Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t come out on PC?

It seems that Rockstar Games decided to release Red Dead Redemption 2 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 first, it isn’t all that weird considering they have a history of doing that. The problem is that they might skip PC at all just like they did with Red Dead Redemption back in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 years.

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Sign the petition at change.org and maybe Rockstar is going to listen. Petitions never worked though, so I guess we can at least show there are a lot of us who want the game out on PC.

Watch the trailer below:

I don’t know about you guys but if they are going to release it on consoles only I’m gonna have to buy one with the game and sell as I complete it.

Microsoft brings some Xbox One games to Windows 10

Microsoft announced a couple of nice things yesterday, including some games, software and some offers. Check out the list below if you want to know what’s going on!

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Here’s a quick summary of the event that happened on March 1st 2016:

  • Those who pre-order Quantum Break On Xbox store will get the Windows 10 PC version for free
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is now available for download on Windows 10 PCs (priced at $29.99)
  • Microsoft today announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is coming to the PC – Windows 10, fully supporting DirectX 12
  • Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is going to support Oculus Rift
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in April
  • Killer Instinct: Season 3 for Xbox One and Windows 10 coming in few days
  • Xbox team revealed the new updates arriving soon on Xbox One and also in the Xbox app in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile
  • Xbox One to receive future hardware upgrades, I think it means that they are just going to create their own small “Steam boxes”? ;)
  • Universal Windows Apps will allow for games to run on Windows 10 PCs, Windows 10 Tablets and Windows 10 Mobile phones in the future, supporting DirectX 12 and possibly Vulkan

Also check out the gameplay from Quantum Break, it looks really good:

In other news you can stream your Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC in your local network for some time now. Sony is planning to bring the same experience to the PS4 users. PS4 Remote Play feature is coming to Windows PCs soon.

Origin monthly subscription now available!

Apparently Origin has introduced something I’ve speculated and asked you about over few months ago but I thought that Steam would be the first one! Guess not.

The majority of you (60%) voted that you wouldn’t buy this Netflix-based subscription model (pay once, use all games for a month without any limits) and 27% would consider it depending on the offer. But I’m pretty sure that this will change a lot in the future, especially if they introduce big AAA titles in the service.

Origin Access 2016

Origin Access ($4.99 / £3.99 a month) gives you access to Vault Games such as:

  • Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline,
  • SimCity,
  • Dragon Age Origins, 2 and Inquisition,
  • Dead Space Trilogy,
  • FIFA15,
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare,
  • This War of Mine,
  • The Sims 3 Starter Pack,
  • Need for Speed: Rivals.

According to Origin’s FAQ this appears to only be available for America, Canada, UK and Germany at this time. So basically this is EA Access (from the Xbox One) for the PC, for a membership price, you get access to all the games listed in the title, extra savings on EA games on their storefront and large trial versions of games – currently the service gives you a 10 hour trial of Unravel.

You can see the Origin splash-promo page by using a web proxy. I have no idea if you can buy the service though and I wouldn’t try it just yet.

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I think that’s a really good move by EA and hope that others will follow, although this is not the entire catalog I would gladly pay if I ever wanted to play some of those games for a particular amount of time.

Also I’ve mentioned Netflix on the beginning and just wanted to let you guys know it’s available worldwide for a couple of days now! It’s great to finally have access to all those great shows at such a good price. Fuck television and adverts I say! ;)

Valve to add extra security to trading, hold items for a period of time, require to use it’s mobile app

Hey guys, first of all thanks to Andrea for telling me about this. Secondly Valve is about to add a new trading security measurements, which holds items in every trade for a period of time likely up to several days, unless both parties have mobile app Steam Guard enabled. This is ridiculous considering the app is not available for my Windows 10 Mobile phone (at least not yet) and what about people without smartphones? I know it is 2015 but not everyone uses smartphones guys. Some people just prefer battery life and a dumbphones.

Steam News

Here is a confirmation of the new security method. This bit in particular:

‘What is Escrow?’,
‘<div class=”escrow_explanation”>After a trade has been accepted by both parties, if either party’s account has not been secured by the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, then to protect against unauthorized trades, the traded items will be placed in escrow.<br><br>During the escrow period, the items will not be available to either user. This allows users who have not secured their accounts to cancel any unauthorized trades and recover their items.<br><br>Canceling all pending and in-escrow trades will place a trading hold on your account for a few days to prevent any further unauthorized attempts to trade away items.</div>’,
‘Learn About Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator’,
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‘<div class=”escrow_explanation”>After a trade has been accepted by both parties, if either party’s account has not been secured by the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, then to protect against unauthorized trades, the traded items will be placed in escrow.<br><br>During the escrow period, the items will not be available to either user. This allows users who have not secured their accounts to cancel any unauthorized trades and recover their items.<br><br>Canceling all pending and in-escrow trades will place a trading hold on your account for a few days to prevent any further unauthorized attempts to trade away items.</div>’

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You can read more about it on reddit. Of course they are doing this once again before the Steam Holiday Sale – it’s about to be released on November 25th. Source in here.

By | November 19th 14:27, 2015|Categories: DRM, Games, News, OMG!1, RAGE NEWS!!!1, Software, Steam Flaws|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Weekend Deals (11.09.2015)

Update: Added G2A Weekly Sale.

Hey!!! Here are the deals – pretty good ones this time, GOG has an amazing sale just check below. Will add more deals as they come…

GMGWeekend

Shelter Anniversary Sale

Shelter

Create Your World

Create Your World Sale

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Weekly sale featuring FIFA 16 and Rainbow Six Siege, more info here.

G2A Weekly Sale

GamesPlanetWeekend

Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2

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GamesRepublicWeekend

Square Enix up to 75% off

Square Enix 75

Paradox Weekend up to 75% off

Paradox 75

Codemasters Week up to 80% off

Codemasters 80

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Sniper Elite Weekend Deal up to 75% off

Sniper Elite Sale

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Indie Pinata – deals up to 80% off and mystery games on sale!

Indie Pinata

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Shadow of Mordor Bundle (€15.36)

Shadow of Mordor Bundle

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Borderlands 2 GOTY 70% off (€12/$13.60/£8.81)

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CJSWeekend

The Sims 4 for £19.50 (€26.5/$30)

The Sims 4

Steam went full retard, all games are now region locked

Just like with the sudden currency change 6 years ago, right before the winter holiday season, now Steam decided to region lock ALL games in the catalog. So if you wanted to exchange gifts with your friends from around the world guess what? Look for Steam Alternatives because you won’t be able to, especially if you’re lets say from Europe or Australia and want to game swap with Russians or Asians.

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Here’s a nice info from reddit:

Valve took the effect of AllowCrossRegionTradingAndGifting=No and applied it to everything. Every gift from these regions is now restricted, regardless of publisher settings: Russia/CIS Southeast Asia South America Turkey

This pretty much kills trading altogether.

Where is your Gaben now?

Stop pre-ordering games because they suck!

I’ve had enough of this. I think we all can agree that so far this has been a disappointing year in PC gaming.

First of all, Watch_Dogs have been delayed for a few months but they’ve managed to brake it anyway, it was significantly different from the E3 trailers – although it was somehow playable if you forced yourself on it. However, recent Ubisoft games are just fucking garbage. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is a horrible joke, I just can’t wrap my mind around this: How can you release such a shitty port to the public and advertise it like it’s a major master piece?

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Don’t forget their 30 FPS bullshit excuse. Really? 30 FPS? Go ahead and play that on 120Hz screen and tell me it looks nice. It doesn’t and never will. If I ever read about how human eye only sees 24 FPS I will punch somebody. Who the hell cares what human eye sees or not? It’s all about the feeling, smoothness of the game, try playing some fast paced shooter at 24 frames per second on a 4K screen you morons. And I’m talking about PCs, if your console can’t handle more than 24-30 FPS that’s fine, play on that if you want.

Far Cry 4. Just when I thought it can’t get any worse they’ve somehow managed to fuck up Far Cry 4, a game I really wanted to play in coop this year. Coop is seriously broken, the game progress doesn’t save for the second player so if you join your buddy be prepared for a major disappointment.

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It’s such a bad port you can’t even move mouse properly because it behaves like an emulated XBOX One controller. If you’ll have a chance to play that on PC just launch it and see what I mean. Besides the Ubisoft forum users see that too. And the stuttering, oh my dog, it’s so annoying you can’t even play the game, see the recent video from TotalBiscuit on YouTube.

Do you think The Crew will be any different? Let’s hope so but I’m not pre-ordering that.

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What about other publishers and developers? Rockstar Games still haven’t released GTA 5 for the PC but the launch of Grand Theft Auto V Online was essentially broke for a good two weeks on the consoles. I wonder if that’s going to repeat itself in January for the PC release…

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Battlefield 4 was just crap, it shouldn’t even come out yet, just EA and their standard money making scheme. Titanfall kept players interested for a few weeks at most then it got repetitive and boring.

Destiny was hyped up to be the greatest game ever, but lacks a story that players could really enjoy. It’s obvious that content was cut from the game, and this shows in parts of the game while you play it.

Noticing the pattern here? Games are becoming less refined. We should stop pre-ordering games, especially from companies who have a history of releasing shit. Just wait and see if the game runs clean (check it out online, YouTube is full of independent game reviewers or whatever), then buy it.

At worst you’ll miss out on a few days of gameplay, instead of getting ripped off. Most of us can’t afford to waste another €60.

No more preordering, and no more buying season passes before the game comes out. Stop it. Unless it’s Valve games. You can’t go wrong with these. Remember when The Orange Box came out? I’ve pre-ordered that instantly when I saw the ad on Steam and I love it. I miss those times, where are you Half-Life 3?

This post was inspired by a good reddit post on r/gaming.

GamersGate: Monday deals are up!

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By | September 30th 13:33, 2013|Categories: Deals, DRM, GamersGate, Games, News, Steam, Steam Alternatives|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Maxis (kinda) admits servers are not needed for individual cities

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So yesterday Maxis general manager Lucy Bredshaw made a blog post. I guess she had to answer to all the new information that popped up lately
 

So, could we have built a subset offline mode? Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn’t fit with our vision. We did not focus on the “single city in isolation” that we have delivered in past SimCities. We recognize that there are fans – people who love the original SimCity – who want that. But we’re also hearing from thousands of people who are playing across regions, trading, communicating and loving the Always-Connected functionality. The SimCity we delivered captures the magic of its heritage but catches up with ever-improving technology.

Ok, so they don’t care about their long-time fans… That’s cool though, cause they thought of the people who love always always DRM instead. That’s nice :)
And also, there’s apparently tons of advantages with always-online DRM, compared to offer both a social online experience and a solid single player experience. She names just a few in her blog post:

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By | March 16th 01:26, 2013|Categories: DRM, EA, News, RAGE NEWS!!!1|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Maxis insider: SimCity servers not necessary!

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As you all know SimCity have suffered massive server issues since launch.
While players have been begging for an offline mode, EA representatives have been abundantly clear that this simply isn’t possible. Maxis’ studio head, Lucy Bradshaw, has told both Polygon and Kotaku that they “offload a significant amount of the calculations to our servers”, and that it would take “a significant amount of engineering work from our team to rewrite the game” for single player.

A SimCity developer has got in touch with RPS to tell them that at least the first of these statements is not true. He claimed that the server is not handling calculations for non-social aspects of running the game, and that engineering a single-player mode would require minimal effort.

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By | March 13th 12:53, 2013|Categories: DRM, EA, News|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Steam for Linux open beta coming next week

Steam for Linux will be available for everyone to try next week!

Steam for Linux running on Ubuntu

The list of available games on Steam for Linux users:

  • Amnesia
  • Dynamite Jack
  • Eversion
  • iBomber Attack
  • Killing Floor
  • Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
  • Serious Sam 3:BFE
  • Sword & Sworcery
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
  • World of Goo

Source: OMG Ubuntu

By | December 13th 16:42, 2012|Categories: DRM, Games, Linux, News, Releases, Steam, Valve|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Uplay as vessel for malicious software

I usually like titles with a pun or something on those lines, attempting to find a funny side even in a disaster. Not this time. Not when the threat is so dangerous and imminent.

According to this article there’s a huge hole in Uplay’s browsers plugin which lets anybody run potentially anything on the victim’s computer.

I haven’t tested it personally having never installed Ubisoft’s Uplay and never planned to do so, but my second hand informations tell me it’s scary how easy and smooth is to manipulate Uplay customers through this exploit.

Not that I needed some more proof that any DRM system is the Bane (I haven’t watched latest Batman yet, I just liked the pop culture reference) of legit customers, but do you now?

 

Below here is the list of the game which are most vulnerable to this and which you should immediately uninstall before this exploit really goes out of hand.

 

Assassin's Creed II 
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 
Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy 
Assassin's Creed Revelations 
Assassin's Creed III 
Beowulf: The Game 
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 
Call of Juarez: The Cartel 
Driver: San Francisco 
Heroes of Might and Magic VI 
Just Dance 3 
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 
Pure Football 
R.U.S.E. 
Shaun White Skateboarding 
Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic 
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom 
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction 
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 
By | July 30th 13:20, 2012|Categories: DRM, Ubisoft, UPlay|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 a catastrophe

Operating system Windows 8 will be a "catastrophe" for PC game makers, according to Valve Software’s boss.

Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Gabe Newell said the next version of Windows could mean big changes to the PC market. Many took his comment as a criticism of the changed user interface in Windows 8 as well as its built-in Windows Store.

The Windows Store could dent the success of Valve’s own online market, Steam, through which players buy games.

Mr Newell, who worked for Microsoft for 13 years on Windows, said his company had embraced the open-source software Linux as a "hedging strategy" designed to offset some of the damage Windows 8 was likely to do.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well," said Mr Newell.

"Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space."

The arrival of Windows 8 would be likely to drive some PC makers and others out of the business because it put so much pressure on their sales margins, Mr Newell added.

He said the success of Valve, known for its Half Life, Left4Dead and Portal titles, had been down to the open nature of the PC.

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"We’ve been a free rider, and we’ve been able to benefit from everything that went into PCs and the internet," he told the conference. "And we have to continue to figure out how there will be open platforms."

However, he added, the openness that helped Valve as well as firms such as Google and Zynga could disappear with Windows 8.

"There’s a strong temptation to close the platform," he said, "because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say, ‘That’s really exciting.’"

This is seen by commentators to be a reference to the inclusion of a Windows Store in the Microsoft operating system.

This is a shop through which users will be able to buy apps for their Windows 8 device.

On some versions of Windows 8, it will be the only way to get downloadable software such as games.

Microsoft takes a cut, up to 30%, of every sale made through this store. This could be a significant threat to the massively successful Steam online game store that Valve runs and which gives it a commission on every title sold through the online market. A Windows Store closed to everyone but Microsoft might reduce the range of games available for sale through Steam.

Windows 8’s links with Microsoft’s Xbox Live online game service could also dent the appeal of Steam for many people.

Mr Newell said Valve was preparing for the future in other ways. In particular, he said, it was trying to make tools and services that players could use to make games and gaming more fun for everyone.

"We think the future is very different [from] successes we’ve had in the past," he said.

"When you are playing a game, you are trying to think about creating value for other players, so the line between content player and creator is really fuzzy."

One harbinger of this future was perhaps found, he said, in the success of one Team Fortress player in Kansas who was earning $150,000 (£97,000) a year making virtual hats.

"This isn’t about video games," he said. "It’s about thinking about goods and services in a digital world."

Source: BBC

By | July 26th 15:45, 2012|Categories: DRM, Entertainment, Games, Valve|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

Apple DRM update breaks apps

 

Simple as that: the latest FairPlay* update made several different apps impossible to use.

Also, first help from Apple, “delete, reinstall and it will work fine”, was of no use.

 

Has the problem been tracked down? Solved maybe? I don’t care.

The money I spend always works, never needs a patch or an authentication to be used.

Once again, a DRM does nothing but getting in the way of legit customers.

 

*: FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Inc.

FairPlay? Calling a DRM “FairPlay” is like calling “Sweet Caress of Tenderness” a kick in the nuts. This aside, at least they’ve been honest, calling thing a thing, instead of “ZOMG! Our new thingie is definitely the latest frontier in digital delivery, social networks and technobabble”.

Yes Origin and UPlay, I’m talking to you.

 

 

Source: Guardian

By | July 7th 00:12, 2012|Categories: DRM, News|Tags: , |1 Comment