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News Comments > Portal: Prelude Support Ends
30. Re: Learn to read, fool. May 23, 2010, 08:23 DG
Riley, you're going to far too much effort to argue a ludicrous position. I actually have doubts that you're trolling because nobody is that bad at it.  
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News Comments > Portal: Prelude Support Ends
24. Re: Portal: Prelude Support Ends May 23, 2010, 05:51 DG
So what we're saying is Valve gave away a version of Portal with limited modding?

Wow, how terrible of them. OK, things could have been smoother if they'd said that up front, but whatever.

PS. I'm not particularly inclined to give any benefit over doubt to the modders when they're posting news in that way. Quite a few toys strewn around the pram there.
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News Comments > PC Fable III Confirmed
18. Re: PC Fable III Confirmed May 21, 2010, 16:16 DG
I thought Fable 2 was a good game, albeit too easy and a bit shallow - take out some language and would have been a good game for kids.

Oh yeah and the endless enemy respawning. Gah.
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News Comments > OnLive UK Plans
4. Re: OnLive UK Plans May 13, 2010, 13:33 DG
BT. That means exclusive service to BT customers. That is, customers who pay their money directly to BT - we're just about all BT customers because BT owns nearly all of the infrastructure and takes a big slice of all the revenue.

But BT customer service is appallingly bad, and their executives call anyone racists if they talk about not being able to understand what their grade Z Indian call centres are saying. (Whilst claiming they are grade A centres, even though with those you usually have to make an effort to even notice).

BT customer service voted worst in UK:

This comment was edited on May 13, 2010, 13:39.
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News Comments > Michael Pachter Interview
9. Re: Michael Pachter Interview May 12, 2010, 16:48 DG
This is the stock market! What matters is you think something before everyone else does. Being right or wrong only affects how quickly you need to exit before your error becomes a mistake.  
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News Comments > Portal Free
8. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 16:37 DG
Not that there is anyone using these boards who doesn't already have Portal, except I guess for a handful of the ardent Steam-haters.

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News Comments > Games Workshop Sues Warhammer Fan Site
25. Re: Games Workshop Sues Warhammer Fan Site May 8, 2010, 20:41 DG
Overon wrote on May 8, 2010, 19:54:
I have read this thread and no one has managed to convince me through reason and evidence that they are right.

Try harder. I respond well to evidence and reason. Please avoid making logical fallacies.

Thank you.
It's IP law. You want evidence, reason and logic? It's about imaginary things, GL with that.

Having read TFA and the action, you can basically take your pick from:

- Evil Games Workshop! They want lawyer money, a valuable domain for free and to maximise the control it has over community discussions. This website is fair use, does not pretend to represent Games Workshop and builds up a community and hence is a good thing for the company. Or;

- Evil! These guys are making money through advertising yet people only go there because it's about Games Worshop, therefore it is illegitimately profiting from another company's branding.

Personally I do not see how GW is losing anything from this "fan site", it's not like it's selling competing products, and I can't imagine anyone assuming it to be an official site. GW are widely known to be a litigious bunch of control freaks - am IRL friend of mine is well into it but he really dislikes the company. Apparently most fan sites had to come up with some agreement with GW to be allowed to operate (WTF?). On the other hand, given it's corporate ownership I'm not sure it's quite the "fan site" and yeah OK apparently they are making money.
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News Comments > Kotick: "No Choice But to Fire" IW Heads
32. Re: Kotick: May 7, 2010, 13:55 DG
InBlack wrote on May 7, 2010, 08:12:
How the fuck are Activision's shareholders tolerating this dude and the dumb shit he spewes in public? I guess as long as the money keeps rollin' in he gets to stay right? What a crock....
Shareholders who don't like the CEO sell and move on.

The only time they actually get kicked out is when the share price goes down so dramatically shareholders have lost too much money to move on. But we're talking down to a fraction of what they bought at, and even here many shareholders will just sell when they have other gains to offset for tax.
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News Comments > Civilization V and Steamworks
46. Re: Civilization V and Steamworks May 7, 2010, 13:46 DG
Zyrxil wrote on May 6, 2010, 18:16:
DG wrote on May 6, 2010, 17:28:
Civ is about the one game I'm wary of getting on steam because of the level of modding.
And what do you base this on? I own the Steam version of Civ IV and the expansions and the big mods, Fall From Heaven 2, etc., all work perfectly fine. The only complaint I have is that it's not well integrated into Steam enough, so the base game, and each expansion have their own folder instead of being all in one folder like the retail version would be.
But what about the unofficial patches that change core games files in the base install? Doesn't Steamworks even check base files?
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News Comments > Civilization V and Steamworks
30. Re: Civilization V and Steamworks May 6, 2010, 17:28 DG
Civ is about the one game I'm wary of getting on steam because of the level of modding.

For Civ IV there were almost constantly community patches. These were good quality stuff that ended up (eventually) getting rolled into the official patches.

Everybody uses the community patches. When official patches are released, it's normal to wait until your mods are compatible before updating (well, actually a lot of people ran two installs).

I'm wary that with Steam they won't be able to patch certain files, and that we'll be force-fed official patches that break the mods which are more important than the vanilla game.
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News Comments > New Audigy Drivers
15. Re: New Audigy Drivers May 3, 2010, 15:49 DG
Onboard Realtek audio is pretty good. Well, some of them, they do vary. I have decent Sennheiser bins and am quite impressed. But that is when considering it probably costs like 10c per install.

My old Audigy 1 gave very noticeably better sound than any onboard chip I've tried (though I didn't use Soundstorm). In some games, you get accused of wallhacking because you can hear fairly accurately where people are, which I can't do with this Realtek. I considered it well worth the money, partly because it was good and partly because the card lasted several builds.

And could have kept going. But, I didn't bother with it since I shifted from XP, since HW acceleration is lost and frankly Creative's drivers are fucking awful. I just wasnt even going to hope they could cope with 64bit.

I really can't believe they don't have a proper unified driver. The lightbulb seems to have gone on that drivers should be multi-OS but they're still doing silly things like saying "This download is a driver providing [...] support for Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® series of audio devices" and then hidden away at the very bottom of the detailed notes is "DO NOT install this driver for Sound Blaster Audigy LS, Sound Blaster Audigy SE, or Sound Blaster Audigy Value".

edit: personally never had trouble with Realtek onboard.
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News Comments > GTA San Andreas Mini-Sale
28. Re: GTA San Andreas Mini-Sale Apr 30, 2010, 16:49 DG
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 29, 2010, 17:49:
Then use PayPal.

Better to use paypal for these things anyway - no reason to give them your cc info.
I don't use paypal, though anyway here in UK credit card payment is highly favourable because of the amount of protection the law forces the provider to give you.
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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Patched
6. Re: Team Fortress 2 Patched Apr 29, 2010, 17:14 DG
Nice to have the bugfixes and I guess making freight official is a good thing.

I don't get the endless meddling they keep doing to the balance though. I think they do it just for the sake of change, without really considering whether it will be better.

That's a major nerf of the pyro. You're kidding about heavies right? Pyro is easy meat for a heavy, pyro should only ever win in a scenario where any other class ('cept medic) would do it significantly easier. And of course now heavy has got quite a good boost here.
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News Comments > GTA San Andreas Mini-Sale
14. Re: GTA San Andreas Mini-Sale Apr 29, 2010, 16:39 DG
I caught both VC and IV sales. I have the former on DVD and the latter on 360 but for that price I was getting it on steam.

But Steam said my card was declined. While my issuer says they were authorised (but payment wasn't taken) and gave me the auth codes so Steam could manually put it though.

Of course all I get from Steam support is they don't know and I could try using another card - despite having pointed out I wanted in on a sale price...

Bah, never had this problem with the old client (yeah yeah, it's unlikely that the card processing system would be changed with the client, but I can moan).

P.S. VC was the bestest GTA game EVAR.

EDIT: shit, I forgot, didn't they threw on some nasty DRM shit on GTA?
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News Comments > New ATI Catalyst Drivers
2. Re: New ATI Catalyst Drivers Apr 28, 2010, 16:54 DG
hmm, time to update from 9.9? (ATI4850)  
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News Comments > Infinity Ward Exodus at 26
19. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 15:42 DG
Isn't this a repeat of 2003?

2002: 2015inc release MoH: AA, under EA.
2003: 22 leave 2015inc [EA-ish] to form IW and release CoD, under Activision.
2009/10: 26 leave IW [Activision] to form Respawn and release ??? under EA.

Where ??? = some game with remarkable similarities to CoD/MoH

(yes 2015 is technically independent but IIRC a lot of the fuss at the time was because EA basically called the shots)
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News Comments > New Steam Client Released
35. Re: New Steam Client Released Apr 27, 2010, 12:51 DG
Dev wrote on Apr 26, 2010, 19:46:
Even if not faster servers, how about enough reserve capacity to handle launch week? They've had tons of big games released on steam (valve games and non valve games), and it seems like EVERY SINGLE ONE, when its released, it slows to a crawl or is stuck on paused download, or whatever.
Its not like they don't have data on how much bandwidth a launch requires.
FLY wrote on Apr 26, 2010, 19:39:
Yeah ok..

How about some FASTER servers, Valve?! Spend some of those millions you are making. Getting capped bandwidth 400kb-800kb is pathetic. You know damn well you are capping the bandwidth.

I remember when Steam used to be fast for downloads. It's bad enough you are charging people the same price as retail for new games. Give people faster servers or they will leave you in droves.

There's something up with the DL's imo. When the Parish was released I was getting it at something silly like 14KB/s while the server stats page showed the UK servers only around half capacity. Switched my locale to Germany and then Holland, similar. At Benelux, however, it jumped up to a little shy of 900KB/s.

If I install something away from launch times though it's not unknown that I'll get about 2,000KB/s. Like just now reinstalled Portal as a test and it hit 2.0MB/s (20Mbit ADSL).
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News Comments > New Steam Client Released
5. Re: New Steam Client Released Apr 26, 2010, 16:43 DG
Vice City is on a 2hr sale for next to nothing if you're desperate to try out shopping with it...  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 26, 2010, 15:00 DG
The price of BR's is really annoying. I'm not going to pay 2-3x the DVD price for BR.

DVD's are cheap enough that I'd pick them up on a whim. But, I'm also put off that because I don't want to have the obsolete one either, I think I'd regret it later on especially since I usually have years between viewings so the BR may be reasonably priced the second time around.

I did get a BR player though since they're quite cheap (er, well the drive for my PC was, I don't even have a HD telly but my TFT is), and through my rental scheme they're no different to a DVD. I also get the occasional one on a good offer. I good subscription HD download service is what I really want though.
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News Comments > On MW2 Bonuses
32. Re: On MW2 Bonuses Apr 23, 2010, 20:18 DG
Anonymous Rex wrote on Apr 23, 2010, 16:21:
It's easy to say "Well don't sign it." And it sounds easy right up until you're actually in that position, and you discover that the alternative is not working.
Far as I can see I'm the only one mentioning signing things, specifically "well they agreed to it".

But... They did. My comment didn't pass judgement. But you know... The reason we get screwed over by employers is because nobody challenges it. It isn't even screwing their staff over any more, it's borderline standard practice. Want to know why execs and bankers get paid a squillion dollars? Not only do they read their contracts, they negotiate - most importantly, they all do.

I like to moan about politicians. But, I'll admit at least half the problem is people not reading real newspapers, paying attention and using their vote with care. Again I don't pass judgement - I don't and can't blame anyone for considering it a waste of time. But as a group, we have to take our share of the blame for the state of politics. It's the same thing. I don't blame anyone for needing to make the rent, no individual's apathy is making a difference. But as a group, we take it and we take it and we take it and we hope someone else is going to save us - we don't do ourselves any favours.

Oh and yeah, there are the occasional cool employers who treat staff fairly in the belief that staff will respect and respond to that and so in the end they'll make a return on that. And they're right 90% of the time, but there's that 10% who abuse it and make it so that it's not working for the employer and in the end we get screwed over again. The best part is we're probably covering for those 10% guys.

So yeah, they agreed to it. Maybe they had little choice, maybe it's not their fault - at least no more than anyone else's. Maybe it's your fault. Maybe it's our fault. Activision? They're assholes but who expects different?

PS no this isn't support for unions who as far as I can tell is just another bunch of bosses abusing you for their own ends.
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