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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-05-17 04:38:25
PC games are in an ever-tightening spiral of wanton piracy and draconian copy protection schemes. I find the chronicles of Assassin's Creed 2, in particular, fascinating. Not only does it require online verification, it constantly pings your copy for DRM validation. If your connection goes down, so does the game. Before UbiSoft patched it, it would even reset your progress to the previous checkpoint.
Adding to this hilarity, the authentification servers crashed due to capacity issues for an extended period of time. This was after UbiSoft assured the public that their servers were easily extensible and that capacity would never be an issue. /highfive UbiSoft
The next stage involved irate PC gamers slash hackers slash pirates slash civil disobedients slash assholes who hit the servers with Denial of Service attacks. If they couldn't play it for free, they made damn well sure that nobody could enjoy it. Sure, they cloaked themselves under the moral guise of "legitimate protest", but let's face it, this is something you do simply because you can. (But please don't shut down our modest little site in response to my little rant :)
This conflict between pirates and publishers is approaching a flash point. We may soon see the day that developers are simply instructed to forgo making PC versions of games on an industry-wide basis, particularly for expensive, big budget titles like these. Yay, we all lose! Way to go cheap ass thieves and money grubbing corporations!
In other news, I *finally* finished Final Fantasy XIII. I honestly don't have much time to devote to the website at this point in time, but I am determined to find the discipline to work on it daily moving forward. Expect a review soon.
Now Playing - Borderlands (360)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-05-16 04:47:43
Diplomacy V - Spring 1911
There is no end in sight to the Great War between the Franco-German Confederation and the Austro-Italian Alliance. For the most part, the two opposing forces fought each other to a standstill. Once again, here are three observations about the few actual developments:
1) The German decision to take Warsaw has indeed borne out to be folly. All it amounted to was granting security to the Austro-Italian rearguard. The freed units have all rushed to the primary front, establishing a near impenetrable main line of resistance.
2) Germany further compounded this error by not utilizing the scant amount of tempo gained by the push to also seize Moscow this turn, which would have eliminated the last remaining Russian unit. In fact, in response to the aggression, Russia has reversed stance and sided with the Austro-Italians (at least for the now). Worse still for Germany, his regiment in Vienna was utterly crushed, with no gains anywhere else. The German crowbar has slipped and lost its fulcrum.
3) France managed to shove Italy out of the Tyrrhenian Sea, but by failing to slide in behind the lead fleet, he left a vacuum in the Western Mediterranean. Barring Austro-Italian incompetence, this gain (like the German presence in Vienna) will be but a temporary one. France needed a decisive breakthrough before the Austrian navy could change course and fully commit, but now it's in position to withstand the brunt of French naval aggression.
In short, the Franco-Germans had a minor, but critical edge in turn advantage, and expended it to no profit. I can't stress enough that this was due primarily to Germany's conquest of Warsaw; I STRONGLY feel that he should have Zugzwanged that particular move. Now the Austro-Italians have been afforded the opportunity to consolidate their forces and fortify their position.
This game is never going to end.