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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 3, 2012, 10:50 Orogogus
 
Cram wrote on Nov 3, 2012, 04:13:
Yet a point remains. How often does a major AAA+ PC only release get leaked a month early? PC, where apparently all the piracy happens. I'm am sure someone will provide an example of some game, but it seems to happen to console games far FAR more. At least you hear about about it more; some developers and publishers pretend it never happens and still ignore the PC for fear of pirates.

I don't think they pretend it never happens, but I do think a lot of PC gamers seem to pretend that there's no more piracy on the PC than on consoles, which is unlikely. How often do you see 5,000 seeders for a console game, or 15,000 leechers? It's also not hard to go to a torrent site and look for any PC & console release and find a wall of PC torrents with a few lonely console equivalents near the bottom.

The game companies don't even have to do that; they have sales data, and they can compare that against the number of people who are playing online, who have submitted their CD keys, or anything else that's exposed. Or they can just count the money and draw their own conclusions.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
25. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 29, 2012, 19:46 Orogogus
 
The WHO is part of the UN, and did good against smallpox and polio.

The people being sued by the content creators in that article all had a business set up around importation and resale. No one seems to be a Joe Everyman who just wanted to buy a cheaper textbook to get through the semester. As such the argument's already been pushed all the way to the endpoint - should companies be allowed to sell products at higher prices in wealthier markets, and more cheaply in poorer ones?

I think we already went over the extreme case here before: buying up Steam keys from Asia & Eastern Europe and reselling them in the US. Purely digital, so it's basically all profit, with no need to put anything on a boat. As I recall, the argument is basically that people in weaker economies have no fundamental right to affordable video games, whereas consumers do have the right to buy things and resell them wherever they want.

There was a Valve interview where they noted that games used to be sold in Russia at parity with Western countries and released months later, so of course everyone just pirated everything. Now apparently Valve has become the first Western distributor to make major inroads in Russia, selling at deep discounts on or near the same release date as the West, but it could just cannibalize publishers' primary sales markets. So it might be better for them to just go back to horrifically overpriced & months late, and let the Asians and Eastern Europeans pirate everything.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
18. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 26, 2012, 21:05 Orogogus
 
He's not wrong about music apps, though. As an Android owner, those counterexamples are in fact pretty embarrassing. Yeesh.  
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News Comments > Three Dishonored Add-ons Announced
29. Re: Three Dishonored Add-ons Announced Oct 25, 2012, 21:16 Orogogus
 
^mortis^ wrote on Oct 25, 2012, 20:55:
completely agreed with Yakub. it was entertaining, but Assassin's Creed and The Dark Mod both do what this game set out to do better.

it's certainly not BAD, but neither is it the second coming of stealth/action.

kinda funny that the most thoughtful and intelligent comment on these boards in a long time that exhibits no poor grammar or childish insults is called a troll. sign of the times...

Not really. The rebuttals seem solid. Yakubs' two points are 1) the game doesn't give you incentive to play stealth or Rambo; 2) he doesn't care about the plot, partially because of the silent protagonist and partly because he says "Why should I care?" to everything that happens in the game. If I'm oversimplifying, how?

The rebuttal to the first is that the motivation to play one way or the other should be coming from the player, and that a game that allows multiple pathways is generally better one that artificially rewards or punishes the player for not doing what the designers want (something you see all the time in video games).

And the second is basically a lot of words for something extremely subjective. People are allowed to not like a game's plot, but unless you want cutscenes where your character spouts one-liners (and a lot of people do), there's nothing that the game does particularly badly in the storyline department.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits Kickstarter Goal
54. Re: Star Citizen Hits Kickstarter Goal Oct 24, 2012, 19:06 Orogogus
 
ItBurn wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 19:01:
Beamer wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 18:57:
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While I agree, I am not convinced to put $25 for something just to support an idea when the end project may not be worth $25 to me.

I despise MMOs. Despise. And the mechanics that tend to make successful MMOs are ones not ones I enjoy. So until I see the mechanics that Roberts plans to use I'm in no rush to put any of my money in.

I can sympathize with that, fuck mmos.
Freelancer's online server tech was awesome. It played exactly like the single player game. Pure action. That's what I'm expecting. They can do all kinds of optimizations because of the game's star system setup.

I think the distinct feeling is that if you tell Chris Roberts that you love MMOs, all of a sudden this game is going to have raids and clans and what not. The only thing it isn't is a console game; other than that it's as grandiose as anything Derek Smart ever put forth.
 
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News Comments > Sword of the Stars: The Pit Announced
11. Re: Sword of the Stars: The Pit Announced Oct 17, 2012, 04:55 Orogogus
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 17, 2012, 03:06:
So they are making SOTS into a MUD?.. Yeah? ... just.. no.. nooo!

Their website says this is singleplayer, so no.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
20. Re: Game Reviews Sep 16, 2012, 03:08 Orogogus
 
That's interesting, since the numbers are much closer, about 4:1, but unfortunately they don't really go into their calculations, other than to say they collected the data from public trackers.

I did try going to an aggregator first, but their sorting options and categories generally aren't so good, making it hard to figure out what's what.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
18. Re: Game Reviews Sep 16, 2012, 02:28 Orogogus
 
Prez wrote on Sep 16, 2012, 02:07:
That's how it generally goes. The console versions get pirated first, but once the PC release gets out it usually has 10-50 times as many downloaders and seeders.

"10-50" times is an exaggeration from the numbers I generally see. Actually 10 times seems closer to the top end. Also, a good portion of that number is due to console gamers who feel entitled to the PC version because they already bought the console version. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard that justification on forums and in person.

If I go to the world's most popular torrent site, put in Skyrim and sort by seeds, the first console download isn't even on the first page, and it's outnumbered by the first PC download alone by about 100-1. Dark Souls released much, much later on the PC, but even taking that into consideration it's outnumbering the 360 version by like 1938 to 9. Max Payne might be a more balanced example, and it looks like about 40:1.

My methodology was to go to the PC category, sort by seeds, and then search for the top titles that I knew to have a console release. If I flip it around, Sleeping Dogs is currently the biggest 360 download, and is around 30:1. How are you checking?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
16. Re: Game Reviews Sep 16, 2012, 01:47 Orogogus
 
jacobvandy wrote on Sep 16, 2012, 01:22:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 16, 2012, 00:51:
Console version is pirated - friends already playing it - say it is pretty darn good....can't wait for my steam unlock!

Don't you love how that is? All the bitching about piracy on PC, and the console versions are almost always leaked first. Then all it takes is the use of Steamworks to at least guarantee nobody plays it until release day.

That's how it generally goes. The console versions get pirated first, but once the PC release gets out it usually has 10-50 times as many downloaders and seeders.
 
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Beta Editor on Steam
16. Re: Legend of Grimrock Beta Editor on Steam Sep 12, 2012, 18:42 Orogogus
 
Wolfen wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 18:40:
I'm hoping some one remakes the EOB series. Or even just one of them.

The only one that really stands up, in my opinion, is EOB 2. EOB is kind of simple, and EOB 3 was bad.
 
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Beta Editor on Steam
14. Re: Legend of Grimrock Beta Editor on Steam Sep 12, 2012, 18:20 Orogogus
 
jimnms wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 18:01:
PHJF wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 17:25:
Yeah but I question the ability to do anything more than what Grimrock itself did. There's only so many types of puzzles and hidden wall switches Grimrock is capable of, and the original campaign managed to cover most bases.

I bet people will be re-creating games like EOTB.

Like I said earlier, there were only ever a handful of games like Grimrock, and one of them had randomly generated dungeons as its schtick.
 
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News Comments > Steam Beta Allows Custom Installation Locations
20. Re: Steam Beta Allows Custom Installation Locations Sep 12, 2012, 17:06 Orogogus
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 15:33:
This was my only real complaint about steam... I'm glad to see they resolved it.

Well, it would also be nice to have an option not to auto-pause all downloads every time you start a game. Not every game is super-sensitive to bandwidth dips.
 
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Beta Editor on Steam
7. Re: Legend of Grimrock Beta Editor on Steam Sep 12, 2012, 13:05 Orogogus
 
There were only ever a handful of games in this genre. 3 EotB games, Dungeon Hack, Dungeon Master and Stonekeep. I think people were talking about recreating Wizardry, but those turn-based dungeon crawlers were never designed for dancing around in real-time combat. Like, Might and Magic would have giant 1-wide spiral corridors, which would utterly suck.  
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Heart of the Storm Units Video
2. Re: StarCraft II: Heart of the Storm Units Video Sep 8, 2012, 16:44 Orogogus
 
The article should say Heart of the Swarm, not Storm.  
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News Comments > Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit
115. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 7, 2012, 08:27 Orogogus
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2012, 06:35:
As far as Brad commenting on the Qt3 forums, there's plausible deniability. "It wasn't me, obviously someone was spoofing my name." He couldn't do that if he'd actually responded directly to Kotaku. So, he went to a forum.

I don't want to make an account to look back, but the Qt3 forum profile says it was created in 2002, with 3,060 posts. If social media can be taken as evidence, it might not be so easy to duck out of responsibility for your posts.

More utter bizarreness from the response to the motion to dismiss: link

Parts of the original document on scribd
 
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News Comments > Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit
102. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 7, 2012, 00:07 Orogogus
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 21:14:
Bet wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 21:08:
NegaDeath wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 15:20:
Beelzebud wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 15:09:
Have a look at this delicious forum thread where Wardell decides to set the record straight. This guy is a few beers short of a 6-pack. I'll bet his lawyers love him right about now.

When you find yourself in a hole: STOP DIGGING

He just keeps digging that hole deeper. The one commenter on there is right, his lawyers are going to kill him for publicly discussing his ongoing case on an open forum.
Good lord. That thread is unbelievable.

At this point, if his lawyers are anything sensible they should resign. Brad is literally destroying his own case in that thread to the point I'm not sure it's going to be recoverable.

As someone in that thread said, the only things that will really anger his lawyers are if their billable hours go down, or if he doesn't pay. They still get paid if they lose, and a batshit crazy client isn't really a mark against them.
 
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News Comments > Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit
89. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 6, 2012, 21:05 Orogogus
 
Prez wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 20:36:
@ Orogogus

What isn't clear to me is if the behavior continued after the woman made it clear it was unwanted and considered inappropriate. That is what would constitute illegal harassment as far as I understand the law. As the lawyer explained, it only becomes illegal after it continues past the notification.

Brad asserting that he's going to continue harassment, and in fact he'll close the company rather than change his behavior, seems pretty damning.
 
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News Comments > Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit
77. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 6, 2012, 19:58 Orogogus
 
Prez wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 19:36:
While we don't know enough to know if this ever happened in this particular case, I think it's a point worth mentioning that harassment laws are very clear that the behavior in question must have been called to the attention of the alleged harasser as being unwanted and viewed inappropriate by the harassed for it to be legally actionable. Judging from some of the comments in this thread it's not clear that everyone understands that.

I'm not a lawyer but as it happens only last week my company had its annual "harassment awareness" annual training where they have a lawyer come in and explain the legal process in detail.

Brad admits in so many words that it happened, because he's a crazy person and likes talking about litigation on the Internet.

Link

She later emailed me telling me she was mad about the incident - to which I apologized for hurting her feeligs but also insisted that I watch what jokes I tell around the office. (To understand the context, we're a relaxed software company, lots of Family guy jokes, Simpsons references, Robot Chicken references, etc.). To which I responded, admittedly, very very harshly to.

Now, you can argue that I was a jerk in how I responded to her.

And from the Kotaku article that Blue linked:

Hi Alexandra,

Thank you for bringing these up to me as I certainly do not want you to feel uncomfortable at work.

I don't recall item #1 but will certainly endeavor to be extra careful.

I understand #2. I will be more conscious of this in the future.

#3, however is not acceptable to me. I am an inappropriate, sexist, vulgar, and embarrassing person and I'm not inclined to change my behavior. If this is a problem, you will need to find another job.

#4, Again, I am not willing to adapt my behavior to suit others. IF you find my behavior problematic, I recommend finding another job.

I'm not some manager or coworker of yours. I own the company. It, and your job here, exist to suit my purposes, not vice versa. The company is not an end unto itself, it is a means to an end which is to further the objectives of its shareholders (in this case, me).

While I certainly agree that your rights as a person (certainly in terms of physical contact or interms of comments made towards you regarding your private live) take precedence over my rights as the owner of the business, that is as far as it goes.

I sincerely apologize for offending you while on our trip. I certainly would never intentionally try to upset you or make you uncomfortable and will endeavor to avoid doing so in the future. However, I won't change my basic personality to suit anyone (i.e. being an inappropriate, sexist, vulgar and embarrassing person).

Kind regards,

Brad

So, yes, it happened. The accuser brought it to the harasser's attention, who later posted it on the Internet with the apparent attitude of "So of course you can see I'm innocent." To be clear, #3 was her asking Brad to be careful about telling jokes which are often vulgar or sexist, which really seems like the demonstration scenarios in harassment training.
 
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News Comments > Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit
60. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 6, 2012, 17:46 Orogogus
 
Prez wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 17:33:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 17:18:
Beh.

Sexual harassment complaints are the easiest "get rich quick" schemes on the planet these days.

That and claims of racism. I've seen too many bogus claims of each where I have worked to just take anything at face value anymore. While the evidence in the emails at least make it clear that at the very least the woman is just making stuff up out of thin air

You mean "...not just making stuff up out of thin air", I assume.
 
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News Comments > TRANSFORMERS Dinobot Destructor Pack DLC Next Week
7. Re: TRANSFORMERS Dinobot Destructor Pack DLC Next Week Sep 6, 2012, 00:52 Orogogus
 
ViRGE wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 00:29:
Orogogus wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 23:54:
The Transformer wiki says that Hasbro generally stopped using "Slag" to refer to a particular Dinobot after they found out that it was a bad word in British English. So a lot of the Triceratops became Snarl instead, which seems like an even worse solution.
They must have found that out fairly recently. Beast Wars loved to use slag as an expletive.

No, I think they still do that. But apparently they don't want to use it as the name of a toy. Maybe they change it in the UK versions? Dunno.
 
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