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Signed On Nov 18, 2004, 05:49
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News Comments > Ubisoft Uplay PC Launches
54. Re: Ubisoft Uplay PC Launches Aug 17, 2012, 19:57 Dmitri_M
 
Flatline wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 17:18:
Steam (Yeah I'll throw that in there), GFWL, EA Origin, and now UBI. It's getting fucking insane.
I think Steam is as much of a pain in the ass as these other attempts at a store application. Steam were first on the block though, I've been using it since 2004. In the last few years I've built up a sizable catalog on there. EA and Ubi are way way late to the party. Steam has used up all my patience for these apps and while I tolerate and use it I'll be damned if I let another 'always on' app like this on my PC. Certainly not longer than it takes for me to get bored of a title that requires one. Once I'm done with that game the front end is uninstalled. I won't even look at purchasing something through it. It's like a banner ad on a website. My mind blocks it out and doesn't even register it's presence.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Aug 17, 2012, 08:37 Dmitri_M
 
These problems are not isolated to the gaming industry. I've worked as a CG artist in advertising and gaming for nearly 10 years. The large companies get the bad publicity, but nearly every job from the small unknown companies and up especially in the art fields feature some form of exploitation. Any industry built around deadlines and art production will. Working extra hours is the norm, the issue is that it usually isn't compensated. The closest I've ever come to being reimbursed for working overtime was being able to take overtime hours as vacation time later. I have never received overtime pay in 10 years. As an artist I cannot simply hop between jobs with perfect working hours and pay. Artists do need some sort of protection because they cannot do it themselves. Many start out having martyr complexes and simply do the extra work no questions asked. When you're creating your portfolio you spend countless hours perfecting work. Many of us are used to putting in extreme hours before ever being employed. It becomes a negative when you're no longer working on a labour of love for yourself, rather doing it in a poorly lit office for a company executing whatever it is they want done.

I don't think unions per se are the ideal solution, but someone needs to enforce labour codes. The companies simply will not do it themselves.

In the end I see only one real solution..
Get into a senior position which is unrealistic for many, or get out of development\art related trades and change careers completely. That's what I'm currently working towards. Of course I have intentionally kept myself debt and child free (I blow my money on other things like jumping out of planes to compensate) so for me it's easier than friends who have built families on their art careers.

Programmer devs are lucky in that they at least can hop into programming fields unrelated to the deadline crunch nature of the games industry.

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News Comments > Ubisoft Uplay PC Launches
37. Re: Ubisoft Uplay PC Launches Aug 16, 2012, 20:04 Dmitri_M
 
Creston wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 18:08:
Driver San Francisco for a buck? Hmm. Does it have that retarded DRM of theirs?
I logged in once, after that I switched Uplay to "offline" and the game launches without requiring the internet. For whatever reason they dropped it post launch. It's pretty decent for an openworld driving game. If you liked the bouncy bouncy suspension of the original Driver games then you'll like this.

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News Comments > Stardock Sues Ex-Employee for $1M
29. Re: Stardock Sues Ex-Employee for $1M Aug 16, 2012, 17:10 Dmitri_M
 
I'm always impressed with people who can stick it to an ex-employer this way. I never would. Perhaps she's decided to go into farming or something and doesn't require her goddamn linkedin account anymore or care what turns up when people google her name. I think the day that I don't have to worry about those two things then I know my life has changed for the better.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft Uplay PC Launches
15. Re: Ubisoft Uplay PC Launches Aug 16, 2012, 17:05 Dmitri_M
 
I've got PooPlay installed because I'm playing through Driver San Francisco (a surprising excellent open world arcade driving game that I got cheap on the Steam sales, Ubisoft even removed the always on DRM - shocked). I've never even looked at Uplay itself. I launch Driver from Steam. Then Uplay launches. Then I click "Play" in Uplay to finally launch the game. My mind is incapable of even seeing anything on the app other than the Play button.  
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News Comments > Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney
20. Re: Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney Aug 16, 2012, 16:55 Dmitri_M
 
But gibbing someone doesn't require non-combat ai. And that's all I ever wanted to do with games.  
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News Comments > Half-Life 3 at gamescom Denied
47. Re: Half-Life 3 at gamescom Denied Aug 15, 2012, 09:56 Dmitri_M
 
zombiefan wrote on Aug 14, 2012, 11:13:
Yeah, and bundle Left For Dead 3 in there as well. Along with Team Fortress 3. Call it the 3-pack!
Maybe they can bundle some of those Team Fortress skin packs on the DVD they certainly spend a lot of time on those.
 
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News Comments > Big Sleeping Dogs DLC Plans
14. Re: Big Sleeping Dogs DLC Plans Aug 14, 2012, 17:04 Dmitri_M
 
Windows 7 is excellent. Move on from XP.  
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News Comments > Dead Space 3 February Dates Narrowed
7. Re: Dead Space 3 February Dates Narrowed Aug 14, 2012, 17:03 Dmitri_M
 
necrosis wrote on Aug 14, 2012, 15:11:
Frijoles wrote on Aug 14, 2012, 11:59:
Day 1 purchase if they don't include Origin. I know, wishful thinking.
People would dare to day 1 this after their pathetic release of the first game on PC?
You can't edit an ini file? Bad ports suck. PC users who can't edit an ini file to fix mouse lag - Suck just as much.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
15. Re: On Sale Aug 11, 2012, 14:40 Dmitri_M
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 10, 2012, 21:38:

It's a mediocre game, but you can get F.E.A.R. 3 from GMG today (Friday) for ~$3 with the coupon and daily sale...

After wasting $50 on FEAR2, $3 is about what I feel comfortable with.
It's peculiar how people will say "I'll wait until it reaches a certain level before I buy X average to bad game". Why buy it at all? Gotta have everything?
 
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News Comments > F1 2012 on September 18
5. Re: F1 2012 on September 18 Aug 11, 2012, 09:01 Dmitri_M
 
Yeah my comment wasn't specifically aimed at you just in general praise of current pc racing. I loved the old Papyrus Nascar games on my Pentium but don't live in the US and have never followed it as a sport, a lack of Nascar titles isn't something I'd pay attention to :\

Recently dug out my old Logitech wheel after buying Driver San Francisco on the steam sale, and putting down 10eur to access the Project Cars alpha program. Really impressed with pCars. GT for the PC, looks amazing. Driving is somewhere between arcade and sim. Driver San Francisco..meh a very nice arcade game totally marred by Ubisoft "features". Doesn't even support my wheel out of the box, requires a registry hack. The game itself is a very fun arcade open world racer (just like the original Driver games on PC) that looks and performs well (even if the graphics options are limited to the typical port "low quality" and "high quality" settings).
 
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News Comments > F1 2012 on September 18
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 05:20 Dmitri_M
 
Simracing is one true PC gaming genre that's still alive and kicking in a serious way. Large communities, loads of mods etc. So many good racing series have been released over the last 5 or so years. It's almost taken over from FPS games if you're looking specifically for titles that push PC hardware and benefit from the multi monitor setups current gfx cards support natively. If you're into this genre (and probably turn-based WW2 strategies) you wouldn't have noticed any of the shift towards consoles.  
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News Comments > Wargame: AirLand Battle Announced
2. Re: Wargame: AirLand Battle Announced Aug 10, 2012, 14:34 Dmitri_M
 
Good news. Really liked Escalation. Great engine not compromised by console shanannigans and fast enjoyable gameplay. It'll be interesting to see how they handle airplanes. If they're not careful they could completely overpower everything else.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
26. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 9, 2012, 17:37 Dmitri_M
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 12:18:
NegaDeath wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 11:17:
Creston wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 10:46:
It's about time someone stopped this horseshit of employers needing to know your facebook pw as a pre-requisite for being hired. I mean... what.the.fuck?

Creston

Damn straight. Not to mention firing people when they deny you access because you want to "snoop" something. Very depressing that laws even need to be passed to prevent it.

I've only been asked once about that and told them I don't use social media, text, etc. and even if I did it would be none of their business. I also told them that only a truly shitty employer would want to engage in such practices because they're afraid their employees would have nothing but bad things to say about them and why the fuck would I want to work for assholes like that? And I then walked out telling them to fuck themselves for wasting my time.
You left out the part with the bullet time and freefalling out of a skyscraper.
 
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News Comments > Heavy Gear Returning
10. Re: Heavy Gear Returning Aug 9, 2012, 06:15 Dmitri_M
 
Loved the HG games. As a Quake player obsessed with speed this was my favorite mech series. Preferred it to Mechwarrior as the bots in HG were smaller and much faster.  
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News Comments > Crytek Shanghai Opens
16. Re: Crytek Shanghai Opens Aug 8, 2012, 19:25 Dmitri_M
 
So if you're not living in America you're automatically living in a "socialist country"? What the fuck are you people on about. Narrow it down for the rest of us not living in 1980s cold war American cloud cuckoo land.  
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News Comments > Standalone DayZ Coming
31. Re: Standalone DayZ Coming Aug 7, 2012, 15:09 Dmitri_M
 
PC gamers are about adventurous today as..console gamers. Ya'll deserve the current state of gaming you're always whinging about.

The PC guys back in 2002 who refused to play OFP because it was too "quirky" went on to migrate exclusively to consoles and call the cover shooter trend and regenerating health "progress". Ten years on not much has changed.
 
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News Comments > Standalone DayZ Coming
20. Re: Standalone DayZ Coming Aug 7, 2012, 12:27 Dmitri_M
 
It's likely the mod development will continue as an open beta. Then at some point BI will wrap it all up with only the needed objects and terrains required by DayZ and release it as a standalone. My guess is by the time it's released standalone the fad will be over. They are very open though and it's doubtful the standalone version will be developed in a closed nature as a cash in. They have to be open. They don't have a real Q&A department and unlike most FPS that aren't indie and owned by large publishers, the devs actually require the community. For better or worst (quirky engine) this is how you get decent interesting PC games. Better than Crytek's\Epic\ID's closed "PC customers are the devil" system even if the overall quality of their products is held to a higher standard (for those goofy console players who only care about the superficial). Of course if BI could develop for consoles as an indie, they surely would But for now they need PC gamers.

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News Comments > Source 2 Engine Hint
30. Re: Source 2 Engine Hint Aug 6, 2012, 17:27 Dmitri_M
 
A minor snippet of info related to something Valve is immediately twisted into HL3 EPISODE3 IT'S COMING FINALLY WOOHOO. In this instance it doesn't even mention the HL series. Nuts.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: so dont twist ya eyes, i'll be the one ya saw Aug 6, 2012, 08:38 Dmitri_M
 
El Pit wrote on Aug 6, 2012, 04:11:
space captain wrote on Aug 5, 2012, 22:38:
eunichron wrote on Aug 5, 2012, 21:18:
Just about every single gamer out there has played it beyond the free month, and a huge majority will continue to play it for the foreseeable future.

ive never played it. not even for a free month.

im so rare and unique!

Same here. We must be a rare breed.

I haven't played it or any other MMO. Mostly because I think all users in those online only games are..space captains.
 
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