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Signed On Dec 13, 2004, 01:09
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News Comments > Edge TM Revocation Complete
2. Re: Edge TM Revocation Complete Apr 20, 2013, 07:54 Dev
 
This is one of the first times in a long long time that EA has done anything I remember as good. These idiots actually went after EA!! (Apparently for mirror's edge)

Protip: going after the big guys like that aren't exactly a winning strategy.

If you RTFA, looks like EA were the ones that got it canceled, not the mobigame guys.

Hilariously, wiki has this bit:

The court was also shown that Langdell had allegedly submitted a cover of Future Publication's Edge magazine doctored to include references to his own products and organisation as part of his 2004 application for continuing trademark rights to the word 'edge.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_Games

Apparently this was settled by him giving up the trademarks, and he's not going to face criminal charges unfortunately.

A better summary
http://suite101.com/article/edge-games-patent-trolls-and-lawsuits-a297136
With this tidbit:

ordered him to notify all licensees that he no longer holds the trademarks and they are no longer required to pay his company. This also leaves him legally vulnerable to the companies he sued or forced to pay licensing fees under threat of a lawsuit.

 
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News Comments > SimCity Patch Monday
5. Re: SimCity Patch Monday Apr 20, 2013, 07:39 Dev
 
This is like almost 2 months after release and they are finally getting around to the "first significant" update?

Being as around 10%-12% of the male population are colorblind, you'd think they would have tested that stuff earlier (and those 2 "additions" smell more like bug fixes that were re-worded to fit into the "new features" section)

And the only remaining new feature is mayors driving fancy cars? LOL

Edit: If you play this thing, make sure to read the full update (lots of bug fixes). Some fixes require bulldozing existing buildings and rebuilding them to start working.

Also, looks like there was previously an exploit where one could build a pure residential only city and not have it fail. They fixed like half a dozen things to make such a thing start failing. LOL.

Residential Tuning: Residential-only cities have failure state.
Buildings are prevented from going up in density when they donít have power or water.
The amount of happiness gained from low taxes, police, fire, and health outreach has been lowered.
Fixed some cases where buildings would not go abandoned when they should have.
Higher density residential buildings are no longer blocked from going abandoned due to not having enough money.
Happiness from low taxes does not double up every time it is given.
Losing happiness due to not having a job is more impactful.


Hilarious that previously residential buildings could grow without power and water, that they got huge doubling of happiness from low taxes so much so that not having a job didn't matter to them, and that they couldn't become abandoned because they didn't have money!

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News Comments > Project CARS Questions
2. Re: Project CARS Questions Apr 19, 2013, 08:56 Dev
 
RLEE wrote on Apr 18, 2013, 21:52:
The far fewer backers comment is totally false. The original numbers in the design documentation was an example for how they could get to the fully funded state. It doesn't matter how many contributors there are, the revenue gets divided equally based on how much money was put in. That article is full of so much misleading and completely false information it's not worth reading. The guy who wrote it doesn't even understand basic finance.

Perhaps you should write one up then, Mr. One post.
A rebuttal point by point, or a totally separate article, up to you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 18, 2013, 20:28 Dev
 
Amazingly, this is the FTC's very first case against a crammer -- ever.

Wow

This crap happens ALL the time. I've seen it at the places I've worked, I've seen it on my personal lines, etc.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
11. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 18, 2013, 09:01 Dev
 
jimnms wrote on Apr 17, 2013, 22:31:
Why do cell providers charge more for text messaging? It would cost me $4 a month more to add unlimited text to my plan. Without the unlimited plan, it's 20 cents per text, and I don't do enough texting to to make that $4/mo. cheaper.
Because its a HUGE moneymaker for them.

The end.

Seriously, thats why. Texts used to be free, when they started getting popular, they started charging to receive, then they started charging to send and receive. It started out at like 10 cents, then 20 cents then 25 cents.

Studies have been done that show their actual cost to the phone company is like 1/100th of a cent, or some such crazy low amount.
 
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News Comments > Steam Greenlights 18 More Games
19. Re: Steam Greenlights 18 More Games Apr 17, 2013, 22:05 Dev
 
Bradley wrote on Apr 17, 2013, 18:08:
I still don't understand the whole point of this Green Light process. Why make unreleased games win some arbitrary popularity contest? It's not acting as a quality gateway since the games aren't released yet, and it isn't like unpopular games will consume a lot of resources.
Actually, many of the games on greenlight are released already, they just were refused by the normal steam process.

Anyway, why? Valve talked about it in the greenlight press release. I've talked about it in a number of threads about it.

Valve mostly only likes doing interesting and/or fun work (flat aka no management structure, wheels on desk). Approving games for steam tends to be neither since its mostly crap. Valve said in the press release they wanted to offload most of that work onto the community. They've even gone as far as saying they want that to be the only approval method to get new games from companies not on steam.

After a few tweaks to the process, seems like its working to get some decent games not yet on steam onto it. Both in progress games and already completed games.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 17, 2013, 21:56 Dev
 
Because there's not enough cell capacity.
Hence why landline phones are still more reliable (assuming the infrastructure hasn't been destroyed).

Texting often still works, since it uses a diagnostic channel (hence the character limit), plus it keeps trying until it sends.

Basically, no one wants to pay for enough capacity to handle 100% of people talking. So they figure 5% (or whatever number they use).
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
38. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 16, 2013, 22:18 Dev
 
There's also a lot of mods that tweak character progression and leveling.  
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News Comments > Sword of the Stars: The Pit - Mind Games Announced
1. Re: Sword of the Stars: The Pit - Mind Games Announced Apr 16, 2013, 21:49 Dev
 
The Pit is a fun game. It has NOTHING to do with sword of the stars games gameplay. Its entirely on its own, a sorta sci-fi roguelike game. I've enjoyed it.  
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News Comments > On Sale
16. Re: On Sale Apr 16, 2013, 09:18 Dev
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 16, 2013, 09:15:
Jumped in wrong thread - I was talking about gamestop...i don't want to give th em my money....
Well what I said applies to both. I used ctrl f on both the gamestop page and that dlgamer page. They both say steam on it, and as I mentioned, pretty sure skyrim is a steamworks game, so regardless of where you buy it its going to be steam.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
15. Re: On Sale Apr 16, 2013, 09:17 Dev
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 16, 2013, 09:05:
The following titles are not available in Germany due to some sort of Anti-Zombie Legislation going on there (sorry guys)
You are quoting from GMG there, but I think its not a specific anti zombie thing, I think its a general anti violence/anti blood issue.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Apr 16, 2013, 09:13 Dev
 
Jerykk wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 23:33:
DLGamer is selling Skyrim for $20 and the DLC for 50% off: http://www.dlgamer.us/download-the_elder_scrolls_v_skyrim-pc_games-p-12549.html

The store seems legit, as it's listed on Isthereanydeal.com. I think they're located in France (they use a French bank) so you probably won't get your keys until tomorrow if you order now.
It appears to be ok. No obvious signs of the grey market russian cd key type thing. The prices for other stuff don't seem crazy discounted (I'm guessing the skyrim discount is an indication we'll soon see a steam or amazon sale on it), and they give an address and sell physical copies of some stuff.

xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 16, 2013, 09:11:
Dev wrote on Apr 16, 2013, 09:10:
Cutter wrote on Apr 16, 2013, 06:48:
Any idea if that's a Steam key. Couldn't see anything in the description about it.
Which? The skyrim stuff? It says STEAM in it if you do a ctrl F. Also I think its a steamworks game if I recall right.

Was going to ask same thing, doesn't say anything in the cart or anything....just says "you will receive no physical media"......then that brings up the point...once it is on my drive...isn't it in physical media form?

Anyway....anyone know if they just email you a key? I HATE to give them business, but 9.99 for Dragonborn is pretty swank.
You could always get it from gamestop for that price

Anyway says right there near the top of the page:

Activation Key must be used on a valid Steam account.
NOTICE: Requires the base game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in order to play. Activation key must be used on a valid Steam account, requires internet connection.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: On Sale Apr 16, 2013, 09:10 Dev
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 16, 2013, 06:48:
Any idea if that's a Steam key. Couldn't see anything in the description about it.
Which? The skyrim stuff? It says STEAM in it if you do a ctrl F. Also I think its a steamworks game if I recall right.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Apr 15, 2013, 23:16 Dev
 
Atari, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, BioWare, EA

I'm surprised they didn't mention interplay when talking about licensing. I'm also surprised that WotC agreed to even a remake.

re: their Beamdog distribution platform

The direct-sales option and a preorder program allowed us to receive payment many months in advance of a typical royalty-advance deal, which was a great benefit for a small, self-funded developer.

Protip: desura has offered this for a long time, and now steam does too.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to "Next Adventure"
53. Re: Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to Apr 15, 2013, 22:02 Dev
 
Whoever is running the place over there are idiots. Skyrim is STILL top 10 on steam lists and has been since its release (aside from a few weeks when it drops off and comes right back).

3 DLC for this, compared to like 10 for oblivion? Yes these may be larger ones, but it doesn't matter. Theres still tons of money to be made doing DLC for the game.

On a personal note though, thats awesome. Since it means GotY is just around the corner, probably followed by price drops.

Edit: Even given timing of next gen consoles, they could still pull people off of other things, or hire some modders temporarily just for DLC. Heck, modder done DLC would probably be better than what they've done so far.

Ratty wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 16:53:
I'm bummed all we're getting is two mediocre DLCs though. Maybe they'll license out some DLCs to a third party. I mean, why wouldn't they?
Probably for similar reasons why valve isn't hiring out HL3.

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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Apr 15, 2013, 21:56 Dev
 
Prez wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 21:48:
Of the Skyrim DLC, Dragonborn was the good one, right?
http://www.metacritic.com/search/all/skyrim/results

Thats what that says. 50 or 60 ish scores for the others, 80 ish scores for that one.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Apr 15, 2013, 21:55 Dev
 
ZOMG, Simcity for a mere $40 ?!
What a steal...

of your time.
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
109. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 15, 2013, 21:52 Dev
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 09:28:
In the case of not being DRM-free enough, I doubt it would pass as being found material by most courts. It comes back down to whether the software is in any way less usable. I do not think a court would find there was any kind of damages here. You have your game, you can play your game, and financially you have lost no money. Sure, you paid for a DRM-free game, but what you really paid for was the game. You wanted the game. It being DRM-free just made it better to you. But it isn't as if the game is objectively worth less because it has DRM.
AND you got a DRM free game. They are still giving out a DRM free game to backers, complete with the berlin dlc/expansion.
 
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News Comments > A Small Favor Kickstarter
1. Re: A Small Favor Kickstarter Apr 15, 2013, 21:49 Dev
 
I've played the flash game versions and enjoyed them.

For $6 (the early bird price) I'm in.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
26. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 15, 2013, 08:57 Dev
 
Narf2029 wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 02:45:
I want this to be good, but the updates on the website are so infrequent it's hard to believe it will ever get done.
As I said, for $12 I'm willing to risk it. Anyone else who wants to can get in on the 4 pack with Verno.
 
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