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Signed On Oct 17, 2003, 03:30
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News Comments > On Sale
22. Re: On Sale Jan 1, 2014, 00:27 Krovven
 
Pogo is owned by EA and is their "casual" game site. Why you would have to register there for Mass Effect I have no idea, and why it has anything to do with Origin or buying Mass Effect on Steam...makes absolutely no sense.

 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Consolidation
17. Re: Tomb Raider producer defends $60 Definitive Edition Dec 31, 2013, 22:19 Krovven
 
killer_roach wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 21:33:
Fletch wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 18:52:
Would it have been that hard to slap an emulator chip onto the mainboard that kicks in whenever a PS3 game is inserted?

Yes, actually. By moving from Cell to AMD Jaguar, Sony is dealing with a slower CPU now with the PS4 (from the perspective of floating point - the PS4 is faster in integer calculations). They'd effectively have to put the PS3's CPU (and likely GPU) onto the PS4 mainboard, which would be a considerable cost increase in terms of manufacturing as well as drawing more power and making it that much more difficult to dissipate heat. Even in the case of Microsoft's consoles, where it's a bit more straightforward, eight x86 cores at 1.75GHz simply aren't going to have the grunt to emulate three physical PPC cores (six virtual) at 3.2GHz.

I don't really understand everyones obsession with having consoles be backwards compatible. There have been very very few consoles that have featured backwards compatibility, and all it does it increase production and support costs.
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Consolidation
16. Re: Tomb Raider producer defends $60 Definitive Edition Dec 31, 2013, 22:16 Krovven
 
saluk wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 21:19:
Fletch wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 18:52:
^lol

And I don't see how improved graphics is an incentive for people to spend another $60 on a game they've already played on PS3, but I guess it does allow new console owners to somewhat rationalize buying the thing. I wish developer mouthpieces would quit including it in their bullet points, though. It's the gameplay, stupid.

My theory is that this is just an excuse to recoup some of the costs on a game that sold *dismally*. I do find it funny how they keep talking this re-release up like it's actually been updated at all, and yet never mention any gameplay enhancements. I'm curious how many actual man-hours went into this port, beyond the typical porting process. My theory - none.

So porting to a new console has zero man hours? /boggle I'm not defending their price, but you contradict yourself. This is standard fare and nothing new. Re-release a game on a new console and jack the price to get early adopters. I'm surprised they have even bothered to up the graphics.

And Tomb Raider didn't sell "dismally". Some idiot at SquareEnix had forecasted the game would sell 6 million copies in it's first month, when no other Tomb Raider game had sold anywhere close to that. 3.4 Million in the first month is an amazing number for this and the majority of games. In-fact this Tomb Raider game has been the fastest and best selling Tomb Raider game in the entire series.

 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2013, 22:03 Krovven
 
Suppa7 wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 21:50:
Fletch wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 17:02:
GOG seems intent on me owning every game they sell by including games I don't want with games I do want in these combo deals. It's cheaper to buy the whole combo than the individual game or two I want from it.

I know it's bizarre. I wanted to pick up DRM free Strike zero /w dlc, I uncheck Independence war and the price skyrockets. Like WTF gog, learn how to do sales.

It's like they got no business sense at all their at gog. Why don't they try to make a client with no DRM with all the perks of stam but treating gamers with respect? I'd go for that.

Or you could get it on Steam for $6.79. It has been $3 on Steam, back in July. But Steam is so evil! Even at $10, it's still half off the GoG regular price and comes with several other games.

Yea GoG is treating their customers with disrespect...offering bundles that are 75% off. Such assholes. /sarcasm

Are you ever happy with anything?
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Consolidation
8. Re: New Year's Eve Consolidation Dec 31, 2013, 14:52 Krovven
 
If you find something like that, please post it. In their official FAQ it states...

Q: What happens to the games and DLC I downloaded free through a PS Plus membership, and I decide to not renew my membership?
A: You will not be able to access free games downloaded with Plus if you choose not to renew your membership. However, if you decide to re-activate your membership, you will once again be able to play all games downloaded from the Instant Game Collection.

Playstation Plus FAQ

To add: Sleeping Dogs has already been free to PS+ members at the beginning of 2013(unfortunately I missed it) and Guardians may have been, but it definitely was for Euro PS+ folks earlier this year.

 
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News Comments > Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record
87. Re: Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record Dec 31, 2013, 11:34 Krovven
 
BitWraith wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 10:57:
ASeven wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 09:12:
Also we now have this worrying news.

Seems unfair for them to focus so much on Steam in that article, when they do say that the servers were shut down.

The broader conversation seems to be about "ownership", which is a good conversation to have. The shift in that idea is not necessarily the fault of Valve.

Complaints should be geared towards SquareEnix for not patching the game to keep the single player game playable. It's as simple as that.

And to contradict that article, if you know that a games single player is tied to an online authentication, yes you do make an agreement upon your purchase that the game may not be available to you one day.

 
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News Comments > Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record
50. Re: Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record Dec 30, 2013, 20:36 Krovven
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 18:43:
I didn't know addblock would have any way to figure out embedded youtube ads.

Well because they aren't "embedded". They are separate video files that load before the video you actually want and from other domains. Adblock prevents those domains from being loaded.

 
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News Comments > Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record
23. Re: Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record Dec 30, 2013, 14:08 Krovven
 
Creston wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 13:38:
And even now they're selling the Legendary edition for 30-40 bucks in most of these sales.

It's been $20 as Daily/Flash sales the last 2 sales. With the base game being $7.50.

 
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News Comments > On Sale
45. Re: On Sale Dec 30, 2013, 07:56 Krovven
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 04:26:
Okay, question for y'all. Where can I get a digital copy of Blur? I want it for the split screen local coop racing on PC. It used to be on Steam, but no longer for some reason.

Also, same question for a digital copy of Marvel Ultimate Alliance? You'd think the publishers would make these games available for DL SOMEWHERE.

No clue, both are Activision games. I think Ultimate Alliance used to be on Steam as well. Kinda like Activision never put Apache: Air Assault on Steam. I would buy it if they ever do.

 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
29. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 30, 2013, 00:43 Krovven
 
mag wrote on Dec 29, 2013, 21:07:
You're still limited to 3 activations through securom, which includes installing a new hard drive, motherboard, ram, or cpu, and you still have to go through Uplay, which has been down 50% of the time I've ever gone to play an Ubisoft game.

Stop posting bullshit you clearly haven't taken even a few seconds to check on. I know, Google search is hard for some people. IT WAS CHANGED 2 YEARS AGO! Nevermind that I posted this exact thing a couple days ago in one of the Sale threads.

It is still there, but it was significantly changed way back in January 2012.

ubisoft-bluebyte-changes-anno-2070-drm

Post on Steam forums with activation details

You start off with three activations, in addition to the one you use up one in your initial installation. So technically an uninstalled copy of Anno has 4 activations.
Unlimited OS reinstalls
Unlimited GFX changes/installs
Unlimited RAM changes/installs
Upgrading a system
As you usually replace the CPU and an accompanying new architecture mobo, and maybe throw in a new SSD, all of this counts as one activation used up. The new GFX card and RAM is ignored.
Once you reach 0 activations, in 30 days you automatically get 1 more, each month until you reach 4 again.

Basically, you will never use up your activations unless you go out of your way to do it. It is redundant with it being on Steam, so if you really want to boycott an excellent game based on pure spite, ok. But stop spreading false info.

I was against limited activations, still am, but only when they are exceedingly restrictive. I've bought a handful of games with activations and I have never used them up on any game through normal use. FarCry 2, Anno 2070, I think one or several of the STALKER games...didn't Batman Arkham Asylum have activations? See I can't even recall which games they were because the activation limitations were insignificant.

This comment was edited on Dec 30, 2013, 00:49.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld HD/CE Survey
30. Re: Homeworld HD/CE Survey Dec 28, 2013, 08:10 Krovven
 
One thing I hope they would do to update Homeworld 1, is adopt the quick resource harvesting at the end of missions from Homeworld 2 so you aren't sitting there for 20min waiting to get all those resources.

On the flip side, in Homeworld 2, they would give you the resources remaining, but then auto-end the mission before you could rebuild your forces with those resources, sometimes sending you into the next mission and under attack immediately, but crippled from a lack of units.

Give me the resources AND let me end the mission myself when I'm good and ready.

 
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News Comments > Friday Consolidation
16. Re: R* Verified Jobs Dec 28, 2013, 04:26 Krovven
 
harlock wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 03:14:
Krovven wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 21:58:
For those that don't know...To sum up the issues,

yeh that all sounds pretty shitty

not really hopeful it will be fixed for PC either, but im still gonna get it anyways

It's definitely still worth it just for the single player. Easily got my $60 worth just from that. I have got a ton of value from Online as well, despite the problems. I'm lvl 121 or so and own most of what I want from playing legitimately. But most of that was from before they nerfed the payouts. It just sucks, cus I would go back to it if they could get their shit together with everything else.

 
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News Comments > On Sale
26. Re: On Sale Dec 28, 2013, 04:21 Krovven
 
You will want Brave New World too, but wait till that is cheaper than $15. It was $10 on Steam 6 days ago.

 
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News Comments > Friday Consolidation
14. Re: R* Verified Jobs Dec 27, 2013, 21:58 Krovven
 
Regarding your ill-gotten-gains, they just posted on the topic linked above (1hr ago as I type this) that they are working on a fix...

In regards to reports of hacking and cheating in Grand Theft Auto Online, we are working on a fix that will remove any GTA$ gained through these blatant exploits, as well as prevent this from happening in the future. We'll also be taking appropriate measures very soon to punish anyone that we've discovered manipulating GTA Online in this manner (as we've stated previously, players who have received large sums of GTA$ but not engaged in any game manipulating through exploits can rest assured knowing they have nothing to fear).

If you have been gifted a large sum of money or collected a large bounty and would like to have the money removed from your account immediately, you can submit a request to Rockstar Support to have your balance properly adjusted. Otherwise, the money you've been gifted will be removed once our upcoming fix is in place.

Furthermore, if you encounter someone that is taking advantage of exploits in your GTA Online session, you can alert us directly by using the in-game reporting functionality. In the Pause menu, under the Online tab, select Players and scroll to the offending player. From there, select Report and choose Exploits from the violation options. We appreciate the community's support and understanding as we work to address these issues and apologize for all inconvenience caused.

Thanks,
Rockstar Games

It's pretty sad that it has taken them 3 months to acknowledge this. I suspect, if it hadn't been for Kotaku and other gaming sites publicizing the issue that legit players may end up being banned, they would have continued to ignore the problems.

For those that don't know...To sum up the issues, people have found ways to cheat, getting them million/billions in cash. They have also found ways to gift players this money and setting bounties, exceeding both the maximum bounty amount of $9000 and the limitations in gifting cash to other players. You get the money whether you want it or not, you can't decline and you can't get rid of the money (aside from spending it). On top of this, players have found ways to get jets, tanks and other vehicles into their garages and insure them, which should not be possible. There are very simple to do invulnerability and invisibility glitches...as well as several easily accessible map glitches providing invulnerability. They have nerfed the hell out of mission and job payouts for legit players, constantly made changes to the game that they don't list in the patch notes, listing things in the patch notes that don't go into the patches....the list of fuck ups goes on.

The outcry from their customers on the Support forums regarding the hacking and cheating has been going on since October, which they just ignored and deleted those posts. When I posted in response to their 1.05 patch that I was disappointed that they had done nothing to deal with the hacking and cheating, my post was deleted. Posting it again, they banned me (only recently being unbanned). Contacting support regarding this...they claimed they couldn't do anything as they did not have access to the support web forums. WTF?

Rockstar has shit the bed over and over with GTAO and I've basically lost all interest in logging on because of this.

Oh and of course there are the Heists as mentioned below. They advertised the inclusion of Heists as a major selling point, before GTA was even released. 3 months later and still no Heists. They fucked up the Beach Bum event on PS3, shut it down the next day claiming they would hold it another weekend specifically for PS3...which they still have not done.

 
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News Comments > Homeworld HD/CE Survey
22. Re: Homeworld HD/CE Survey Dec 27, 2013, 20:18 Krovven
 
I haven't re-read this article, but if I recall correctly, one of the biggest challenges in updating the code is reworking the game without OpenGL/D3D.

http://www.gearboxsoftware.com/community/articles/1114

 
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News Comments > Homeworld HD/CE Survey
21. Re: Homeworld HD/CE Survey Dec 27, 2013, 20:10 Krovven
 
Yep, pretty lame survey. "Map of the Universe" - uhmm, that would be rather difficult, considering half the missions involve you going to unknown areas of space.

"Have you heard of Homeworld" - No option for yes, I've played them all and still own them all. Just "I've played one of the games".

It's like they think nobody knows about the games.

Not a single mention of multiplayer, which is troubling. One big thing for me would be if there was Steamworks MP, removing the old WON service that no longer works.

I'll be all over an HD re-release of Homeworld, even if it's just single player, for the right price. But I would hope that it includes Homeworld 1 & 2 with the expansions for each. Again, no mention of this. I honestly have no interest in a CE edition with an art book, etc.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
19. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 27, 2013, 04:20 Krovven
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 03:56:
Diablo3 was so dissapointing, it should be included on the 2013 list as well...

Diablo 3 was released in 2012...

 
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News Comments > L4D2 Still Free For Now
6. Re: L4D2 Still Free For Now Dec 27, 2013, 04:14 Krovven
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 04:10:
Although I own L4D, and played quite a bit of it, I never got into the second game. It kind of felt like a ripoff to me. I think it was less than a year between the two games and a lot of people who switched later complained that the gameplay of L4D2 was not nearly as nuanced or balanced as the first game.

I hope they bring back some of the special feeling in the third game.

I don't know who told you the 2nd game was not balanced. As far as Versus goes, it's far more balanced with the introduction of the Spitter and Charger. This prevented survivors from just stacking into a corner and staying there to defend.

Nobody I know ever wanted to play L4D1 over L4D2 largely because of this. Left 4 Dead 1 doesn't even show up on the Steam Stats page...because everyone plays the better game...L4D2. L4D2 (prior to being released for Free) still averaged I think it was about 8k-10k concurrent players.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
35. Re: On Sale Dec 27, 2013, 00:09 Krovven
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 00:03:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 23:46:
You know, I hear people talking about Spelunky all the time. I never owned a Nintendo, and don't really much like platformers. That being said, I am having fun with Rogue Legacy even though I'm not getting much further beyond the castle. Just wondering why people talk about it all the time, I guess, and if I'd like it.

Well it is randomly generated like RL, which is one of my GoTY, so you may like that aspect of it. It is a challenging game. I don't get very far, but I usually fall too far or forget about those damn poison darts..... Find the loot, find the girl, find the gold statue, get to the end in a certain amount of time. Don't die. Wash rinse repeat.

I have it on the Vita as well as PC. It is a nice break from everything else, and you can't beat the price.

I've got it on Vita as well and it is a fun game...but I suck so much, I can't get passed 1-3 without dying. Then I have to start over...

 
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News Comments > On Sale
17. Re: On Sale Dec 26, 2013, 18:46 Krovven
 
nin wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 17:05:
mag wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 17:04:
I really really want to play Anno 2070, but I refuse to buy games with crappy DRM. Sigh.

Thought it all got patched out, except for the uplay shit?

edit: Huh, I see Tages listed, but thought that was gone?

edit again: looks like it's still there

It is still there, but it was significantly changed way back in January 2012.

ubisoft-bluebyte-changes-anno-2070-drm

Post on Steam forums with activation details

You start off with three activations, in addition to the one you use up one in your initial installation. So technically an uninstalled copy of Anno has 4 activations.
Unlimited OS reinstalls
Unlimited GFX changes/installs
Unlimited RAM changes/installs
Upgrading a system
As you usually replace the CPU and an accompanying new architecture mobo, and maybe throw in a new SSD, all of this counts as one activation used up. The new GFX card and RAM is ignored.
Once you reach 0 activations, in 30 days you automatically get 1 more, each month until you reach 4 again.
 
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