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News Comments > Watch Dogs Delayed to Spring 2014
20. Re: Watch Dogs Delayed to Spring 2014 Oct 15, 2013, 16:33 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, they wait until the last minute (few weeks out) to announce the delay so their existing marketing campaign doesn't go completely to waste... Just keep on raking in the pre-orders on false pretenses, knowing most people won't cancel.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
13. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 15, 2013, 13:45 jacobvandy
 
They're all modern games on the list because Conan really can't and won't spend a bunch of time trying to get into a game, plus if it looks like shit, that's all he'd talk about. Amnesia is the best candidate here, IMO. Slender would be #2, but it relies too much on cheap startling tactics to have any effect on someone not playing by themselves, at night, in the dark, etc.

I'm not at all impressed by the trailers for Outlast. I remember seeing the longer gameplay one like a year ago, and it was predictable and boring as fuck. Though I imagine playing the game itself must be a whole lot better to merit all the hype around it lately?
 
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News Comments > Console Emulation Through Steam
53. Re: Console Emulation Through Steam Oct 15, 2013, 13:37 jacobvandy
 
avianflu wrote on Oct 15, 2013, 09:23:
Some good points jacob, but from Steam's POV why bother with the potential legal hassle of an app that plays game ROMS -- that are still the legal property of game companies? There is nothing in it for Steam, but hassle.

i.e. SEGA sells emulations of their own games on Steam so they wouldnt be thrilled with Steam selling an indie gamer emulator.


Lol, it's time for you to RTFA, friend. It's not being sold on Steam, it's not even an app that you use to play ROMs. It's a batch of simple commands to streamline the process of adding these games to your own personal, local library.
 
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News Comments > WARFACE Goes Live Next Week
6. Re: WARFACE Goes Live Next Week Oct 15, 2013, 13:19 jacobvandy
 
FREEFACE  
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News Comments > AR/VR Headset Kickstarter
6. Re: AR/VR Headset Kickstarter Oct 15, 2013, 00:13 jacobvandy
 
Because it's a gimmick? At least as far as its application for gaming. The best use I can think of for this kind of thing at the moment is to visualize effects for a physical board or card game, like D&D. Crank up the nerd factor by about 37 points with everyone sitting around a grid-ruled posterboard with these contraptions on their face, lol.

If you took it as far as playing an actual interactive game, controlling a character or units, etc. on your desk or living room floor or whatever, you'd get bored as soon as the novelty wore off because our homes do not ordinarily make for good level design... You'd have to be projecting little backgrounds and layouts, too, and at that point, why not just play a real game with normal 3D glasses?

Whatever image is coming out of these miniature projectors will most certainly look like crap, to boot. I don't doubt it'll require certain surfaces and lighting conditions, etc. for the best experience. Sounds like a pain in the ass to me. Completely unappealing compared to something like the Oculus Rift or even Omni treadmill.
 
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News Comments > Console Emulation Through Steam
48. Re: Console Emulation Through Steam Oct 14, 2013, 14:08 jacobvandy
 
avianflu wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 13:43:
i seriously doubt the Steam execs will allow it for long.

Allow what? Adding non-Steam games or applications to your library as simple shortcuts? Because if you disallow this, you have to disallow it all. The reason they allowed that in the first place is to increase the amount of time people stay logged in to Steam and with the overlay running, thereby increasing their usage of Steam features. What possible reason could they have for going back on that? What is their liability? How would you even know that people are truly even playing what it says they are, since you can name shortcuts anything? (I've seen people troll their friends with "Now Playing Grand Theft Auto V" or whatever other yet-unreleased title they want.)

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News Comments > Console Emulation Through Steam
31. Re: Console Emulation Through Steam Oct 13, 2013, 21:26 jacobvandy
 
What does their opinion have to do with the law? And why are you omitting parts of the text anyway? They state themselves that their classification of game copying devices is based upon their potential usage, including distributing copies of the game:

Yes. Game copiers enable users to illegally copy video game software onto floppy disks, writeable compact disks or the hard drive of a personal computer. They enable the user to make, play and distribute illegal copies of video game software which violates Nintendo's copyrights and trademarks. These devices also allow for the uploading and downloading of ROMs to and from the Internet. Based upon the functions of these devices, they are illegal.

And for the downloading of ROMs, they specifically mention the exception of archival copying:

There is a good deal of misinformation on the Internet regarding the backup/archival copy exception. It is not a "second copy" rule and is often mistakenly cited for the proposition that if you have one lawful copy of a copyrighted work, you are entitled to have a second copy of the copyrighted work even if that second copy is an infringing copy. The backup/archival copy exception is a very narrow limitation relating to a copy being made by the rightful owner of an authentic game to ensure he or she has one in the event of damage or destruction of the authentic. Therefore, whether you have an authentic game or not, or whether you have possession of a Nintendo ROM for a limited amount of time, i.e. 24 hours, it is illegal to download and play a Nintendo ROM from the Internet.

If you own an N64 game cartridge and play it enough, eventually it's going to wear out; either the contacts are going to degrade to the point where it can't make a connection with the console, or the battery dies and prevents saving any data, etc. It only makes sense to back it up before that happens so you can keep playing.

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News Comments > Console Emulation Through Steam
29. Re: Console Emulation Through Steam Oct 13, 2013, 21:17 jacobvandy
 
Actually, Ice is only downloading and installing a set of emulators from a third-party site, at your behest. Ice is nothing but a batch of commands that does something you might be to lazy to do yourself.

And despite how often it's brought up, I don't think anyone here has argued that downloading ROMs is legal... What's legal is backing up the ROMs yourself.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
5. Re: Sunday Consolidation Oct 13, 2013, 18:06 jacobvandy
 
So you want a big fat mutant of a console with both PS3 and PS4 innards stuffed in there (not to mention a mark-up of ~50%)? Because that's what it would take to include backward-compatibility this time. Of all the gaps between generations, the one where they go x86 is making that feature particularly infeasible...  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 13, 2013, 16:11 jacobvandy
 
IIRC, last weekend was a 2K Games sale event, much like the Capcom one going on now. I remember they tried to squeeze a few more stand-alone Borderlands 2 sales out for 66% off, but because none of the DLC were discounted and the GOTY edition was literally like 2 days away, it didn't make the top 10.  
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News Comments > Console Emulation Through Steam
13. Re: Console Emulation Through Steam Oct 13, 2013, 15:53 jacobvandy
 
Dev wrote on Oct 13, 2013, 12:38:
This appears to only be a front end. It mostly adds game listings into steam if you have ROMs in a specified folder. It also can pull emulators from other sources. It combines those two things into the game entries in steam so it launches the appropriate emulator with the rom.
So this is not an emulator, just a front end (which is why its such an impressive list, they aren't doing the emulators).

Exactly. This isn't anywhere near illegal, because all it's doing is creating shortcuts and sticking them in your Steam library and automatically inserting appropriate tile images. You could do the same thing on your own, it'd just be really tedious.
 
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News Comments > Console Emulation Through Steam
3. Re: Console Emulation Through Steam Oct 13, 2013, 11:27 jacobvandy
 
Awesome.  
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News Comments > Viscera Cleanup Detail Free With Shadow Warrior
2. Re: Viscera Cleanup Detail Free With Shadow Warrior Oct 12, 2013, 20:08 jacobvandy
 
And to be clear, this is not the full game Viscera Cleanup Detail that was recently Greenlit and is still in development. It's a single-level cross-promotion with Shadow Warrior that you'll probably complete in 30 minutes or less. The main draw is Lo Wang's commentary (apparently he's the Janitor here).  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2013, 16:18 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, it's called raw chicken, lots of people are grossed out by it (a lot slimier and squishy than raw beef, etc.), despite the fact they like to eat it once it's cooked. Grow a pair, Sally.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt Begins
13. Re: Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt Begins Oct 12, 2013, 16:17 jacobvandy
 
So you're covered, by your dad technically being the contestant. That's a hell of a lot different than just having a VPN...  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt Begins
10. Re: Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt Begins Oct 12, 2013, 13:36 jacobvandy
 
Unless you have a US address for them to send a Vita or whatever to, and then a way to get that out of the country and to your actual location, that's not gonna help. And I'm fairly sure they're going to put some effort into verifying you're actually a US resident before they dole out any money anyway. Your fraud becomes their fraud in the eyes of the gub'ment. It would cost them more than all the prizes put together to pay fines or process litigation on that.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2013, 13:12 jacobvandy
 
Julio wrote on Oct 12, 2013, 10:00:
Yum, gotta love those chicken nuggets. Beaks & claws all round. Not totally surprising that chicken parts = chicken. I already avoid them, so no worries here.

It's not beaks and claws, lol. Though I have rarely gotten a little piece of bone in something like that (just spit it out like you do when you get something tough off a drumstick). These "scientists" (the one they quote is a professor/MD) found that the nuggets they cut up were half fat, skin, veins, connective tissue, and microscopic bone dust... AKA everything you get when you eat any cut of chicken with the bone in. Oooh, so terrible! It's not like human beings have thrived for thousands of years eating every morsel of an animal they could, no, we must be more discerning, like a child who wants the crusts cut off his PB&J.
 
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News Comments > Steam Controller Demonstration Video
11. Re: Steam Controller Demonstration Video Oct 11, 2013, 16:38 jacobvandy
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 11, 2013, 16:23:
PHJF wrote on Oct 11, 2013, 16:22:
They took everyone's least favorite part about laptops and put it on a gamepad. Trackpad = shit.

Several developers who have used it have already come out and said its nothing like a laptop trackpad in terms of actual use.

Then perhaps they should make videos and post them so we can watch how they use it in a totally different manner than is evidenced here... Because I won't believe it 'til I see it.
 
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News Comments > Steam Controller Demonstration Video
1. Re: Steam Controller Demonstration Video Oct 11, 2013, 15:34 jacobvandy
 
This confirms that they are *just* trackpads. Nothing special about them at all. You need to be able to turn faster than that if you're going to pull off more complicated maneuvers in Portal, or shoot actual people in Counter-Strike. And the movement in Civ was agonizing to watch, lol. How many swipes does it take to get to the other side of the screen? A-one, a-two-hoo...  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 11, 2013, 14:58 jacobvandy
 
Idiot artists squabble like this all the time, because they don't understand their own contracts and licensing arrangements. Chances are, Rockstar paid a third-party company that handles licensing for the songs, which will then send D-bag Dillinger his cut as per the usual disbursement schedule. But because he didn't receive a fat check from Rockstar directly, he thinks he's been ripped off...

I hear all the time about two-bit bands or singers trying to sling their own legal BS at a radio station or whatever that played their music "without their permission." Meanwhile, all they have to do is pay annual fees to a giant corporation that owns the licensing rights to millions upon millions of songs, and they can play any of them at any time. Chumps. There's no way Rockstar didn't do their due diligence three times over on every song in the soundtrack.
 
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