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Signed On Aug 20, 2003, 21:03
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News Comments > The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Next Week
22. Re: No subject Sep 11, 2008, 23:46 Bucky
Passed on Spore due to DRM. Just added Sacred 2 to the list of games to pass on due to DRM. The Witcher: EE has been on my list to buy for awhile now, the fact that it's available via Impulse is even better. I just had better not have to pass on it due to DRM.

Someone explain the DRM thing (as it relates to The Witcher, that is).

Edit: Looks like the version of The Witcher that'll be available through Impulse will be censored. I'm not sure if that's enough to keep my from buying via Impulse....probably not.

This comment was edited on Sep 11, 23:54.
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News Comments > Demigod Beta Begins
4. Re: No subject Sep 10, 2008, 11:13 Bucky
From what I've seen Open Beta should be early to mid '09, with release coming after Stardock and GPG are happy with the results. Keep in mind that Stardock does not use their beta's as 'early demos' they are in fact, BETA testing. Typically early builds are just to stress the engine and host computer, and then they start adding in other stuff to make sure it all plays nice.

This'll probably get my money on release, if for no other reason than because Stardock is publishing it. I just plan to wait until release, I really have no interest in beta testing anymore.
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News Comments > Spore Debuts in North America
10. Re: No subject Sep 8, 2008, 00:47 Bucky
I just ran across this rockpapershotgun quick write-up on Spore, and now I want it. Damnit. I'd better fire up GalCivII before the rest of my real gaming persona dies.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Viva Le Football! Sep 7, 2008, 15:55 Bucky
As a Patriots fan, if you'd told me that the first TD I'd see this season would be Cassel to Moss, I would've laughed myself silly.

Now I wonder how often I'll see it.
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News Comments > On Sins Sales
8. Re: 500,000 copies Sep 5, 2008, 12:10 Bucky
as an indie game dev myself, I'm guessing about 4 to 5 times as much. So they are getting a 50/50 split between retail and online.
It could even be stronger than that, I know I get about 8 times more per sale from online vs retail.

Thanks cliffski. You answered what I was really wanted to know, namely the revenue split. It could be argued that Stardock has to develop, run and maintain Impulse (and SDC previously) and that would cut into the margin a bit, but as Brad has said previously their non-gaming business does so well that the gaming stuff is pretty much all gravy.

I also decided long ago to do digital purchases whenever possible in order to give the dev the most money, though that is limited somewhat by the service it's offered on. I stay away from D2D and the EA service, though come to think of it, I stay away from EA games in general. *glances guiltily at the Mass Effect box*
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News Comments > On Sins Sales
4. Re: 500,000 copies Sep 5, 2008, 10:37 Bucky
What I'd really like to know is how much profit they make per distribution type. I'm sure they're making more on the digital copies, but how much more?  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Spore
13. Re: No subject Sep 4, 2008, 23:35 Bucky
Yeah, they hype has me wanting to buy this game, despite the activation crap. (Un)fortunately I've already been bitten by the hype machine once this year (Age of Conan) so I'm holding off until I hear some more reviews of the game. I wasn't expecting anything with depth, but it would seem that Spore makes a wading pool look good.  
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News Comments > X-COM Series on Steam
58. Re: Should Have Know Sep 4, 2008, 23:28 Bucky
I'm one of those gaming-deprived people that has never played an X-COM game. I might just pick up the collection, but I'm gonna do a bit more digging to be sure they all run on Vista 64 before I bite the bullet.

Or someone could just gift it to me out of pity.
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News Comments > Spore Space Phase Movie; Mac Requirements
8. Re: Spore has major problems Sep 4, 2008, 00:03 Bucky
What constitutes a "different computer"? If I reload the OS, is it a different computer? If I upgrade the motherboard, is it a different computer?

Agreed. I just did a reinstall of Vista, and there goes another activation. Granted most people don't reinstall that often, but some of us don't pay close enough attention when we go mucking around with a Linux live CD. *grumbles about wiping sda instead of sdb...*

And then there's the hardware changes. I tend to do a full system every 2-3 years, with incremental upgrades along the way. My current system has had one video card change, one sound card addition, and two HDDs changed.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: No subject Sep 1, 2008, 17:22 Bucky
Ok, I've got a question for you guys. I just realized I have two gaming tokens that I'd forgotten about with Right now I can grab Shadowgrounds and Shadowgrounds: Survivor for two tokens (which works out to about $14). Is it worth it? I remember people saying that the $10 preorder for Tank Universal that included one of the Shadowgrounds was a good deal.

Here's the list:

There isn't much else on the list that looks interesting for two tokens or less, and I already own Gish. The way I figure it, it's a free game since I had completely forgotten about those tokens after I used up most of them for Sins of a Solar Empire.

Edit: Just noticed Steam has the Survivor Demo. Pulling that in now to try it out.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: No subject Aug 31, 2008, 17:32 Bucky
A couple of my Jeep woes continue - apparently they think the window motor isn't covered under warranty - and wanted 350.00 to "fix" it.

Pfft, that's nothing. Own a Volkswagen where repairs are measured in thousands. Fortunately I got smart and traded that POS in a few weeks back (after only owning it 10 months) and picked up a new '08 Honda Civic SI. I've gotta say, for a little 2.0L that's naturally aspirated it moves pretty good.
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News Comments > Gamer's Bill of Rights
13. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2008, 11:37 Bucky
*hugs Stardock*

Then again, they already do most of these things and have plans to implement the rest. If nothing else, it'll hopefully get a bit more notice and maybe wake up a few other publishers out there.

That reminds me, I need to fire up Impulse and check out the update.
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News Comments > TF2: Meet the Sandvich
15. Re: No subject Aug 19, 2008, 23:39 Bucky
Valve's videos are quickly becoming a hit unto themselves.

Already there. I've said it before, I'll say it again: I'd pay good money to see something similar, just with more length. Say, 30 minutes.

Coughing up the shottie for a four second 'kill me' period? No thanks. As with the other unlockables, they don't mess with game balance*, they just add a twist.

*Except for the backburner, until they finally pulled the health bonus.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Network Aug 19, 2008, 23:30 Bucky
Dont you buy an 8 series graphics card now. Get an ATI 4850/4870.

QFT. Minus the anger.
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News Comments > New TF2 Art Style
7. Re: ... Aug 19, 2008, 23:23 Bucky
since crafting every asset from scratch would mean we'd be moving the release beyond Valve time and into the realm of geologic time.

heh. gotta love it when a company will take a shot at itself.
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News Comments > Shattered Horizon Announced
2. Re: Now Aug 19, 2008, 13:11 Bucky
The thought of Zero-G FPS is enough to make me very, very interested. I've always been a fan of the extra freedom of movement, be it with jet-packs or low grav maps.

Now lets seem them stop talking about how pretty it'll be and start talking about the gameplay.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Time to upgrade my system... Aug 19, 2008, 12:06 Bucky
My current system runs most games at high very well (C2D E6600 @3.0GHz, 8800GT, 4 GB RAM, Asus Xonar DX, Vista 64). With that said, this system is starting to show a bit of age; I was one of the early Conroe adopters (had to buy OEM since they weren't available in retail).

I'm fairly sure Intel's next CPU architecture (Nehalem, iirc) will use a new socket as I believe they significantly upped the pin count. Unfortunately the rumor mill is putting early high-end Nehalem parts at a late '08 release, with mainstream desktop stuff mid to late '09.

I was planning on a '09 tax return new system, but there isn't much slated that my system can't handle (and even less that I want). I may end up just putting the money aside and milking my system into Fall of '09.
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Football! Aug 7, 2008, 23:53 Bucky
Ok, I could swear there was a UT3 story about the additional PhysX maps. Hell, I'm pretty sure I even posted in it...but where'd it go?

As for football....*SIGH*. Being a long time Patriots fan I still can't even work up the nerve to watch Sportscenter when they start talking about preseason.
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6. Re: ... Aug 7, 2008, 23:33 Bucky
I like, and still play, UT3. Yes, the UI blows. Big deal. I play UT3 for the same reason I always kept UT2004 installed, it's great for some quick games against bots. I even feel the gameplay is pretty solid and like the changes they made, unfortunately old school deathmatch doesn't have a very large audience.  
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News Comments > EA Giving up "Crappy" Licensed Games
10. Re: Next Aug 5, 2008, 23:46 Bucky
Give up the DRM, poor post-release support, buggy games, and mediocrity you're known for, and I might give a shit.

When pigs fly in formation.
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