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Signed On Apr 23, 2008, 14:56
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News Comments > Mass Effect Patch & DLC
30. Re: Wrong Jul 29, 2008, 19:06 wallace321
Because you FUCKING ARE A PIRATE, DIPSHIT! Admit to being a criminal, and then complain about being treated like one.

I'm not going to call you stupid but you're BOTH over simplifying this concept but I want YOU to especially think about this since because you seem so passionate about your version of reality and your point of view that you resorted to a personal attack against this guy and called him stupid and a criminal without adding anything. Now realize this:

1: the game you bought has DRM on it.
2: A pirated version downloaded from the internet doesn't have DRM on it.

Now, WHO has to put up with DRM? Who exactly is being treated like a pirate/criminal? The person who downloads software over the internet without paying for it or the customer who bought their software? (Hint: which copy of the software will have DRM on it?)

DRM that works isn't bad. but it doesn't always work. Activation like Mass Effect may be the best DRM ever. I gurantee you can install it once, just don't fuck that up. If only then the publisher would remove the activation requirement in 12 months. what self respecting pirate would brag about his illegal copy of quake 2? New things are the best deterrent to piracy

PS: Did you know certain DRM schemes don't like it when you have a SATA optical drive and an IDE optical drive in the same system? No? That apparently is my problem with Gears of War. Ejecting the disc and putting it back in sometimes helps. DRM causes problems.

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News Comments > Mass Effect Patch & DLC
29. Re: Wrong Jul 29, 2008, 18:32 wallace321
I resent DRM as much as I resent airport security. Hey, I didn't do anything. Why do I have to go through this crap? It costs SO much money and it gets very very VERY little actually accomplished. At least airport security is VISIBLE and is something of a deterent... to MORONS and PSYCHOS, granted but there's certainly no shortage of those. But in reality we know it won't stop anybody who is A) intelligent or B) serious about it. It has to be tough enough to actually deter the bottom 5% and not be simple enough that those same 5% can just get right past it.

Where it differs from DRM is that DRM is hidden and thus it isn't really a deterrent because you may not know its even there. Imagine a mine field without a sign warning you about mines. Its purpose would be to kill people, not to block a way. If I knew of a way to get to my flight without having to wait in that useless line, believe me I totally would. And I would still fly knowing that other people know about it too because you can't stop the serious people anyway. People pushing DRM just don't care about the collateral damage it causes to stop the bottom 5%.

Having said that, 1 time activation, with a 3-5 times install limit that is removed after 6-12 months (though I wish the activation were removed, not just the limit. so I can install after that activation server is gone), and no disc required in the drive is probably the best thing to happen with DRM EVER. It will NEVER get any better than that. I can live with that especially if I can still download a pirated copy for when the activation server goes offline or if I'm ever forced to call someone to re-activate.

This coming from someone who couldn't get Gears of War to launch last weekend for some unknown reason (though it was definately DRM related because the disc was in the drive and it asked me to insert the disc) I plan on downloading a copy ASAP that works 100% of the time I double click on the icon without having to reboot or put the disc in another drive.

How embarassing is it to ask my pirate friend, "do you have a cracked copy of Gears of War? my retail copy doesn't work because of DRM" (I hope someone important reads that part because it should be embarassing for them too.)

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News Comments > GTA4 PC Rumor
24. Re: No subject Jul 25, 2008, 10:06 wallace321
Edit: Wanted to add that this game is likely to have some hardcore DRM.

Nothing makes me want to buy a game more than hardcore DRM... if only there was a way of keeping it secret until everybody in the world already bought it.

World - "why can't i install this more than once... hey! there's restrictive DRM on this"
game publisher - "haha too late now! no returns! MUWAHAHA!"

Has anybody told publishers that DRM turns INFORMED people off of releases yet?

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News Comments > Crytek: PC Sales to Piracy Ratio 1:15 or 1:20
98. Re: No subject Jun 28, 2008, 07:03 wallace321
What's all this business with "rights"? Nobody thinks they have a right to download games for free. Everybody knows it is illegal. I find it odd that people always bring up the issue of rights when they are clearly irrelevant to the issue of piracy.

Actually, I think "rights" is a very VERY big concern for legit PC gamers as we're the ones feeling the wrath of draconian DRM. Never mind being able to "backup" a disc. Now, as we all know, you're limited in the number of times you can install the game!

In the past, the EULA may have told you that you can't install a game on more than one computer. Everybody did it anyway, I know I have 3 or 4 computers lying around that I will occassionaly game on and I sure as hell don't buy a different copy for each computer if I'm the only one that plays it. Seems pretty harmless, but I apparently never had the "right" to do it despite it not hurting anybody. I have no idea why there would be such a restrion. You always needed the original "uncopyable" disc in the drive, right? So it's not like you and your buddies could all play the same copy. It's just that only until recently has there actually been any way to PREVENT you from doing these harmless things, activation.

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News Comments > Crytek: PC Sales to Piracy Ratio 1:15 or 1:20
65. short term games Jun 28, 2008, 00:00 wallace321
Nobody seems to like to discuss solutions other than copy protection or 'make a game worth buying' so can i just add one word to this PC piracy debate that nobody seems to ever bring up? "Rental" It seems to be working just fine for movies and console games. The PC doesn't have such an option and piracy is a huge issue. Is there a connection?

Why is it that chicken little game industry types assume the worst and say that each download is a lost sale? Maybe a majority of these are people who would NEVER have bought the game in the first place, but would have a least rented it if that were an option? Maybe some people are tired of the "clutter" of having a box and a manual and a disc of a game they played for 5 - 10 hours about 12 years ago and would (if they could) pay for a more short term deal? How many movie reviews have you seen that included the summary "worth a rental"?

This isn't about playing a demo either. With a rental it's about being able to play as much of the game as you can (maybe even the whole game over the course of a single or even multiple rentals) in a limited amount of time and then moving on to something else for much less than the price of their own personal copy!

And honestly, it's like a pirated copy can NEVER be striken from the record even if a person who pirated the game eventually bought it when it was less expensive. Are there estimates on how many people who download a pirated copy on day 1 eventually buy the game? Or is that a number that people arguing against piracy don't care about. One of my major annoyances at the game industry is the rampant dishonesty that goes on about such issues.

Has the PC games industry brought about this rampant piracy on itself with activation and cd-key based copy protection schemes that prevent borrowing and renting games? I'm not condoning piracy. If your only option is buy it, then you should buy it. It's not as if there is any other choice. oh wait, there is. The industry just doesn't like that choice and seems more willing to cry about poor sales and punish legitmate customers with copy protection than it is to provide an alternative to buying a game forever. Except gametap...

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News Comments > Spore Creature Creator Released
67. Re: No subject Jun 23, 2008, 16:55 wallace321
For those wondering, the full version of spore MUST come with a creature creator as the $10 one must be uninstalled before you can install spore, so says the manual for CC.

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News Comments > Battlefield 2 Patch & Map Announcement Tomorrow
26. Re: What's the point? Jun 23, 2008, 04:41 wallace321
One of the greatest online games ever made has been brought down to its knees by rampant hackers.

they're cheaters. calling them hackers gives them too much credit. 99.999% of the little bastards just download the utility off of some website.

Whatever happened to banning CD-Keys? Was anybody else but me shocked after hearing infinity ward crying about how many people are playing CoD4 multiplayer with illigit keys? If they can't ban illigit keys, what the hell is the point of us having to put up with unique CD-Keys written in impossible to read typesets (is that a G or a 6?? a 0 or an o? an l or a 1?) for all these years? I've always known cd-keys in singleplayer games to be pointless without activation but COME ON! Multiplayer games MUST talk to a server that can validate the key!

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News Comments > Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Patch
11. Re: No subject Jun 19, 2008, 18:03 wallace321
The Steam update surprised the hell out of me too. For one, it was flawless, and it was quick. I didn't even know a patch was coming out.

True that. Mine was the same. I wish Company of Heroes updated that quickly. With the steam version you have to almost redownload the whole game! What gives? Yay for Firaxis!

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News Comments > Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Patch
7. Re: No subject Jun 19, 2008, 17:03 wallace321
I would like to see a similar game with less micromanagement in which a multiplayer game can be played in about an hour.

Give Rise of Nations a try. It's basically Civ as an RTS. Metacritic score of 89 and you can get it for $10 these days with its expansion pack. It's a blast in multiplayer too.

I don't know how you can maintain the complexity intracy of a Civ caliber game without a certain amount of micromanagement. I fear Deus Ex 2 syndrome....

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News Comments > Mass Effect DRM Issues?
17. Re: No subject Jun 19, 2008, 01:44 wallace321
I would rather need the disc in the drive than be required to activate - Hear that EA? Especially if your're going to limit the # of installs. 12 GB of disc space permenantly allocated for mass effect? I'm going to use the crack so I don't waste any of my precious $15 installations!

They might as well only charge $15 and allow only a single install. What do you think about that? DIVX went over really well didn't it? That's basically what we have here.
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News Comments > TF2 Pyro Achievements and Unlockables Detailed
13. Re: thats better! Jun 18, 2008, 13:28 wallace321
can i just say for the record that people that farm achievements are lame? maybe they just need a new name? instead of achievements, lets call them "feats of strength"! (happy festivus)

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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Pyro Update This Week, Free Weekend
11. Re: Wont be playing this week Jun 17, 2008, 14:14 wallace321
with every server full of Pyro's it wont exactly be 'fun'

go heavy - you can mow them all down before they even get close to you : )

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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Pyro Update This Week, Free Weekend
8. Pyro = Favorite Class Jun 16, 2008, 18:51 wallace321
hot diggity daffodil!!

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News Comments > DNF Trailer (Or Lack Thereof) Follow-up
92. Re: ... Jun 9, 2008, 12:59 wallace321
Are you really saying that Duke and Crysis are THAT different? I think you must be joking. An SUV and a sports car? Apples and Oranges? I have to think you must mean that they LOOK totally different, right? I tried to use the Kung-fu movie metaphore but nobody even commented on it. I think it perfectly sums up the similarties.

I'm saying that they are so similar (to use your car analogy)that Duke Nukem would be a Blue 1996 Ferrari and Crysis a Red 2007 Ferrari. To say that they're like an SUV and a Ferrari is insane. That would be like suggesting that I'm comparing a Flight Simulator with a WWII first person shooter.

EVERY first person shooter (that isn't in WWII) has aliens, powered suits, and healthpacks. You can't even admit that the abilities of the suit in crysis give REMARKABLY similar abilities to the "powerups" in duke nukem? The setting? The freeze weapons? You seriously think they're NOTHING like each other?

To me, they're both fun games; they just happen to be very VERY similar. And yet, Duke Nukem 3d is hailed as the pixilated second coming of christ and Crysis gets a ton of crap for doing the same thing, in a purly action movie style.

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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: game over for the PC? Jun 7, 2008, 00:45 wallace321
I was going to say the exact same things Creston! But my post was getting a bit long. You summed it up quite nicely!

This really IS a fantastic time to get a powerful PC that will last a LONG time! A nice quadcore now that only costs $250 is only going to be MORE utlizied as developers write software that takes advantage of multi-core systems. Just make sure it's clocked reasonably fast as current gen games will only utilize 2 cores anyway. (got my quadcore with a free copy of UT3!)

The video card really IS the only piece of hardware you're going to need to be replacing even that should only be every 18 - 24 months. And if you don't have the budget for it at the time? You don't have a gun to your head to upgrade it, just turn back some of the effects or drop the res down a notch on the lastest games. There's no shame in running 1024 x 768! Waiting a little longer will only get you a better card for the same money anyway!

Get yourself a nice motherboard and if you can't budget yourself $300 for a quad core processor right now, get a $100 dual core clocked 2.4 ghz or higher and get the 3.6 ghz quad core a year or two from now when they're only $200. You don't need the latest $1,000 Intel Core 2 Extreme! That's crazy talk! A nice celeron will get you going for $60!

I don't think getting a gaming PC going is very much more expensive than getting a PS3.

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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: game over for the PC? Jun 6, 2008, 21:24 wallace321
What kind of upgrades were you doing? A $200 upgrade a year in hardware (plus games of course) can more than keep you in the game - for any hobby, that's not very unreasonable.

I'm sure you're refering to Crysis, but video cards are not to actually be BOUGHT when they're $600 hahaha! You're supposed to wait until they're $250 or buy last years model. If the latest game runs a little choppy, turn the complex shadowing off.

Crysis really did give the PC such a bad reputation, not just themselves. I have a $250 processor, $40 worth of memory, and a $250 videocard and I can run Crysis with all the settings on high. I expect that videocard to last 2 years, the processor to last 4-6 years, and the memory to probably last the lifetime of the motherboard.

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News Comments > Steam Cloud Plans
64. Re: ... Jun 5, 2008, 15:33 wallace321
It's a GREAT idea for people that travel, if it's implemented correctly. I would love to be able to play lego star wars on my laptop, and then pickup from the exact same spot on my home computer without having to mess around shuffling savegame files from computer to computer.

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News Comments > DNF Trailer (Or Lack Thereof) Follow-up
90. Re: ... Jun 5, 2008, 13:04 wallace321
Duke3D and Crysis are nothing alike, much in the same way that Quake 4 and Half-Life 2 are nothing alike. Please put down the crackpipe

These are all taken from the game's respective wiki articles:

Murderous aliens have landed in futuristic Los Angeles the tropical south pacific

The game features a wide range of monsters, some of which are aliens, others mutated humans are koreans

This is perhaps the most anticipated and impressive weapon in Crysisduke nukem 3d. The Molecular Arrestor freeze gun will fire a beam freezing almost any object. The frozen object can then fired upon and shattered.

Duke Nukem 3DCrysis is set "sometime in the early 21st century"

These locations are also filled with objects that the player can interact with (including light switches, toilets, urinals, pool tables, arcade games, closed-circuit cameras, and strippers).

Duke Nukem 3D's Crysis's graphic engine was an evolutionary step forward from the Doom FarCry engine

Aside from weapons, Nukem's Crysis's inventory also includes a series of items that can be picked up during play. A portable medkit allows players to heal themselves whenever they choose to. Steroids A Nanotech supersuit speed up player movement making transit through hostile territory easier. Nightvision gogglesincluded in your nanotech supersuit allow players to see enemies in the dark. The "HoloDuke"nanotech supersuit includes a cloaking device projects a hologram of Duke that can be used to distract enemies. A Protective boots nanotech supersuit allows the player to cross dangerously hot or toxic terrain. Where progress requires more aquatic legwork, a n aqua-lung (called scuba gear) nanotech supersuit allows the player to take longer trips away from air. Perhaps most impressively, Duke's trademark jetpack a jet allows the player to range fully in 3D, often to reach hidden weapons caches or extra health.

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News Comments > Crysis: No More Patches, Linux Server on Hold
139. Re: No subject Jun 5, 2008, 12:27 wallace321

In games that require Windows Live? I don't think so?

A game may use live as its matchmaking service but it still doesn't require a gold subscription to play online. I think GFW Live is just a bonus to people who already have 360s with Gold Live accounts. And possibly a way to sell 360s.

And the widescreen support can be taken with a huge grain of salt. See Bioshock's horribly inept implementation of widescreen.

You're right about Bioshock, the widescreen support was a hackjob. But I thought that was one of the very first GFW titles. I don't think that's very common at all. At least, it's never happened in any other GFW branded game I have. At least they fixed it in an official patch. Widescreen is common enough these days even in NON GFW games. I'd personally take gamepad support with a grain of salt. I find it REALLY hard to believe SupCom supports a gamepad! Though they did release supcom for the 360. I'm all for options I'll never use if SOMEONE out there does. Afterall, I play Crysis with a 360 gamepad on my mediacenter because I have a lousy wireless mouse & keyboard. But I have a feeling 90% of people who played Crysis did so with an m&k.

It's 27 ($54) in the UK, which is simply too much. I paid 20 for Unreal Tournament 3 on release and it's now dropped to 15. EA messed up big-time with Crysis and the current high price is simply an insult.

I'm with you on that one, especially when there's allegedly such a bad piracy problem with that particular game. With so many people stealing the game, you'd think they would give a break to the people who COULD get it for free (like everybody else apparently...), but want to pay for it.

But then again, you guys always pay more than us : ) $50 was the price here when it came out (for the non-special edition) so that would be 25 AT RELEASE - I HAVE to imagine that would be very close to coming down by now just to make room for NEW releases.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Bus Driver
35. Re: No subject Jun 4, 2008, 20:16 wallace321
The right soundtrack and the ability to do the missions WRONG (ie, the mission doesn't end when you run someone over and the police chase you) and you've practically got GTA IV on the PC.

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