Archive for April, 2012

RAGE was a mediocre game, no matter what the “critics” said.

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 by Mr.Mouse

Remember what I said about RAGE? Overhyped piece of tech demo. The discrepancy between the “critics” and the “gamers” at Metacritic is stunning. 79/100 say the “critics”. Gamers say 44/100. Now, there will be a lot of down-voting there as well because of the rediculous amount of bugs upon launch, but overall the trend is that gamers really don’t like the game apparently. Looking at Gamespot, users give it 70/100. I think it is safe to say that the game is mediocre at best, and that id Software have failed at delivering a high quality game, again. Their days have long gone. We will remember them for the early days of first-person shooters. But that was more than 10 years ago, and they don’t seem to have been able to keep up with current events.

Blizzard fail at Diablo III beta stress test

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 by Mr.Mouse

You might have been tricked by Blizzard to attempt a login to give a beta version of Diablo III a go and see if the servers hold. In reality, the “Stress Test” worked. It worked swift and dramatically. A huge number of innocent gamers were not allowed to log in, because of server overload and fail on Blizzard’s side. Ah yes, this is what they promised:

From Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT you’ll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.

Nothing like that. You have thousands of players not being able to login at all, or getting various errors not rendering the game playable. See also the hot thread at Battle.net. As it stands, Blizzard has not kept their end of the bargain. They haven’t got their server act straight, and they recruited a huge number of testers, free of charge, that normally would get paid for the trouble they are put through. As one poster of the aforementioned hot thread said, the situation surrounding this failure of Blizzard is :

Blizzard’s arrogance mixed with fanboy fanaticism.

We can but hope that Blizzard’s arrogance is dealt with swiftly, and fiercely, by lower sales. Their conduct is an insult to gamers.

[EDIT]The servers are reachable after two days of not being reachable. As the beta test ends on Monday, and if the servers continue to allow people in today, there will have been 1 out of 3 days that gamers could actually run the game when the test is completed.

[EDIT2]Nope. Keep getting error 30006: Time out today. So that means the third day is lost as well.

[EDIT3]And finally error 3004. It will be best to just wait and leave the game on the shelves when it comes out. FAIL complete.

[EDIT4]Was able to play it to the end. Got in, and decided to stick with it. Nice game. But nothing we haven’t seen done better since Diablo 2. Torchlight 2 anyone?

 

Purging of website in effect

Sunday, April 15th, 2012 by Mr.Mouse

We are currently cleaning our site of blatant violations of copyrights. Even though Google Adsense people were mistaken to cut us of, we do see the need to polish our site. We have therefore sharpened the forum rules, and removed thousands of links to file sharing sites, indiscriminately, to make sure we remove all links to files that may be illegal. We will continue the purging, which may also impact user accounts. A zero tolerance towards illegal behaviour.

Ridge Racer Unbounded added to Unpakke project

Sunday, April 8th, 2012 by Mr.Mouse

XpoZed added extraction support to Rige Racer unbounded for his Unpakke project. About the game itself: The RIDGE RACERĀ® series takes off in a new direction with RIDGE RACERĀ® Unbounded. Join the Unbounded team, a group of lawless badass racers, terrorizing the streets of Shatter Bay and expand your ever growing territory. Drive & Destroy everything in your path to create new areas that were once off limits. Go online to Dominate and race an unlimited supply of user created maps.

Star Wars – The Old Republic

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 by Mr.Mouse

At the forum you can find a big discussion on the file types of Star Wars – The Old Republic. Archives can be opened by QuickBMS scripts, EasyMP and Hero.dll. Also, a nice list of all file types by SWTOR FAN:

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Google Adsense cut us off for no legit reason

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 by Mr.Mouse

Just so you know, two days ago we got a notice from Google Adsense, one of our prime funding methods to keep the site up, they would no longer show their ads at the forum, because of suspected copyright issues with some of the files discussed. They were wrong, and they will always be wrong. They haven’t got a clue whatsoever of what we are doing, and they certainly do not know the law. They’re a bunch of trigger happy admins that should do well to read up on the matters. As it is, there is no way to appeal, and any discussion they avoid. So, screw you Google, or should I say Nova Microsoft. You’ve lost any ideals you stood for. And are worse than Microsoft.