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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 2, 2016, 14:01 jacobvandy
They have a point. It's in the developer's best interest to accommodate such requests, too, unless they want to invite even more serious blowback. You get a story of a kid being abducted and/or raped by a pedo who used this game to find them, and people will be up in arms...  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 1, 2016, 21:19 jacobvandy
Got an email from Newegg today about the GTX 970 class action settlement... They said to standby for claim submissions, but according to reports it looks like I could get a cool $30 or so for being an early adopter.  
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News Comments > Fireforge Games Bankruptcy
6. Re: Fireforge Games Bankruptcy Aug 1, 2016, 20:00 jacobvandy
Angrius Maximis wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 18:52:
Everything about the new Ghostbusters movie is total FAIL

Hey, I just found out they brought back the Ecto Cooler flavor of Hi-C for the occasion, so that's something! I ordered a case of it (in color-changing cans) from Amazon earlier.
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News Comments > Marvel Ultimate Alliances PC Fixes Coming
13. Re: Marvel Ultimate Alliances PC Fixes Coming Jul 31, 2016, 16:50 jacobvandy
Kajetan wrote on Jul 31, 2016, 10:52:
Avus wrote on Jul 31, 2016, 04:44:
Download this fix now... it is called Marvel Heroes 2016... Lots of enhancement and it is free!!
An online MP-only F2P game? No, thank you!

It's a proper ARPG from the original creator of Diablo... Every single one of the nearly 60 heroes* available now is their own unique class. And though the free-roam areas are multiplayer with 15-20 people, the vast majority of the story and end-game content (replayable dungeons, raids, etc.) are private instances. There's no point in wasting time on that console trash MUA if you're looking for a Marvel ARPG.

*They recently added Ultron, which has caused some stir with the fanboys who take offense at him co-operating with the good guys.
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News Comments > Marvel Ultimate Alliances PC Fixes Coming
5. Re: Marvel Ultimate Alliances PC Fixes Coming Jul 30, 2016, 14:11 jacobvandy
Yeah, you know it's bad when the licensor has to step in and tell the incompetent publisher to get their shit together...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2016, 14:21 jacobvandy
I got a notification of a PM from the FireFall forums yesterday, of all places... Apparently Mark Kern is attempting to crowd fund and re-make the game according to his "original vision," which they're now calling Ember:

My interest is piqued, considering the abortion we ended up with before. But I'm not holding my breath, nor dumping a couple hundred bucks into it like I did FF.
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Saga—Living World Season 3 Begins
3. Re: Guild Wars 2 Saga—Living World Season 3 Begins Jul 27, 2016, 16:01 jacobvandy
Yeah, and their servers were completely smashed. I bought the expansion last week when it went on sale, so I've been playing through that, but I couldn't even login for most of the day yesterday... I mean, I'm not surprised, for a lot of people LWS3 is the first new PVE content in 9 months. I'm looking forward to seeing the new Bloodstone Fen.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: etc., etc. Jul 23, 2016, 14:17 jacobvandy
osage no onna wrote on Jul 23, 2016, 11:50:
The orangutan video is a scam for ad revenue.

Most of the videos on the internet could be called scams for ad revenue, lol, so what's it matter?
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jul 23, 2016, 00:11 jacobvandy
Guild Wars 2 - Heart of Thorns is 50% off through the middle of next week on their website. Living Story season 3 is starting!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 22, 2016, 16:33 jacobvandy
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.
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News Comments > Rocket League Soars Past 19M Players
12. Re: Rocket League Soars Past 19M Players Jul 20, 2016, 22:17 jacobvandy
deqer wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 19:46:
My point exactly. Only a thousand or so people streaming it. It used to be one of the top games on twitch, and now it ISN'T.

So, yeah, 19M Players, 18M inactive. Cool story.

Numbers pulled from asses notwithstanding, it's in the top 10 Steam games daily, so they're still doing better than most.
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 7 Rewards
2. Re: Diablo III Season 7 Rewards Jul 20, 2016, 18:47 jacobvandy
They need to have more exclusive transmogs. That Conqueror's set is pretty meh and I believe they're going on the third chance for people to get it? It takes three seasons to get all six pieces, so anyone who's participated in all of them has been waiting around for more than a year to see something new on that front... So if you don't like the portrait frame and/or aren't interested in collecting pets (all you need is one for the gold pickup utility), there's that much less reason to care about seasons altogether.

In fact, they probably should have made the Space Marine head and shoulders a seasonal reward instead of just throwing them out as random drops. I'm hoping they're working on the rest of that set!
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News Comments > Rimworld Steam Key Fraud Halted
9. Re: Rimworld Steam Key Fraud Halted Jul 18, 2016, 13:59 jacobvandy
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 13:40:
You would think that if a dev was offering a steam key that it would be on the up and up and through Steam.
Is this the developers fault?
The article does a poor job of explaining what happened.

A developer selling their game on Steam is allowed to generate as many Steam keys as they want, for free, to distribute however they choose. They can hand them out to reviewers, do promo giveaways to the general public, or even sell them themselves without having to give a cut to Valve. That's why you see developers selling Steam keys on their own website, and why their most loyal supporters will insist to everyone that that is where they make their purchase: because the dev gets more money that way.

However, as is the case here, it potentially makes them a target for fraud. Either the chargebacks happen because the credit cards used by scumbag grey market key re-sellers are stolen and the victim there is rightfully trying to recoup their losses, or the scumbags themselves are filing illegitimate chargebacks and small indie studio simply cannot handle the workload involved with disputing them all. A bank will give their customer the benefit of the doubt if the merchant in question does not respond in time to a chargeback, even if it's frivolous (the bank doesn't know).
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
4. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jul 17, 2016, 17:47 jacobvandy
bigspender wrote on Jul 17, 2016, 17:30:
Saboth wrote on Jul 17, 2016, 14:39:
Land of the free, home of the brave. Everyone's so terrified that someone parked in a public street talking in their car is cause to
run out and threaten them with a gun. The guy said the kids tried to run him over.
1. If true, I think they have a right since they were being threatened with a gun.
2. If not true, then he simply ran out and started shooting at people on the street because he was afraid.

Sounds like the gun owner was looking for an excuse to use his gun or to be a hero/tough guy.

Surely using something lethal like a gun for protection, can only be done so when a life is in danger?

Even if adults were stealing everything in his home, he doesn't have the right to kill them if his life is not in danger or at risk of any injury right? Although I guess it seems like in the US it's gotten to the point where you want to shoot first since everyone has guns. What a debacle.

Some states allow you to defend your home with deadly force no matter the circumstances. And frankly it is in your best interest to kill in that situation (as opposed to just beating him up or shooting him in the leg or something), so the asshole home invader doesn't come back and try to sue you thereafter. This guy is clearly an idiot, though, for not just calling the cops to report suspicious loitering. I would hope he catches an attempted murder charge.
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Jul 17, 2016, 17:39 jacobvandy
I don't take this as EA changing their tune at all... These are all pre-Origin titles and have been available everywhere anyway. It's just now they're old enough that they decided it's okay to make them DRM-free. I'm sure sales have slowed enough at this point that tapping into that market is a decent gain for them.

Unless we see a new EA game come out that is not Origin-exclusive and/or something from the past 3-4 years go DRM-free, this is just business as usual.

MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 17, 2016, 13:51:
I'm tempted to buy DA:O on gog just to have everything with no annoying DRM/Bioware account nonsense shoehorned in.

The Bioware account stuff is still there, but since it's the Ultimate Edition with [almost] all of the DLCs already included, you don't need to mess with it. It's no different than the Steam version, AFAIK.
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News Comments > Saturday Pokémon Go Mobilization
3. Re: Saturday <strike>Pokémon Go</strike> Mobilization Jul 17, 2016, 02:47 jacobvandy
Here's another one, 11PM in Central Park:

Sweet fancy Moses...
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News Comments > GeForce 10 DPC Latency Issue
9. Re: GeForce 10 DPC Latency Issue Jul 15, 2016, 14:21 jacobvandy
Tarmarna wrote on Jul 15, 2016, 11:37:
Glad to see at least one tech news site (Blue's News) reporting on this DPC Latency problem with the 10 series NVidia drivers.

Shame on other tech sites that have so far failed to even notice the problem after all the reviews and so called testing of the the cards after launch.

NVidia make great cards, drivers are complex, but tech sites and companies need to do better testing.

Not for nothin', but ah, I'm willing to bet the majority of people don't even know that 'DPC latency' is a thing. That includes the people doing the reviews. And just like any other driver issue, we don't know that this problem occurs with EVERY system running these cards. So blanket shaming is a bit hasty, if not outright uncalled for, IMO.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jul 14, 2016, 23:13 jacobvandy
Fuck yeah, CHEX QUEST!  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 14, 2016, 16:53 jacobvandy
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2016, 13:56:
Ozmodan wrote on Jul 14, 2016, 12:47:
Removed it from the kids phones. They used up their monthly data in less than a week. Too many dangers associated with it too.

Apparently it sucks battery too. One of my daughter's friends complained that he lost half is battery playing P:G on a 30m bus ride.

That would be the GPS polling. Having Google Maps open so long can drain it like that, too.
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News Comments > Rocket League Crate Plans
11. Re: Rocket League Crate Plans Jul 13, 2016, 05:27 jacobvandy
thecakeisalie wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 19:50:
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 19:42:
Yeah, I don't blame them at all for doing this. I'm sure there are loads of people just begging to spend more money on this game, so they'd be leaving thousands or possibly millions of dollars on the table by not adding this feature.

They're being exceptionally ethical and kind by leaving the current item drop system intact as well as allowing you to disable the loot crates entirely if you don't like them. I don't even know how people would get the idea that there could be anything but cosmetics in there...

Some people have a predisposed weakness towards gambling addiction. This kind of business practice preys on that psychological disorder. It also exposes young kids to gambling and teaches them that there's nothing wrong with it.

There is NOTHING ethical about gambling, especially when kids are potentially involved. That's what loot crates are: unregulated gambling. Loot crates are just like a bloody scratch ticket. If you cannot or will not see why unregulated gambling in video games is a problem then you are just in self-denial.

The game developer should just sell the new skins outright in their store and leave loot crates out of the mix. Instead, they are being greedy because random chance (and the best part is THEY get to decide how random because - unregulated, right?) and gambling addiction makes more money than just selling people the skins outright.

Some people are predisposed to addiction, period, but that doesn't stop alcohol or cigarettes or fatty/sugary foods from being sold within almost every square mile of the civilized world... Thank the gods our entire society is not [yet] being forced to make concessions for that minority of the population with a severe lack of self-control. The rest of us should have no issue with simply practicing moderation or choosing not to partake at all in something we decide is a waste of money.

And don't try to bring that "think of the children!" bullshit into this, lol. That isn't a video game developer's responsibility. It is a truly sad state of affairs when people expect anyone else but the parents to be doing the parenting. If a kid is being left to learn life lessons solely from video games, that's an entirely different issue that has ZERO to do with gambling. If you really don't want your kid throwing away money (there are a zillion ways to do it on the internet), don't give them any and/or teach them how to spend responsibly.
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