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Nickname BurntSoul
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Signed On Feb 10, 2006, 03:46
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News Comments > The Million Witcher March
15. Re: The Million Witcher March Oct 30, 2008, 16:02 BurntSoul
 
Has a disc check on the regular version, that's it as far as I know.

Yes, it uses the TAGES method. I'm not sure if the Steam version has it or not though. I tried to get it to run using GameJackal Pro (which for me has a 95% or higher success rate for all protections besides TAGES and StarForce) and TAGES went ahead and removed all good items from any containers in the game, as well as removed main characters and messed with combat such that I couldn't pull my sword out.

The game wasn't so fun for me after that so I put the damn DVD back in the drive. Oh well, at least it won't mess with my system like StarForce would. It just aggravates because if I forget to take the DVD out of the drive after playing, I can guarantee that my 1.5 year old daughter will (scratchy, scratchy).

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News Comments > The Million Witcher March
12. Re: The Million Witcher March Oct 30, 2008, 15:56 BurntSoul
 
Apparently the plot is based on someone's stories. I would love to get a hold of them in English if it was possible.

Necrosis,

I noticed you found the book. A great read of short stories, there. The main character (Geralt) is more believable than others because he (along with his friend) has faults and failures, but then also kicks ass Donkey Kong style. It's also refreshing to see a fantasy setting that is different in that it doesn't entirely take itself too seriously/over the top in stuffiness. If it weren't for the game, I wouldn't have picked it up. I'm glad I have both.

For those who have neither game nor book and would like a different kind of fantasy story, you cannot go wrong!
 
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News Comments > Hellgate: London Saved?
16. Re: Hellgate: London Saved? Oct 28, 2008, 19:47 BurntSoul
 
OMG, why won't it die?

It's undead, That's why. Someone get a chainsaw.

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News Comments > Dead Space Sequel and More
8. Re: Dead Space Sequel and More Oct 23, 2008, 11:00 BurntSoul
 
Controls on the PC are actually pretty dire. There's something like a 500-1000ms lag between moving the mouse and the game actually noticing. Very distracting.

Wait...is there lag because the graphics are set so high? If you set the eye candy to the 'craptastic' setting, does the lag go away? A 1/2 to 1 second lag will mean its going to suck donkey balls on the PC.
 
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News Comments > Splinter Cell: Double Agent Patch
5. Re: What's the patch about? Oct 8, 2008, 11:46 BurntSoul
 
SC DA didn't have Starforge, you're thinking of Chaos Theory.

Ahh, you are right. My bad.


 
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News Comments > Ubisoft: EndWar PC Impacted by Piracy
23. Re: No subject Oct 8, 2008, 11:43 BurntSoul
 
I think that's what burns me up the most. The fact that as an honest consumer I cannot get a refund on a totally shitty game. Even though they are trying to fight piracy on the PC, they are undermining themselves by basically waging a war with their legitimate consumer base as well. Because of this, in the future I won't be able to buy a title on the PC anyway.

 
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News Comments > Splinter Cell: Double Agent Patch
2. What's the patch about? Oct 8, 2008, 11:34 BurntSoul
 
Could someone tell me that this patch removes the StarShank copy protection... please?

-laughs at dick explosion-

 
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News Comments > Ubisoft: EndWar PC Impacted by Piracy
20. Re: No subject Oct 8, 2008, 11:19 BurntSoul
 
Either way, it wouldn't work effectively as anti-piracy measure. Your example of Alcohol 120% isn't really a great one - you can find it at every torrent site known to man.

Ahh, damn. That sucks. I thought I would have been at least better than the mess we see now.


 
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News Comments > Ubisoft: EndWar PC Impacted by Piracy
14. Re: No subject Oct 8, 2008, 11:02 BurntSoul
 
Hardware chips would never work. There would always be some vendor willing to make a non-chipped motherboard just to one-up the others. Plus every casual user usually has a tech savvy friend who could remove/defeat it. I see idiots all the time in my shop with hard drives full of games/movies/porn that their friends showed them how to download.

First off (for any publishers and/or devs that are reading this), I do understand that companies want to protect their product from piracy, and rightfully so. I appreciate that you want to make sure you get the money that you deserve for making your game.

But.....could someone please tell me what is wrong with - instead of DRM on the game disks - having to register and tie an e-mail address first with a unique serial number and an account name to the game with a specific PC...a one time 'activation' if you will?

Then the game disks (or downloaded content) could be copied as many times as you wanted - no DRM + free distribution of the game on the web! Also, you have tied your single license with your email address, account and the specific hardware you installed it on. This should generate a unique serial number to put into your game and there you go.

If you wanted to, you should be able to uninstall or re-install on that computer any number of times. You could install the game content from the game disks to a different computer, but since it doesn't have all the information to properly match the licensed copy to the hardware it will not work.

However, if your machine crashes and burns, or you need to do a major upgrade - no sweat. You would log into your account, unregister the license that was bound to the 'old' computer, and re-register to the new or updated computer.

There you go, Piracy averted.

I've seen this work. Ironically, the makers of Alcohol 120% do this. It seems to work well.

Of course, if the company were to go belly up, something else would have to be done like a patch to remove the way the licensing is done, or another company could host the licensing database\site for a fee or something - but at least no DRM measures have to be installed with the game, potentially screwing your computer over.

That and the whining fucking stops with the publishers, which means they can feel more comfortable with developing for the PC again.

So I ask you, doesn't this sound good (or at least better than what is now done) - or is there a gaping hole of Buccaneerish logic I've missed?

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News Comments > Spore DRM Lawsuit
16. Re: uninstalling SecuROM Sep 24, 2008, 12:38 BurntSoul
 
Besides they are agreeing to install the game, NOT the DRM program.

What I'm worried about is this: Okay in the future, the DRM ruling is resolved with EA. EA has to include an obvious message before install that says 'SecureROM will be installed for this game on your computer or else it's not going to run'. No, not even that. It also says this on the box. In huge letters. You go home, open the box, throw the DVD in the drive, get the message or something similar above before installation starts. You go, 'Oh crap, didn't want that - but I bought the game!'

Yes, the customer is stupid for buying the game and not reading the box. But it happens.

So, can we get a refund for the game after it's been opened?

Not the way things are right now...

So EA seems to be running consumers through a process or eventuality by which PC content can only be loaded digitally, instead of having hard copies. Either that, or EA will get pissed enough in its war against its own PC gaming consumers and just use this as an excuse not to develop for them anymore.

 
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News Comments > Frontlines: Fuel of War Patch Details
11. Re: No subject Aug 26, 2008, 19:19 BurntSoul
 
I think that it's more a case of, if you already have COD4, why would you bother with another shooter that's pretty much the same, but with lower production values and gameplay that doesn't hold up against it either?

While I agree that CoD4 is superior to Frontlines, I think they are trying more to be like the BF or SW: Battlefront series.

Also, one thing that cannot happen at all in Frontlines (and is a good thing) is the 'rollover' effect you'll see in CoD4 where a player will be able to use their helicopter and kill another 7 people (is it 7 or 9? cannot remember), whereby they are able to instantly use the helicopter again. Enough people on the map and they can just do this multiple times. It's just annoying, I don't care what side you're on.

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News Comments > Frontlines: Fuel of War Patch Details
10. No subject Aug 26, 2008, 19:05 BurntSoul
 
I agree that the vehicles are clunky, and that it's ridiculous that they finally will be adding joystick support. However, even though it uses the Unreal 3 engine, it does not feel at all like unreal tournament 3. It's a different pace all together; not frenetic like UT 3, and not as realistic (if you can call it that) as BF2. But a couple of things are fun that I like. You get to use robot remotes (remote helicopters or mini tanks) if you choose that 'role' on spawn and you get to 'see' through their camera.

You have multiple classes to choose from, and when you get kills or conquer an area on the map you gain experience towards powered up functions of the role you chose. These effects you gain are a one time shot that slowly 'charges' back up over time. You start with a first level effect, and with more kills/experience a second and a third will become available to you.

For example, you can choose an air support role and the first level for that role is a precision missle or bomb that will destroy a unit in one hit (note that you CAN miss). The second level would be a cluster bomb and the third level is a gunship. Well, that's what the West has. The Russians 2nd level is a carpet bomb and their third level is a fuel air bomb.

The main gametype is Frontlines, where unlike a conquest game, you must attack specific areas on the map; when you get that area, your frontline moves forward.

The downsides to the game is that there isn't a commander role for your team, you won't see many people forming squads though it's available and like others said it had a rough start with so so reviews, so not as many people initially bought the game on the PC side. Support has been slow going which hurts it even more, and they are finally going to implement a patch soon that enables joystick support, adds options to the server list screen and adds more official maps + the conquest game type.

While it has similar gameplay features that the Battlefield or Star Wars Battlefront series has, it definitely has a different feel. You should give it a try - at least the demo if it's available.

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News Comments > GTA4 PC Improvements
3. Re: Hmm. Aug 20, 2008, 14:07 BurntSoul
 
Hope it runs okay. Though I don't see why it shouldnt. GTA4 isn't that impressive graphically.

NKD,just curious: What is graphically impressive to you? Just so we have a baseline of your opinion. Seriously though, I'm not trying to be a pain in the ass or cause some kind of flame war.

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News Comments > World in Conflict: Complete?
3. Re: No subject Aug 19, 2008, 20:38 BurntSoul
 
Is this game any good? I played the demo and it seemed decent, but it hasn't seemed to take off. Is it worth it?

This game is fantastic. Single Player game is an absolute blast. Excellent story. There is a multiplayer community out there (I've always seen people playing out there), but it's not huge like other games. I don't now why, it really is a gem.

 
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News Comments > Far Cry 2 in "Only Two Months"
42. Re: ... Aug 19, 2008, 01:35 BurntSoul
 
Holy Crap, LMN8R. Well written.

 
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News Comments > Far Cry 2 in "Only Two Months"
39. Re: ... Aug 19, 2008, 01:06 BurntSoul
 
No, it's not. You're comparing material theft to copyright theft. I want to make clear that that's a criticism of the analogy, not a support of piracy. It's more like McDonald's developing a new burger and Burger King copying it and giving it away for free: McDonald's hasn't lost any money from the product itself (they didn't produce the material burger) but has lost money that they would have otherwise made.

I wasn't doing a comparison of material theft to copyright theft. The whole paragraph above is off base, 'theyarecomingforyou'. I'm afraid I confused you with the McDonalds/BurgerKing thing.

I was simply stating exactly what you mention in your second paragraph. Exactly. In this case, the user Caveman - who I believe made the first post of this thread.

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News Comments > Far Cry 2 in "Only Two Months"
31. Re: I got an idea... Aug 18, 2008, 23:57 BurntSoul
 
I agree with you on all points. But it's a tough World out there, and apparently some Publishers are risk averse when it comes to selling their grapes. So they lose. And so do we.

 
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News Comments > Far Cry 2 in "Only Two Months"
27. Re: I got an idea... Aug 18, 2008, 23:29 BurntSoul
 
Me? No...I'll just pass. I don't pirate anything.

So not only will I not be giving them my money, I won't be giving them something to blame for their shitty game failing! heh


Well, Pumas - I'm not pointing the finger at you for pirating games. Why would I do that? You said you don't pirate games.

I'm blaming you for criticizing the analogy. Criticizing the analogy gives a lame excuse for piracy some credibility. The analogy is right on point, however retarded it sounds.

I don't like the state of things as much as everyone else around here. I walk into a game store and see one shelf of PC titles where the game store used to consist and subsist entirely on PC games. and the publishers just go where the consistent money is, they are not stupid. They don't give a rats ass for your demo.

So don't go applauding the idiot pirate. That makes zero sense.

EDIT - Thanks for the correction. I don't eat at fast food places much. Fast food sucks.

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News Comments > Far Cry 2 in "Only Two Months"
24. Re: I got an idea... Aug 18, 2008, 23:16 BurntSoul
 
Right! You'll pass on buying the game because they have no demo. But you'll download (remember, downloading=piracy to the publisher) the games and try them out for free. Just as if you had a demo, only it's the full version. That you can burn to CD/DVD if you decide you like the game.

Yeah, I'm going to Burger King. Those dirty bastards are giving me a whole Big Mac for free because I didn't get to try a sample. Yup. and because I'm getting the whole Big Mac for free - well screw it, I'm not only going to just try a sample...

 
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News Comments > Far Cry 2 in "Only Two Months"
21. Re: I got an idea... Aug 18, 2008, 23:06 BurntSoul
 
Yup I agree! Sure it's retarded! I wouldn't have thought in a million years I'd have strung those sentences together to prove a point.

However.

The reason why you can't get a refund or an exchange for an open PC title, retarded you think that is - get ready for it -

is because publishers think that PC gamers casually
steal their software. And so they have decided to turn their backs on PC gamers. And because of this, now the Console is getting the games first and the PCs are getting the leftovers/ports.

So I guess by that logic I should just go on a PG Game piracy rampage? Will that help PC gaming publishers decide to sell top rate PC games that aren't console ports? Will that help PC gaming publishers decide not to install copy protection software with their games? Will it help them think twice and then create a demo for users?

Now that's fucking retarded.




 
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