4813 posts • joined 28 May 2010
Re: allowing the game to be played offline would require "a significant amount of engineering work
Because of course designing your server to be shared and deployed without security issues is exactly the same as just dumping it on FTP and saying "here you go".
And of course everyone wants to run a mega server for local gameplay. Just install MySQL or Oracle or Amazon S3 locally...
There's a slight possibility that the backend of a FPS game and the backend of SC are rather different.
Re: Rip-off merchants
Why is it a rip-off to sell an add-on, people have been doing this for over ten years. Extra levels, new campaigns, etc.
I have that game - I play it often - and you do not need to buy add-ons to 'complete' the game. It's completed when you have unlocked all the races. The add-on packs are just that - additional content for people who want more (most will not and we'd all have to pay more for it if it were included).
And I don't know where you got £12 from, I looked last night as it happens and I'm sure it was more like £5.
Just buy the next game for £10 instead. Or look for a deluxe edition with it included.
Re: My suspicion...
Because most people have an online connection 24/7 these days. Simply "it requires internet connection" isn't actually a problem in itself, it's what that implies and most people aren't thinking that far ahead.
Tbh i cant see why people are moaning so much about always online DRM.
I don't really care about the DRM angle, and personally I am only going to play games at home.
But if you wanted to play on a laptop while on a train or whatever, that's a PITA.
I think the biggest legitimate (rather than hand-wringing "it's just bad because it is") concern is that you are reliant on their servers. Never mind the odd outage - many games have been released buggy - but what happens when they pull the plug? You can still buy and play SC4 as they are pointing out, but in 5 years will SC still be playable?
allowing the game to be played offline would require "a significant amount of engineering work
>>This appears to contradict EA/Maxis' earlier claims that allowing the game to be played offline would require "a significant amount of engineering work by our team".
Does it? The hack lets you play offline as long as you don't want to be able to save your game. That could be relatively substantial to rewrite depending how it is set up.
Presumably someone will set up an alternative server, or a way to run a 'local server' with a hack to let you point the game to any server you wish.
Of course EA could still release an "offline play" patch and say "this took a lot of time but we've heard your love to play SC offline and have put your first"
Re: watching video is surely one of the reasons you’d buy an Xperia Z
Yes I did rather glibly suggest removing speaker entirely and no I didn't think about the phone ringer :)
However let me modify... what if the only speaker was a crappy one used for alert tones only.
watching video is surely one of the reasons you’d buy an Xperia Z
But why for the love of God would you not use headphones?
Just ban built-in speakers on mobile phones, for the benefit of the rest of us (on a serious note would that save much weight/volume?)
Can you imagine the stress...
Developing on that project, let alone deploying updates. Knowing that if you stuff it up untold billions (trillions?) of dollars, millenia of man-work and unique scientific opportunity could become unreachable ever again.
No matter how many levels of safeguards in the code itself, and the level of paranoia in the testing and deployment of the software... can you imagine what it must feel like sitting there with the "are you sure you want to upload yes/no" prompt in front of you?
I'm not sure I could do it. Could you?
Re: I want to like the BBC
BBC have been selling their content on DVD and before that VHS for decades. Why does living in the digital age suddenly mean that just because you can download TV programs, they should be free?
How do you know the BBC budget doesn't rely on selling DVDs and stuff, rather than on the licnese fee which is merely a subsidy rather than the entire budget? i.e. if they made the content free, but put the fee up 50%, would you be happy?
I wonder why people on benefits don't get free TV license... all the "they should be getting a job" stuff aside, it would surely make sense not to pay them benefits which they then spend on a TV license... or more likely don't spend and watch illegally.
Re: money handed to it on a plate
Ah yes. No pedophiles in the private sector. THINK OF THE CHILDREN
Re: Owning a TV is not compulsory.
But the argument is if you only want to watch Sky channels you still have to have a license... owning a TV automatically puts you on a 'wanted list'. Shops demand your address when buying TV equipment so they can pass it on to the enforcers...
Re: Oh FFS.
However it does seem to me there's an argument for removing the TV license and taking it from the tax pot instead, adjusting tax levels and so on accordingly.
Re: Death to the cloud
>>Dream on with that belief. The only thing the "cloud' is, is that you are handing over hardware responsibilities for someone else to handle.
Someone with hardware and backup redundancy about 100X better than anything you can hope to build. And security the likes of which you can only dream about. In these big stories, I don't recall them talking about data actually being lost. Scale wins.
>>that's not the point. If YOUR servers go down, then it's in your power to get things fixed. You can apply what resources (or not) you see fit.
In a medium-large business with dedicated sysadmins working 24/7, sure. For a small business where people go home at night, not so much.
Let's face it, the longest outage we've seen has been something like a day, to fix a total global screw up. That's pretty impressive... I'm pretty sure Google's thousands of people working 24/7/265 are going to fix things faster than a developer who got lumbered with the sysadmin work because he knows how to build a home network :)
I want to focus on developing stuff, not managing my network.
I'm sure the timing of this is a great relief to MS, that it's not simply them with issues.
Re: Death to the cloud
Because your local servers NEVER go offline and take hours or days to fix?
My phone is basically a touch-sensitive rectangle. I don't think that has changed in the last 5 years. A bit like how Windows 95 thru 7 kept the same basic interface, I don't really see the need to innovate the basic UI if it works. Apple have a design that works. Android have a design that works. MS have a design that works (no, really). Now even BB do.
Well done chaps, but just because you only just got yours finished doesn't mean it's better than those who got there 5 years ago.
Re: He sounded quite plausible...
>>@JDX - Have you noticed yet that people here automatically downvote you, then sometimes read what you posted?
Clearly you have access to the Reg database so you can track a given user's voting & commenting times.
Either that or you're a small-minded immature FOSSboi who takes any critical comment about FOSS software (or even a lack of attack on M$) as a personal attack.
I wonder which it is.
He sounded quite plausible...
Re: More dire news for Microsoft
The "good guys"? Oh Bob you don't just have wool over your eyes, but a sheep sitting on your face.
Re: The source of those figures:
Well corrected Dave, thanks.
While it's cool to have more GP languages, I call BALLS that Python is the most popular language.
Hmm, I've only ever used off-the-shelf PCs and I've had one die, ever, in 13 years. And that was a single component - one component in 13 years is hardly unreliable.
Re: And some folks just build these.....@jason 7
Please define 'worthwhile', oh lord of other peoples' business.
How is that going to give you a better FPS or run at higher detail settings? It's not.
>>this wasn't about "building a prudent, realistic, budget but well rounded gaming machine". So this comment has no place here.
You miss the point which is that a 6-core PC could be slower than a 4-core one. Bonkers means the pinnacle of performance, therefore the components best for games should be picked rather than the most powerful components in a general sense. Chips which auto-overclock one core whe the others are not being used for example - which possibly those CPUs do anyway?
I'm not convinced most games are optimized to maximise performance on 2 cores, let alone 4 or 6.
New disaster type in SC5
Yeah... it's not like these old game articles are blatant adverts... they note problems as well as successes.
Personally I've really enjoyed the series.
<=== EA you owe me one
Personally I wish they'd make the original SimCity available on ios/android
There are official SC iOS apps, I think based around SC3000 but worth a look. Just google simcity iphone or similar.
Review here: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2010/12/14/simcity-deluxe-ipad-review
Re: My introduction
Now you put me off, I wanted to buy a copy as an old SC2000 fan who doesn't want the SC2000 ugliness on a modern PC.
Maybe when you start up a company, rather than 'fleecing' your customers you can pay developers £30k a year to write lovely software you give away, running on servers you pay for.
Of course you won't be doing it for very long.
Seriously get a grip. It's not 'fleecing' for a company not to give stuff away for free. It's only ever done to build a brand or on the shareware principle (I'm not considering ad-supported as free).
Re: Leaving Google didn't hurt. Who knew?
Here, let me pass this toy back to you, it seems to have fallen out of the pram.
So they should spend $millions and then give it away? It's their code, for them to bury or burn if they want since they paid for it.
I do fully support the IDEA of them doing as you suggest, just not that they have any moral duty to even consider it.
Although, isn't this exactly what happened to Wave?
>>they are still making plenty of money so I don't see the point.
Companies don't like to make "plenty" of money. They don't like to make a "reasonable" or "fair" amount of money. They want to maximise their income.
They are under no obligation to make any of their products free except market pressure... trying to charge for gmail would make everyone leave.
Re: of course C# is lovely
They pirated an open specification? Good one. I suppose D pirated C++ and C++ pirated C?
C# is way better than Java these days.
Good point about servers... how often do we see Linux servers compromised via vulnerabilities in PHP, Worpress, and other 3rd party applications. In the web world, admins are already aware that keeping those apps updated is super-important.
Re: .Net vulnerability being exploited in vast numbers like the Java ones are
As a developer, .net (well C#) is bloody lovely.
If you want to allow applications to do something useful then they have to be able to do stuff on the system - modify/delete files for instance.
Of course you could have an OS with different permissions "modify files outside own directory" etc but it won't help because everyone will accept the permissions.
Driving with an ... almost-illegal level of blood alcohol ... no more dangerous than taking a call
Let me see... "almost illegal" that means the same as legal doesn't it?
Even the Google apologists on G+ are pissed.
Well people on G+ are generally Google fan[boi]s so of course they'll use Reader.
connected to a drain plug of salt that has been frozen solid
Or to put it another way, salt.
Although the idea of disolving stuff in molten salt is quite enthralling.
Re: Where is the innovation?
>>How can you say that! My phone still can neither make me a cup of tea, nor a bacon sandwich!
People are still adding features to phones. But they are just cramming new things on as gimmicks, not finding needs to meet. Like apps/web-connected TVs. You'd be better with a dedicated bacon sandwich machine.
Re: Where is the innovation?
There's no longer a need to innovate, phones are already so good and do what is required.
Everyone's been saying Apple stagnated 2 years ago but presumably that is just because they were 2 years ahead and now the rest have caught up.
Re: More adverts, everywhere.
>>sure did spout on about how the platform was all about being open
Is their app store part of the Android platform though?
>>When a company proudly proclaims that their mantra to be "Do No Evil", they openly invite comparisons of evil to their actions - especially this one.
If you think a company trying to make money is "evil", then I suppose you're right. It's pretty clear their mantra was about not having closed standards, using their position of power to crush opposition, etc. Not having restrictions on what can be sold in their own appstore WHEN THEY ALLOW OTHER APPSTORES AND LET YOU INSTALL APPS DIRECTLY.
Re: Money... That's what they want....
How else would we get URLs like little.fluffy.cloud or sitonmy.face?
Re: Let's hear it you labor-voting lefties...
>>I am glad that I can help pay for the society in which I live. I could go contracting and pay myself minimum wage, clawing the rest back in dividends but I don't.
You totally fail to understand the very point of contracting which is lifestyle rather than tax dodging. You can be a contractor and pay yourself a regular salary. And you have to pay tax on dividends, moreso dividends which take your personal earnings above the higher rate.
Typical leftie rant... bang on about morality while being factually ignorant. I assume you don't have an ISA or pension?
Re: $1 salary...
I think you accidentally got here instead of whingingleftwingentitlement.com
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