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961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boondock Saints 10th Anniversary Event on: March 02, 2010, 01:33:46 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 02, 2010, 03:45:13 AM

(dont' find it odd that someone named Punisher would like it either slywink )

Well, it does fit into my theme.....

Spoiler for Hiden:
I am a little mixed on the ending to part 2 because it's a cliff hanger and I'm not sure if there is going to be a part 3.... I hope so....

Nice mix of action and humor....

Spoiler for Hiden:
and I carry rope in my car too.....
962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 02, 2010, 02:52:08 AM
I'm guessing 2-3 weeks until it's ready to buy because of:
DOS attacks....
Cracked version released

Hopefully in 2-3  weeks, they'll say "Our bad" and dump the new DRM....  I really hope, so, because there are several games I really wanted...

Additonally, once it's cracked for the 1st game, I expect that every other game will be much easier.... I am going to say 1 week...
963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boondock Saints 10th Anniversary Event on: March 02, 2010, 01:58:56 AM
Well, I saw it for the first time right when part 2 came out...
Me, My wife, and my son all thought it was an awesome movie.... We liked part 2 as well.... This is a good popcorn movie......

Definitely something to see

Edited: to when part 2 came out. I never saw it originally..
964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/29) on: March 02, 2010, 01:49:36 AM

Quote from: raydude on March 01, 2010, 05:17:08 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 01, 2010, 06:36:09 AM

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for the PC!

I'm going with the "not cool" crowd and buying this for the PC.

No, we're the hip crowd....once everyone else goes PC, then it won't be cool anymore...

BC2 and SC2 on Steam
SH5 on......nothing anymore.....even though Ubisoft is my friend...
965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 02, 2010, 01:38:41 AM
Well, tomorrow is the big day....
We get to see Ubisoft's awesome DRM in the wild with the release of SH5...

Will it succeed? Will their servers die the first day? Will no one buy it? Will there be a huge volume of returns? How long before it's cracked and teh inTerNet's?

Anyone have a pool going?
966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 4100 lumen laser torch flashlight on: March 01, 2010, 03:31:18 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 28, 2010, 07:22:45 PM

Holy hell that's insanely powerful. Does anybody need that kind of power?

The Doom Marine?
967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 25, 2010, 02:33:04 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on February 25, 2010, 12:39:52 PM

I can't believe people are paying 60 bucks for ASScreed2.  Especially with this batshit-crazy DRM.

I'm willing to bet that the majority of people arent aware of the issue, some more are aware of it, but not to the full extent, and some more know, but believe they have the mythical perfect Internet connection...or a dedicated T1 to Ubisoft and the rest are Ubisoft employees trying to keep the rankings up... smile
968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 24, 2010, 01:38:07 PM

Quote from: Geezer on February 24, 2010, 05:53:02 AM


2) If my my Internet connection goes down and I want to play Silent Hunter 5 and I can't atthat moment, I'm not gonna come here and bitch about it - because my Internet connection will be down slywink
4) Most teeth-gnashing seems to be of the "pirates will get it anyway - DRM just punishes legit users" variety.  We just have a fundamental disconnect there.  you could apply that same logic to any law - lawbreakers will always break laws, those that follow the law will be restricted.  Put another way, is the presence of lawbreakers a good resaon to dispense with law?  "Why put locks on your house?  Someone that wants your stuff will just break in anyway, and you might lose your key and lock yourself out.  It's just not worth it!"
These 2 are related so.....
With this DRM, it's NOT just about being able to start a game at any given time.... It's about being in the middle of the game and getting kicked out of it with no warning.... So again, you are in the middle of a long patrol in SH5, maybe you just spent 20 minutes or so playing... You Internet drops for even a second or two and you game exits with no save. You just lost all that time..
This would be similiar to a business app like a spreadsheet.... You just spent 20 minutes entering data, then you Internet goes down and the spreadsheet exits to desktop and you just lost all that info....Try this type of DRM with your business customers and see how long it lasts...

As for your house analogy, you're right, I wouldn't take my locks off, but using your analogy, this isn't about locks and doors to keep out theives...This is more like:
I put locks, doors, retinal scanners, dna verification, guards, guard dogs, alarms, maybe a moat.... Then I require EVERYONE (friends, family, UPS drivers, etccc) to also call me when on the way in through all of these measures and if their phone call drops at all I release the hounds and kick them back to the entrance to start over...

Quote from: Geezer on February 24, 2010, 05:53:02 AM

3) I think y'all underestimate the value of locking out casual piracy.  Now, maybe those darn kids today are all up on their torrents and stuff, and maybe they know all sorts of ways to break even the best DRM, but I suspect that there are a whole slew of folks out there that don't have a clue about how to pirate if it's not slapping them inthe face

3a) SH5 is going to appeal to sim geeks and history buffs.  Probably and older demographic, in general, and one that is not all hip to the current state of torrent-driven piracy.
This is WAY beyond locking out casual piracy! Casual piracy is pretty much when someone takes their disc and does a straight copy for a friend. This has been stopped for YEARS with even basic copy protection for those people "not all hip to the current state of torrent-driven piracy." There would be no reason for a new DRM for these type of people. Those people who already know how to get cracks would most likely also know where to get the cracked full game in the first place.
969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns...need info / suggestions on: February 24, 2010, 12:50:54 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 23, 2010, 05:38:13 PM

I want something they will hear when I "cha-chunk" it .

You, know, that alone may help...you dont even need to have it loaded....
970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 23, 2010, 05:54:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 23, 2010, 04:50:23 AM

Quote from: Geezer on February 23, 2010, 02:54:20 AM

Hmm.. This still just doesn't bother me.  I have an always-on connection anyway, and I have other, better devices to entertain me in airports.  I mean, how often is the average gamer sitting on an airplane anyway?
I understand that it's irritating in concept, but in practice, a) I don't pirate games and b) I play PC games at home 99.5% of the time on a solid connection so c) I just won't get worked up over this.  
until the time comes that you're internet is down and you really want to play, or it goes down and you lose a save.
at that point, we'll all try to avoid the "i told you so" replies.
You know, in this case I dont think I would be able to hold back. smile
I don't normally get worked up over DRM, but this is well beyond any reasonable DRM and bordering on insanity... The real issue is that many people will buy the game either unknowingly or with a "it won't happen to me" thing, then if/when it does happen, Ubisoft will already have the money and the customer will be out of theirs (remember you can't really return opened software anywhere). Ubi will still show sales...
971  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.
972  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....

973  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?

974  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...
975  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?
976  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.....
977  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
978  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!
979  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...

980  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....
981  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...
982  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?
983  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....
984  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....
985  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,....
986  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....
987  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...)
988  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...
989  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!
990  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...
991  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
992  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
993  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...
994  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
995  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?
996  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
997  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?
998  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.....
999  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....
1000  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.....
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