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Nickname StooMonster
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Signed On Sep 1, 2003, 19:18
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
68. Re: No subject Feb 8, 2005, 16:27 StooMonster
 
The cancelling downloads happens to me all the time, because SPACE bar also selects the button with focus.

So there I am typing emails and bang, hit space bar between words and whilst dialog has suddely popped up and download is cancelled.

Simple fix here for M$ ... change the default focus of the button on dialog from 'Cancel' and you won't have to do much else like recode your entire multi-tasking model.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: blue ray Jan 8, 2005, 07:10 StooMonster
 
Blue ray support?! Let's try releasing games on plain old DVD first instead of half a dozen fucking cd's!
I was gonna say the same thing, laughable this quote of support. Many publishers don't even support DVD format!

Although we do better in UK/Europe where many PC games have DVD only option and it's only games like Doom3 (Activision :|) that are CD swappers, but USA seems to get everything on multiple CD-ROMs.

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News Comments > France to Defend Ubisoft from EA?
104. Death to EA Jan 4, 2005, 12:39 StooMonster
 
OldScho0l: You people really need to study WWII before you start talking about things you don't understand.

Such as real reason USA entered war in Europe, UK paid what could be considered the largest payment for services rendered in history.

Tangible cost to UK included the country's entire gold reserve (quite large built up of billions from British Empire); USA would not accept cash.

Even then USA wanted more and UK paid with its intellectual property too. Therefore intangible costs to UK included transfer of ownership of British invented technology (including radar and computers) and research including atomic bombs and reactors. UK also had to agree not to develop these technologies again in competition to USA.

The UK was still paying Lend Lease debt to USA in 1998.

But what takes the biscuit is that UK is still paying the French government for damages that were done to the country in cause of liberation from Nazis.

 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Stuttering Update, SDK & Surprise Plans
109. Re: I like surprises.... Nov 26, 2004, 03:18 StooMonster
 
The reason we didn't see HL2DM was that DM has absolutly no longevity. Compare numbers: About 90,000 people playing Counterstrike and 550 people playing HLDM. Honestly, which game would YOU have put your energy into making?
HLDM was king of the hill for a long long time before CS became big, and then had competition from other DM games (Quake 3, UT, etc.); there was also Team Fortress popularity. So, consider the entire six year life-cycle and not just what is popular today.

HL2DM is one of the things StooMonster and (many) friends have been looking forward to for a very long time.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Stuttering Update, SDK & Surprise Plans
108. Re: F Valve Nov 26, 2004, 03:13 StooMonster
 
Thanks to the warezers for saving me $60. And f Valve for screwing people over.
Because other people have configuration issues, that justifies you stealing a copy of the game?

What a strange and moral free world you live in.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Stuttering Update, SDK & Surprise Plans
77. Re: my guess at the surprise Nov 25, 2004, 16:58 StooMonster
 
Totally concur with pretty much everything rock_climer said in his last post and his others in this thread.

Hyperbole? Nah, just love it for what it is. Just as I like FarCry for it's strengths too, and dis Doom3 for it's weaknesses.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Stuttering Update, SDK & Surprise Plans
69. Re: No subject Nov 25, 2004, 15:39 StooMonster
 
Still not as good as Microsoft Windows EULA, they must have "better" lawyers.

EXCLUSION OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL AND CERTAIN OTHER DAMAGES. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL MICROSOFT OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS OR CONFIDENTIAL OR OTHER INFORMATION, FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, FOR PERSONAL INJURY, FOR LOSS OF PRIVACY, FOR FAILURE TO MEET ANY DUTY INCLUDING OF GOOD FAITH OR OF REASONABLE CARE, FOR NEGLIGENCE, AND FOR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY OR OTHER LOSS WHATSOEVER) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT OR OTHER SERVICES, INFORMATON, SOFTWARE, AND RELATED CONTENT THROUGH THE SOFTWARE OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SOFTWARE, OR OTHERWISE UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PROVISION OF THIS EULA, EVEN IN THE EVENT OF THE FAULT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), MISREPRESENTATION, STRICT LIABILITY, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF WARRANTY OF MICROSOFT OR ANY SUPPLIER, AND EVEN IF MICROSOFT OR ANY SUPPLIER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

If the theory that most EULA are actually illegal in British law, or probably more correctly in trade matters European law, why has no-one ever sued and won and proved their point?

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Stuttering Update, SDK & Surprise Plans
65. Re: No subject Nov 25, 2004, 15:16 StooMonster
 
Apparently, the Steam EULA contains some clauses (namely, that Valve cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong with Steam, including damage to files or viral infection, etc) which may be illegal under the UKs Trading Standards laws.
aldo_14, every End User License Agreement has this clause in; check your Microsoft Windows EULA for one.

In fact, most contacts have similar; if in UK, check Sky's Terms and Conditions.

This is standard business practice, hardly "under the UKs Trading Standards laws". The reason paragraphs like that are there is to stop people suing for stupid things.

e.g. Microsoft Word crashed and in it was my only copy of the worlds best selling book, I was going to hit save when I finished; therefore I sue Microsoft for US$250MM.

That's the kind of thing that clause is there to stop.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Half-Life 2
109. Never pre-order from Play.com (HL2 woes) Nov 16, 2004, 13:37 StooMonster
 
After the UT2004 fiasco with Play.com I swore never to use them again for timely releases or pre-orders; have used Amazon.co.uk since who have been excellent and even delivered things like Star Wars Trilogy DVDs on morning of release even though I've opted for their free shipping.

On 2-Jun-03 I relented and pre-ordered Half-Life 2 from Play.com for a fixed price of 26.99; thought I'd give them another chance.

How did they do with that second chance?

In the time leading up to 16 November 2004 release date I've contacted Play.com who assured me that it would go out as soon as they received it from their suppliers.

Imagine my delight on Saturday 13 November when they billed my debit card and their system reported Status as "Posted on 13/11/04"; however, I was now unable to cancel the pre-order.

My delight turned to suspicion when no confirmation email turned up until Monday afternoon, this said "Posted on 15/11/04" and "may take 3-5 days"; even though they'd charged me on Saturday 13th.

Annoyance really set in when nothing arrived today 16 November, and when checking Status page it says "Posted on 15/11/2004" but an addition this afternoon is a Recorded Delivery tracking number.

If it was posted on 15th via Recorded Delivery, wouldn't it be here on 16th? Oh, and the link for tracking number goes to an erroneous page too.

But that's semantics, bottom line is that Play.com have not delivered Half-Life 2 to me on day of release despite their reassurances and billed my card days ago and I have no visibility of when I will receive it.

They've changed "posted" dates on their system, futhermore, if they did post it yesterday was that the day they received stock or did they misrepresent "as soon as we receive from suppliers"; you can not believe a word they say.

I will never, ever, pre-order a title from Play.com again, and would suggest that no-one else does either because the service is terrible.

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News Comments > DOOM 3 Expands
33. Re: meh Oct 25, 2004, 13:34 StooMonster
 
Five million magazines gave this game a good review and we end up with this in the press release:

"Maxim ... awarded "five out of five stars" and ..."

Why do people always have quotes about Maxim gave the game? Does anyone care about what they think?

I was about to post the same thing... Maxim? WTF do they know about games? Perhaps proper games magazines scare they, it should read EDGE Magazine gave Doom3 7/10.

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News Comments > Euro The Moment of Silence on DVD
12. Re: No subject Oct 22, 2004, 16:20 StooMonster
 
It's the retailers that tell publishers what format they want product.

In Europe shelf space is at a premium and game boxes are small DVD cases, retailers see value in small and light and know that almost everyone of their customers have DVD-ROM drives and recon that cost saving versus addressing entire market are fine. Distributors love this because one DVD is cheaper to make than three CDs, and they only have to put one disk in box (packing is therefore cheaper too).

In USA retailers believe that customers think large boxes with lots of disks equals better value for money product "it's got to be better it's on six CDs". They also don't want to miss out on any possible customer who may not have DVD-ROM drive.

That's the difference, simple when you know isn't it?

As mentioned in HL2 on DVD in UK thread, Konami are DVD-ROM only too in Europe; and the number of titles in this format grows by the day.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Gold
35. Re: Oh HELL Yeah! Oct 18, 2004, 14:53 StooMonster
 
Well, looks like I need to start booking time off work. All I can say is its about bloody time!:)
Must complete all deadlines by 16 November, gotta take a few days off to play HL2.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Submitted for Certification
81. So, what rating will it get? Oct 15, 2004, 19:22 StooMonster
 
So, what rating will PEGI http://www.pegi.info/ and the BBFC give Half-Life 2?

Gotta love those PEGI icons, have they ever used the "discrimination" one?

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Submitted for Certification
74. Re: ESRB rated it on 10/9/2004 Oct 15, 2004, 19:14 StooMonster
 
Who has played their 'official' Half-Life for DreamCast copy lately? Rated - 9/30/2000 - ROFL
I saw (what I now know to be empty) boxes of HL for DC on the shelves of HVM Oxford Street. It was only when I read your post that I released it was never "officially" released.

I used to love my DC.

Wonder what up with HL2 for xbox, we haven't heard much about that lately either.

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News Comments > UK Half-Life 2 DVD Only?
96. Another one Oct 11, 2004, 14:15 StooMonster
 
Konami's Silent Hill 4 is another DVD-ROM only release in the UK.

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News Comments > LSL Banned in Oz
9. Amazing Oct 11, 2004, 14:11 StooMonster
 
Yes, but America goes nuts over a nipple flash on television or swearing.

I'm glad I live in the U.K. where noone gives a **** about nudity on television or in video games.

"Team America: World Police" = Puppet oral sex goes against grain for US censors
http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,12589,1320095,00.html so it looks like you do!

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News Comments > UK Half-Life 2 DVD Only?
65. Re: No subject Oct 5, 2004, 14:12 StooMonster
 
Does anyone know if the reason for exporting DVDs instead of CDs has anything to do with the encryption laws or the tarriff that may be imposed on weight or # of pieces?

Maybe a long shot, but there has to be a reason hidden somewhere in here.


LOL. Exporting? From where to where? From the USA? You think they make all the games and ship them around the world? You don't think there are shiney disc duplication plants in places like UK?

The reason we have DVD releases is the retailers.

We have higher population density, and shops have smaller square metreage per person. This combination means that retailers want product to take up less shelf space.

Hence long ago we gave big cardboard boxes for games the heave-ho and switched to DVD cases. However, these were often full of CD-ROMs sometimes three.

Unfortunately you can't fit six CD-ROMs in a single DVD-case, so retailers put pressure on publisher for high volume titles to be on DVD (takes up less space, and cheaper to ship around).

Shipping on DVD has upside for publisher too because a DVD DVD costs about the same as a single CD to manufacture (they really do), therefore six discs CD is six times as expensive as DVD. Furthermore, they don't need to use some clip in rubbish in DVD case to hold multiple disks.

In USA it's different, retailers tend to think that people see more value in big boxes and lots of disks. More is more.

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News Comments > UK Half-Life 2 DVD Only?
28. Re: sux to be euro Oct 5, 2004, 10:26 StooMonster
 
and they have to watch movies in PAL format too... man, id miss those 5fps if i was them

Movies are displayed on NTSC at 24 frames per second with 3:2 pulldown and 480 lines of vertical resolution; movies on PAL are sped up 4% and played at 25 frames per second with 576 lines of vertical resolution.

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News Comments > UK Half-Life 2 DVD Only?
14. Re: No subject Oct 5, 2004, 08:23 StooMonster
 
Or, people neglect replacing CD drives with DVD because it's cheaper not to replace a device which works perfectly already.

hehe. If it's only used for playing music CD then fair enough.

But if used for backing up data it's not a real cost saving because media costs about the same for both, but DVD has so much more storage space and is therefore more byte per penny. Serial upgrader here, but long long ago changed to DVD formats.

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News Comments > UK Half-Life 2 DVD Only?
12. Re: re:dvds Oct 5, 2004, 08:17 StooMonster
 
I was surprised to learn that 497,748 or 75% of the people who participated in the HL2 hardware survey have a dvd drive. Thought it'd be much lower.

(I wonder if virtual drives are counted as a real one, maybe the survey could be fooled to think daemon or whatever is a real drive.)


Perhaps that's the remaining 6.66% listed as "undetermined" because only 17.42% had CD-ROM drives (DVD-ROM drives being 75.93%

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