LOOKING FOR GAME REVIEWS? I CERTAINLY HOPE SO, BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF THEM.

Review Followups: The Surge & Drifting Lands

Patches can make a world of difference when it comes to games, improving or sabotaging them in various ways that render certain portions of reviews covering their initial launch state fairly obsolete. From Larian patching out fun ways of breaking their games (and as much as I love them, that’s something I’m still bitter about) to The Witcher 2 implementing weird new blurring techniques that actually make the game uglier, I always feel like anything I write for newer games will eventually be made untrue as patches change various things. Because of that, I’m starting a new section for “review followups,” which is where I go back after games have received some patching in order to cover some of the ways they’ve changed. Of course, there may be further patches that change things even more, and there’s really no way of knowing when a game’s patching is over—lest we forget, KOTOR 2 received a patch 10 years after the supposed last one—but a handful of updates should more than suffice to get a feeling for the direction a game is headed in. Read more →

OR MAYBE SCREENSHOTS ARE MORE YOUR SPEED? I HAVE A LOT OF THOSE, TOO.

I ALSO RAMBLE ABOUT STUFF SOMETIMES, IF YOU’RE INTO THAT SORT OF THING.

Steam’s DRM removal myth

Let me start off by saying that this isn’t going to be a hit piece. I don’t hate Steam, or at least not like I used to; the offline mode was a mess and would stop working every other month back when I first started using it, but it’s been solid for quite a few years now and I’ve discovered fun tools like Smart Steam Emu that help with preservation to the point where Steam’s DRM—which not all games even use—is practically a non-issue. For me, at least. That’s not to say that I don’t have any complaints about it, but this isn’t really about Steam itself so much as the seeming myth about the store and its DRM. It’s a claim that you’ll sometimes see pop up out of nowhere with no attribution or proof whatsoever in the middle of Steam-is-DRM arguments: “if Steam goes out of business, they’ll patch the DRM out of all of the games!” Read more →

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