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DirtyHarry50

Member Since 09 Mar 2015
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Infinity Engine Games Bundle

15 May 2018 - 05:18 AM

I was checking to see if Icewind Dale is a universal app and found that it is when I noticed a bundle of all the games now exists which includes the recently released Siege of Dragonspear for iOS. Then I noticed the option to complete my bundle at no cost! I owned them all save for the Dragonspear title. So, now I own that too!

So, just a heads up for anyone with some or most of these games that you might want to check out the bundle and see whatever price it shows you depending on what you already own.

Lastly, one of the games is really cheap now, for how long I don’t know. I think one of the Baldur’s Gate Games is only two bucks maybe? Well worth looking into this right now if you like these or think you would.

Happy New Year!

31 December 2017 - 07:51 PM

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all enjoy a wonderful new year!

Civ VI released for iPads!

21 December 2017 - 10:31 AM

Just released today I believe. 60 turns free and then you can buy it if desired. Not sure on price. Expansion content not included. No word on whether it may come in future that I saw.

In other Aspyr news, I just happened to notice Jade Empire on iOS is only 99 cents! Insta-buy! No idea how long that offer will last.

And Now For Something You'll Really Like!

03 December 2017 - 10:19 PM

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.

http://www.technolog...8/errormessage/

Enjoy!

Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

29 November 2017 - 09:43 PM

Well, well, well, what have we here?

https://arstechnica....h-in-destiny-2/

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.