Verno wrote on Mar 7, 2011, 09:07:
That's what is effectively done already though. You can only sell a Steam account really.
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 6, 2011, 21:06:
Did they not patch out the UBI DRM? I thought they've removed all the "always online" shit from the games because it didn't work.
Who knows what the future holds, but I personally don't believe this Steam feature was aimed or even considered to slowly introduce hardware lock games.
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 6, 2011, 20:17:
Steam guard is an optional feature. The hardware DRM is only available for people with 2nd gen Intel Core I CPUs. Do you really think that publishers will add a DRM scheme to their games that is not even available on anything but the 2nd gen Intel CPUs? That would be a major waste of time and money.
Lets say they do as you say and lock your games to a single CPU. What if you replace your CPU to a different one? Your games are no longer available to you? I am having a hard time believing this.
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 6, 2011, 10:07:
So far I have not seen too many features that Steam implemented that would not be beneficial to the users. You guys are speculating too much here with the DRM and all that. All Steam was talking about was implementing this hardware lock to access your account info, not your games. Steam Cloud service and games locked to 1 PC only goes totally against each other so I don't see Steam implement anything like that.
Not to mention Steam Guard is not mandatory, it is a feature if you want it, enable it, if not then carry on.
DarkCntry wrote on Mar 6, 2011, 08:35:Yes, you somehow believe this will only be a benefit to users, and not used in any way to increase control over future games. I believe you are mistaken.
I wasn't talking about it being used as a DRM, I was talking about it being used as a security feature for the users.
I don't believe you're grasping what I am talking about.
Valve's use of cloud computing is not meant for control, but the ability for someone to access their information on a non-primary system. In other words, I can access my Steam information on a friends computer if I am visiting them.
4) You brought up the main hassle yourself, for most users: how to change to a new hardware group. Is this going to be ridiculously annoying? Probably.
Based on Valve's previous changes to Steam, it's probably going to start rough but quickly smooth out. I wouldn't expect it to be any more difficult than it is to 're-activate' Windows.
ASeven wrote on Mar 5, 2011, 09:10:
As a curiosity, this is being made by the same devs of Killing Floor.
Jerykk wrote on Mar 6, 2011, 05:29:
A bit premature to judge the quality of DA2 on PC. The demo was underwhelming to most people here. I do agree that Bioware has put more effort into the PC port than other developers typically do, but that doesn't have any bearing on the quality of the game itself.
On a side note, GameInformer recently wrote an article about some of the major changes in DA2, based on a complete playthrough of the game. First, the skill system is gone. You can no longer craft (NPCs craft for you) or set traps. Persuasion is completely gone and pickpocketing is probably gone as well. Lockpicking still exists, though it's a passive skill that relies solely on your Cunning level. The article also mentions that you can now do companion quests regardless of your relationship with them. That seems pretty dumbed down to me. Your relationships are completely meaningless now. Your companions will still get stat bonuses regardless of how they feel about you and you no longer have to make tough choices about who you try to influence.
It's quite amazing, really. I don't think there's ever been a sequel where every single change has pissed me off. Not even Deus Ex 2 and Gothic 3 managed to pull that off, though they came pretty close.
DarkCntry wrote on Mar 6, 2011, 04:37:
Actually it's a pretty good security feature as long as it isn't too obtrusive and annoying to update if/when you upgrade hardware (since that's what most of us do usually every 2 years).
As for making it a DRM system to block usage on multiple systems, that doesn't make sense since Valve has been actively pushing for cloud computing...
Wetworks wrote on Mar 5, 2011, 22:38:
The game will not ship with high res textures. You'll have to download them.
Slashman wrote on Mar 5, 2011, 08:20:
Those must be really old days, because I'm almost 36 and I can't remember ever playing a mod like this.
I also don't know how you know its crappy. Are you in beta? You have some inside insight that we don't?