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Everything posted by Anderson

  1. Archive.org is a serious site that respects itself. They do not place advertisments so I would not expect problems akin to sharing things commercially like on The Pirate Bay with ads all over the place.
  2. Why so dramatic? They can / already have obtain / ed a permission from the copyright holders. You never know.
  3. Guilt by association will spare no one in the end.
  4. The quality of those photos is so high. Good find.
  5. "If the mountaine will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will goe to the mountaine."
  6. The Dark Mod would be more in the NGO / Non-profit side of entities, those rules would govern all rights and obligations here. Usually these rules are more relaxed in terms of taxes, acquisitions policies, reports and all of that. Especially since there are many NGO's that are inactive, so what's there to report? It's more about maintenance after creating the entity (the hardest part) but it should be in a jurisdiction with friendly laws to NGO's. Overall, there's no need to reinvent the wheel. Just conduct a survey / ask other developers of similar games that got on Steam with assets from different sources and try to see what practices work best - "No More Room in Hell" (turned standalone game from mod to Half Life 2 with maps designed by random people), "Alien Swarm" (developed on the Source engine again and published as a free game with support from Valve), "Heroine's Quest : The Herald of Ragnarok" (free adventure game on Steam), "Moonbase Alpha" (free game with content from NASA), "World of Guns: Gun Disassembly" (free but they have DLC), "Medusa's Labyrinth" (free game with a DLC just for symbolic support), "Only If" (free adventure), " Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist" and other free games. There may be more developers who made it with free games on Steam, but these seem the most relevant to the situation with The Dark Mod.
  7. I agree but it will be 100$ - https://partner.steamgames.com/doc/gettingstarted/appfee I think the payment might not be enforced for The Dark Mod which passed Steam Greenlight before the 100$ fee was introduced, but who knows? Also the aforementioned problem with using assets (many from sources to which links are "dead") for which there is no way of proving they can be used with permission from their creators. https://partner.steamgames.com/steamdirect. Perhaps in the given circumstances it would be reasonable to wait and/or promote the game on other distribution platforms - GOG, Epic Store or other. More and more instances of Valve being defeated over unfair anti-consumer practices might lead to more relaxed rules on this aspect over time as well. https://kotaku.com/french-court-says-valve-must-allow-steam-users-to-resel-1838259529 Thank you for your understanding.
  8. Hmmm, won't having a non Microsoft account with some generic "User" created by default be enough to ensure access if our drive dies?
  9. This point is very good. The presence of The Dark Mod on digital distribution platforms was to be achieved, but stalled because it requires creating a legal person with legal liability in case of contentious proceedings. That is the case for Steam at least. Do not know if there were any attempts to contact / inquire / negotiate The Dark Mod appearing on GOG.com and / or other services. The remainder of suggestions are probably not appropriate because the team does not wish to carry any risks for commercial use of any content / sounds / art in tertiary products which could result in legal problems to anyone involved. Everything is free with due credits / acknowledgements to their authors.
  10. In a way true, in a way not quite. All OS's have a problem. Android, iOS, Windows that when you go on old hardware too long and keep updating, the updates just break your device and you have to backtrack updates / disable manually various functions. Car repair shops are ok when they don't charge you too much for stuff or replace faulty parts and charge for them as if they're new. Especially if you're not tech savvy. Very easy to milk money. The most vulnerable people are those who are poor / live in a poor country / have an expensive car. Concerning Windows, I'm usually content with how it works, but the fact that there seems to be no threshold for updates kind of makes me worried. Maybe I'm a junky for making stuff work as long as possible and squeeze all the time I can out of it but it is not good if an OS works in a way that interferes with this. A consumerist economy where people buy things all the time and throwing away perfectly working stuff just because they have money, is not a healthy mindset and it's not sustainable. And again, the poorer people suffer the most because nobody studies how it affects them. They're not the target audience. That means there should be an option for more customization of Windows and its in-built features / apps including Windows Defender to help owners of old PC's. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-antitrust-google-exclusive/exclusive-texas-signs-ex-microsoft-lawyer-others-to-aid-in-google-antitrust-probe-idUSKBN1WB14N?il=0
  11. Usually such rulings lead to new features appearing such as refund for all users in all countries. Fortunately good judicial precedents spread easily. Hopefully used games will be back. Let's be honest, lots of people share their account with other people and / or use the Family mode feature to let someone else play on a different PC. So, it's about time. People who die, Steam never finds out they are dead. Their heirs probably continue to use the library if they know / find out the password. I'm waiting eagerly for the decision of the EU regarding the illegal nature of region locks to selling/buying games and the setting up of artificial price ranges for different regions (games cheaper in poorer countries (CIS region definitely an example), more expensive in other ones). Before the region lock there was a lot of bargaining on the internet with cd keys' but this time might return if Steam's current policy on region locks gets overturned.
  12. I don't really have many problems with CPU cycles. But in task manager RAM and Disk usage is often 100% with antivirus enabled. ? How dangerous would it be to disable Windows Firewall?
  13. Noticed that after deleting BitDefender antivirus laptop runs smoother. Also temporarily disable Windows Defender because it all eats too much RAM. It seems that all applications over time get updates to the point where the laptop simply can't deal with it even when running Microsoft Word and trying to type something and look for things up on the internet. Does anyone know what else might load RAM? I'm thinking of Microsoft Store but I do need the updates to Skype and other messengers occasionally. Looks like it by default restarts the antispyware / antivirus application after a while. Disabled Windows Defender with regedit command. Hope it lasts.
  14. Does your 5.1 sound system work in Doom 3 (in the original game or a demo version of the game because its's the same engine that TDM runs on) ?
  15. GOG also had free giveaways (Fallout 1, Grim Fandango) but usually for older games. Epic and GOG can't do it without the publisher's consent I think. Not sure about engines. Many engines were free to begin with for indie developers like Unity? Can't hurt to have more choice right? Games are expensive enough already.
  16. Thanks for the updates. Devilish methods. Exclusive on Epic Store only but free games. The only sane marketing strategies are at GOG.com these days. Only they promote the GOG Connect feature with Steam for games that publishers give a green light to. I also hope those exclusives are temporarily exclusive on Epic Store and not for 5-10 years. But, without doubt Steam needs competition.
  17. Follow up: http://www.nathalielawhead.com/candybox/my-follow-up-post
  18. Very true. At the same time it is in the interests of all parties to have swift justice within a reasonable time according to the principle of effectiveness. I.e. the longer a case is on schedule, the longer justice crawls for other people that come to court as well.
  19. If the investigator / prosecutor decided this, that means that it's probably cheaper than wasting time and money for organising court hearings. It's a win win win.
  20. Not necessarily going to the police right away is a good idea if you can't afford a good lawyer. It's a vicious circle where everyone will laugh in your face and mop the floor with every shred of dignity you have remaining. Nobody notices the every day systemic problems. Humans are made in a way that we get pumped with adrenaline when FEMEN show tits in public and such. People usually only observe the extreme cases. Do you notice how people who disregard violence against women, are actually the same people who think torture and the death penalty is OK in the year 2019?
  21. This is just a shot in the dark but try messing with some settings located in the file called darkmod.cfg which is located in your main The Dark Mod folder where you've installed it. Open the file in notepad and see if anything related to sound changes your situation. Maybe other people in the forum here will show up to come up with something better later these days.
  22. Did you try disabling EFX / OpenAL? Did you try using maps that have EFX / OpenAL enabled (older ones do not support it and have not been updated)? Make sure your drivers are up to date please! I'm a big fan of sound reverberation in the Thief games and it is only recently that EFX / OpenAL was enabled in one of the updates. Please check the wiki page to see more about 5.1 sound and HRTF: http://wiki.thedarkmod.com/index.php?title=What's_new_in_TDM_2.07
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