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Signed On Jul 5, 2007, 06:49
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News Comments > Catalyst 11.6b Hotfix
1. Re: Catalyst 11.6b Hotfix Jul 7, 2011, 00:06 headkase
 
Leech pages are dumb. Like seriously, the 7 and Vista links end up in a leech to me so likely everyone else too. The "AMD Support" one works and helpfully tells me this release doesn't apply to my hardware so, fine, done.

But, instead of an "Unauthorized" page I think a good site - when it detects something it may or may not stupidly like - should redirect you to a page it does like instead of sitting there being a jerkface.

An example like this is Comedy Central. I don't know how many times I'll click on a link in some web-page hoping to see the short clip it was talking about and I'll get a "You're not special enough to use the US site you dumb Canadian!" And it'll redirect me to the Canadian site. The front page. With no link and millions of directions I could possibly go to find the actual clip I used to be interested in seconds before.

Basically, real examples exist of web-sites being "jerkfaces"
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Leak Lawsuit
72. Publisher doing this. Jul 6, 2011, 22:21 headkase
 
This may have been written already, I'll go back and check out all the comments in a bit, but the immediate thing about this story that stuck out at me - and I think even if it has already been mentioned deserves it again is: this is the publisher doing this. Publishers have more of a reason to have a bug up their butt than a developer: Eidos. I have this game pre-ordered, you know: paid, and this story does not change a single feeling I have that it is almost certainly going to be an awesome game. I haven't downloaded or looked for this leaked copy: I'll happily wait and experience it all new with less bugs than the leak, but, if I was something like dying then I wouldn't feel bad about going and getting the leak.

Basically, you can understand a publisher going after people who infringe their products because it is their business. But also, at the same time, the leak is no where near a complete product so if they do get the people who did leak it under a rock: I hope they don't squish them too much.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Human Revolution Trailer
2. Re: Deus Ex Human Revolution Trailer Jul 2, 2011, 00:11 headkase
 
Tanto Edge wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 23:00:
Ship it and take my money!

I'm *pre-paid* on Steam! And am so looking forward to August 23rd! I have completed both previous games so I'm not shooting in the dark for the pre-paid part!
 
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News Comments > Cross-Platform Steam Chat
12. Re: Cross-Platform Steam Chat Jun 28, 2011, 15:58 headkase
 
I agree with the thought: if Valve comes out and says they *WILL NOT EVER* banninate over this, maybe I'd try it on my Linux laptop. Until then: I just have too much money tied up in my Windows Steam account.  
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News Comments > Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Patch Monday
17. Re: Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Patch Monday Jun 22, 2011, 21:09 headkase
 
neilmike wrote on Jun 22, 2011, 20:09:
This is a quite an impressive List and it should be much improved anyway, i've purchased crysis 2 on steam a while ago so i hope this will include the upcoming patch with directx 11 through steam website...if not i'll scream 'aaahhhhhhhh'

http://games.gamepressure.com/games_encyclopedia.asp

http://www.gamenews24.com/

You're already in Steam so see if future patches and such come from that: they're supposed to. But, just in case something changes and they don't: your other option is to download the Origin client ( http://store.origin.com/ ) and using the exact same CD-Key for Crysis 2 from your Steam account, put that into Origin's redeem code box. It will give you a full download version of Crysis 2 from them. I know for a fact it works: I own the Steam version of Crysis 2 and I did it. The only thing I had to do was uninstall the Steam version before the Origin version would download. It sucks to have to re-download a big game but if your options run out you can always do that.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 DX 11 Tessellation and Hi Res Texture Packs Planned
33. Re: Crysis 2 DX 11 Tessellation Pack and Hi Res Texture Packs Planned Jun 22, 2011, 20:01 headkase
 
Joss wrote on Jun 22, 2011, 18:01:
1280x1024 is 5:4? Is that a CRT monitor?

It's 2011, go to OfficeMax and get you a cheap 24" LED backlit flat panel already.

1280x1024 is a resolution of both CRT and LCD monitors. It was a really popular LCD panel size for quite a while. And, yes, it's 5:4.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 DX 11 Tessellation and Hi Res Texture Packs Planned
26. Re: Crysis 2 DX 11 Tessellation Pack and Hi Res Texture Packs Planned Jun 22, 2011, 05:39 headkase
 
BUT, for anyone who missed the comparison pics, someone was kind enough to set up an album for them:

http://imgur.com/a/jCKj0
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 DX 11 Tessellation and Hi Res Texture Packs Planned
25. Re: Crysis 2 DX 11 Tessellation Pack and Hi Res Texture Packs Planned Jun 22, 2011, 05:19 headkase
 
The link now goes to a 404 page.

Well, at least I got to see it and hopefully it won't be long till that page is back - with working download links!
 
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News Comments > Quake Expo 2011
1. Re: Quake Expo 2011 Jun 20, 2011, 17:53 headkase
 
"Quake Expo is a community event for developers, players and enthusiasts of Quake 1, Quake 2 and Quake 3, held to celebrate the games..."

Ok, I know a lot of people panned Quake 4, but darn it! It existed! I own it and think it was an all-around decent game!
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
65. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 05:28 headkase
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 05:10:
Hmmm, an interesting move by EA, it certainly is a gamble, a high risk move and I'm not sure if it'll pay off.

For one, more competition is good but only if said competition itself is good, it appears the Origins service has its fair share of problems. People have a loyalty to Steam so even with exclusives there will be a lot of resistance to move from Steam to play in another service. On the short-term EA is going to lose money with this. On the long-term? It all depends on what they offer and on how they develop Origins, if they can make it as appealing as Steam or not. One thing's clear though, EA has now declared war on Valve over digital services and it should be interesting to see who bows first. My money is on EA.

I hope EA bows first too.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
61. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 04:33 headkase
 
Fryz wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 04:24:
Oh look

Oh? I'm not around here much so I can't be expected to keep up with the regular's positions but: the plot thickens!
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
56. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 04:08 headkase
 
InBlack wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 04:05:
And why would I want to buy a piece of shit like Crysis 2 anyway?? I wouldnt go near it if they gave it away for free.

I bought it. On Steam even. If it didn't have to live up to it's predecessor it's a good game. If you expected it to melt your system at launch like Crysis did, or Far Cry (1) before: you were right to be disappointed.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
51. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 03:45 headkase
 
LittleMe wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:30:
headkase wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:26:
But, I don't believe in over-arching conspiracies: just individual people acting in their own self-interests.

Yes it's perhaps very difficult to prove, an over-arching conspiracy. I don't claim to have indisputable proof. I'm just looking at the Origins logo. Look at the 'g' in origins. Its the only letter to have a hook or unusual aspect to it. An upside-down g is a 6. No?

There is a supplement you can add to your diet: Lithium. Studies have proven that people who take lithium are happier and more productive. Of course you will have to find a source that doesn't have corporative ties but I'm sure you're resourceful enough. Now either be not looney or we are done responding to each other.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
43. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising Jun 15, 2011, 03:29 headkase
 
Darth Guybrush wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:23:
OldScho0l wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:16:
Steam is a pile of shit. If you are dumb enough to buy a game through them, you'll be waiting at least an entire day for it to download. If you want to play a game and didn't set it to offline mode before hand, you can't even play your own fucking games until you connect to steam and set them to offline mode (this happened to me several times)! This is total Bullshit imho and steam can suck my nuts. I'll never buy another game through them or any other download service. Bunch of money hungry scumbags. Don't bother responding to this in a negative fashion, because I will only see you as a mindless sheep who can't think for themselves. Steam is junk. Plain and simple. I'm so sick and tired of this greedy ass human race. I'm hoping for an extinction class event to wipe our sorry asses off this planet. Humans are shitbags.

I take it you have not adjusted your download source? I get 1.5Mb per second via Internode here in Oz! Pit not free download though.

I get 800KB/Sec average and 1.2MB/Sec peak - but that's not often. So, a full game nowadays: say 6GB takes an hour or two to download. I usually start it - you can control that - when I go to bed and then it doesn't matter: it's always done the next day. All you have to give up by doing that is gratification that is less than one day in length.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
40. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 03:26 headkase
 
LittleMe wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:20:
headkase wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:13:
LOLOcopter! You forgot the Illuminati and their real masters: Majestic 12!!! You're a poor messenger..

Do you see the two hooks on the O in origins? Yes or no. Look at it. What do you think it is then? A propeller?


I think it is ... pixels ... !!! Those darn, insidious pixels shaping every action and making you vote liberal. I'm not saying things don't suck, hang out on http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/ for a while to see how often non-rich people get screwed. But, I don't believe in over-arching conspiracies: just individual people acting in their own self-interests. Read Ayn Rand: she was a terrorist..
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
38. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 03:22 headkase
 
OldScho0l wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:16:
Steam is a pile of shit. If you are dumb enough to buy a game through them, you'll be waiting at least an entire day for it to download. If you want to play a game and didn't set it to offline mode before hand, you can't even play your own fucking games until you connect to steam and set them to offline mode (this happened to me several times)! This is total Bullshit imho and steam can suck my nuts. I'll never buy another game through them or any other download service. Bunch of money hungry scumbags. Don't bother responding to this in a negative fashion, because I will only see you as a mindless sheep who can't think for themselves. Steam is junk. Plain and simple. I'm so sick and tired of this greedy ass human race. I'm hoping for an extinction class event to wipe our sorry asses off this planet. Humans are shitbags.

That is a flaw in Steam: to use Offline mode you have to be Online to set it. Those are the only times Steam has ever failed me: my ISP connection failed. Fortunately, my ISP is pretty darn reliable - I lose my connection maybe for an hour or two every 6 months with maybe a five minute disconnection every 3 months. So, I'm not overly ruined by it the majority of the time. In exchange for that: I don't have to dig through my closet for the actual discs when I want to play. For you, that trade is obviously not worth it. I don't really agree.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
35. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 03:13 headkase
 
LittleMe wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 03:08:
headkase wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 02:28:
It's a black eye for EA, and something they shouldn't have let happen in the first place.

Is this relevant to this discussion? I don't know, tell me.

I think it's somewhat relavent. Look at the Origins logo. Look at the vodafone logo.

There are claims that the vodafone logo has a 666 in it, and I sure do see it. (the two o's are six's and the six at the top) Now look at the origins logo. The first two sixes are obvious in the big O. The third is hinted in the specially hooked 'G'. Apparently there are many examples of 666 and occult references in major corporate logos. Like Lucent technologies having an address of 666 5TH AVE in NYC and the name is an alteration of Lucifer technologies.

Hey I think it's great that EA is entering the market... I guess they must 'tow the line' and help bring in our new wrld order and communicate with the subconscious mind about who's in control.

Don't fight the messenger.

LOLOcopter! You forgot the Illuminati and their real masters: Majestic 12!!! You're a poor messenger..
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
33. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 02:51 headkase
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 02:40:
KilrathiAce wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 00:54:
OH yea, if ME3 is exclusive to origin only that means I wont be buying it, I bought me1 and 2 on steam and if its not on steam I wont be buying it, but I am not saying I wont be playing it.

I wondered how long it would be until someone broke out this bullshit. 16 posts... I'm actually surprised it took that long.

I used to buy the occasional game and play many. Somewhere along the line, that changed. My disposable income didn't change, my spending habits did. I can't point to just one thing and say "that's why!" it was really a culmination of things. For software, I'm practically 100% legit now. I've even started to dredge the bottom for getting licenses. I bought FRAPS, god knows they deserved it (even though it was $37). Next pay-check, I'm buying WinRAR. It's $29, but again they will deserve it. I really am at the bottom of the barrel, there is practically no software left on my system that isn't legitimate.

At the same time, for every title I own I don't have to put the disc in the drive to play it. That is a limitation that just pisses me off and while grey it isn't outright illegal to make my games that way where I live. It is illegal in the US. First-hand experience tells me that piracy isn't so simple an issue. I'm not saying it is ever justified, just that I've come around to buying all my software without knowing exactly where I changed.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
27. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 02:28 headkase
 
I'm going to link to this only because I've been discussing this story with my friends on Facebook as well. One of my friends - who used to work for EA said exactly: "I haven't bought an EA game since I left the company entirely on principle because of how they treated their staff."

Now, this was more than a few years ago that he worked for them and in the meantime EA has stated publicly that they have changed their practices. So, for the purpose of memory only when you're deciding whether or not EA is a "good" company: look a bit into the past.

http://ea-spouse.livejournal.com/

Which leads off with the resolution to the situation, and the original post that launched a furor:

http://ea-spouse.livejournal.com/274.html

It's a black eye for EA, and something they shouldn't have let happen in the first place.

Is this relevant to this discussion? I don't know, tell me.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
21. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 01:50 headkase
 
Teddy wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 01:42:
Esoteric wrote on Jun 15, 2011, 01:24:
I'm definitely in the Valve/Steam camp, but this competition MAY be good for us all. That is if EA actually tries to be better than Steam, and not just rely on exclusives.

Unlikely. That would require them to work harder than they need to and expend more money than they need to.

All EA needs to do to make this successful is restrict all their new titles to Origin and have the games link to it for updates. Their games are big enough that MOST people will accept it, even if it annoys them. The few that claim to boycott may do so for one or two titles, but they'll captiulate once they realize the world has ignored them once again.

I've no doubt in my mind that this will be successful and will result in more money for EA with no cut to pay to steam or brick and mortar retailers. The system, once developed (and it already is) requires almost no additional money from EA and since you won't be able to buy the titles elsewhere, there's no concern for competition to drive them to improve service.

Valve made Steam what it was today because when they envisioned it, they had to compete with a very dominant brick and mortar system at the time, and the few scattered other digital delivery systems that showed up. The only titles they could control where they were released were their own, so they were forced to improve their service because of the competition they faced. EA will have none of that with their system. Not unless they intend to allow other publishers to release games over Origin, which I doubt they will.

Once Ubisoft sees this successful, they'll follow suit as well with their own system, no doubt (if they're not already developing one).

You are right. Once Origin has a track record, then I'll see for myself if it is any good. I use and trust Steam because as you say it was "first on the block." It had a rough start (Half-Life 2 launch day was *not* fun) but over the years the ONLY times it has let me down weren't it's fault: it was when my ISP's internet connection got borken. Now, when you say "Ubisoft will follow suit.." That IS A PROBLEM. The last thing any gamer wants is a fricken' Cambrian explosion of digital providers. I DON'T want 30 bloody sources, depending on who publishes it, to maintain accounts on. A few big sources keep complexity low and they were the ones with enough vision to get into it in the first place - good for them. Now, if someone wants to be a truly worthy successor - or equal in the field - they'd better offer something of value and not artificially inflate themselves through "exclusives." Because that would just be a slime move.


Edit: And I'll say this myself before someone points it out: Steam, with the launch of Half-Life 2 DID make it an "exclusive" because you had to use it to get patches. But, they gave you something of real value in return - especially at the time - you didn't have to put the bloody disc in the drive every time you played.

I don't know exactly how many games I've re-bought on Steam exactly because you don't have to put the disc in the drive: more than 7 and less than 12.

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