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Gaming Podcast 170: If Hacker’s Could Spell

April 27th, 2010 by Derrick Schommer · 12 Comments

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This week’s gaming podcast we’re answering some community feedback, hitting some new DRM issues and tackling some popular news stories including but not limited to:

  • Capcom implementing always connect DRM in PS3 games
  • Ubisoft’s DRM cracked for good?
  • Blizzard appealing the AO Starcraft II rating
  • First PS3 3D games will not have as good graphics as the 2D version

The question of the week, would you rather have an inferior bleeding edge technology (PS3 3D Gaming for instance) or a higher end more current technology? Do you feel Sony’s trying to break new innovative barriers or move more high tech gear?

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  • 1 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Apr 27, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    The fact we’re continuing to discuss “always online DRM” issues tells me this is going to be the DRM of the future.

    I’d prefer bleeding edge tech, but then again, I prefer upscaling DVD players to Blu-Ray.

  • 2 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Apr 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    By the way, regarding “sharing”, there was a huge debate about it on GameStooge.com three years ago:


  • 3 IvanNo Gravatar // Apr 28, 2010 at 12:29 am

    @ Sony
    Like many Company GIANTS, They seem to lose the passion, Sony Gaming Sector have had a terrible last few years. I believe this will affect their new innovated products for the PS3. There is too much pressure from investors & the board too cut their losses & these products may get rushed in the process.

    Side Note The PS3 is a game console, thats the market its in. There is nothing wrong with having additional features on a console just make sure the core focus is the Ultimate gaming experience & not selling an expensive peice of hardware (bluray)

  • 4 IvanNo Gravatar // Apr 28, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I dont know about you guys but Blu Ray didnt seem to Allow PS3 to be have amazing games Comapred to its rivals just the same games with higher development costs?

    Congratz to the 360 for a good gaming network & making $$$
    Congratz to the Wii for making an original console & making $$$

  • 5 IvanNo Gravatar // Apr 28, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Comapred = compared

  • 6 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Apr 28, 2010 at 2:13 am

    That right there is proof that Ivan is a hacker 😀

    @1942: Damn, I played that game. A bit repetitive. And if I can remember the number of loops is limited to 3 per level/stage

    @Capcom implementing always connect DRM
    LOL! You’re telling me they implemented the DRM only for one platform? Bad PS3 pirates, bad!
    Thing is, wasn’t Sony supposed to fix their own network? I’m just wondering why Capcom is experimenting with this.

    I liked Jennifer’s point of view: Capcom may be in between the rock and a hard place. Still, I’m thinking, making it easier for the paying customer could bring more profits in the long term, by building a strong, loyal community.

    @Ubisoft’s DRM cracked for good?
    Yep. That’s the deal, once you find the call to “AmIGoodToGo” function, you can replace that with a “return TRUE”.

    The customer will always have access to the code of the game, because the customer runs it. So it will always be hacked.
    You will say “let’s have these DLLs on a server, and only the legit customer can download it in a temp folder, then delete them”. That, or any variation on that theme, won’t work.
    There are programs to “undelete” files. Then those DLLs will be distributed around the world, bypassing this kind of DRM.

    @First PS3 3D games will not have as good graphics as the 2D version

    120 fps at a given resolution is hard for PS3s? Ha! Long live open platforms *cough* PC *cough* and their upgrade possibilities.

    Derrick, you’re spot on with Microsoft! This is the very reason why they’re giving their compilers for free: have people make software for your platform.

    Loved how you guys covered the subject.

    @Question of the week:
    This is a tough one. I saw some 3d videos on youtube through anaglyph glasses, and I enjoyed the experience, despite losing the color information.
    Dunno. I can accept no color and anaglyphs, since that doesn’t affect the quality of the 3D models, but that’s as far as I go.

    As for Sony, well, they’re doing both of them, but with a bit more emphasis on selling their pwh stuff. Now if they come up with 120fps displays first, I’ll buy it from them. But that doesn’t mean I have to buy also a PS3. I’d rather hook it up to the PC and do some 3D gaming that way.

  • 7 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Apr 28, 2010 at 2:14 am

    their *own* stuff … lol, it seems this is the “spelling fail” episode for a lot of us 😀

  • 8 TristanNo Gravatar // Apr 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Last weeks QotW:
    I forgot to get this in before the current episode, mainly as I listen to the podcast at work where I only have Internet access on my phone. However..

    My answer would be chess. It comes on all the windows OSs, plus was around earlier and in the real life board form. Not to mention other online browser versions and themed versions. I remember playing it an old (5 and a 1/4 inch) floppy on my dads commodore64 so it’s got more history as a video game too.

    If you were to use the logic the minesweeper and solitare have recieved small updates in graphics and game modes with each new OS, you could also consider them a series of games. In which case I would include Pokemon as a similar series with comparable playtime. Hell, we all know that series hasn’t changed from the original apart from minor graphics updates and themes.

  • 9 TristanNo Gravatar // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    This week’s QotW:
    I’d imagine it would be better on some genres than others. A puzzler or platformer than isnt sold on the basis that it is ultra realistic or fast paced may suit 3D better than say the next Crysis on a “console”. Tho I think I’d take eyefinity technology over 3D anyday. (it is a pity nvidea does 3D and ATI does eyefinity. 3D in 5760×2400 resolution, now that would be F**cking sexy (<– added that just for Don to read out ^_^)

    A chance to gloat about being a pc gamer. =D

    If you are willing to pay you don’t have to choose as a pc gamer. We get higher end graphics than either the ps3 or xbox360, and we have had commercial 3D technology for over a year now that will transform hundreds of already released games into 3D. (link for game list of just nvidea setup: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_Vision_3D_Games.html)

    Ofcoarse, on the downside, it comes at a price, so many of us dont have the required monitors, glasses, GPUs and supporting hardware. But if you factor in the cost of a new Sony 3D TV and PS3 + new games, it probably is still cheaper to give many of your games, (including high end ones like Crysis and Battlefield BadCompany 2), 3D techology on a computer if that is already your gaming platform of choice.

  • 10 TristanNo Gravatar // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    hmm above post came out wierd. One line missing and odd colour. It was ment to say after the first paragraph “the following is a little offtopic”. However I put it inside “” brackets so maybe that changed some coding??

  • 11 TristanNo Gravatar // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    “,” and “.” shiftclicked brackets dont show up… also wtb edit feature for comments. sorry for the multi posts.

  • 12 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Apr 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

    That’s ok, we all spell-FAILED 😀

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