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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Monaco's Final Chapter Released
10. Re: Monaco's Final Chapter Released Apr 6, 2014, 17:10 jimnms
 
Hyatus wrote on Apr 6, 2014, 12:12:
Gotcha. That seems kind of stupid. How does one know whether they already own it or not, then?

Look in your Steam client. If you don't own it, during the free period it shows the game name with the time left next to it.
 
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News Comments > Monaco's Final Chapter Released
7. Re: Monaco's Final Chapter Released Apr 6, 2014, 01:11 jimnms
 
I picked this up during the winter sale from the Humble Store (for $2.99), but have yet to play it. I guess now is a good time to try it out.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 4, 2014, 19:00 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 18:53:
The sad thing is that the vast majority of usage of this product is by folks to rip their DVDs for use on tablets or PCs or whatever. It's not used for piracy or other things that undercut DVD sales.

Also, I bet if we investigate the history of that Antiguan law, I'm sure it was funded and pushed through by the MPAA or whatever.

I bought AnyDVD HD years ago to be able to play Bluray movies on my PC. My display and GPU both supported HDCP, but something was preventing Bluray players from seeing that. I think it was nvidia's drivers because my monitor has the HDCP logo on the box but the nvidia control panel showed the display as non HDCP, so basically I had to break the law to play movies that I fucking bought.

Now I have a new monitor and GPU now and HDCP is working, but I still use AnyDVD HD when watching movies because it lets me skip the stupid annoying shit that you normally can't skip. I really hate Blueray. At least DVDs let you skip the trailers and go straight to the menu, but most Blueray's wont. Some let you skip trailers one at a time, but rarely will one let you skip all and go straight to the menu. Some even have trailers that you can't skip at all. Thanks to AnyDVD HD though, I can put in a disk and have it go straight to the menu now. I don't think I could ever go back to watching Bluray movies without AnyDVD HD.
 
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News Comments > GameSpy Shutting Down Services
30. Re: GameSpy Shutting Down Services Apr 3, 2014, 23:16 jimnms
 
So non Steam ArmA 2 users get the shaft? I still have it installed, though I doubt I'll play it anytime soon (if ever), but still feels shitty to only patch the Steam version.

It would be nice to see a list of games effected. I'm pretty sure no games I currently play use GameSpy. BFBC2 I think uses it, and oddly enough I was thinking of playing it this weekend.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Chick-fil-A steals KFC's chicken crown. Apr 2, 2014, 02:11 jimnms
 
Ewww. We had a Chick-fil-A open up recently here (small city) and people were waiting in line for hours, with lines for over a mile. I'm not kidding about the lines. It's near a busy 4-way intersection and cars were coming at it from all 4 ways. The police had to come out start making people leave because it was causing too much traffic, and that shit went on for about 3 weeks.

I've eaten at one a long time ago. I didn't think it was all that great and never went out of my way to go there again. After the frenzy died down, my sister brought me some once when she dropped my niece off and I thought it was disgusting. I thought maybe it was just a bad day, and gave it another try when she offered to bring me some again. Nope, it was still disgusting. I don't know what it is, but it tastes sweet, like they put sugar in their batter or something. I don't eat fried food much these days, but both KFC and Popeye's have some pretty damn good chicken strips.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Apr 1, 2014, 22:19 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 21:50:
How is Kerbal these days? I usually don't buy early access.

KSP is an example of early access done right. It is still Alpha, but is very stable and fun. Patches do sometimes break saves (and mods), and there are a ton of mods. The price goes up as the game gets more complete, so if you want it cheaper get in now. There is a demo, which is several versions old, but it's still enough to give you an idea if you'll like it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Apr 1, 2014, 21:11 jimnms
 
Kerbal Space Program is on sale on Steam to celebrate the 0.23.5 NASA Asteroid Recovery Mission pack.  
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News Comments > On Sale
15. Re: On Sale Mar 31, 2014, 17:09 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 11:32:
While the linked article is scummy, I'm not all that thrilled about (apparently, if I understand you correctly) having to give my Steam login credentials to a third party website?

You don't give your Steam login credentials to anyone, they use the Steam OpenID deal.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Mar 30, 2014, 20:58 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 30, 2014, 20:28:
Saboth wrote on Mar 30, 2014, 19:11:
Cutter wrote on Mar 30, 2014, 15:34:
I agree there's something to be said for that. It's like buying a new car and the dealer telling you you're not allowed to ever sell it. It's not like HB isn't making their money. No one is technically stealing anything here.


Sounds like piracy advocacy to me. The terms explicitly state you can't resell the games. Just like when you buy those large packs of tiny crackers or chips that say "not for resale".

Well, that's only if you agree that sowftware can only be licensed and not owned. I don't. I pay for a copy of something and it's mine as far as I'm concerned. Just like books, CDs, DVDs, cars, furniture, etc. No one seens to have a problem going to a restaurant and paying more for resold food. So it's an entirely a matter of perspective on that front.

However, as I said, it may not be illegal but it's certainly in poor taste.

Software, especially software sold only through digital distribution, can't be compared to physical objects. You can't make a copy of your car and sell the original keeping one for yourself like you can software.

You can't sell your Steam games because they're tied to your account, but what about GOG? Do you think it wold be OK to buy a game from GOG, then sell your copy after you've played it? What if this bought these games from GOG and begin reselling copies of it, would that still be OK?
 
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News Comments > Women In Video Games Initiative
26. Re: Women In Video Games Initiative Mar 28, 2014, 21:51 jimnms
 
Task wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 13:17:
that gave me many chuckles, thank you. some people think its stupid, but i sometimes create 'female' characters in RPGs

Why do people think that's stupid? It's called role playing for a reason. I usually play RPGs a second time as a female character. In the better RPGs, some NPCs will react different to female characters, often opening up different ways to complete quests. I don't care much for 3rd person games, but if I do play one and I have a choice (Saint's Row for example), I go for a female character. If I have to stare at a character's ass while playing, I'd much rather stare at a nice one.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Mar 27, 2014, 04:25 jimnms
 
Axis wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 21:10:
Stay away from Spacebase, another fail early access with little development.

I was curious about it a while back so looked up a "lets play" on YouTube. The guy played it for about 10 minutes, had a nice little base going, then began to wander what else there was to do. From watching it, I couldn't tell where the "game" was. It looks like the Sims in Space or something.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Mar 19, 2014, 12:00 jimnms
 
Speaking of bundles, I have an extra gift copy of the Indie Gala Rise of Flight Bundle if anyone wants to trade for the Adrenaline Bundle.  
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2014, 21:16 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 18, 2014, 17:53:
If you haven't grabbed Expeditions: Conquistador yet, run, don't walk, to get it. Totally a steal for $5. I don't know how or why this was overlooked by so many people but it's a gem. Ima probably give this another playthrough again very soon. I hope it did well enough to warrant a follow-up.
For the same price you can pick up this bundle and get it along with a few other games.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Genetic Car Thingy Mar 18, 2014, 02:22 jimnms
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 18, 2014, 00:37:
#1: 179.68 d:174.24 h:-2.88/5.58m (gen 18)

Mine went farther quicker

edit: Actually I see your top car hit its record pretty early on.

edit2: Damn my new car just put a smack down on that track no matter how ridiculous it got.
http://i.imgur.com/nxmwYhl.png

Put "bluesnews.com" as the seed so we're on the same track. I left it running without a reset and finally two cars beat it.
http://i.imgur.com/1abMapW.png
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Genetic Car Thingy Mar 17, 2014, 23:57 jimnms
 
I've been running it with bluesnews.com seed all day and 155.56 is the best so far. Early on one got 155.11, and after half a day nothing had beat it. There's this valley at ~153.xx that they all get stuck in. I tried resetting the population a few times and tinkering with the settings, but I didn't think anything would beat it. I reset the population a few minutes ago and it didn't take long for one set a new record of 155.56 by climbing out and getting hung at the top (pic).  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
11. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 16, 2014, 20:35 jimnms
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 16, 2014, 13:09:
Not according to Amazon
Dear Jeremy Star,

We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing in 2015. Your 2014 annual renewal will remain at the original price of $79. On June 9, 2015, your membership will renew at $99/year.

Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

For more information about your Prime membership, visit our Prime membership page.

Sincerely,

The Amazon Prime Team

WTF then. The email I got says:
We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on June 4, 2014.

Even on my Amazon manage Prime account page says "On June 04, 2014, you will be charged $99 for another year of Prime."

Your subscription renews after mine and you're getting the lower rate?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
6. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 16, 2014, 02:53 jimnms
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 15, 2014, 14:15:
Got an email from Amazon stating that my 2014 membership payment would still be $79 and that the $99 for existing members doesn't start until 2015.

That's only if your membership renews before the price goes up. Unfortunately mine expires in June, so my renewal will be $99. I think I'm going to gift myself a $79 one though.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Mar 15, 2014, 14:45 jimnms
 
I didn't laugh.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
39. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 13, 2014, 18:58 jimnms
 
I'm torn on whether I'll keep my prime membership. I used the streaming when it was new because one show I was watching, on Netflix it was 4:3 cropped, but on Amazon it was widescreen. The quality was better too, but Netflix's quality has improved. I haven't watched any Amazon streaming in years. I hardly watch Netflix streaming anymore either, but my family does.

I suppose if I added up the cost of 2-day shipping on everything I order from them during the year, it's worth the $99. Before I got Prime I usually ordered enough to get free shipping anyway, and if not I just waited until I had enough things to order to get free shipping. I've mainly kept it for convenience. It's nice to be able to order something and have it in two days. Especially on birthdays and holidays. I don't think I've ever had a prime shipped package arrive late either.

avianflu wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 15:07:
"I've also never had anything ship USPS from them before if 2-day was selected, and I buy from them all the time."

You are lucky. I am in NYC area. Amazon CS was very clear that they will use USPS as needed and with no choice on my part.

I've had prime 2-day items delivered by USPS if the 2nd day is a Saturday. They use the UPS equivalent of FedEX SmartPost, UPS overnight's it to the local post office, then I get it delivered on Saturday from USPS instead of waiting until Monday for a UPS 2nd day delivery.
 
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News Comments > BAFTA Winners
12. Re: BAFTA Winners Mar 12, 2014, 21:45 jimnms
 
They have some weird categories. Action and Adventure? Strategy and Simulation? Not all adventure games fall into the action category and very few strategy games would be considered simulations, or are many simulations strategy games.  
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