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Anger Risen… 3

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I haven’t been this angry about a game in a long time.

I picked up Risen 3 complete pack on the Steam Summer Sale. I’m pretty sure I got the original two through Humble Bundle a long time ago, but I’ve only played about 5 minutes on one of them. That was also a long time ago.

I was looking for a new RPG and really wanted to play something new. Without boring you with the details, just let me say that I felt like I needed to buy something this Summer Sale in particular. Just before I moved to Minnesota, I decided to install and try Risen 2. For whatever reason, it constantly crashed on launch, and I was unable to play it at all. This happens, especially with older games, when you try to play them on anything higher than Windows 7Microsoft is trying to make sure everyone is on Windows 10, and I believe they are subtly changing things in the previous versions of Windows to make older games stop working.

I like Deep Silver, so I figured I’d give Risen 3 a try. It loaded up perfectly and automatically had all the graphics settings proper, so I was excited. I went in and changed my controls, like I do with EVERY GAME, and started the bad boy up. Apparently, I had unbound certain commands, because going through the first couple minutes of the game teaches you button commands. I got to the above scene and found out that I had left “Secondary Weapon” blank. as a result, I could not continue in the game. Trust me, I pressed every single button on the keyboard. I had to ALT TAB out and end the program.

Deep Silver is not new to gaming. This is amateur hour. If a button is required to play, it should be an alert before you start playing if it is not. At the very least, let a guy press ESC and set the button that is needed. Nope… this one just hangs there.

Like I said, I haven’t been so mad at a game in a long time. This is the fastest refund I’ve ever requested.

WA Wants Valve to Stop Selling to Citizens

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Gambling for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been a source of contention for some time now. Apparently, the kids are gambling for… skins? Is that… is that a thing?

No, but seriously, the Steam API lets third-party websites to set up games for themselves with prizes being items from Steam, specifically skins from CS:GO. This has been in the news before, but this is the first time that some serious attention has been given.

Washington state regulators from the Washington State Gambling Commission issued a statement to Valve threatening civil and legal action if they are not able to prove that they are adhering to state law. Valve had until October 14th to issue that statement, but they ended up missing that date.

“I am disappointed that Valve Corporation missed Friday’s deadline, but encouraged that they have committed to responding today,” WSGC director David Trujillo said. “I look forward to reviewing their response in detail.” (Source: PCGamer)

When Valve did reply, it was what might be the most strongly-worded legalese ever.

“We do not understand the legal or factual reasoning supporting this position, from the Commission’s letter or from our conversations with the Commission. We are also unsure of how you propose we do this. If there is a specific criminal statute or regulation you believe Valve is violating, please provide a citation… We would be happy to cooperate with the Commission, if it is able to identify more skins gambling sites that are illegal in Washington and the Steam accounts through which they operate,” Valve said. “We welcome the chance for further communication with the Commission.” (Source: Eurogamer)

I wanted to wait until this issue was finished to report on it, but after reading Valve’s reply, I doubt Washington is going to pursue this further. If I’m wrong, I’ll be happy to let you know.

Valve making some AWESOME moves

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Steam Dev Days just wrapped up and we learned several awesome things! Here’s a quick breakdown, or you can visit the official page and see what you can find there.

  • Samsung and Valve have teamed up to allow gamers to stream their gaming session from their gaming rig to their TV. If you’re still here with dry pants, maybe you should read about it over at hd-report.com
  • All of you PS4 owners that are frustrated that you have to buy an Xbox controller to game on your PC, you will soon be able to use your PS4 controller. Also, your Steam Controller is going to have better support, but it’s clear the lead story of this is the PS4 thing…
  • Check out the new VR Controllers that will soon be in your hands. Literally. Your hands.
  • There are more than 10,000 games on Steam. So… that happened.

British Advertising Regulator Officially “Looking Into” No Man’s Sky

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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has opened an investigation into the oft-controversial No Man’s Sky. I don’t have a dog in this race because I stayed away from that whole debacle, but I know a lot of people who are on either side of the fence about No Man’s Sky.

I’ve never heard of the ASA, which makes sense since I’m an ignorant American, but I thought it was odd that a British group was looking into these claims when our own Federal Trade Commission wasn’t. I know that Hello Games, makers of No Man’s Sky, is a British company, but most articles on this subject refer to advertisements on the Steam page for No Man’s Sky. At the end of the day, I’d hope that this case is actually looked at very carefully instead of it being brushed aside because “the yanks didn’t do anything about it, so we won’t either.”

You may know that I’m pretty harsh when it comes to lies in gaming. You may also know that I tend to blame stupid consumers who allow these horrible things to happen without causing an uproar. Knowing those two things, you may be wondering where I stand on this whole shit show. Honestly, I couldn’t ever say it better than WhatCulture did in this video.