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Sunday, Jul 15, 2018

Star Citizen Refund Refusals

Long-time backers of the Star Citizen project are no longer able to secure refunds from Cloud Imperium Games, reports Attack of the Fanboy. They note a Reddit post from a customer who sued to get a refund and lost in small claims court (thanks RedEye9). Word is that CIG is now enforcing a change to the terms of service that was made around a year ago that permits them to refuse refunds requested more than 14 days after a pledge, which this court decision upheld. CIG has now collected almost $190 million in funding from over two million backers since 2011 for a project originally planned for a 2014 release, which helps explain why some have lost patience that this has evolved into two different games still in the alpha stage of development. Refunds and other topics are part of an incredible new tweet storm from Derek Smart, as the outspoken skeptic of this crowdfunded space game offers analysis and criticism of various aspects of the situation. Here's most of the Reddit post discussing the court decision:

In mediation, CIG/RSI would not agree to refund the portion of my account not covered by the arbitration agreement.

Though lawyers aren't permitted, CIG/RSI lawyers drafted and submitted statements that were permitted.

The judge declined to hear anything about the conscionability or lack of consideration in the TOS.

Despite the top sentence on the TOS, CIG/RSI successfully argued that the arbitration clause should be applied to transactions even before the clause existed.

CIG/RSI repeatedly argued that there is a playable game and that funds have been earned, but the judge did not rule that either.

Following application of arbitration clause to transactions outside covered dates, court orders matter to arbitration, case is dismissed without prejudice.

Steam Top 10

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS drops to number two after weeks of dropping a number two on the rest of the chart:

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  3. Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale
  4. Event Pass: Sanhok
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Jurassic World Evolution
  7. Raft
  8. Monster Hunter: World - Deluxe Kit
  9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  10. Planet Coaster

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Out of the Blue

We had a thunderstorm last night, which is not a shock. With the heat and humidity we've been getting in these parts, it's more of a surprise that we haven't been getting one every day. But surprise doesn't seem an adequate word to describe my reaction to one particular lightning strike, though thankfully I don't have to use shock in describing it either. While most of the flashes were so far off in the distance we barely heard anything, there was one that shook the house so badly that at first I thought it might have been a direct hit. But while the power in the house cycled quickly, there is no sign of the strike that I can find, though I haven't performed a comprehensive investigation. It was damn close though, so I still half expect to find a scorched tree or something somewhere. The oddest part was this seemed to mark the end of the storm, as no further lightning followed. So the storm definitely went out with a bang rather than a whimper.

R.I.P.: 'Star Trek' Star Roger Perry Passes Away. The F-104 pilot who spotted the Enterprise as a UFO. Thanks Neutronbeam.

Links: Thanks Ant.
Link: National Ice Cream Day- Deals at Cold Stone, Dairy Queen and More.
Stories: Big Sur crash: Woman survives 7 days after SUV plunges off cliff.
Science: Look Up! Venus Snuggles Up to the Moon Tonight.
Images: Smiling doggos. Thanks Kxmode.
Media: HurtStone Ep 3 Battlecrying.
Hanzo UNLEASHED (Overwatch).
Jellyfish caught in bubble ring.
The Funnies: Adult Children.
Shoe, Bee! - FoxTrot.
Calvin and Hobbes.


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Saturday, Jul 14, 2018 Bastille Day

A Typo Broke Aliens Colonial Marines AI?

A story on ResetEra highlights a post on Mod DB that suggests some of the problems with unintelligent AI in Aliens Colonial Marines may be the result of a typo in the code, where the addition of a single extra letter may have broken things (thanks Bill). This is not new news, as the Mod DB post is from last Halloween, but Gearbox's apparent error was never officially addressed so you'll have to look to TemplarGFX's ACM Overhaul mod for Aliens: Colonial Marines to see how fixing this improves the AI. Alternatively, you can fix the typo yourself, since it's in a text .ini file, not in compiled code. A PC Gamer article has some before-and-after video, showing that fixing the typo turns the aliens into the terrifying hunters one would expect, rather than the unfocused nomads from the shipped version of the game.

Rainbow Six Siege Adds Auto-Bans

A conversation on Twitter discusses a ban a Rainbow Six Siege player earned by dropping a racial slur in chat. PC Gamer notes that this is in line with an updated RAINBOW SIX SIEGE CODE OF CONDUCT which indicates Ubisoft has implemented an automated temporary banning system with escalating penalties and the possibility of being permabanned after a third strike. Here's word:

AUTOMATED TEMPORARY BANNING SYSTEM:
In the idea to make the Game a welcoming community space for challenges, Ubisoft has decided to launch an automated temporary banning system in respect to Offensive Language or Behavior, Threats and Harassment.

This system will automatically temporary ban players from the Game when they use abusive words in the in-Game chat.

These temporary bans will be implemented as follows:

  • First offense: 30 minutes temporary ban
  • Second offense: 2 hours temporary ban
  • Third Offense: 2 hours temporary ban
  • After three offenses: an investigation will be conducted and may lead to a permanent ban (maximum penalty)

Overwatch Toxicity Waning

Speaking of toxic language, a post on the Overwatch Forums from Jeff Kaplan touts Blizzard's progress in fighting abusive chat in Overwatch. Responding to complaints about the LFG and Endorsements update for the competitive shooter, Jeff offers statistics on the positive impact of these changes:

Our Global Insights group just finished parsing some stats as it relates to LFG and Endorsements.

Post release of Endorsements and LFG:

The % of Competitive Matches that Contain Abusive Chat is down:

26.4% in the Americas
16.4% in KR

The % of Daily Players being Abusive is down:

28.8% in the Americas
21.6% in KR

We’re really pleased with the community’s efforts to make OW a better place! Thank you all!

And we’ll keep working on iterating on these features to make them better as well as exploring other systems to improve the gameplay environment.

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  • The Culling 2 on IGN.

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Out of the Blue

Man, after an optimistic start to the season, the Mets are heading into the all star break as a "complete embarrassment" (two words that can't be spelled without M E T). Just business as usual for the club under their current ownership. I just wish the Wilpons would finally up and sell the team to someone who would run it more responsibly, like Lindsay Lohan or the Insane Clown Posse.

R.I.P.: Frank Sinatra's first wife, Nancy Sr. dead at 101.
R.I.P.: George Jenson Dead: ‘Return of the Jedi’ Production Illustrator Dies.

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Play: Hole .io.
Stories: US Reportedly Banning Entrance to Canadians in Legal Cannabis Industry.
Has Video Refereeing Ruined The World Cup? Thanks Slashdot.
Science: First-ever colour X-ray on a human.
Kids Today Are Actually More Patient Than Kids 50 Years Ago.
Observatories Team Up to Reveal Rare Double Asteroid.
Media: Croc-Dog. I'm voting for terrifying.
Are NEW Chinese buildings really FALLING DOWN? NSFW.
Twin towers at Cape Canaveral launch site demolished.
The Funnies: Everyone Says You Disagree With Everything - Dilbert.


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