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09 September 2008 @ 11:01 am
A Broad Spectrum  
So, Spore is finally out, under a less restrictive DRM scheme than was first proposed, but the DRM remains nonetheless. With the PC version, you are allowed three installs of the game. Three. After that, you may call EA, sit on hold for a few hours, and try to beg them for a fourth install, but they'll want to know your life's history before they fork it over. Additionally, the game phones home- i.e., sends request(s) to an EA server to validate whether you're running a legitimate copy- any time you enter online play.

Fifty bucks for three installs? Am I renting the game, or buying it? This aspect is particularly retarded, and I'm far from the first person to say so. Remy and I were interested in getting the game, but not as a rental. Sorry, EA, no dinero for you.

On Fark, the discussion about EA's continued policy of treating customers like morons and criminals led several people to bring up Sins of a Solar Empire, which is apparently a kickass, DRM-free RTS that has sold boatloads of copies, just by following two simple rules of good business: produce a quality product, and treat your customers with respect.

I'm starting to covet SoaSE... probably not covetous enough to shell out for the new Windows box I'd need to play it, though. I'll have to check around and see if anyone's had good luck playing it through WINE.

Hmm. Speaking of, I wouldn't mind playing Heroes of Might and Magic V again. Oh, and VOY: Elite Force.
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(Anonymous) on September 9th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
lol more like elite farce amirite

actually, though, now that you've brought it up I have such a hankering to dig that game out again. back in the day that game blew my goddamn mind. I tried it once at a friend's house in highschool and then wanted a whole new computer just so I could play it more. I nearly paradigm-shifted to all-out PC gamer back then. aw snap.
a stunning paragon of nomenclaturesemperar on September 9th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
AGAIN WITH THE NOT LOGGED-IN GARRR
Miusheri: Data_wtfmiusheri on September 9th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
That's OK! I had a hunch that "Anonymous" was you. ;)

The first Elite Force was great, and probably the only good thing in the universe associated with Star Trek: Voyager (aside from Robert Picardo, of course). I played it for the first time in college, and it kept me totally immersed.

The second Elite Force had equally good voice-acting and better graphics, and is OK for deathmatching, but the single-player storyline/premise was entirely too flimsy, and the missions got ridiculous after a while. I never made it past the part where the Enterprise is boarded by a bunch of crack-shot Luddites who can synch up their beam-in with the Enterprise's shields dropping for a fraction of a second, and who also know what a Federation warp core is, exactly where to find it, and how to sabotage it. You, the Hazard Team grunt, not only have to help a fucking engineer (Barclay) save the warp core, you then have to jump out onto the ship's hull, scrape off a bunch more saboteurs who can kill you with one hit, disable an assload of bombs, then use some goddamn manually operated turret cannon to deflect incoming torpedoes from the Enterprise's hull.

No one, not one person, among the Hazard Team and that huge Enterprise crew can be arsed to back you up through any of this. And yeah, you bet you're timed- on the whole. Fucking. Thing. Even worse, Tuvok (yeah, fucking Tuvok) is more than happy to scold you throughout this process about not progressing fast enough. How about you shut your pie-hole, pick up a gun, and help me, you useless sack of shit?

This seems like the perfect sort of thing for the Angry Video Game Nerd to rant about, if he did PC games.
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy: mst3journalt3knomanser on September 9th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
They may be technologically retarded Luddites, but they're apparently very clever technologically retarded Luddites. With sniper rifles.

And let's be realistic! Something like the Enterprise is basically a large organization. In any large organization, it's the low-ranking grunts that actually do the work.

Security countermeasures? Are you kidding, Ensign? Do you know the last time someone boarded a Starfleet vessel? Do you know how expensive those things are? In the unlikely event we actually get boarded, we'll reallocate manpower from mission critical products to deal with disaster recovery with an eye towards shareholder value, and not a moment sooner!
a stunning paragon of nomenclaturesemperar on September 10th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
bah, all of your whining can be summarized in one sentence;

"I, Minna, never played Deep Space Nine for Sega Genesis before, and don't know what real torment is."

and, for the record, I loved that game, and all two levels of it that I actually beat.

out of, like, ten or so, according to the box. buttfucking cardassians. videogame sisko could jump like a motherfucker, though. climbing like tomb raider all over shit. man, now I need to pull THAT game out of the attic too. word.