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Signed On Aug 16, 2005, 21:56
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
27. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 11:40 ldonyo
 
Linthat22 wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 10:11:
I've never had any issues with Steam with Windows 10. Hell, not even an issue with GOG's beta Galaxy program.
Same here. GOG Galaxy actually works better for me on Win 10 than it did under Win 7.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 26, 2016, 11:11 ldonyo
 
Sprint doing anything other than expanding their network is a waste of their time and their customers' money. Unlimited data isn't unlimited if you can't get any data in the first place.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 20, 2016, 10:47 ldonyo
 
Peter Bright is probably the only one surprised by Windows' strength of earnings.  
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News Comments > The Technomancer Released
20. Re: The Technomancer Released Jun 29, 2016, 18:13 ldonyo
 
I bought it at 15% off coupled with a 50% off coupon on Humble, so I won't feel too bad if it isn't as much fun as I hoped it would be. Skimming through a bunch of reviews, it looks like some people thought it was okay and some people didn't like it at all.

The ones that didn't like it all seemed to have used the same review template, as they all used the same comparisons and made the same types of snarky remarks to make about Spiders, which makes me think that those folks don't like the developer and won't like anything Spiders makes, no matter what.

The folks that thought it was okay liked the combat best, but also thought the premise was interesting, if under developed. I won't know what I think until I give it a go, so I'm hoping for the best.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 29, 2016, 11:50 ldonyo
 
This is something I will use quite a bit. I'm a bit surprised it took this long for someone to do this.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 28, 2016, 14:03 ldonyo
 
Creston wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 13:43:
Is the Technomancer on PC too? Anyone know? The one single trailer I saw a few days ago (for the first time) looked pretty promising.

Edit: nm, it's actually mentioned below.

I saw it on the Humble store for 15% off this morning, but I don't know how much longer that will last.

Warner must be going straight past the release debacle and right to the pull-the-game-to-fix-it phase.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 14, 2016, 11:44 ldonyo
 
When are we going to have goodbye Yahoo? Not that they aren't busily driving any users they had away with ridiculous changes to their site, but it would be nice if it would just die and stay dead.  
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News Comments > GOG.com Summer Sale
14. Re: GOG.com Summer Sale Jun 9, 2016, 11:15 ldonyo
 
Dev wrote on Jun 9, 2016, 09:49:
Is that all the badges, stuff they are going to offer during the sale? I've done everything and started checkin, I'm at 3000 XP, and it will top out at like 4000 XP by completing the check in stuff. Not enough to earn even the first earnable free game at 5k. I see purchasing gives lots of XP, so is this more of a "buy stuff to get XP and get a bonus game or two along the way" type sale?
Glad system shock 2 was free without doing anything though.
You get 1000 points for installing the Galaxy client, as well as points for all the badges and check-ins.
 
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News Comments > Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games
24. Re: Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games Jun 1, 2016, 18:22 ldonyo
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 17:48:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 17:13:
nin wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 16:53:
That, and when you're the biggest, people think it's cool to hate on that...


I can understand that "cool to hate" mentality..

But do these people even remember what life was like without Steam? When you had to actually wait at EBgames at midnight to even get a copy of a game? How you had to actually scour forums/IRC for new game ideas and then look it up instead of seeing a game on steam going "oh, let's watch their gameplay videos and see how it is".

Also the total lack of shitty boxes and CD clutter gone? I still have a bin of 1995 to ~2007 video game boxes. Half-Life 1 in that orange box in there too.

I don't think that anyone would argue against the increase in convenience from digital distribution. That's missing the point completely.

What people don't like is all the bullshit surrounding it. The inability to sell games, the inability to access your games if your ISP or Steam craps out (a retail copy is "always online"), Steam's ability to alter games you have purchased w/o your consent (e.g. GTA music track removal), region locking and regional pricing bullshit (including censorship issues in some countries), multiplayer shenanigans where you can only play with Steam people and no one else and, of course, copious amounts of spying just to name a few of the issues some people are having with Steam.

As for Steam vs GOG in particular, the awesome advantage of GOG is you can actually download and own your GOG games. You can download an installer that includes the complete game. You can back that up to an internal or external HDD for all eternity. Your games are yours. Your property.
Steam is rent. Your games are bound to your account and you can only access your games through Steam. There is no long term possibility to back up or truly own your games without Steam being required at some point in the process.
A perfect example of this would be the copies of Fallout 1 & 2 that I got when GOG first started. The copies I downloaded contain the Interplay branding, as they were released before Bethesda bought the rights. The copies you can buy from GOG now have the Bethesda branding, but this change did not affect my copies at all. This is why I have 89 games on Steam and 384 games on GOG.
 
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News Comments > Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games
18. Re: Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games Jun 1, 2016, 17:44 ldonyo
 
Ludomancer wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 17:22:
sometime in the last 3 years valve became the unofficial owner of gog. they were really successful in keeping it lowdown. gog should just be considered drm-free steam now. because most people have steam already, the software (steam) tracks (and takes action) with your gog libraries. its bad. i hope posting this lets some more independent, more free individuals verify it publicly.
I'm going to call bullshit on this. Valve hasn't purchased CD Projekt, so Steam doesn't own GOG in any way, shape, or form.
 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
1. Re: Morning Screenshots May 13, 2016, 10:41 ldonyo
 
I really hope this is at least as good as Dark Corners of the Earth!  
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News Comments > MS Rebuffed Lionhead Buyers?
13. Re: MS Rebuffed Lionhead Buyers? May 11, 2016, 14:32 ldonyo
 
jdreyer wrote on May 11, 2016, 14:15:
MS is the proverbial bull in a china shop. How many studios have they closed or caused to be closed? Still pissed about GPG going under because MS canceled a game they were in the middle of.
EA is still the record holder for most studios closed after acquisition by a huge amount. If Microsoft wants to keep Fable in house, that's their prerogative.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 20, 2016, 12:30 ldonyo
 
Tachikoma wrote on Apr 20, 2016, 11:32:
EU has many flaws, but for giving the Big G a finger (and not for the first time) they deserve at least three cheers.
Not unless they do the same type of investigation into every OS vendor. Microsoft they've investigated to death, but why is Apple being completely ignored when they're the most monopolistic of the bunch?
 
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News Comments > The Technomancer in June
2. Re: The Technomancer in June Apr 20, 2016, 12:26 ldonyo
 
Looks pretty cool. I wonder what the price point will be?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 19, 2016, 10:41 ldonyo
 
Not after the grandfathered $7.99 subscriptions go to $9.99.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
4. Re: Morning Interviews Apr 12, 2016, 11:38 ldonyo
 
I go GOG or go console. I don't care for Steam and I've been using it since Valve first threw open the doors. It was really cool, at first. Now it's a pain in the ass. GOG at least gives me the option to use their Galaxy client, their downloader app, or just download via the browser. I like that, and I like DRM-free.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 12, 2016, 11:34 ldonyo
 
It was clear before the launch, too.  
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy
4. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy Apr 5, 2016, 11:00 ldonyo
 
These are probably the same people that complained about gay characters in the Dragon Age games and anything resembling a romantic subplot in Mass Effect. Also, using posts from 8chan to try and make your point? I think it says more about the person trying to make a point than the point they're trying to make does.

Looks like I'm not going to wait for a sale to pick this up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
2. Re: Morning Interviews Apr 1, 2016, 13:48 ldonyo
 
Darks wrote on Apr 1, 2016, 11:06:
Loved the game when it was originally released, but I've found it really difficult to get back into that old looking game. Pillars to me has been a much more fun game. Maybe, I'm just getting spoiled with the newer and better looking graphical games. Am I the only one who feels that way?
I still play the original BG and Icewind Dale games, with a widescreen mod, as well as the EE versions. I also go back and replay Planescape: Torment every couple of years. Heck, I'll even fire up Pools of Radiance or the original Bards Tale games once in a while!

Pretty graphics are nice, but I'm more into the writing and gameplay aspects than the graphics. Planescape: Torment is not pretty any longer, but it is still one of the best-written games I have ever played. I really wish that the writing in games had managed to keep up with the graphics over the last 10 - 15 years.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Released
11. Re: Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Released Apr 1, 2016, 13:37 ldonyo
 
I'll be getting this when it becomes available on GoG, as I have BG1EE and BG2EE from there already. I'd also like it to go on sale, since $19.99 seems a tad high for an expansion for a $19.99 game. I may not be patient enough to wait, though.

As for the Infinity Engine, BG is based on 2nd Edition D&D and the combat/magic/character classes all reflect this. It is very faithful to this version of D&D, both the good and the bad. I spent several hundred hours playing the original Bioware releases and a few score with the EE versions from Beamdog. I think Beamdog did a pretty good job with the EE versions and I'll continue to purchase and play them until I feel that has changed for the worse. I hope it doesn't.

Being a fan of turn-based RPGs myself, and having played the table top games for 40 years now, I enjoy the combat in any of the Infinity Engine Bioware games. Some of us enjoy being able to take as long as we like to decide what actions each character in our party will take each round, others prefer combat to continue without stopping until there is only one side left. The Infinity Engine accommodates both styles of play pretty well, especially if you take advantage of the AI scripting available for NPCs and leave them to their own devices.
 
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