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1001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 23, 2010, 05:50:17 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2010, 03:22:13 AM

Quote from: Punisher on February 23, 2010, 03:14:11 AM

Remember even if you have a PERFECT Internet connection (which I don't think is even possible.... I am pretty sure that EVERY connection has drops, even if they are only for a second or two), you also need to make surethat your connection is perfect right up to Ubi's servers AND that their servers have 100% uptime....Again, not possible....

If you lose your connection from you to Ubi, even for 1-2 seconds, you can get booted out of your game and lose all progress.. I think PC Gamer tested this by unplugging their ethernet while in AC2 and it booted them out of the game and they lost their progress....

Not that I agree with their methodology, but I can certainly play any number of online games for hours on end with no connection issues.  MMO's, action games, whatever, and I don't get dropped.  And I highly doubt it is the result of a single dropped packet, I'd guess it has to be a sustained connection timeout for several seconds at the least.
During the PC Gamer test they unplugged the ethernet cable to simulate a drop. It instantly kicked them out of the game and back to the menu and lost all of their progress. This was a real world test. Ubisoft themselves have said the same thing in interviews...
Also, Many existing online games, especially MMO's have ways of dealing with dropped packets/connections. They will give you those few seconds to reconnect or you will see lag or rubberbanding, but then get back to normal.
1002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 23, 2010, 03:14:11 AM
Remember even if you have a PERFECT Internet connection (which I don't think is even possible.... I am pretty sure that EVERY connection has drops, even if they are only for a second or two), you also need to make surethat your connection is perfect right up to Ubi's servers AND that their servers have 100% uptime....Again, not possible....

If you lose your connection from you to Ubi, even for 1-2 seconds, you can get booted out of your game and lose all progress.. I think PC Gamer tested this by unplugging their ethernet while in AC2 and it booted them out of the game and they lost their progress....

1003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 23, 2010, 01:20:09 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 23, 2010, 01:05:30 AM

I'm out.  At first I thought people were just crying wolf.  That this was just a case of internet rumors gone wild.

You do know that this was reported by multiple news outlets....and Ubisoft themselves in various interviews and such?

1004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 22, 2010, 11:27:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 19, 2010, 06:03:31 PM

Ubi-Spin.

they are our friends.



V2.0 of this DRM will require an always on connection, an always on webcam,  and an always on PC, even when your not playing.
If it drops any of these, it uninstalls your game, if they detect someone else playing the game via the webcam, it uninstalls the game......
V3.0 will come with some sort of electro attachment... You don't want to see the placement diagram...
1005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silent Hunter 5 on: February 22, 2010, 11:23:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 22, 2010, 10:00:33 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 22, 2010, 09:46:58 PM

So is it just a DRM boycott?  I don't think I ever played a game while not connected to the internet so this really wouldn't affect me.

if your connection is down you can't start the game, if it goes down while playing the game will stop, if their servers are down you can't play.

Yep, this is the problem, there is no leeway... This isn't a random check or a once a week check this is a constant all the time check...... So imagine, going on a nice long tour and not saving for a while.... then bam, you router/modem drops for whatever reason or Ubi decides to do server maintenance or their servers go down.... You game then exits and you lose all of you progress.....

On a related note, who has the pool on when the first DDOS attach hits Ubi and noone can play?
1006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silent Hunter 5 on: February 22, 2010, 08:29:32 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 22, 2010, 05:33:19 PM

Ya Im skipping it because of the having to be connected to the net all the time just to play it.
Ditto....and I was looking forward to it too.....
1007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone joined Ubisoft's "Uplay" yet? on: February 21, 2010, 11:15:11 AM

Quote from: jersoc on February 19, 2010, 09:30:13 PM

do you lose your rewards when your internet goes down?

It depends on the game. You will lose different points for each game, but they won't actually let you know how many, you'll have to check with other players.... ninja
1008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interesting green screen reel on: February 21, 2010, 04:07:49 AM

Quote from: disarm on February 20, 2010, 09:18:00 PM

yet more proof that you really can't believe anything you see these days...

Yes. In fact KD has actually green screened this whole post!
1009  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 PC on: February 20, 2010, 03:57:57 PM

Quote from: Vidiot on February 20, 2010, 08:07:52 AM

Did anyone think they would really sell it at less than 50% of the list price?

I don't see why not.... I think that the online stores get away with too much of this type of thing. If you go into a B&M store and they have a price up that doesnt ring up correctly, they have to give it to you.... With the online stores, I see this alot, where they have a good price on something, it generates them traffic and also new leads in the form of customers information, and then they say oh, sorry, we aren't going to give it to, but enjoy your new mailing list...

1010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Interesting green screen reel on: February 20, 2010, 03:37:02 PM
http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/02/18/dont-believe-everything-you-see-on-tv/?icid=main|main|dl2|link7|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tvsquad.com%2F2010%2F02%2F18%2Fdont-believe-everything-you-see-on-tv%2F


This was pretty cool and shots that I figured were on location weren't....
1011  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 PC on: February 19, 2010, 02:34:42 AM
I ordered this an received a cancelation notice because: "Your order contained a title(s) that is no longer scheduled for release. This may be because the item was discontinued or replaced by a newer version."
Does the publisher know it was canceled?
Are they skipping this and going straight to Bad Company 3? (newer version)

Sent emails and I'm waiting for a reply...
1012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WTH? School spying on kids at home with webcams... on: February 19, 2010, 02:32:13 AM

Quote from: Turtle on February 19, 2010, 12:37:06 AM

, the idiots responsible then disciplined a kid for "improper behavior in his home",

Yeah, even besides the fact of the spying, who gave the school the right to discipline a child in their home?
Not to mention, what if they turn on the webcam when the child is undressing? or even if they were having sex (not unheard of for high schoolers)? Wouldn't that be considered child porn?
1013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WTH? School spying on kids at home with webcams... on: February 18, 2010, 11:44:22 PM
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/17/school-used-student.html

This is crazy! I'd love to know the thought process that went into this..... At what point did they think it was a good idea to take pictures of kids at home with their laptops webcams?

The good news for some unemployed people is that I am pretty sure there will be several openings in this area soon....
1014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 18, 2010, 01:52:51 PM

Quote from: Geezer on January 28, 2010, 08:54:21 PM

I have zero problem with this. Ubi (and other pubs) are in a no-win situation.  Folks don't like it when they require the disc to be used, so they come up with electronic activation.  Then they say that there will be a patch available if the activation servers are taken offline.  I mean, Jeebus, what more can they do?

I know people would love it if the major pubs would just release digital media free of copy protection, but it just ain't gonna happen.

The problem is that this isn't just an activation feature... this is a game, that in single player REQUIRES a CONSTANT Internet connection..... HUGE difference...... Even a once a week "phone home" option would be better than this....
So you're playing your game for a while and it's been a while since your last checkpoint/save.... then bam! Your Internet drops, their servers go down, your router dies, etc.... Your game immiediately disconnects and you lose all progress... The Internet is not exactly a completely stable creature.....
Even MMO's won't do this to you.....
Imagine playing an MMO that "saves" when you level up or when you log off properly, then working for 3 hours to almost get to that next level and bam, Internet drops for a few seconds and you get disconnected, then you login and realize all of your progress is gone....
Additionally, as people mentioned, quite a few gamers have decent gaming laptops for on the road.... I know I do... For these gamers you wouldn't even have much of an option to play the game at all....

I have never bother to "boycott" a company, but in this case I'd have no choice. This is just WAY too over the top......and Sly's not here to win....
1015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survival Kit for Car on: February 16, 2010, 10:12:43 PM
One of those all in one radio/flashlights with the handcrank so you don't need batteries, MRE's, an uzi, mini scuba tank in case a tidal wave comes, some cash, extra duct tape, chloroform, hand cuffs, lego's, a spare postal uniform,....
1016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fileplanets Valentine Nudity on: February 16, 2010, 01:11:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 16, 2010, 12:55:22 AM

Quote from: Punisher on February 15, 2010, 06:07:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 15, 2010, 05:59:20 PM

it just occurred to me, wouldn't modding graphics files on Aion cause the game not to run right?  isn't there some check to make sure people haven't altered files?
I dont think this is a problem. SWG had something similiar where you could change your vehicles into AT AT's and such (not nude AT AT's though...)

aren't AT-AT's naturally nude though?

No, they're armored..... You wouldnt want to see a nude AT AT....
1017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fileplanets Valentine Nudity on: February 15, 2010, 06:07:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 15, 2010, 05:59:20 PM

it just occurred to me, wouldn't modding graphics files on Aion cause the game not to run right?  isn't there some check to make sure people haven't altered files?
I dont think this is a problem. SWG had something similiar where you could change your vehicles into AT AT's and such (not nude AT AT's though...)
1018  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: February 15, 2010, 01:44:17 PM

Quote from: MythicalMino on February 15, 2010, 12:20:27 PM

I have an unopened Standard Edition copy sitting on my desk. Is it possible to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition? Or would I need to take this copy back and then order the Digital Deluxe?

Chris

I think you'd have to return it. No upgrade path AFAIK...
1019  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: February 13, 2010, 09:49:43 PM

Quote from: ydejin on February 13, 2010, 08:59:35 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 13, 2010, 01:34:59 PM

One of One@punisher2008b

What's the chat channel?

Thanks

Invitation sent.  If you're in the Fleet you can just use the Fleet channel.  There is also a "GamingTrend" channel.
Thanks. Received and accepted!
1020  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: February 13, 2010, 02:35:56 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 31, 2010, 09:37:24 PM

Well, when you do get back on, apparently there's a bit of customization code from CO that got left in STO.

When in space, or on the ground (the game apparently saves the colors differently), type in the following:

/powerhue 0 #
where # is a number from 1 to 360 (0 turns the color back to normal)

In short, this will change all weapon color from default to a specified color. Attached is a picture that'll show you what numbers mean what.

For example:  /powerhue 0 240 will change all your weapons to blue.

As stated above, you can change your colors in space or on the ground. And it'll save said colors differently from each other. If you want blue weapons in space and green on the ground, you can.

Have fun, as odds are this won't stay in for long.

---
EDIT: It only affects "currently equipped" things.

Remove all but 1 weapon from your ship and do - /PowerHue 0 250
Remove that weapon and equip a different one and do - /PowerHue 0 180

Now you'll have one magenta and one cyan.

Damn, missed the window on this... they should have left it, it's not game breaking or anything...
1021  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: February 13, 2010, 01:34:59 PM
One of One@punisher2008b

What's the chat channel?

Thanks
1022  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: February 13, 2010, 03:36:52 AM
How does someone get in on the Fleet? smile
1023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 11, 2010, 01:49:54 PM
Even if they annouced Gold today, I dont see how it could be out by Tuesday, except maybe on Steam...... I am hoping I just missed the gold annoucement, because I am looking forward to this...
1024  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: February 10, 2010, 07:54:04 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 10, 2010, 02:48:36 PM

I was commiserating with -- I think Destructor? -- in fleet chat last night about the pointlessness of the anamalous data stuff. I had off the cuff suggested, "Why don't they just turn the things into Star Trek character trading cards." In-game, I guess that wouldn't make any sense. I mean, probably ST's "world" wouldn't have a bunch of trading cards in space.  icon_razz

But in terms of "fun factor," wouldn't it be fun to just be fetching ST character trading cards, trading them, trying to get "full sets" of characters from certain shows etc? Or even if they just made it so you had the option with the data inventory items to turn them IN for character cards, I think Trek fans would have a ball with that, and chasing anamalous data wouldn't feel quite so purposeless (aside from turning them in for weapons/items that you generally already have better examples of).

And if it doesn't make sense within the ST "world," so what? They've already justified umpteen game design decisions by saying they're "making a game, not a simulator." If that's the case, then they might as well say "let's do so and so because it's FUN, not because it makes any sense in the World of ST."  icon_smile
The stuff you pick up can be used for @ertain quests though... I have at least one quest that uses those items
1025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 10, 2010, 03:11:58 PM
This is supposed to be out next week, but I havent heard a gold annoucement... Did I miss it, or is this getting pushed back?
1026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a holiday in the States on: February 08, 2010, 04:21:31 PM
Camden, NJ has a nice aquarium....  ninja
1027  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial PS3 Network Name REQUEST THREAD on: February 07, 2010, 02:59:11 AM
Punisher-CH

Is there a way to add friends online without using the PS3?
1028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stargate Resistance on: February 05, 2010, 11:50:06 PM
Played the beta/demo.... VERY meh.... Feels more like a mod.....
1029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 05, 2010, 01:05:27 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 04, 2010, 05:39:30 PM

MP is floaty, the controls unresponsive.  Graphically it's pretty bad, as in back to AvP1 bad, as in AvP2 had better art direction on the Lithtech engine than this.

Are you sure that you didnt actually download AVP1? Tongue I thought that the graphics were pretty good....  I am disappointed that the thing was only MP, but I played for a little and it was pretty good... Aliens seem a little too powerful I think, but it was a quick game and I'll have to play some more... It was fun though....
1030  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 31, 2010, 06:30:36 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 31, 2010, 06:17:15 PM

I know, "that's what head start is for,"

See, I always thought the head start was supposed to be a reward for people who pre-ordered so that they could level up early. It also helps to have some "veterns" in at game launch....

I have not been able to play for the most part... login errors, non-loading, MAJOR lag....etc.....
1031  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 31, 2010, 03:18:36 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 29, 2010, 08:03:45 PM

At the TTH forums saw this bit of advice for Steam purchasers:
http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=49279&page=3
Quote
If you purchased on Steam, don't run it from Steam, or you will break your install and have to download the whole 10GB again.

Browse to the steamapp directory and run the STO exe directly.

I guess I won't be playing any more tonight  icon_frown

I purchased from steam and just used the orignal beta client all the way through to headstart.. Never actually DLed it from Steam... No problems yet.....
1032  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 16, 2010, 09:21:31 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 16, 2010, 08:18:19 PM

And just one thing I don't understand -- if you're going to attempt to "limit" the number of open beta players by only letting them in via keys (rather than, anyone that can d/l the client gets in), then why do you give out more keys than you know your server can handle?

Same reason airlines overbook. The chances of EVERY person playing at once are slim if you limit to the exact number..
IE: Server can handle 1000 people, so they hand out only 1000 keys... What is the chance that all 1000 will play 24/7? Pretty slim..... They give extras so that the chance of taxing the server is more likely, like now.
1033  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 16, 2010, 05:33:41 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 16, 2010, 05:17:24 PM

Like they did with CO, they only wanted to sell so many lifetime subs.

This is fine, but they are doing it in a misleading way..... Like with CO, all ad's are saying time limited..... You have to go find the ONE ad that happens to have it in small print that says limited quantities.... They should just have it in big letters next to the time limit... "Limited Quantities available".. If they had done this with CO, there wouldnt have been a problem... BUT they didn't learn and are dfoing it the same way AGAIN with STO... They are NOT learning from their mistakes.... I would think that after the CO thing, this would have been foremost on their mind when offering these things....
1034  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 16, 2010, 03:28:03 PM

Quote from: ydejin on January 16, 2010, 05:30:47 AM

Just in case anyone's trying to calculate if a Lifetime membership is worth it -- more data to toss into the caculation.  STO lifetime subscriptions will be available after February 2nd, but the price is going up to $299 and some of the freebies (like the extra character slots are getting dropped).

Quote from: PR Wire
After February 2, 2010, [the $239 offer] expires and reverts to the standard lifetime pricing of $299.99.

Quote from: Cryptic Confirmation
Confirmed. You can purchase the lifetime sub after 2/1 for $299.99, but the special Liberated Borg and character slot offers expire on 2/1, as well.
(source)

I wonder if there will be another fiasco like with the CO lifetime.... I just checked something.... The email I received and the page it links to doesn't mention limited quantities, but another page linked from the first link says "While supplies last".... In REALLY small print in the fine print section.....
You would think that they would learn from their mistakes and make it BIG..... Unless they dont intend to limit it......

Anyway, I bought mine already, just in case.. smile
1035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bat Boat gets rammed by whaling ships on: January 08, 2010, 10:03:51 PM
Question,
If the Sea Shepard can do all this without being held responsible, why cant the whaling ships do it back to them? Ramming, garbage flinging etc..... Also I'm not up on internioanl water laws, but what if they just shot at each other?
1036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bat Boat gets rammed by whaling ships on: January 08, 2010, 03:07:04 AM

Quote from: drifter on January 08, 2010, 12:50:47 AM

Japanese whaling is done under the guise of research yet they sell whale meat in stores and kill 1200 whales.  If you are actually doing research I dont think you need 1200 whales and you wouldnt be selling the products back home.

The Netherlands alone kills over 3000 rats for research/education.... Who will think of the rats?
1037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: January 08, 2010, 03:00:05 AM
My wife and I were really into this right until our Tivo died somewhere in S2 or S3...Can't remember. We missed a few episodes and couldnt catch up...
We have been waiting for this final season to come so that we can just get the whole series and spend a weekend or 2 watching it...
So I can't wait until the season is over so I can watch it....
1038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola Droid on: December 23, 2009, 08:50:53 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 23, 2009, 07:46:26 PM

Don't use the default, sorry.

Just wanted to chime in again: I love my Droid.

What DO you use for email?
1039  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: December 23, 2009, 08:43:57 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 22, 2009, 07:34:05 PM

I don't buy their oversized bridges excuse at all. Like I mentioned before, there have been games with real scale bridges before, such as Elite Force 1 & 2, and those had crew NPCs walking around inside. I'm assuming that you'll be able to invite as many people as you're able to have in an away team, including yourself. So, that would be, what, 5? That's hardly a crowd. There were more than 5 in the above games. Not to mention the deathmatches taking place on the bridges in those games.

I don't know if they mentioned the limit on people on the bridge, so it may be more than 5, but your reference to Elite and such has a problem. In those games, the programmers have direct control over the size of the characters... In STO, you might have people make a 7 foot tall character (or what ever the largest is) along with various other sizes... They are making the bridge large to help accommodate these variables.....
1040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola Droid on: December 23, 2009, 07:23:38 PM
Anyone having issues with the built in email client? Not the Gmail one, the one you use for you regular email...

For the past few days, I have been getting errors that require me to force close as soon as the email program opens....

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