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Real Name Derek French   
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Nickname CrushBug
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Description Producer, Live Team
BioWare
Homepage http://www.bioware.com/
Signed On May 27, 2000, 19:09
Total Comments 214 (Novice)
User ID 5028
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses
20. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses Apr 30, 2009, 02:08  CrushBug 
 
I'll sadly avoid it I think, as a general matter of course, the world I build up between the source material (the game in this case) and my imagination for everything that is "off camera" as it were never is lived up to in the setting fiction.
I have completed the book and really enjoyed it. The timeframe of the novel is before the events of the game. I found that after reading it, it laid a nice foundation for my next new game. I actually recommend reading the book quite strongly.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses
12. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses Apr 29, 2009, 22:24  CrushBug 
 
I can't buy either here on Steam (EA games aren't available in the UK)
Yes, this is an unfortunate business issue between Valve and EA that I hope can be worked out in the future.
their retail games are bogged down with draconian DRM
We haven't announced what we are doing with regards to this for Dragon Age yet, but we should have something publicly to say in the next month or two.

Thanks for expanding on your comment for more clarity. I can pass that on to the Powers That Be.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses
10. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses Apr 29, 2009, 22:02  CrushBug 
 
Sorry Mr. French but these items SUCK!

Mr. French is my dad; no need for that level of formality

There is always a precarious balance between retailer's requirements for unique items and the feelings of the rest of the customers who may not have access to them. One the one hand, you want something interesting, on the other you don't want it to be too interesting. Its a tough line to walk.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses
8. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Preorder Bonuses Apr 29, 2009, 21:21  CrushBug 
 
Anyways does anyone if theres gonna be a demo?

No demo planned at this time. That could always change.

EA?

They are the publisher of Dragon Age: Origins as well as Mass Effect for the PC. It is important the remember that the game has been in development for quite some time.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Q&A
5. Re: BioWare Q&A Apr 19, 2009, 15:59  CrushBug 
 
oh look, EA just opened a new Bioware studio in Montreal! It's called EA-Montreal! It's so awesome... I'm pretty sure that's been the first step in EA's roadmap of every other studio it's killed. First open a new studio. Call it EA - wherever. Shift the top talent from old studio to new studio. Kill old studio.

Well, there are several problems with your statement there. EA Montreal already exists and has been there for a while. BioWare opened a new studio in Montreal called BioWare Montreal. This was a BioWare decision and they are our employees working for us. I think this is where the rest of your statement falls apart as none of what has happened came from any EA items, other than yes, they own BioWare, but Ray and Greg still run the studio.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Tools Beta
8. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Tools Beta Apr 8, 2009, 22:25  CrushBug 
 
http://dragonage.bioware.com/gamefaq.html

http://dragonage.bioware.com/gamefaq.html#7.04

Dragon Age: Origins delivers a focused, single-player RPG experience. Since this is the first game set in the world of Dragon Age, the team wanted to concentrate on a single player experience that would allow the players to learn the incredible history, story, and lore in the game.

tl;dr version: single-player, no multi
 
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News Comments > Game Warning Labels
2. Re: Game Warning Labels Jan 12, 2009, 20:37  CrushBug 
 
All aboard the Failboat!  
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News Comments > EA Games on Steam
55. Re: EA Games on Steam Dec 20, 2008, 21:10  CrushBug 
 
Why NA only? If these games were available in Europe too I would be downloading Mass Effect and Dead Space right now, these are both games that I wanted to buy but didn't due to the DRM in the retail versions.
I don't have the official word, but I have heard that its some sort of temporary issue that should be resolved next week.
 
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News Comments > EA Games on Steam
15. Re: EA Games on Steam Dec 19, 2008, 17:44  CrushBug 
 
Can anyone confirm that the steam version of this game have no DRM, particularly Securom? Because I don't want that shit on my computer. Thanks.
As I stated earlier, Mass Effect on Steam uses only Steam and no other systems.

Are you an the live team getting moved over to The Old Republic? If so congrats, and send me a alpha/beta invite
Hahahahha. No, but we are fully embedded in Dragon Age. TOR is down in Austin and we remain up in Edmonton.
 
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News Comments > EA Games on Steam
6. Re: EA Games on Steam Dec 19, 2008, 17:25  CrushBug 
 
Heya nin.

I am checking into the Mass Effect "periodic" message on the Steam page. It is incorrect and I am getting it fixed ASAP.

Mass Effect on Steam only uses Steam, if you catch my drift.
 
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News Comments > ABIT Closing
1. Re: ABIT Closing Dec 18, 2008, 22:41  CrushBug 
 
Abit? Really?

Man, the BH6 mobo for the Celeron 300A was awesome...

And I think the text was supposed to be "once-mighty"
 
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News Comments > EMA on Benefit Denial Technology
7. Re: EMA on Benefit Denial Technology Dec 1, 2008, 18:19  CrushBug 
 
Well, since [VG]Reagle stole my joke...

I think that developers and publishers, already burdened with DRM challenges, will not be that interested in getting involved with yet another possible problem area.

This sounds like a retail packaged goods problem, so the retailers should do what they think is right to handle this, but anything that should stay in the physical realm and none of thier plans should touch the disk content.

But that's just me.
 
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News Comments > EA: Forum Ban Equals Game Bans - Updated
128. Re: EA Forum/Game Bans Oct 30, 2008, 22:06  CrushBug 
 
EA Not Banning All Game Access for Forum Hijinks

Posting in EA Forums is enabled by an EA Nucleus account -- but access to the forums and access to the games are separate. Players who have been banned from EA Forums are not automatically banned from online access to their other EA games. Players can be banned if they breach the Terms of Service or Code of Conduct in a forum, game or service. Each forum, game and service is managed independently by customer support representatives responsible for that specific forum, game or service.
 
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News Comments > Safety Dance
2. Re: No subject Oct 13, 2008, 22:13  CrushBug 
 
Yeah, that was what I was thinking. In high school, we were told that Walkmans would all make us deaf. I am sure I have lost some hearing over the years, but I can definitely point the finger at the concerts and car stereos that I willingly listened to.  
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News Comments > Pirates of the Burning Sea Trial
6. 20 hours to go... Sep 30, 2008, 19:17  CrushBug 
 
I just installed it, but after the updater updated itself, I have 20 more hours of patch files to download.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Patch
4. right-click crash hotfix Aug 1, 2008, 12:04  CrushBug 
 
http://masseffect.bioware.com/forums/viewtopic.html?topic=643458&forum=127

We just put the fix into both the patch and the BDtS installers and updated them. It wasn't a new game fix.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Patch & DLC
6. Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 12:28  CrushBug 
 
Is the BDtS DLC going to remain free permenantly, or is it going to be a 'free for now' offer the be replaced by a nominal charge once the next content pack arrives?
Free forever.
 
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News Comments > Neverwinter Nights Patch
7. Re: Patch Jul 10, 2008, 20:21  CrushBug 
 
Actually, its a "content dump, last annoying bug fix, and security update". We were all busy with other projects and we wanted to get it out before we started our MEPC dev push. But it had to wait until we were all done with Mass Effect PC. Now its done, and 1.69 is out.

There is a lot of content in there!

http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patchdetails169.html

http://nwn.bioware.com/players/169/
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect DRM Issues?
33. Incorrect Message Jun 19, 2008, 20:01  CrushBug 
 
http://masseffect.bioware.com/forums/viewtopic.html?topic=636305&forum=125  
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News Comments > Jack Thompson Disbarment Recommended
32. Enhanced Disbarment? Jun 5, 2008, 01:30  CrushBug 
 
Anyone else read that as Enhanced Dismemberment?  
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