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  1. I'm going to ping Valve again today about updating the Steam version.

    Much appreciated SC.

    Same here was a fun short encounter!. So next month another MP game an hour later ?

    No problem, Mano. Will have to rustle RT back as well.


    I'd also be interested. I know I tried to join in once but nobody seemed to be on that weekend. When are you guys planning on playing next?

  2. I'd be lying if I wasn't a bit skeptical about this game. The last Bond game was definitely a blast, but lately with Activision's attitude towards their franchises I'm slightly worried it'll be the same exact game as Quantum of Solace, which did get boring after a short while.

    And yeah, the singer is definitely a hottie. :D

  3. an unprofessional article which has all valid points (doesn't miss much) on why STO is pretty terrible.

    I don't think I really agree with this article at all. Honestly, most of the people I've heard complaining about the gameplay are either the "Its not WoW or Aion" crowd or the "Its not a Simulation" crowd. Essentially, its not what a lot of people were expecting. I think once the dust settles many people are going to revisit it and realize its actually a good, fun game.

    It is in no way a perfect game, but its not bad either. Its extremely fun, especially once you get your first ship. Plus the space-combat is way more strategic than it could have been. Its not Starfleet Command but its a heck of a lot better than point click shoot; it could have ended up as WoW in space and that would have been bad.

  4. Modding still violates the user agreement you signed when you started using the software. If people can't read the agreement and FOLLOW IT, then its THEIR fault for being caught and being banned. They have no right to whine or complain about that since it's right there in the agreement that you are not allowed to modify your 360.

    That doesn't hold up in most courts. For starters, you're not even giving a legally binding digital signature (/s/), nor are you giving them your John Hancock. Assuming that a user will abide by an arbitrary agreement that you present to them after they've unboxed the product falls under "Contracts of Adhesion" laws which essentially state you can't make someone sign a contract after they've paid for the product. Still, some courts rule they're alright, but most of these cases have been in extremely conservative states. To add to confusion, some courts rule that there are certain clauses that are enforceable while ruling that others aren't. One mentionable note is that when people appeal high enough (or refuse to pay off the cuff), usually the company trying to enforce the entire EULA will attempt to settle out of court or drop the case entirely. Generally, your state rules in favor of EULAs if it signed UCITA, or if its an extremely conservative state, such as Texas or Georgia, then it will rule 100% in favor of the EULA, where as most other states will only enforce 1 or 2 common clauses.

    One of the clauses that the courts have been wishy-washy on is the clause protecting against reverse engineering. A lot of times this is defended by the DMCA since a lot of reverse engineering is for piracy purposes, and unfortunately homebrew/modding gets caught in the crossfire. I think most engineers and developers would love to leave modding as a possibility but there is also a need to protect trade secrets and protect against piracy, because the consumer market is just riddled with piracy. (Although there is a point where you can take it too far as we've all seen and probably experienced.)

    But yeah, my 2 cents before this blows totally into a discussion about Politics and the Legal system. I deal too much with that at work to have a drawn out discussion on the internet about it anymore.

  5. So did anyone get in on the Beta?

    I managed to get in. I like it... its definitely got some flaws, but overall I like it. It is definitely a MMO, especially where ground combat is involved, however I don't agree with people who are saying its like WoW. I confess I played WoW for about 3 years and finally left because everything got easier, and easier, and easier. STO right now feels like your standard MMO with away missions, and kind of a space combat game lite for the space missions. I kind of expected to be similar to Legacy since I know they were trying to make it accessible to as many people (read, customers) as possible, and I think they surprised me a little by actually making it slightly more complex, and better, than Legacy's combat system. I think I share the same feelings as everyone here that it would have been spectacular to have Klingon Academy style space combat, but I also know when a company like Cryptic is trying to get as many people as possible involved, they're not going to make something that would be niche. (Which, really is kind of sad, but the damn kids these days don't know what games should be like.)

    Things I like so far: Space Combat is fun, the interface is rather minimalist (shows you just what you need to know), and I feel like a general Bajoran bada** most of the time. :)

    Thinks I'm not liking: Feels buggier than a beta product should be and how too many things are instanced. I want to stress the "buggier than a beta product should be" bit. In my professional experience beta tests are usually metered pretty strictly and we've managed to take down the login servers at least once every night since they started the test last week. Its pretty apparent that they do NOT have the infrastructure yet for a full launch, but I realize that's also a nasty habit that a lot of the MMO publishers have. You're wise to wait 6 months SC.

    Bottom line is that if you're expecting a MMO-sim you're not going to find it here, but if you want a fun Star Trek MMO to play with friends, I think they've delivered pretty well. The game, even with its bugs, is just plain fun. I haven't had to grind yet which is just spectacular since I cannot stand grinding.

    I've been trying the beta for the past two nights. It seems okay, but there still seems to be a lot to be done with it (fixing bugs, etc) before it launches soon. I can't help but to think that Cryptic may launch it too soon though.


    Hit me up Sho. My Primary character's name is Weegee.

  6. I'm here Aramike. I was posting more frequently in April and early May but I just moved across the country for a new job so I've been a bit busy.

    We should all try to get a community game night going when we all have gotten AAW.

    EDIT: Also, is anyone else scared that the apocalypse is coming since the politics forum has been silent since December 2008???????

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