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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 25, 2012, 20:22 Kitkoan
 
Prez wrote on May 25, 2012, 19:48:
The fact that Zynga and GREE are going to be there is reflective of a show that is very much relevant.

Relevant to somebody maybe, but not to me.

Its more relevant to you then you might think.

These are both mobile gaming companies talking/hoping to sway at a video game show. The big thing you need to keep in mind is that the big companies have been demanding a few things of the next generation of consoles.

a) DRM built in, that can be kept up with upgrades
b) Account, downloadable only options. So no more used-game sales
c) A wider audience

In short, they want the iOS console. It has built in DRM that is upgraded often to get rid of the newest DRM-cracks. And with Apple still trying to make sure that jailbreaking will become illegal again, the other big players will no doubt help with that push.

App store doesn't allow to sell used games. You pay their price, thats it. And its been shown before that you pretty much need to work close to Apple to be on the front page/feature of the App Store or you really don't sell any games, again something the big players won't have a challenge making sure its their games only shown helping them keep high prices on their games and "hide" competition. Like the XBox360 market, sure their is the cheaper indie market, but $60 games still sell more, a lot more.

And a wider audience. iOS has access to the casual players, much more then video game consoles. So you could sell both hardcore and casual games to the same group of users, and most people don't feel as akward/geeky pulling out a smartphone to play a game in public as they do with something like the PSP.

Welcome to tomorrows console. The next step. As consoles have grown to do more then play games (PSX could play video cds and audio cds, PS2 DVDs, XBox mp3s, XBox360/PS3 surf the web and stream video), it was only time tell they would go for a wider range console that still offered them what they wanted. DRM to let them control and abuse their customers, the illusion of choice, and an every growing audience that will forget there was ever a time they were able to do what they wanted with their devices.
 
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News Comments > Metro: Last Light Live-Action Movie
10. Re: Metro: Last Light Live-Action Movie May 25, 2012, 19:54 Kitkoan
 
Marvin T. Martian wrote on May 25, 2012, 16:36:
USA Trailer???
Maybe english subtitles or language would have been nice.

Actual SP in game SP video or link to one would have been nice too.

But if it just another port---no need to purchase.

Subtitles might have been ok, but not language. Metro 2033 was a Russian book and so was based in Russia. It fact, it was one of the things I loved about the game, the Russian accents (even if some where less then stellar).

As for SP, the "20 years later" is in game footage. Not first-person but should help you understand its look
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2012, 17:50 Kitkoan
 
I just noticed something I feel is kinda funny/kinda odd.

Blue, because of your lower post count, you are considered a lower rank (Veteran) then The Half Elf (Guru), even though this is your site. Surprised you don't have some special rank or something? (aside from your name being highlighted blue)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2012, 17:47 Kitkoan
 
Jim wrote on May 24, 2012, 17:31:
Now firing: 38 Studios lays off entire staff

What a fucking boondoggle.

You think thats bad? You should have seen the payouts that were given to the big banks that caused a horrible depression a few years ago, and they used that money to give themselves huge bonuses and keep doing the same mistakes that caused the problems in the first place.

Oh, and the smaller banks that didn't engage in those risky business practices? They died off or were bought up by the big banks that got bailed out.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse May 24, 2012, 17:34 Kitkoan
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 24, 2012, 09:06:
far scarier what this means for security, seeing that flash and anything from Adobe is like the Nr.2 point of attack for nearly every worm trojan and virus

And now that Windows 8 require stupid live ID login a single virus infection will not only get that login and all that it entails, but also compromise everything else that hangs on to that ID including possibly MSDN and email.

Is one of the reasons i will never get Windows 8 - at least not until there is a way to use it without ANY live ID

Last I tried, Live ID wasn't a needed part its only an optional part (its for syncing your setting to the cloud for the OS). If that changed then it might get interesting. I have little interest in Windows 8, Win7 works just fine for me (I use it for gaming, thats it) and I wonder if it would get Microsoft into trouble if they needed a Live ID to use it since you now need to give MS your phone number to make a Live ID (its not optional). Seems like a bit more of your privacy being eroded away...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2012, 17:25 Kitkoan
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 24, 2012, 16:48:
I think I got ya beat Blue...

Today is the 25th anniversary of my fathers death, and my mom calls me at 12:30am having a heart attack.
Seems either she had a heart attack, or when she had a angiogram 2 days ago they tore something on the way out. So they can't do a CT scan cause that much dye in 72 hours would fry her kidneys.

I fucking hate May 24th.

Hope everything ends up ok in the end for your mother.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2012, 19:43 Kitkoan
 
Cutter wrote on May 23, 2012, 15:25:
So Eugene Polly is the man responsible for contributing to the obesity epedemic and turning people into couch potatoes. Thanks a lot, Gene!

So, obesity is a problem with your genes after all... your born with it
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
102. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 19:27 Kitkoan
 
SimplyMonk wrote on May 23, 2012, 19:24:
NegaDeath wrote on May 23, 2012, 19:03:
With the skyrocketing costs of game development I doubt many studios are asking for a huge hardware increase either.

Why not? If you are bad at coding and don't want to spend time performance tweaking your shit, you can always just throw hardware at it. Takes five minutes to load each level? Give it another 16 gigs of RAM, another 8 CPUs (although making use of those is most likely more challenging) and 2 more GPUs. Load times non-existent!

Load times are more based on your media transfer rates. If you have 2 gigs of texture and bloated code to load up into the system then it doesn't matter how much RAM, CPU and GPU you have. Multiply your answer by 100 and its still limited by the weakest link in the chain. Its why SSD is gaining popularity with some businesses since it can load so much more faster (HDD still are prefered for long term storage).
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
29. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 23, 2012, 01:21 Kitkoan
 
Sepharo, I think I found your real name in 30 seconds. Looks about right, not sure if you want it posted here. I can sent it to you on Steam (I sent you a friend request, same name as here). Its a start  
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
28. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 23, 2012, 01:18 Kitkoan
 
Teddy wrote on May 23, 2012, 00:40:
Kitkoan wrote on May 22, 2012, 21:29:
In short, its your fault if our security is broken, thanks for the money.

Not to mention, they totally dodged the issue. So, what happened with this? A lot of accounts got hacked, why? Your security at fault or the users security at fault? What steps are being taken to prevent further problems? Are their steps being taken? Is it being looked into? Or are you just going to point at the Authenticator and hope the problem goes away?

Here's someone that's never had to deal with account security before.

General tip for you, it's almost ALWAYS the user's fault when it comes to security breaches, whether it's games or network security within companies. Users choose poorly constructed passwords, re-use passwords over and over, release their information constantly to phishing scams and other unseemly sources, get viruses on their home machines that consistently need to be weeded out as they transfer files in.

You can protect against direct breaches of your own system. You can't protect against stupid users that don't maintain their own security. That goes for Blizzard just the same as it goes for any other company out there.

Short of Blizzard taking control of your computer and filtering or blocking out any questionable websites for you, what exactly would you like them to do?

Its not almost ALWAYS the users fault. Many times its an inside job, more so when money is involved. And while many users don't always use the best security skills, its seems like there might be more to this to see a sudden jump in these hijacked accounts.

As for what can Blizzard do? Well I mentioned that in another post. Their systems can make note of IP locations when the user logs in. If someone who last logged in 2 hours ago in the state of New York is now suddenly logging in from Washington, flags should go up. The Warden program should also send warnings off that it is sending information to Blizzards systems from the same system but with different account information in a short span of time.

Are the IP connections coming from in the country or out?

Is a character giving 90%+ of its equipment and/or gold to another account and receiving little to nothing back in the trade? Does this person have a history with the character they are giving these items/gold to? People don't randomly give all their worn equipment/gold to a random stranger in these games, this is unusual behaviour and should at least be noted by the system and have the items/gold noted with a GM-only-seeable tag to keep dibs on it to see if something is up).

Is the character that is getting the items/receiving all this gear from strangers doing it to more then 10 accounts in a short time span? This should make a notice go to a GM to start looking at the account. Blizzard keeps a record log of all communications in game and if one account, not character but account, is getting 90%+ of random players equipment and/or gold without any chatting between them and have no past records of being in touch through the account (WoW, SC2, D3 in the past), this should be looked into.

A system can have many flags in place to look for unusual behaviour that should at least try to get a GM's attention to watch for this kinda of stuff.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
20. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 23, 2012, 00:00 Kitkoan
 
Frijoles wrote on May 22, 2012, 23:45:
Kitkoan wrote on May 22, 2012, 23:30:
And with so many accounts they most likely are coming from the same IP area which should set off warning bells when a few hundred accounts suddenly all stop logging in from their last known IP and suddenly are logging in from the same IP area, which the same computer specs that doesn't match their last known configuration (something the warden program is supposed to look at)

They do check, from above:

We also have other measures built into Battle.net to help protect players. Occasionally, when Battle.net detects unusual login activity that differs from your normal behavior -- such as logging in from an unfamiliar location -- we may prompt you for additional information (such as the answer to one of your security questions)

I get the authenticator popup if I try to use a different computer than normal to login (I get it on my main computer about once a month).



What kind of questions are those and thousands of them are being guessed too? Those are rarely touched after first done so a key logger doubtfully would get so many. If they are popping up for hacked accounts, how are they cracking account name, password and rarely touched but uniquely answered private questions? All without getting noticed to a IP/unique warden based ban?
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
16. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 22, 2012, 23:30 Kitkoan
 
Blackhawk wrote on May 22, 2012, 23:02:
Creston wrote on May 22, 2012, 22:40:
Yeah, hackers have just managed to brute force thousands of people's of passwords all in one week. There's nothing else going on, just pure sheer luck.

Who says that they did it in a week? These are battle.net accounts, not Diablo III accounts. Blizzard announced you can turn bits into cash a long time ago, while WoW gold has been becoming less and less valuable. Smart hackers have been building up a stock of compromised accounts for a while now, just waiting for Diablo III to go live.

What people are seeing now is, likely as not, months worth of hacked accounts being accessed for the first time all at once.


/edit - and seriously, people using "ABC123" as their password and downloading porn aps isn't a Blizzard security issue.

Still, with these people playing D3, they are most likely playing daily since its so new and there are suddenly many accounts being hacked by players in many different places, their system should notice that someone shouldn't being logging in from another state within an hour our two. And with so many accounts they most likely are coming from the same IP area which should set off warning bells when a few hundred accounts suddenly all stop logging in from their last known IP and suddenly are logging in from the same IP area, which the same computer specs that doesn't match their last known configuration (something the warden program is supposed to look at)
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
66. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 22:27 Kitkoan
 
Fantaz wrote on May 22, 2012, 22:23:
Game sales not doing well... yepp, time to fire everyone.

Easier and cheaper in the short run then to invest and fix the problems.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
4. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 22, 2012, 22:16 Kitkoan
 
JediPunisher wrote on May 22, 2012, 22:08:
So, the comprimised Battle.net accounts aren't Blizzard's fault, it's ours for not buying their optional Battle.net Authenticator USB Key. Rolleyes

If Battle.net goes down again tonight for another 8 hours, I'm shelving Diablo3... I'm itching to play Max Payne 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier anyway.


The app versions are free. Not sure about the SMS thing though. I'm not defending Blizzard here, but their knee jerk answer is free.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
63. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 21:59 Kitkoan
 
crypto wrote on May 22, 2012, 21:47:
sauron wrote on May 22, 2012, 19:11:
CJ_Parker wrote on May 22, 2012, 19:03:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 22, 2012, 18:47:
To say the least. Nothing like hoping for a bunch of people to be out of work just because you don't like a product. Maybe one day he'll get laid off and a bunch of people will laugh at him for it. It'd be fitting.

Maybe next year when you enter elementary school your reading comprehension will improve. Because I said nothing about "hoping for a bunch of people to be out of work", ya know? I'm hoping for this game to fail just like it deserves. The people can fuck off and go work on some other EA/BioWare piece of shit game... I don't give a fuck. I ain't hoping for anything in that regard.


Also, reported this post for lack of intelligence.

I'm quoting your quoted quote to make a point about the point of your reporting... was pointless.

How dare you bring facts and logic into this...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
23. Re: Morning Metaverse May 22, 2012, 21:44 Kitkoan
 
Prez wrote on May 22, 2012, 20:39:
Understanding that everyone is right in saying that the FB property is hugely overvalued, I still wouldn't have been surprised to see the stock take off. Investors aren't generally known for their impeccable judgement.

No, but judging from the bailouts, they are well rewarded for massive failures.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
59. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 21:42 Kitkoan
 
Sepharo wrote on May 22, 2012, 21:37:
Please nobody ever report something aimed at me. I prefer to leave that stuff up. Go on tell me how fat my face is! It will make you look ultra smart!

Haw haw, your face is fat... Mad
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
2. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 22, 2012, 21:29 Kitkoan
 
In short, its your fault if our security is broken, thanks for the money.

Not to mention, they totally dodged the issue. So, what happened with this? A lot of accounts got hacked, why? Your security at fault or the users security at fault? What steps are being taken to prevent further problems? Are their steps being taken? Is it being looked into? Or are you just going to point at the Authenticator and hope the problem goes away?
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
53. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 21:09 Kitkoan
 
Prez wrote on May 22, 2012, 20:04:
I must just be an asshole because I don't really see anything wrong with CJ's original post that has got everyone's panties in a twist. Sure, he seems to be taking an inordinate amount of pleasure in someone's failure, but considering how much cash was thrown at it, how bad it turned out, and that it replaced the game most people seem to have actually wanted (KotoR 3), even that is somewhat understandable. I'm not going to start the "CJ Parker: Troll Extraordinaire Fan Club" or anything, but I am kind of in agreement with him.

You're an asshole Prez, but thats part of your... charm?

On a more serious note, I'm with you about CJ's comment. Sure it wasn't the most elegantly phrased, but is right. The company made a crappy product and its failing for being crap. This is a good thing. Too many companies and their crappy products keep getting praised and declared as "innovative" or whatever the newest buzz word is, and the blind masses buy the crap because they are praised in the media.

This keeps leading to more and more crappy products. We all complain about CoD being a crappy game that keeps coming out with carbon copy sequels but you know what? They keep selling even though they are crap. This really shouldn't be happening and its a good sign that one of these things is failing for following this crap-more-crap business model. Just because a company pisses out a ton of money at the product doesn't mean it should succeed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
17. Re: Morning Metaverse May 22, 2012, 19:01 Kitkoan
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 22, 2012, 18:51:
Beamer wrote on May 22, 2012, 15:36:
Important to remember: Facebook did NOT want to go public. They absolutely hate the idea. They're forced to by financial regulations - they've simply grown too vast to not be a public company.


So you can't really blame Facebook for this "perversion." Facebook was forced into this by government regulations. They had no interest in raising capital as they have more than enough cash on hand, anyway.

What government regulations force a company to go public when they reach a certain size? Not saying they don't exist, I've just never heard of them.

I'm curious about this too. I've never heard of something like that before. If a company reaches "X" then they must go public?

Anyone know anything about this?
 
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