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Why is there a copy protection system in the graphics, and is it crippling the game?

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Why is there a copy protection system in the graphics, and is it crippling the game?

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Arkanovi
01.11.2012 , 12:53 PM | #501
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthSublimitas View Post
Stephen, I have a Masters in IT - I can point you in the dirction of this particular piece of technology. If indeed it is being used, then this poses a lot of problems - not only redering isssues but placing pieces of software on people's computers that they are not aware of - there could be serious legal ramifications if the latter is the case...
Also Stephen, I am studying a Masters in Physics and Astrophysics, and intend on applying for a PhD in Quantum Dot applications to computing. With this in mind, if you are using a quantum computer to run game servers, I hope you aren't directly observing them or their quantum behaviour will stop.

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mesha
01.11.2012 , 12:54 PM | #502
Quote: Originally Posted by FaithInChaoz View Post
since i know bioware for so long, actually they are 1 of the only company that ONLY THINKS FOR THE GAMERS, not for the CASH and thats practicaly proved by the years
Complete and total ********.

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GHeissi
01.11.2012 , 12:54 PM | #503
Quote: Originally Posted by agrippa View Post
Having "A Masters in IT" makes me think you went to a national university and not somewhere reputable. That is also like Saying I have a masters in science, very non specific.
It doesn't matter, you can claim anything you want, why not claim something non-specific?

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agrippa
01.11.2012 , 12:54 PM | #504
Quote: Originally Posted by FaithInChaoz View Post
all i can say this thread is absolute lame, pull yourself together guys, stop speculating on things that are beyond you.

since i know bioware for so long, actually they are 1 of the only company that ONLY THINKS FOR THE GAMERS, not for the CASH and thats practicaly proved by the years

althou with EA involved they might turn bioware visions into the $$$, i just hope they will keep their spirit up and dont give up to EA greediness :P

and i`m certain if anything stupid like this as the OP suggest is involved Bioware 10000% will first talk to the gamers about this before anything else

what i can say... lame thread is lame
Did you not play the cash grab that was Dragons Age 2?

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Tiron_Raptor
01.11.2012 , 12:54 PM | #505
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthTHC View Post
The "smell test" of conspiracy theories is to answer a single question: WHY?

Why would BioWare put all this nefarious code in place? Why would they create high-quality textures and then not use them? Not only not use them, but attempt to cover them up?

They're a business. They want to make a profit. That is their only driving force.

Please answer the "WHY?" question within that context.
Because people running private servers that can be logged into for free reduces the need to give them money to play on their servers. The Chinese in particular seem to have a thing for doing this.

By removing some critical assets from the client, and preventing them from being reconstructed, you could make private servers at the least difficult to create, and at the worst nonfunctional or at least missing important assets.

It might also be easier to demonstrate code theft, if the private server guy somehow got ahold of the 'secret' part of the equation.
One day my body will be able to take my brain out in public without it embarrassing us.

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Mandrax
01.11.2012 , 12:54 PM | #506
Quote: Originally Posted by agrippa View Post
Having "A Masters in IT" makes me think you went to a national university and not somewhere reputable. That is also like Saying I have a masters in science, very non specific.
They guy you quoted said he did NOT have a masters in IT.
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miliways
01.11.2012 , 12:55 PM | #507
Quote: Originally Posted by nonforma View Post
Well the decryption would be on-the-fly, so only as needed. And it's quite possible, especially with caching and pre-loading. You can encrypt entire hard drives boot an OS on them, decrypting/encrypting as you go.

I'm not aware of any other MMO doing this but there's always a first with new copy protection methods.
It would drag the game performance to a halt. Your OS takes 5 minutes to boot if its doing decryption on-the-fly, and it doesn't have 3D real-time graphics in the back ground to worry about.

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Incendergel
01.11.2012 , 12:55 PM | #508
Maybe it is just me, maybe not but most of us, if not all, have more compute under our desks than what we went to the moon with. Just food for though /rollseyes

I mean seriously - don't be BIG BROTHER here. Let the people choose what options they want to set. If they want eye candy in its full glory let them pay the price either in performance or computer upgrades. Hell, you are doing your part by helping the economy (and we all know what mess that is in the U.S. huh?). If the end user wants performance but doesn't have the horsepower then let them turn off some stuff.

Then let your development team go off and play with higher performing clients that you can roll out in later patches. But this shouldn't be a issue with todays hardware. Even if we have older gen Intel or AMD cpu's we can spend 80 bucks, buy a SSD, install the game there, and thus removes any bandwidth limitations on moving textures between CPU, GPU, and what not.

I'm not even going to get into the whole computers have this wonderful thing called CACHE or how much memory the GPU's have today. Don't be shy - use it.

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agrippa
01.11.2012 , 12:55 PM | #509
Quote: Originally Posted by GHeissi View Post
It doesn't matter, you can claim anything you want, why not claim something non-specific?
I went to YALE kind Sir! and got a PHd in Flame Reduction.

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Superpescado
01.11.2012 , 12:55 PM | #510
This thread is the worst example of mob mentality I have yet to see on the general forum. One person makes an unsubstantiated claim and it turns into a 50 page nightmare with an official response from the moderator.

So many good threads just die because of garbage like this. As always mob rules and calm, rational thinking takes a back seat.