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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

cfalcon Bugs are DRM (93 comments)

The net effect of these ludic-buggy games is that the actual game disk itself is entirely worthless for playing the game. Pretend that while browsing for 8 bit NES games, you finally found a game you wanted- say The Guardian Legend, a truly top-tier title. You grab it for cheap, walk it home... and instead of instantly booting into Miria racing towards Naju, it instead needs an overnight update from a service that hasn't existed in a decade to work properly, or at all.

These bugs are a feature to companies like Ubisoft and EA. The apology is only issued because the launch was truly and shockingly ludicrous- enough to get mocked world wide, in articles such as Cracked's:


That are well outside of the normal area of video game journalism / forums / reviews.

4 hours ago

Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

cfalcon Better when they sell themselves to EA? (473 comments)

If they had an offline mode, then the whole game would be in the hands of those to whom it is delivered- they would have a good (not just a service). If you want to say "We have X players, 40% of whom play in a persistent world and we profit from steadily, the others of whom might at some point in the future, but do not now" that is one thing, but if you can say "We have X players, 100% of whom depend on our servers to run", in the SECOND case, you are offering more stuff than can be monetized when EA buys you out- you represent more value to EA because you are holding your whole playerbase hostage to your servers.

about two weeks ago

Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

cfalcon Re:Cheating in singleplayer doesn't matter (473 comments)

When I play MMOs, I generally gank and will absolutely grief when the mood strikes- but I play factional MMOs, not all-for-themselves types. I definitely respect the griefer playstyle in general though, I just dislike when it essentially becomes real world trickery and betrayal (as seen in Eve, with the most notable heists being social exploits).

So I definitely get how you would want to avoid ALL of this. I'm actually pretty surprised that they coded it like this- it appears that they must have known for MONTHS, if not a year or more, that they had no intention of supporting offline play.

I say this as someone with three active MMO subscriptions that I play in widely varying amounts over time: games that rely on a company running a server are services, and everyone who backed this backed a good. Without a concrete binary you can run locally to full effect, they haven't delivered anything at all, they haven't made a product. It's a service contingent on their continued profitability.
And I haven't given them anything yet, but I was (and still am) planning on buying this at launch. How much I play or avoid this entirely is based entirely on how the multiplayer looks and what the rest of my gaming crew drifts to. My X-55 is ready if it rocks hard, and the last thing I wanted was a single player experience out of this.

Which changes nothing- this is very much a bait and switch. So goddamned much.

about two weeks ago

Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

cfalcon Re:enable trim on yosemite (327 comments)

Could we mod up parent, or similar posts at least? I came in here with righteous anger at Apple and find it's just a simple procedure to reenable this thing if you have one of those. This is Apple actually being more security conscious. My fucking iPhone has a goddamned gray bar overlay because my background is too pretty so it nerfs it, and I have to use buggy Fleksy for Dvorak (which works as of this week), so could we save shitting on Apple for the things it actually does wrong, and not for legit security boosts that are user bypassable without hackery?

The shenanigans that are possible to put in a driver, or in firmware, are hard to over emphasize. Any step towards being able to prevent a cleverly written hardware attack or up the cost of devel have merit, and while that's not worth losing user power over, this certainly isn't that.

about two weeks ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

cfalcon Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

I'm actually shocked that any other opinion than yours has any traction at all.

about a month ago

New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

cfalcon Re:Haiku is more interesting than the MIDI (74 comments)

By putting the caps like that, you make it look like they thought each of those was a sentence.

Here's direct from the binary (c_5k_b.bin). It uses byte aligned 8 bit ASCII, which is not super common back then, but it was the actual standard. (and still is!)
This is UNIQUE, however- the REST of the file uses binary 0x00 (null) to map to numeral zero, up to 0x09 for numeral 9, then 0x0A for A, 0x10 for G, etc. That means that unlike all the other text in the game, this was rendered in ASCII, in another language, and burned to the ROM just so that maybe some hacker, somewhere, would answer their call- or at least feel cool.

It is most properly rendered:


The string begins with a null character. It has two spaces after "ANALYSE" and "THIS", and four spaces after the telephone 2141, and three spaces after the 304 and the "SYSTEM DESIGN". The entirety of it is exactly 160 bytes. There are no line feeds or other characters.

So, no, they did NOT type:

"If you analyse
Difficult this program,"

This represents around 1% of their total space on their final shipped product. 1% of their product to put this call in a foreign language to hackers across the world. Granted, Donkey Kong has a bit of spare space in the ROM, but... still.

about a month ago

New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

cfalcon This made my week (74 comments)

Seriously, this is fucking metal. Aces link.

The Pauline scream is great, and the lost melodies are amazing. A lost section of Nintendo history? What a prize. A view into the hearts of those inspired to make an amazing game, a secret buried all these years. Impressive.

Though much older (and not part of this story), the long lost line hidden from Ikegami:


Made chills go through my spine. Hacker ethos full charge, mothafuggas!

I had never seen it before, in any event.

I'd upvote the wiki and the story, but thankfully this website has none of that drek. In fact, I'm sure if this was a website with upvotes it would just be people saying the same thing over and over again and maybe occasionally linking a cat pick.

about a month ago

Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

cfalcon Out of tone, mile of origin (187 comments)

One of the big problems DC comics has had since they no longer were, you know, about detectives, is that they generally tell the large stories like Marvel, but in a similar universe with fewer characters and often crazier origin stories and power sources.

I would argue that this difference has been a key to their success, but also has hurt them badly. Superman's origin story- the lone orphan survivor of an amazing race- resonates pretty ludicrously well, but the frequently paired Amazonian warrior or Galactic Cop both presuppose the existence of an entire universe of other stuff. Suddenly you need to have Amazonians in the modern era, and suddenly you need a galactic everything in place, and etc.

The Marvelverse, meanwhile, just takes random events and decides that they just happened to make a super hero now. Gamma radiation, radioactive spider bite, radiation in the upper atmosphere, random genetic powers- these are all "more realistic", but importantly, they don't drag a bunch of bullshit into the story from the sidelines. While Krypton conveniently self destructed, meaning that you can have as much or as little Krypton in your superman story as you need, most of the DC guys bring with them a whole wide world of junk you need to wade through and consider.

Even the divine characters are much more tied to reality for Marvel, with the Norse Gods being a fine set of guys to throw on screen any old time. Meanwhile, the "new gods" of DC are alien, bizarre, and require much devotion to understand what the heck is going on.

The Marvel universe has given us a ton of X-Men, Spiderman, the Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Thor, Captain America, and they are all very well loved. Soon we'll see Dr. Strange as well. To explain these we have:
"Some people are mutants", "Radiation can give you powers", "there's some magic", "super serum, one time only offer".

Meanwhile, just to get us to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman, a reasonable superfriends crew, you end up needing Themyscira, a modern Amazon place, a whole race of Amazons to go with it, Atlantis as a living and actual kingdom under the sea, a whole race of martian (or alternately, several of them left with a destroyed race and a host of badguys that killed them), a whole lot of crazy stuff in Gotham, a bunch of alien superpower guys doling out willpower rings, meaning, oh yea, a galaxy spanning set of everything imaginable.

The other thing hurting them in a movie format is that they have a relatively light tone in many of the comics, and when they do not, they don't try to avoid whatever they are talking about. The race of goofy green aliens with the dumb rings are meaningful if they are being exterminated, and you feel bad for them, etc. Is a movie going to make you feel bad for these CGI freaks you learned about 15 minutes prior, in the space of two hours? Unlikely.

Instead, they will often darken everything, and just leave out most of the lore, trying to make them more marvel-like. Wonder woman is going to look like she's dressed as a robot, superman couldn't even keep his actual outfit and had to straight up murder some dude, etc.

about a month and a half ago

The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

cfalcon Re:Stop fucking calling it e-sports (146 comments)

and email isn't mail. what's your point?

This got modded troll? It's a perfectly valid comparison! He's saying that putting e- in front of something to denote that it's electronic means you aren't even claiming its the same thing. Would the post office come around in 19XX and be all "You can't call it email, it's just a bunch of beared unix guys transmitting a few bits. There's not even any trucks!"

about 4 months ago

The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

cfalcon Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Playing real sports with friends can harm you for life as well, so be sure to put that into your equation. After all, presumably the casual football players are fucking unhealthy idiots in your world too, as after all, the casual videogamers are "swilling red buff, munching on funyuns".

about 4 months ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

cfalcon Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

The "youtube herp derp" chrome addon (a joke addon that literally replaces all the youtube comments with a stream of "herp" and "derp", allowing you to right click the comment to revert to normal) has...

Really improved the youtube experience. I often would catch a glimpse of comments, and they were normally awful. Conspiratorial, racist, ludicrously political, wildly insulting, whatever. TERRIBLE.

There are a couple videos with acceptable comments, but you mostly know those going in, and unherping them is trivial.

Anyway, google+ doesn't stop that, and you've always been able to youtube account comment, and whatever. This is actually nice because I've never understood why google felt the need to copy suckerberg and his fucking palace of shit. Now I can actually use Google+- I'd never tolerate my real name returning everything I ever write about anything and to anyone to an employer. The idea that this is ok or reasonable is a laughable mid-2000s idea. We knew it sucked in the 80s, the 90s, and now. Good riddance to bad fucking rubbish.

about 4 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

cfalcon Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

If a brain scan is "reliable", rest assured it will be mandatory, and amendments will be ignored to make this happen.

about 5 months ago

Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

cfalcon Terrible title (109 comments)

Others have said it too, but this guy isn't "bald", he has an autoimmune system that attacks his hair follicles.

Definition of "bald": "having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair."

This guy lacked: eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair, body hair, pubic hair, and all head hair.

The treatment fixed it all, because it was autoimmune in nature.

This is huge for the sufferers of this disease- who are very rare, and not linked to sex.

It's worthless to the many bald men who find sometime after puberty that their head hair just retracts. Those men are actually bald. This guy was something else entirely.

about 5 months ago

Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

cfalcon Re:title should be... (109 comments)

Mod this up. While this is a great discovery, the autoimmune form of this is super rare compared to any of the male pattern baldness things.

It won't help most men at all. But, still, good news.

about 5 months ago

The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

cfalcon Re:Lamepocalypse (293 comments)

For the Windows gaming PC, I went with the 250 for an operating system. Mostly because at least it's an operating system, not some crazy mock up like Windows 8. Windows 8 just made me think that Microsoft is fucking insane- the few things written by the GUI designers about how it's for these users and not for these users and they have this model of user types and they want to get their casuals off the desktop or whatfuckingever- just go to hell, guys. Everyone who wants to innovate can be divided cleanly into two camps: people who jump through legal and technical hoops to prevent you from opting out of their bullshit, and those that don't. The folks in the second group normally have something to sell you. The folks in the first group- and that includes Microsoft on all counts and fucking GNOME on some- are arrogant pricks not worth the time of day.

Quite honestly, the moment I can play games natively under Linux, I'll be full Linux again. And no, WINE and derivatives are not adequate for all of gaming, and very much not the section I use.

about 7 months ago

Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

cfalcon Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (96 comments)

Agh, my kingdom for a mod point. This is a very very good point that gets almost no play.

about 8 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

cfalcon Re:ruined long ago (253 comments)

Probably haven't killed any heroic raid bosses eh? The grouping part is still there, but it's not as present at the lower levels, or for the simpler things. But if you want to group, there's three tiers that make that mandatory and reward accordingly.

Currently the pve game is: Levelling and dungeons -> dungeons, scenarios at 90 -> LFR -> Flex -> Normal -> Heroic.

Everything from Flex up takes a premade group to succeed with. Heroics take a lot more effort and dedication, etc.

about 9 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

cfalcon Re:Is this fun? (253 comments)

As you would expect, some people really like leveling, and that is mostly what they do. Others view it as a regrettable grind that comes with the genre, a cockblock before they can get to the part they like.

about 9 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

cfalcon Level 100 is the cap (253 comments)

On live, level 90 is the cap. The for-sale 90s are intended to be brought to the new expansion, which goes up to level 100. Since all the content is at level cap, this move makes some sense. The summary should at least mention that level 100 will be the cap when these things are for sale. Pretending that "the game is the experience of leveling, after which you have won" can be forgiven, but leaving out the actual level cap? Shenanigans.

about 9 months ago


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