BTW, Valve would have us pay for that too if they were working on it. Will we soon have to pay for all the mods? What kind of community will it be then? <sigh> From socialist utopia to capitalist hell in a product cycle. So, any pro-capitalists out there want to argue that we should manditorially pay mod authors for mods? Was it really so bad before (now).You only have to pay for mods Valve has gotten involved commercially with... and it is entirely the choice of the mod author to get involved with Valve, so I'd say very little has changed... aside from the fact that, should mod authors become extremely successful, they have the *option* of making a bit of money off their creations (sounds fair).
Doug Lombardi - Yes. It's still something we'd like to offer in addition to full purchase of our games.What part of "in addition" do you not understand? =p
Naw. The Florida hurricanes were Karmic payback for the USA attack on the holy city of Najaf. If you look at the time line you will see the hurricanes started hitting right around when the USA was attacking.I hate Bush as much as the next college student, but claiming the victims of tornadoes in Florida were recieving some kind of just retribution is pretty lame.
15 billion dollars or more damage and, get this, the people who got the worst of it were the people who supported Bush.
The main thing was that it was possible a pirated copy of the game could used to play online. Just as it is possible that a copyrighted song could be downloaded on a P2P netowrk. Just as it is possible you to cause a 20 car pile-up by driving.Blizzard created a service that allows paying customers to play their game as they intended... some coders created a service that allows anyone to play their game... Why should Blizzard allow their software to be used in this obviously less beneficial way? Just imagine if another company made a free server for a popular MMO... The original company is the one that developed and tested the game, and now they are supposed to let someone else use it for their own benefit?
Halsy, if they didn't want people to use their software, they shouldn't have marketed then. Yes?Clearly they want people to use (read, buy) their software, but that doesn't mean they can't regulate its use.
Just in case anyone is interested PC Gamer in the UK has reviewed HL2 and given it a 96%.I'm not saying it won't be a good game but as a rule of thumb, never never trust reviews that come out earlier than a week after the game is out.
From what I heard, they bnetd guys never intended their program to be used for piracy. They approached Blizzard a few times trying to figure out some way to have their server check CD keys, but Blizzard stonewalled them.Hehe that's what they all say... But seriously, even if that was their intention, how could you expect Blizzard to comply? "Yeah just send us the valid CD key list or give us access to a high speed authenticating system (tantamount to giving us the CD key list) and we will use it for our server." And Blizzard is supposed to give it to em? Hah. =D