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  1. Here is some more insight into price hikes. I found the following quote interesting ... quote:While the cost of developing next generation games will undoubtedly be higher than current development costs, the proposed price hike is less to do with development, and more down to a desire among publishers to expand their margins - with the hardware transition apparently seen as a perfect chance to accomplish this by bumping up software prices.Oh, the humanity ! -Kreij
  2. What a total load of crap. What happened to the PWWYKAP system ? That would be the Parents Watch What Your Kids Are Playing system. I am a parent. The rating are worthless if you do not take an active interest in what your children are doing. We do not need the government telling us what is acceptable, we need real parenting. Ok, off my soapbox. -Kreij
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    Troika Shuts Down

    Ok, back on the front lines (at home with 56K so the battle front is weak lol) To place the blame solely on the shoulders of Atari ignores the fact that the Devs at Troika are the ones who "made the game". Deadlines or not, there is no excuse for bugs that STOP a game in progress. I don't mean crashes or the other inevitable problems that come with trying to write a game for a miriad of hardware configurations, I mean bugs that a simple choice by a player makes the game unusable. That is the job of the developer, not the producer. Bethsoft : They made a game that was cutting edge in the world of RPGs. True, it was not perfect, and yes it did not have all of the things in it that Daggerfall had, but they were pushing their game to the limits of what RPGs were before. For that I give them credit. I cannot wait to see what they do with the upcoming Oblivion (TES 4) game, and also to see what the soon to be released Cthulhu (sp?) game is like with the "insanity" factor. Similar to SC, this is a company that makes their own rules. Film based movies : You're right. Bleach. Film comanies are killing all the genres. But the indies are not dead and that is why one of the places I look for information is here on the UC boards. If you search on the web for information on SC you will find people who have made it their life's goal to discredit him. Why ? The obvious reason is that they need to get a job. This game and forum is the place I come to learn about UC and also get a fresh perspective on the gaming industry without 4.6 billion posts about total crap. You are correct in stating that the media has now plopped everyone who has even looked at the box of a game in the category of "gamer". However, we know better than that. Who are "we" ? We are the real gamers. We are the ones who do not fall for the hype of the media driven empire. You call it "experience", I call it "discovery". What makes a game great is the ability to have that awesome feeling of something new and exiciting when you "discover" the games depth, plot, and uniqueness. Grognard : You have hit it right on the head. We are Grognard. It is the Gorg's who are here discussing gaming's future. It is the Grog's who will fatten their ranks and determine the outcome of the media's attempts at generic gaming. And in a most respectful voice I remind you of one of the leading Grog's ... Derek Smart. Long live the Grog's. -Kreij
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    Troika Shuts Down

    Scriv ... Working on reply ... and coffee.
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    Troika Shuts Down

    quote:Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that came from the guys at Troika was pure genious.While their creativity is not in question, their Quality Assurance left a lot to be desired. I bought ToEE when it came out and it was so riddled with game stopping bugs I had to stop playing it. Not to mention the fact that a Fan came out with a patch to fix it before Troika did. Makes for bad PR. quote:The future of Bethesda Softworks is hazy at best.Given that Morrowind was the first game ever to go double-platinum on the Xbox and the world wide PC sales were excellent, I am not sure hazy is the right word. Will be interesting to see how the Cthulhu game does when released. quote:Morrowind was nowhere even remotely near the quality of DaggerfallHow so ? I would really like to hear your opinion on this. I thought Morrowind was much cleaner than Daggerfall. (although it has some bugs too) quote:Bethesda has begun to take a TEEN-rated stance on it's RPGs as wellTEEN-rated = larger market, does it not ? Seems kind of self-defeating to make a 'M' rated game with all the nonsense going on these days with Grand Jury testimonies on violent and mature content. Besides, why should the game company take the hit making it 'M', when all they have to do is release a modding tool and let the modders "strip" away the rating quote:film politics has destroyed gamingHmmm ... most film based games are pretty weak, but the Riddick (Butcher Bay) shooter got stellar reviews, so I am not giving up hope yet. I do, however, hate the trend now where there is a game for every movie released. Bleechk. quote:With that, I hereby denounce myself as a gamer.Pffrft ... There goes my coffee on my keyboard. We know that is impossible to do, Scriv. -Kreij
  7. quote:Usually it's collected through the employer and the employer deducts it from your paycheck.Since this is a municiplity related tax, you can write this amount off on both your federal and state tax returns even if you have to pay this multiple times due to a job change. Keep your receipts. I am not saying that I agree with all of the forms of taxation that our elected officials come up with, but using my money to support fire and rescue operations is one of the least painful of them, as I actually benefit from the cost. Back to topic ... Suing this person for 18 million is just judicial games. I do believe that the person responsible for the event should in some manner be held accountable, but to expect the average "joe" to come up with even 1 million is folly on the part of the courts. Just my 2 cents. -Kreij
  8. quote:So if a resident lives here and recieves any type of income, they want $52.00 of it a year, for Police and Ambulance services.Wolferz .. How do they collect this tax ? -Kreij
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    Did the Army get out-gamed?

    SC, I sense a lucritive contract for you making combat sims as training tools for the military once they start moving battles into space. Perhaps I have just read "Ender's War" too many times. -Kreij
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    Did the Army get out-gamed?

    Hmmm ... let's do some math. Because as computer geeks and UC fans we like math .... Here is a breakdown of 2003 US tax returns. Total Individual Returns filed 130,728,360 Total Estate & Trust Income Tax Returns filed 3,688,043 Total Partnership Returns filed 2,380,618 Total Corporate Returns Filed 5,890,821 Total Estate Tax Returns Filed 91,679 Total Gift Tax Returns Filed 287,456 Total Employment Tax Returns Filed 29,916,033 That's a total of 172,983,010 tax returns filed in 2003. Divide $5 Million dollars that the Army paid for this "training tool" by the number of tax returns and you get .0289 (rounded to thousanths). So equally divided we US people paid almost 3 cents each for this little research project. I am sure that the IRS will allow you to deduct that 3 cents (if you buy the game) off of your 2005 taxes -Kreij
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    Petals around the Rose

    Too easy. Got the first roll wrong, and had the answer by the second. -Kreij
  12. Art mimics life, not the other way around. To blame this game for the actions of a person, is like blaming the news channels for the tsunami. That said, I also think that the GTA series has no socially redeeming qualities whatsoever. Just my 2 cents ... -Kreij
  13. Game maker sues over nude volleyball
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    ATI Catalyst 5.1 Drivers

    Just another notice that ATI has released the 5.2 version of their Catalyst Drivers. (Use link above)
  15. Just a notice that ATI has released the 5.1 version of their Catalyst Driver Package for their Radeon Series Cards. You can get it at ATI's Website ~Kreij
  16. Atari Axes Two Studios Ok, it is not uncommon for any business to reduce operating expenses when revenue is falling. Here's my issue ... read the last 5 paragraphs. GAH ! Are the quotes by Atari Management even in English ? Here is the translation .. "We are going to hatchet useless management and try to make something that's not total crap." That kind of corporate double-speak BS is why I left a cushy IT job with a fortune 5 company to work for a small family business. Ok, sorry, I'll stop ranting. -Kreij
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    Ion Storm closes its doors

    Dang, I guess that means no Diakatana II, huh ? -Kreij
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    Is the Half-Life 2 EULA illegal?

    So many issues ... EULA, piracy, requirement wording... Since this thread is actually about EULAs I have a suggestion for the developers/publishers. Since most game boxes come with the flip open cover these days, use one side of it to print the EULA so it can be read before buying the game. If the EULA will not fit in that space ... fire some of the lawyers -Kreij
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    Is the Half-Life 2 EULA illegal?

    quote:I could understand how one with the intent of playing single player would gloss over/and or misunderstand it.I too, can see how many people would gloss over this, however, this fact should not make Valve liable for their inattention to detail. Try telling your mortgage company that you glossed over the part about them repossessing your house if you didn't pay on time. quote:Half-life II is a nusiance. I probably will not buy it because this "Steam" issue. Steam is also one of the reason that I do not own HL2. However, given the sales number on HL2 I am sure the people at Valve are not losing any sleep over me not buying it. Maybe when it is in the bargain bin for $19.95 I will feel that it is worth the "Steam"ing headache. -Kreij
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    Is the Half-Life 2 EULA illegal?

    On the HL2 box under both the minimum and recommended requirements it states, "Internet Connection Required". I take this as reading "Internet Connection Required .. to play this game". As one would take a statement like "DirectX 9 Required" would mean that without it you cannot play the game. Some games will state that the connection is only required for MP play, but the box does not say this. Why exactly should Valve have to explain why the internet connection is required (Ie. Steam) any more than a company should have to explain the other minimum requirements requirements ? For instance, my UC box does not explain WHY I need a vertex shader (just that I must have a card that supports it), and I would not expect it to do so. Some have said this is misleading, but I guess my response is what part of "Internet Connection Required" didn't they understand ? Just my thoughts ... -Kreij
  21. Here are some recently released details on the Cell Processor that will be powering the upcoming PlayStation 3
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    PS 3's new processor

    ... and here is another review of it. The information differs a bit between the two sites, but it gives you a reasonable idea of the chip's capability.
  23. The CEO of IGE reports that the secondary market of selling virtual goods for real cash has reached almost a billion dollars So .. why do we work for a living ? -Kreij
  24. From our friends at FEMA Clean up the beach !
  25. Hmmm ... Having the EULA inside the game, and not being able to return the game once it is opened, is problematic at best. I can see why consumers would be somewhat irate. What I don't understand is why any of these companies care if the users of their MMO's buy and sell virtual commodities for real dollars. As far as I can tell, this does not place the producers or developers in an kind of libel situation, nor does it inadvertantly change the game dynamics any more than in-game trading would do. I, of course, reserve the right to be completely wrong on this, and would welcome anyone setting me straight on this issue. -Kreij
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