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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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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 11, 2013, 14:50 jacobvandy
 
I recently had my wallet stolen out of my car, but all the fucker(s) got from me was $2 in cash because I use my debit card for almost everything. Nothing happened with that because they didn't have my PIN, but I also had a couple credit cards in there that they tried to use at a gas station in the 2-3 hour window between the theft occurring and me realizing and reporting it. I'm guessing they either tried to buy fuel or use the ATM in there to withdraw cash but I never saw it go past a couple of authorization charges on each card (they probably didn't know my billing ZIP code, which isn't the same as where I was, and then gave up thinking I had already canceled them, lol). Even if it had gone through, no major credit issuer is going to hold you liable for anything like that so long as you report the theft ASAP.

As an aside, I found CHASE to be a lot better with their service than BoA. Not only did they overnight a new card to me (other one was standard 7-10 days mail), but when I called to report it they had me transferred to a fraud specialist who went through my recent transactions to check if it had been used, offered to put a password on my account because I also lost my driver's license (so if any business was to be done on the phone in the future, they verify that before any of the usual personal info) and referred me to another number for requesting a fraud alert be put on my credit report with the big three agencies. So now for the next year, any creditor has to verify with me before they issue anything, and I'm off the pre-screened offer list for two years. BoA was basically nothing more than "yeah, we'll get you a new card, let us know if there are any bad charges that show up, *click*".

So yeah, a PIN for credit cards would be a good thing. I've been working in retail lately, and while we are supposed to check ID along with CC transactions, not every employee does so and you don't even need to sign for anything under $50. Even if they did sign, we don't check that against what's signed on the card (hell, most people including myself don't even bother to sign the back of their CC like your'e supposed to). A lot of people sign their name like 4-year-olds, too, with a couple of squiggly lines, so that effectively neutralizes any security offered by the act anyway.

Those smart chip-enabled "tap and go" cards are the WORST thing ever... They're the reason for Mylar or otherwise shielded wallets becoming popular, because any asshole with a wireless reader can just bump into you and steal some money. Those things NEED to require verification by PIN or whatever if they're going to be at all trusted. Same goes for any weird new thing they come up with as talked about in the article. Just watch, they're going to want to put a chip under everyone's skin, because it's SO SECURE, omg, it can't be stolen! Meanwhile, they then have a means to track your every movement via GPS, or whatever other bullshit ulterior motive is involved. I like my cards, honestly, even if I'm going to be leaving them at home most of the time now...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 10, 2013, 17:26 jacobvandy
 
Ceribaen wrote on Oct 10, 2013, 14:06:
iPad has the obvious market advantage.

That's not true, it's been close for a while but Android recently overtook iOS in tablets just like they did smartphones years ago. The only reason there's a misconception of "Apple domination" is the sheer volume of advertising shit they shove down our throats in North America, where their market share is strongest.

There are WAY more and better games for Android, not to mention cheaper, all due to its more open nature as a platform. Anything on iOS that's worth playing is going to be on Android as well, and you'll never have a Humble Mobile Bundle for Apple... Just following those, I've amassed dozens of quality games for like $20 total.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 10, 2013, 01:38 jacobvandy
 
I heard Cranston got only like 250k per episode, so it wasn't him... Anyway, I don't think the season ending like it did necessarily precludes a few more episodes from being made; I'm sure everyone wants to know more about what happens to his family, Jesse, Saul, the chocolate manatee left in the safehouse, etc.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $21 Million
21. Re: Star Citizen Passes $21 Million Oct 8, 2013, 23:04 jacobvandy
 
AFAIK the common belief holds that they (anybody launching a game or whatever) deem it wasteful to pay to boost capacity temporarily, when they can just ride it out for a little while and bear the complaints until things calm down. It's not until a week later or so that they'll consider adding more hamsters to maintain a higher-than-expected player base.

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News Comments > Dungeon Defenders II Dropping MOBA Play
3. Re: Dungeon Defenders II Dropping MOBA Play Oct 8, 2013, 14:54 jacobvandy
 
They apparently have some interest in PVP, but they never finished their CTF mode or anything else for the first game. So I guess they decided to focus on MOBA junk for the sequel, but were quickly beaten into submission by the vast majority of their players who don't give a crap about PVP in Dungeon Defenders... It's an ARPG TD, and that's enough. If I wanted MOBA, I'd go play a danged MOBA.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition Oct 8, 2013, 12:18 jacobvandy
 
Whine, cry, blah blah blah... The first Borderlands had exactly 4 $10 DLCs, planned out from the start, and so when the GOTY edition came out a year later, it had everything because there wasn't much to be had. They've added a lot more post-release content for the sequel, so even now without the second season of stuff, it's more value packed in to that standard price than before. And you're gonna bitch about an optional $5 add-on that normally takes 80+ hours of play to become useful anyway? If you don't have the game yet, you're obviously not very interested, so wait a little longer for this package to go on sale. And if you have OCD and just need so badly to own every little DLC in one big discounted package, you can wait a little longer still. They're not done with it yet.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts System Requirements
30. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts System Requirements Oct 8, 2013, 09:28 jacobvandy
 
It's been said before... NVIDIA is recommending their flagship card for one of the most popular (yet least demanding) games to come out this year, like Pennzoil recommends synthetic racing fluid for your shitty old Honda. It happens a lot these days, where "recommended" doesn't mean a reasonable way to play the game as it was meant to be played, but more of a wishful "why not, if you want the best experience?"  
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