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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
37. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 12:22 007Bistromath
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 12:19:
Wesp5 wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 11:32:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 10:48:
Except GOG is the real closed platform. Try talking with some indy devs who were flat out refused with no reason given... Steam doesn't pull such bullshit. You pass Greenlight = you get on Steam.

Yeah, and we all know how many bad games made it onto Steam because all Valve cares about is money and not game quality. I guess GOG is just avoiding this for now...

If it were about quality.. but GoG does not select by quality, they select by genre and personal mood of whoever it is that decides this. That is the literal meaning of a closed platform. Quality is no deciding factor to get on GoG
Some examples? I'm unaware of GoG disallowing any particular genres on their service. I mean, I'm guessing they probably don't have any eroge. But other than that...
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
35. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 12:19 007Bistromath
panbient wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 12:09:
here are my 2 cents

1 - I have 3 days left on the offer... should I bother upgrading?

2 - Do people really think MS cares about the gaming market more than the corporate office market as far as OS functionality is concerned? From a corporate perspective something like UWP makes a lot more sense - as just about anyone who's ever fought with conflicting versions of legacy software to address someone's refusal or inability to upgrade from some antique piece of technology will attest.

Seriously, by the time 2020 rolls around I don't think I should have to deal with command line interface applications in an office setting (as a clerk!) anymore.
1) Yes, do it. If it turns out to actually have functionality-destroying problems down the road, you're going to want to switch to Linux or something at that point anyway. Having an old OS is only a good idea if the machine running it is never connected to the internet. The good reason for the forced patching scheme MS is going with these days is the very real security risk posed by legacy systems online.

2) We'll see. If they don't care about our money, Valve has given us a place to flee to. I suspect knowing what the problem is and having that option will give them pause. These bad things might never happen, because they don't want to waste the effort on it if they know they'll have to walk it back.

I'm 100% with you as far as getting ancient machines off the network and out of the office goes. There's good reasons for some of MS's decisions here. But UWP contains lots of changes to things that only gamers and devs are likely to care about. MS might be more focused on the corporate space, but they know we're an important part of their market, and some of what they're doing is clearly calculated to take control of our experience. The only hope of stopping them is to have somewhere else to go if it gets too shitty.

PS: Why do my quotes keep not quoting? I'm getting real tired of having to edit these in. -_-;
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
33. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 12:10 007Bistromath
Bumpy wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 12:03:
I see it as MS trying to be more like Apple. Don't see anyone screaming about them and their closed systems or requirements. People flock to their products.

The shift towards subscriptions is what bothers me. I don't like renting things, I want to own them but this seems to be more and more a thing of the past.

That's because Apple was always like that. The people who use Apple products don't care about that kind of thing. That's why it took years for Mac gaming to really be a thing after it mostly died in the 90s. It's also why PC users always make fun of Mac users. They are mostly people who know nothing about the machines they're using, and don't want to.

Trying to make the PC more like Mac is darkest heresy, and there will be an outcry.
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
28. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 11:46 007Bistromath
Wesp5 wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 11:34:
ItBurn wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 10:50:
This isn't a conspiracy theory. Microsoft wants a closed platform. They want all the money and the death of their competition.

You mean like Valve? For which having Steam as quasi monopoly wasn't enough so they wanted to take over the whole PC game world with their SteamOS.
That is the most impressively wrong characterization of the state of the market I've ever seen.

Steam isn't a quasi-monopoly. There are a number of strongly competing players. If anything, Valve is very friendly to its competition, as many stores offer games both off Steam and as Steam keys. Steam is certainly the biggest thing in the market, and the most games are released on it by far, but there's other places to go, and some even have exclusive offerings. GOG in particular is doing quite well, since lots of people want things DRM free.

Furthermore, the idea that SteamOS is an attempt to "take over the whole PC game world" is absurd. It is a variety of Linux. You can't "take over" anything with that, for both technical and legal reasons. Besides that, SteamOS has minuscule market share at present. The reason Valve made it is that they know it's very bad for them if one company, especially one that isn't primarily concerned with games, (i.e., Microsoft) has arbitrary control over how PC gaming will work. As such, in the event that MS actually does any of the stupid garbage Sweeney is afraid of, we'll have a shelter to retreat to. The hope is that the threat that we can leave Windows, which we really couldn't before, will keep MS from becoming too brazen.
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
20. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 11:33 007Bistromath
ItBurn wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 10:50:
This isn't a conspiracy theory. Microsoft wants a closed platform. They want all the money and the death of their competition. They're been trying to do this for a long time and now they're actually taking serious steps towards it with Windows 10 and UWP. All of this is bad for the consumer. I'm strongly against all of this too, especially the UWP.

Maybe one day Steam OS(linux) will be the OS for gaming?
This. This a million times. I am fucking dazed reading all these posts calling Sweeney a crackpot. Do any of you have any idea what UWP does?

I like Windows 10, but anyone who pays attention at all knows that MS is trying to do this, and the forced patching is going to cause problems exactly like he describes at some point. Making them reverse their garbage relies on us being aware it's happening, rather than just assuming it's devs' and publishers' fault when shit stops working the way it's supposed to. You know that's what people are gonna do if they're not informed beforehand, Valve is really easy to blame things on considering how much they actually screw up.

Epic is a ridiculous company that employs ridiculous people, but listen to this dude. He knows what he's talking about with UWP. It's not a problem now, but it will be. MS is clearly setting up for a big play.
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News Comments > Quake Champions Trailer
6. Re: Quake Champions Trailer Jul 25, 2016, 21:45 007Bistromath
Malvok wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 20:42:
All I want is more Quake, none of this MOBA bullshit. It's just trying to follow on the success of Overwatch. This game has fail written all over it, and that's coming from a die hard quake fan.

Of course, what can we expect from a company that releases Doom without deathmatch or private matches?
"Old Man Yells at Cloud"

It's not a MOBA, and neither is Overwatch. Is this a fad? Yes. Does that make it bad? No. Most people don't play old-school arena shooters anymore because as fun as they were, they're played out. There needs to be something more to it. You can't argue that point, because alot was added to them over the years, by their most dedicated fans, so clearly people thought they needed a little spice. Just about everything AAAs have tried in the past ten years was something a modder did first five years before that. Hell, Unreal Tournament was the poster child for this kind of thing. Every new version of the game featured some quirky new game mode as one of its most important selling points, and every one of those was something some guy hacked together themselves in the previous version.

Trendy stuff didn't kill your bunnyhopping rail parade. That died on its own because most people find it boring after a while without at least laying something on top of it to add some depth. Build a bridge and get over it.
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 19:40 007Bistromath
"I'm sure the world of games journalism has a bunch of unemployed writers that would love the job."

Oh, you mean all the rats fleeing from sinking ships like Kotaku?

I think maybe Valve should look somewhere else if they take this advice. :p
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News Comments > Josh Mosqueira Leaves Blizzard
26. Re: Josh Mosqueira Leaves Blizzard Jul 4, 2016, 06:46 007Bistromath
Tachikoma wrote on Jul 3, 2016, 14:49:
Well, like I said, RLs require a change of mindset and a new approach, otherwise you`ll think something along the lines of that wildly inaccurate statements above.
There was nothing inaccurate about it. Your statement is equivalent to saying that in order to appreciate traditional roguelikes, most people need to retrain themselves to find different things interesting. If you're capable of doing that, you should take up needlepoint or some other craft instead. Then you have the bonus of being able to sell some junk on etsy.
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News Comments > Josh Mosqueira Leaves Blizzard
8. Re: Josh Mosqueira Leaves Blizzard Jul 3, 2016, 14:15 007Bistromath
Tachikoma wrote on Jul 3, 2016, 12:43:
Why not be a bit adventurous and try the real thing, aka a proper roguelike. If you get the bug, you`ll never look back.
I did. The vast majority of roguelikes are unbearably tedious. The depth is a really good tease, but it's only ever that unless you're willing to sink several weeks' worth of playtime into doing nothing remotely interesting. That genre is always more fun on the dumb end, like DoomRL or Castle of the Winds.

If you think of ARPGs as a "smoke & mirrors click-fest," it's your fault for playing classes that make them that way. In the original Diablo, to be fair, it might've been the only way you could get through the thing without grinding your teeth to dust. Rogue was seriously overpowered. But in both Diablo II and Path of Exile, I main Necromancer. Specifically, I main the kind that almost everyone disregards as trash for endgame play; hiding in the middle of a shitload of skeletons.

The challenge with a character like that is completely different from the majority of other classes, where the main differences are how attacks are shaped, whether they move you, and how you manage your resources. If you're minion-based, and really leaning hard on it, the game instead becomes "how do I use this meatshield to avoid clicking as much as possible?" You might do everything very slowly compared to everyone else, but where they have to chug thirty potions and click enough bullshit that they might consider getting a special mouse, you walk through hell like you're on a pleasant jaunt to the corner store until you need to drop some curses on a boss.

If you can learn to make a "click-fest" mostly play itself, you don't get to claim it has no depth. :p
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News Comments > New Diablo Plans Revealed?
5. Re: New Diablo Plans Revealed? Jul 1, 2016, 22:39 007Bistromath
Please, god, let this be a remake of the original games.  
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News Comments > Godus Dead?
10. Re: Is Godus Dead? Jun 29, 2016, 04:42 007Bistromath
It has: Reprisal Universe, the complete realization of something that was a flash game years ago. The graphics are retro, but they still do things period hardware couldn't have, and the gameplay is pretty smooth. There's some kind of community interaction thing going on that feels weird and unnecessary, though.  
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News Comments > Godus Dead?
5. Re: Is Godus Dead? Jun 28, 2016, 19:04 007Bistromath
I feel like there should be a gofundme to buy the Curiosity winner the Steam library to make up for the fact that Molyneux is never going to do jack shit for him.  
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News Comments > Battleborn New Character & Double XP Plans
3. Re: Battleborn New Character & Double XP Plans May 19, 2016, 22:56 007Bistromath
Battleborn doesn't even look bad, but releasing a new character this quickly after release seems like a pretty sad "please clap" moment after Overwatch completely trashed their sales despite not even being the same kind of game.  
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News Comments > Pyre Coming to Windows; Gameplay Video
1. Re: Pyre Coming to Windows; Gameplay Video Apr 24, 2016, 17:05 007Bistromath
well, that goes directly to the top of my wishlist  
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News Comments > Ghostbusters Games Announced
30. Re: Ghostbusters Games Announced Apr 16, 2016, 07:58 007Bistromath
At this point I would like to remind everyone that, while many thought its gameplay was too standard and therefore boring, Ghostbusters: The Video Game was an incredibly competent adaptation of the original setting. It borrowed appropriately from the original movies, the cartoon, and the lesser-known comics, and was bold enough to engage in some world-building of its own. The interplay between the characters is perfect, and the secrets add wonderful tidbits of comedic flair. It felt right, and was, thematically and stylistically, a worthy sequel to the original movies. Despite some performance issues and crashiness in later parts of the game, the PC version is also much better than one would expect from a port of a licensed game at the time it was released.

When this garbagepile gets released, if you don't already have Ghostbusters: The Video Game, consider picking it up to send a message about who the real Ghostbusters are.
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy
5. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy Apr 5, 2016, 11:18 007Bistromath
Why would there be transgendered people in a setting with fairly cheap magic that can fix that?  
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News Comments > MS on Win10 App Openness
1. Re: MS on Win10 App Openness Mar 30, 2016, 20:16 007Bistromath
Anyone is completely free to use these handy Freedom Chains we've provided to make their software compatible with our attempts to lock down this platform, which we totally promise to not do. We'll give you your mods and even your V-sync AND your B-sync back. We'll give you all the resomolutions, I promise. Please come back.  
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News Comments > Epic Calls for UWP to Open Up or Die
90. Re: Epic Calls for UWP to Open Up or Die Mar 4, 2016, 23:31 007Bistromath
Hey, Slick, before you make your big break into writing, you might want to take two minutes away from getting your hog fluffed to actually read some of the stuff you're responding to. People think you sound like a shill because you hyperbolically spin what they're saying, and then have the audacity to accuse them of hyperbole.

I don't think MS is going to kill Win32 in favor of UWP. I think they want to, they're laying groundwork that would allow such a move if they ever believed they could get away with it, and with all the shenanigans they've already pulled with forced updates, it's plausible that their finger is basically on the trigger. I don't think they'll pull it. You're entirely correct in saying that the 30-year ecosystem of Windows-compatible software, enough to be called a heritage in this industry, is not something you just flush. But here's where you fucked up: they didn't build that shit. They simply allowed the world to build it around them, for them, and if you don't think they and their shareholders are brazen and stupid enough to believe the world will build them an empire from scratch again if they change the rules in just the right way to get everyone to swallow it, you don't know this company.

Just look at how screwed up UWP already is: because apps are sandboxed, control over them has been lost on a far deeper level than "boo-hoo, you can't make mods anymore." OBS and other capture/streaming software? Dead, gotta use theirs. Benchmarking? Functionally over, as it'll require in-built functionality to do so, which is trivial to fudge. There's a bunch of other nonsense they're doing with the rendering pipeline too, some of it in DX12 rather than UWP, so everyone will have to play by those rules. They're trying to kill off fullscreen in favor of borderless window, frequently causing performance issues. Why? It's easier for them to insert a bullshit overlay that way.

That stuff isn't speculative, it's how their shit already works. Devs hate it, which is why we're having this discussion in the first place, so of course Microsoft is backpedaling. But we've seen this kind of behavior before. They did it with their consoles, remember? They announced a bunch of stupid shit nobody wanted, everyone got all pissed, they took it all back. And then, slowly, they added all the same shit right back in! That environment is exactly how they always intended it to be now, and nobody dreams of complaining.

They're going to try to pull the same stunt on the PC. I don't think it'll work, overall. There won't be a point at which they can pull the plug on Win32 without committing suicide in the process. But they will try to walk in that direction, and things will get annoying and broken on the way.

We might never need to switch to Linux, but that doesn't mean the shit won't suck.
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News Comments > Epic Calls for UWP to Open Up or Die
27. Re: Epic Calls for UWP to Open Up or Die Mar 4, 2016, 13:09 007Bistromath
Slick wrote on Mar 4, 2016, 11:52:
MS plans some game launches you could count on one hand through their store, and the world shits it's pants.

Well, you're making the same error everyone else here is. You think this is about games. That's patently ridiculous. MS is not and never has been a game company. The only reason they are involved with games at all is that they're not stupid enough to leave money on the floor. Their software is dominant in many business applications, and where it isn't, what they're trying to do will increase lock-in.

They see end users in general, and especially gamers, not as customers but as a product they haven't properly monetized. From a business perspective, this point of view is entirely correct and will work. That's where all the data collection in Win10 comes from. That's why Win10 was given away for free. Many other companies have gotten away with making us pay for the privilege of being their product, in exchange for some neat toys. MS wants in on that. And if they get in on it any more than they already have, we could have serious problems. Windows is everywhere, and because it's their product and is not open source, they have the power to arbitrarily decide how it will be made, sold, and used. They can put us over a barrel, haven't up until now because we were still customers back then, and will attempt to now that we're product. For various reasons, I think the attempt will fail, but that doesn't mean no damage will be done.

As if the industry will just give up on win32 format programs, bow down, and all hail this new proprietary format.

MS could, tomorrow, push an update that makes win32 unusable in Win10. They've probably got the code ready and are just waiting for some kind of tipping point that causes them to believe it wouldn't be suicide. That tipping point is significant adoption of and comfort with the Windows Store, especially by third-party developers. This is the part where games do start to directly matter somewhat. I'm aware of all this, and worried about it, but hell yeah I fuckin' want ReCore. So, they've got a user base. The question is whether any devs of consequence follow it.

Same "sky is falling" bullshit that GabeN was spewing when he dumped untold millions into the development of the closed-garden mid-range HTPC.

If you think SteamOS or Steam Machines are a walled garden, I really can't help you. You have... absolutely no idea what that phrase means, apparently.

I'll give you a hint: it requires a bit more restriction than "we have our own store that you can use if you want."

Steam has over 100,000 games on their store, and they all take a %30 cut. Sooooo what exactly is the big deal? People defend to the death Valve's right to take %30 from all titles moving through their platform. What exactly is the hangup with doing it through windows? Steam is a cool app, has a lot of features, but you know what piece of software has more features? Windows.

The difference is that Steam cannot be a jealous god. Literally can't be; it's not built right into the OS almost every one is using, and the OS it is built into is open source. If they even attempted to lock that shit down, the project would get forked, and they'd be dragged into court by the FSF.

MS has absolutely no such restrictions. They can build an actual walled garden, and the only way to stop them would be our nation's flaccid and atrophied anti-trust laws. They don't do it because of the existence of fairly comfortable alternatives, so their goal is to make switching uncomfortable by offering things their competitors don't, and filling the use of those alternatives with hassles. The moves we're seeing now are their first attempts at both, and are nowhere near the end of what they're going to do.

I use and like Windows 10. I am annoyed that I had to dig in my registry to turn off ads, but I've been using computers for a long time. I'm used to having to fuck around with a bunch of things when I reinstall. NBD.

That doesn't mean I'm unaware of these problems, or that I'm willing to pretend they're figments of Linux nerds' imaginations. Microsoft WILL fuck this up. The question is whether they're going to succeed at fucking it up bad enough that I need to jump platforms at some point, and how painful that jump will be if it needs to happen. We'll see.

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News Comments > WW1 Battlefield 5 in October? [Updated]
22. Re: WW1 Battlefield 5 in October? Feb 26, 2016, 14:43 007Bistromath
Oh god DAMMIT.

No! No! For god's sake, do you hate money?

Make 2143, you assholes.
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