TheAceOfSkulls
I was wondering why he kept going “aaaaaace whyyyyyyyy” in skype
THE LESS SAID, THE HAPPIER WE WILL ALL BE
sonira:

have you tried to explain to your friends and family that you have in fact received a rich education from the esteemed bird school, only to be met with scoffs, rebuttals, and general doubt? no more, for today you can provide the naysayers with concrete evidence of your breathtaking intellect. print out your bird school degree today and tell the world, “i went to bird school, which is for birds!”
(300 dpi 8 inch by 6 inch file available here.)

sonira:

have you tried to explain to your friends and family that you have in fact received a rich education from the esteemed bird school, only to be met with scoffs, rebuttals, and general doubt? no more, for today you can provide the naysayers with concrete evidence of your breathtaking intellect. print out your bird school degree today and tell the world, “i went to bird school, which is for birds!”

(300 dpi 8 inch by 6 inch file available here.)

Today has been a pretty pun filled night. I want to apologize to zehir-zefar-zewhereveryouare for having to bear the brunt of it though as I waited for Dragon Age Origins to finish downloading on the PS3.

Those got… bad…

Just a misunderstanding brought up because of the general attitude of the fandom in its respective tag. the-frostling confirmed as pretty chill (didn’t mean it; not apologizing for it) and willing to listen to and participate in civil discussion.

Tonight began with Dragon Age related shenanigans, and you must believe that I never intended for it to end with questions of consumer rights regarding the licensing of software and the eventually examination of licensing agreements between a software provider and its users, but still the roads we walk take us strange places.

the-frostling:

theaceofskulls:

I’m kind of upset with EA/BSN (mostly EA) for being able to keep track of the fact that I own the license to one of its DLCs, but deciding that it is only for one platform.

Hell, it allows me to select which platform I wish to buy the DLC for rather than say… Allowing me to use it on any platform…

The problem with this is that not only does Bioware have to put in extra programming hours so it can work on other platforms, but EA also has to pay license fees for each platform.

Secondly, Steam is not a developer. It doesn’t matter to them because they have the licences already and they don’t have to pay more for giving you a better deal.

The PSVita was made to work together with the PS3 and the PS4, its more of an add-on than another system. PSTV is going to be replacing it for the PS4.

Since the Keep is browser based if there are any problems they can be fixed quickly and cheaply.

I’m not talking about them giving me the PS3 license for a game I bought on the 360.

I’m talking about the fact that they utilize Origins to provide a unified profile of my licenses and yet I am unable to utilize these licenses granted to me by EA on the the EA platform running on my PC.

Also, Steam is owned by Valve. You do understand that Valve granting me access to Portal and Portal 2 on the PC is effectively what I’m describing here? If not, I’m sorry I left out the fact that I wanted the licenses for the PC earlier.

As for the Vita, it’s the PSN that’s the more important framework of discussion. the PSN tracks all of my purchases made on it and allows me to use it on these devices that access it. Once again, this is what I’m pointing out with the specific console within a console.

And lastly, the Keep utilizes Origin’s profile tracking system to use data I’m uploading to it from various devices connected to Origin to provide data to EA and then back to whatever device I intend to play Inquisition on. Once again, the cloud service of this keeping track of data could be used to grant me permissions I technically have access to.

If you are going to say that I am buying licenses rather than products (which was a horrible decision that nearly killed the modding scene and led to the rise of some TERRIBLE DRM in an attempt to combat piracy) you should honor that I have the rights to this license. This is actually the case in certain countries where companies are required to replace stolen games if I recall correctly.

I understand the lack of feasibility when dealing with entities beyond EA but when I’m dealing solely with EA and their Origin service, I feel as though if they want me to have loyalty to their brand they need to provide me reason to trust the service, and honor licenses made crossplatforms from them would be a good place to start.

800 MS or BW points costs $9.99

I’ve paid this money, it’s not as though these values fluctuate and I’m cheating the system somehow.

Acknowledge my purchases and I’ll be willing to actually fluidly buy your products to match my console preferences.

Think about it, it builds brand loyalty, which is something you’ve been DESPERATE for.

EA: Not a single shit given about multiplatform users despite wanting Origin to be a part of every console you game on.

I’m kind of upset with EA/BSN (mostly EA) for being able to keep track of the fact that I own the license to one of its DLCs, but deciding that it is only for one platform.

Hell, it allows me to select which platform I wish to buy the DLC for rather than say… Allowing me to use it on any platform I have the game on and thus encouraging me to use its Origin service more often.

KIND OF LIKE WHAT GOT ME INTO STEAM IN THE FIRST PLACE WITH THEIR PORTAL 2 OFFER

(I bold this to continually remind EA that I started using Valve’s service, which I couldn’t even fully make use of at the time due to my crappy laptop because of this offer to recognize my existing library)

Or what got me to check out the PSVita and then further pouring more money into the PSN without fear that my purchases were going to waste.

Hell, Uplay recognizes my Points earned there regardless of the system I play it on. This is basic stuff that you are lagging behind on, and it’s something I feel you should address considering you want to do something similar with Dragon Age Keep to ensure people their progress will be valid regardless of where they began their journey on.