Brad Wardell's views about technology, politics, religion, world affairs, and all sorts of politically incorrect topics.
Published on March 1, 2012 By Draginol In Personal Computing

Am I the only one who has wished they could press a button when reading some trolling comment and summon the troll to their presence?

Not to punch them in the nose or anything but for study. What kind of person is a troll?

My personal favorite troll that I encounter is the entitled gamer. Are they an adult? Do they have a family? Do they literally live under a bridge?


Comments (Page 3)
on Mar 01, 2012

People trolling come from all walks of life. It's a normal facet of interaction, even though the name is quite modern. As for the the "Entitled Gamers" which I assume is referring to those fellows who were complaining about Elemental and insulted Stardock when Frogboy was apologizing repeatedly and giving out free expansions like candy, well, if those were trolls they were shitty trolls. What did they think those posts would elicit? I really doubt that those posts can all be attributed to trolling.

Fistalis' situation is screwed up, but Jafo's correct in that you can't expect a service to last forever when the company that provides it might not. Of course, this isn't as simple as a bankruptcy, and it seems like Gamefly may well not be actually doing their best the way they say they are.

on Mar 01, 2012


Quoting Fistalis, reply 27How is that possible when the activation is reliant on the Service. Such as with impulse or steam? If those activation servers are taken down then what? Or If your old keys are no longer valid?

Let's go back to 'the car'...

WHEN petrol runs out you won't be 'entitled' to a refund on your car....you'll just need to find a second one....

...so you have matching bookends....

 So we should simply assume that digital purchases are rentals, and stop using it if we expect to play our games into the foreseeable future?

 

If thats your position fine.. cause thats exactly How I feel at this point, and was the sentiment of my previous posts, and the exact reasoning I won't use Digital distribution at this point.

on Mar 01, 2012

Cruxador


Fistalis' situation is screwed up, but Jafo's correct in that you can't expect a service to last forever when the company that provides it might not. Of course, this isn't as simple as a bankruptcy, and it seems like Gamefly may well not be actually doing their best the way they say they are.

Thats the cherry on top. IGN owned direct 2 drive, IGN didn't go under they simply sold the unit to gamefly.

on Mar 01, 2012

Fistalis
If steam went off line you couldn't install and activate steam games.

OK, so now it's online activation, not 'just' online distribution.

It'd be 'nice' if systems were in place to replace activation/server loss/failure...but guess what....all this activation drama is all thanks to online piracy.

As with all criminal activity...it screws it up for everyone, without favor.

You could be just as well served to be angry with the actions of the pirate.  THEY made Gaming problematic for everyone.

on Mar 01, 2012

Before Brad strangles me .....

let's sneak back on topic.......

 

[he may not notice if we don't make a noise...]...

on Mar 01, 2012


Quoting Fistalis, reply 29If steam went off line you couldn't install and activate steam games.

OK, so now it's online activation, not 'just' online distribution.

Always was. Many digital distribution services have their own method of activation for their particular copies of games. Its no different from buying an impulse game, a steam game or any other Game digitally.

 Were not talking about failure. Were talking about shutting them down knowing full well that your customers still need them to play their games.




As with all criminal activity...it screws it up for everyone, without favor.

You could be just as well served to be angry with the actions of the pirate.  THEY made Gaming problematic for everyone.

Thats funny. Those activation servers are supposed to effect piracy. But I guarantee I could find pirated versions of all 19 of my games. So who did they actually hurt. Me the paying customer, and it didn't reduce piracy at all. Pirates still have access to games I paid for and I don't. So explain to me why I should pay for something When those who actually pay for it can lose access at the drop of a hat, while pirates are guaranteed access if they back it up.

I certainly don't advocate piracy. But its crazy that companies continue to force paying customers to use systems that only hurt the paying customers, while claiming they are doing it to fight piracy and when the system screws customers they blame the pirates who are going to pirate it no matter what system is used, so why use one that has the potential to screw the paying customers?

 

Jafo.. what do you do at stardock.. cause you seem rather.. uninformed about how digital game distribution works.

 

Okay I'll let the thread get back on topic.. don't kill jafo brad, He's useful in someway i'm sure.

on Mar 01, 2012

I figured his job was to piss people off on the forum.

on Mar 01, 2012

psychoak
I figured his job was to piss people off on the forum.

Are you suggesting that Brad should study Jafo?  

on Mar 02, 2012

Your issues Fistalis, is why i don't like gaming clients in any form. I do see the advantages, but they are far outweighed by the possibility, as in Fistalis case, of losing access to "your" games. (your: implying ownership or license, whatever you subscribe to, i like to think when i buy a game, i own it )

I'm not sure i get your car analogy Jafo, though i think i know what your trying to say, but i don't think it applies in this case.
Yes, the onus is on the user to ensure readily available access to your purchase via a backup, but when online activation is required, and denied, due to the purchase of the client, i think it moves from being a case of "buyer beware" to negligence on the client's behalf.
This is not a case of loss of license/title due to years passing by or anything, it's a denial of service, for what appears (i haven't read anything about this purchase) no good reason other than the purchasers inability to provide the service they have just bought.

I think it's very different to "entitled gamer". Entitled gamer assumes something above and beyond what is given with the initial purchase.

In any case, there is no easy fix, which is why i have shelves of cardboard with pretty pictures on them called game boxes.  I do have some purchases with Impulse that are digital, mostly small titles i picked up cheap, the only title i have digitally that i really should pick up in a box is SINS.


 

on Mar 02, 2012

psychoak
I figured his job was to piss people off on the forum

I don't  "piss people off"

By then I have already removed them from said forums...

 

You can always find pirated products on the Internet.

It is my job to "not care that you can" but only to remove you from being a participant upon these forums.

It's a thankless task but one I enjoy...because when done diligently it means FRIENDS of mine are not being screwed over by children who think it's KEWL [sic] to steal from 'the man'.

Treat that as you will...but I sleep well at night, all the same....

Please note...any typos are a result of it being Friday night...and not typical of 'usual' intercourse...

on Mar 02, 2012

Fistalis
Jafo.. what do you do at stardock..

As little as I can get away with...but mostly I keep Stardock's forums to being a 'nice' place to be ...:0

There is more to being online in an Internet environment than just scoring brownie points with an adversary....sometimes it end in real issues...such as bullying and suicide....sounds extreme...but sadly it is not.

Stardock's admins make this corner of the Net a safe place to be...)

on Mar 02, 2012

Now, I'd rather we got a wee bit back 'OT' before Frogboy drags me aside and employs chemical castration in order to get back OT.

I was born with them....would like to keep them a little longer at least...

Let's let Frogboy define 'entitled' as we have clearly been sailing off on a wild tangent....

...then again....perhaps that's all about what it really is...

on Mar 02, 2012

BTW...just as an aside... 14 threads have just been removed...to keep our forums enjoyable.  You don't [usually] see them but they are removed 'efficiently'.

Stardock's admins are the unsung 'heroes' of our little end of the woods....on topic, or not...

[not bad, considering I've been having an in-depth discussion with a bottle of red... after the odd beer or 5]

Now....back to 'trolls...a study" ...

on Mar 02, 2012

Gamefly is still adding their back catalog to the new service.  Temporary inconvenience, and they did warn everyone beforehand.  So...back to the original topic.

on Mar 02, 2012

BTW...just as an aside... 14 threads have just been removed...to keep our forums enjoyable. You don't [usually] see them but they are removed 'efficiently'.

Your welcome!
For every one i reported another popped up...You just know there will be a spam post from this guy, reply 5, within a few days, seems that's the new MO. Make a few seemingly harmful replies before unleashing their spam.

Back to the OP. I agree with this,
Rovert10
Err... idk... I am pretty sure we all done some trolling in the past before.


It's just that the majority of us do not do so incessantly or deliberately, since trolling can be subjective. it's the nature of the interwebs really. Brads experience is obviously closely tied to his 9-5 (he wishes i bet). What i see in Stardockia, is the "I'm going to argue with every comment and position anyone posts in my thread" thread.

There have been one or two lately, mostly locked, so i won't link them, but anyone that starts a thread simply to refute any other reply annoys the hell out of me.

Especially when it seems obvious, that was their only intent.

<off topic digression> Jafo, you at Clipsall this weekend?<off topic digression>