Archive - Jan 2009

Commentary: Obama breaks his own rule
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  2. Brown: Obama promises transparency, openness, new rules on lobbying
  3. But Obama wants former lobbyist to be deputy defense secretary
  4. To do that, he's willing to make an exception to his rules, she says
  5. Brown says that just reinforces people's cynicism
At least some things you can rely on...

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I've never felt like a game was going to make me cry from fear before but I swear I think I'm gonna. Oh god mommy why. :(

And yeah, that's me getting gutted to hell by some *bleep*ing anthropomorphic product of religious zealotry *bleep*. I'm low on everything and its dark and there's a million of these *bleep*s that want to kill me and I'm pretty sure the big one can regenerate everything including its head and the door I need to get through is locked and I dont know how to unlock it. Oh god. Someone come over, I need a hug. :(

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Some of you may be familiar with all the ragging I do on DRM, especially with Electronic Arts who seem to be the most notorious for it overall.

Well, me being the diplomat I am, ended up in a discussion with one of the customer support people at EA following me stating I would no longer be purchasing Mirror's Edge upon seeing the DRM it had (the copy I played was borrowed if yer wondering).

Anyhow, I think it's really quite something, so maybe you'll enjoy it too.

(Note that for efficiency, these are excerpts, though most of the dialogue is retained. Keep in mind in my original email, I was being a bit of a jerk, so I'm not at all opposed to his reactions. DRM gets me crazy!)

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EA:
I have many EA games that use SecuROM and I have, not once, had any troubles with this form of DRM. Generally the only people that have issues with SecuROM are pirates. Furthermore, purchasing games funds these developers that make the games that you like so much. So you deny the developers this money which could go towards developing a new game. Good job.

moi:
Even if you want to discount the troubles (which, yes, would not arise with everyone, but do have an effect for some, and do potentially negate testing to some extent), there are still the principles (I'll get to those in a moment).

"Generally the only people that have issues with SecuROM are pirates."

What do you mean by this? Technical issues or just opposition? If technical issues, this is completely untrue as pirated versions do not have SecuROM. If you mean opposition, this is not true either. I know many people which buy games with SecuROM on them but do not like it, it's just worth it for them, and that I understand.

I know it means I'm not supporting the developer (financially, as I do it in other ways). Look, anger aside, I'd like to have a truly open dialogue here. I LOVE these games. I've been playing games since I was a child and have happily paid for everything and supported these developers up until DRM came along, where it became a mixed bag. I love these games so much it honestly hurts me to personally not be able to support them. I WANT TO. But I can't let myself because I just can't support the DRM.

As for the link you sent (http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3170057 ), I respond with this one:

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/11/08/new-class-action-suits-target-ea-securom-sims-amp-spore-creature-creator

I don't intend it as any kind of personal attack, it's just.....your link is why so many people hate EA. Bully tactics? Really? That's what you expect will make people want to buy your games? You don't understand the community. We want to support publishers that love games too and don't believe in scaring people into buying games, that trust their customers and believe in the games they publish enough to let them remain free. I want to pay $60 for the truly amazing games you've been publishing, but I NEED to be able to do what I want with them when I want and not have to worry about whether or not I can play this game in so many years, or why SecuROM is still on my computer after uninstalling one of your games and is nigh impossible to get off, or whatever else. It's just unsettling and not something I want to be associated with.

Please consider these things, perhaps pass them to the execs as well. Would love to continue this dialogue if you or anyone else there would too.

I love your games..please let me buy them.

EA:
First off, here is a link to manually remove SecuROM from your machine: http://support.ea.com/cgi-bin/ea.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=20763

Second, SecuROM was applied to EA (and other company's) games to stop pirates from illegally downloading and also reproducing our games. Obviously this was needed as people would copy their games and give them to friends or simply download the game free of charge. So now that EA implemented some sort of copy protection to protect it's intellectual property some people have decided to pirate the game. Basically pirates caused the need for DRM which made it irritating for the rest of the paying players, which in-turn has caused people to pirate the game. Quite the conundrum.

The bottom line is gamers either buy the game and support the developers with future games or pirate the game and contribute directly to the need for more DRM. The way I see it is if you don't like the product, or something that comes with it, don't buy it.

These are just my personal thoughts and are not directly affiliated with EA. Unfortunately I cannot engage in further discussions as this is more appropriate for the forums.

Please do not pirate our games.

moi:
See, we see pretty eye to eye after all. :)

Thanks!

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-It's purdy
-Widescreen only is annoying as hell (anyone know a fix?)
-Not too demanding
-Cutscene animation style is kinda weird -- works for everything but the characters?
-Keyboard/mouse *bleep*ing rocks
-Runs smooth as a peach
-No runner vision is awesome, though I've only played the first chapter which, yeah, is easy

I have a 7800 GT, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+, 1GB of RAM, and ran it on medium settings perfectly. High it seems to not like. :)
It crashed once, so I installed the latest C++ Redistributable as advised, and it seems to have fixed it up like a charm.

More impressions later. :)

Update: Still crashing. Seems I have some mysterious problem causing most new games to not work. Ack.

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So remember those bugs I mentioned with PoP? Got an email back from Ubisoft about them which asked me to send along some info to further help me with my problem. Sent it, got a response back the next day which said to try something they'd already suggested in the original list. Informed them of such, haven't heard from them since (January 6). Ugh. Not happy at all. Seems like I'll be returning this one. Mirror's Edge, please. And it better be playable. :P

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Kevin says:
i can't believe eidos is all bitter about selling 'only' 1.5 million copies of tomb raider underworld
that game looks like the most unoriginal game
it seems like such a flawed mentality to equate a budget directly to a profit margin
the management is really out of touch. they are saying the are now thinking of updating lara crofts image
as if that will somehow make people buy a game that looks so unexciting
मुक्ति says:
well you know they did go through all that trouble to bribe reviewers
they really shouldve been rewarded for their efforts
im so bitter
haha
Kevin says:
what why
'cuz you didn't get a bribe
eidos sent us some pillows modelled after lara croft's breasts
didn't you get one
मुक्ति says:
hahah
man i'd love to get bribed so i could tell them to suck it
thats a good idea actually
would you like to start a business together
hahah
Kevin says:
i'll betcha .50 cents that if we google 'breast pillow' it would be out there
मुक्ति says:
go
Kevin says:
http://www.titpillows.com/?gclid=CPfqrfn1gpgCFRwwawodjE_RDQ
LOl
man . people will buy anything
of course the japanese have something to say on this topic
http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=2978

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Just wanted to tell everyone if you haven't heard the song "Pushit" by Tool, particularly the version from their album "Salival", you haven't yet fully lived. Not everyone can get into it I'm sure and that is wonderful but if you would try, that would be so lovely....

Been listening to it for about eight years now and it blows me away every time..the whole album is essential for anyone that can dig it I think.

Okay, peace. :)

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So yeah, I received my copy of Prince of Persia for the PC in the mail the other day. Unfortunately I haven't been able to actually get into it as it's had multiple game-stopping bugs. First its my audio driver (doesnt like it apparently), then the thing just keeps crashing/freezing, sometimes giving me an exe error (research says this is due to single core processors, but I have a dual core), then its the video driver (some common nvidia problem). Sigh. I seem to have fixed the first and last problem -- but it crashes/freezes on me all the time. Still waiting on Ubisoft to get back to me via email -- should be today or tomorrow. I cant even call them because their support line isn't toll free! Augh.

What tastes I've had of the game I've really enjoyed..but I'll wait until this gets rectified to post my thoughts.

Update: got back to me first business day. Testing now. :)
Update 2: still crashes, just less often. :(
Another email from Ubisoft soon, I hope..

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Please keep in mind at all times we live in a boundless time continuum and as such, there are no years, and so no new years. Happy belated winter solstice!!!

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