Watch_Dogs PC Cover Art

So I got the try Watch_Dogs for the PC today and I must say, its one of the worst ports to PC I have seen in a very long time. It reminds me of the early 2000’s when trying to get a good port of a console game on the PC or vice versa was like trying to find a clean hooker in Las Vegas. You know deep down that in some magical land they must be real, they have to be, but you know better, its going to end up the same way as before. You’re going to be out 50$ and feel like you can’t get the stank off, even with bleach. That’s what Watch_Dogs for the PC is, that stank you can’t get off from a cheap hooker.

Now I know what some people are going to say, oh the games not bad its just uPlay is crap. I agree uPlay is crap, in my eyes its the next “Games for Windows” a half assed attempt at digital distribution that harms the games that use it more than it helps them. But I’m not ranting today about uPlay, I can say first hand that Watch_Dogs is jacked when without uPlay fucking up the works. So I will get back to basing this pile of shit attempt at a port. The game was installed via Steam on the machine I used so I got the privilege of getting pissed at uPlay. So I decided that the darker side of the internet might hold my solution. A crack for the game that removes the DRM and uPlay requirements. So I jumped on ye’ old internet answering machine google and found what I needed. I applied the crack as recommended and was happy to not have to slam my head into a wall until uPlay decided it was time to work. The game booted up and loaded find. I won’t go into too much detail as just googling Watch_Dogs for the PC will result in many tails of what I went though.

So to dispel this whole Ubisoft hates only ATI/AMD thing I was running this on a machine that has a i5 and a GTX 750 Ti, and still had crashes, poor frame rates, and all the other fun bugs that made it feel like I was playing a public Alpha of a game and not a major retail release. I move to change this saying to Ubisoft hates ALL PC gamers. It feels like they would rather try and sell only to console gamers that have the attention span of a fly and are willing to buy every version of what ever shitty series they are crapping out that month, than to a PC gamer that expects a polished product with community support and a decent shelf life of more than 3 months.

Again I’m getting distracted from my point I was trying to make. Simply put Watch_Dogs for the PC is not just a failure due to uPlay sucking some large donkey balls but a shit port that should be sent to the New Mexico desert to become a myth like E.T. for the Atari.

Oh and here is a shitty remake of that the cover should be for Watch_Dogs for the PC.

 

PC-Watch-Dogs

 

 

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Titanfall Beta Wrong Code Fix

So this morning I awoke to the following email –

“Congratulations: You’ve been selected for participation in the Titanfall Beta!
The Titanfall Beta is now LIVE and ready for you to jump in. Here is your single-use code redeemable directly on your Xbox One console:”

My only problem is that I don’t own an Xbox One and I signed up for the PC beta sad days… Well there is good news if you found yourself in the same situation, you can get that beta code swapped for a PC one and its an easy process! Just don’t give the code away or you will be out of luck!

If you want to try and swap your code check out this simple work around issued by EA on the issue. It took them about 2 hours to respond to my support ticket and sort it out. Once they did all was well!!

http://help.ea.com/en/article/titanfall-beta-code-platform-issue-and-workaround/

Hope this helps out a few people!

Cross what now?

With the ever increasing number of games that rely on online multilayer functionality as a selling point it makes no scene to me that the idea and function of cross platform play from console to console (PS4/XB1) or console to PC has not been tried or implemented.

Know a bit about the back-end of game dev and server i understand that the current crop of games aren’t built to support it, and it would take some fair effort to make new games support this idea and what might they get out of this function as it seems games sell well enough as it stands.

Well im here to say they don’t sell as well as they could and that offering cross platform play would be a huge selling point.

As we see with the current console war going both sides are fairly matched when it comes to units sold and brand loyalty at these early stages is the only real driving point for ones choice of hardware. Whag might give one side or the other the edge? Cross platform play!

The option to buy your choice of console then play with your PC friend would convince people to buy games they otherwise might not. For example Titanfall, if i was able to pick it up for my pc and join in with my buddy on his xb1 I would buy it just for that fact, at the moment i have no plan to buy it.

It would open up lots of new opportunities for company’s to sell many more copies of there game just for the social play option.

So come on game devs and console makers give us cross play, and give it to us in 2014! We want to play on our choice of console due to controller, interface ect but we also want to play with friends that might like the competitions hardware or like there PC.

Do it!!!

Valve Corporation & DOTA 2

This is an open letter to Valve with regards to their Steam Marketplace service and how it has become another form of economy that is killing the games it services.

Dear Valve,

I have been an avid fan of your companies work for nearly two decades now and it pains me to see you losing touch with making great things for the sake of the all might dollar. The introduction of Steam service back in the early 2000’s was seen by many as a bad thing for the gaming industry, but I liked to defend it as the feature. It allowed for a centralized location for access games from where ever I might be without the need to lug around several CD cases worth of game discs. It also in recent years, with Greenlight, allowed for smaller companies to produce games and offer it to a large market at a relatively low cost. Overall it’s a great service that works well.

The thing I have a MAJOR issue with is how the Market Place is being abused and creating a whole sub-category of player on your service. Now don’t get me wrong I like the Market Place in concept but in how it is currently managed and works….. Let’s just say I would guess that there are at least several thousand if not hundreds of thousands of accounts on Steam that are nothing but farming accounts. Yes this looks good for your service to have these accounts active and running but its doing more harm than good.

How might this be a bad thing? Well for one it makes selling an item on the Market useless unless you are a trader or a farmer. Say I get a handful of gear from playing DOTA 2 for 60 hours. Now I don’t want the items I got for character ‘X’ so I decide to sell it. So I jump over to the market to price check and find the price that might have been say enough for a Team Fortress 2 key about $2.50, has been pushed down to about 10 cents due to the farmers over saturating the Market. Yes I’m going to sell it for the 10 cents and move on but it’s frustrating as it feels like the Market SHOULD be a place sell in game items to buffer the cost of micro-transactions to make getting gear reasonable and not a venture in spending $300+ on a “free” game. In its current state the Market is a mixture of real people selling things to try and fund there Steam Wallets and people trading to get REAL money.

Now we get to one of the real issues with the Market, the use of items as a form of digital currency that IS being traded for cold hard cash. This might not sound like a bad thing but considering the issues recently with Bitcoins and illegal activities its only time before some scandal pops up with Steam and its Market Place at the center of it. No, I don’t see people at the moment trading Earbuds for say drugs and a hit man but the point is that its a Market, much like Bitcoins, that is not totally traceable and controllable. Hell there’s even sites that track TF2 items much in the same way goods are tracked on a Commodities Exchange. I’m saying if it ever happened it would be a huge blow for Valve, and an even bigger hit to the community as it would surly effect Steam and potentially take it out of play as a service. If Steam did get shutdown as a service I know personally I would be out at least $500 probably more.

Ok, ok enough of the hypothetical drug trade made possible by the Market Place and on to the real reason that got me ranting, the damn farm accounts.

So there I was having fun day playing DOTA 2 off and on while I got things done around the house. It was a mixed day of wins and losses but fun overall. Then it happened, I join a game with a couple of Russians. Don’t get me wrong I no issue with Russians, it just seems that’s where most of the Farmers live, and as it turned out my fears of a bad game where not unfounded. Forty-five minutes of my life late the battle of trying to turn an obvious farming game into a fun game was over and I was pissed to say the least. It seems like the more I play when it’s not a Saturday or Friday night the more I run into farmers.

If you’re not familiar with the term, farming in video games typically refers to the act of repeating an action, mission or function of a game to gain in game items. Many of today’s large games has this happening in one way or another the issue arises when it effect the game play of others. In the case of Dota 2 where it’s a team based battle this results in teammates looking to end the game in the fastest way possible, most of the time by letting the opposing team kill them at a rate in which helps move the game to a faster end. By doing this or other methods it leaves the rest of the team at a huge disadvantage by taking away a possible ally and by aiding the opposing teams experience and gold. Thus killing any chance for a fair or fun game.

Here’s a typical farming account check list of the Steam Profile

Account – 1 Year or less

Games – 2 to 4 Owned (Typically Dota 2 and another FTP like TF2)

Hours played – 1000+

Comments – +Rep, Good Trader, Ect…

Most of the time its accounts from Russia, Ukraine, and South America.

If Valve wishes to allow farming that’s fine but let it be said if the practice becomes worse, as it has been, the legit player base will go away, if it hasn’t already started to.

Oh and Valve please please PLEASE add a Russian server for the real players form Russia so they can play with other Russian speaking people. I have played with some very good players from there but it’s hard since I have no clue what they are saying. It’s kind of sh#t that they have to play EU and US servers since they don’t have their own. The game has to be making enough to though a few servers in a data center somewhere in Russia.

So I guess to sum up this rant I will leave with this.

 

 

Valve FIX YO’ SHIT! I’m mad bro.

Sincerely Mad Bro Player,

Snipe

 

 

– Sources –

http://www.reddit.com/r/tf2trade/comments/luc4d/so_you_want_to_buy_or_sell_an_item_for_cash_heres/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/10/04/fbi-silk-road-bitcoin-seizure/

http://tf2wiki.net/wiki/Earbuds

http://tf2finance.com/

PS4 Games!

So I just got home from work to see that the UPS person had given me gifts! I couldn’t recall ordering anything lately so I was excited yet worried I had pre-ordered a lot of stuff I couldn’t afford at the moment. When I opened up the boxes I found it was my PS4 game preorders?!? Too bad there was no PS4 in the bunch, it would have made for a very short work week 😛

Well it seems that I am not the first to get games shipped to me for the PS4 pre-launch but its still cool! Heres a couple of pics of the from back and disc of Knack and Killzone Shadow Fall.

Killzone CoverKillzone Back Killzone Disc Killzone Inside  Knack CoverKnack Back Knack Disc Knack Inside