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Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment have officially joined Microsoft
11 November 2018 at 3:52 pm UTC

oldrocker99Obsidian was snappy after their Kickstarter funding; Wasteland 2, and PoE were released in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Wasteland 2 was inXile.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd9muK2M36c

Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment have officially joined Microsoft
11 November 2018 at 8:02 am UTC Likes: 15

...Could people please stop with that "have joined" euphemism? It's bullcrap. They've been bought. It's bad enough that the company that's been bought has to write that in their press release, to make the buyer not look like a monster. But that everyone then copies that shit, that's just infuriating.

On-topic, I'm just disappointed. I guess that's the punishment for me saying that I'm ready for thousands more games like Pillars of Eternity and Torment: Tides of Numenera. Now they'll exist, but won't run on Linux. Haha, how ironic.

Red Embrace: Hollywood is a Visual Novel that will take you through life as a Vampire
22 October 2018 at 1:22 pm UTC

Yeah, okay, I'm team Randal. Revolutionary, check, and it's probably no secret that I have a thing for beards

Game developer revokes a user's Steam key after negative review
21 October 2018 at 2:39 pm UTC Likes: 2

DelicieuxzWhat you're arguing for, that a license can be enforceably terminated for modifying a personal instance of a GPL software

As soon as you distribute the software, binary or source, in any form, commercially or non-commercially, the GPL applies to you. In the case of the AGPL, providing an online service also counts as distributing the software.

As long as the modified software doesn't leave your own personal hardware, no foul. If you give it to a friend, bam, the GPL applies. You upload the source to Github, blam, the GPL applies.

And if you violate the GPL, the license is forfeit, and you can't use the software at all anymore. (The details here, exactly when that happens and when you're in good standing again, differs between the GPLv2 and GPLv3.)

[Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.]

...Also, how the heck did a discussion about licenses start here in the article comments? O_o

Game developer revokes a user's Steam key after negative review
21 October 2018 at 8:59 am UTC Likes: 2

thykrYou have to keep in mind that the developers are human beings too.
The person who did this probably had a bad day, was very fed up already and read this review and took it personally or something, which lead to them over-reacting. It happens to everybody once in a while.

It doesn't help that game devs are basically expected to interact with reviews, especially if they're going the early access route.

This is completely different from, say, the writing community. There, "don't read reviews" is a common mantra, and if you do read a review, don't respond to it. There's a few examples where writers did respond to user reviews badly (Anne Rice is an often quoted example), and it never reflected well on them.

Writing a helpful review is a skill like any other, any most people are not particularily good at it. Now imagine wading through lots of lots of user reviews, most of them not really all that useful to you to improve on your craft, most of them contradicting each other, some laced with insults against the work you've spent considerable time on.

Sure, lashing out doesn't help either, and it's a crappy thing to do, but it is, in parts, understandable that it might happen.

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
13 October 2018 at 7:38 pm UTC Likes: 1

Purple Library Guyshouldn't all that FAT stuff be running out at some point? It's friggin' ancient!

[url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT"]exFAT[/url] != FAT. Their patents are still effective for at least 10 years.

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
11 October 2018 at 6:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

BeamboomTheir dedication is of a very wide nature and involves a lot of areas. Examples are aplenty: Linux version of Visual Studio Code (and a bloody good editor it is too) and MSSQL server, investment in time and money on the Linux Foundation, cooperation with both Canonical and Redhat on running their distros on Azure and Windows 10, change to supporting GIT over their own versioning system, I mean... I could go on and on. The list really is extensive. This is just how it is.

I have a question for you: how does that boot taste?

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
10 October 2018 at 9:54 pm UTC Likes: 5

ShmerlWhat I wonder about, is whether exFAT and ActiveSync implementations can be used in Linux distros without patent threats from MS now.

No: http://ebb.org/bkuhn/blog/2018/10/10/microsoft-oin-exfat.html

QuoteMost importantly, the non-aggression pact only applies to the upstream versions of software, including Linux itself. [...] While we at Conservancy were successful in getting the code that implements exfat for Linux released under GPL (by Samsung), that code has not been upstreamed into Linux. So, Microsoft has not included any patents they might hold on exfat into the patent non-aggression pact.

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