drxym

Steam game accused of turning PCs into cryptocurrency miners

drxym

3 weeks ago

@ShiftyGeezer the issue here is that virtually every online app store has an developer agreement and attempts to enforce that agreement even if only after the fact.

The agreement will touch on topics such as:

* Legality
* Copyright / Trademarks
* Prohibited content
* Malware, bitcoin miners etc.

Applications in violation of the rules will either be blocked before they get published or will be removed as a result of complaints.

Valve basically said "meh, too hard" and threw the doors wide open. As a consequence their platform is going to turn into a cesspool
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drxym

3 weeks ago

Should we surprised? Valve basically issued an open invite to this sort of thing when it stopped policing its platform. This is an entirely predictable outcome.
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Premier tier for EA's Origin Access PC subscription service launches next week

drxym

3 weeks ago

Next will be - now you don't even have to install the game, we'll stream it to you.
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Valve issues 95,000 bans in just seven days

drxym

4 weeks ago

Valve almost certainly has people hanging out in forums where cheat hacks are discussed and exchanged. They probably even have a security lab where they can analyse them, "fingerprint" them and then track their use in the wild. Using such software is going to result in a ban sooner or later.

So using cheat software is kind of dumb and will catch up with the person in the end. Aside from that, I bet a good proportion of cheat software is also malware - sniffing key presses, stealing logins, files etc. Hardly sensible from that perspective either.
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Microtransactions have been completely removed from Middle-earth: Shadow of War

drxym

1 month ago

I've enjoyed the Arkham series, Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor. This sort of game appeals to me. I played Shadow of Mordor and while it wasn't the best in the world, suffering from flaws in its static environment and other issues, I would have been tempted by a sequel. The fighting was good, the story was interesting.

But WB stuffed the sequel full of microtransactions so I didn't bother. I'm not going to reward that regardless of my previous interest. Too bad for WB. I hope bad reviews and word of mouth tanked their sales, depressing their profits below anything from selling loot crates.

It's kind of too late for me to even care about the game any more whether they cut this crap out or not. Maybe when it's in some steam sale for a tenner I might but honestly I just don't care any more.
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Visceral had some cool ideas for Dead Space 4

drxym

1 month ago

The coolest idea would for them to ban the gratuitous use of expositiory devices - phones, emails, audio logs etc. Things casually left around the level to spare themselves the effort of telling that info some other way.
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Mafia 3 once had an opening so controversial all trace of it had to be erased

drxym

1 month ago

Perhaps it should have kept this controversial opening because the game itself ended up being weak sauce.
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ArenaNet fires two Guild Wars 2 writers over Twitter exchange with YouTuber

drxym

1 month ago

@Rens11 sorry but that isn't true. It's an observable phenomena even if the term is overused / misused.
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drxym

1 month ago

Seems like a snarky response to some constructive criticism. Kind of surprised it escalated into a firing but it wasnt a good reaction regardless of who they thought this person was or was not.
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Is Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar on the ropes?

drxym

1 month ago

@cowell And very few MMOs succeed, even big budget ones. For every Everquest, EVE or WoW that turn(ed) a profit, there are dozens that launch and then suffer a slow protracted death. Even Gariott has been down this road with City of Heroes / Villains and Tabula Rasa during his time at NCSoft.
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drxym

1 month ago

@Aradiel If you're interested in Ultima, they're on GOG for not much money. There is even an open source project called Exult that wraps the Ultima 7 data files and lets them run on modern operating systems.
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drxym

1 month ago

Should have stuck with the top down isometric. It would have been cheaper to do and possibly more evocative.
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Fortnite player sparks griefing debate after taking out rocket viewing party

drxym

2 months ago

@omniscient somebody didn't spend much time working on that parable.
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drxym

2 months ago

@dean0null Just a tad more massive
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drxym

2 months ago

@seanlowther They didn't miss it. It was immortalised in video form including the parts where they plummeted to their deaths.
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drxym

2 months ago

The "debate" is completely artificial. This is somebody pranking / trolling some players in the game to no ill effect and providing entertainment in the process.
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Report: Bethesda sues Warner Bros., claims Westworld game uses Fallout Shelter code

drxym

2 months ago

@Scottoest somebody needs to watch the show
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drxym

2 months ago

Doesn't look like anything to me.
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PUBG developer debunks accusation maps are "asset flips"

drxym

2 months ago

Seems like a fair point. Why go to the trouble and expense of modelling certain items in the environment if it costs less just to go to a store and buy it?
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As the internet slams EA's Command & Conquer mobile game, the developers call for a "fair shake"

drxym

2 months ago

@kosigan This article is about a mobile game. Pretending it has to be $60 or anywhere close is kind of silly. There are also numerous successful, low price titles on mobile platforms.

Assuming this game were any good then it count itself among those. But that assumes it is even a game, instead of a glorified skinner box.
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drxym

2 months ago

@kosigan who said $60? Minecraft pocket edition sold for a small sum of money and made hundreds of millions.
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drxym

2 months ago

EA, here's a wild and crazy idea - how about selling a game that costs a fixed sum of money and is a self contained gaming experience with no monetization of any kind? Nuts I know, but it might just work.

As for you devs. You know in your heart of hearts that you made less a game and more a "game". Something superficially resembling a game but filled with grind, timelocks, virtual currency etc. Something that was cynically designed from the early stages to disadvantage players unless they keep buying stuff. So stop whining when people call it out for what it is. Maybe it's not your choice to do it this way, but you chose to work for EA on these kind of games. Can't have come as a complete surprise.
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Eve Online and Star Citzen fans at war over 112 "copycat" spaceship

drxym

2 months ago

112 for a spaceship. How do they keep their prices so low and still make a profit?
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Steam's content policy is both arrogant and cowardly

drxym

2 months ago

@Avaloner well if you are in favour of these things please come out and say it. Or even if you think a sizable of % of people would be comfortable for this poison existing on the platform while Valve sits on its hands.
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drxym

2 months ago

@StunDamage who said it makes them go away? I didn't. But it doesn't allow them anywhere close to the reach they would enjoy if they are hosted on Steam.
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drxym

2 months ago

@nikolaylapko if they have no rules stopping KKK writing games then the KKK or somebody akin to them will. Other platforms have T&Cs that prohbit such content and allow the platform to yank the game if any slip through. This should not be hard.
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drxym

2 months ago

@nikolaylapko racism isn't illegal, at least not in the US. In fact as long as there is no "imminent threat" you can say any awful thing you feel like. And that applies to video games too.

But just because someone can write such a game, shouldn't mean that a game platform with a reputation to protect should just host it. If some racist jerk wants to produce such a game they can host it themselves. Same for other things that you feel are no big deal. Other platforms manage the simple feat of saying you can't produce content that targets people for their race, religion, sexuality and some other targets and provide tools to enforce it. This is apparently too much effort for Valve.

I should also point out that in other countries certain content is likely to run afoul of the law and Valve will be compelled to remove it or heavily fined if they don't. e.g. Germany will stomp on Valve if they let any neo-Nazi "games" through. And as such I wonder why they don't just apply the same rules consistently.
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drxym

2 months ago

@Avaloner And guess what, they shouldn't be hosted by Steam either.
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drxym

2 months ago

@nikolaylapko Steam is a platform, not a country. There is no obligation for them to host objectional content any more than there is for Google or any other site. It's not a free speech / censorship issue so much as it is one about common sense. Does Steam really want to be hosting racist or sexually depraved content because it's too lazy to curate their own platform? Because that's exactly what will happen.
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drxym

2 months ago

Great. Now we can look forward to such classics as:

Concentration Camp Architect
Jihad! Head Executioner
Animal Lover 2018
Munich Olympics
Dox-my-ex-girlfriend
Storm Front 30-06
Man boy Love
+ an assortment of trojans, bitcoinminers, etc

Valve / Steam really need to get a clue here. They might not have to curate games but they *should* a) provide a terms of service that explicitly says the standards that games must abide by and b) provide a reporting mechanism for cases when they do not. Other platforms manage it and there is no excuse for Valve not to do likewise.
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IndieGoGo to send in debt collectors over M.I.A. Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus

drxym

2 months ago

@ShiftyGeezer You say it isn't easy or a given but that's because most business ideas are terrible. Venture capitalists act as a crap filter, sifting out the bad ideas and the bad individuals. Even then they still have failures, but at least there is a standard that recipients must reach. And even if one VC turns somebody down there are many VCs who might not.

Crowdfunding has no such standards. Providing your product doesn't appear to violate the laws of physics, more or less anything goes. Maybe that handheld ZX Spectrum will come out or maybe it won't. Your legal redress if it doesn't is pretty much zero.
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drxym

2 months ago

@AmbleBramble I never saw the value proposition for any kickstarter. If there is value in a product's existence then it should be possible for an individual / company to secure venture capital, develop the thing and sell it. And if there isn't, then perhaps it shouldn't exist as a thing in the first place.

Kickstarters just seems like a way to move the risk onto the consumer and for little reward. The only beneficiaries are Kickstarter who get to rake a not insubstantial % of the proceeds for taking the money in and hosting a web page.
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drxym

2 months ago

I owned a ZX Spectrum and many of the good games usually had other buttons to be pushed to perform actions aside from the joystick controls - no Elite, Tau Ceti, The Hobbit, Skool Daze or games of that ilk where keyboard was essential. Not sure that I would see the point in this even if it was a thing. Especially since all the games are easy to obtain and available through umpteen emulators.
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Telltale's The Walking Dead final season sees Clementine grown up

drxym

2 months ago

@steviepunk They could but probably won't. Can't think of any other game which has done it.
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drxym

2 months ago

An "emotional gut wrenching finale". The buried lede here is absolutely nothing you do up until that point has more than superficial consequences. It's too bad Tell Tale can't produce games with meaningful branches because they're less games and more interactive stories.
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Rockstar reassures fans over Red Dead Redemption 2's exclusive special edition story missions

drxym

2 months ago

Anyone who has played GTA, AC, Far Cry et al should know what a "side mission" usually means. A cutscene, a fetch / kill quest with a handful of events in it and a minor reward. Nothing that matters in the course of things and usually the weapon / armour / whatever you get as a reward is obsoleted by the game's progression system before long.

Big whoop. Certainly not worth paying extra for. Rockstar just know there are completists who'll fork out extra money for a couple of minor bits of DLC.

Now if they turned around and said these side missions would take an hour to complete each with some effort gone into them - akin to some Witcher 3 arcs then it might be a more compelling sell. But I doubt they will bother with that.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses include GTA cash and a familiar horse

drxym

3 months ago

I'm looking forward to the game but I wonder why anybody buys the extremely marked up editions.
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"Significant" 20GB State of Decay 2 patch aims to fix the game

drxym

3 months ago

20gb? I wonder how much of the content on disk even survived. Maybe they rebuilt the data in some new format.
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The best Micro SD cards for Nintendo Switch

drxym

3 months ago

I reckon the use of proprietary cards killed the Vita. At least the Switch uses a standard format. Even so, digital downloads as well as games like LA Noire are hitting users with an additional cost to store their games. Do Nintendo discount the games to offset this cost? Of course not.
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Panic at 30,000 virtual feet

drxym

3 months ago

I can understand why they'd want to protect their content but they've gone about it in a really terrible way. And annoying their user base with half-assed legal threats is never a good idea.
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Sega Mega Drive Classics' new Steam VR support puts you back in the 90s

drxym

3 months ago

@Bander er what???

If you play through VR you are absolutely going to have more latency than straight to a monitor. Given that we're talking about 16-bit console games you can ill afford any latency at all.

Aside from that, playing a game inside a VR screen just means distortion, and pixel issues. Anyone who has watched a film in a VR "cinema" would know what I mean.

And apart from that, what's wrong with playing it in the room you're very actually in without the hassle, headaches of a VR headset.
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drxym

3 months ago

Alternatively you could just play the games through your real TV / monitor.
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Sea of Thieves' Hungering Deep update is a significant step in the right direction

drxym

3 months ago

@the_teapot the amount of coverage at the time could lend itself to no other explanation
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Bethesda announces Fallout 76

drxym

3 months ago

Hmm. I wonder if it'll be a bona fide pay & play, or some crappy freemium model.
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DICE boss says Battlefield V's women are here to stay

drxym

3 months ago

Russia had a lot of female front line fighters and there were obviously female partisans, resistance fighters etc. There's nothing wrong with telling their stories providing it is historically accurate.

The problem with most WW2 shooters is they're NOT historically accurate or remotely authentic so in that sense, what does it matter anyway?
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We Happy Few developer responds to ban by Australian Classification Board

drxym

3 months ago

Seems like a stupid ban in the context of the game, or indeed the acts that the player perpetrates while under the influence of these fictional drugs.

I wonder if Australia also banned Bioshock in case people injected plasmids.
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New Battlefield 5 teaser appears to confirm WW2 setting

drxym

3 months ago

@Arsecake_Baker All of these games whether we're talking Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Brothers in Arms et al have plundered every WW2 movie trope going. Repeatedly.

If they're going to do a WW2 shooter it would be nice if chose one of the many other battles, theatres of war or even armies which they've more or less ignored up to this point. Why not even mix things up with a campaign from the perspective of the Axis powers?
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drxym

3 months ago

Looking forward to all the loot crates, map packs, seasonal content and other micropayments that fragment the player base and totally ruin the experience.
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Paradox is making board games via Kickstarter

drxym

3 months ago

If a product is commercially viable then just develop and sell the thing. I assume Paradox has the money to do it.
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PC gaming in the palm of your hand: Steam Link tested on iOS and Android

drxym

3 months ago

@MARATXXX That's the point. I could stream to a TV or a PC monitor (that I'm sat in front) and aside from latency and controller issues the experience is OK. Stream it to a postage stamp and it doesn't matter what anything is like, it will still be terrible.

I see this issue at work. We have apps that are designed for touch devices with a certain DPI and they look godawful at other DPIs. The only solution is to think upfront about this issue and mitigate. I doubt games have that luxury.
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