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Re: No subject
Apr 7, 2008, 23:11
29.
Re: No subject Apr 7, 2008, 23:11
Apr 7, 2008, 23:11
 
NPD to Track Online Game Subscriptions

"After retail sales of PC software accounted for a mere 14% of the overall games industry in 2007, an NPD representative claimed that, based on total play time, the PC market wasn't shrinking, but simply shifting towards digital distribution and game subscriptions. However, the firm was unable to further quantify those statements as it did not track such details at the time."

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/51259

39.
 
Re: Not buying it....
Feb 26, 2008, 20:07
39.
Re: Not buying it.... Feb 26, 2008, 20:07
Feb 26, 2008, 20:07
 
Cheaper for us Aussies... I would've been paying $90 ($85 or so US) at retail for that box over here, where as on Steam it only cost me $54.

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Re: ...
Jan 31, 2008, 01:46
Re: ... Jan 31, 2008, 01:46
Jan 31, 2008, 01:46
 
I wouldn't. Over its history Gamespy's network has been more reliable than Steam. In addition unlike Steam Gamespy's system is "fail open" by design which means when Gamespy's network fails, games which use it for authentication will still run. So if Gamespy were to disappear, games which rely on it for authentication are still useable and can even still allow online play so long as players can find the game servers. In addition Gamespy's authentication servers are separate from its master list servers which means that if the authentication servers are offline but the master servers are up (which has happened), clients can still join game servers. That's the beauty of fail open versus fail closed like Steam. The game is still useful and playable in the event of network failure.

I've never had a problem with Steam Multiplayer, where as the problems I usually have with multiplayer are to do with Gamespy. This is completely anecdotal so I don't really care if Gamespy has had 95% uptime compared to Steam's 94%.

I don't tend to play 10 year old multiplayer games so if Steam goes down in the future, I doubt I'll care. If you foresee yourself doing this, don't buy / support steam games, which doesn't leave you a great deal of options for gaming I know but you could always play console games.

Hacked Steam clients already exist and can do this. However that is certainly no legitimate excuse for Valve to make Steam so damn restrictive. If you're going to use a hacked Steam client, you might as well go "whole hog" and simply get your Steam games for free as well. There's no sense in rewarding Valve if it's going to treat you like a criminal regardless.
So you do agree if it does disappear, you'll still be able to play games from Steam? That was the only point of my comment, not that the Steam authentication method is fair but I still much prefer it to any sort of CD Authentication.


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Re: ...
Jan 30, 2008, 02:04
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Re: ... Jan 30, 2008, 02:04
Jan 30, 2008, 02:04
 
All is well...but yeah...is anyone actually going to adopt this system?

Hopefully so, if developers use Steam Multiplayer over a Gamespy implementation, I'll be a happy man.

If Steam ever went offline anyway and they didn't turn off authentication, I'm pretty certain someone would come up with an app to emulate the auth servers or remove the copy protection from the games.

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Re: Games For Windows
Jan 12, 2007, 21:34
55.
Re: Games For Windows Jan 12, 2007, 21:34
Jan 12, 2007, 21:34
 
Riley, I can't believe your saying increased Q&A is a bad thing with the shit standard alot of games are released at currently.


Also, Vista is more than just DX 10 -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_Vista

41.
 
Re: DoD
Sep 26, 2005, 22:55
41.
Re: DoD Sep 26, 2005, 22:55
Sep 26, 2005, 22:55
 
i'm gonna buy two copies just for you.

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Re: Grr
Jul 4, 2005, 21:51
Re: Grr Jul 4, 2005, 21:51
Jul 4, 2005, 21:51
 
That can be accomplished without resorting to selling through exclusive and restrictive digital delivery systems like Steam. There is no need to replace one devil with another.
You got some examples?

Steam costs more, is more restrictive from a useage standpoint, and is less reliable (If Steam is down, the consumer can't play his game) than games sold on physical media. I call that worse for the consumer.

Then why does it allow you to play offline when there's no net connection or steam isnt available?

It's bizarre that your against steam - As someone mentioned earlier, you only have to spend $20 and you'll find out whether you'll like it or not unlike the usual $40+ required, the developer gets a much bigger cut than what they'd be getting normally and you can get it the same time as the rest of the world no matter where you live.

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Re: TA
Jun 21, 2005, 19:20
12.
Re: TA Jun 21, 2005, 19:20
Jun 21, 2005, 19:20
 
Chris Taylor left not long after Core Contingency was released I believe, He wasnt responsible for Kingdoms.

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Re: No subject
Jun 3, 2005, 09:06
10.
Re: No subject Jun 3, 2005, 09:06
Jun 3, 2005, 09:06
 
It'd be courteous if the people actually bagging the game played it first.

This comment was edited on Jun 3, 09:10.
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Re: NWN2
Nov 10, 2004, 20:19
23.
Re: NWN2 Nov 10, 2004, 20:19
Nov 10, 2004, 20:19
 
"What on earth is so compelling about it? This is not to start an argument - rather, I'd like to hear what people find appealing about it so that maybe I can see that I'm missing something special."

Much the same reason people are still playing Counter Strike when there are games that could be *considered better* available.

They like the game for whatever reason and continue playing it - some people dont like the game such as you - Your not missing out on anything secret, its simply different people enjoy different things.

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Re: Quick observation
Jan 20, 2004, 01:59
76.
Re: Quick observation Jan 20, 2004, 01:59
Jan 20, 2004, 01:59
 
I dont really see how its revenge just because Valve reported that their source code was stolen. The FBI are doing their job by enforcing the law. Last time I checked - theft of intellectual property IS A CRIME in which case the person who commited the crime should be prosecuted. If we should ignore it like you believe - Why shouldnt we let someone go who holds up a bank?

Coincidentally, How would you like it if someone stole the work you'd been doing for the past 5 years?

This comment was edited on Jan 20, 02:03.
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Re: No subject
Jan 19, 2004, 21:28
53.
Re: No subject Jan 19, 2004, 21:28
Jan 19, 2004, 21:28
 
#41
Your post(s) are still there, you should probably confirm that it was deleted before you start making assumptions

33.
 
Re: The problem is...
Jan 18, 2004, 22:20
33.
Re: The problem is... Jan 18, 2004, 22:20
Jan 18, 2004, 22:20
 
#30
There's a mod which adds Joystick support to Freelancer. Its available from Lancers Reactor.

43.
 
Re: did you know?
Dec 22, 2003, 19:29
43.
Re: did you know? Dec 22, 2003, 19:29
Dec 22, 2003, 19:29
 
Thats slightly different to the more common belief about Santa Claus.....

http://classiclit.about.com/cs/santaclausmyth/
http://www.angelfire.com/ca4/dehaan/christmas.html
http://logosresourcepages.org/santacla.html

"The American Santa Claus originally came the Dutch Saint Nicholas. The Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, which is now New York, brought this to America."

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Re: No subject
Dec 22, 2003, 05:29
Re: No subject Dec 22, 2003, 05:29
Dec 22, 2003, 05:29
 
"Oddly you never seem to stop you untruths and baldfaced lies, still waiting for the promised FREE multiplayer patch for the actual copy of BCM I have here($5 EB clearance). Even though its mentioned in the manual several times and on the box art. But no, you never lie."


You spent $5 on BCM!? Surely there was something else you could have gotten that actually delivered all that was promised

So Derek, still planning not to support UC when DC releases it?
The game is not ready. They ship it, you can go to them for support because we are currently updating the registration DB which means that unless you have a serial number, you won't be able to download any patches. And I have this morning invalidated all the serial numbers I generated and sent to them. In other words, they ship a dud, you'll be buying a dud. It will never, ever be supported.


Must be a first time ever that a developer is filing a restraining order against their publisher...
Derek Smart wrote...
We have advised them that on Monday and attorney in Canada is going to be filing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) preventing them from shipping the game into retail because it would damage the property, my rep etc. Hopefully that will get done before they start shipping it into the retail channel.


This comment was edited on Dec 22, 05:38.
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Re: No subject
Dec 18, 2003, 23:25
82.
Re: No subject Dec 18, 2003, 23:25
Dec 18, 2003, 23:25
 
I agree with Micheal Bolton Hair Dresser, these threads provide way more entertainment than your average game. You just cant beat DSmart for some good flamewars.

55.
 
Re: wrong... it was already over
Dec 18, 2003, 06:39
55.
Re: wrong... it was already over Dec 18, 2003, 06:39
Dec 18, 2003, 06:39
 
"Or if we're lucky, he'll find another industry to annoy the shit out of. One can only hope"

Well, i think he said somewhere that he intends to start making an XBOX game, so perhaps we're saved?

"The game Freaking Rocks if you are a True Science Fiction Nut."

Yea... that must be why there's so much glowing praise for it...

This comment was edited on Dec 18, 06:45.
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Re: No subject
Mar 27, 2003, 18:43
38.
Re: No subject Mar 27, 2003, 18:43
Mar 27, 2003, 18:43
 
"Talking about STALKER...

Did you know they're developing the game on Radeon 9700s?

I quote a reply from the STALKER DEVS:
"In fact, the graphics engine is developed on Radeon9700.We demand special support from FX driver guys, 'cause in pure/standart
DX9 it's impossible so run the engine on FX, at the moment."
"

In this preview it specifically mentions that the engine is running on the GF FX.....
http://www.digital-daily.com/editorial/geforce-fx-presents/

"The slightly primitive transport models and some minor flaws with the trees implementation revealed a nimble graphic engine running on NV30 in real time. "

as does this one...
http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/gffxlaunch/

"He touched directly upon the GeForce FX. Not only was he speaking about the characteristics of the new GPU and demonstrating a card based on it, he also showed how the card worked in a demo system. All the visitors were enjoying NVIDIA's demo programs of future games. STALKER made everybody fall silent - the audience looked at the screen and recognized the good old elements"

and this one...
http://www.3dgpu.com/previews/geforcefx_3.php
"The shadows, lighting, and detail shown in this screenshot from Stalker are unprecedented in current generation games. The peeling paint on the walls leverages the power of the GeForce FX GPU.
"

and numerous others.

This comment was edited on Mar 27, 18:45.
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