thethingaboutmachines's forum posts

#1 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -

@living4theday258: I've send one now. Hopefully they will get around to this one a little quicker than last time :)

@Funkydupe: I've tried that, but sadly didn't work. I appreciate the advice though!

@doobie: That's Blizzard Support for you.

#2 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -


Like might others I recently bought Sleeping Dogs on PC when it was being sold for 91% off. I've been trying to get this game to work non-stop since I bought it with no such luck. I've tried every suggestion I could find all over the internet, but nothing has worked. I quite honestly don't even know where to begin with what I tried because I've just been going through lists.

When I launch the game a message pops up saying "Failed to start game (app is already running)". I have a feeling it's because of D3D11Insall telling me "Please Install latest service Pack. For instructions on how to install the latest service pack, see Microsoft knowledge article KB935791". My system is fully updated and my graphics card (AMD) has the 12.11 version because somebody suggested testing out the beta as it worked for him.

I would ask steam, but the last time I asked for help (War Z) they took 4 weeks to get back to me, so you folks are my last hope!

Thanks for reading.

#3 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -

I have plenty of DOTA 2 keys to give away. Send me a message and they are yours.

#4 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -

Just bought it for £3 in the UK thanks to the 91% off on Steam.

#5 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -

@Kovie: Thanks very much! I've got it ready on my Ipod to listen to :)

#6 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -


I've been a fan of the Giant Bomb website for about a year now and signed up today simply to post regarding the excellent work the staff have done for the Game Of The Year awards and how seeing Jeff cry almost broke my heart on the latest episode haha.

My real name is Jamie and I'm also a Forensic Science student :) I love meeting new people, so hopefully I'll get to make new friends on this site.

That's about it for me so thanks for reading!

#7 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -

@believer258: I enjoy discussing this type of subject because it does help me understand and broaden my knowledge on the topic. I didn't know much about the R4 card, so thank you helping me understand it a little better and thanks for the comment :)

#8 Posted by thethingaboutmachines (18 posts) -

Now and again I like to write debates about topics I often see floating around, so I figured that I'll put them up here and see what you readers think. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment box below.

Today's topic is: Emulation

If you're a fan of video games and have spent a somewhat respectable amount of time talking on forums or gaming websites, you may have come across the issue of 'emulation'. Despite the questionable legality of the topic, note that this is not a discussion about how and/or where to emulate and/or access copyrighted material, but a discussion on the ethics surrounding the subject.

Allow me to explain: emulation, in video game terms, is the process of using a program that mimics a console and playing games using a program. Now because of the fact that these programs are ran on computers, they are very often used alongside piracy as they use ROM images from the game cart (or in the case of discs, ISO files). This means for many people emulation is piracy, but as far as I'm aware this isn't true (if I'm wrong then teach me why). Many emulators of disc-based consoles (such as the PS1) are capable of running the physical games though a computer's disc drive. In certain countries, it is legal to make back-up copies of games you own.

Regardless of this matter of legality, emulation provides many benefits: one can improve the game experience in ways such as upgrading the visuals to HD; games that were never previously translated can now be, due to the dedication of fans; ROM hacking is now incredibly easy, and can result in the fixing of bugs, the simple improvement of games, and even entirely new games created, just like modding in PC games.

I personally have no problem with emulation in some circumstances, such as with fan translations of games like Mother 3, which would otherwise be almost impossible to play in my country. Similarly I think emulation is fine with older games which would now be only purchasable on Ebay, since in those cases no one benefits from you buying a real copy, and often tracking down a legitimate copy is extremely hard, making emulation by far the easier course of action.

Emulation can be bad though, as people use this process with current gen consoles even though they could buy the game new. The R4 card (allowing people to download DS or 3DS games for free) being a good example of this because it actually hurts the retailer and gives the term 'Emulation' a bad name. Buying a R4 card and getting the games for free sounds good right? Wrong. R4 cards are rather unstable and frequently suffers from corruption. Picture getting deep into a game like Pokemon and then losing all the hard work you put in. Personally I would rather buy a quality product and have fun, rather than download it and suffer from loss of data.

Emulation can either help or destroy the games industry, especially considering old games, which are no longer in production. It's up to the users how they handle it. I hope most people will put it to good use, allowing people like me to finally enjoy Mother 3 or playing Wind Waker in stunning 1080p.