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News Comments > Festivus Metaverse
2. Re: Festivus Metaverse Dec 23, 2016, 16:37 jacobvandy
I don't doubt it's highly manipulated, but I still hang my head in shame when I think back to when I mined like 7 whole BTC in a month. It was summer and I was sick of the heat generated in my apartment running one PC non-stop mining and then also my gaming rig full-tilt overnight. So I called it quits, and sold them when the price was like $25, which at the time was already unprecedented for virtual currency. I was happy because it paid for my inflated electric bill a few times over, but then a couple years later was when it blew up to $1000+... Wall  
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News Comments > Black Desert Online Free Trial
3. Re: Black Desert Online Free Trial Dec 23, 2016, 16:28 jacobvandy
It's not a demo level, lol, that's how it works for MMO trials.  
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News Comments > GRID for Free
18. Re: GRID for Free Dec 23, 2016, 15:53 jacobvandy
Steam itself acts as an intermediary service that other sites can use to verify your identity. It's like how most mainstream sites let you login via Facebook for comments or whatever. You are not giving your login credentials to that site, they are sending a request to Steam asking, "who is this guy, does he have an account with you, can we see his basic info?" Upon receiving that requests, Steam has you login on their website as normal and it sends back the reply, "yes, he is johnnygamer29, he owns this many games, blah blah blah."

I actually am not sure why Humble Bundle does that anymore, though, since the Steam API no longer supports automatically redeeming keys. That was a good trick for them before, where you couldn't even access the actual raw CD key, so people couldn't re-sell them. They give you the key for this free copy of GRID, though it says there's an expiration date for the end of the month... Not sure if that means the key will become invalid or it just won't give you one if you don't claim it on HB by then.
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News Comments > AU Fines Valve $3M
6. Re: AU Fines Valve $3M Dec 23, 2016, 13:01 jacobvandy
Just out of curiosity.. What can Australia do to enforce this? If Valve has been ignoring them, and if they continue to do so, what's gonna happen? Are they gonna sue, then nobody from Valve shows up, and Steam gets banned down there, or what?  
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News Comments > GRID for Free
16. Re: GRID for Free Dec 23, 2016, 11:17 jacobvandy
You're not giving Steam info to Humble Bundle, though, they're using the Steam API to verify ownership of an account that they then link to your HB account. You can see for yourself when you go to login and it redirects you to the Steam website, check the URL and the certs, etc.

If Humble Bundle security is compromised, that doesn't mean your Steam info goes with it, unless you're using identical logins on both. Both sites offer two-factor authentication though, which anyone who has more than a couple games on either should be using anyway.

The Steam API only pulls public profile data, which is why a courtesy matching offer like GOG or Uplay have stipulates that it won't work if you have it set to private; they have to see what games you own to offer you matching freebies on their service.

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News Comments > Dying Light: The Following Event
2. Re: Dying Light: The Following Event Dec 23, 2016, 00:49 jacobvandy
Sounds like it might be the new Hellraid. I recall them saying they cancelled that one as it existed a few years ago so that they could do something bigger and better with the idea, considering the large amount of interest they were receiving. Maybe it's becoming a first-person Souls kind of game.  
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News Comments > GRID for Free
4. Re: GRID for Free Dec 23, 2016, 00:42 jacobvandy
GRID 2 was a majorly disappointing flop, that's why they followed it so quickly with a more worthy successor, GRID Autosport.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 22, 2016, 12:36 jacobvandy
They don't want you in FL anyway, Rigs. Natives there bitch about northerners almost non-stop.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Dec 21, 2016, 16:41 jacobvandy
I remember getting in trouble for using a novelization for a book report in middle school... I really did read it, but apparently there are some scoundrels who would just watch the movie and summarize that!  
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News Comments > Descent: Underground in Development on
2. Re: Descent: Underground in Development on Dec 21, 2016, 11:14 jacobvandy
It begins!  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 20, 2016, 16:57 jacobvandy
I wanna know how Rocket League doesn't get into the "Better with Friends" one... That was my write-in, 'cause with all those esoteric awards they had nothing for best multiplayer. The way they aggregated those ideas must have been deeply flawed.  
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News Comments > BioWare Giveaways [Updated]
3. Re: BioWare Game Giveaways Dec 20, 2016, 12:25 jacobvandy
Yeah... They're not doing a game giveaway like Ubisoft's. Today you re-tweet them for *a chance* at a Krogan plush doll.  
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News Comments > Dishonored 2 New Game Plus Mode Released
2. Re: Dishonored 2 New Game Plus Mode Released Dec 19, 2016, 21:16 jacobvandy
Blue finally called it New Game Plus!  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
12. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Dec 18, 2016, 21:20 jacobvandy
jdreyer wrote on Dec 18, 2016, 18:35:
Also, there's this:

Talking on a cellphone while driving, get a ticket. Text while driving, get a ticket. Glance at that all-powerful map on your iPhone while driving? No problem.

That was the conclusion Thursday of a state appeals court in Fresno, which for the first time in a California case found that drivers can use maps on their smartphones without risking a hands-free cellphone ticket.

The court’s ruling is almost certain to be welcomed by drivers who’ve come to depend on maps programs and GPS functions to get where they’re going, but it is unlikely to end the confusion over what’s legal — and what’s not — under California’s hands-free law.

That's like an open container law that bans hard liquor and wine, but okays beer.

Pretty misleading title and poorly-written article there, what you quoted doesn't tell the whole story. The court didn't rule that using your phone while driving is okay, they reversed a ruling for that one man who was written a ticket for talking on the phone when he wasn't. It's a specific statute that prohibits that act and requires a hands-free headset for taking or making calls while driving.

Basically, the cop who issued it wasn't careful enough and/or figured the reason was good enough because he didn't expect it to be contested. As the quote from California Highway Patrol there alludes, if he'd been cited simply for distracted driving, it could not have been overturned because that is a discretionary thing. Whether or not you agree there should be a law that completely prohibits the use of a cell phone while driving, there is no such law in question here.

Don't pretend you wouldn't do the same thing and hope for the same result if you could get out of a ticket on a technicality like that.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
6. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 18, 2016, 19:38 jacobvandy
Agent-Zero wrote on Dec 18, 2016, 18:17:
Eye Divine Cybermancy was buggy for years and years, thats why nobody bought it until hit got down to less than $5 on sale.. and it STILL HAS BUGS to this day...

not sure what people were expecting from this crew - GW offered quick cash, they took it, end of story

and the mountain of 40k shovelware continues

They had an excuse with E.Y.E., it was a super ambitious Source mod at an appropriate indie price point. It's chock full of fresh ideas still yet to be seen in other shooters for the most part, and provided plenty of cyberpunk fun while waiting for Deus Ex: HR to finally arrive

With that said, I'm not surprised that their new game is also pretty rough around the edges. They're clearly an outfit that puts more work into cramming in cool ideas for gameplay than polish, so combined with what I'm sure was a massive undertaking in fully utilizing that license and, well... The best thing to do is to wait for a sale.

That stream clip is BRUTAL, by the way, lol!
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Dec 17, 2016, 14:36 jacobvandy
No gold, per se, but I guarantee you there are account leveling and loot box farming services for Overwatch. Where there are people too lazy to actually play a game they own, there will be a minimum wage sweatshop willing to do the work for them.  
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2: Scarface Heist
1. Re: PAYDAY 2: Scarface Heist Dec 17, 2016, 14:16 jacobvandy
Maybe it's cheaper just to get the title rather than everything including character name and Pacino likeness. But why bother, at that point? They could do a Miami mansion with '80s references for free, like Vice City. Maybe then it wouldn't be so expensive for what people are saying is a pretty lame level.  
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News Comments > On Overwatch Mei Skins
7. Re: On Overwatch Mei Skins Dec 16, 2016, 21:25 jacobvandy
I get what they're saying, that it's lame to just make her vanilla outfit red and green, but I don't have any sympathy for all these dorks endlessly bitching about it. They don't care that the extra work for her went into skill graphic changes, they were hoping for a different look to masturbate to... I haven't read every complaint, but I'm sure some were looking for an ironic Christmas bikini or something.  
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News Comments > Egosoft Plans "Real" X4
18. Re: Egosoft Plans Dec 16, 2016, 16:04 jacobvandy
Creston wrote on Dec 16, 2016, 14:05:
Eh, I would have been okay with one ship, if

A) It looked cool, and not like a freaking box.
B) There were hundreds and hundreds of upgrades I could get for it, so I could keep spending money deep into the game. X-Rebirth literally had like 1 weapon upgrade for each slot, and most other systems didn't even have any. Within 3 hours of playing you could have maxed out your ship. Yay?

DarkStar One did that pretty well, basically had an RPG skill tree that you could use to customize your ship in one of three significantly different ways... Real hidden gem of the space sim genre, IMO, more akin to Freelancer than Elite or X. It's not a huge game but I've played through it a handful of times over the years. It's worth the regular price of $10, though I'm sure it gets to be pretty cheap during a Steam sale.
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News Comments > Ubisoft Giveaway Second Chance
2. Re: Ubisoft Giveaway Second Chance Dec 15, 2016, 19:58 jacobvandy
Damn, I forgot about this 30 days of giveaways... Totally missed their limited first-come, first-served thing a few days ago, I saw someone got free Watch Dogs 2.  
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