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#447526 Looking for fun kids' racing game playable on new Macbook Pro for Xmas

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on Today, 12:43 PM in Mac Racing & Sports

Ah, the joys of being a simple serf! I feel so blameless. It's wonderful!

#447525 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on Today, 12:38 PM in General

All the love Rome Total War for iOS got but seeing GRID on an iPad looking so incredibly good runs a close second.

#447503 Feral's upcoming project?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 08 December 2017 - 09:58 PM in General

Cry me a river all the way to Ubuntu... :P

#447498 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 08 December 2017 - 12:20 AM in Off-Topic

View PostTetsuya, on 07 December 2017 - 02:07 AM, said:


Well, in reference to the most recent Blizzcon the official word was this: "The future has a lot to hold for the world of Sanctuary, but in the meantime, drop by and hang out with us at BlizzCon!

That could mean a lot of things but I'd say we may see the Amazon and Druid classes people would like and who knows what else? I don't but apparently they have some plans unless they are lying. I don't think they are lying myself.

That quote comes from Blizzard here: https://us.battle.ne...2017-10-19-2017

At any rate, my point was simply that D3 isn't just a loss leader they only keep running to promote traffic on the Battle.net app.

Here's further indication there are plans for D3:


where they say this:

The Diablo 3 2.6.1 update is "on the horizon," and beyond that, "we're hard at work on the future of Diablo and exploring what's next for the franchise," Nevalistis continued. "Please be patient. Our passion for Sanctuary burns as bright as the High Heavens and as hot as the Burning Hells—and we’re excited to hunker down and get working!"

The article is dated: September 28, 2017

I have a funny feeling all that stuff is going to result in some money changing hands down the road. Then again, I am too lazy to educate myself about such things in a lot of detail because I don't regard doing that as a good use of my valuable time. :)

#447464 And Now For Something You'll Really Like!

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 06 December 2017 - 06:29 AM in Off-Topic

View PostMatt Diamond, on 04 December 2017 - 05:29 PM, said:

That was fun.

A fun fact about the BSoD that the article didn't mention was that when OS X displays an icon for a Windows disk, if you look closely you can see the PC has the blue screen of death on it.

I haven't tried it lately but it was true as recently as 2014.

That's awesome. :)

#447462 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 05 December 2017 - 11:05 PM in Off-Topic

View PostTetsuya, on 04 December 2017 - 08:53 PM, said:

Keeping Diablo 3 running is supported by the rest of their cash-cow stable.  If it keeps you opening up the Battle.net app, which might lead to you playing any of their other games... its worth it for them.

You really believe that Diablo III is a loss leader that simply bleeds money and makes none? You think nobody buys the game anymore? The expansion didn't sell? Another one will never happen? Maybe you could explain the recent $15. Necromancer that I'm sure has sold like hotcakes across multiple platforms and which I bought myself. Also, Activision is calling the plays ultimately now and they are not in the habit of giving away anything. In short, Diablo III makes money and no doubt more money making is planned or Diablo III would not exist because no matter what Blizzard might want, Activision is calling the plays now. When I see Destiny using Battle.net and being wedged in with Blizzard's titles I am inclined to think Battle.net is an asset at Activision's disposal even without reading a bunch of stuff I don't care about related to all of that. If Battle.net is at Activision's disposal, it follows that everything Blizzard is as well so far as top management is concerned.

Diablo III is just another example of a popular game many people like that is sustained by that and nothing else. Need more money? Give them a new class they want, some virtual toys to go with them and watch the profits come rolling in 15 bucks at a time over a huge number of players.

Edit: cut out the EQ and John Smedley story. I'll save that for another time but it is related to this discussion.

#447425 And Now For Something You'll Really Like!

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 03 December 2017 - 10:19 PM in Off-Topic

I forget how I came upon this now old article (2008) but it remains a wonderful history of computing irritations and even disasters. The article is called, "The Thirteen Greatest Error Messages of All Time." My personal favorite is the Unix error: lp0 on fire. I'd like to get a t-shirt with that and see if I ever come upon someone who knows what that means or where it is from. If I don't forget, I want to try and elicit that error here and screen shot it for fun. I always did like playing with fire. True story!

Here's the article and at the end thanks to user feedback at the time, there is a link to another 13 classics I guess. I didn't look at that yet but it's probably humorous as well.



#447424 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for macOS now in final stages of development

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 03 December 2017 - 08:38 PM in Mac Action & Shooters

View Postmarksatt, on 03 December 2017 - 06:40 PM, said:

So in the short and maybe medium term we need faster AMD GPUs, a real Mac Pro & more eGPU users!

That was, as usual, really great and informative stuff leading up to your concluding remark which I'd argue was on topic all things considered. All of that is related to the release and the questions and sometimes mistaken assumptions people have made about what drives outcomes for this stuff. I love reading your posts because I almost always learn something new and interesting. I gain a better understanding of why things are as they are at a level of detail I genuinely appreciate. I can't imagine Ellie or anyone at Feral minding your added and relevant comments. I posted, "Go Feral!" earlier and while this is off-topic (I am so bad for this), the hell with everything: Go Epic! :)

#447422 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 03 December 2017 - 07:30 PM in Off-Topic

View PostJanichsan, on 03 December 2017 - 02:18 PM, said:

Popularity is what keeping them alive and supported, and what drives the still existing sales of these in part decades old games. Not a massive number of expansions, not DLC, and certainly not microtransactions.

On the other hand, microtransaction and DLC haven't saved a single game that wasn't popular "enough" (which seems to be mostly depending on the distributors expectations).

Bingo. I completely agree with this in particular along with your other points regarding servers cost, etc.

View PostSpike, on 03 December 2017 - 07:02 PM, said:

Obviously the main reason for game shut down is unpopularity. Let me put this another way. Assume there are two games that are exactly identical and so have same popularity - one with and one does not have microtransactions. The one with microtransactions would be more likely to receive updates for a longer time.

Your example above misses the point that if both games faded in popularity, the game with micro-transactions would see its revenue dry up and be no better off than the game without them because once the audience dies off so does the money. So most of the time it isn't going to make any difference. This brings us back to the idea that games ought to sink or swim based on their quality and appeal, nothing more and nothing less. If they don't meet that criteria, too bad then. Make something better, something worth consumers money and time.

#447400 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 01 December 2017 - 03:39 PM in Off-Topic

I don't mind paying for quality entertainment. I just want to be treated fairly and not have the quality of said entertainment compromised by the insertion of systems into a game or alterations to a game put in purely to extract more money from me. I consider that to be disingenuous to put it mildly.

Does poor, struggling EA for example need loot boxes in SWBF2 to feed the staff's hungry children? Fine then. I am not a bad guy. Tell us how much is needed to make that game profitable, to make it worth publishing. Be honest. Be transparent. Do you want $150. for it? Okay. Put it out there for that then in unadulterated form. See how that flies. And here you have the reason for all the BS being discussed here. That won't fly so deceit becomes the way for those lacking in character. That's just the way it is.

By the way, if you watch the Angry Joe review of SWBF2 he quotes some rather astonishing numbers about how much money it would take someone to buy everything on offer and save themselves astronomical hours of grind. Somebody totaled it all up at over two grand I think it was. I can see why EA probably does not want to offer it for two grand outright. It is much better to suck in people who are mentally vulnerable to stuff like this and will actually spend ridiculous amounts of money because they just have to have the stuff. That is deliberate. That is predatory. That is wrong.

#447399 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 01 December 2017 - 03:30 PM in Off-Topic

View PostSpike, on 01 December 2017 - 02:53 PM, said:

I like micro transactions when its clear what they are for as it gives developers much needed money to support and update games.

Does this mean you like micro-transactions all of the time, because I cannot think of an instance where it is not crystal clear what they are for? Also, do you believe that EA and Activision as the two major culprits brought up here with the examples of SWBF2 and Destiny 2 desperately need more money to support and update AAA games that sell for $60. a pop and generally are followed up with expansions? Do these major companies really need to for example, gate progress to extract more money from players willing to pay to remove that suckage from the game they already paid full AAA price for?

I can think of a multitude of charities more deserving of my support than EA and Activision but to each their own of course.

#447397 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 01 December 2017 - 02:53 PM in Off-Topic

View PostMatt Diamond, on 01 December 2017 - 02:06 PM, said:

In case it wasn't clear, I'm not saying micro-transactions are good, but they do try to solve a real problem.

I'm not sure I understand what real problem micro-transactions are needed to solve aside of making more money than would otherwise be the case which is ultimately the fundamental issue here. Any game worth its salt does not need micro-transactions to sustain it financially. A look back at the history of the gaming industry proves that easily enough. I personally feel that games should sink or swim on the merits of their appeal and quality and nothing else. If you have to basically trick people into paying more and more later, I don't think what you are selling is good enough because if it was there would be no need for such shenanigans to begin with.

One could argue but then many games would disappear and many companies go under. I would agree that is true and further I would suggest that to be a good thing not a bad one.

#447394 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for macOS now in final stages of development

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 01 December 2017 - 02:03 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

View Postipickert55, on 30 November 2017 - 06:24 PM, said:

You're probably right, I was talking out of my ass :)

That's what that was. I thought I heard ducks quackin'.

#447393 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 01 December 2017 - 01:56 AM in Off-Topic

What I have a problem with is game design being affected by money aside of the obvious need to create a product that will sell on the basis of its quality and appeal. The games suffer for this. Games that could and should be much better than they are, are not because top management dictates money extraction must be a core component of the game's design. I think that is wrong, plain and simple.

You know what is probably the worst thing about all of this? Gamers are paying for the work done to screw them. A lot of people spend a lot of time calculating how to hit management goals for revenue based on known and projected information, etc. What to sell and at what prices has to be figured out. How to make people want to buy the stuff has to be figured out and implemented such as carefully tuned grind as just one example. Systems to measure consumer response to various items, changes, etc. have to be created. A lot of data needs to be analyzed as a part of this process from start to finish. This new way of making money costs money to implement and consumers pay for it.

I'm glad there are lots of really great games that don't do this stuff. I'd rather play those and give my money to the people who make them.

#447378 Game Updates for iOS 11

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 29 November 2017 - 11:28 PM in iPhone/iTouch/iPad Gaming

Civilization Revolution 2 has been updated for iOS 11.

#447377 Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 29 November 2017 - 09:43 PM in Off-Topic

Well, well, well, what have we here?


The only surprise to me is no hint about any role Activision may have in this stuff. I don't know how all of that is structured but I actually hope they are to blame rather than Bungie.

The above issue points out very clearly the biggest problem with micro-transactions in games which is that game design is deliberately and directly impacted by them with the obvious goal of extracting more money from players. The trick is to be subtle enough in this deceit so as to promote some feeling they are optional and therefore grind is okay while still causing a large number of players to part with more money, sometimes lots of it, to spare themselves the grind which is carefully tuned to maximize overall profits. XP tuning in a game like this is not driven by concerns for the player experience beyond being careful not to lose the cheapskate fodder needed to keep the servers busy for the premium customers to enjoy.

Micro-transactions are poison and have no redeeming value, none whatsoever including cosmetics.

This strikes me as being something like art that must first be designed to maximize profit and then whatever art can still survive this process is what winds up being available to the public. If you come to the museum enough times on double XP weekends, you can see Mona Lisa's eyes sooner! Otherwise, if you don't want to wait we have Mona Loot Boxes you can buy for a random chance to get one or maybe even both eyeballs revealed. Check the in-museum store for specials on cosmetics such as a wide array of eye colors, costumes, hair styles, hats, an EPIC bloody dagger complete with the otherwise unavailable big smile mod, a mount for Mona and more! Personally, I think Mona without eyes is fine. I mean, they are optional. Nobody is making me buy them and it isn't like she needs them. I could level up over a ridiculous number of museum visits and get to see them anyway so I am cool with that. I might buy the optional sunglasses though early on where they are cheap. The empty eye sockets are kinda creepy and while I liked it the first time, it gets old after a while. I swear they did this just so I'd buy the eyes but I refuse to do it. Besides, I don't know a damned thing about art anyway so whatever. For all I know, Mona never had eyes to begin with but they stuck some in when they designed her so they could yank them back out and then sell chances to get them back in loot boxes that take forever to get unless you basically move into the museum and never go home again.

I miss the days when you could just buy a nice print of "American Gothic" and not have to shell out extra just to get the damned pitchfork too. Yeah, yeah, I know the stupid thing is optional but I want it.

Oops, could some power mod please fix my title spelling for me. I am too stupid to spell Destiny right the first time.

#447376 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for macOS now in final stages of development

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 29 November 2017 - 08:55 PM in Mac Action & Shooters

Go Feral!

#447359 Recommened me a card game site for my new device!

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 28 November 2017 - 04:51 PM in iPhone/iTouch/iPad Gaming

The plot thickens!!!

I love coming here. Every time it's a new adventure I tell you, just fabulous! I can't get enough.

#447356 Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 28 November 2017 - 10:40 AM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

View Postnick68k, on 26 November 2017 - 09:07 AM, said:

Completely MIA from what I understand. That said, GoG sell a wrapped version of IWD2 for the Mac that works without issue. It's not an EE, but hey.

Yeah, I own the GOG version. I wonder if they ever got around to wrapping it up for Linux. I'm sure I can do that myself though if need be. Since I am well behind in the games I want to play, I'm content to wait and hope on this one but if it never happens I'll get to it one way or another assuming I live long enough.

Just checked. I don't think GOG's in any hurry to do it up for Linux. If I do, maybe I'll send it to them. Maybe... you know what they say about the best laid plans.

#447353 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ – Announcement trailer

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 28 November 2017 - 03:20 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

View Postipickert55, on 27 November 2017 - 01:10 PM, said:

My parents love me and I love them. Top that suckers.

Who says we don't love them? I was afraid of my ex-wife too but I still loved her. I wonder if there is some hidden meaning to this pattern in my life of fear/love relationships or is it love/fear? I think I need counseling...

After writing the above it dawned on me that this thread is probably about some computer game isn't it? In all this excitement, I forget now.

#447332 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ – Announcement trailer

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 25 November 2017 - 04:47 PM in Mac Action & Shooters

View Postmacdude22, on 22 November 2017 - 11:18 AM, said:

Pick up the phone and call someone. Are you from the past? *ring ring* Yes gov'na, I'd like to place a party line call to jan #7 down the road.

I'm old dammit! I hate texting, email, television remotes and most people! How about that? lol

View Postipickert55, on 22 November 2017 - 08:05 PM, said:

Team Snowflake vs Team Business Major

Bring it motherfraker

Yeah! Tell it like it is man! Snowflakes ftw!!!

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 24 November 2017 - 05:39 PM, said:

It's been two days now and still there's no blood on the floor.  Back in the old corps it would have been all over the ceiling and walls.  I blame lenient parents.  Made ya all soft.  My dad would punch me in the mouth to wake me up in the morning then mom would take a belt to me for bleeding on the sheets.</R. Lee Ermey

My father being a marine himself, there was no shortage of character building as he liked to call it when I was a kid! I am still afraid of him and even more afraid of my mother.

#447331 Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 25 November 2017 - 04:25 PM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

Wonderful news! I'm glad both macOS and Linux are supported as well.

I still hope they can manage to locate the source code for Icewind Dale 2 but that isn't looking too good.

#447301 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ – Announcement trailer

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 21 November 2017 - 07:54 PM in Mac Action & Shooters

View Post9secondko, on 18 November 2017 - 04:23 AM, said:

...So being a grown up with a computer and an internet subscription, I then emailed them. Nothing.

When you grow up some more, you might try picking up your phone and calling for the information you want rather than whining on a forum about how whining on a forum didn't work out for you along with the other ineffective ways you approached your trivial problem.

You do realize that basically you've been tantruming about a game, a toy if you will, right?

#447290 Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 20 November 2017 - 03:41 PM in General

I have somehow wound up here:

Playstation 4
XBox One S
iPad Pro 9.7"
iPhone SE
PC Notebook with a blazing dual core Celeron 2.16 (Turbo Boosts to 2.4!), Intel HD GPU equally as powerful as the CPU - maybe even more and a whopping 4 gigs of low speed RAM but not really thanks to the amazing onboard GPU's lack of it. This bad boy runs the operating system for real men and women who are not afraid of a blinking terminal prompt. That's right, Linux. It's the challenging OS for those who live for the opportunity to engage with it. Linux brings new hope and salvation to systems like this. Naturally, I do most of my gaming in Linux.

#447230 Free FSB Rally - Los Angles

Posted by DirtyHarry50 on 14 November 2017 - 11:25 PM in Off-Topic

No Rolling Stones performing, "Start Me Up?"

So lame it's a shame. You could have at least outfitted the choir with propeller hats but no!