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Signed On Jul 5, 2007, 06:49
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News Comments > Square "Respects the Right of GameStop" to Remove OnLive Coupons
20. Re: Square Aug 25, 2011, 12:53 headkase
 
Slashdot is running this story too:

Linky

Favorite comment? (what are they): "They're an upscale specialized pawnshop that happens to sell new games on the side."

Yup, that's Gamestop, EB Games.
 
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News Comments > Square "Respects the Right of GameStop" to Remove OnLive Coupons
9. Corporate Ass. Aug 25, 2011, 10:58 headkase
 
I already don't buy from Gamestop or their store in my area: EB Games.

Why? From the anemic PC games section they have and the huge "used" console sections it's obvious how they make their money. I stopped buying from them ages ago. Then Impulse was sold to them. I have Galactic Civilizations II and both expansions on that: it's the only way to get them. I also bought those previous to Impulse's sale. Future purchases from Impulse? Not going to happen.

Gamestop may have been able to get away with this contractually, but you know what? I'm not contractually required to purchase a damned penny from them.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
35. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 18, 2011, 13:08 headkase
 
Creston wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 11:41:
headkase wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 09:03:
Verno wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 08:52:
The PC gaming industry really needs some sort of universal DLC distribution schema.

It's been a firm opinion of mine for the last few years that the U.S. Library of Congress should store and provide credential-based access to all works, especially digital. They already have a copy of every written work: that is their mission. Getting all the digital ones and then modernizing with the Information Age in mind to include distribution I think is just what they should be doing. Of course, that would kill (or just obsolete) Steam.

Yeah I'd rather not have my digital download client managed by the fucking luddites that infest Washington D.C., thanks...

Creston

You're right, they ARE Luddites. That's why they're not doing it! The private sector always leads the way, but, eventually you need a national-scale project and by the time they're *not* Luddites the engineering to do it will be so well established they won't fsck it up. Well, they will, but it won't be that bad and it'll work most of the time!
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
27. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 18, 2011, 09:03 headkase
 
Verno wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 08:52:
The PC gaming industry really needs some sort of universal DLC distribution schema.

It's been a firm opinion of mine for the last few years that the U.S. Library of Congress should store and provide credential-based access to all works, especially digital. They already have a copy of every written work: that is their mission. Getting all the digital ones and then modernizing with the Information Age in mind to include distribution I think is just what they should be doing. Of course, that would kill (or just obsolete) Steam.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
24. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 18, 2011, 08:20 headkase
 
Kajetan wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 08:15:
headkase wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 07:33:
You know why they're using Steamworks? Paid DLC. Steam has the most mature digital payment and delivery system in practice today.
Steam for DLC mircopayment is understandable. But why Steamworks? Does Valve charge less, if you (the publisher) uses Steamworks instead of just putting the game on the Steam servers?

Steamworks FAQ -> See all the items in the sidebar to the right. Steamworks does many things. I think the most important thing it provides is a store, you as a developer don't have to worry about. And enough customers "in" that store to make it the biggest candidate.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
21. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 18, 2011, 07:33 headkase
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 06:15:
...Even the DLC did not have DRM on it, you could move it out of the GFWL folder and back it up freely. The launcher had a disc check on it but the normal exe did not.

Fallout 3 was DRM free.

You almost got it.. You know why they're using Steamworks? Paid DLC. Steam has the most mature digital payment and delivery system in practice today. I don't think Bethesda gives a rat's behind whether or not you have to put the disc in the drive, they just want a store where everyone (and if you're not part of "everyone" then you actually don't matter) already has an account to CONSUME!, er, buy! more!

Since I'm fully ensnared by Steam I think not having to put the disc in the drive is a bonus, but, I don't kid myself: it's all about future paid DLC for Skyrim to be Steamworks.
 
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News Comments > New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers
14. Re: New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers Aug 17, 2011, 22:20 headkase
 
Sacrifex wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 18:45:
Been running these (albeit, the preview 11.8 drivers released with the 11.7's) for over a month, without any problems: installing, or running.

While AMD certainly can improve their driver support (I'm looking at you Crossfire), I've yet to have/see any issues like the constant outpouring of "I installed these drivers and they killed my wife/child/dog, then made me watch while they barbequed/ate the battered corpses," that comes up in every single AMD driver thread here on Blues.

I've used multiple mismatched Crossfire setups in my day, with beta drivers, and no lack of overclocking/tweaking - If this stuff is as common is it would seem, shouldn't I have been gruesomely killed in some sort of explosive driver snafu by now?

5-6+ years ago, sure, the drivers were a mess - now? Either fanboi lulz, or PEBKAC.

I HAVE had a "blue screen" (actually, black screen then reboot but the Windows error log called it a "blue screen"..) on Windows 7 64-bit when running the AMD Catalyst Driver Update. I was having problems with a few - and only a specific few - games at the same time. What fixed it? I replaced the power supply which in hindsight was getting wonky. No issues since.

By the way: a first for me! First time I've seen a spam post on Blues..
 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 3 Motion Capture Trailer
5. Re: F.E.A.R. 3 Motion Capture Trailer Aug 10, 2011, 14:07 headkase
 
necrosis wrote on Aug 10, 2011, 14:04:
Did anyone even bother getting this game after the crap fest that was F.E.A.R. 2?

To each their own I guess.. I quite enjoyed 2 and bought 3: haven't finished 3 yet but what I've played is good! It really depends I guess: if you "expect to be scared" you're going to be disappointed. But, if you want a solid shooter: good as anything else!
 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 3 Motion Capture Trailer
3. Re: F.E.A.R. 3 Motion Capture Trailer Aug 10, 2011, 13:58 headkase
 
Blue wrote on Aug 10, 2011, 13:43:
These aren't the droids you're looking for.

On Unix: "These aren't the .droids you're looking for.."

Edit: Found the reference: Unix Wars

This comment was edited on Aug 10, 2011, 14:04.
 
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News Comments > On Steam and Direct3D
26. Re: On Steam and Direct3D Jul 31, 2011, 21:10 headkase
 
Here is an example of which DirectX run-time you install matters. I own both Bioshock and F.E.A.R. (the original retail disc) and I've tried this and it does happen. That article gives a link to the DirectX 10 2007 build package but DirectX 10 and 11 are now found in the Redist package (which says 9.0c but does contain 10 and 11).

tl;dr: installing an older game with DirectX 9.0c can corrupt DirectX 10 and later. The solution is to reinstall the latest DirectX Redist after installing an older game.
 
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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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