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Nickname Arithon
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Description Software Developer. Film fan. Father of two.
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Signed On May 14, 2004, 09:47
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News Comments > EA Loses Consumerist Poll
49. Re: EA Loses Consumerist Poll Apr 5, 2012, 06:28 Arithon
 
And in other news, Hitler misses out on Humanitarian award...

Just last night, as my BF3 game crashed to desktop with the "EA Servers are Offline" message, I thought to myself, "EA deserve an award for their customer service".

It's a shame that "always on" DRM doesn't apply to BOTH parties...

Anyway, at least EA won't with the European awards (short of publicly executing disabled children) since they have to go up against UBISOFT!
 
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News Comments > Robert Bowling Leaves Infinity Ward
12. Re: Robert Bowling Leaves Infinity Ward Mar 27, 2012, 03:38 Arithon
 
He must have had a PC...  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed 3 in October
9. Re: Assassin's Creed 3 in October Feb 16, 2012, 07:00 Arithon
 
Oh goody! Another "cashcow" lacklustre sequel crippled by DRM, released half a year later the the consoles and riddled with bugs. I can't wait!

PC gaming isn't dead, but the likes of UbiSoft are trying very hard to smother it with a dirty pillow...
 
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines Delayed to Fall
6. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines Delayed to Fall Jan 27, 2012, 11:57 Arithon
 
"Delayed to FAIL?"

So, like RAGE, we'll get a buggy console port of a game that promises much and delivers little?

Want your game to succeed?
(A) DEVELOP FOR ONE PLATFORM at a time. PC gamers don't want a console title (or they'd have bought a console - Dah!)
(B) Press BLACKOUT. Promote the finished product, not vapour-ware that bears no relation to what you release.
(C) Release at the same time everywhere and make any DRM easier to use than to circumvent. i.e. pirates should not enjoy the game more than paying customers. UBISOFT, I'm looking at you!!
 
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News Comments > Layoffs at id Software
41. Re: Layoffs at id Software Jan 11, 2012, 03:48 Arithon
 
MuzixMon wrote on Jan 10, 2012, 21:12:
After Rage and the abomination that it turned out to be I lost much respect for id. The shoddy PC port for the once mighty PC developer was a insult to their core audience and the damage they did their reputation is devastating.

Totally agree - I didn't buy RAGE because it was a console port, but my son did and he regretted it. The game was unplayable when installed.

ID should have stuck to PC development and licensed the consolisation of their titles to others, instead they applied the "jack of all trades" approach and made shoddy sh#t for every platform.

It's a sad day for ID software, but inevitable with their current development direction. They've gone from leading developer on the foremost platform, to just another B- developer in world of "crank 'em out for every platform" companies.

Sell your shares quick.
 
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News Comments > BRINK Free Weekend
12. Re: BRINK Free Weekend Dec 2, 2011, 03:50 Arithon
 
I bought the game and I wouldn't play it. Free weekend? You'd have to have a PAID weekend before I re-install Brink. Sorry.  
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News Comments > Consoles Became "Lead Platform" Late in BF3 Development
2. Re: Consoles Became "Lead Platform" Late in BF3 Development Nov 1, 2011, 09:49 Arithon
 
Ambition and creativity once again crushed by greed and the distributors rush-to-market.  
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News Comments > IW Doesn't Care if Three People Play MW3
47. Re: IW Doesn't Care if Three People Play MW3 Sep 22, 2011, 07:52 Arithon
 
They had me at "IW Doesn't care..".

Really? I hadn't noticed! Oh, wait - sloppy console ports with sub-standard graphics, ADHD game play, the letters "XP" flying at you from every direction and no dedicated servers, yes - now I remember why I dropped the whole COD franchise, I don't care about them!
 
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News Comments > 1.5 M Battlefield 3 Preorders
7. Re: 1.5 M Battlefield 3 Preorders Sep 21, 2011, 10:49 Arithon
 
Tumbler wrote on Sep 21, 2011, 10:28:
..but then all that DLC weapon unlock bs happened and things keep getting hazy..

It was pretty clearly spelt out. Pre-order to get extra DLC at launch, that you won't otherwise be able to get until later.

Back to Karkand, Physical Warfare Pack and SPECACT Kit multiplayer skins are available depending who you buy from (all if you buy through Origin).

Has that cleared the hazy BS for you?
 
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News Comments > Xbox LIVE on Windows 8
41. Re: Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Sep 14, 2011, 05:49 Arithon
 
Sepharo wrote on Sep 13, 2011, 21:45:
wtf_man wrote on Sep 13, 2011, 21:25:
I don't know about you guys... but the "Windows-7-Phone-Metro-Hideous-Colored Post-It Note-Tile-Interface" is about the ugliest shit I've seen from Microsoft since MS Bob.

I think you'll find yourself (surprisingly) in the minority with that opinion.

Not really. Who the hell wants Windows functions hidden behind a tinsel firewall?
Faster, leaner, less RAM hungry, yes. LEGO Windows? No.

And XBOX Live? Wasn't GFWL a big enough disaster? Clearly not.
 
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News Comments > 1.25 Million BF3 Preorders
27. Re: 1.25 Million BF3 Preorders Sep 8, 2011, 04:08 Arithon
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 7, 2011, 22:53:
I'll never understand why people buy this sort of garbage. Then again, I'll never understand why they do things like watch reality tv, and all the other network garbage out there.

That's what I like to see; intelligent constructive criticism, backed up with strong argument and empirical evidence.
If the BattleField series is "garbage" what titles are not? What makes it bad and the other good?
I don't play Facebook (Zynga) games, but they have merits to other people, which means while I don't like them, there's nothing wrong with them. To arbitrarily declare anything I don't like "garbage" would make me an idiot. Which is where we differ.
Comparing a team-based multi-player PC game to the likes of Big Brother, as if they have anything in common, shows how enormous your lack of understanding is, of either subject.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming
19. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 4, 2011, 11:10 Arithon
 
I think the absurd quest for "fool proof" DRM in a vain attempt to slay the mythical piracy dragon has killed PC retail.

How many game stores near you sell PC games? How much shelf space do they get? How much do they offer on trade in for PC titles?

All those questions have negative answers because distrubutors (not developers) have damaged the "product" with DRM and key systems that mean you cannot resell a PC game. I can buy and XBOX title or DS game, rip it and trade it in, so why are PC's singled out? Because in the "war on piracy" the PC has always been painted as the "bad guy" and admitting they were wrong is to admit defeat. Which they'll never do.

So instead, PC retail has died a death and online retailers and digital distribution systems have picked up the slack.

PC gamers are still here and always will be.

DRM has failed. Welcome to the 21st century. Now release PC games in a resaleble form. Retailers are happy. Put codes on DLC - you can resell that to each new owner, you get an income. Support modding - keep the titles alive longer - recoup on DLC for longer. It's not rocket science.

 
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News Comments > On Ubisoft DRM
26. Re: On Ubisoft DRM Jul 29, 2011, 04:49 Arithon
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 28, 2011, 23:19:
and from that point of view the requirement is a success

bwaaahahahahh Go check torrents you dolt.

Downloading a pirated copy was the only way to make my purchased copy function, due to the amount of time Ubisoft.com was down.

Support forum, main website and copy protection on single host domain for the TOTAL FAIL!
 
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News Comments > From Dust DRM Also Always On?
15. Re: From Dust DRM Also Always On? Jul 28, 2011, 03:56 Arithon
 
If it has DRM, don't buy the game.

As someone burned by Ass Creed 2, I can tell you "always on" puts the emphasis on you, but in fact it's Ubisoft whose site is "always down" meaning you cannot play a single player game with no online element, even thought it has been registered and activated, because they can't put 50p in the meter (or whatever excuse they give).

I couldn't even raise a support call because, yep, the site was down.

Always on DRM = Game unfit for use.
 
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News Comments > Brink Postmortem
5. Re: Brink Postmortem Jul 25, 2011, 11:55 Arithon
 
Bad implementation of AI teams.
Dreadful buggy server code.

We set up a server and couldn't keep it running long enough for an evening's play.

Interest waned fast and now it's a dead game.

I could have told Splash damage the issues after five minutes, so who there didn't have the guts to stand up and say "this isn't ready to release"?
 
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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition
4. Re: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition Jul 25, 2011, 11:50 Arithon
 
Verno wrote on Jul 25, 2011, 10:46:
The next CoD game will have vehicles out the wazoo, it's a huge tickbox missing on feature comparison lists with the Battlefield series.
Do you mean "it's a huge tickbox ^that has been^ missing on feature comparison lists with the BF series" ?

Add "up to date graphics engine" to that list and then untick COD..
 
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News Comments > BF3 Preorders "Roughly Comparable" to Black Ops
36. Re: BF3 Preorders Jul 25, 2011, 06:42 Arithon
 
entr0py wrote on Jul 25, 2011, 04:08:
Arithon wrote on Jul 25, 2011, 03:37:
When the NDA on the Alpha is lifted, that number will rise. Trust me.

I'm afraid that implying that the alpha is good is a violation of the NDA. Please hand in your alpha key. To me. In an e-mail.

Only if I describe in detail why it is totally awesome. Which I won't do. Preorder and thank me later.
 
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News Comments > BF3 Preorders "Roughly Comparable" to Black Ops
33. Re: BF3 Preorders "Roughly Comparable" to Black Ops Jul 25, 2011, 03:37 Arithon
 
When the NDA on the Alpha is lifted, that number will rise. Trust me.  
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News Comments > BF3 Preorder Backlash
17. Re: BF3 Preorder Backlash Jun 13, 2011, 12:01 Arithon
 
wrlwnd wrote on Jun 13, 2011, 10:19:
Eh, if some idiot with no patience needs to pre-order a game, let him have his stupid weapon.

It will all get unlocked soon enough.

The pre-order bonus NEVER going to be available in-game (so DICE say).

Now, before tantrums ensue, this is something many people in the PC gaming community have ASKED FOR, so it shows DICE are listening.

This is a pre-order bonus ONLY available from selected RETAILERS, not digital. This encourages people to buy in their high street because they get something nobody else (including pirates) can get. More people ordering at retail renews interest in retailers stocking PC games in the high street. See where this is going?

Secondly, the bonus of flecette ammo for shotguns, while increasing the killing power, decreases range, so the game balance is preserved. It doesn't turn the shotgun into a one-shot-kill sniper-rifle.

I've personally pre-ordered through my clan's affliate link on Amazon. I'll get the "Karkand" DLC (which will be released to all later) on day 1, but I won't get the stuff in the "Physical Warfare pack" and I don't care.

Storm in a teacup, probably stirred by some grumpy-guts at Activision.
 
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News Comments > QuakeCon 2011 Premium Packages
3. Re: QuakeCon 2011Premium Packages May 27, 2011, 10:03 Arithon
 
You had me at "Is there any gamer with an IQ above 70?"

Suddenly Call Of Duty came to mind. Weird.
 
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