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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Mar 9, 2011, 11:24 DG
a bazillion dollars is why.

atm CS + CS Source has more than double the online players of the next two most popular games (MW2+Black Ops) combined. More than the rest of the entire top 10 combined. Even though CS is more than 10 years old.

Personally I'm not exactly pleased with the prospect since CS is so extraordinarily popular it pretty much kills off everything else.

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News Comments > EA: PC Gaming May Become Their "Biggest Platform"
12. Re: EA: PC Gaming May Become Their Mar 9, 2011, 11:17 DG
lot of talk, little walk.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 9, 2011, 07:20 DG
They make for excellent backup, media storage and NAS drives.

Where performance matters, SSD.
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Mar 5, 2011, 09:00 DG
Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe
Retail store price: 35
D2D regular price: 40 (24 for the Mac version, even though presumably Steam Fairplay?)
D2D sale price: 25
Regular price at Steam: 20
Console Regular price at Amazon and Play: 12
*golf clap*

Anyway... Being told how good this game is, so PC or 360? Generally prefer PC but kinda disgusted by the DRM, and the 360 price is cheaper.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Motherboards Mar 4, 2011, 13:39 DG
Decent article, the it's usually the MB that takes me the longest to pick when I'm upgrading. I got lucky on this build though and hit on a good Anandtech roundup, MSI-Neo2 P35 which does everything I need and was cheap too.

One thing he missed out though is they keep putting connectors that are obviously going to be blocked when a gamer-sized video card is plugged in.
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News Comments > Civilization V Polynesia Pack
3. Re: Civilization V Polynesia Pack Mar 4, 2011, 13:18 DG
Still pretty meh IMHO. I might get them when they're in some pack at 75% off in a Steam sale.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Speculation
17. Re: Mass Effect Speculation Mar 4, 2011, 13:13 DG
Techie714 wrote on Mar 4, 2011, 11:57:
I'm actually JUST NOW getting around to playing ME2 & so far I'm really enjoying it alot.

2 Questions
1. So far I've been going around the galaxy adding "Companions" to my fight against the collectors is this most of the game & do I have to do this to progress the main story line? *Not a complaint just wondering*

2. Should I purchase some of the DLC & if so which one or none?
1. Getting your team is much of the game. You can skip some if you want though others are part of the main storyline, and I'd suggest grabbing them all. You should try to have everything done before you reach the, uh, obviously pivotal moment in the game.

2. If you're only getting one DLC then Shadow Broker should be it. Personally though I thought all the missions ones were worth the small amount of money.
However IIRC they turn up mid-game and you have to do them before the aforementioned pivotal moment. Therefore your choice is really to get them right away, get them for a second run through or don't bother with them.

edit: with the DLC though I've sunk 64 hours into ME2, in one run-through. Main thing I'll pass on is don't bother going crazy scanning planets. I'd figured I would get it out of the way early on but turned out you don't really need much.

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News Comments > Valve Announces Steam Guard
27. Re: Valve Announces Steam Guard Mar 3, 2011, 14:52 DG
aphistic wrote on Mar 3, 2011, 14:35:
Hang on, let me get your tin foil hat for you...
It is strange that they stated that it could be used by 3rd parties if their only goal is for optional Steam account security for the benefit of the account holder.
What relevance is there for 3rd parties?

SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 3, 2011, 13:54:
They can do the same thing apple does with Itunes. You can log into your account management and reset the activated computers.

Limit the amount of resets to 2-3 times a year or whatever, if need more resets you have to contact support.
You are screwed by the first reset that isn't you. The limit to 2-3 isn't doing you any favours.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: UK government: DSL Mar 3, 2011, 13:34 DG
The problem with "up to" speeds are primarily an issue for the "last mile" between home and the exchange. The ISP has no control over that. Except for the cable and FTTH where you get new wires and so no surprise they hit very close to the advertised speeds.

So in some respects, complaining about the failure to obtain advertised rates is similar to complaining about a restaurant advertising service in 10 mins just because it takes you 30 mins to drive there.

Somewhat ironic that the government complains about this when they gave BT the monopoly over the telephone network and hence that last mile is all owned by BT.

In a competitive sense, an "up to" Xmb from one company is also usually ending up the same Ymb regardless of which company. Differences are usually accounted for the defaults applied to the routers, which can be manually tweaked.

There is one issue they should be putting out there yet aren't attempting to address: ISP's throttling and having too high contention.

OK, sure really there should be some little checker so people can try to figure out the actual speeds they would be getting. But this "25th to 75th percentile" is absurd, the speed varies by distance and quality of wiring to the cabinet, totally irrelevant to national average of an ISP. All you're going to end up with using this crap is averages that are at best irrelevant and at worst wide open to manipulation (e.g. have one product for people near exchanges and another for those further away, while advertising one not the other).

Most people whining think they're going to end up with some discount because their 10mb isnt the 20mb advertised. Not really. The connection doesn't really make much difference to cost, it's more about data quantity. A 20mb connection merely downloads the same quantity more quicker. The main reason for the price differences on packages is marketing, that is to get those willing to pay more to do so. Secondly, heavier internet users tend to be more willing to buy the faster pipe.

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News Comments > Saints Row: The Third Announced
10. Re: Saints Row: The Third Announced Mar 3, 2011, 13:20 DG
PHJF wrote on Mar 2, 2011, 22:58:
One of the worst PC ports of all time.
I've not played PC version, but IIRC the 360 version itself kind of felt like a bad port.

Fun game, not-so-great coding.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 3, 2011, 13:15 DG
Verno wrote on Mar 3, 2011, 10:59:
# Why Credit Cards Are Not the Future of Online Payment.

Total nonsense pro-Paypal "article". It's practically a press release.
first line of FTA:
Bill Zielke is senior director of Merchant Services at PayPal,
It is a press release. I'm still wondering why Blue saw fit to link to it, best guess is how it exemplifies BS.
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News Comments > Cannon Fodder 3 Demo Plans and Specs
2. Re: Cannon Fodder 3 Demo Plans and Specs Feb 27, 2011, 08:29 DG
I'm rather wary of this remake and the screenshots aren't helping.

Still surprised they didnt just release Cannon Fodder for phones, should work well with touchscreens.
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News Comments > Interstellar Marines Stock Offer
9. Re: Interstellar Marines Stock Offer Feb 27, 2011, 07:59 DG
Stormsinger wrote on Feb 27, 2011, 00:29:
I had options with my last company (who had actual games out, and a real revenue stream) and they weren't valued anywhere near $5 a share.
Whoa there. Prices of shares are completely incomparable.

A company worth $100,000 may have 100 shares each valued at $1,000, or it may have 1m each valued at $0.10. Or anything.

It might even have 99x$1,000 "A" shares + 100,000x$0.01 "B" shares, with the A & B shares having varied voting and dividend rights.

These guys have a good idea but I'm very wary about how they've gone about it. Either he's not had a sit-down with a lawyer/accountant or he's decided not to implement fairly obvious mechanisms to make the whole thing straightforward with reasonable controls for the investors.

If an indie is going to raise funding by allowing fans to buy shares I would think they should be issuing "B" shares, which would have a set % of "A" dividends and probably non-voting except for variations of dividend rights, issue of new shares, director's remuneration, sale of IP and for winding-up.

In TFA, he says he'll sell up to 100,000 of 1,211,605 shares. Therefore those 100k shares total 8.25%. For $500k. That's only reasonable if the company is worth $6m. But, there's no mention on any restriction on issuing new shares or director's remuneration. He could sell these shares then have the company issue to himself 1.2m new $0.01 B shares and suddenly all those shares you bought are only worth half as much. Or maybe the company does well and instead of paying out a dividend (8.25% of which goes to investors) maybe he just pays himself a huge bonus through payroll. Or why not just complete the game, then sell it for $1 to newco which he owns 100%.

I'd certainly be *extremely* wary that there's no offer to show accounts before making the investment. Certainly once you own shares you have the right to demand accounts. Another thing is he's saying you buy something from the company and he personally will transfer shares - I'm uncertain how enforceable this is. Some country's contract law requires a consideration. If you're paying money to the company rather than him then arguably he's making a unilateral offer which is unenforceable (it would be enforceable if you paid him the money for the shares)

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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Footage, Preorder Bonus
48. Re: Battlefield 3 Footage, Preorder Bonus Feb 23, 2011, 13:40 DG
Let's not complain about requiring a DX10 card and Vista/7. PC gamers generally spend enough time moaning about being held back by consoles that it comes across pretty silly to moan about a game requiring tech that's merely 1 year younger.

As for $60... I'll reserve judgement. The last one I played, BF2142, certainly wasn't since it was utterly broken on the Titan mode and I found only a couple of maps enjoyable in any other mode. Actually I seem to recall that the game was very buggy everywhere, but Titan was literally the worst I have ever seen, including betas.

IMHO main moaning point is the day1 DLC on top of a $60 price tag (seriously, premium price and the nickel-and-dime shit?). Not forgetting using pre-order bonuses to guarantee sales no matter if the game is shit or not.
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News Comments > More Mass Effect 2 DLC?
14. Re: More Mass Effect 2 DLC? Feb 22, 2011, 14:10 DG
Enjoyed Shadow Broker, Overlord and Kasumi DLC.

TBH "an interesting character, and the mission you got to do with her was a nice diversion from the regular mission design" (spot-on description btw) is actually what I want from a DLC.

Shadow Broker and Overlord are more like mini-expansions, frankly (despite these being decent value) I'd rather pay and get a bit more content so there's actually enough there to get back into the game again. I wouldn't have bothered with them except that they were already out when I got round to playing ME2.

Worse perhaps, since they're accessible mid-game presumably for most of the early-buyers they meant another run-through.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Fallout New Vegas: Dead Money
21. Re: Ships Ahoy - Fallout New Vegas: Dead Money Feb 22, 2011, 13:45 DG
Bill Borre wrote on Feb 21, 2011, 22:43:
Anyone know if this allows you to play past the end of the game? Or must you have a savegame to load before the end?
You need the save game.

I have no idea why they keep on doing this. Or at least they could make a special save right before the point where you're locked into the endgame.

Oh and apparently once you leave the DLC area to continue the main game, you can't go back.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: 22 Everyday Things Made Obsolete This Century Feb 13, 2011, 09:12 DG
"We're sorry, but this video is not available in your region due to rights restrictions"

OK, so how about not playing the advert before telling me this?

Oh well, at least I felt justified in fixing it for the future by nuking everything ad-related with Ad Block. Now the first thing to come up is that the copyright message.

ps. bit weird to not allow showing what is basically one big advert for IBM and Jeopardy.

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News Comments > Crytek Responds to Crysis 2 Leak
145. Re: Crytek responds to Crysis 2 Leak Feb 13, 2011, 09:05 DG
WyldKat wrote on Feb 12, 2011, 17:23:
Also, doesn't anyone else think that last sentence looks totally "tacked on" as it simply doesn't fit the sentence that precedes it?
Nail on head.

Personally I think the main section of text is perfectly reasonable and quite carefully written. Pick it apart and it studiously avoids pointing fingers and instead merely appeals for gamers to make the purchase. Without repeating itself it manages multiple times to emphasise that this release doesn't represent final quality and hey guys, there's only a bit over a month to wait. The opportunity for a little sales blurb is even taken.

All this is pulled off in 4 sentences, and they all flow on from each other as if from a practised hand.

Then it stumbles and blurts out the final sentence. It's highly inconsistent with the tone of what went before it, quite a change in direction.

My reading of that, just guessing of course, is a fairly smart PR wrote the piece then an exec threw it back demanding an anti-piracy comment.
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Feb 13, 2011, 07:49 DG
I would go berzerk if I was told I can only buy food from Sainsburys, or could only watch the BBC, yet people seem happily to confine their game purchasing to the stock of a single store.
Well yeah I'd go berserk too if told that yet I regularly go to the same supermarket, probably visiting the others no more than a handful of times per year. There's a big difference between going to one store because you have to vs. consistently choosing a store because it's convenient, has the products you want etc etc.

And yeah, if my supermarket didn't stock some new product I'd therefore be unlikely to buy it. Sure, if something is much more awesome I might go out of my way, but I'd have to be sold on it already.
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News Comments > Black Swan Composer Scoring Mass Effect 3
16. Re: Black Swan Composer Scoring Mass Effect 3 Feb 11, 2011, 15:28 DG
Moon was awesome and the music hit it perfectly.

BTW if you haven't seen Moon, please do, but avoid the trailers. While the main draw of the film is watching it unfold, the trailers give pretty much the entire story away and even draw you to moments that are relatively subtly done in the film.
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