Weekend Open Forum: What really grinds your gears?

GhostRyder

TS Evangelist
Mr. Cooley was bordering on gossiping about me earlier in this thread, so I feel a moral imperative to follow it.

Either that, or I may release a little red book similar to Chairman Mao's, titled, "Captaincranky Says"....
Well it just would not be the same without you :)
 

ddg4005

TS Guru
Platinum
Truth is that if it were not for EA's big titles such as the Battlefield series, Mass Effect, and The Sims collections, Origin would have folded a long time ago. Origin is not a threat to Steam for the simple fact that their catalog of games is priced too high and their sales do not even compare to Steam's. The only this good about Origin is that it promotes competition.

..oh by the way, Steam was here first. :D
Origin may not be a threat to Steam but GOG is. And at some point Valve's service will feel the heat from both of them since they have decent sales and, in the case of GOG, you own the games you purchase. Steam is convenient but it's not necessarily the best.
 

Darkshadoe

TS Guru
Origin may not be a threat to Steam but GOG is. And at some point Valve's service will feel the heat from both of them since they have decent sales and, in the case of GOG, you own the games you purchase. Steam is convenient but it's not necessarily the best.
GoG games may be free of DRM, but that doesn't mean you actually "own" them. The software developer still has all rights to the software.
 

ddg4005

TS Guru
Platinum
GoG games may be free of DRM, but that doesn't mean you actually "own" them. The software developer still has all rights to the software.
You own the games as in you by them and they are yours. You can sell them, burn them to a disc or give them to someone else. That's what I mean when I say ownership. It's what we once had years ago before the madness called DRM infected the industry.
 

gooderguy

TS Enthusiast
I'm a little late here but.... There are three things that irritate me to the max in my setting up and servicing computers everyday, and that's Windows Updates, Windows Updates and.... WINDOWS UPDATES!!!! Why oh why can't Microsoft make service packs like they used to? Lately I get reoccurring incidents when I set up bran new computers with Windows Updates getting "Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes" and this takes forever and just takes up so much bench time. Same thing happens when I use WSUS updates as well.
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
GoG games may be free of DRM, but that doesn't mean you actually "own" them. The software developer still has all rights to the software.
There is a yes and no component to this issue. You're not free to copy & redistribute a game, unmodified or otherwise.

However, if a game or software is rendered usable by it's serial number only, then I suppose it would be fair to say you could sell it. (Assuming you get rid of any backup at the same time).

However with a product that requires activation, ostensibly that's a different story. Activation ties whatever software to the IP and/or any existing motherboard SN.

As long as you deactivate a game first, it's sort of a crap shoot if the publisher is going to activate the product, under different IP, mobo serial number, or owners name.
Adobe is great for nag-nouncments, demanding that you, "register this product" even with fresh installs of a 10 year old program, (serial # only to run), which has already been registered almost for the past decade. Sometimes I'm almost tempted to re-register just to see what would happen. (They do have an opt out button somewhere).