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Signed On May 23, 2003, 10:36
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 28, 2015, 01:07 Domgrief
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 15:10:
Re: Australia’s piracy crackdown will hurt everyone.

What is it about ISPs that makes them so eager to attack their own costumers?

They're not, and there have been high profile cases demonstrating this.

From 2008 through 2012 one Australian ISP (iiNet) successfully defended a case against Roadshow where the ISP was being held accountable for the actions of their customers and for not taking action against infringement notices. It's presently defending a case where it's being asked to turn over details of people who downloaded Dallas Buyer's Club.

However, the government recently issued an ultimatum to Australian ISPs, insisting that they come up with a graduated response plan. If they fail to do so, the government indicated that they would create it for them.

The ISPs have been coerced, and the Australian government has even more in store for them.

The suggestion that Australian ISPs want to punish their customers, as suggested by the article, is outright wrong.
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News Comments > D&D Sword Coast Legends This Year
9. Re: D&D Sword Coast Legends This Year Feb 12, 2015, 19:29 Domgrief
Fion wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 17:56:
Interesting project but "based on 5th edition Dungeons & dragons' makes me a little leary that this will be yet another RPG that is D&D in name only.

Agreed - Neverwinter (the MMO) was "based on" 4th Ed. and discarded everything except bits of lore and the names of abilities.

(Which is a shame - 4th Ed. almost felt like it was built to be licenced as a CRPG yet there's been nothing over the past few years to show for it.)

Claiming that this will offer a "first-of-its-kind" real-time DM experience raises my hackles, too, considering NWN offered that more than a decade ago.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 30, 2014, 20:49 Domgrief
Cutter wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 11:54:
Well stop fucking using social media than and problem solved. Honestly, the way people go on about this shit when there's an such an obvious solution. Or start a fucking competing service that respects people's privacy in that case. If it's such a big deal you should be a billionaire over night.

Or you might work on it for several years and end up either giving up or taking your own life.
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News Comments > London-based Assassin's Creed: Victory Next Year
12. Re: London-based Assassin's Creed: Victory Next Year Dec 2, 2014, 22:21 Domgrief
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Dec 2, 2014, 20:54:
Strange how Activision gets accused of milking Call of Duty with one yearly release, and yet UbiSoft can release two Assassin's Creed games on the same day and hardly anyone seems to care.

CoD games get a lot of flak because the campaigns are quite short, and the constant barrage of games fragments the multiplayer player base and drives players to keep buying the latest releases.

It's hard to level the same kind of criticism against Assassin's Creed, which have extensive single player campaigns and don't really exert any pressure on the player to buy the latest game.

It would be fair to complain if they start churning out lower quality games as a result of the short release cycle - which may be exactly what's starting to happen - but it's a little early to call.
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $65M
25. Re: Star Citizen at $65M Nov 30, 2014, 21:48 Domgrief
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 30, 2014, 20:28:
...subsidize 5000 Aurora (= starter ship) sales at $20/pc. - Those sold out in seconds, too. They were meant for new players but it seems more likely they were picked up by "grey market" sellers and big orgs etc.

Wow. I guess, for some people, Star Citizen is already a complete game.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 29, 2014, 11:07 Domgrief
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 29, 2014, 10:28:
Kim Dotcom: “I’m officially broke” after transferring remaining assets. Poor people are just broke. With rich people it's an "official" technicality.

Guess it has nothing to do with this, this, or this....maybe not even this....

Given that all of his current assets are effectively poisoned due to all of the governments, industry associations and laywers he's tangled with, maybe it's a deliberate strategy.
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News Comments > Black Friday Tech Bits
6. Re: Black Friday Tech Bits Nov 29, 2014, 09:11 Domgrief
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 28, 2014, 13:52:
Not quite sure why I would want "native" mkv support in W10... does MS believe we use WMP for mkv media playback? ;P

There's still a lot of applications built straight off the Microsoft AV stack, notably image organisation tools like Photoshop Elements or Lightroom.

Any improvement in native container/codec support is welcome, because it reduces the number of things I'll need to install to get everything working. It also lowers the chance that a game I own will croak when Haali/LAV/K-lite/CCCP/whatever hijacks the video it's trying to play.

It'd be nice if one day I could send a video from our camera or smartphone to our parents without needing to walk them through half an hour of locating and installing codecs or video players. Antitrust and royalties probably mean that'll never happen, though.
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News Comments > Black Friday Interviews
23. Re: Black Friday Interviews Nov 29, 2014, 08:43 Domgrief
NKD wrote on Nov 29, 2014, 05:12:
I have no respect for anyone who willingly throws reason out the window in favor of magical thinking.

Arguably, that's not very fair, because ultimately their decisions are determined by natural phenomena like their genetics, upbringing, life experiences, gut bacteria, and quantum particle interactions. Your notion of someone "willingly" throwing reason out of the window is really just your rationalisation of the outcome of their lifetime of survival instincts.

It might be fair to disrespect them if you believed that each person had some extrinsic ego, will, or ability to reason, but that's treading dangerously into the realm of magical thinking.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Nov 25, 2014, 03:49 Domgrief
So they took the art resources from an existing game, shoehorned them into an SDK provided by a gambling software company, and dubbed it "pushing the envelope"?

It looks more like a desperate attempt to monetise.
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Nov 1, 2014, 10:53 Domgrief
Why Final Fantasy is Trying So Hard...

HuffPo is suggesting that the FF guys are spending so much time on hair because it makes the game look good and will therefore sell more... and then support this argument by talking about how much effort they put into hair for "The Spirits Within", which was a complete flop.
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News Comments > Crusader: No Remorse Free on Origin
36. Re: Crusader: No Remorse Free on Origin Oct 30, 2014, 10:12 Domgrief
jdreyer wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 19:40:
Task wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 15:35:
Is this some sort of anti-establishment/corporatism game? Sounds right up my alley.

Yeah, shocking that EA would be offering it for free and tacitly encouraging people to play it.

EA have given their blessing to worse...
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News Comments > Toybox Turbos Announced for Next Month
4. Re: Toybox Turbos Announced for Next Month Oct 25, 2014, 10:25 Domgrief
Sacrifice wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 07:47:
I'm going to keep an open mind. It reminds me of Micro Machines. They were a great series of racing games.

That'd be the "fondly remembered miniature racing titles" referred to in the press release. It's kind of depressing that lawyers are so sensitive that they skirt around mentioning it by name.

Edit: ... and ironic that they'd pander to lawyers by not mentioning Micro Machines, while using a title that couldn't be more obviously derivative.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 23, 2014, 15:52 Domgrief
It's good to see that Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand with its patchy history of terrible mobile phones, and cashing in on Microsoft's respectable history with the devices.

Wait a minute...
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News Comments > Jagged Alliance: Flashback Released
3. Re: Jagged Alliance: Flashback Released Oct 22, 2014, 03:57 Domgrief
Dmitri_M wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 02:25:
I still like the mechanics. The voice acting is still perfect.

Some of the cast was great, but I wouldn't go as far as "perfect" - Ira's "She is evil. A driven bitch." is the worst piece of voice acting I've ever heard.
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News Comments > Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Launches
3. Re: Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Launches Oct 8, 2014, 04:39 Domgrief
ItBurn wrote on Oct 8, 2014, 00:42:
Wow. I know some people prefer the original CS, but this is the Half-life 1 engine and it looks shittier than most Hl1 mods...

And developed by Nexon, the competitive gaming powerhouse that brought us games we know and love like ... Maple Story.

Just goes to show that you can build microtransactions into any game.
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 14:22 Domgrief
Silicon Avatar wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 13:59:
Why do we even have video game journalists anymore?

Surely I can't be the only person who doesn't like getting their game reviews from YouTube videos. I'd much rather skim a couple of badly written reviews than sit through a Let's Play.

Also, good journalism is a form of entertainment in its own right. I might have initially become attached to Blue's due to the excellently curated content, but that's not why I look forward to reading it each morning.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 10:30 Domgrief
Disney Infinity seemed kind of fun while I was playing through what I assume is the tutorial - it's got a light-hearted approach to the characters which reminds me a lot of the LEGO games - but the price of unlocking a couple of characters in their store more than I'd pay for a AAA game these days.

If that's normal for consoles, I'm glad I'm a PC gamer.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2014, 11:23 Domgrief
(Full disclosure: Our firm represented the defendant in this case.)

That explains why the article is so absurdly one-sided. The author is trying extremely hard to insinuate that the ruling is more wide-reaching than it necessarily is.
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News Comments > New AMD Catalyst Drivers
12. Re: New AMD Catalyst Drivers Sep 30, 2014, 21:26 Domgrief
Both the CCC and the Raptr/AMD client sent me to download pages for two different (older) versions of Catalyst.

Three downloads later, I *think* I'm finally on 14.9...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 10:16 Domgrief
Pronunciation can be regional - we were a bit surprised to see Nissan advertised in Canada as nee-sahn (here in Australia the ads use a much sharper ni-sen) - but if the official FAQ says "sash-er-ee" then they might have the right of it.  
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