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News Comments > DOOM 3 BFG Edition: No PC DOOM/DOOM II Multiplayer
40. Re: Read the whole post next time. Sep 5, 2012, 23:29 hb3d
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 19:50:
The point is they're still selling it. It isn't free,
I never said it was free. You continue to ignore the last half of my post. Read my first post again. See where I wrote, "All of these games can also still be purchased on the PC inexpensively through digital distribution". I explicitly stated that the games were still for sale as one of the reasons why this re-release is not needed.

They're not selling something free.
No, they are repackaging their existing games and trying to pass them off to PC gamers as something new and improved when they are inferior to what already exists thanks to the source code release and the mod community. That is my point and what I tried to convey in the full text of my original post.

Freedoom is a fan made wad that uses all original content.
Freedoom is replacement wad set for Ultimate Doom and Doom 2 that would best be described as a "Doom-compatible" experience. It is designed to be used with Doom source ports to make them stand-alone games that are compatible with existing Doom 1 & 2 mods. In essence it is a legally free version of Doom 1 & 2.

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News Comments > DOOM 3 BFG Edition: No PC DOOM/DOOM II Multiplayer
39. Re: It's you who should apologize to id. Sep 5, 2012, 23:16 hb3d
 
RailWizard wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 19:47:
Who said I was talking about iD?
I took your comment of "apologists" to mean those who were apologizing for id's not having included multiplayer in this re-release because it wasn't needed due to the mod community's efforts. And, my point is that those apologists are right. id has given plenty of free Doom to PC gamers. It doesn't need to give us any more. We have all of the multiplayer Doom we need.

So, who were you actually talking about if not that?
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support
31. Re: Do it! Come on, do it! Do it now! Sep 5, 2012, 19:29 hb3d
 
Tigger wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 14:39:
Then there really is no point to trying it out. Hyper-V won't install if you don't have virtualization enabled in the BIOS (at least it didn't in Windows 2008 and 2008 R2).
You missed my point. My point was that you should be able to disable hardware virtualization in VMware without uninstalling it or changing your BIOS setting so you can test Hyper-V.

Without HW virtualization, you'd need to have a real monster of a machine to get good performance out of a VM.
I've run VMware on PC's which didn't have hardware virtualization because Intel left it out as an incentive to buy a more expensive CPU, and the performance was still usable for general use. I didn't try gaming.

Yeah, I don't think Microsoft is going for the legacy gaming market with Hyper-V. I think what they are going for is server consolidation (Windows Server), testing and backwards compat (Windows 8).
Putting virtualization in a consumer OS like Windows 7 and 8 and then not being able to use it for any applications which use Direct3D or OpenGL is just pointless. A server can get away with only running 2D apps, but a consumer PC can't. Even business applications like many of Adobe's products have 3D functionality. Microsoft has no excuse for doing that especially since it develops Direct3D.

 
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News Comments > DOOM 3 BFG Edition: No PC DOOM/DOOM II Multiplayer
36. It's you who should apologize to id. Sep 5, 2012, 19:06 hb3d
 
RailWizard wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 18:57:
Man the amount of fucking apologists on this site is sickening.
Given the fact that id software has given away the source code to all of its past FPS games for free and no other major game developer has done the same, I'd say that id has nothing to apologize for. The PC market is already well-served with versions of classic Doom that have Internet functionality as every major source port for the game has it. id doesn't need to waste its time recreating the wheel by making another one. It's already given the PC enough classic Doom to last a lifetime.

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News Comments > DOOM 3 BFG Edition: No PC DOOM/DOOM II Multiplayer
35. Doom 3 has co-op mods on the PC. Sep 5, 2012, 18:59 hb3d
 
GB wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 16:44:
I was really looking forward to playing the updated DOOM 3 in CO-OP with a couple of XBox 360's.
Well if you can bear to tear yourself away from your game console, there are two different co-op mods for Doom 3 on the PC that you could play.
 
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News Comments > DOOM 3 BFG Edition: No PC DOOM/DOOM II Multiplayer
33. Read the whole post next time. Sep 5, 2012, 18:49 hb3d
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 14:37:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but only the engine went open source. The actual gameplay did not. So, while you can download the source code, you still need to purchase the .wad to play.
Read my whole post next time as I said as much in the following paragraph that you overlooked. In addition there is Freedoom which is a free replacement version of Doom 1 & 2.

In fact, Doom II, Final Doom and Ultimate Doom are $20 each from id.
or for much less in a Steam bundle or similar sale
The id bundle during every Steam sale always includes these games.

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News Comments > Call of Juarez Tease
5. Call of Juarez 2 is a great game. Sep 5, 2012, 18:40 hb3d
 
Hump wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 17:23:
It's quite linear but the story is immersive with the gameplay to match.
It's not all linear. There are substantial sections that are sandbox-style where you can go on optional missions to earn some cash to buy better guns and ammo.

You can also play as either McCall brother on missions which keeps the game from being so linear as well. And, being linear is not a bad thing when you have a good story with interesting, well-acted characters moving the gameplay/action along to a satisfying conclusion.

I enjoyed the hell out of CoJ2. It suffers a little from "Call of Duty-itis", but it's still one of the best story-driven FPS games I have played especially for the price since I bought it for $2.50 thanks to Amazon game downloads.

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News Comments > DOOM 3 BFG Edition: No PC DOOM/DOOM II Multiplayer
16. There's no need for this game on the PC at all. Sep 5, 2012, 13:03 hb3d
 
Not only is there no need for multiplayer, but there is no need for this re-release on the PC at all.

All of these games have open source code on the PC. All of these games also have well-established modding communities.

All of these games can also still be purchased on the PC inexpensively through digital distribution and are easily available through piracy too if that's your thing. So, if you game on the PC you should either already have these games or can get them easily.

So, what the hell could this slapped-together cash-in for game consoles offer to PC users that the original games and their modding communities don't already provide besides the chance to give more money to the suits at Bethesda for games you already own?

deqer wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 12:14:
Some people may not even care about any of the extra features the custom engines have to offer anyways. People just like to click Connect and start playing online, with their stock installation of Doom.
You just defined a console gamer. If that's one's attitude, buy a game console and leave the "heavy lifting" and all of the benefits that come with it to PC gamers. PC gaming should not be dumbed down to accomodate those people.

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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support
29. Re: Do it! Come on, do it! Do it now! Sep 5, 2012, 09:20 hb3d
 
Tigger wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 08:09:
As I said, its a 'one or the other' kind of deal with Hyper-V and VMWare, so I'd have to uninstall VMWare to make try it out.
Actually I've now read online that you can use both at the same time if VMware is set not to use hardware virtualization mode.

I've also now read that Hyper-V doesn't support hardware 3D so it sounds like it is still basically just Microsoft's Virtual PC product integrated into Windows 8 which means it is useless for games.
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support
27. Do it! Come on, do it! Do it now! Sep 5, 2012, 06:09 hb3d
 
Tigger wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 22:02:
The Hyper-V performance in Windows 8 RTM is quite nice, although I haven't tried to run games in it yet.
Well what the hell are you waiting for?! That's the only reason to use it.

Do it and report your results.
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support
25. Re: Windows 7 was not exclusively 64-bit because of compatibility issues. Sep 4, 2012, 21:08 hb3d
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 20:56:
Messing around with VMWare is already a hassle. Especially considering the terrible 3d performance you get with them old games...
VMware Workstation version 7, 8, and 9's performance with games is excellent especially if you have decent hardware. I have even run Unreal Engine 3 games under my VMware Windows XP VM, and they are playable. The only real limitation is that it doesn't support Direct3D10 or 11 which isn't a problem for XP VM's since XP doesn't support those either.

I have not tried Windows 8's consumer version of HyperV, but VMware Workstation v7/8/9 or Player v4/5 is the only virtualization software I know of that provides both hardware Direct3D and OpenGL capability and decent performance. Windows 7's "XP compatibility mode" is nothing but Virtual PC and as such is useless for games since it lacks hardware 3D support. VirtualBox has experimental hardware 3D support, but it's buggy and slow.

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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support
23. Re: Windows 7 was not exclusively 64-bit because of compatibility issues. Sep 4, 2012, 20:43 hb3d
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 20:16:
What old games do you mean?
It's really too many to list. If it is a game for Windows and came out in the mid-to-late 1990's, there's a good chance that it has a 16-bit installer even if it is not a 16-bit game. I believe all Windows games from LucasArts up to and including X-Wing Alliance are that way. I pulled the first LucasArts game CD-ROM I saw from my shelf (The Phantom Menace game) and tested it, and it won't install on Windows 7 x64 because it has a 16-bit installer even though the game came out in 1999. The game will run and install on XP though.

 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support
18. Windows 7 was not exclusively 64-bit because of compatibility issues. Sep 4, 2012, 19:29 hb3d
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 16:25:
I'm not sure *why* Windows 7 didn't come default as a 64-bit system in fact.
because of compatibility problems/limitations

64-bit versions of Windows won't run 32-bit drivers, and there were a lot of 32-bit drivers out there back when Windows 7 was released and there still are although less so now that 64-bit versions of Windows have grown in popularity. Also note that these 32-bit drivers aren't just for hardware devices. Some software applications also have 32-bit drivers which provide underlying functionality.

Another compatibility issue was most Intel Atom processors run only in 32-bit mode, so a 64-bit version of Windows won't work on them. Back in 2009 when Windows 7 was released Atom-based netbooks were still quite popular, and Microsoft wanted OEM's to install Windows 7 on them not XP.

Another thing that 64-bit versions of Windows lack is 16-bit code compatibility. And while that doesn't sound like it would be a issue today, if you like to play retro games, a surprising number of 32-bit games from the Windows 9X days were released with 16-bit installers. So, while the games themselves might otherwise play on 64-bit Windows, they can't be installed on 64-bit Windows.

I personally prefer to use 64-bit Windows myself, but I have to keep a VMware Workstation VM running XP around to handle compatibility issues with older peripherals and games.

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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support
17. No XP support means no Linux support with WINE. Sep 4, 2012, 19:05 hb3d
 
One negative side effect of killing off XP support in games is that they won't run under Linux with WINE either because WINE doesn't yet support the DirectX10 & 11 API's.

Getting Direct3D10 & 11 functions translated to OpenGL in Linux is certainly possible, but then again the same could also be done via OpenGL in XP.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. 60% Off Origin Aug 25, 2012, 07:54 hb3d
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 25, 2012, 06:39:
On a side note, Origin is having a decent sale until the 30th: Origin sale
Thanks for the link. It needs to be mentioned though that this is a blanket 60% off discount on all EA PC game downloads on Origin (no preorders) not just those select titles you listed.

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News Comments > On Sale
15. Re: On Sale Aug 20, 2012, 16:45 hb3d
 
Sacrifice wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 11:58:
It is in no way trying to look like Steam.
Having some basic similarity like a background color on a website or some of the same letters in the name is not trademark infringement like you claimed below. I have certainly not claimed there is absolutely no similarity between the two just that the similarity doesn't rise to the level of trademark infringement.

Sacrifice wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 11:58:
I like arguing no matter how insane my position may be.
That's the only true thing you've written in this thread.

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News Comments > On Sale
14. The two wwebsites are more dissimilar than they are similar. Aug 20, 2012, 16:42 hb3d
 
reisub wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 11:38:
I guess we'll ignore how similar their respective websites look too.
The two websites are more dissimilar than they are similar. The Stormpowered website is much more bare-bones than Steam's which uses tabs and has many more categories, frames, and design elements like pull-down lists/menus on its main page. While both websites may have a black background, Valve doesn't own the color black.

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News Comments > Iron Sky Game Plans
2. It's a terrible movie. Aug 20, 2012, 11:16 hb3d
 
I really wanted to like the movie given its independent funding and development including fan-funding initiatives, but oh is it a terrible movie. Yes, I know it's supposed to be satire, but it's still awful and downright painful to watch. Even if it wants to be in on the joke, it's still a really bad joke. Even the parody of the Hitler Internet meme in it, which is one of the only bright spots, could have been done better. If you haven't seen the movie, you can find the full thing on YouTube if you search for it.

The only thing remorely worth watching in the movie are the CGI scenes especially the space battle scenes which are astonishingly good when consider how low budget the movie is (~7 million euros). Given what the CGI artists were able to do on that budget they could definitely make a good looking video game. Just don't use any of the movie's writers for the game's script or dialog.

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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: Oh the irony! Aug 20, 2012, 10:14 hb3d
 
Sacrifice wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 00:26:
My main point is that there is clearly a resemblance:
No, judging from what you actually wrote your point was that it is trademnark infringement, and that is clearly not the case.

It has two letters different
So does "snapple" and "apple." That doesn't mean that an apple-flavored drink with the name apple in it is an infringement on the snapple trademark. Valve has a trademark on the word "steam" for digital distribution. That doesn't give it a similar trademark for every word with the letters s, t, and m in it.

relates to water
You're really grasping at straws there. A sand storm, a wind storm, or a lightning storm has nothing to do with water.

I think it is shady regardless of any possible trademark case.
It's not shady for a game developer to name its game distribution service after its own company name, and that is what Storm Studios has done.

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News Comments > On Sale
9. Downloaded and installed just fine. Aug 19, 2012, 14:32 hb3d
 
My download of the game went just fine. The small downloader app (Driver_San_Francisco_DownloadManager_en.exe) downloaded the RAR archive files which self-extracted at the end of the process into a subdirectory in the Windows TEMP directory for my user account. The extracted files look just like the type of installation files you would find for the game on a DVD-ROM. At 7.35GB it would take two standard DVD-R's or one dual-layer DVD-R to backup the files. I moved these files out of the temporary directory for backup purposes before using them to install the game.

The installation of the game went even more smoothly. I ran the autorun launcher and chose "Installation". The game installed just like a game from Amazon game downloads or an old-fashioned game on DVD-ROM. During the installation I was directed to the UPlay website to login via my default web browser, but the installation proceeded simultaneously and did not stop even though I did not login to the UPlay account I had created when I purchased the game using the Ubisoft website.

So, overall my purchase, download, and installation experience of Driver: SF from the Ubisoft store website was easy, went smoothly, and only cost me a dollar.
 
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