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In Topic: Feral's upcoming project?

Today, 03:49 AM

View Postjos, on 21 September 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

I'm on my phone now, so it's a bit difficult to see, but to me these birds look like Arctic Terns. Then "aurora" would refer to "aurora borealis" (the Northern lights). This could all hint to Scandinavia.

Maybe it means they're porting this FPS that's being developed and takes place in Sweden. I forgot its name, but it's an FPS in an alternative 1980s with mechs walking around.
I guess you mean Avalanche Studios' Generation Zero. That would be a bit premature, as that game doesn't even have a release date.

But we all know of course that the "Borealis" is the ill-fated research vessel from Aperture Science. The same stock photo of the birds is also on the cover of a book called "Anatomy of Failure".


Half-Life 3 confirmed.

In Topic: The Secret History of Mac Gaming

31 August 2018 - 02:20 PM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 31 August 2018 - 12:01 AM, said:

Short of the 'share' part, which is moot since it is available for everyone anyone with a few clicks, current Apps that you download for free and then unlock using an in-app purchase works the exact same way. So Shareware is kind of back.

View PostMatt Diamond, on 31 August 2018 - 12:30 PM, said:


One thing all of these variations all had in common was that the developer was selling the software directly. The publisher and/or distributor was a middleman who was being cut out. Maybe that wasn't an official part of the definition of shareware but I think it was strongly implied. Since Steam, App Store, Windows Store etc are taking a slice of the profits in exchange for distributing the software, I don't think it can be considered shareware any more. But I agree with you that its all related.
I think the current model is rather "trialware" than actually "shareware". One important part about shareware was always, well, the sharing, i.e. the possibility of simply copying the unregistered software and spreading it to anyone who wanted it. That simply does no longer work with the trial versions from the App Store or Steam.


Even back in the day there were arguments about how to define shareware. Purists only used the termif the software was given away completely-- no unlocking of features ("demoware", "crippleware"), no artificial delays or intrusive popups reminding users to pay ("nagware").
I don't think I have ever seen completely free software labeled as "shareware". This would have been "freeware". "Shareware" always implied that you have to cough up some cash to fully unlock it. At least in the circles I frequented.

In Topic: Feral's upcoming project?

31 August 2018 - 07:35 AM

View Postmattw, on 30 August 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

Wonder why we do not seem to be getting F1 2018 after last years PC launch day Mac release and a Linux version not much latter.  Hope it isn't a sign of less interest from Codemasters or issues with graphics features etc.
With all the plates they have spinning at the moment I could imagine that they don't have the resources for an immediate port of F1 2018.

In Topic: Feral's upcoming project?

25 August 2018 - 03:28 PM

View PostMr Pink, on 25 August 2018 - 02:17 AM, said:

New Mac & Linux project on the Feral Radar.

Working With Fire and Steel.

The line is probably about the title of this album and/or this song by China Crisis from '83.
The allusion to China first made me think of Total War: Three Kingdoms, but that game won't be released before the first quarter of 2019 even for Windows. So that's probably too early to tease the Mac version already.

In Topic: More Diablo stuff inc.

15 August 2018 - 01:55 PM

You can check off that Switch version.