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Signed On Feb 3, 2010, 00:00
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News Comments > Gone Gold - The Witcher 3; Two Expansions Revealed
20. Re: Gone Gold - The Witcher 3; Two Expansions Revealed Apr 8, 2015, 03:37 NetHead
I don't see the problem with them announcing that there will be expansions, it's not day one DLC, they are not yet even complete and there's nothing to indicate that it's been torn out of the game just to sell it separately. Everything suggests otherwise including CD Projekt's treatment of customers.

Also I don't see how this would or should effect anyone who was considering buying or playing the game on release provided they had a few braincells to rub together.

If The Wither 3 even remotely follows in the steps of prequels or what information has been released on it, it will have replay value, real replay value in the sense that if you want to hope to see all major content replaying at least once is necessary, so when the expansions are released that would make a good time to do just that.

Putting any thought into the things to worry about, you should worry about bugs, and PC controls/GUI. Such open RPGs always have loads of bugs and since this is their first foray into this expect there to be bugs doubly so. If anything it would be impressive if not shocking if there aren't loads of major bugs and tonnes of smaller ones all over.

ForgedReality wrote on Apr 7, 2015, 18:40:
bleat bleat bleat bleat,,
How would we already have two expansions, complete with play times, if they weren't planned and cut from the full title?,,,, bleat bleat

This is the benchmark for stupid today. It's called planning, if you paid attention to the things you said you may even have realised you mentioned it. You set goals then move on to meet them, shocking I know, that anyone would go about developing or making anything by setting goals first.

I am all for blasting companies that screw over customers, ripping content out only to sell it over the top is a prime example of such mistreatment though there is nothing to even hint that it's happening here. If someone wants to blast a company at least have a conspiracy theory if there's no supporting evidence for your complaint, that way it can at least be amusing. Especially if it's a company that's yet to screw over its customers nevermind move to make a DRM free release platform that actually has customer support, refunds, and get this, listens and changes based on customer feedback.

I get some people's mouths are faster than their brains and requiring them to make sense would limit them to posting only a single full sentence at a time, to much to ask I know though most of them fall into the Twitter Trap thank god. So could we at least leave the pitchforks alone until the companies which have yet to molest your anus actually do so.

Here's a site that will give away magic life achievement points for copy pasting out of context trending opinions as your own
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 3, 2015, 15:11 NetHead
There is no way that every business and facility can appease every disability.

Imagine if people went around suing because every text doesn't come with braille. Can people start suing governments because street signs are too high up and don't have braille?

Where does it end? That should be part of the modern discussion.

Sorry but that statement, if in regard to this, is total bullshit and a massive straw-man if there ever was one, begging for the author of it to be berated and insulted by having it rubbed in their face the day they might grow a second braincell.

Expecting a service which is probably where all media delivery services are heading in the future to simply support subtitles for the hearing impaired makes perfect sense. Even trying to remotely compare it to the hyperbolic nonsense in that quote is jaw dropping.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
11. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Mar 27, 2015, 13:50 NetHead
Reading a headline about "Ban on cleavage....etc" I just got this feeling that things are regressing, like when people joke that there was a time you got to see some ankle.

I don't care for "booth babes" I think it's childish and stupid, I normally avoid tech magazines that have models prominently on the cover, though I also don't run around telling anyone to stop doing it.

These "booth babes" may even like the attention or showing off and are making money by choice, and it's not the kind of choose where they're sucking sticks for tricks.

All this social justice crap seems to ultimately have a poor outcome for everyone actually involved, the "booth people" are out of a job/gig and possibly something they enjoyed, what are the alternatives for that skill level, what do those alternatives pay.

This social justice warrior crap reminds me of armchair coaching, there are real issues devastating lives which they could dedicate time to, I guess when it comes to things like the kids if Africa clicking a "Like" button is good enough.

In a way it seems backwards, like trying to stop prostitution, the best thing that can be done for prostitutes is to completely legalise prostitution. An extreme comparison but who is benefiting and who is being hurt by stopping "booth babes", and I don't mean something as asinine as genders but rather the individuals who are actually involved.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 27, 2015, 13:23 NetHead
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 10:34:
That's a bit of a surprise, about Chrome. I didn't think it was that bad. Even Internet Explorer beat it.

Something to keep in mind with anything like this is how much time is being put into finding vulnerabilities.

Just like with Windows, it's targeted more due to having more users. Not trying to defend Chrome (dislike it and its parent, the combination even more so) but the more something is in the spotlight the more vulnerabilities will be found.
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News Comments > Carmageddon: Reincarnation Next Month
7. Re: Carmageddon: Reincarnation Next Month Mar 19, 2015, 00:13 NetHead
nin wrote on Mar 18, 2015, 19:33:
So I tried this again last week, and still felt like performance was horrible...

Well that is sad, it's the first thing I was wondering about having played a version I got my hands on a few months ago that also ran like crap without the visuals to justify the performance.

Maybe funding is an issue an they need more to continue, or maybe they are just taking a chance and releasing and moving on, either way it doesn't sound like the release I was hoping for.

Had really high hopes as Carmaggeddon 1 was one of those few games I'd put in the pile of best games ever.

With all the engine tech seemingly so cheap these days it would suck to have something so anticipated end up being a performance blunder.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 15, 2015, 17:19 NetHead
Dacron wrote on Mar 15, 2015, 14:25:
With sales like that I bet EA tries it's hand at a city builder!

Naaa, they'll probably just buy out a studio who's already doing it then with each iteration turn it into crap by letting marketing and check-boxes dictate game design.

Though eventually they'll likely also do away with the studio's name as it dissolves into the EA glob, presuming it manages to avoid the trash can full of old crap marketing thinks no one wants anymore.

This comment was edited on Mar 15, 2015, 17:25.
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News Comments > Descent: Underground Single-Player Details
11. Re: Descent: Underground Single-Player Details Mar 15, 2015, 17:16 NetHead
ViRGE wrote on Mar 15, 2015, 16:43:
Cutter wrote on Mar 15, 2015, 15:35:
These guys are totes dreaming they can pull off another SC.

Agreed. The vast majority of SC's post-kickstarter funding has come from MP ships. People will pay more for MP, so what they're doing makes a ton of sense for funding. But it's not necessarily what's best for the game, and it's a very slippery slope.

Many like doing only multiplayer, or at least focusing on it, as they see it as a cash cow for continued income with little work once it's up and running.

Quote wrote:
Underground's initial release will include a single-player mini-campaign that serves as a prologue to the full campaign

That sounds dodgy as hell as far as any single player goes, from that it could amount to single player being nothing more than the tutorial.

With wording like that I wouldn't give them a cent, not just because they aren't promising things I might want, but in general because they seem to be leaving things completely ambiguous and open for the own interpretation for later on. If they're doing it in regard to this, I'm happy to assume they're also doing it when it comes to other things.

It also seems like they're holding the main course, the meat and potatoes, basically what people want from it and they seem to know it, out of reach like some kind of stretch goal. Like the people who made Mechwarrior Online when they tried a KickStarter for some space ship game and one of the stretch goals was being able to fire your weapons, or something like that.
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News Comments > BAFTA Winners
17. Re: BAFTA Winners Mar 13, 2015, 15:08 NetHead
What a load of crap, where to start. Know what, it's not even worth it.  
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News Comments > Two Free Evolve Maps Coming
16. Re: Two Free Evolve Maps Coming Mar 13, 2015, 15:00 NetHead
Primalchrome wrote on Mar 13, 2015, 11:12:
Evolve is similar to Titanfall. It is a game with a fun, but very limited, gimmick.

I remember watching a video of this when it was still newish, all I could think was the entire thing seemed more like a community mod/gametype for UT rather than a game, a full game.

It's pretty sad and telling of things in a way that not only did they think this would be suitable as a full game but people are putting down cash for it. Two free maps, for what all seems like an old UT gametype mod, woohoo...


It's a variation of that gametype where one player becomes overpowered and the rest all gang up on them, whoever kills them takes their place becoming overpowered and hunted. Only difference is this old gametype still sounds like fun.
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Confirmed
5. Re: Titanfall 2 Confirmed Mar 12, 2015, 19:36 NetHead
DangerDog wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 19:15:
I wonder if they'll be using source 2 or if they'll be sticking with their custom version of source on this one.

Since apparently anything made with Source 2 will basically have to be sold or made available through Steam, may complicate things like wanting to release anything exclusive for a console, it may even prevent timed exclusives.

I think any of this platform exclusivity is stupid though can see some avoiding that if they want to do any of that exclusive stuff.
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News Comments > MS: No PC Xbox Gold Fees
8. Re: MS: No PC Xbox Gold Fees Mar 6, 2015, 10:16 NetHead
InBlack wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 09:35:
Oh please Microsoft. Just. Dont. Stay away from PC gaming, you did more than enough already.

Wish developers would stay away from their crap too. Tying anything from your game to a Microsoft OS feature is asking for it to stop working when they abandon, change or break it.

They already have DirectX to help keep games on Windows, which they love using to force OS upgrades, for heavens sake don't give them any more ammo by integrating with more crap from them.

If Microsoft thought they had even a snowball's hope in hell of charging for this stuff they would and they'll have that chance if it gets enough traction.
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena Announced
12. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena Announced Feb 26, 2015, 17:23 NetHead
Overon wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 07:01:
Does Game Workshop have some kind of shovelware quota? Can't they get some bidds from more established developers?...

It's gotten to the point I can't help wondering, at least a little, if Games Workshop either has a sordid reputation and developers won't go near them or Games Workshop has insane contracts that developers won't touch. Guess there are alternatives though none are any more flattering.

For me each time I've read something about Warhammer it's just a letdown, even scrolled right past this at first then though maybe it's something worthwhile, so much for that idea.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 20, 2015, 11:15 NetHead
I seem to vaguely remember a time when Ars had such in depth technical articles you actually had to pay attention just to read them, following them even more so. Now opening the page it's "Dash cam police" this, "Facebook" that, "Revenge Porn" here, politics there etc.

I get that they were sold and now follow the numbers, it's just that, well it's not Ars anymore, as I used to see it anyway. You cant go there with the expectation of learning something, it's just news now, so may as well ignore it until some aggregator has a headline that catches you lures you into opening the site.

Maybe the interesting and useful articles are still there but I just don't see them buried in all the crap, there's no way I'm wading through all that "internet news" minutia in the hopes of something worth reading.

edit,,, Having a look now the most informative thing seems to be along the lines of "How to install Windows", wow, pushing the limits there Ars.

Admittedly I also saw something about a new Aliens movie which peeked my interest, while interested I couldn't help thinking, WhyTF an I seeing this on Ars.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Steam Summer Sale Begins Feb 20, 2015, 10:36 NetHead
Tulwinn wrote on Feb 19, 2015, 09:09:
Good to see Sony did the honourable thing and donated the money to charity anyway.

Honourable? They had no obligation, it was downright charitable of them.
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News Comments > DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed
83. Re: DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed Feb 20, 2015, 09:37 NetHead
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 18, 2015, 19:29:
Quboid wrote on Feb 18, 2015, 19:18:
Let me guess, it's a 900%* increase.

* In a very specific case which isn't remotely representative.

Most likely, but lets hope it is true as the 1440P Oculus is going to need some nuts to run it.

I'm not sure Quboid's guessing is really required. Just like Mantle allows over 10 times more draw calls, it doesn't mean games or hardware are suddenly going to be even 2 times as fast in general. Actually looking at 10 times and 900% I wouldn't be surprised if this Brad is just talking about draw calls and being a click-baiting tuckfard for attention.

This is probably all the Mantle stuff all over again, been there done that etc, also we won't be specific about the claims since people will just reply "already been done".

Anyone who hopes, nevermind believes, that going from one API to the next version is going to improve overall performance by any factor is, well I don't really want to say rude things right now.

The only graphics API news I'm remotely interested in is seeing why they're making a noise about the new OpenGL, or it's replacement or whatever (yes I'm trying hard not to use the word "Next", oh dammit)
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News Comments > Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence
16. Re: Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence Feb 13, 2015, 22:48 NetHead
Peter Molyneux definitely needs to be called out on his mouth writing cheques he can't cash, though that RPS interview was pretty disgusting. I didn't read it all, just the start then started to skim a bit here and there when I realised how big it was. It seemed rude, unprofessional and turned into an argument.

If anything it makes me want to hand it to Molyneux for sticking that out, I don't think I know anyone who would put up with an "interview" turning into a berating argument.
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News Comments > Galaxy Stress Test Tomorrow
7. Re: Galaxy Stress Test Tomorrow Feb 12, 2015, 09:56 NetHead
jimnms wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 01:06:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 00:42:
Galaxy is optional, you don't need to use it at all.

Not for some multi-player games. There is a lot of fit pitching going on about some newer games requiring the Galaxy client and to be logged in to play MP. Without the Galaxy client, being logged in and connected, you can't play MP at all, not even local. This isn't looking good, but hopefully GOG will do the right thing.

The question is did the multiplayer work in those games without GOG Galaxy. If their multiplayer worked fine without GOG Galaxy then I can understand people moaning about Galaxy becoming a requirement (I'm a long time supporter of GOG but I too would also cry foul then). However if multiplayer in a game did not work before Galaxy there isn't a midget stool to stand on.

Also about the "some newer games" as far as I know Galaxy currently only works with 3 games, the newer ones being "Double Dragon Trilogy" and "The Witcher Adventure Game". Without Galaxy Double Dragon either would not have multiplayer on the GOG version or more likely not have been released on GOG at all, The Witcher Adventure Game is a CDprojekt game (GOG's owner) so of course they'll use Galaxy, it's either that or Steam or make something of their own, ie Galaxy.

Suppa7 wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 07:03:
Julio wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 06:57:
Sorry GOG, I'm against galaxy and what it stands for. DRM free is all I need, leave the DRM to Steam. Hopefully Galaxy crashes and burns when five people show up to test it.

People don't care, we got MMO's, we got always online with diablo 3 and sc2...

People do care Suppa7, the fact that this topic is here, about GOG, is more than just proof.

Also Julio, currently I don't see how Galaxy equals DRM, multiplayer games require internet access and a system to manage them once on, though this goes back to my first reply. If the multiplayer worked fine without Galaxy then requiring Galaxy would not be the best way to go about it. If the game supports direct IP connections but is changed to require Galaxy that would be worth shouting about.

Also Galaxy in no way means multiplayer for all old games released by GOG will be revived or even possible, even being possible will have to be determined on a game by game basis. If a game is coded (in the source code) to connect to a certain IP for instance Galaxy will have little to no chance of getting it working. Sure one could start with a loopback but you would still need to know how to communicate with the game (basically simulate/emulate the original server and then translate every interaction into Galaxy and back), the amount of effort for any such game would not be worth it.

I'm not saying no older game will get it obviously but it won't be reviving every old games multiplayer.

Chances are Galaxy is more geared towards future games, for example there are loads of games released on Steam which some multiplayer element, be it mostly online or just co-op. These games, especially if from smaller/indie devs just use Steamworks servers for multiplayer which means if those games were released on GOG you would end up with GOG games that require Steam for multiplayer (ie they won't get released on GOG). Though if GOG has servers and features for multiplayer then those games can be released on GOG without either requiring Steam or the small/indi dev having to set up multiplayer infrastructure (which they usually won't, its time consuming and requires constant maintenance).

This means GOG becomes a viable platform for a bunch more games.

Galaxy doesn't mean DRM, just like multiplayer does not = DRM. It can potentially, just like the crap pulled in Diablo 3, SimCity etc, but try to remember this is GOG, so far they have done an excellent job, good enough to not be burnt at the stake for what "might" happen or what could "possibly" happen. The vast majority of GOG's customers would loudly cry foul if GOG allowed games to use Galaxy as a form of DRM for singleplayer and outright have a fit if GOG did that themselves, GOG knows this.

So far their track record clearly shows not only does GOG not want this but also wouldn't allow this. Until it actually happens, if ever, and GOG refuses to back down from the inevitable storm it would cause, I will sensibly give them the benefit of doubt due to that track record.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance Feb 11, 2015, 11:38 NetHead
Verno wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 09:17:
I'm not defending this practice but its pretty trivial to block at the router level...

You mean those router things with loads of back doors...
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News Comments > Vietnam '65 Next Month
5. Re: Vietnam '65 Next Month Feb 11, 2015, 10:59 NetHead
..aims to capture the essence of the Vietnam War. At the head of the US forces, the player will... to achieve victory.

lol Okay, also wonder if "calling in air support" lets you choose between Agent Orange and Napalm.

"Come in, I'd like to drop Agent Orange all over that area so they can have crazy deformed babies for 40 years and counting, over" America Fuck Yeah! Lets celebrate this shit.

This is kind of sick.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 9, 2015, 17:54 NetHead
Redmask wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 17:12:
Whatever, people will just pirate Windows if they have to let's be real.

"if they have to"


On that note, I remember something along the lines that Microsoft would rather have people pirate their OS than not use it.
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