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News Comments > MS Open to More Cross-Play with Other Platforms
11. Re: MS Open to More Cross-Play with Other Platforms Aug 31, 2017, 08:10 TheEmissary
It really should be the developers or the publishers responsible for creating the games/software that are the ones to decide if its cross-platform or not.

Wouldn't you think that some game developers would want to avoid splitting player bases. I am sure games like TitanFall2 and Lawbreakers would have benefited quite a bit from this. Multiplayer games live and die by the size of the their playerbase.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 16, 2017, 10:36 TheEmissary
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2017, 19:47:
The judge erred and MS will win this on appeal, wait and see. His analogy is flawed because businesses are, legally, quasi-public spaces. They can refuse admittance and service whenever they so choose. And if you persist in trying to enter or further harass said business at this point you'll end up with trespass and/or harassment charge and injunction that you have to stay away from said business/property.

It should always be a situation of 'my house, my rules'. Don't like it? Fine, take your business someplace else but you don't have the right to come into my place and steal my stuff when you've been barred explicitly. They shouldn't have to go extreme measures to ensure this. It would be akin to the police not doing their job and telling the store owner to put in an expensive security system and hire security personnel for the express purpose of doing what the police are already well paid to do. That dog just won't hunt.

They really need to find better terminology to define cybercrime. You can't keep lumping everyone in to the hacker category and doing so does a disservice.

Instead of treating it as hacking, Couldn't they treat the information as copyrighted material and then invoke the DMCA.
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News Comments > Take-Two Interactive Results
1. Re: Take-Two Interactive Results Aug 3, 2017, 10:22 TheEmissary
I am pretty sure that RDR 2 is going to be ported to PC. No doubt it will be announced a couple months after the console launch of RDR2 and then released another 6-8 months after like usual.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 21, 2017, 19:21 TheEmissary
I am not a fan of another streaming service with limited title. I don't like that even Star Trek Discovery is going on CBS All access instead of netflix or hulu. I am already subbed to Netflix and Hulu and that is enough at the moment.

As far what they could with a StarGate prequel. In the show they say they never found the original Dial-Home-Device (DHD). They could base the show around having a team stumble on it and somehow got the gate working the show could be about an incident that caused them to destroy/hide it.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 20, 2017, 20:21 TheEmissary
Its the software that wins the hardware wars. You can have the best hardware around but if there is no software/content for it then its next to useless. How Bluray end up winning as the HD optical disc format was getting enough media companies to distribute using that format.

I think the HDR wars will sort themselves out eventually when most of the displays are true 10bit per channel or 30bit Color (1.07 Billion Colors). HDR then could be adjusted through the TVs post processing. Or it could be like Audio encoding standards (dolby/dts) where every device now supports the main ones.

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News Comments > Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam This Week
11. Re: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam This Week Apr 18, 2017, 11:19 TheEmissary
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 00:37:
cross play with windows store is not supported. what kind of fucking clowns thought that system was going to work? probably the same fucks who made that looneytunes drm scheme and decided kinect was a good idea to force upon everyone who bought the original xb1

That point doesn't matter as much as you think it does. None of the PC versions of the Halo Wars 1 and 2 support cross-play multiplayer with the console. The only advantage to getting it on the Windows store is the cross-saves and cross buy should you own a console.

I do have to admit the lack of cross-play does ring a bit hollow after them trying to make inroads to support multiple networks. Future games maybe support it but not a legacy title that was only released to get people up to speed with the plot of the 2nd.
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News Comments > MS Promises Windows Exclusive Games
15. Re: MS Promises Windows Exclusive Games Feb 18, 2017, 18:06 TheEmissary
Lets be honest here Video games (Xbox and PC included) aren't all that important to Microsoft's bottom line. How they make their money is through service contracts and productivity software. Focusing on developing video games and associated hardware builds appeal or brand awareness.

There isn't a whole lot keeping a desktop user tied to Windows outside of gaming. Most of the applications people use have been ported to practically anything with a cpu in it. So yes its important to still focus on PC gaming in some form.
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Jan 30, 2017, 19:59 TheEmissary
chickenboo wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 13:05:
Tetris The Movie.
Fruit Ninja The Movie.
Five Nights At Freddies The Movie.
Firewatch The Movie.

In twenty years after they've milked video games of all they're worth, they can move on to popular snacks.

Cheetos The Movie
Pop Tarts The Movie
Lasagna the Movie

I could totally see a Wreck-it ralph / futurama style movie with advertising mascots. Chester cheetah probably could branch off and do its own thing. Then again remember how poorly the insurance caveman skits were when they were made in to a tv show.

I am not sure why Hollywood is buying up movie rights to games that have no plot to speak of. Especially considering that most of the film adaptions of video games are horrible.
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
8. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 29, 2017, 14:27 TheEmissary
I am not too fussed about the changes to the stretch goals. At least its no where near what Double Fine had to do with "Broken Age" in that they had to release the game in two parts. Reality always changes even the best plans or budgets.

That said I am giving crowd funding a wide berth. I am not too fond of what has been going on with projects like: the pebble watch, Oculus Rift/Facebook acquisition, Ouya, Star Citzen, and or the delays for most projects.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 5, 2017, 08:19 TheEmissary
I get they want to push the whole home automation thing but doing it over a normal wifi protocol is not the way to do it. The last thing we need is more wifi devices on the 2.4Ghz or even 5Ghz band. The congestion is going to be unreal if this comes true. Its already bad enough you can't anywhere close to the full speed from your wifi router because of all the other neighbors on similar channels.

The other thing to be concerned with is security. As seen with routers or TVs most people will not go out of their way to update the firmware. Do you think most people are going to do that for each and every "internet of things" device.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 7, 2016, 07:59 TheEmissary
I would rather youtubers or other streamers stay away from taking money directly from the game devs/publishers. I would rather hear their opinion or what they genuinely enjoy not what they are scripted or obliged to stay.

I will point this out I have actually stopped watching some youtuber streams once it became known they concealed the fact they took money in a influencer type deal.
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
8. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Nov 20, 2016, 22:34 TheEmissary
Why is this news? The big three browsers have been pulling this type of stuff for years. Google has been making these type of recommendations for quite a while. If you use a non-chrome based browser with any google service it will nag you to download chrome.  
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games
10. Re: SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games Nov 17, 2016, 20:17 TheEmissary
I have feeling what will happen is that the major studios will outsource the voice acting in other countries.

I would be all for supporting Voice Actors getting better wages if they took to supporting software developers fight against unhealthy working environment in terms of hours worked and stress.
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News Comments > Mass Effect Remasters Hint
9. Re: Mass Effect Remasters Hint Aug 16, 2016, 23:18 TheEmissary
The Mass Effect games aren't really all that old. I don't really see the need to remaster every game when it hits 5 or 10 years old. They look and play fine.

I see this as more of a marketing move to get the old games playable on the same generation of consoles that new game is going to be on.
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
122. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 21:18 TheEmissary
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 21:03:
Suppa7 wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 18:28:
What do you think steam machines are? They are locked down PC's...

Steam Machines are nothing more than off the shelf component hardware that run an old version of Ubuntu with the Steam client installed and set to launch in to Big Picture mode.

Because SteamOS is based on Linux, there is no way in Hell that it is "locked down", as that defeats the very principles behind Linux. For fuck's sake, you can have the exact same "experience" of SteamOS on Arch (and its derivatives), Fedora (and its derivatives), Debian, Ubuntu (and its derivatives) and, FSM help me, fucking GENTOO!

There is nothing magical or special about SteamOS, it's just a convenience factor. Nothing more.

Before someone replies "B...b...but they COULD do it!", I'd just like to interject for a moment and tell you that the only way that Valve could even try to lock anything down is by releasing the Steam client as a closed blob. That in itself would be massive waste of time and resources given how much the Steam client on Linux requires dependencies, drivers, and libraries that are FOSS. They would literally have to re-engineer their entire library structure, dependencies, and drivers from scratch because everything they currently use is covered by the GPL. That will never happen because it's a futile effort.

However, let's take stupid pills and pretend they do, in fact, release the Steam client as a monolithic blob. Within a very short time, the community of millions is going to have a libre implementation that reverts the functionality of Steam right back to a FOSS and GPL compliant service. At that point, the only thing Valve can do is play whack-a-mole as it tries to block access from that libre service. They, Valve, couldn't even sue the makers of the libre replacement because Valve already released Steam on a GPL compliant OS and AS a GPL compliant OS. In this situation, you really can't ignore GPL because it is binding. Even Red Hat, which is many orders of magnitude more powerful and wealthy than Valve, doesn't want to fuck with the GPL. They release their source code as required and don't utter a peep.

Now, feel free to get back to waving dicks with little aluminum hats on them at each other about Microsoft and its practices.

There are forks of the Linux kernel that are locked down and millions of people use it everyday such as Android. A lot of what people attribute to Linux is really the GNU software ecosystem. Valve could replace all the userland apps with something more proprietary. Its a lot of work for little reward at at this point, perhaps in the future who knows.

The problems facing SteamOS are the same problems that Linux as a whole faces. Those tend to be driver parity and testing and as well as lack of documentation to build FOSS versions. Linux is just as capable generally as a Windows PC. Similar to Windows ports the performance varies just as wildly based on the quality of the port.
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
76. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 14:59 TheEmissary
It is certainly a possibility when Corporations have been known to cheat tests. NVidia was caught in the past for writing driver cheats for known benchmark software and they took flak over that. You had VW cheat the emission software for the Diesel vehicles and found liable for damages. There are other cases where devices won't coexist peacefully (occulus rift/Vive or AMD/Nvidia GPUs).

How much flak do you think Microsoft would get if they were found to target specific software in the manner Sweeney described. It would do more harm to the company then the supposed gain by doing so. As soon as it got out that the corporation was hindering the competition it would be all that is needed for domestic and foreign regulators to come down hard on them. Its a slippery

Sweeney made some cogent points in the past about UWP but this is starting to get in to tin-foil territory.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Free ain't enough reason Jul 22, 2016, 17:20 TheEmissary
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 22, 2016, 11:34:
If you're happy with Win7 or you have older software/hardware that's incompatible with Win10, there is no compelling reason to upgrade. Windows 7 will continue to get fixes until 2020 ! By then, you'll probably need a new machine anyway, and you'll have to upgrade to a new Windows.

Those 4 years will fly by before you know it. If you care about stability or privacy perhaps you should start migrating off the platform to something under control or one you have the source code, such as Linux.

One way or the other your going to have to make a transition as the cost of keeping up with modern standards.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 22, 2016, 17:10 TheEmissary
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 22, 2016, 16:33:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 22, 2016, 15:38:
Electric cars are not more efficient than gasoline!!!

USAs power grid is already taxed, burn more coal to get more power for your electric cars.. rolling blackouts for everyone in the USA soon.. but hey, they'll at least have cool electric cars that are out of power.

Yeah, but we can upgrade the power grid with newer, more efficient, and cleaner generation as needed... We can't do the same with fossil fuels. Burning more coal in the short term would still be a step in the right direction, a growing pain that can then be dealt with in turn.

I really don't see how charging a electric car is going to put that much more drain on the power grid than millions of A/C units running during the peak of Summer. Once the batteries are charged they are no longer drawing from the grid. Even if all those cars were adding larger drain to the system they could slow the rate the cars charge.

I wouldn't be surprised in future home construction to see solar cells built in to the roof of the garage and have a central battery to draw from. There are also micro-windfarm systems that are designed to work in urban settings. So its a bit premature to cast doom and gloom over the transition to electric cars.
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 20:35 TheEmissary
accidental duplicate post  
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 20:34 TheEmissary
I think that would be a bad idea as it would give the appearance of collusion and other payola schemes. Its best to keep a wall between the retailers/publishers and reviewers.

I can sort of see how having ex-reviewers on staff in advisory role for setting review policies/moderation or doing mock-reviews of games before they go live. I however don't agree with having practicing journalists reviewing games sold by their employer.
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