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News Comments > Steam Expands Refund Policy
34. Re: Steam Expands Refund Policy Jun 2, 2015, 22:18 jimnms
 
bhcompy wrote on Jun 2, 2015, 14:53:
LittleMe wrote on Jun 2, 2015, 14:51:
Nice! Two hours is fine for some games, not for others. I suspect if we disconnect from the Internet and play and those hours won't be counted.

You have to reconnect to the internet to do the refund and those hours are counted by the overlay.

The game time you play while offline doesn't show up on your Steam profile. I noticed that this past weekend when my cable went down due to storms in the area. I was in a game when my cable went out and continued to play. I checked the game time in the overlay before I quit and compared it to my profile when the cable came back up and it did not add to it.

Achievements do work offline though, which must be something fairly recent. I set Steam to offline mode to try some mods in a game a while back. I went offline because I didn't want to trigger some achievements while goofing off, but I was surprised when it triggered one anyway.
 
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News Comments > Fallout Countdown
14. Re: Fallout Countdown Jun 2, 2015, 14:38 jimnms
 
Task wrote on Jun 2, 2015, 13:16:
For me though, unless Obsidian is writing it, I'll prolly pass on pre-ordering and get it way later.

I wish Obsidian would be behind Fallout 4, but I doubt it because they've had their hands full with PoE. I have hopes for this to be good, but I'm preparing myself for a huge letdown. If it's a Bethesda in-house development, it's a definite wait and see. Hopefully they gave it to someone competent to write a deep story with lots of branching quests, none of that linear childish Skyrim shit.

And if this turns out to be a Fallout MMO, I'll burn down their offices.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 2, 2015, 06:04 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 21:52:
I got the same thing this morning, despite hiding it previously.

Go to a command prompt and paste this: wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583

I didn't install that one either. I had it hidden too, but it doesn't show up in my hidden updates, and it's not installed either. The one that popped up for me was KB2952664. What tipped me off that it wasn't a new update was the publish date of April. A quick search confirmed it was one of the updates I had previously hidden.

nin wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 21:52:
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More annoyingly, perhaps, Microsoft has also changed how updates will work with Windows 10. Although the Pro and Enterprise editions will both be able to defer updates, Windows 10 Home users will not have the option. Updates will instead be downloaded and installed automatically as soon as they're available.

Aaaand fuck you, microsoft. You've released buggy patches too many times for people to trust you with that privilege.

What the hell! They better reverse this decision before release. I haven't decided if I'm going to update or not, and this is pushing me toward not updating, even if it is free. If it's possible would still like to grab a free update key for each of my Win7 licenses and just not update, but I have a feeling you're going to have to get the upgrade from within an installed and working Windows 7 installation.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 2, 2015, 05:36 jimnms
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 19:05:
Somehow I can only think that "inaccessible areas" also have a shortage of battery recharge stations.

Also I .. didn't want to mention it.. but where I live we have this fancy thing called stairwells. That machine seems to be defeated by that, just like the Daleks (and zombies) ;p

Daleks can hover.
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Announced
16. Re: XCOM 2 Announced Jun 2, 2015, 05:24 jimnms
 
Meh, I'll get it when it's $5 seeing as how they never bothered to fix game breaking bugs in the last game. I bought the first one when it hit 50% off and was enjoying it until about 20 hours into my game it got buggy as shit. The hit percentages started going off. I first started noticing it only one one soldier, then it spread like a virus to others. On the overview, the little icons at the bottom, hovering over an enemy there would show 0%-1% chance to hit. I kept moving in until I was right in their face and it was still 0%-1%, but when I switch to the aim view it showed what I assume was the correct hit percentage. Once I discovered that, I quit relying on the overview icons as it seemed the aiming percent was correct, but then even that stopped working. It got to the point where one view always said I had 100% and the other 0%, so I had no idea what my real hit percentage was.

I also got a high ranked sniper for a reward after completing a mission once. It would have been nice if he wasn't fucking blind. I gave him squad sight, but when I took him out on his first mission he never, ever, had a shot on any enemy, whether it was in his line of sight or a squad's sight and he clearly could make the shot. I gave him another chance later, but he was the same. He shoot things in overwatch, so that was all he was good for.

I picked up Enemy Within during last year's sale hoping maybe the DLC would have fixed it up, but nope. At least I didn't waste 20 hours playing it before the bug manifested itself.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 1, 2015, 21:44 jimnms
 
I haven't seen a desktop icon. They did push out an update a couple of months ago that would nag you about updating, but I didn't nstalled it and hid it. It mysteriously unhid itself yesterday and started telling me I had an important update.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 1, 2015, 21:38 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 21:19:
Provided they can be skipped, I'm fine with it. Bonus points if the ad is based on what they think you'd like - they recommended Danger 5 to me, and while skeptical, I checked it out. Holy fuck, it's a riot.

I get weird recommendations from Netflix since I let my niece watch stuff on it when she's here. She watches some weird shit too, so I don't want to see ads for that shit when I go to watch something.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Pirate Bay Loses New Domain Name, Hydra Lives On May 23, 2015, 12:01 jimnms
 
Are they just being targeted because of their name? They aren't the only torrent site out there that have pirated material.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Trailer
5. Re: Overwatch Trailer May 22, 2015, 12:38 jimnms
 
Task wrote on May 22, 2015, 10:05:
Has Blizzard decided on how this game will be priced - premium or f2p? If its a premium one shot payment of 30-50, then I might give it a shot. F2P, nada.

It's going to be F2P with purchasable hats.
 
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News Comments > Desura Explains Missed Payments
7. Re: Desura Explains Missed Payments May 22, 2015, 12:01 jimnms
 
Axis wrote on May 22, 2015, 09:32:
Desura was one of those clients you never installed. For YEARS it never worked right with game installs among other annoyances, and bugs just ran rampant. It was immensely less annoying just downloading the games from their site.

Having said that I always had hoped it would take off for the indie devs - but now that Steam is full-on indie, Desura completely missed it's chance.

I actually never had a problem with their client until they the new company took over. They threw out a quick patch to changed the logo and broke something in the process. I just tried downloading and installing it and it still isn't fixed. You can't log in at all, it gives SSL errors, even using the alt-SSL mode that they added that was supposed to fix that.

I bought a couple of games from them a long time ago before Steam had Early Access. I think both of those I have since been given Steam keys for, so I haven't needed to use the Desura client. And at least for now Desura still provides stand-alone downloads for game installers, so the client isn't needed.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed May 21, 2015, 14:51 jimnms
 
Verno wrote on May 21, 2015, 10:05:
GOG is cool but Galaxy is way too barebones to use as a primary source of games IMO.

It is still beta, but it does need a lot of improvement. I've only tried it on a few older games on it. Since I already have most of my GOG games backed up on external disks, I installed them from the downloaded installers and imported them. For some odd reason the Galaxy client replaces the game's .exe, so mods that patch or look for the original game.exe don't work. One of the games didn't work at all through after importing it to the Galaxy client, but it worked fine before importing it.

I hope they keep their word and make it optional. Since they're retiring the old GOG downloader, I wish they would add an option to download the game installer through the Galaxy client. I thought I read somewhere that there was an option to keep the installers after installing a game from the Galaxy client, but like I said, I haven't tried installing one yet from the Galaxy client.

Edit: Well damn, I fired up the Galaxy client after posting. It downloaded an update, and my wish came true. There is now an option to download the game, but the extras still must be downloaded one at a time unlike having the option to download them all with the old GOG downloader.

This comment was edited on May 21, 2015, 14:59.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed May 21, 2015, 07:36 jimnms
 
Frags4Fun wrote on May 20, 2015, 20:06:
Do they really not allow us to disable auto-updates? Is this true for all games? What about my modded Skyrim? I haven't been on PC much over the past 6 months so please excuse my ignorance on this.

Steam never, ever, did let you disable updates. The option used to be called do not update this game, but it only disabled auto updating in the background. If a game was patched, the next time you launched it, it would get patched. They finally changed the wording of the options to make it clear.

There is a way to keep Steam from updating a game though. You have to move it out of the SteamApps directory. You won't be able to run it from the Steam client, you'll have to run it from the game's .exe or a shortcut. If it's a Steamworks game, it will still require Steam to be running and if it's not running it will launch it. Steam will still recognize the game launch, provide the overlay, achievements, etc. just as usual, only now it can't patch it.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews May 16, 2015, 19:00 jimnms
 
MacLeod wrote on May 16, 2015, 15:29:
purchased Kerbal the other day... went through the first tutorial okay. Got to the second tutorial (launch), and when I got to orbit, it told me to bring my map up to plot a path or some such. My map is completely blank except for starfield. Apparently this is a known bug. Then I read, while looking that up, that if I wanted to play the campaign, I'd have to run the 32-bit version, because it doesn't work in the 64-bit executable. Quit the game and never went back.

I don't know what you read, but it must have been old and out of date because there is no 64-bit KSP. They added a 64-bit test build back in the alpha but removed it shortly after it went Beta. Even then the "campaign" was playable in 64-bit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 13, 2015, 02:35 jimnms
 
Yes, but they were spying on them when they weren't in school, which is what this company is doing to its employees.  
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup May 13, 2015, 02:05 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on May 12, 2015, 22:41:
I remember the original Castlevania on SNES. That was good times. I'm not into what he's making with that but obviously a lot of people are. Wow! That must feel good getting walloped with money like that out of the gate.

The original Castlevania was on NES not SNES. I had it back then, and even though I sunk quite a few hours into it, I never stuck with it long enough to finish it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 13, 2015, 00:48 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on May 12, 2015, 12:37:
Hope she wins her lawsuit in spades!

I'd be surprised if she lost. This is basically the same crap that schools were sued for with student issued laptops.
 
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News Comments > More Fallout 4 Speculation
26. Re: More Fallout 4 Speculation May 12, 2015, 03:27 jimnms
 
Lorcin wrote on May 11, 2015, 19:31:
NV played more - in text adventure style: "You wake up with amnesia", Go outside, "The locals have errands for you", Go south, "You meet some army style people who don't kill you but have some errands for you", Go NE, "You meet army style people who do try to kill you".

What makes you think your character in Fallout New Vegas has amnesia? You do not have amnesia in FNV. Re-watch the intro, it is not stated or implied that your character has amnesia. All it says is you are a courier hired by the Mojave Express to deliver a package to New Vegas.

I don't like it when an RPG forces you into a character with a detailed back story. I prefer to make up my own, but I don't mind a little bit. Fallout 3 was OK, except for always being a 19 year old kid.

As for main story, I prefer the way FNV did it. It slowly unravels rather than being slapped in your face right at the beginning, and if you think the main plot is finding who shot you, then you really didn't play very far or pay attention at the beginning because you know from the start the name of the guy that shot you.

I liked Fallout 3, I thought it was a good story set in the Fallout world (although obviously written by people had limited experience playing the first two games). Fallout 3's main quest was linear with no choices to make, as were its side quests. Never are you given the option to pick sides between the BOS and Enclave, where in FNV you have four factions to side with and many minor factions that have some part in things.

For me, Fallout 3's main quest felt like I was constantly having to rush. If you play as a character that cares for your father that is. The first time I played it, I didn't feel like I had time to go off exploring. Not only was the main story choiceless and linear, the path of the locations for the main quest lead you down a linear corridor that ran diagonally across the middle of the map.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 11, 2015, 20:07 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on May 11, 2015, 19:22:
FCC shoots down petitions to delay open internet rules.

I'm still surprised when the government continues to come down on the side of an open internet. Yes, there are powerful companies advocating for it (Google, MS, Apple, etc.) but there are also powerful companies against it (Comcast, TWC, Verizon, AT&T, etc.). Given that the average person benefits, it's working out well.

Don't be too surprised. While the FCC is seemingly on "our" side battling with the cable giants, on the other side Congress is trying to pass new legislation called TPP, which is like SOPA on steroids. The senate votes on this tomorrow.
 
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News Comments > More Fallout 4 Speculation
9. Re: More Fallout 4 Speculation May 11, 2015, 11:15 jimnms
 
I'm just worried Fallout 4 will be Skyrim with guns.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2015, 11:12 jimnms
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 10, 2015, 13:44:
I don't, just the base game like some kind of savage.

The base game was pretty bland. It really took off with the G&K expansion, and with BNW it's a whole new game. You don't really need G&K if you get BNW, but you'll miss a few civs without it.

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