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1  Aquaria / General / Re: Will this run on an Asus EEE on: July 13, 2008, 01:40:17 PM
*megabump*

It runs beautifully in XP on my 701 4G Eee PC, with the RAM upgraded to 2GB - and it'd run better if you overclocked (or, given the CPU is underclocked, uh... clocked) the CPU. I assume that the Linux version will work just as well!
2  Aquaria / General / Re: I have found a word describing Aquaria's ending on: March 29, 2008, 12:37:03 PM
Aquaria would be much so better if it were one of those stainless steel knife sets you see for 50% off if you use your credit card and call in the next 10 minutes. [size=0]You know, and the jagged one can cut through frozen sardine cans and you're like "Wow, if I ever need to cut through frozen sardine cans I'll be set".[/size]  What were you guys thinking?
3  Aquaria / Gameplay / Re: Who know the effect of the rainbow soup? on: March 14, 2008, 09:52:05 AM
The rainbow soup has exactly the effect that you see, and nothing more (unless someone can correct me?). So yes, just for fun.
4  Bit Blot / Off-Topic / Re: It's a tarp! on: March 14, 2008, 09:47:55 AM
"NoScript" Smiley
5  Bit Blot / Off-Topic / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 05, 2008, 12:23:20 PM
Heh, but schools don't test how well you can actually speak or write the language, they test how well you can bullshit letters to <insert-pertinent-nationality-here> penpals Tongue
6  Bit Blot / Off-Topic / Re: Birthdays on: February 26, 2008, 02:52:34 PM
Happy birthday, Toom!
7  Aquaria / General / Re: I wish I was going to GDC :( on: February 19, 2008, 01:27:17 AM
How did the 'Evolving Aquaria' presentation go?
8  Bit Blot / Games / Re: Our Favorite Downloadable Games on: February 17, 2008, 01:06:44 PM
I tried Armadillo Run, and while it's very clever it kinda bored me. You'd have to be blind to miss it given the previous link, but nevertheless it's worth mentioning that Crayon Physics Deluxe is coming out sometime soon, and unlike the original prototype it doesn't turn everything into rectangles Tongue
9  Aquaria / General / Re: Aquaria hit the P2P on: February 17, 2008, 04:43:15 AM
Well, trying to legitimize their actions is just a load of bologna.  The disclaimers on these sites say things such as "It is legal to download this game if the company has gone out of business" or "You are authorized to download one copy to replace your own if you lost or broke yours".  I remember claims on rom servers saying "You can download roms for 24 hours before being required to delete them".  The hell?  They're just confusing the ones who don't want to break any laws, and the real pirates are pretty much going to ignore it anyway.  It's just wishful thinking and vain attempts to avoid lawsuits.

How many games would have been lost to the cosmos if someone wasn't keeping a backup copy of it somewhere?  You could do a simple search for "roms" or "abandonware" and see huge lists of games you probably never even heard of.  Now, if you were saving these games for posterity, that'd be a commendable effort.  You'll be praised and lauded by others who appreciate the free exchange and preservation of data.  It's like being the Internet version of Robin Hood or something.  But these sites basically operate on the premise of, who's going to stop us?  I'm not an accountant or lawyer, but I would be willing to guess that with these games being thrown around in disregard of copyright laws, it basically means that your copyright is worth jack shit.  Why do we even have copyright laws then?  Why do they have a 100 year lifespan and not just die with the company?  (This is a whole different beast of a discussion though)

Maybe people who download abandonware consider themselves connoisseurs  or historians or anti-copyright activists.  Just realize that you're indulging in a guilty pleasure.
HotU, one of the best abandonware sites (though now, regrettably, dead), contains no such disclaimers, only hosts files if the game could not be found in online stores and removes titles immediately if a copyright owner or their representative requests it; clearly you use a broad brush. In practical terms copyright is 'worth jack shit', as is money, law and any other social construct - but, as you say, that's another can of worms. There is no legal basis on which 'abandonware' is legitimate, but do you honestly believe that enforcing arbitrary restrictions from which none gain is sensible? That the creators of the games would prefer them to gather dust than be appreciated? I have no pretentions of anarchism or connoisseurship, I'm simply pointing out that you conflate legality and morality, and so I remind you that abandonware is not a guilty pleasure,  merely an illegal one Wink No other form of piracy, to my mind, is in a similar position.
10  Aquaria / General / Re: Aquaria hit the P2P on: February 16, 2008, 02:59:50 PM
I think claiming a moral imperative against pirating 'abandonware' is a bit much. Sure, anyone who attempts to make a legal distinction doesn't know what they're talking about, but leaving classics untouched at the whims of bean counters, particularly in an age where the selling of products for download is so effortless, strikes me as an entirely arbitrary proscription - the tenth commandment is not Thou Shalt Not Breach Copyright. I don't particularly feel that any other piracy is justifiable, but I'm not going to judge anyone in that regard. Unless they try to justify it Tongue
11  Aquaria / Gameplay / Re: Help! I'm Stuck! on: February 08, 2008, 07:16:03 AM
Glamador, yeah, 'twas something people were saying over at TIGS I think, but given Alec said they didn't really expect people to find all the memories on the first run I'm starting to question its veracity. Or whether I got it the wrong way round >.>
 
EDIT: Alphasoldier, I don't think it's an issue; it works to foreshadow Li's discovery if they haven't found him yet, and encourages the more curious to look for him.
12  Aquaria / General / Re: Random Thoughts... on: February 08, 2008, 02:06:09 AM
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13  Aquaria / Gameplay / Re: Help! I'm Stuck! on: February 08, 2008, 02:01:36 AM
I wish there would've been some sort of thing in the sun temple that would need Li, though, so that you have to already find him there.

But then you'd see the thing at the top of the Sun temple after you see Li, which is apparently the wrong order (though it's the way I saw it).

That's not what I said, and you can use the light giving jellyfish to go through there.
The Octopus Prime fight is *meant* to be too difficult without the sun form, hence spraying ink and creating darkness etc.
14  Aquaria / Modding / Re: Naija sprites on: February 07, 2008, 04:05:17 AM
Alec was working on the override for this. I'm watinig for it, since emotions are essential for my mod character Tongue

Haha, I read that as 'emoticons' and got a strange image of singing notes replaced by smilies Tongue
15  Bit Blot / Games / Re: Gamer confessions on: January 26, 2008, 10:38:04 AM
Falls to instant death? Missing a jump by a pixel? Infuriating fighting? Clich├ęd plot? Sounds like it follows right on from its predecessors  Azn

You couldn't reverse time, in them, though Sad
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