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    Thaldor got a reaction from dogwitch in Chinese Steam Explained   
    This really isn't anything unexpected, after all every global company will face up with the question of either locking themselves out of 15-20% of global economy or getting on with it. That market is actually kind of big key to stay big today, like if Valve wouldn't have done this but done what some consumers would like them to do, some other company would really happily take that market spot from Valve and wouldn't give two cents about what US and EU consumers think about them (as these big companies usually would give two cents about the consumers, not including when brown stuff hits fan for reason or other and some PR is needed to be done, generally they couldn't give a flying duck what consumer thinks about them as long as they consume).
     
    Completely same thing as with EU making privacy strongholds and and really pressuring corporations about privacy issues and consumer rights, as US doing what US generally does, gives freedoms to corporations to do as they wish as long as some things happen in the background (*cough cough* NSA *cough cough*) and Australia doing what Australia does. Just different market areas, different reasons and different cases.
    No sane company is going to leave EU or Australia or China because they start to demand something the company doesn't want to do or it means they can't make as much profits. Just because we talk about huge sums of money and huge pieces of pie called marketshare. If China was same level country as Russia or India (I don't have any ill will, it's just as I see things) where there is possibility for huge amounts of customers but they don't have much money that they are willing to spent on stupid things, probably no one would give two cents about it, just like no one gives two cents about North-Korea and their censorship. But China has managed to economically grow and people are just mad whales, like really, you think some P2W mobile game that shines in stores with a lot of downloads and seems to have crazy amounts of money to do marketing is getting those amounts from just US, EU, Russia and rest of the world population (excluding China)? Nah, no way, generally we are smart spenders, our camels back breaks quite soon when you take China into account, like seriously sinking €£$1000/month to a single game sounds crazy to us, with Chinese whales (that are numerous) you can put one extra zero to that number... At least one, it's just insane playerbase and how much they are willing to spent. If their other consuming behavior is same kind of insanity, yeah... We bitch about games costing £$€60 and scream "madness" if someone tries to take $£€70 for their game and in China you probably could do same level of profits with £$€150 games and globally, no one would care because we don't hear Chinese bitching about things.
     
    Yeah, people can get mad to you about doing it but luckily modern people are sheep enough to forget about it in week or two and move on to next thing, but you would be completely stupid not to at least try to please Ping Pong and his government in hopes to get your foot between that door.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Bombastinator in Warner Bros patents a game system that isn't all that unique, threatening game-industry creativity   
    Really nothing new here, more or less welcome to the old world video games. Board games and PnP games have been patented a long time and many do the same as in any other industry, just change it a little and get a new patent. Mostly it started because board games weren't seen as "creations of creativity" and so given copyright protection.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Mitko_DSV in what is worse for the environment? consumerism or using older stuff...   
    This is really interesting question and the answer is, it's complicated. So many variables from energy that went to make a thing (including getting the raw materials and what they are) to how and how long it is used and anyone of those can throw the needle anyway possible. I really liked Kurzgesagt video where they kind of evaded this topic by comparing plastic bags and cotton bags:
     
    (IIRC) it takes so little energy and creates so little CO2 emissions to make a plastic bag that you need to use a cotton bag over 7,000 times for its making to have lower impact on the environment. And that is if you use the plastic bag only once, use it as a trash bag and things are even more different because with the cotton bag, you need to buy trash bags separately. So while yes, plastic bags are bad for the environment because they are plastic, the competition isn't that much better (at least yet).
     
    This can be stretched to anything. Like if you were to buy the PSU that isn't as efficient than some other but the other one is more complex to build because it is more efficient, you end up into this situation where you can consider is the less efficient actually better in your use if it uses less resources and energy to be made and that can be much closer than you can imagine because the better PSUs start to have some intelligence build into them and that means using more resources to build them and more "expensive" raw materials. The 80+ platinum might be worse for the environment than the 80+ silver if it is used so little it cannot even cover the difference that comes from making it.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Mark Kaine in what is worse for the environment? consumerism or using older stuff...   
    This is really interesting question and the answer is, it's complicated. So many variables from energy that went to make a thing (including getting the raw materials and what they are) to how and how long it is used and anyone of those can throw the needle anyway possible. I really liked Kurzgesagt video where they kind of evaded this topic by comparing plastic bags and cotton bags:
     
    (IIRC) it takes so little energy and creates so little CO2 emissions to make a plastic bag that you need to use a cotton bag over 7,000 times for its making to have lower impact on the environment. And that is if you use the plastic bag only once, use it as a trash bag and things are even more different because with the cotton bag, you need to buy trash bags separately. So while yes, plastic bags are bad for the environment because they are plastic, the competition isn't that much better (at least yet).
     
    This can be stretched to anything. Like if you were to buy the PSU that isn't as efficient than some other but the other one is more complex to build because it is more efficient, you end up into this situation where you can consider is the less efficient actually better in your use if it uses less resources and energy to be made and that can be much closer than you can imagine because the better PSUs start to have some intelligence build into them and that means using more resources to build them and more "expensive" raw materials. The 80+ platinum might be worse for the environment than the 80+ silver if it is used so little it cannot even cover the difference that comes from making it.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Sakkura in EU "Right to Repair" legislation to go into force from March   
    IIRC this is meant to be same kind of thing as EU energy label stickers with grading from D (worst) to A++++ (god-like) which tell the consumer how good the product is on that meter. Companies can make D-grade garbage and cut the costs to the minimum but good luck getting sales when even stores don't want to stock D-grade garbage because that sticker looks ugly when the next product has A. Those are also completely made by the manufacturers as in there isn't any extra costs evaluating their product if they can do it in-house and basicly they can just slap that sticker in and everything is ok (you can even print your own stickers with EU provided sticker maker), but there is random tests done by all customs officials and national quality assurance officials in every EU country and if you lied on the sticker, you will be in the next chapter of "how EU fines companies" series (quick summary: 10-50% of the revenue, nope, not the profits because those can be played around, the revenue, so even bigger companies really feel EU fines).
    So, if company's product fulfills all the mentioned things to be really customer serviceable and repairable, it can slap that A-grade sticker to it and to the shelf it goes. But if the product doesn't fulfill all the things they can slap some lower grade sticker and to the shelf it goes.
     
    And there's so much innovation that companies change screws to much more better and more developed ones every century.
    In information technology things really go like a rocket forward but everywhere else, not that fast. Your coffeemaker is most likely extremely similar to the one from couple decades ago, Moccamaster and it probably is identical to the one from the 70's with very few modifications, biggest difference is probably that added clock that costs "100+something" in the coffeemaker and does "so innovative things" like has a timer switch that costed 10 cents to develop and add to the design. Mostly "the big changes" are stuff like added one plastic peg and moved others so the new parts can't fit the old machine and the customer cannot just go and scavenge that drip-lock from older/newer model but needs to either pay a ton to get replacement or just buy a whole new machine (from which still the comany makes profits even if it's a lot cheaper than the replacement part). Even worse if we talk about even more mundane things like fridge handles, like does every fridge need "innovative and modern" new handle made especially for that single model that is just one out of tens yearly released by the same company? Or would it actually be a lot smarter to make one handle extremely well and use it through all of the companys fridges through several years (it's not very likely someone comes out with so new and fabulous innovations concerning handles that you would need to have a new one in every model).
    And yeah, engines, pumps and so on and on do develop over time but even then we talk years of using around the same pump with minimal changes (mostly enough that it doesn't fit the old machine -minimal). Not to even go to buttons and other small bits and pieces that have remained unchanged decades because there really isn't any reason to try to change them. Like seriously, the reason why the brand new coffee maker costs less than the replacement pot, is because the company is being a cheap piece of shit and it really don't want you to replace that pot but buy a new one because then they don't have to have any kind of repair/replacement infrastructure and especially, they don't want you to go and dig around from some garbage pile newer or older used pot.
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    Thaldor reacted to TetraSky in Nintendo silently removes 250 DSi games from purchase on DSi and 3DS   
    Considering Nintendo pulls this kind of crap all the time, probably not.
    From time limited games(Mario 35), to outright pulling the plug on the servers (Wii and DS for example).
    Imagine being a developer for Mario 35, working on it for months and being told the game is only going to be up and running for a while and then it's over. Can't even archive it to play offline with friends or anything.
     
    Wouldn't be surprised if they are doing this in preparation to shut down the servers entirely.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Video Beagle in Okay Mark… the Quest 2 is a GREAT value…   
    2, 3 and 5) Yes, you can use Quest 2 as a PCVR headset with cable and you can use Steam games mostly without problems (give it the few times in year when Facebook updates something just to get grey hairs for Valve to keep supporting Facebook HMDs. Although I would be skeptical how long this will continue since Facebook has kind of confirmed that they will be ending the support for Oculus Dash (software for Rift headsets) that is used to link Quest HMDs to SteamVR and, at least what I know, there isn't anything similar in the Quest except the Virtual Desktop which is kind of bypass of a bypass, so it's kind of good question what happens when Dash is cancelled (it has been confirmed the Rift S is the last Rift Facebook is going to make) and will there be something to replace it.
     
    4) For good grade passive 3 meters, for poor grade less, to get longer go for active cable (up to 10 meters). Basicly any cable works, it's just that while the 20-50$€£ cable can get you to the 3 meters or even 4 the 1$€£ cable most likely will get you to 0.5 meters because signal errors.
     
    For glasses) Far distance prescription. While the displays are close to your eyes, the lenses make your eyes to focus for far distance and with reading glasses you are on your way to a lot of headaches. I don't remember how well Quests and glasses go but you might enjoy VR better if you bought prescription lenses for your HMD (VR Optician at least sells add-on lenses which don't require you to take your HMD apart for installation).
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    Thaldor got a reaction from SpaceGhostC2C in Lootbox Lawsuit against EA   
    This, so many times.
     
    Remember the time when even DLCs were something unknown and all we knew was expansions? You know, the time far before subscription based "pay to play" games with still 60$ price tags, 0-day 10$ DLCs, tons of microtransactions, pay to win mechanics and lootboxes. But did you know, game companies made a shit ton of money even then? What are we kidding, EA, Ubisoft, Activision, Bethesda and many others were born and grown then, without all that modern shit with even more development time and costs because you couldn't ship shit grade crap and patch it later.
     
    And now the poor, starving, little companies cannot survive without their heart-lung-machine like lootboxes. They would wither and die from loosing so much profits and they couldn't do what they do without using the old good book called "How to make casino as addictive as cocaine". If they cannot survive without them, they don't deserve to survive anyway (miraculously they aren't dead yet, 50% and even a lot over of the whole development budget to market games, like holy shit, do you even need to market something like GTA VI or NHL21? Even total incopetence or someone is inflating numbers and a lot to steal money).
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    Thaldor reacted to Master Disaster in Lootbox Lawsuit against EA   
    If lootboxes were restricted the games wouldn't be banned though, only the lootboxes would.
     
    EA would have to either remove them from the game entirely or restrict them to whatever age local law dictates.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Mihle in EU governments plan to ban secure encryption   
    Even draft is kind of overshot with this one.
     
    People are jumping into new heights over a paper that is basicly a revised summary of things talked about in an informal video conference between justice and home ministers of (some) EU countries which will be presented (if no one is against it) to the standing committee of internal security which then can decide do they want to do something with it, like present it to the committee of permanent representatives which then could prep it and present it to the actual EU Council for starting the work to make it a directive.
     
    Basicly some people talk about this and decided this was nice wording for an idea and it will be presented to a expert committee which then will talk about it and make their adjustments and whatever before deciding do they want to take it forward to more politically centered expert committee which will then do the same except if they decide to take it further, then it would be actually something that might become something seriously taken if the majority of the Council is for it.
     
    So, yeah... This is very serious matter since EU will be banning encrypting this decade or the next because some people in video chat talked about it and someone decided it was a good thing to make it a bit more official.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from CarlBar in EU governments plan to ban secure encryption   
    Even draft is kind of overshot with this one.
     
    People are jumping into new heights over a paper that is basicly a revised summary of things talked about in an informal video conference between justice and home ministers of (some) EU countries which will be presented (if no one is against it) to the standing committee of internal security which then can decide do they want to do something with it, like present it to the committee of permanent representatives which then could prep it and present it to the actual EU Council for starting the work to make it a directive.
     
    Basicly some people talk about this and decided this was nice wording for an idea and it will be presented to a expert committee which then will talk about it and make their adjustments and whatever before deciding do they want to take it forward to more politically centered expert committee which will then do the same except if they decide to take it further, then it would be actually something that might become something seriously taken if the majority of the Council is for it.
     
    So, yeah... This is very serious matter since EU will be banning encrypting this decade or the next because some people in video chat talked about it and someone decided it was a good thing to make it a bit more official.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from SpaceGhostC2C in Movie Company Sues Pirates Who Used an Anonymous VPN (PIA)   
    So many concentrate on the whether or not VPN is even useful with torrents...
     
    Most likely, when they are going after single users and not actual seeders or leakers, they are copyright trolls working under the same old Maverick Eye, Prendan Law, Patrick Achache and whatever scheme (at least in EU). This means they are not going to go anywhere more demanding than getting IPs from the node and checking only small part of them through downloading few kB's worth of data from a IP. Going through securitycam videos and access logs and asking Facebook/Google for their tracking datas? Fuck no, that would be too much work. All they want is fast and easy cash, get IP-address, get court to order ISP to give the person behind that IP, send them a very aggressive and demanding letter and hope they are dumb enough to right out pay.
     
    They are pretty much dying out because demanding 100 - 10 000 IP addresses in a single demand is kind of translucent when the actual sues against these "pirates" through whole EU is in tens and probably every judge and lawyer who is a little bit less in the pockets of copyright holders know exactly what is going on. They could try to go against VPNs if they had logs to give just because that would be a very huge bank vault for them, but going with actually more demanding tracking and stuff, no way, that would cost them too much in time and resources, because all they want is the fast cash and the least courts as possible for that cash.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from LAwLz in Stadia Creative Director Triggers Uproar on Twitter   
    Doesn't really work like that. They are under copyright laws which do give the rights holders rights to limit their products public viewing, reproduction and use in general. It doesn't matter how they are classified and whatever, streaming is publicly broadcasting their content and if they wanted to be stupid and go after that, they have all legal rights to do it. Just that they take the interactive away doesn't change the copyright, just as making a movie or a game from a book or just reading the book aloud doesn't change that without license/rights from the author, you are committing copyright infringement.
     
    Legally, yes they are. No matter how people try to turn it, they have the rights to restrict their contents public viewing. Would it be stupid? Yes. Do they do it? No. But they can say that you need a streaming license to stream their game if they so decide, where we get to...
     
    Something being "transformative" doesn't make it directly okay and fine. As Linus said in the WANshow, even the so great, masterful and superior "Fair Use" (aka. "stupid law" that was made because the original copyright law in US was so huge piece of shit that it didn't include cases where using someones content without permission would be fine and Crayon heads didn't have the skills to add those to the actual law so they doodled another one and managed to make it also so hard to understand that people still think it's a "jail free" card) is only a collection of arguments which you can use to say that you have the rights to use that content without permission for free. That means, if something is just "transformative" it doesn't fall under "Fair Use" anywhere, it would also need to include the ones own input, the use must be as minimal as possible, it must be in good faith and it must be needed. E.g. You can use scenes from Titanic movie, game, book, TV-series and whatever else in your presentation about Titanic, you can also collect scenes from them and mix them up into a video about "the luxury of Titanic" where you want to show how luxurious the Titanic was, but you can't just stream the whole Titanic movie and talk over it about how to grow apples in Mars.
    If you think about the game streaming and playthrough videos, they are very close to not being even "fair use", the use of someone elses content is huge in them and the personal input to them is often off-topic and that someone elses content is the focal thing (as in the main thing isn't streamers input to the stream or players input to the video, but the game; As in if you watch some let's play -video is your focus on Markiplier/PewDiePie/Ninja/DrDisrespect "show" or in the game they are playing? If the main focus is on the game and the main content of the stream/video is the game, then the focal thing in that is someone elses content).
     
    Also that you make a movie out of book or make a game out of TV series or video out of game isn't transformative in the sense it is meant in the law. If you were to make a parody out of a movie/book/game, that would be transformative, not that you changed its medium.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from LAwLz in Stadia Creative Director Triggers Uproar on Twitter   
    Libraries don't sell copies of books, radio station doesn't sell copies of the music, movie theaters don't sell DVDs or BRs of the movies, but all of those need to get usually extremely expensive licenses to do their business. Same with a ton of program licenses especially when it comes to games. Like only Unity3D and Unreal Engine can become license nightmares if you don't read the small prints (Unity3D you need Plus license if you make more than 100k$ in year and Pro or Enterprise license if you make more than 200k$ in a year, Unreal Engine you need Publisher license if you monetize your game up until you make over 1M$ with your game and then you need "custom license" from Epic (this is terribly expensive one)), not to mention all student/educational licenses, trial licenses and other offered which directly state you cannot use them to make money or even make your work public.
     
    This is literally the thing about licensing. Once you buy, rent, loan, whatever something and you sign a paper for it, that paper can set some rules how you can use whatever you got. Rent an apartment and your rent contract may include that the apartment cannot be used for business, rent a car and the paper most likely will state you cannot use the car as a taxi, and it's not that someone would actively search out for these, just like no one is actively looking for companies that use softwares against their licenses, but if it comes up and you are asked about it, you are probably going to be in a bad situation. Same goes for almost everything, if you buy a wrench, you can use it to make money and whatever but you cannot start selling copies of that wrench if it has active patents, you need to get license for that. Your internet contract might have a part which states that you cannot use it extensively for business (as in put up server farm in an apartment with shared line with other tenants/apartments, you can probably get away with small use server even business one but something that will push your connection 100% 24/7 and someone at some point will ask questions and you may be demanded to get a business contract. Yeah, in many cases makers of products ask you to pay more to make money with their products or just right out limit the possibilities of making money with their products.
     
    Then there is the whole can of worms called copyright. Good luck going to try the argument "I can make money using my GPU and internet so I must be able to use this also to make money" with music, book or a movie. But games are different! Well, kind of different, they fall into the void between patents and copyright with video games usually bundled into copyright, they could be also patented, then things would be a lot different (see board games that more than usually are patented and only the art is copyrighted). For real, board games are very usually patented, Monopoly was/is a patented game (US2026082A) and probably Hasbro still has some active patents for Monopoly (notice the 70's-80's lawsuit is for the trademark and Anti-Monopoly was only exempted as in the Monopoly trademark wasn't nullified and the 2005 was for a "add-on" game not for the whole Monopoly). That would be fun when companies stater to actually patent video games, "wanna make an FPS? Better get license for it", but in theory that would be possible, it would be something new but companies have patented board games for ages so patenting video game mechanics isn't really something totally unimaginable. But video games are within the copyright so the publishers and devs have the rights to restrict their reproduction and, the important part with streaming, their public viewing. As said, good luck trying to have a movie theater that plays normal DVDs/BRs bought from a normal store meant for consumers, or run a library with just books bought from normal bookstore without license from the publisher or play Spotify on radio station (you gonna be sued so hard and your initial situation isn't really good, probably bad is also a understatement).
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    Thaldor got a reaction from SpaceGhostC2C in Stadia Creative Director Triggers Uproar on Twitter   
    Libraries don't sell copies of books, radio station doesn't sell copies of the music, movie theaters don't sell DVDs or BRs of the movies, but all of those need to get usually extremely expensive licenses to do their business. Same with a ton of program licenses especially when it comes to games. Like only Unity3D and Unreal Engine can become license nightmares if you don't read the small prints (Unity3D you need Plus license if you make more than 100k$ in year and Pro or Enterprise license if you make more than 200k$ in a year, Unreal Engine you need Publisher license if you monetize your game up until you make over 1M$ with your game and then you need "custom license" from Epic (this is terribly expensive one)), not to mention all student/educational licenses, trial licenses and other offered which directly state you cannot use them to make money or even make your work public.
     
    This is literally the thing about licensing. Once you buy, rent, loan, whatever something and you sign a paper for it, that paper can set some rules how you can use whatever you got. Rent an apartment and your rent contract may include that the apartment cannot be used for business, rent a car and the paper most likely will state you cannot use the car as a taxi, and it's not that someone would actively search out for these, just like no one is actively looking for companies that use softwares against their licenses, but if it comes up and you are asked about it, you are probably going to be in a bad situation. Same goes for almost everything, if you buy a wrench, you can use it to make money and whatever but you cannot start selling copies of that wrench if it has active patents, you need to get license for that. Your internet contract might have a part which states that you cannot use it extensively for business (as in put up server farm in an apartment with shared line with other tenants/apartments, you can probably get away with small use server even business one but something that will push your connection 100% 24/7 and someone at some point will ask questions and you may be demanded to get a business contract. Yeah, in many cases makers of products ask you to pay more to make money with their products or just right out limit the possibilities of making money with their products.
     
    Then there is the whole can of worms called copyright. Good luck going to try the argument "I can make money using my GPU and internet so I must be able to use this also to make money" with music, book or a movie. But games are different! Well, kind of different, they fall into the void between patents and copyright with video games usually bundled into copyright, they could be also patented, then things would be a lot different (see board games that more than usually are patented and only the art is copyrighted). For real, board games are very usually patented, Monopoly was/is a patented game (US2026082A) and probably Hasbro still has some active patents for Monopoly (notice the 70's-80's lawsuit is for the trademark and Anti-Monopoly was only exempted as in the Monopoly trademark wasn't nullified and the 2005 was for a "add-on" game not for the whole Monopoly). That would be fun when companies stater to actually patent video games, "wanna make an FPS? Better get license for it", but in theory that would be possible, it would be something new but companies have patented board games for ages so patenting video game mechanics isn't really something totally unimaginable. But video games are within the copyright so the publishers and devs have the rights to restrict their reproduction and, the important part with streaming, their public viewing. As said, good luck trying to have a movie theater that plays normal DVDs/BRs bought from a normal store meant for consumers, or run a library with just books bought from normal bookstore without license from the publisher or play Spotify on radio station (you gonna be sued so hard and your initial situation isn't really good, probably bad is also a understatement).
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    Thaldor got a reaction from germgoatz in Oculus quest 2 leaked   
    And loosing that access is as easy as breaking the ever changing Facebook Community Standards even off the platform. And that ban means real ban, you get banned, you loose your HMD, not only access to your games on your account but the access to the whole HMD.
     
    Source: Road to VR
    ("details to be worked out" as in, it is a possibility? Holy shitballs.)
     
    Not to mention that it took only weeks from release the info about forcing Oculus users to use their Facebook account for Facebook to renew parts of the Oculus ToS and behold!
    From their "Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy" email:
    From Oculus Privacy Policy:
     
    Even I, as a person who really dislikes Facebook and will never get anything from them and basicly treat them as a cancer, expected inside-out tracking data to be collected and used by a Facebook in the coming years, not this soon. Like I kind of knew that at some point someone will turn the inside-out tracking to be a data collecting goldmine, but Facebook actually getting permission for that already? You except them to be bad and they turn out to be a lot worse.
     
    At this point I am so happy that I didn't get Rift and opted out from getting anything from Facebook and was so left with the OG Vive and only got upgrade to Index Controllers and only because I find inside-out tracking to be garbage compared to lighthouse tracking. I wouldn't really mind Facebooks spying because they probably do it anyway and there's a ton of bigger players doing even worse spying and they don't even ask permission. But that part where your 10 years old post saying some word that just now turns out to be next bad word for some minority rendering your 400-500€ headset the worst paperweight (because it's light). Yeah, at least I don't even actually need to run newest Steam client or even the actual Steam client to use my headset and no matter how hard Valve bans me my old AF headset doesn't turn out to be a paperweight.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from cj09beira in Oculus quest 2 leaked   
    And loosing that access is as easy as breaking the ever changing Facebook Community Standards even off the platform. And that ban means real ban, you get banned, you loose your HMD, not only access to your games on your account but the access to the whole HMD.
     
    Source: Road to VR
    ("details to be worked out" as in, it is a possibility? Holy shitballs.)
     
    Not to mention that it took only weeks from release the info about forcing Oculus users to use their Facebook account for Facebook to renew parts of the Oculus ToS and behold!
    From their "Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy" email:
    From Oculus Privacy Policy:
     
    Even I, as a person who really dislikes Facebook and will never get anything from them and basicly treat them as a cancer, expected inside-out tracking data to be collected and used by a Facebook in the coming years, not this soon. Like I kind of knew that at some point someone will turn the inside-out tracking to be a data collecting goldmine, but Facebook actually getting permission for that already? You except them to be bad and they turn out to be a lot worse.
     
    At this point I am so happy that I didn't get Rift and opted out from getting anything from Facebook and was so left with the OG Vive and only got upgrade to Index Controllers and only because I find inside-out tracking to be garbage compared to lighthouse tracking. I wouldn't really mind Facebooks spying because they probably do it anyway and there's a ton of bigger players doing even worse spying and they don't even ask permission. But that part where your 10 years old post saying some word that just now turns out to be next bad word for some minority rendering your 400-500€ headset the worst paperweight (because it's light). Yeah, at least I don't even actually need to run newest Steam client or even the actual Steam client to use my headset and no matter how hard Valve bans me my old AF headset doesn't turn out to be a paperweight.
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    Thaldor got a reaction from Cyberspirit in Oculus quest 2 leaked   
    And loosing that access is as easy as breaking the ever changing Facebook Community Standards even off the platform. And that ban means real ban, you get banned, you loose your HMD, not only access to your games on your account but the access to the whole HMD.
     
    Source: Road to VR
    ("details to be worked out" as in, it is a possibility? Holy shitballs.)
     
    Not to mention that it took only weeks from release the info about forcing Oculus users to use their Facebook account for Facebook to renew parts of the Oculus ToS and behold!
    From their "Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy" email:
    From Oculus Privacy Policy:
     
    Even I, as a person who really dislikes Facebook and will never get anything from them and basicly treat them as a cancer, expected inside-out tracking data to be collected and used by a Facebook in the coming years, not this soon. Like I kind of knew that at some point someone will turn the inside-out tracking to be a data collecting goldmine, but Facebook actually getting permission for that already? You except them to be bad and they turn out to be a lot worse.
     
    At this point I am so happy that I didn't get Rift and opted out from getting anything from Facebook and was so left with the OG Vive and only got upgrade to Index Controllers and only because I find inside-out tracking to be garbage compared to lighthouse tracking. I wouldn't really mind Facebooks spying because they probably do it anyway and there's a ton of bigger players doing even worse spying and they don't even ask permission. But that part where your 10 years old post saying some word that just now turns out to be next bad word for some minority rendering your 400-500€ headset the worst paperweight (because it's light). Yeah, at least I don't even actually need to run newest Steam client or even the actual Steam client to use my headset and no matter how hard Valve bans me my old AF headset doesn't turn out to be a paperweight.
  19. Agree
    Thaldor got a reaction from DarthEoin in Epic Games integrates into GoG, and Tim Sweeney advocates for universal game ownership across all platforms   
    This would be cool, if it actually was somehow special. Same level of (or still even more) integration is for other platforms in Galaxy2.0, EGS was just so "bad" that it didn't have almost any integration because it lacked APIs for that. This coming a news got me kind of hoping that I can finally play those free games that EG throws away without installing EGS but no.
     
    And really, what Tim Sweeney says, he just says it. Like in this case the Galaxy2.0 integration is hand-made (like everything in EGS because using existing APIs is something they are allergic to and that's why they still copy your whole Steam localconfig-file) and they 100% had a chance to make it something better, but no, just make almost the same that Steam offers through its ages old API and have Tim Sweeney make some tweets to earn internet points. Could they have made something more (like that you don't need to install EGS if you're using Galaxy2.0, after all sales still go through EGS) for Sweeney having something else than his opinion behind his tweets? Most likely, after all they literally custom made that integration so there's a very huge chance they could have done a lot more with it and Sweeney could have said "From this day onward you can install and play games gained through EGS with GoG Galaxy 2.0. Your move, the rest of the industry." But naaahhh... that would go too far into so many things and would actually need some development work from their team which still struggles implementing a shopping cart, they just did a bit more than the bare minimum and had their CEO say something about game ownership for which they actually did nothing.
  20. Agree
    Thaldor got a reaction from Sakkura in No Good Platform Goes Un-Monetized - Sony wants to bring Ads to VR   
    So, it's Sony next to try this.
    HTC already tried and it failed a lot because community backslash, Valve hinted this and withdrew faster than anyone had time to even notice, Facebook... Well, Facebook is Facebook, I wouldn't be surprised if something ad related wasn't going in Oculus gear.
  21. Agree
    Thaldor reacted to RejZoR in Epic Games integrates into GoG, and Tim Sweeney advocates for universal game ownership across all platforms   
    So far, only Steam and GOG showed commitment in that direction. Steam allows activation of retail games or games bought elsewhere and GOG has GOG Connect program. Hell, even EA Origin allows that for most games so you can tie retail or bought elsewhere to your Origin account. Epic has yet to show they actually mean it and not just promise empty things...
  22. Informative
    Thaldor got a reaction from SpaceGhostC2C in Epic Games integrates into GoG, and Tim Sweeney advocates for universal game ownership across all platforms   
    This would be cool, if it actually was somehow special. Same level of (or still even more) integration is for other platforms in Galaxy2.0, EGS was just so "bad" that it didn't have almost any integration because it lacked APIs for that. This coming a news got me kind of hoping that I can finally play those free games that EG throws away without installing EGS but no.
     
    And really, what Tim Sweeney says, he just says it. Like in this case the Galaxy2.0 integration is hand-made (like everything in EGS because using existing APIs is something they are allergic to and that's why they still copy your whole Steam localconfig-file) and they 100% had a chance to make it something better, but no, just make almost the same that Steam offers through its ages old API and have Tim Sweeney make some tweets to earn internet points. Could they have made something more (like that you don't need to install EGS if you're using Galaxy2.0, after all sales still go through EGS) for Sweeney having something else than his opinion behind his tweets? Most likely, after all they literally custom made that integration so there's a very huge chance they could have done a lot more with it and Sweeney could have said "From this day onward you can install and play games gained through EGS with GoG Galaxy 2.0. Your move, the rest of the industry." But naaahhh... that would go too far into so many things and would actually need some development work from their team which still struggles implementing a shopping cart, they just did a bit more than the bare minimum and had their CEO say something about game ownership for which they actually did nothing.
  23. Like
    Thaldor got a reaction from Delicieuxz in Epic Games integrates into GoG, and Tim Sweeney advocates for universal game ownership across all platforms   
    At least I got that from the beginning. The point I was trying to make is that even while Sweeney is talking about a much bigger thing, Epic couldn't even make the first move towards it, even when they had perfect chance for that. So, it's just another opinion piece from Sweeney to collect some internet points from looking like a good guy while, well, it's just his personal opinion and even his company doesn't stand behind him on that one.
  24. Funny
    Thaldor got a reaction from 5x5 in BAFTA Adds 'Diversity' Requirement which must be filled in order to Qualify for an Award   
    The future of award winning games:
     
  25. Funny
    Thaldor got a reaction from Dabombinable in BAFTA Adds 'Diversity' Requirement which must be filled in order to Qualify for an Award   
    The future of award winning games:
     
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