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25.
 
Re: Steam sucks
Feb 26, 2004, 20:15
25.
Re: Steam sucks Feb 26, 2004, 20:15
Feb 26, 2004, 20:15
 
Sorry I couldn't reply earlier, Raven737, I was in classes all day.

1. The software license:
With most games, you install the initial product, then patch manually. With steam, you install and patches are delivered. Either way, 1) If any company wanted to put evil software on your computer, they could just as easily do it with the initial release. You trust valve when installing a game, why don't you trust them when installing a patch?

2. Security:
Many games currently autoupdate when you run them (just like Steam). This is no different. If you are going to worry about any such system being hijacked, I suggest you stop patching any games (or playing them online for that matter).

3. DRM client:
Email validation means even offline LAN parties/events will not be hindered whatsoever. As for not wanting validation software on your computer... well, sorry to say, but this is most likely the future. If piracy wasn't such a huge revenue sink, maybe it wouldn't be necessary.
Finally, if valve does tank, they can just provide a final patch disabling validation, but it's really a moot point. If you want to play a game that uses the WON network, and WON goes down, well, you are SOL. Almost all games use a centralized hub for internet games. If Blizzard goes out of business (and no one buys em) then Battle.net will go down, and you won't be able to play Blizzard games. What is the likelyhood that this will happen? Probably about the same as Valve tanking.

A few more responces:
I don't buy software that "phones home" behind my back. I also don't think it is asking too much to demand full control over all software updates so that when something breaks I have a good idea of what has changed recently.
1) Steam informs you of updates (you can even cancel them...), so you'll know what changed recently.
2) Again, welcome to the future. Presently the internet is a lawless, dangerous place. Kiddy hackers can attack users with impunity, worm writers can cause billions in damage and blatent theft is widespread. It may take time, but eventually, the internet will become a civilized place, where there is just as much stigma placed on stealing a $50 game as copying it.

"HL2 online multiplayer requires a monthly subscription fee of $XX.00 to play".
If you are going to make an argument, provide at least some factual or logical evidence to back it. If Valve wanted to cash in, why didn't they make Steam HL1 subscription?


12.
 
Re: Steam sucks
Feb 26, 2004, 04:01
12.
Re: Steam sucks Feb 26, 2004, 04:01
Feb 26, 2004, 04:01
 
Just because Valve was hacked into because of unpatched 8-month old vulnerabilities and non-existent network security, doesn't mean that the software that gets put on millions of machines will be in some way vulnerable. sheesh.

Hrm... a custom worm handled by experienced hackers that was not detected by an updated Norton antivirus...

See my below post. Why do people trust the old half-life, but not Steam? They are both programs. Either could present a security vulnerability (although it is unlikely). One is named "hl.exe" and the other is named "steam.exe"...

10.
 
Re: Steam sucks
Feb 26, 2004, 03:57
10.
Re: Steam sucks Feb 26, 2004, 03:57
Feb 26, 2004, 03:57
 
If you read any EULA for any peice of software, you'll find that all of them deny liability for anything bad that might happen to your computer when running it. Steam is no different.

Steam has no digital rights management, except for the "you need a real CD key to play" part... and that is handled serverside.

I don't know when everyone got so paranoid about game patches. I've patched dozens of games, probably hundreds of times. Sure, any one of those could have secretly logged my mp3s... but I just have to trust the publisher to remain ethical. Steam is no different.

"Pre-steam" half life is no different either. It's a large, program that could (just as easily as steam can) format your hard drive or delete your music. Why do people trust a program named "hl.exe", but not "steam.exe"?

Hrm... maybe you shouldn't use any software you didn't write yourself... it could be... evil! And don't forget the tin foil hat (blocks out Valve's mind control rays).

6.
 
Re: Steam sucks
Feb 26, 2004, 01:33
6.
Re: Steam sucks Feb 26, 2004, 01:33
Feb 26, 2004, 01:33
 
Reactivate every 3 days...? Did your friends give out their keys or something...?

Personally, I think steam is an excellent replacement for the old craptacular gui and won service. Bug free (yes), fast downloads (yes), fast (yes)...

I have a little theory (with little to no backing whatsoever) that about 50% of those that complain about steam were "sharing" their key... and now can't play.
90% of the rest just haven't tried it recently and/or cannot bring themselves to have an opinion different from the typical cynical gaming population.

If you are about to reply with rightous indignation, just assume you are in the last 5% and don't bother.

I still don't understand how the internet gaming population, (typically young and tech-savy) can be so resistant to change. Seriously, it sounds like a bunch of old men speaking... only with more cursing.
"Back in my day, we used WON... It didn't have any of these fancy shmansy new features... and it tended to crash... but we used it every day, and we liked it."

5.
 
...
Feb 25, 2004, 10:44
5.
... Feb 25, 2004, 10:44
Feb 25, 2004, 10:44
 
Most games:
Gold -> Ships -> Reviews

CS: Condition Zero
Reviews -> Ships -> Gold -> Reviews -> Gold -> Gold -> Delayed -> Reviews -> Ships -> ???

5.
 
Re: Gah
Feb 23, 2004, 19:27
5.
Re: Gah Feb 23, 2004, 19:27
Feb 23, 2004, 19:27
 
Quick Gandhi! Don't give me all your money!

5.
 
Re: No subject
Feb 22, 2004, 12:29
5.
Re: No subject Feb 22, 2004, 12:29
Feb 22, 2004, 12:29
 
Uninstall...?
=P

21.
 
Re: ewww
Feb 21, 2004, 02:42
21.
Re: ewww Feb 21, 2004, 02:42
Feb 21, 2004, 02:42
 
Razkul saud
"Any turn-based game put into a real-time environment is much faster paced, giving the need to not only control your actions, but the time taken to choose those actions. "

Thus speaks someone who has never commanded a group of people toward a multi goal set of tasks.

I believe what Razkul meant, was that, in an RTS the player must not only plan their strategy and manage tactics (as in turn based games) but also consider how much time is put into each task. Will you personally watch over one of your attack forces, ensuring a better outcome, or spend time tweaking your economy? Will you take the time to precisely position units to give a tactical advantage, or instead spend the time ensuring your build queues are full and upgrades are being researched?

VultureMAN - you seem to be talking about real-life command situations, where this kind of thing is (usually) not an issue, while Razkul was referring to games. In an RTS game, the time it takes for you to give an order is just as important a tactical concern as the order itself.

1.
 
Well...
Feb 20, 2004, 15:21
1.
Well... Feb 20, 2004, 15:21
Feb 20, 2004, 15:21
 
My game mixes more genres than your game.

And what is RTT? Real time tactics, maybe?

1.
 
Isn't this...
Feb 19, 2004, 18:20
1.
Isn't this... Feb 19, 2004, 18:20
Feb 19, 2004, 18:20
 
Really old...?
I remember the demo had a lot of cursing that I found very humorous at the time... "Give me back my keys, bitch!"

3.
 
Re: MMO Army
Feb 18, 2004, 16:10
3.
Re: MMO Army Feb 18, 2004, 16:10
Feb 18, 2004, 16:10
 
I hate it when there are, like, 50 guys camping the Osama spawn.

I could do this all day!

8.
 
Re: ya know...
Feb 18, 2004, 15:58
8.
Re: ya know... Feb 18, 2004, 15:58
Feb 18, 2004, 15:58
 
Depends which side of Germany you're on.

1.
 
MMO Army
Feb 18, 2004, 12:12
1.
MMO Army Feb 18, 2004, 12:12
Feb 18, 2004, 12:12
 
I'm holding out for the Army tycoon game.

Maybe the Army rhythm game will be good too. Perhaps then I will decide to sacrifice 10 years of my life fighting and dying for causes I don't support!

2.
 
...
Feb 17, 2004, 20:41
2.
... Feb 17, 2004, 20:41
Feb 17, 2004, 20:41
 
SCIENCE!

1.
 
Woo!
Feb 16, 2004, 17:17
1.
Woo! Feb 16, 2004, 17:17
Feb 16, 2004, 17:17
 
Hoo!

11.
 
Re: NV40
Feb 16, 2004, 16:48
11.
Re: NV40 Feb 16, 2004, 16:48
Feb 16, 2004, 16:48
 
You head WRONG!

I should stop posting jokes on Blue's.
Especially since, as Enahs points out, something is wrong with my head...

4.
 
Re: NV40
Feb 16, 2004, 13:46
4.
Re: NV40 Feb 16, 2004, 13:46
Feb 16, 2004, 13:46
 
I heard the NV40 will take up 3 slots (an extra PCI on either side of the AGP) due to an even more convoluted cooling system that produces a sound most often compared to "a chainsaw, only whinier". The force of air output from the back of the case will be enough to slowly propel smaller computers across smooth surfaces.

=D

3.
 
Re: No subject
Feb 16, 2004, 13:30
3.
Re: No subject Feb 16, 2004, 13:30
Feb 16, 2004, 13:30
 
From what I've seen 50% of screenies look like teh sux and 50% look good.
Does it just look bad when you zoom in or something? The bad looking shots seem to be zoomed...

2.
 
Max Payne Quotation...
Feb 15, 2004, 15:32
2.
Max Payne Quotation... Feb 15, 2004, 15:32
Feb 15, 2004, 15:32
 
"The pills would kill the pain."

12.
 
Re: Really been looking forward to this
Feb 13, 2004, 02:36
12.
Re: Really been looking forward to this Feb 13, 2004, 02:36
Feb 13, 2004, 02:36
 
The vids I saw did not look Serious Sam style/pace at all...
As you say, more akin to Doom, Blood, etc...

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