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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
66. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 15:36 DG
Fuck me, it's down AGAIN.

Authentication server in EU "Error 75".
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2012, 18:14 DG
My smoke alarms are mains-wired with a rechargeable battery back up. Perhaps not worth the expense for a homeowner, but over here they're mandatory for rented properties.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
60. Re: Another alternative: Path of Exile May 20, 2012, 11:09 DG
...and the EU servers are down again. [4 hours and counting from time of this edit, i.e. all Sunday afternoon]

Being down is a nuisance, but Blizz really do not handle it very well. That is, they don't manage it at all.

It says "maintenance", soooooo was it planned? Can't they give some kind of advance notice? Either way, can't they give some kind of ETA? I appreciate fixing servers is as much art as science, but whether their best guess is 1 hour or 4 hours makes a big difference to what I decide to do about it.

Oh, and I try to log in to US servers, my char isn't there.

Thread on the EU forums was locked at >8,800 posts in 3 hours.

edit: lol @ server status app

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News Comments > Op Ed
53. Re: Op Ed May 20, 2012, 06:42 DG
heroin wrote on May 19, 2012, 17:27:
I am enjoying D3 immensely, right now. Towards the end of ACT 2 things really begin to shine.
Glad to read that. Having only just got past the Skeleton King I was finding it a little humdrum. I got the blacksmith now which has opened up a little depth, but it still seems quite shallow.

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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed May 19, 2012, 16:34 DG
Bit harsh Cutter? There's a lot of gamers out there who don't read any gaming news - if I hadn't developed the Bluesnews habit a long time ago I probably wouldn't either.

With any other consumer product this stuff just isn't normal at all. It's really not unreasonable for people to simply expect things they buy to work.

That said, yeah OK a lot of whining is really ridiculous, but then shit floats to the top on the interwebs. For every ridiculous rant there's a hundred other folk who are annoyed to a rational extent.

People are relatively tolerant when it happens to a multiplayer game, because connectivity and so on is inherent. It's not to singleplayer, where Blizz decided to make it reliant on connectivity, introducing scope for the problems.
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News Comments > DayZ Modification for Arma II
64. Re: DayZ Modification for Arma II May 17, 2012, 15:02 DG
Dev wrote on May 17, 2012, 14:18:
It depends on how its setup.
Er, yeah, thanks for the info though my description was how Amazon used to do it back in the day when I had an "Amazon Associate" account.
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News Comments > Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced
15. Re: Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced May 17, 2012, 13:33 DG
Verno wrote on May 17, 2012, 12:30:
I don't really want either but CEs have always been like this so I don't see the big deal.
It's the in-game content that annoys me.

It just implies a different gaming experience.

The starting loot is bad enough, but at least it's just an early-game thing and isn't pervasive. The Vault Hunter's Relic is something else. The constant carrot-on-a-stick mechanic is almost endemic in gaming now, whether it's loot, perks, levelling, ranking, whatever. Cheap fast-food it may be, but it's a substantial part of the game.

Now every crappy crate comes with a thought maybe there'd have been something tasty if I'd had the perk. Maybe the good weapon I do find would have been that bit better with the perk.

It's a shameless cash-in, not on added value but on the perception of value being taken away otherwise.
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News Comments > DayZ Modification for Arma II
62. Re: DayZ Modification for Arma II May 17, 2012, 13:09 DG
Saw a vid of this the other day on Reddit, looked exactly like someone trying to do something I'd been hoping for a while. I'd also been thinking it did look like it needed melee though.

But 25 on steam for the game, with no Amazon sale over here. Not willing to risk the cash on an alpha mod that presumably requires rather a lot of resources to power servers despite no income. And all of that on a BIS game - a dev I generally associate with games as buggy as they are ambitious.
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News Comments > DayZ Modification for Arma II
61. Re: DayZ Modification for Arma II May 17, 2012, 13:03 DG
Dev wrote on May 17, 2012, 08:19:
And I'd rather give blue referral if he has amazon referrals, than giving that other game site a referral.
Hmm, last I knew for a referral to give credit you had to use the coded URL and have the referrer page (told to their website by your browser) be from the web site registered for that referrer and that web site had to have something buried in it so that Amazon could confirm the referrer-account was authorised by that website.

Has that changed or did it never really work?

No complaints from me about any ideas of Blue having a referrer. Though I'd prefer if he avoided using the system certain other sites have which automatically change all posted urls, even by forum users, into referrer ones. Admittedly I mostly hate that because my adblock kills it (US site anyway so irrelevant to UK'er like me) and the link is difficult to deconstruct.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Diablo III
29. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 12:42 DG
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 15, 2012, 12:21:
The game launched 18hrs ago in the UK and the servers are still too busy to connect to. Blizzard really screwed the pooch with this one. Very unimpressed.
Cheers for posting that, I nearly broke and paid the exorbitant 45 to buy from Blizzard but F that if it's still difficult logging in anyway. edit: heh, feel the wrath on metacritic.

I even traipsed about town looking to buy retail but they've all sold out. Only the biggest HMV and the one remaining GAME store have so much as a token shelf for PC games. This is in the capital of Scotland...

Sounds worthy of the 32 on Amazon though so I should have it for the weekend edit2: maybe not, both Amazon uk and Play are out of stock, not seen that for a while. Annoyed at the Blizz price though. Near 50% premium for bandwidth even though they don't need to pay for making a physical disk, packaging, distribution and the retailer's margin? AND the download doesn't come with the guest passes to give away.

'course, if anyone has an EU guest pass going spare...

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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
78. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 10:10 DG
Anyone willing to give an early rating yet? Bit wary there's not many calls of awesome anywhere, and just tons of complains about not being able to get in.

I happen to have the day off so I'm getting tempted to just grab the digital download, but it's way more expensive ($72 vs $53 here in UK) than getting a physical copy shipped. Plus after today I won't have time to play until the weekend when a mail-order copy should get here, and only the physical copies come with starter keys.
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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
64. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 07:14 DG
So, any guest passes going spare?

edit: EU here

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
12. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 14, 2012, 08:09 DG
Rigs wrote on May 13, 2012, 02:28:
I've had a Samsung ML-2010 black laser
Yeah good printer except it jams. Best to have the paper tray no more than half full and it's fussy about the paper put in it.

I'm still using the toner that came with it - they actually give (or did back when I bought it) a full toner, whereas most places just give you a token amount.
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News Comments > Risen 2 DLC Already on Disc?
17. Re: Risen 2 DLC Already on Disc? May 6, 2012, 16:41 DG
I don't get it. On the disk, not on the disk, what's the difference where the bytes are stored?

I dislike DLC in principle because:
- I am concerned that content that otherwise would have been included with the game is being hived off for additional charge;
- Game design is being compromised in order to facilitate selling DLC;
- I dislike this "nickel and dime" approach.

On-disk DLC doesn't prove any of the above occurred. All it proves is that some of the development took place before the game went gold. So what?

I can only guess the outraged people don't have jobs. The way it works is marketing make a best-guess that a game will sell say $10m and the DLC say $1m so each is given a budget of say $7m and $0.7m respectively. If there was no DLC, the game budget is still $7m. What relevance is it whether the additional $0.7m is spent before or after release?

If you think that the time of development is somehow the important thing that determines "game" vs. "DLC", well it isn't - it's cost. If time was all that mattered it'd be free.

As for people annoyed that the "DLC" isn't actually downloaded... You're annoyed that they saved you both some bandwidth? Really?

There's plenty not to like about either the concept or the execution of DLC, but whether it comes on the disk or a subsequent download is totally irrelevant.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Open SSID's (wifi) May 5, 2012, 07:09 DG
Er, what?

Every router I've had for many years now has come with a unique password. Definately the Netgear I bought myself in the early 2000's and the couple I've been given by my ISP since then. Same for all the ones at friends' houses etc.

Is that just a UK thing then? Ours all come with a generated password and a sticker on the base of the unit to remind you what it is.

The dearth of open wifi is actually getting to be a nuisance here. Not so long ago most bars, coffeeshops etc would have free wifi (albeit some giving out the day's password with a purchase) but now they're all into some scheme. It's either BT Openzone, which you can get via a BT broadband subs or certain cellphone contracts, or a couple of other commercial schemes. The other day I was a stone's throw from half a dozen pubs and not one had open wifi.

Just seems daft to me. The cost even for a business line must be negligible so why not provide that service? I can't imagine the revenue for taking part in the schemes can be anything other than utterly trivial.
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News Comments > Saints Row 3 Standalone Expansion Plans
30. Re: Saints Row 3 Standalone Expansion Plans May 4, 2012, 14:07 DG
Jerykk wrote on May 4, 2012, 01:57:
By "ran fine," do you mean you got a constant 60 FPS?
Yeah I should think so, so I never felt the need to enable an FPS counter... (6950 running stock clocks).

FWIW I enjoyed the game, nice break as it felt like the devs decided "fuck it, lets just do shit that sounds like fun". So forget compelling storyline or anything but say hello to fun time.

That said I feel reluctant to call it a "great game". Great fun sure, worth the time & money definitely, but doesn't have the "thing" that makes me think of it as a classic.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 4, 2012, 13:55 DG
Bhruic wrote on May 4, 2012, 11:34:
Not even just having to pay for WMC, but they won't natively have the ability to play DVDs or Blu-Ray any more in Windows 8. You'll have to get codecs from a 3rd party.
Eh, don't you have to anyway?

I've not been able to play a DVD without having PowerDVD installed in at least WinXP, Vista and 7.

BR is the bloody farce though. Even WITH a licenced codec installed I have to play it through that specific program. This also doesn't work because my version of PowerDVD can't handle the audio encryption.

So I have to decrypt my legit BR to disk then either mount it as a virtual BR or open the individual m2ts video file using VideoLAN.

I swear these guys actually do not want my money.

BTW Vista was perfectly fine post-SP1. I never had any issues with it despite jumping into 64bit. Bit of a RAM hog if you look at the stats but the way it worked it never actually affected anything. The lauded W7 is Vista with a few tweaks, many aesthetic.

W8 is being panned for the UI. A UI that may be default but is optional and I'd bet nearly all of us will disable, so it's W7 with a few tweaks.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Weekend Operation
10. Re: Mass Effect 3 Weekend Operation Apr 26, 2012, 13:40 DG
The MP annoys me due to having to buy equipment via either credits won by playing or your credit card.

The best bit is, when you "buy" stuff (with either real or game money) you don't actually get to decide what you buy. You buy packs and the items are random. Amongst other stuff, you have a chance of getting one random weapon mod in a 20k credit pack which should take about 2-3 half-hour games to earn the credits for.

This wouldn't be so bad except weapon mods make a substantial difference, at least to a soldier class. In SP my assault rifles have mods that add at least 20% to damage and bypass at least 50% of armour. In MP these mods haven't turned up and it's like I have a pea-shooter. Oh, well I do have Barrel III for pistols, which I don't use, partly because the pistols I have found are crap. I did get armour-piercing bullets as a 1 mission upgrade thing and instead of the usual >25 kills badge I get the >75 kills one.

Speaking of which, where are the most useful soldier powers like armour-piercing, disruptor and fire ammo?

I'm enjoying the basic concept as a fun little diversion, but the above are really irritating.
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News Comments > Leaked Valve Employee Handbook?
21. Re: Leaked Valve Employee Handbook? Apr 21, 2012, 19:55 DG
killer_roach wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 18:10:
*sigh* Yet another posting with the same "four years experience required" BS... really getting annoying for somebody just out of grad school when everyone wants 3-5 years experience for most any position.
Congrats on the phd, a great achievement.

But it doesn't prepare you for commercial work. You need to be able to combine academic knowledge with commercial experience in order to put it into relevant context before it's expertise. I'd strongly suggest trying to take a route where there will be someone with working knowledge of your field plus commercial experience who can guide you from the academic environment into the commercial one.

It may be unappealing but large corporate (particularly banks and consultancies) are generally set up for that. It's common for people to leave uni, take the corporate grind for a few years then they get into the position of being able to do what they want.

Smaller companies, well you're looking at reporting to the board on big-money stuff straight off. There's not much room for figuring stuff out, they need someone who can deliver right away. There is the holy grail of smaller companies who specialise in your shit, but holy grails are hard to come by.

Think about it from Valve's perspective - they'd have no idea what you're talking about and you'd have no idea what they really need.

I'm sorry if I'm the one breaking this to you, but a phd doesn't walk you into a $100k+ salary, not unless you're really lucky or did your thesis on some new technique you've figured out for drilling oil or something. It does make the route a lot shorter and will pay off in the long run though.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 17:48 DG
For Skyrim, I just went with the maps with roads.

I have the compact hideout now, basically so there's one loot/materials/etc stash connected to all the houses, though I got that late on when I was just tidying up the missions.

Most of the mods seem to be minor graphical improvements with a risk of them changing the "artistic integrity" or whatever so I didn't bother. The HD texture pack is worth it but the other stuff didn't seem quite worth the hassle.

As for SkyUI, everyone using KB+M says it's a must, but using the MS controller it's not necessary. Yeah, seems heretical but personally I found the controller to be a lot better for Skyrim at everything except archery. I was really sceptical but tried it and immediately found it very clearly better.
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