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Signed On May 30, 2008, 06:26
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV in October?
9. Re: Assassin's Creed IV in October? Mar 1, 2013, 12:29 baltar
 
I tend to laugh when people whine about COD being released every year, and yet AC has been doing the same thing since 2008. The difference is that COD is just rehashed every year, and it ran out of steam awhile back. It's always the same linear levels and similar plots to the point where the endings are too similar. Thus it is easy for gamers to recognize the repetition. Assassins creed has the advantage over COD by being open world with some non linearity thrown in, thus having more stuff to do, and it is varied. You play any of the AC games they all look different thanks to the style and setting, so it becomes less obvious. While I am very tired of COD, I'm looking forward to AC4: black flag.  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV in October?
2. Re: Assassin's Creed IV in October? Mar 1, 2013, 09:56 baltar
 
Nah it's been a year for each AC title.

AC1 - 2008
AC2 - 2009
AC Brotherhood - 2010
AC Revelations - 2011
AC3 - 2012
AC4 - 2013

And yet they kept the size of each game relatively the same, and added new features each time..
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
16. Re: etc., etc. Sep 7, 2012, 13:11 baltar
 
"Paranoia reigns. Not just in the office politics sense and the "project is controlled 5,000 miles away" sense but there are security cameras everywhere (hallways, break rooms, etc.) and multiple security doors to pass through everywhere. To go from my desk to the bathroom and back, I had to go through four security doors, using my keycard to unlock each; to go the the break room and back, it was six security doors. Insane."

Wow, explains why Ubisoft is always shoving DRM up the consumer's ass every time..
 
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News Comments > Dark Shadows - Army of Evil Announced
9. Re: Dark Shadows - Army of Evil Aug 28, 2012, 07:29 baltar
 
Capstone called, they wanted their witchaven 3 prototype back.  
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News Comments > Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles
33. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:31 baltar
 
So if I Photoshop too many of my co-worker's faces onto gay porn will steam vac ban me from all my apps and games? trololol  
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News Comments > Prince of Persia Reboot Revealed?
3. Re: Prince of Persia Reboot Revealed? Aug 6, 2012, 11:32 baltar
 
I don't think its a Prince of Persia game. It is probably using the same engine as Prince of Persia though, which explains the text at the bottom, but why call it Prince of Persia when the game does not take place in Persia??

I guess when it comes down to Ubi, anything's possible.
 
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News Comments > EA Shakeup Rumor
1. Re: EA Shakeup Rumor Jul 11, 2012, 19:16 baltar
 
Karma.  
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News Comments > Splinter Cell Blacklist PC Confirmed
11. Re: Splinter Cell Blacklist PC Confirmed Jun 5, 2012, 08:01 baltar
 
Did they confirm Keyboard support???

I just couldn't resist..
 
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News Comments > Splinter Cell: Blacklist Announced
6. Re: Splinter Cell: Blacklist Announced Jun 4, 2012, 14:06 baltar
 
The copies sold in those jewel cases by encore software also did not have starforce.  
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News Comments > Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced
32. Re: Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced May 17, 2012, 16:22 baltar
 
SimplyMonk wrote on May 17, 2012, 15:51:
baltar wrote on May 17, 2012, 15:28:
How are you guys ordering the CE? Whenever I click on the links it just shows me regular edition on Bestbuy, Gamestop or Amazon.. I don't see a CE posted yet for Borderlands 2..

If you search amazon for Loot Chest, you can find that one, although details are sparse. Don't see the Vault Hunter's one though.

Thanks, I preordered it.
 
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News Comments > Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced
28. Re: Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced May 17, 2012, 15:28 baltar
 
How are you guys ordering the CE? Whenever I click on the links it just shows me regular edition on Bestbuy, Gamestop or Amazon.. I don't see a CE posted yet for Borderlands 2..  
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News Comments > Prey 2 Lives; Delayed
8. Re: Prey 2 Lives; Delayed Apr 19, 2012, 14:34 baltar
 
I played and beat Syndicate. Sure, the original is better, but this game had a bit of a charm to it. It was like when I first played Daikatana. Sure everyone said it was a bad game, but it had that sort of charm that only a shitty game can provide that kept me playing. It's similar to that charm where you see an accident on the side of the road and can't help but watch.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 17, 2012, 15:18 baltar
 
Wow, people worrying that Witcher 2 is a port from PC to consoles? Now i've seen it all..  
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News Comments > GTA5 in October?
17. Re: GTA5 in October? Apr 9, 2012, 13:34 baltar
 
KTR wrote on Apr 9, 2012, 12:04:
Optimistic for an October '12 release. I thought R* loves releasing games on May. My guess is May '13.

They're releasing Max Payne 3 at that time. Rockstar's smart enough not to release MP3 + GTA5 at the same time as it will cannibalize sales.
 
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News Comments > TERA Region Blocking
6. Re: TERA Region Blocking Jan 31, 2012, 13:47 baltar
 
Racist might not be the right word, but its close enough to the attitude they are holding, which is discriminatory.

I know if someone said that shit where I'm working at I'd have their ass fired. Call me cruel or whatever but what they are saying is the same thing as someone saying "Oh well that city is full of hard criminals and has a huge crime rate" simply because there's Africans living there.
 
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News Comments > TERA Region Blocking
3. Re: TERA Region Blocking Jan 31, 2012, 12:02 baltar
 
"While we appreciate that there are players in these regions who would enjoy playing on En Masse servers, it's unfortunate that the vast majority of internet traffic we see from these regions is from cyber-criminals relating to account theft, gold-farming and other hacking behavior."

Sounds like stereotypical discrimination to me. Hope they lose the lawsuit for being racist pricks.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM
44. Re: Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM Jan 26, 2012, 08:15 baltar
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 16:35:
baltar wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 16:11:
Yes there's a few of us collectors out there that's willing to do this.

Oh. Well, in that case the answer is even simpler. The system you are asking for would take a good deal of engineering and be extremely complicated requiring regional distributors to be constantly in contact with one another so that they could determine when a game drops in price in one region that the game is no longer active in another region.

It is easier to just lock media to a single region than trying to build an ever changing system that determines whether or not you are able to activate a game in your region based on the current price of the title in the "purchased region" and the current price of the title in the "activation region".

Example
You bought it in Russia last month for $70, but didn't activate till a month later, at which point the Russian price dropped to $20 so you are no longer to activate your $70 version.

A silly and complicated system built for an edge case. Not going to ever be done.

We make DRM like Starforce that roots your computer, takes it over and prevent piracy. We have games like TOR/WOW that you use an account you made to sign in, with a securid key, and connect to a server to play a character saved on that server, and all this while managing an automatic $15 fee on your cc? We even made up DRM that authenticates and yet fools idiots into thinking it's a great thing because we added in social features to it. Hell we got processors with millions, if not billions, of transistors that can do insanely complex math in our own homes, and your'e telling me they cant figure out how to properly charge people based on where they bought it vs where they're playing it? Seriously?

BTW to counter your last example where the Russian price dropped to $20, a month later they should've turned off the region controls since the chance to make money ended on that game the week it came out. That's what they did with LOTR war in the north - kept region protection on for the first week of purchase, then turned it off afterwards. It's really that simple.

Or they could just throw out the entire system all together, especially since in the 90's they were selling games outside the country and still making money without harassing the people that bought the game. They really aren't preventing anyone from buying an import copy, they are just screwing them over after those customers gave them money.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM
32. Re: Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM Jan 25, 2012, 16:11 baltar
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 15:42:
It doesn't matter. Without region locking, those products wouldn't be sold in those regions. It's not like the publishers would be willing to drop their worldwide MSRP by $50 just so they can sell a game in the Philippines for $10. Getting rid of region locking 100% screws poor regions and gains you squat. You wouldn't be able to buy the game in a cheaper region because the publisher wouldn't sell it there.

Then they need to manage the shity DRM better so they don't hurt customers that are willing to pay more than retail cost for the game!

1. There's no reason to put region locking on us/uk versions of the game at all as those regions are the most expensive. If someone from Russia wants to buy the UK version for $50 more than what's in Russia, then he should fuckin be able to.

2. If they want to dick the Asian/Russian market with that DRM, then make it so if someone actually does buy that version and gets screwed with it, then give them their money back or give them a option to be able to get the correct edition. At least paradox gave me that option which I am happy for, rather than pull the typical Bobby Cocktick "I got your money fuck you" response.

It's perfectly legitimate, and should be allowed, if someone in the USA visits Russia, walks into a shop and sees Stalker Clear Sky Russian CE (yes the one that has the lighter and the swag in it) and buys it for $80. They should be able to play it back in the USA.
It is also legitimate and should be allowed for someone to go to the UK, or go to game.co.uk, buy that awesome deus ex HR CE that's only available to the UK, and take it to the USA and be able to play it.
(I know deus ex CE doesn't have it, thanks to outcry from the deus ex community, but im just proving a point here.)


Don't hurt customers who are willing to pay you above the market price for your game idiots! Yes there's a few of us collectors out there that's willing to do this.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM
26. Re: Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM Jan 25, 2012, 14:44 baltar
 
Creston wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 14:13:
Orogogus wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 12:44:
And on the other hand you have horrific markups for the EU and Australia for I don't even know what reason.

Just greed, buddy. It's nothing more than that. Plain, unadulterated greed.

Creston

QFT
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM
25. Re: Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM Jan 25, 2012, 14:43 baltar
 
Wolfox wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 11:49:
baltar wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 11:02:
He's talking about how they never use DRM in the link and yet all their games have Steam DRM on it with region blocking. I call foul.

You should check your facts before crying foul.

All the games developed in-house (Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, Victoria, EU: Rome, Sengoku, etc) have been DRM-free since, well, ever. If they're sold on Steam, of course they'll use Steam - but if you buy it on retail or on Gamersgate, they have no DRM at all.

Most of the games published (but not developed) by Paradox were also released DRM-free. The AGEOD games have no DRM, Achtung Panzer had no DRM, and neither did Cities in Motion, Elven Legacy, Fort Zombie, Sword of the Stars, King Arthur, etc, etc, etc.

Now, some of their third-party (published) games do have DRM. Sword of the Stars 2, Magicka and Lead & Gold are Steam only (though the former seems to have no DRM, just using Steam as a distribution platform), the Mount & Blade series uses the developer DRM, Majesty 2 and East India Company used Impulse Goo. But that's pretty much it. I can't think of any other Paradox title that uses DRM in any form. Can you?

So, when you compare the list of DRM-free titles with that of DRM titles, what do you see? You see that Paradox doesn't use DRM, except when the developers require it. That's it.

So please, next time, check your facts.

Still calling foul.

First, The box has Paradox's logo on it, and I see it before I see the title when I launch the game. If this was being argued in a court of law, they would say "any reasonable person would assume Paradox had their hands in it." Regardless of the internal politics inside the company as to who's running what.

Secondly, If I was CEO of that company, I would say "DRM free or GTFO." none of this stupidity where they dev a game and some other publisher dictates a DRM on it especially when Paradox is easily capable of self publishing their own developed games.

Third, and this goes for everyone on the thread, these companies pull garbage such as run a bunch of their businesses overseas, hire developers in India, take advantage of tax laws outside of the USA. They are using globalization to their maximum effect, and yet they would put in artificial barriers to block customers that try to import their games so the rest of us can't do it? Does that sound right?

To be somewhat fair, I can understand them trying to block someone from the USA trying to buy the Russian version of said game for $10 instead of paying $50. What I don't understand is why block it for someone going to a more expensive country to buy the same game? Magicka sells for $10 ever since it was released in the USA. I bought it from the EU for $15 when I was there because I really REALLY hate DL games and the USA has it DL only.

 
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