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News Comments > Mad Max Branching Trailer
7. Re: Mad Max Branching Trailer Aug 18, 2015, 00:29 jacobvandy
 
Oh, what a sad commentary on the state of today's games, when marketing pizzazz is mistaken for a gameplay mechanic. Thanks Obama!  
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News Comments > SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10
21. Re: SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10 Aug 17, 2015, 23:51 jacobvandy
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 20:55:
So stop lying for them already.

Try reading the service agreement yourself, rather than parroting whatever sensationalist clickbait bullshit you take at face value. What you quoted is speculative fear-mongering, not fact. They're taking that one little phrase out of context and rubbing their nipples while the page views from people googling "windows 10 spyware" are rolling in. There's nothing in the passage that states they're monitoring all software you have installed for the purpose of preventing the use of what they deem to be counterfeit:

b. Sometimes youíll need software updates to keep using the Services. We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices. You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services. Such updates are subject to these Terms unless other terms accompany the updates, in which case, those other terms apply. Microsoft isnít obligated to make any updates available and we donít guarantee that we will support the version of the system for which you licensed the software.

"Services," btw, refer to their own products, a listing of which I already posted in a previous comment. So they automatically update THEIR software, which may stop your pirated copy from working or brick your modded console or straight-up ban you from their service if they decide you deserve it, and you're shit out of luck. That is not at all out of the ordinary for ANY software or hardware EULA, and insisting it is just proves you're blindly jumping on the Win 10 hate bandwagon.
 
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News Comments > SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10
11. Re: SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10 Aug 17, 2015, 20:00 jacobvandy
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 19:05:
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 18:07:
DangerDog wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 17:58:
Meanwhile, Microsoft scans your Windows 10 system for pirated games so you can't use a cracked version of the .exe to make it work.


Absolutely false.

I don't know about being absolutely false, I don't think anyone knows for certain what MS is doing with the data they're accumulating on scanning peoples files on their computer, there is a lot of FUD around the Windows spying on people but there's also enough evidence to believe it's more than possible they're at the very least doing statistical reporting on piracy. The only software they effectively prevent you from running are pirated copies of their own software like Office if they're detected on the system.

The way cracks work -- the way they have to work in order to do what they do -- is to fool the game or application itself that the .exe or license is legitimate and/or remove the legitimacy check altogether. Microsoft products are not immune to this treatment, in fact I'm sure you could find pirated copies of just about every product on that list I linked previously that work perfectly well on Windows 10. They cannot stop you from running pirated copies of any software, because there is no possible way for them to discern the legitimate from the illegitimate, presuming the crack actually works.

What the oh-so-scary passage in their terms of service actually says, is that they cannot be held responsible for illegitimate software that ceases functioning as a result of any automatic updates they may push out. They don't run a scan of every system and see a read-out of the 'All Programs' lists with illegitimate software highlighted in red, then push a button to send a signal that zaps it out of existence... What they may do, however, is push an update for Office, and if you were using an unlicensed copy, your crack would have also be updated in order to work again.
 
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News Comments > SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10
4. Re: SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10 Aug 17, 2015, 18:07 jacobvandy
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 17:58:
Meanwhile, Microsoft scans your Windows 10 system for pirated games so you can't use a cracked version of the .exe to make it work.


Absolutely false. I hope you're being sarcastic, but the way some people are taking that bullshit hook, line, and sinker these days, it's hard to tell...

HERE is a list of all products and services covered by that so-called "we will scan for and prevent usage of pirated games" section of their ToS. Basically, the only games that are possibly affected by it are their own titles that are set up to be automatically updated by them.

If you honestly believe they will be looking out for no-CD cracks for 10+ year-old games, it may be time to seriously re-evaluate your state of mental health.

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News Comments > Quote of the Day
13. Re: Quote of the Day Aug 17, 2015, 18:01 jacobvandy
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 17:52:
At least in a proper CRPG you have different mobs that have different strengths and weaknesses, your character grows in power, they find the phat lewtz, they quest, etc.

You just described Dying Light. There are a lot of standard cannon fodder zombies, yes, but once you're strong enough to not get pwned by a small group of them, they're almost background noise in the real fights against special enemies.
 
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News Comments > SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10
2. Re: SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10 Aug 17, 2015, 17:57 jacobvandy
 
Since this only applies to disc versions of these old games, it's really not a big deal. If you haven't replaced them with digital copies via Steam or GOG yet, you'll just have to get a no-CD crack for it to work. They're very easy to find, which is part of the reason physical media for games died out to begin with.  
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News Comments > The Witcher III Game+ DLC Released
1. Re: The Witcher III Game+ DLC Released Aug 17, 2015, 17:50 jacobvandy
 
Well shit... I had started a new game a month or two ago and apparently forgot to make a manual save of my story finish game, so the autos and checkpoints were overwritten and now I can't do NG+. I'll probably wait a bit longer now, lol, since I'm not quite up to doing another playthrough so that I can do another playthrough yet.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2015, 16:55 jacobvandy
 
There's always those moments immediately after you see your dog lick their own ass or whatever where you don't want their tongue anywhere near you, which is perfectly understandable, but in general no harm will come from a dog's mouth. It's a myth that their mouth is cleaner than a human's (some dog nuts love to spout that nonsense), but studies have shown they're not significantly "dirtier" than the typical human mouth, either. Plus most of the bacteria you'll find in either is non-transmittable between species, so you're probably not going to get sick from your dog licking you or vice versa.  
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
10. Re: Quote of the Day Aug 17, 2015, 16:41 jacobvandy
 
It's the spiritual successor, basically, since Techland lost the Dead Island IP after they and Deep Silver split up over creative differences or whatever BS. It is an improvement in just about every conceivable way, so now Deep Silver is struggling to compete, and I'm sure they're kicking themselves in the ass over it.  
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
7. Re: Quote of the Day Aug 17, 2015, 14:04 jacobvandy
 
Anti-modding developers don't release map-making tools, integrate Steam Workshop support, and run regular contests encouraging user-made content... These ones did and do. Get some perspective.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Mod Tool Backlash
25. Re: The Witcher 3 Mod Tool Backlash Aug 16, 2015, 20:51 jacobvandy
 
Objectively, I don't think there's any reason to look a gift horse in the mouth here. Not only is the verbiage in the interview from January 2014 very non-committal (absolutely not a promise like Blue wrote), but the ignition of this powder keg comes from a community manager who tweeted the link to the official website announcing these mod tools... I don't think it's that big of a leap to think he may have simply spoken out of turn. It's not like he has the power to make that decision, and he may not even know what the dev team is still working on.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Game+ Mode Announced
10. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Game+ Mode Announced Aug 15, 2015, 03:53 jacobvandy
 
The first one did, not only because it was that good, but also because of the whole ghost vs. panther vs. rambo thing they did so well. As long as they're keeping that same central theme of supporting multiple distinct playstyles, this one will, too.  
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News Comments > More Diablo III 2.3.0 Details
6. Re: More Diablo III 2.3.0 Details Aug 14, 2015, 21:50 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, set builds are always the new hotness, but they are also adding many, many new legendaries that enable or enhance builds, too. For example, one of the top Crusader builds depends entirely on a legendary shield added in Season 1, then a legendary sword greatly enhances that, and having the set to enable supersaiyan mode as much as possible isn't required but makes the build even better, etc.  
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News Comments > Rocket League DLC Released
2. Re: Rocket League DLC Released Aug 14, 2015, 15:46 jacobvandy
 
We've talked about new map ideas in previous play sessions... a 4-team square arena would kick ass!  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 13, 2015, 20:25 jacobvandy
 
Bucky wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 17:36:
The first setup question Shelter asked me was if I wanted to allow notifications. This alone blew my mind, as most games don't even allow you to turn them off, let alone ask you at the start!

I have a strict policy that requires me to uninstall any app that pushes notifications without my approval or ability to turn off. Bethesda will get money from me simply for asking the question.

I agree that it's good design and that they deserve credit for being upfront about it, but you should also know that ALL apps can have their notifications disabled on a system level. Go into your application settings and you'll find a check-box for it along with the update/uninstall/disable buttons for the app. I found this out back when I was fiddling with the Dying Light companion app, which had way too many notifications and no in-game option to disable them.
 
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News Comments > Rainbow Six Celebrity Siege
1. Re: Rainbow Six Celebrity Siege Aug 13, 2015, 13:26 jacobvandy
 
Was I not informed that the definition of 'A-list' was changed?  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 13, 2015, 13:20 jacobvandy
 
Woohoo!  
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News Comments > Rocket League Patch Adds Arena, Spectator Mode
19. Re: Rocket League Patch Adds Arena, Spectator Mode Aug 12, 2015, 18:41 jacobvandy
 
Fair enough. I sometimes compare it to 3D billiards. :p  
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News Comments > Rocket League Patch Adds Arena, Spectator Mode
17. Re: Rocket League Patch Adds Arena, Spectator Mode Aug 12, 2015, 16:59 jacobvandy
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 12, 2015, 14:48:
Verno wrote on Aug 12, 2015, 14:06:
Sigh. I feel like you're just interested in debunking any comparisons to soccer for some odd reason rather than Rocket League itself. I suggest you pick it up cheap in a Steam sale and decide for yourself on its merits.

People setup plays, pass and "control" the ball (as much as can be expected from an RC car) all the time. I'm not even terribly good at the game and its a lot of fun, I don't feel uncoordinated or any lack of control after getting through the learning phase either.

I own Rocket League and I'm disappointed with it because I wanted and expected vehicular soccer when I got vehicular pinball. The comparison didn't seem appropriate and I wanted to know if it was just my lack of skill or the nature of the game. It appears to be at least partially the later.

Soccer scaled down to be more frenetic and action-packed is still soccer. You have two goals, a ball, and teams of players who aren't allowed to carry the ball yet are tasked with putting it into the opposite goal... That's the definition of the game. You can also tackle other cars to interfere with their handling of the ball, which again, is very soccer. If you want to dribble, you have to slow down and not hit the ball so hard.

It sounds like you want the arenas to be 3-4x the size of what they are and for the speed of the cars to be halved, but that would be pretty boring, IMO. This game already has enough potential for tense 0-0 matches without that, though it hinges on people knowing what they're doing and playing defense when appropriate. Pro teams have a dedicated goalie that can block 80-90% of shots no matter how they come, thanks to the ability of the cars to jump and dive and bicycle, etc. Mastering that maneuverability is key to pulling off deliberate plays, as is being able to anticipate where the ball is going to be when it's bouncing around in three dimensions.

People only play it like pinball because that is the easiest thing to do, plus it's a hell of a lot of fun. There is plenty of room for a more calculating approach in the game, and when you're able to make your own opportunities rather than just wait for them, it will look like you get "lucky" all the time.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition - The Descent DLC Released
13. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition - The Descent DLC Released Aug 11, 2015, 23:01 jacobvandy
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 20:18:
Mac wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 18:51:
ItBurn wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 18:42:
Mac wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 18:35:
ItBurn wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 17:56:
Played a somewhat boring 68 hours, got too bored to complete it, never touched it again.

One could argue you got your monies worth???

Yeah I guess, but I was mostly forcing my way though it in the hopes it would become good. There were some points that were pretty good. Worth the money? Sure. Best use for the money(talking games here)? Probably not.

I know what you mean - I finished the story, and by the end I was pretty bored ... never killed a dragon through the game, and no great pull to go back and do so ... also, I'll wait until the DLC is on sale before even considering more - my backlog of games is big enough already!

I find it fascinating that you played the game to completion and didn't kill a single dragon.

Seriously! Hunting down the dragons was my favorite part of this game. Became a little tedious by the time I got to the last few, as I was overpowered and didn't get any use out of their loot by then, but still. The first one was epic, and the next half-dozen or so were the highlight of their respective zones.
 
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