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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

VGPowerlord Re:Unfair pricing (158 comments)

I will never buy anything in the EU until they stop their 1 USD equals 1 EUR scam.

It's not a scam.

OK, lets take a specific example.

In the US, a new AAA game is generally $60 pre-tax... which is 48.6€ using current exchange rates.

With me so far? OK, so the US price is ready to list on Steam because US price listings don't include taxes. However, the EU version isn't, because EU requires that VAT be included in the price.

So... lets take Italy for example. VAT in Italy* is 22%. So... the same price that lists for $60 USD would list for... 59.292€. Suddenly the 1:1 ratio makes sense.

Now, here's the thing: VAT varies wildly across Europe... anywhere from 15% (Luxembourg) to 27% (Hungary). From what I've heard, there are only two mainland Europe pricing regions on Steam. Which means the prices are going to be affected by the VAT rates of the other countries in said pricing region.

* Italy was chosen for two reasons: 1. Most countries are in the 20-25% range... 22% is about in the middle; and 2. I know someone who lives in Italy.

4 days ago

To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

VGPowerlord Re:Nope. That's not what happened here... (158 comments)

Right now, Steam has promotion where you get "tokens" (for lack of a better term) from game achievements and can use those to buy games. Those tokens have the same value in all regions, so if you buy a game with tokens, you can gift it to anyone else, regardless of any gifting restrictions on purchased games.

Steam gems are gotten from the turning various cards you get from playing various games on Steam (it's based on the game and the amount of time played as opposed to achievements.

Those tokens are actually an auction, so unless you're the highest bidder, you get nothing.

Incidentally, said auction ends later today, to be immediately followed with the Steam Winter/Summer sale.

(I'm too lazy to see if /. support upside down text for Summer)

4 days ago

To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

VGPowerlord Re:Why Steam? Why? (158 comments)

Let's say the game costs 10 times less in Russia.

So if a game is $50 in the US, and it costs "10 times less" in Russia, does it mean that it's 10x$50=$500 less than the US price and that Valve will pay me $450 to take it off their hands?

Or did you mean "one tenth"?

"times less" moves the x10 to the other side of the equation.

Such as $50=10x$5

Which is the same as $50/10=$5

4 days ago

Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

VGPowerlord Re:Naming (161 comments)

Well, I heard* that the name Go was decided upon when an executive at Google needed to think up a name and was looking around his office.

On his computer at the time was a Chrome browser with the Google homepage open, but a Solitaire window was open in front of it obscuring the right half the page.

Now, if the Solitaire window was on the other side, we might have the ogle programming language instead!

* and by "heard" I mean "just made up"

about two weeks ago

Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

VGPowerlord Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (92 comments)

I am glad that Steam look at Twitch as a competitor, but making it so that their streaming is only accessible through the Steam client is well -- a terrible decision.

If you mean viewing a stream, apparently you only need Safari or Chrome to do it. I haven't actually tested that, though.

about three weeks ago

A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

VGPowerlord Re:Use the singular (274 comments)

The Foundation "is", not are. It is one entity. You're not referring to all the people within the Foundation, you're referring to the Foundation itself. You even use the word "it", not them, to refer to the Wikimedia Foundation.

You use is when referring to a singular entity.
You use are when referring to more than one entity or a group, such as they.

From my observations, this is one of those points where UK and US English disagree.

Organizations are referred to as plural in UK English and singular in US English.

about three weeks ago

Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

VGPowerlord Re:Python (291 comments)

Of course, Java hasn't stood still, nor have the people that write libraries for it.

Hell, I want to say the Java + Spring + Hibernate stack even existed before RoR did.

Thanks to advances over the years, you can now write Spring applications using no XML. Short example (the longer example guide seems to have gone MIA on the Spring Guides site).

Although I'd hope you'd be using your web server/servlet container's database setup stuff (including connection pooling) rather than hard-coding it into the app.

about a month ago

2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

VGPowerlord Re:Marketspeak (125 comments)

To add to this: they were characters that were so popular that, less than a year after their movie came out, they were put into ABC/Disney's Once Upon A Time TV series as major characters for its fourth season.

Which acts (more or less) as a sequel to the movie.

about a month ago

The Nintendo DS Turns 10

VGPowerlord Re:NDS != NDS (61 comments)

Both of my original DS's have a cracked hinge (rough handling from the kids), but both of them still work,

Cracked hinges were a common problem with the original DS and DS Lite. A design defect, if you will.

I kept using my DS Lite with cracked hinge until the R button stopped working and replaced it with a DSi XL... and replaced that with a 3DS XL once decent games started arriving for it.

I still have my DSi around here somewhere...

about a month ago

The Nintendo DS Turns 10

VGPowerlord Re:Funny Timing (61 comments)

Though I appreciated my time in the first game for some reason. Guess it's because it was the first Zelda game I actually experienced & played through (I had played Zelda on NES but wasn't good enough on it to have any clue where I was going, also tried Link but had even less of a clue there.)

By "Link", I'm assuming you mean The Adventure of Link for NES?

Honestly, if I had to introduce people to the Zelda series, I'd introduce them to the SNES/GBA A Link to the Past.

A Link to the Past may be 20+ years old now, but it's the first 2D Zelda game that gives you hints as to what you're supposed to be doing.

It's not truly open world (unlike its 2013 direct sequel A Link Between Worlds for 3DS), but unlike most games in the series, you have some idea of where you're supposed to be going at any given time. This is because key characters in the game helpfully mark locations on the world map for you. That isn't to say it's completely straightforward as sometimes you have to figure out how to get into the dungeons...

Incidentally, Nintendo chose to make A Link Between Worlds, a new sequel to A Link to the Past, instead of doing a remake like they did for Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

about a month ago

Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

VGPowerlord Re:That's because (227 comments)

First the PC will have better specs on paper, but when it comes to running the actual game, the performance may be worse simply because having a console allows for more highly tuned and specialized code.

Yeeeah, not in this generation. That's because Sony and Microsoft went for 1.6GHz AMD Jaguar Fusion family of x86-64/GPU processors instead of custom processors this time around.

Second, that $600 PC purchased now will definitely be a lot better, but if it were purchased at the time of release, even the raw numbers wouldn't be all that much better, never mind the actual performance.

The consoles use faster RAM (actually, only the framebuffer does for the XbOne), but the PC's clock speed advantage is likely enough to close those gaps... and is pretty much guaranteed if they use a dedicated graphics card (as the RAM speed advantage largely goes away in that case).

Also if you don't already have a good monitor, that's even more of an investment, unless you want to hook up the PC to your TV as well.

If you were doing a Gaming PC, this is exactly what you'd do.

That's one nice thing about everything using HDMI cables these days.

Third, you forget the a console gamer can buy used games at a store, whereas PC gamers typically can't resell their digital downloads. Given that the online digital games on sale will probably be in the same price range as a used disc in a store for a similarly aged game and it's not that big of a difference. If you want to play the newest games as they're released the full-price cost is going to be about the same whether or not it's on PC or console.

Yeah... that's not usually the case. Steam sales tend to be cheaper than used copies of console games. And sooner in a game's lifetime as well.

However, there are some people for whom a console is a much better value proposition. If the PC was hands down better in every case, no one would buy one. However, given their popularity, it seems to suggest that there are a large number of people for who consider a console to be a better value.

Consoles are largely easier to set up and use.

This is the kind of thing that the SteamBox standard was created to fight. However, then Valve started mucking around with the "standard" before the first one was even released. Heck, I still don't think the controller has been standardized and SteamBoxes were announced like a year ago!

about a month ago

Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

VGPowerlord Re:So stating the obvious then (227 comments)

Whoops, re-reading that, you may have been saying that the Xbox One is only behind (in graphics) to PS4 owners.

And thanks to the 5 minute post wait /. imposes, someone else may have already pointed that out by the time I post this (thx /.).

about a month ago

Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

VGPowerlord Re:So stating the obvious then (227 comments)

PC is the best then PS4 then Xbox One. I guess hardware does matter when it comes to gaming. Anyone else not surprised? As for Xbox, it looks like they will be behind until the next generation unless they update the hardware. The ESRAM buffer does not seem to be making up the gap as they hoped it would.

Only behind (in graphics) to PS4 owners. Hardware is virtually the same.

Lets pull some quotes from the article.

When detail levels do rise, the PC still comes away with the best overall visuals. In this close-up, the Xbox One and PS4 are largely matched, while the PC elf has better facial coloring and slightly more detailed textures.

Above, you can see that the green crystal is far more detailed in the PC version with the PS4 following behind.

As things stand, the PC version has some notable edges over the consoles, with the PS4 nearly matching PC visuals and the Xbox One trailing behind. The PC variant of Dragon Age Inquisition will support AMD's Mantle out of the box, so it'll be interesting to see if AMD GPUs pick up any frames in that API.

In other words, the article is disagreeing with what you say.

about a month ago

Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

VGPowerlord Re:Debian OS is no longer of use to me now (581 comments)

You are personally going to migrate your employer's systems because you personally do not like something, something every single major distro is moving too, and the top kernel developers are already using? Fuck me. What an ego or bullshitter.

In the words of Linus Torvalds:

I don't actually have any particularly strong opinions on systemd itself. I've had issues with some of the core developers that I think are much too cavalier about bugs and compatibility, and I think some of the design details are insane (I dislike the binary logs, for example), but those are details, not big issues.

I bolded the relevant parts, but included the rest so people don't blame me for cherry picking his comments.

about a month ago

Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

VGPowerlord Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (581 comments)

It's funny that you mention Wayland.

systemd is all about putting the kitchen sink into the startup proces.

Wayland is all about removing the kitchen sink from the window manager. (seriously, why does it include a network protocol?)

about a month ago

Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

VGPowerlord Re:Systemd works OK in Fedora (581 comments)

recall a Windows install that would hang unless a sound card was removed from its slot. Just hang, no error message or anything

When is this example from, 1993?

about a month ago

Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

VGPowerlord Re:The Systemd Fiasco or Hello FreeBSD (581 comments)

Hello FreeBSD. A pure Unix operating system run by grownups only interested in technical excellence.

...because no infighting ever happens with FreeBSD and causes it to fork off other distributions such as OpenBSD and NetBSD.

about a month ago

Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

VGPowerlord Re:Shared hosting... (212 comments)

More to the point:

All modern browsers except IE on XP or lower support it.

All modern web servers support it. For reference, this is all versions of nginx; Apache 2.2.12+; and IIS8+. Assuming nginx and Apache are compiled against a version of openssl released after 2006 and didn't explicitly disable SNI.

about a month ago

Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

VGPowerlord Re:If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

Steam has indeed come a long way, about 10 years ago it was loathed and hated by gamers. Many people would not buy a game if it needed Steam, Ubisoft with their crappy launcher are where Steam was 10 years ago.

10 years ago, Steam was a glorified auto-updater that sat there and sucked up system resources... something like 64MB of RAM when 128-512MB was standard.

Steam now takes something like 128MB of RAM in a time when 8192-16384MB of RAM is common. In addition to being an auto-updater, it also has a store, friends list, friends chat, game library, a non-puke green color scheme, and a host of other features. ...and if you ask me how I know this, I'll toss my Steam "11 year" badge at your face.

(Note: I'm guesstimating at these RAM usage numbers, and they're the numbers when you're not actively using it.)

about a month ago



C64 Emulator Removed From App Store

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 5 years ago

R. Bemrose writes "Only one day after the C64 Emulator surfaced on the iPhone App Store, it has been pulled.

The Register notes that the BASIC interpreter was not removed, only hidden, and could still be accessed. Apple removed the application after finding this out.

The application has been resubmitted by its author, again claiming that the BASIC Interpreter has been removed. However, Apple's approvers will undoubtedly give the new version more scrutiny than before."

Hans Reiser found guilt of First Degree Murder

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

VGPowerlord (621254) writes "Wired is reporting that a jury found Hans Reiser guilty of murdering his wife Nina.

At this point, the sentence has not been determined, but Wired believes it will be anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.

What does this mean for ReiserFS and Namesys?"

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