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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
29. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 19, 2015, 19:52 The_Pink_Tiger
I got nothin' but a gut feeling about it, but it seems to me that EA is distancing itself from Origin as its primary sales platform recently. I half expect that we'll start seeing EA games back on Steam and GOG sooner rather than later.

I have to wonder how many sales they lost pulling their products from those markets cost them. Speaking from personal experience, new EA games basically dropped out of existence for me when they did that. It's not that I was purposefully avoiding their games*. I probably would have bought Battlefield or Dragon Age or Need For Speed. But whenever I went to Steam/GOG/HumbleBundle/etc., EA games weren't there and other publishers' games were. So I bought those other games.

I imagine die-hard fans of the various franchises didn't notice - they just fired up Origin and made the purchase there - but EA shot themselves in the foot trying to connect with everyone else. The PC gaming market is crowded enough with excellent titles that asking customers to make that extra step just to buy the product probably cost them more in sales than did sharing profits with other resellers.

But as I said, its all just a gut-feeling.

* although given that its EA, I probably should have been

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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
3. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jul 18, 2015, 19:22 The_Pink_Tiger
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 18, 2015, 13:23:
Stop trying to pretend this is some killer feature for Windows gamers. It's not. I really hope I will be able to remove any Xbox nonsense Win10 installs for me...

Well, if the preview builds are anything to go by... no, you won't be able to uninstall it (or at least, not without third-party hacks). The "XBox" app is one of the many built-in apps that does not offer an "uninstall" option. I guess it, like Internet Explorer, is just one of those vital parts of the operating system that just can't be removed.
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News Comments > What The Flock? Multiplayer Game Will End When Enough Players Die
4. Re: What The Flock? Multiplayer Game Will End When Enough Players Die Jul 16, 2015, 19:15 The_Pink_Tiger
And there goes whatever interest I might have had in the game.

It's not as if there is a dearth of multiplayer games on the market that people need to take a chance with this one. The developers metaphorically just cut their own throat.

Why would I want to buy a game that might stop working tomorrow? Its already a threat with other online games, but with Flock it is a dead certainty. Worse, it's not as if there is a known cut-off date; I could purchase the game and have it stop working the next day. People are already upset when EA or MMORPGs go offline, there's no need to make this sort of thing a FEATURE.

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 27, 2015, 20:17 The_Pink_Tiger
Even without paying Microsoft, you can still continue to get security updates for Windows XP.

See, the Windows XP-POS (Point of Sale) edition - used on many cash-registers and similar POS systems - still is receiving support from Microsoft, and will until Sprint 2016. WindowsXP-POS is almost feature-identical with the Home and Corporate editions of XP; XP-POS just has a few additional features specific to its needs. More importantly, patches for XP-POS work on regular XP as well.

By default, Windows XP won't see XP-POS specific patches when it checks Windows Update. But with a quick tweak to the Windows Registry, you can make your hoary old WindowsXP version poll Windows Update as if it were a WindowsXP-POS system and thus access any security updates that have been released since April 2014.

Specifically, you need to create a new DWord value named "Installed" in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady. The value for the DWord is 1. Then just run Windows Update and install any patches as usual. If you don't know what any of that means, then you probably shouldn't even make the attempt.

Obviously, Microsoft will not support this configuration if something gets messed up and there is always the risk that Microsoft adds some sort of incompatibility to the POS patches that might brick a Home/Corporate edition of XP. There may also be licensing issues (e.g., Home and Corporate XP users may not be authorized to download and install XP-POS patches). So use at your own risk.

But if you can't bear to let that old XP installation go just yet (and you really should), at least you don't have to worry about being completely vulnerable to every security vulnerablity in that old OS.
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News Comments > Gears of War Ultimate Edition for PC Announced
12. Re: Gears of War Ultimate Edition for PC Announced Jun 17, 2015, 19:41 The_Pink_Tiger
Note the comment about DirectX 12. DirectX12 is going to be available only on Windows 10. While they do not outright say so, it is likely that DirectX 12 will be a requirement to play this title. I think Microsoft is hoping to leverage the "popularity" of this franchise in hopes of making Windows 10 more palatable to gamers. They attempted this same tactic with Halo 2 and Windows Vista.

It might have worked if they had used a franchise that held more importance to PC gamers. Then again (despite all their claims about how they are committed to PC gaming) Microsoft really doesn't /have/ any first-party games that are particularly attractive to PC gamers anymore so I guess Halo 2 and Gears of War are the best they got.

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News Comments > Hololens Minecraft Announced
20. Re: Hololens Minecraft Announced Jun 15, 2015, 20:34 The_Pink_Tiger
I'm less interested in the silly Hololens stuff and more that MS is continuing to support Minecraft. Hopefully, they will get rid of dog-slow Java and finally add a proper API for add-ons.

Of course, knowing Microsoft they will /also/ make it so it only runs on the latest version of Windows, for no other reason than to use Minecraft's popularity to bolster the sales of their latest OS atrocity...
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 8, 2015, 20:01 The_Pink_Tiger
So logically I should be able to get 1Gbps Internet for $40 per month? ;-)

Wasn't one of the big excuses about why US Internet is so slow is because it's such a BIG country and there are vast areas where the population density is too low to support upgrading the infrastructure to modern levels. If that's the case, how can Vermont possibly get that sort of speed? Could it be the telecom companies have been <gasp> less than honest?
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning
2. Re: Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning Mar 30, 2015, 19:12 The_Pink_Tiger
A major bug in an Obsidian game? Whodathunkit?

Those guys arguably make games with interesting stories and gameplay but their quality control has always been terrible. It's a major reason I've avoided PoE; I'm going to wait a year or three for the community to fix all the bugs and for the price to drop so it reflects the quality of the product I'm actually getting.
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News Comments > Writer's Guild Videogame Writing Award Nominees
6. Re: Writer's Guild Videogame Writing Award Nominees Jan 12, 2015, 19:29 The_Pink_Tiger
I'm surprised "Alien:Isolation" was nominated for best-writing. For all that game was a visual treat and had awesome atmosphere, its writing was terrible. It limped from one climax to the next, had terrible characters and an awful cliffhanger ending. It was basically just an excuse plot to keep throwing Amanda Ripley from one dark corner of the space station to the next.

I can't say anything about the other games, having not played them. The new Assassin Creed games, if they are anything like the rest of the franchise, probably at least tried to present a reasonable (if not particularly coherent) plot and usually had memorable characters. And if the Last of Us DLC matched the main game, it probably had a strong characters. But Alien:Isolation? That game's writing was about equivalent to Doom's storyline.
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News Comments > Dying Light Trailer
4. Re: Dying Light Trailer Dec 7, 2014, 00:26 The_Pink_Tiger
The gameplay looks interesting, but based on this trailer I'm pretty sure I can do without the story and characters; those don't appeal to me at all. Hopefully the story won't interfere with the gameplay as much as it did in CoJ: Gunslinger.

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News Comments > Free Teleglitch: Die More Edition
4. Re: Free Teleglitch: Die More Edition Oct 28, 2014, 19:58 The_Pink_Tiger
Ah, so it is. I expected it on the store page (since that's where they put their last freebie) so I only gave the other pages a cursory glance. Much appreciation for the guidance.  
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News Comments > Free Teleglitch: Die More Edition
1. Re: Free Teleglitch: Die More Edition Oct 28, 2014, 19:31 The_Pink_Tiger
Either it's a regional offer (and I'm not in the region), or it was an extremely short offer, or somebody is trolling Blues but I'm not seeing Teleglitch as a freebie anywhere on HumbleBundle. It's still going for $12.99 on the HB storefront.  
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News Comments > Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn Announced
9. Re: Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn Announced Sep 24, 2014, 19:31 The_Pink_Tiger
I was a fan of the originals, somewhat to my surprise since it was a game released at the height of the "hunting FPS" craze and most of those titles weren't very good. But the first three Carnivore games surprised me with the sophisticated technology used to render the worlds. Long before Far Cry or Crysis, the Carnivore games boasted huge, open worlds; hostile and neutral AI that not only interacted with the player but also each other, moving vegetation and even flowing rivers.

The gameplay was less exciting (although I did like that there was a mode where the dinosaurs would ignore you entirely and you could enjoy a virtual nature walk; it was very relaxing). Bagging a T-Rex was a real challenge and even the less dinosaurs could put up quite a fight. Of course, I never quite did get the hang of the wind-meter (was it pointing in the direction the wind was coming FROM or blowing towards) which made sneaking up on the beasts more difficult than it should have been.

Unfortunately, with the fourth game the series completely jumped the shark, abandoning the hunting theme and open worlds entirely, and the mobile games were cheaply made remakes. This new remake also doesn't look too impressive, seeming little more than a graphical update to the originals and not taking into consideration 20 years of gameplay development (and honestly the graphics don't really wow me either). I can't see this title revitalizing the franchise.
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because "It Sells"
2. Re: GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because Jul 16, 2014, 19:32 The_Pink_Tiger
Codemasters has always sold cheat codes, from way back. I remember seeing phone numbers in its manuals for Colin McRae Rally games where you could buy cheat codes for money (they were customized to your installation by a special code so you couldn't give them to your friends). This is nothing new for them. They might say their games aren't designed to push you towards these codes, but selling cheats has been a source of income for them for years and I've always found their games very grindy. It's one of the reasons I stopped buying their games.

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News Comments > MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; "New Concepts" Coming
7. Re: MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; Jul 9, 2014, 20:06 The_Pink_Tiger
See? Microsoft does care about PC gaming! Look how they are releasing an eight-year old game back onto the market! That's dedication!

If we are really lucky, they may even re-release Ski-Free.

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News Comments > Summer Sale 24-hour Adrenaline Rush
6. Re: Summer Sale 24-hour Adrenaline Rush Jun 24, 2014, 21:03 The_Pink_Tiger
Definitely a more fun and rewarding game than Steam's "Summer Adventure" thing.

Actually, the GOG sale is generally better in general. Steam's sale this year is very unimpressive. I haven't bought a thing this year, but I've spent more than I should have at GOG.

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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 22, 2014, 19:45 The_Pink_Tiger
On the plus side: free is good.
On the negative side: it requires Windows 8.1
On the really negative side: Free A&E TV shows like Hoarders, Dog the Bounty Hunter and Storage Wars
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News Comments > MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"
19. Re: MS: Jun 22, 2014, 19:41 The_Pink_Tiger
Wonderful poster.

I've never understood Microsoft's disdain for PC gaming. Okay, they have their XBox line of game-consoles, and they want to push that. I totally get that part; Microsoft wants some exclusives for the XBox so that people will chose that platform. But there are a lot of games that just do not work well on consoles (sims, adventure and strategy games, for example) but are a perfect fit for the PC. Yet Microsoft seems to be actively working to sabotage gaming of all sorts on the PC, from killing the MS Flight Sim series, closing Ensemble, and locking games to particular versions of Windows for no reason except marketing. I mean, it's not as if Microsoft has to worry about limited resources; they could have easily supported both platforms.

Windows is still the heart of Microsoft's empire (despite all the money poured into it,it certainly isn't the XBox division, which continues to lose money), and PC gaming was one reason people stuck with Windows; their games didn't run well on the alternatives. Nowadays, Macintosh, Linux and mobile devices are increasing their marketshare, and the PC is only something you use when you have to do work. I don't think it is a coincidence that Microsoft's domination of the desktop began to slip when they made it clear that gaming on the PC was no longer a priority.

So maybe I'm biased but I just don't understand the strategy. They deliberately slaughtered their golden goose - Windows, with 99% control of the home PC market and low cost-of-entry - to chase after the game console market, where they at best would have 50% control and might make a profit after five years.

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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews May 29, 2014, 19:30 The_Pink_Tiger
There was a poll on Usenet (remember Usenet? It's still there) a few weeks ago about what the new average price-point for games was these days. Every single respondent said that it was down in the $10-30 range. $60 was just no longer a viable option for them.

Reasons for this varied. Some pointed to the fact - what with low, low sales on Steam, HumbleBundle, GOG and elsewhere, it was increasingly easy to find these nominally $60 games at much lower prices with just a little bit of searching. Others mentioned that the new breed of independently-published or mobile games offered as much entertainment value but at lower cost. Many decried how big-name AAA games no longer seemed to offer the same value-for-the-dollar, as the industry increasingly homogenized its product; even as the production values were getting better, games were becoming shorter, gameplay was less interesting and there was less apparent variety.

Other reasons included the economic downturn, an aging demographic that has ever less time for playing games, and an increased variety in competing forms of entertainment.

In short, given the competition of low-priced games, changing demographics and the perceived dip in quality of the offered product, gamers no longer see $60 as a reasonable price. It's not that they are disinterested in the offerings, but it is just too expensive when compared to other games that can be had for a tenth the cost.

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News Comments > Metro Redux Announced
5. Re: Metro Redux Announced May 22, 2014, 19:45 The_Pink_Tiger

I hope there'll be a discounted version for people who own Metro 2033 and Last Light like there was with the DX:HR revamp.

Or they could offer it as a free upgrade for users who own both, like CDProjectRed did with their "enhanced editions" for the Witcher games.

Using updated graphics and extra content to draw in new customers without soaking the existing fanbase; it just might work!
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