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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. No subject Jul 9, 2014, 00:34 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Be right back, trademarking Bao-Sheng then requesting that they no longer infringe on my trademark.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 7, 2014, 13:12 Mashiki Amiketo
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 12:05:
It will be a system seller game for Microsoft I am sure of it.

/sarcasm
With the marketing majors running the show over there, and being hopelessly out of touch with the world that they're selling things to...I'd bet on that being a strong possibility.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
1. No subject Jul 7, 2014, 10:17 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Child of light, by far a worthwhile game to buy.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2014, 08:09 Mashiki Amiketo
 
G2a.com has Divinity:OS up for $30 right now as well. Not too shabby.  
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin Sells Like the Devil
35. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 6, 2014, 04:09 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Well between the praises here and the ones on metacritic as well, and from YT players, looks like I'm going to have to pick this one up. Any guesses on rough hours of play?  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs DLC
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 2, 2014, 00:56 Mashiki Amiketo
 
jomisab wrote on Jul 1, 2014, 20:39:
Guess I got kind of bored with WD already. Finally started playing Far Cry 3 recently (yes, for the first time), so now I'm hooked on that.

I finally picked that up along with blood dragon during the steam sale, I kept putting it off but the rave reviews from people here on both are what got me to buy them.
 
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News Comments > X: Rebirth Goes 64-Bit
16. No subject Jun 29, 2014, 02:30 Mashiki Amiketo
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 20:51:

He who shall not be named? *SHALL NOT BE NAMED*

Yes. That would be the one.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
37. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 23:47 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 21:48:

Or maybe Rebellion are lying. I'm not saying they're telling the truth, I don't know. I'm just saying that, if they are telling the truth, they have to be very careful.

See, I'd believe it they put out a statement like this:
Due to an unfortunate security breach at one of the retailers who've received our codes, we've asked Steam to revoke these known stolen keys. In the interim, *if your key has been revoked please provide a copy of the revoked key and receipt, and we'll provide you with another. As this is a theft, the *insert whatever or generic peace officers* have been notified and a forensic audit has/been/requested to determine the perpetrators. We regret this turn of events, but would like people to enjoy the game. Any other questions, concerns or issues with this please contact us at *insert 3 odd email addresses dedicated to each* and we'll be happy to help you.

*they've done something similar to this already.

But that's not what they did.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
36. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 23:25 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Krovven wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 22:50:

Really? Provide some proof.

Not only does it seem absolutely asinine to spend money on printing codes to a card and shipping those physical objects around the world to legitimate re-sellers and then have them manual enter the codes, that's not my experience from friends that have worked at companies that sold their games on Steam.
It's right in the thread on the steam forums that's in the linked post. You're welcome to go digging through it I think it was somewhere around page 40 maybe earlier, where both CJS and PTG get their keys via all three methods and stated the same for GMG. It might seem asinine to spend money printing on cards, but that is one method also via xls from the publisher, or retail boxes and input codes manually into a file.

Remember that these companies buy in bulk of greater than 10k units. In turn, when you're ordering in bulk and only want base retail getting it via cards(similar to what you get in a physical copy), isn't impossible it's highly probable. Since each key would be removed from the master XLS when it's printed.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
33. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 21:30 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 21:23:
If there was a theft then Rebellion probably do know where the leak was. The point I'm trying to make is that they aren't going to name anybody publicly because they care much, much more about not getting sued than they do about us.

This isn't about Rebellion being litigious assholes, no company in the world would name the company.
Well that's very nice of them, I mean it's not like we haven't heard other companies name, names in the past when serious leaks happen right? Wait we have. And in turn, we haven't heard that when there was a security breach and an investigation that's started, they haven't let people know either right? Let's be realistic, companies can and do name, names all the time. For whatever reason, if there is an investigation they're not saying there is one. If the keys were stolen, they're not saying who it was from, they're not saying how the keys were stolen--though most CDkey sellers who are legit get them as print card/XLS or boxed retail in bulk(I really wouldn't want to do the input job).

And with that, all we've got is "they said..." but there's no actual proof that's the case. Having seen the pettiness that goes on in the retail side--especially at the cutthroat level it is today, it wouldn't surprise me in the least that another retailer went running to the publisher over keys being under what they could get them for. Especially if company X has/had an agreement for x-keys@whatever with a low-cost clause, and company Y got them at an even cheaper price which was out of bounds for the agreement for X.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
31. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 21:17 Mashiki Amiketo
 
MxxCon wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 21:11:
UNNAMED RETAILER. How many more times do people have to tell you and explain to you that it is unknown what specific company got hacked and had their keys stolen?!
Rebelion will not say who it was because it is not their place.
That retailer will not say it right now because their are in the middle of investigation what exactly got hacked, how, what kind of damage happened and they are working with layers and law enforcement to figure out how and what to disclose.

That's nice, and all. So you're saying that rebellion or 505 is incompetent and doesn't know who they sold keys to? Do you really think they don't have a database listing what blocks of keys were sold to whom, at what time, and on what date. If so, then you've got no idea what goes on behind the front of retail.

Rebellion can and should, because it *is* their place. Especially if they know that keys sold from 505 were stolen, via the reseller or retail market. As a point, they haven't said that there is an investigation at all. Which is odd in itself now isn't it?

Krovven wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 21:12:
While Rebellion has every right to shut down unauthorized resellers from selling keys that were not purchased from Rebellion/Steam, it would have been far better PR just to accept the loss and tighten up their distribution of keys going forward.

CJS seems to think they are entitled to sell CD keys they did not obtain from the source. Newsflash, you are not. Works the same in retail. Companies don't get to go buy goods on the black market and sell them at retail when they do not have a legitimate deal in place with distributors.

As a point, CJS has stated that all of their keys are still working. But other companies have had theirs revoked, with that they've also said that they buy keys from two sources, either printcard(that includes xls keys), and boxed retail.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
27. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 20:47 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 20:34:
Yes it would, and according to them the keys were stolen. The question is do you believe them or do you believe people like that CJS blog (who I've never heard of before).

Ordinarily I'd lean towards the developer but given that Rebellion are suing over Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, I'm with Longswd. You act like an asshole, I'm going to assume you're an asshole. We need a lot more info to know either way, info that I suspect all companies involved will be keen to keep private.
So again, who were the keys stolen from? And which company was it so I know not to do business with them for their shitty security practices. And I've heard of CJS, they've been at this at least 5 years that I know of.

And really, I'm more likely to lean towards the retailer considering I've seen the shit that publishers(self and others) will try to pull. My favorite was when Quake 3 was released, we bought 450 copies from Ingram Micro @ $21/each and every single key was revoked from online play. So were the $25 copies we bought from Supercom, and we got the same BS that they CDs were "stolen" yeah...they were so stolen that the largest hardware/software seller in the world would buy them, and the largest(at the time in Canada) would do the same thing. The only thing we figured was someone saw we were selling them at $18-20 under list and got pissed off over it.

I should toss in this was of course back when $69-79.99 was the regular price for PC games in Canada. So I'm sure you can see why undercutting everyone else would piss off other retailers who went running off to the publisher, who in turn leaned on the resellers.

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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
24. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 20:26 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 20:22:
They are not going to accuse another company of anything until they're damn sure what's going on.

If it was a batch sold on then screw Rebellion. If it was a batch that was stolen, screw the distributer who got offered a batch at a price that was too good to be true.
Well that would take them all of 35 seconds to figure out now wouldn't it? Unless of course you're saying that they don't know who they sold the keys to in the first place. This isn't rocket surgery, when I worked in retail shop over 15 years ago we'd see legit and .CN keys/discs from legit distributors(e.g. ingram micro, supercom, etc) as well, and for amazing prices.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
22. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 20:05 Mashiki Amiketo
 
ViRGE wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 20:00:
Not Rebellion's pool. A retailer's pool. And it depends entirely on how they got in and what they had access to. The AMD hack retrieved the keys out of a bog standard text file for example; AMD's other keys weren't exposed because they didn't have a copy stored like that.
So again, where are the hack reports of this happening? It doesn't take rocket surgery to figure out who the keys would have come from. There's no information on it, no retailer and rebellion isn't saying what retailer either. All they're coming across as saying it "they was stolen!eleventy one!!!111!" Security through obscurity isn't a plan, neither is refusing to divulge a retailer who has piss poor security, and can't keep moderately-secure information secure.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
20. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 19:58 Mashiki Amiketo
 
ViRGE wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 19:53:
Hacked as in stolen from another retailer's key pool. Presumably they would have needed to hack into that retailer to get the keys.
So you're saying that there was a major breach of rebellions auth pool? And Rebellion isn't reporting it to the public, or that various retailers had a breach of their auth servers as well and they're not reporting it? Sorry doesn't fly. Because if it was true, you'd see other keys being revoked as well.
 
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News Comments > Stolen Sniper Elite 3 Keys Banned
17. No subject Jun 28, 2014, 19:49 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Still wondering how you end up with "hacked" keys. A key works, or it doesn't. A key is region locked, or it's not. Simple as that, unless of course they're saying that someone figured out how to generate keys. Or someone from their own company stole a batch of keys and sold them.

ViRGE wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 19:45:
But isn't the case #2? The keys were stolen, it was reported, and the keys were revoked.

Keep in mind that the time it takes to do the above is not instantaneous. So if the keys were stolen and immediately usable, then some (if not many) would be activated before the issue was discovered, reported, and the revocation went through.
That that I can see, since 99% of the time keys are one-time-use unless they're for cybercafe's. In which case they can be used for x number of machines. Still trying to figure out how the keys were "stolen" and all that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. No subject Jun 26, 2014, 16:10 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Link to code depository please
mantelaccess@amd.com it is still a development API after all. Never mind that nvidia's gameworks is straight up based off of DX, so they didn't have to do any of the work.

The last thing I heard was there were fewer companies using gameworks than mantle.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
7. No subject Jun 25, 2014, 16:03 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 13:29:
Oh lord. And the US wonders why it has an obesity epidemic.
You mean it has nothing to do with people sitting on their ass all day? There's your difference, between then and now.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2014, 03:23 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Overon wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 23:50:
I didn't even know about this green, pink, purple color "game" they are doing until yesterday. It's lame. Why reward them for lameness? It's like they are a casino and you are that old lady with the oxygen tank pumping money into their slot machine.
For some people it's fun, for others it's just another money making system. So far I've cleared just shy of $150CAD off cards and related items. But don't forget that "game tracking" is pretty much useless in terms of played metrics. At least in my case, many of the games I've played and completed were done before that was in place.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 23:38 Mashiki Amiketo
 
As a member of the pink team, and the first team to reach 1m points. I'm happy to point out that we exploited it first.  
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