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Signed On Oct 15, 2009, 07:09
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News Comments > Retailers Versus Steam?
136. Re: Retailers Versus Steam? Nov 12, 2010, 11:53 Pankin
cliffski wrote on Nov 12, 2010, 04:07:
pihx wrote on Nov 11, 2010, 11:17:
I only use Steam and i am proud of it.

what if steam don't stock a game? you just decide they have final say over what you are 'allowed' to buy?

Not all pc games are on steam. And if you want one group of people to decide what games are financially viable on the PC, then that's a pretty scary slippery slope.

Easy there, chim-chim. Not everyone is going to see it the way a developer sees it. The reality is this: compete or die. Mom & Pop stores have a tough time competing with Wal-Mart too. None of us have to like that fact but we do have to live with it. Unless, of course, those who feel strongly enough get together and construct a platform that blows Steam (hehe) out of the water.

All this anti-Steam sentiment reeks of children's plaintiff cry, "It's Not Fair!!"

Well guess what? It's just like how your parents used to reply. Life Is Not Fair and you liking it is not a hurdle we have to jump, capice?
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News Comments > Retailers Versus Steam?
122. Re: Retailers Versus Steam? Nov 12, 2010, 01:48 Pankin
J wrote on Nov 11, 2010, 19:56:
Nxs wrote on Nov 11, 2010, 19:20:
Verno wrote on Nov 11, 2010, 18:35:
It makes no sense to me why everyone seems to be defending steam/steamworks.

Err, why do we have pick sides? Seems kinda childish. I use Steam but I'm well aware of the potential consequences it poses to the industry. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of alternative for consumer choice right now. The PC platform would be in terrible shape without it and it does implement features that consumers want so in the end you take the good with the bad and hope for better in the future.

Please by all means, feel free to design your own Steam clone with published APIs and open systems. Then somehow manage to convince the industry that your central ownership and management of it is in their best interests while they scream and howl about DRM and whatnot. I'll be your first customer even. Until that time though, we work with what we have.

I am not asking anyone to take sides! If you like steam that is fine. I just happen to think it sucks. Maybe you misread or I did not post as plainly as I should have.

I see no need to design some other version of steam or battlenet. Again, all that needs to happen is that publishers realize that there is no reason for this dumbass DRM. It all boils down to that they are scared shitless about piracy. I know, I have said before, however, it still rings true. Once publishers realize there is not one damn thing they can do to stop it, they will stop making the same shit over and over again and actually make the customers that pay for the game happy.

Until then, steam is going to be a closed off monopoly just like live, PSN, Apple, etc.

You may think this is fine and dandy but, I have been playing games for more than 20 years on everything they have been on. Steam and everything like it sucks! Period!

I've been playing games for almost 30 years now. I remember DRM from when I was a wee kiddy with my Sinclair Spectrum. Little colour-coded sheets and requests for words from my manual. All things considered, I find Steam to not be intrusive or frustrating for me at all. Compared to the various DRM that I have experienced over the years, I find Steam to be a breeze; a breath of fresh air.


Color-coded sheets? You were lucky. What I'd have given to use color-coded sheets!! What a dream that would've been!

I've been gaming for 70 years and back then, we had to use punch cards that were mailed between the pages of Life magazine. Sometimes, the cards fell out during mailing and we'd have to ride into the city to get a replacement. Once we got all the 2,560,000 cards, we'd feed them into the reader during our free-time when we weren't working the mines, harvesting the crops, milking the cows, sorting metal for the war effort, or replacing blown vacuum tubes. And that was just to get the game. The real hassle began with their DRM scheme!!

Once the cards were inserted and the game started up, it would flash a few lights on the console that we'd have to interpret. We'd use the cipher that came in the special issue of Life to send our home address into the computer. The computer sent the address thru the 0.0005 baud modem to the game publisher, and two months later, they sent a courier to your house to perform an audit. Once the courier verified us as the owners of the game, he'd ride away on his penny-farthing all the way back to the publisher.

Several weeks later, we'd receive a special code thru the modem and the game would finally start up.

Then it crashed.

And the computer overheated and burned the barn down and all the cows died.
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News Comments > Civilization V Patch Notes
6. Re: Civilization V Patch Notes Nov 11, 2010, 19:06 Pankin
^ Did an expansion for Civ V come out already? What, sir, are you talking about?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2010, 23:58 Pankin
It may or may not matter but Raleigh is the capitol of NC and we were gathered in the main Wake County Courthouse.

Meaning: if I served in, say, Charlotte (a city in the western part of NC) that things might have functioned differently.

And come to think of it, it was every other Tuesday. It just seemed like every Tuesday. But they said adding an extra day to the regular Monday Grand Jury was an effort to "catch up" with the backlog. Apparently, they were able to get funding for our sessions. Each member of the jury was paid $12 each session (day). I'd have gladly paid them $112 to not be a part of it and I'll do just about anything to avoid it in the future.

Unlike Ms. Lemon, we didn't even undergo a voir dire process or I might've tried something like that.

That's what I get for voting. And Bush went to NC that year anyway (I'd have voted for a wet sponge over Bush).

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2010, 22:03 Pankin
Well, going into it, I thought it would be a single case too.

Maybe Harvey Batman, Esq. can shed some light on exactly what kind of jury this was...but we heard testimony for 25-30 individual cases every Tuesday. Our task: determine probable cause.

There are no lawyers, no judges, no court reporters, no baliffs. Just the 15-18 jury members (depending on the day) sitting in a cold room watching the parade of police officers, investigators, detectives, etc. describing the cases they’d been involved with and what the particulars were. Based on what they told us, we had to determine a) if a crime had been committed and b) if it’s likely that the suspect committed that crime.

This went on for six months.

There was another group of jurors that did the same thing on Mondays.

Some of the cases involved juveniles but mostly, they were drug-related, and some were very violent. I think I'm safe revealing such peripheral info, right Batman?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2010, 19:15 Pankin
I served on the Grand Jury in Raleigh, NC a few years back and it was the most depressing thing I've ever been forced to go through. I cannot supply details (as I'm sure has been pounded into your head by the jury wranglers too) but I will say that I never ever want to do it again.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Gaming in the Boonies Oct 29, 2010, 01:37 Pankin
Hey, instead of a Boondock Saints game, how about a Troy Duffy simulator?

You ARE Troy Duffy. Harvey Wienstien has just purchased your script and your bar and arranged to sign your crappy band to a new record label. The purpose of the game is to lose EVERYTHING as quickly as possible.

Now there's a game I might purchase.
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: McAllister vs. Tallahassee Bridge Oct 26, 2010, 23:50 Pankin
John McAllister jumped off the Tallahassee Bridge into a pool of lava.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 21, 2010, 20:02 Pankin
Blue wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 11:34:
He has repeatedly stated he'd like to continue working, however he has a lot of complaints, including too much work (in spite of cutting back to 4 days and all his vacation time)

You've probably heard this before but here it is anyway.

I have so many old recordings of Howard back when he was on XRK (you know, back when he was funny) that I no longer miss having Sirius. Plus with Artie gone, it's really really unfunny.

He was a pioneer though. Gotta give 'em that.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Oct 21, 2010, 02:09 Pankin
Does anyone use RealPlayer for anything anymore? I'm genuinely curious.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - RailWorks 2
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - RailWorks 2 Oct 21, 2010, 02:06 Pankin
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 20, 2010, 23:24:
On to another set of 600 addons that add like 1 carriage each...

@ $19.99 each

Can you imagine paying for all those?

I wouldn't have a difficult time understanding if it was a model railroad collector, you know? ...spending 20 bucks here, 20 bucks there on the odd diesel or coal-burning engine or what-have-you. His basement having been converted to a miniature train-world with plaster of paris mountains and pipe cleaner pine trees.

But for software? In a virtual world? I don't get it.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 19, 2010, 22:14 Pankin
Worst Italian accents ever?

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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Oct 19, 2010, 03:05 Pankin
^ Yeah, that fucker could sing.
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News Comments > Civilization V Patch Plans
14. Re: Civilization V Patch Plans Oct 13, 2010, 23:03 Pankin
I'm a new Civ player so I don't have much experience to know the substantive differences between V and IV...


Of the 10 or so campaigns I've played in Civ V, I've always had to go to war. Always. I've ordered Civ IV (incl Warlords and BtS) from Amazon for $17 to get an idea of what diplomatic play feels like. Yes, I know I can get it thru Steam but I don't wanna.

But man, Amazon users sure seem to genuinely dislike the simplified Civ V!
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News Comments > NVIDIA Beta Drivers
2. Re: NVIDIA Beta Derivers Oct 11, 2010, 22:34 Pankin
Deriver is most commonly used thusly:

"I stuffed the cat in the bag and threw the bag in deriver."
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Oct 9, 2010, 15:51 Pankin
The 3DS' Battery Won't Last As Long As The DS, you say?

<brando> the horror </brando>
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News Comments > The Bible Online Launches
23. Re: The Bible Online Launches Sep 28, 2010, 23:48 Pankin
I wanna play as Abraham and prove my piety by killing my own child. Big fun.


I'll play as Lot and have my hot daughters fuck me while I'm drunk. Even bigger fun.


I'll play Elijah and ask god to unleash wild she-bears on as many insolent children as possible.

Good times.
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News Comments > LEGO Universe Gets Very Testy
10. Re: LEGO Universe Gets Very Testy Sep 27, 2010, 23:44 Pankin
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 27, 2010, 18:58:
Have you ever met a 8 to 14 year old who could tell you why he doesn't like something?

I'll extend this question to include most adults as well. People, no matter what age, need only to say that X = suxxors and that seems to be good enough.

There are exceptions, of course, but their rarity serves only to emphasize the rule.
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News Comments > Evening Previews
1. Re: Evening Previews Sep 20, 2010, 21:44 Pankin
What an annoying article layout! Going from number 1 to 10 is such a chore! Not you, Blue. You did what you could to aid readability, preesh.

But man-o-man, what were they thinking? Condense that shit already! No one cares THAT much.
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News Comments > David Allen vs. Quest Online Resumes
21. Re: David Allen vs. Quest Online Resumes Sep 20, 2010, 21:38 Pankin
Sepharo wrote on Sep 20, 2010, 21:16:
You didn't take issue with "constant venemous attacks" and "PhD fraud" ?

Now this won't be as exciting

edit: I don't think you can produce venom.

Oh come on, Seph. The Ph.D thing is SO 1998, it's just SO 20th Century! He's over that.
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