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Signed On Dec 13, 2004, 01:09
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
6. Re: Sunday Consolidation Apr 14, 2013, 22:13 Dev
 
Beelzebud wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 14:03:
Project Unity seems like an awful lot of effort to get the same results as a modded Xbox 1 with emulators on it.
Some people want actual hardware. Usually the same kinda ppl that go and find an old CRT for a MAME cabinet instead of using a flat panel LCD. There's a variety of reasons people want the original hardware, one of them could be legitness.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
25. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 14, 2013, 22:02 Dev
 
rist3903 wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 17:10:
I commend you for sticking to your guns and not playing a very good game until it is completely dated.

Bravo, sir!

Skyrim was dated before it even came out. Still using the same clunky old dx9 engine (they said they were going to do a new one but turned out to be the same old one with a few tweaks). Thats due to being designed primarily for obsolete consoles.

I'm not going to get skyrim for its datedness or lack thereof. I'm getting it to have fun playing it.

Similarly when I go back and replay HL1 on occasion its not because of its modern graphics. When I get in on kickstarter games like wasteland 2, its not because of its eye popping graphics.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
22. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 21:56 Dev
 
NKD wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 19:47:
Yeah, the lead dev on this was just an artist on Terraria, and not a decision maker. The guys behind Terraria are not involved on this.

For $12 (I got in on the 4 pack, verno probably still has a spot or two open), I'm willing to take a chance on these guys.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 14, 2013, 15:45 Dev
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 15:39:
Skyrim sounds great, from reviews online, face to face anecdotes about the game friends and coworkers tell me, etc. None of that matters, however. It is the principle now. Discounted GotY version and/or $9.99 or under version.

The few who are left will prevail!
$10 GOTY aint gonna happen for at least another year or two. They've only just begun to do the DLC

And from a business sense, why the frack would they discount it that much if its still in top 10?
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
89. Re: More Big Picture Details Apr 14, 2013, 15:10 Dev
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 11:02:
To me I think we are also going to have some other promises broken in the lines of Apple and Linux versions.
Unlikely, since unity can port to both of those.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 14, 2013, 14:57 Dev
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 14:43:
Mind boggling. Who doesn't have Skyrim by now, that ISN'T waiting for the 9.99 version, or the GotY version?

Stop giving in, people. Tough it out, wait for the major price drop.
Me! I haven't given in yet!
I really want it though. The price has dropped, its not $60 anymore. MUST RESIST
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
10. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 14:38 Dev
 
Once you get the humble bundle gift link (if you join in the 4 pack) you click it, then give humble bundle an email, they send you your package link.

At the moment that package/download link just contains the soundtrack for download. The humble bundle page also has at the top, something that looks like a CD key, which is a link to the starbound webpage. Click that and the starbound folks register your email to send your steam key to when its released.

Very nicely done and this means I won't have to bug Verno in the future to send me stuff like the steam key, its all done automatically with no further inconvenience to him
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
7. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 14:19 Dev
 
4 pack gets the price down to under $12.

I'm in if someone is doing a 4 pack.

They will give out steam keys when it hits beta

Edit: I got into a 4 pack. Thanks!

This comment was edited on Apr 14, 2013, 14:30.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
6. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 14:11 Dev
 
I was impressed with the level of support they offered and the enormous amount of free content they offered. Plus the game itself was quite fun, I played it more than I did minecraft.

(yes I know they ceased active development for it, but they were upfront about it, and it got far more than I ever expected).
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
87. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 14, 2013, 14:06 Dev
 
Julio wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 13:12:
So they ran a Kickstarter without having the license locked up? So what would have happened if they didn't get it? Just keep the cash and spend it on hookers and blow?
Presumably they had a firm commitment from MS and the other parties involved when they made the kickstarter, but the final negotiation and signing wasn't finished. IMHO not the best course of action, not just because of things like the DRM consequences, but because MS and the other parties could have extorted worse terms after they saw the level of interest in the KS. They would have had them over a barrel at that point.

But yeah, I imagine if it didn't work out they would have refunded.

I guess it just depends on how evil one thinks they are. The contrasting view is that they purposefully deceived to get the money, and would never offer any refunds.
 
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News Comments > Cross-Platform SimCity OS X in June
14. Re: Cross-Platform SimCity OS X in June Apr 14, 2013, 13:33 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 08:15:
Dev, was it spam or did you sign up?
It was spam in the sense that I didn't want any messages about simcity.

I'm sure that merely having an EA account signs you up for some of that though.

In contrast, valve has never sent me email announcing a game release simply because I have a steam account.
 
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News Comments > Stardock Plans "At Least" Two Game Announcements
55. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 14, 2013, 13:14 Dev
 
draginol wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 10:34:
I hope you've had a chance to read the report:

http://www.stardock.com/press/CustomerReports/Stardock2012.pdf

There is a lot of good data in there
I'm reading it now, thanks for reminding me about the link (I didn't click it earlier even though blue linked it). I agree, lots of good info in there.

Here's a couple bits that caught my eye:

The part about 64bit gaming. I think another dimension of that has been consoles holding back game development when developers focus on developing for the lowest common denominator (the 512 megs of consoles). I know that stardock doesn't focus on consoles, for which I'm thankful, but I think in general console focus effects the entire industry.

it’ll be tougher going for the games group since its new stuff won’t start to show up until 2014.
I'm a little sad that it appears that while the games might be announced this year, they won't be released until next year I'm sure the wait will be worth it though!

Less than 1 out of 5 people want to buy their software in a box.
Steam alone accounts for 90% of our non-direct game revenue.

My own personal guesstimate previously has been that 66%-75% of all PC game sales are digital, and that steam has a majority of those digital PC sales (I was guessing 75% of them). My guesstimate numbers aren't terribly far off from stardock's survey.

I also appreciate the expenses breakdown in the chart. I personally like that the advertising isn't a huge percentage, so when I buy a game from stardock it feels like my money is going to be used for working on games, and not just TV ads.

This comment was edited on Apr 14, 2013, 13:26.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
16. Re: More Big Picture Details Apr 14, 2013, 12:59 Dev
 
Creston wrote on Apr 12, 2013, 15:12:
terrible now. Just terrible. Absolutely every link of theirs is infected.

Creston
Its all the ads. One can just click SKIP AD in the upper right corner of the stupid adfly popup thing, and it goes to the actual download link, the files of which don't seem to be infested.

Remember that part where I said earlier when one is downloading stuff, the legit links are outnumbered by the adware links? Looks like its the same case here.
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
78. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 14, 2013, 12:43 Dev
 
I mentioned all this stuff way back in post #9 and everyone is still arguing over it lol.

Anyway, they may well have intended to offer it DRM free for all (not just backers), but at the time of the KS they were still working out the final details with the licensing. As I mentioned earlier, we are lucky MS didn't just tell them "no exceptions, tough luck" to the DRM provisions.

In the end, anyone who already "pre-ordered" the game through kickstarter is indeed getting what was promised, a DRM free version. If someone wanted this and didn't kickstart, they missed their chance.
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
13. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 13, 2013, 15:53 Dev
 
Rattlehead wrote on Apr 13, 2013, 15:38:
Why would anyone want to sign a deal with Microsoft? They literally have no souls.
Because if they didn't they couldn't use the IP.
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
11. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 13, 2013, 15:26 Dev
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
9. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 13, 2013, 15:21 Dev
 
Sho wrote on Apr 13, 2013, 14:33:
I really liked what I saw in the gameplay vid, but this is something they should have clarified during the pitch stage. Did they?
From what I recall, they said they would give a DRM free version to backers.

Which they are.

The end.



Long multiple edits for details:
You can check the kickstarter page if you want to see the original reward levels on the right which say "A Digital Downloadable copy of the game, DRM free on PC, Mac, or Linux" you can also see the pitch video http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns

Summary/comparision pic of what the differences between the steam version and non DRM versions are:
link
Its mostly what I would expect, things like no automatic updating, etc.

Quote from the KS update that blue is referring to:

The reason is that our license to develop Shadowrun Returns actually requires that the game and its DLC be distributed under DRM. This didn’t come up earlier because the situation was complicated by the number of parties involved in the license and because the process was “ongoing”. Ultimately, we were able to successfully negotiate an exception with Microsoft for us to provide our Backers with a DRM-free version of the Kickstarter rewards

graphic of all the licensing and parties involved to get this:
link

In other words, they didn't know all this when the project was in the kickstarter stage, but they successfully negotiated to provide what was promised. We are lucky that MS didn't just refuse to allow any exceptions, then they would have had to provide DRM versions only.

The one thing someone could knock them for is they didn't specify that this DRM free choice was a backer exclusive that wouldn't be available in the future... because they DIDN'T KNOW AT THE TIME.

Its like saying "well I wanted the ipad 2 because of the longer battery life, but I didn't buy it when it was available and now its not available anymore so ZOMG!" (a hypothetical situation). Stuff gets discontinued. Things stop being available. Product End of Life happens. Special deals or bundles come and go.

If someone wasn't a backer and they hate DRM, tough luck. They shoulda backed when the DRM free option was available, for as little as $15.

This comment was edited on Apr 13, 2013, 15:38.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 13, 2013, 10:31 Dev
 
jimnms wrote on Apr 13, 2013, 06:06:
Neither of my Win7 machines are having a problem. I wonder if I should uninstall the update anyway.
Microsoft is investigating behavior where systems may not recover from a restart, or applications cannot load, after security update 2823324 is applied. We recommend that customers uninstall this update.

Up to you
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 12, 2013, 23:35 Dev
 
"In Control Panel, open Programs, and then click View Installed updates." Search for KB2823324 in the searchbox
If you have it, uninstall it, MS screwed up bigtime
They "recalled" the update, but some computers got it. It can cause a computer to become unbootable, cause other programs not to work, potentially cause data loss
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839011
 
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News Comments > Death Inc. Alpha Sales
1. Re: Death Inc. Alpha Sales Apr 12, 2013, 21:57 Dev
 
Anyone try this?  
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