But if you've already paid, and you feel the company defrauded you by being less than honest--that is only true if they refuse to refund your money. If they offer you a refund then they haven't damaged you, but you can still sue--just be prepared to lose and eat a big lawyer fee at the end of it...;) Suing is a sucker's game all the way around, imo.

Oh, yea: a "Pledge" to pay is not the same thing as paying. Nor is a "Pledge" any sort of legally binding contract to pay, etc. If you've pledged but haven't yet paid you've lost nothing and certainly can hardly "ask for a refund"...Lol...;)

Only reason I brought this up is that some people are talking about having "pledged" as if they'd paid--once you pay, then the "pledge" is no more...;) If you've paid, then saying you've "pledged $5,000" is using exactly the wrong word--people pledge *before* they pay, and so on.

Anyway--I won't buy an "always-on" game. It's a matter of principle for me. Blizzard lost a D3 sale to me because of that--I'm just not buying the game if I can't play single-player off-line. No sale. Some people won't play a game if it's single-player and *offline* and I suppose I can understand that--but that isn't me.





 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 3 Preview & Tips
14. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 3 Preview & Tips Nov 16, 2014, 20:48 WaltC
 
Creston wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 15:59:
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AC4 was also done by Ubisoft Kiev. They basically do ZERO effort when they port shit to the PC. It's the laziest, most comically inept port you can possibly imagine, and Ubisoft keeps handing their games to these fuckers for the PC versions.

I keep scratching the ol' cranium over these things...is everyone at Ubisoft asleep at the switch...are all of them in marketing...don't they care about their products...or like the US Democrat party, do they think we are all too stupid to notice or care?...;)

I'm still marveling at the Uplay-over-Steam thoughtlessness...

 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Nov 15, 2014, 13:42 WaltC
 
There's nothing quite like reading a review of an RPG on an adventure-game site...;)  
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News Comments > Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released
20. Re: Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991 Released Nov 15, 2014, 09:32 WaltC
 
subx wrote on Nov 15, 2014, 05:48:
Creston wrote on Nov 15, 2014, 00:49:
now I want someone to re-release the Amiga version of Paradroid 90.

You can get Paradroid from most of the Amiga game archive sites out there, and WinUAE is a pretty slick and easy to use thing these days (especially like the simulated floppy access noises in the latest versions :))

As an aside, Cloanto's Amiga Forever is a nifty little collection and includes the ROMs & the latest version of UAE...;) Still, I think it's worth it to download UAE separately, too, as it provides a wider range of configuration options.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 15:35 WaltC
 
Locked content is nothing at all except a gimmick--like achievements and checkpoint saves (opposed to save-anywhere, anytime)--that strives to artificially make a game more tense or difficult or challenging, etc. Instead, it just adds a lot of lame frustration to what is already a poor game design that cannot hold the player's interests and attention without resort to such gimmicks. I completely agree that when you buy a game you should not ever expect to have to "unlock" several parts of it--nor should there be any *need* to unlock it from a design standpoint. You've already paid for the whole game, after all, and you expect to be able to access it.

As far as Ubisoft is concerned, however, this seems to be a company growing ever more stupid each day. It is almost as if they are looking for ways and methods to piss off their customers instead of to delight them. Why, for instance, when buying a Ubisoft title through Steam, should the player have to put up with Steam.exe & Uplay? It doesn't appear that anyone in Ubisoft has asked that question, or many other common-sense "If I was the customer, how would I like this or that?" questions.

I still remember their short-lived "No more PC games" announcement. To their way of thinking, if they release a PC title and it doesn't sell as well as they'd like it to then it's because the game was vigorously pirated (of course.) The notion that it simply isn't a very good game by PC standards is one that doesn't occur to Ubisoft. It's amusing to read the "It runs as good on the PC as it does on the consoles," Ubisoft developer chit-chat made in response to criticism of this or that PC version of one of their games. The truth is that Ubi would *prefer* to only have to deal with consoles because the standards are much lower and much less is expected out of a game, etc. I agree that Ubisoft's public statements and actions are fast approaching the ignorance-level of EA's.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $61M
15. Re: Star Citizen Passes $61M Nov 13, 2014, 09:19 WaltC
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 06:20:
Slick wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 04:27:
i vote my 2 cents that we never see another bullshit thread like this again on this site. it's not news. it's marketing.

HEADLINE:

"did you know that eating this new miracle berry will lower stress, increase vitality, and give you rock hard erections? more at 6!"

you're providing free advertising. fuck em.

I vote that Blues keeps doing what he does best. I for one am interested in what new stunts CR and Co. will pull and the development of StarCitizen in general. I dont subscribe to self-censorship, it kind of defeats the purpose of staying informed on a subject.

I visit gaming-oriented sites because I want to hear about the release of new products and because I enjoy weighing in on the occasional topic now and then (so that I can vent my highly opinionated opinions...;))

People these days (some of them) are warped & mangled on the subject of economics. All of the ignorance is being fueled by political airheads like Elizabeth Warren telling successful business people that they actually didn't build their own businesses simply because they used the highways that everyone paid for (and thus everyone has *the same* opportunity to build a business if he wants to), and sycophants like Billary Clinton telling people that corporations don't create jobs, and that sort of thing. Warren and Clinton are just pandering to the wacko wing of the Democrat party in the US in order to get votes (OK, well, yes, most Democrats these days are thoroughgoing wackos, I'll admit...;))

Advertising allows people like Slick to pull up a site on the Internet and peruse the topics without Slick having to pay for the privilege of doing so himself. It allows entrepreneurs like Blue to be able to spend his time making Blues News an attractive destination for the audience he wishes to reach. The reason we can pull up Google or Bing and run Internet-wide searches is advertising--without advertising, neither service would exist. You can stick an antenna out of your window and pick up at least one television station that you don't have to pay to receive--strictly because of advertising. Ditto, radio in your car. The list of seemingly "free" things that we all have access to without paying for them ourselves is almost endless. But there is *no free lunch*--somebody has to pay for it. Enter advertising.

Am I willing to suffer the slings and arrows of advertising in order to be gifted with free goods & services? Oh hell yeah...;) Wouldn't have it any way else. But that's really a moot point, because without advertising there wouldn't be "any way else" to get these things short of paying through the nose for them.

All product news is "marketing" to an extent. If people do not know products exist they certainly won't buy them, right? People visit Blues to read up on gaming products, services, and events--but if Blue doesn't provide gaming product news then few if anyone will visit his site, which means he cannot stay in business for long because the advertisers that fund his efforts will drop out because he'll have no readers for them to advertise to.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
53. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 11, 2014, 09:07 WaltC
 
People are so silly on this issue. You cannot have a decentralized Internet (what the Internet has always been and what we have now) and at the same time try to treat it as one giant "common carrier" with a raft of centralized rules and regulations. You'll destroy the Internet as we know it and transform it into yet another government organ. You'll wind up with *exactly* the kind of "common carrier" the government created when it sanctioned the old AT&T long-distance monopoly in the US. The regulations ruined the long-distance phone system in the US such that only its *deregulation* by the government, decades later after enormous harm, put it back on a competitive, innovative track. Even so, it has taken almost 30 years to reverse the disastrous course begun by "benevolent" government control.

When will people clearly understand that this government--the Obama administration--has been the most restrictive of individual and press liberties of any government in living memory? When will they see that the current FBI, the NSA--all of them--have been screaming about getting a "back door" into the Internet so that government entities can further usurp the *private* control of the Internet as a whole?

Basically, it works like this...if you want to destroy the Internet as we have come to know it, and you think that private companies cannot be trusted but your government can...if you think that government alone is the saint among the rest of us sinners...then you'll want to support this raft of sheer nonsense called "net neutrality."

People were duped into supporting Obama because they believed they'd be getting something (lots of things, really) for nothing...and now they see how horribly wrong they were...but it's the same with net neutrality. People have this list of freebies they think will magically happen with "net neutrality." But none of them will, of course. What will happen is only increased and heavy-handed government control within the Internet--more for the bureaucrats and less for the people. That's the way government works, if you hadn't noticed.

Seriously, how many net neutrality supporters could discern the difference between connecting to a slow/dead server, or a web site with download caps, and being "throttled" by an ISP? Not a damn one of them, is my guess...;)

They will be among among the most bitter when they discover that, no, net neutrality did absolutely nothing to dramatically raise their bandwidth connections; nothing to lower prices but rather the opposite; created new "regulatory taxes" for Internet service where none existed before, provided government agencies with back doors of all kinds where none existed before, and ruined the Internet as a private, decentralized communications system for everyday people. After decades of "common carrier" abuse of the nation's long-distance telephone service, it has taken decades longer after the government "allowed" companies to compete as long-distance providers for the phone service to come back to a degree. If you want the Internet to go through the exact same process then go ahead and keep on mindlessly supporting net neutrality and you'll get your wish.

The Internet isn't perfect, of course--no man-made organization ever is or ever will be. But opening the door to government control of the Internet is no solution at all--it's actually quite the opposite. Only fools expect that letting the government do to the Internet what it did to long distance phone service with "common carrier" rules prior to the 1980s will fail to bring about the very same catastrophic results with today's Internet.





 
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News Comments > AMD Catalyst Beta Drivers
3. Re: AMD Catalyst Beta Drivers Nov 11, 2014, 01:15 WaltC
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 23:23:
Wonder if they fixed the firefox menubar corruption problem in these that were present in the previous beta cats.

Hmmm....haven't seen that in several months of Ff updates, and I run with hardware accel enabled. I last saw that in the 13 Cats, I believe, but at the time it always struck me as more of a Ff problem because it cleared up by disabling hardware accel in the browser preferences and I didn't see that anywhere else. Hope it clears up for you...I'm running this beta and Ff 33.1.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 5, 2014, 22:41 WaltC
 
The amusing thing (only in hindsight) about Al Gore's naked attempt to steal the election from Bush in Florida through lawyering deals cut in smoke-filled back rooms (instead of at the ballot box) is how transparent Gore's attempted theft was at the time:

1) Nowhere in the US where Gore *won* through the use of so-called "hanging chad" voting machines did the Democrats challenge or see anything contrary about the results. When you consider that Gore's complaint supposedly was about voting machines *in general*, the scam quickly reveals itself as Gore didn't actually care whether voting machines did their jobs so long as he won the counts!....;) It was only in *one state* where Gore lost narrowly that the use of voting machines was questioned at all, and in Florida itself only in *select* counties, too--those counties where Gore lost most narrowly.

The Gore lawyer camp even *refused* a state-wide Florida recount, and here's the really funny part: the Gore camp didn't even want a *recount* done in those select counties it picked--what it wanted to do was to *keep* the original Gore vote tallies from the former count and then *add* the recounted Gore votes to the *old* Gore vote tallies! What the Gore lawyer camp demanded was guaranteed to topple the lawful election results in Florida and give Gore the win! It was no wonder Gore was laughed out of the Supreme Court and his attorneys put down hard.

2) While Bush had no less than three (3) officially, lawfully certified vote recounts to his credit in Florida, Gore never won a single vote count in Florida out of four total counts (The original election results & the three recounts.)

3) Worst of all, and one of the reasons Gore picked on Florida, was because Gore *lost* his home state of Tennessee to Bush by some 800,000 + votes, a margin of victory far too large to question. The fact is that no one has ever won a US presidential election without carrying his home state--no one! Had Gore won his home state of Tennessee, Florida's electoral votes would not have mattered at all and Gore would have honestly won the election even with Bush carrying Florida as he did! People want to talk about how badly Obama has screwed the Democrat party--but even Obama's monumental travesties against common sensibilities and logic pale in the face of what Gore did to the Democrats--imo, the Democrat party has yet to recover from the essential damage Gore did it. The arrogant, lawless, narcissistic spirit Gore ignited in the national Democrat party by way of his naked lust for an Office he could not win honestly is still very much with us to this day--more's the pity.

Transparent to anyone with the eyes to see, it's no wonder that Gore's attempt to steal a presidential election permanently ended his political career. He had no regard whatsoever for what he put the country through--but as we know from Obama, that's what narcissists do--they come first and no one else matters at all unless he is of some immediate material benefit.
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
87. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 29, 2014, 07:28 WaltC
 
Krovven wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 18:30:
Reposting this as I edited my last post.

Just came across this this guide here to get the Collectors Series CDs installed on Win7 64bit systems.

I just went through the instructions for installing Tie Fighter and it worked without issue. So if you own the Collectors Series CDs, you are better off installing that than buying the GOG low res release.


I've found older game compatibility actually better with 8.1 than with 7, which was a bit surprising. And under Win10TP, I have found it even *better* with the 1-2 games I had a problem with in 8.1...!
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
9. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 27, 2014, 13:29 WaltC
 
Kickstarter should realize it is in their best interests all around to require *bonds* of some kind, equivalent to the amount of money to be released into the projects *before* they issue the money. The bond should hold until the project successfully completes, and in the event that it does not, Kickstarter would be able to refund the money. In this way they could indemnify all projects against fraud. If the individuals related to a project cannot obtain such a bond then they cannot apply for a Kickstarter project, etc. Seems like common sense.

Kickstarter might even help such people obtain an adequate bond, etc., if they are sufficiently qualified. It would do nothing except dramatically help the entire situation if Kickstarter invests in fraud indemnification. Just telling people, "You could lose your money" will progressively get old as it simply isn't fair for Kickstarter to keep its money while project backers are getting scammed.

No bond, no Kickstarter, should be the company's motto.
 
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News Comments > On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support
28. Re: On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support Oct 27, 2014, 08:13 WaltC
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 00:49:
They say they're using only a single GPU. I assume it's a beefed up 8GB 290X single GPU that's not on the market?


You'd assume wrong...;) I put a link in my original post so that anyone wishing to be informed about all of this could be informed about it. Judging by the thread so far, not many care to...!
 
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News Comments > On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support
5. Re: On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support Oct 26, 2014, 13:23 WaltC
 
Uh, No...;)

Mantle SFR adaptation is pretty impressive, actually. First time we've ever seen a game itself coded to use Crossfire *without* AFR...! Definitely worth a read. (This is no short & skimpy look at the Game and its Mantle coding.)

Maxwell is newer/good, no doubt about it, but people with R9 290's have nothing to worry about, either...;) If you want to define "worry," imo, that's GeForce Titan customers reading up on the GeForce 780...;)[Maybe "rage" would be a better descriptor, eh?]


 
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77. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2014, 10:04 WaltC
 
It's really difficult what to make of all of this. As my dear, departed Grandmother used to tell me: "Don't wear your heart on your sleeve." Seemed old-fashioned but right-minded advice at the time...and seems oddly fitting here.

Anyone within civilization with a public profile of any size is going to be lashed at by jealous cretins, by persons who actually mean well but are the opposite of diplomatic, and by persons who simply disagree--often vehemently. Do what many celebrities do--authors, actors, etc.--use a "pen name" as an alter ego and let *that* absorb the negativism and the chaff and the fire and brimstone. It works and it's effective.

What's unrealistic in my view--wildly so--is to expect, no demand, that society take *you* seriously and bend to your self-righteous views simply because you believe yourself to be so obviously right. People say, "Shit was so bad 30 years ago..." Good grief, nothing is further from the truth...;) You will still find, today, I'll wager, as many women who think the bra-burning of yesteryear was positively idiotic and did nothing save *demean* women in general. My wife is one such lady. She's smart about a lot of things and I agree with her. (Could you see a bunch of men standing around a burning trash barrel throwing in their jockey shorts and saying, "Take us seriously!" I can't. It's ridiculous--and is for women, too.)

But the overall point that should be made with regard to all of this silliness is this: it is not up to society to accommodate you or me according to what *we* think is right. Rather, it is up to us weave a meaningful life for ourselves within society as it is, while recognizing that people fundamentally have just as much right to disagree with us as to agree. Anything short of that is immaturity with a capital "I" and will crash and burn, taking the pilot with it if he (or she) isn't careful.

If you consistently treat people the way you would want to be treated in any given situation, you'll find that some people will honor that and reciprocate and others will use it against you. The trick is to stay close to the first group and avoid the latter group like the plague, whenever possible. Sadly, it isn't always possible to avoid that nasty second group completely, but the good news is that this behavior becomes progressively easier over time with practice. (Don't cast your pearls before swine, etc.)

So, if you frown at strangers you see and cross the street to avoid them, you should never think it unseemly or questionable as to why they might do the same to you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
7. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 21, 2014, 14:41 WaltC
 
Creston wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:25:
The Amiga book looks really cool, but I have no clue who this dude is or whether what he's saying is true or just smokescreens. can anyone shed some further light on this?

Didn't this guy already do a successful similar book for the C64? I thought I read that when looking over the info...
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 21, 2014, 12:09 WaltC
 
Axis wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 10:08:
Amiga was well ahead of its time in many areas, especially from a graphics and usability standpoint. For me, it was the 2nd pinnacle of my gaming days following the c64...

What a blast from the past...I owned at least one of every Amiga shipped save for the A1000. The Kickstarter is a blast itself--Deluxe Paint--I don't know how many hundreds of hours I put into that...;) I was doing 4,096-color DP animations @320x400 when the best a PC could manage was 16-colors @ 320x200--Amiga was so far ahead that C= didn't know what it had...we all wanted to see the Amiga go cloned but C= said no. Such a pity...
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Has 100 Linux Titles
6. Re: GOG.com Has 100 Linux Titles Oct 14, 2014, 16:04 WaltC
 
It will be interesting to see how well Gog does with this...Linux gamers should have a nice pent-up demand...be interesting to see how they'll react to actually being able to buy some games!...;)  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2014, 14:06 WaltC
 
Sad, but I've seen it before, and from other companies...it's more console pandering--which always reinforces my life-long decision never to buy a console. Ugh. Getting lied to and manipulated is par for the console PR course. Those poor suckers...

Ubisoft has to be practically idiotic, however, to deliberately hobble the game to run at a lower resolution on the PS4 than is possible simply because of the lower specs of the xBone. The game may well ship @ 900 for the PS4 but it will be interested to see if that is actually *locked* into the game and not adjustable by the user. I'm guessing because it isn't mentioned the PC version won't be locked at that ridiculously low resolution--to do that would be incredibly, astronomically stupid...;) But, it's Ubisoft, so who knows...?
 
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