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Steps we're taking as a site for GDPR compliance
21 April 2018 at 12:14 am UTC Likes: 5


Honestly, this just shows ignorance on your part. As someone who has been involved with GDPR compliance stuff at work for the past several months I'd like to point out a few things:

QuoteMost of the internet that has no base in the EU will carry on unchanged

Not quite. It doesn't matter where your business is based in. If you want to offer services to users that are currently in the EU (not just citizens, all residents and even tourists) you must comply. If you don't, you'll either pay fines (4% of global revenue or €20 million, whichever is higher) or you'll likely just get blocked. The EU is wayyy too big of a market for an online based company to ignore, so the vast, vast majority of companies are working on compliance.

Every day I interact with dozens of online businesses from all over the world and I haven't seen a single one not working on GDPR compliance. Not a single one. Make of that what you will.

Quotethis will spur technology innovations to get out of the EU or they will mascaraed around a facade of compliance.

Only if your "innovation" is based on harvesting people's data without their consent and/or against their will. GDPR simply asks you to:

- have an actual, justifiable use case for using personal data
- obtaining explicit, narrow, opt-in constent (so no pre-checked checkboxes), separately for all use cases
- and disallowing you from refusing service to users who don't consent to your data collection

Basically, the regulation says don't do creepy shit with people's personal data and if your "innovation" depends on doing just that, I'm perfectly happy for it to get out of the EU.


All that said, it's highly unlikely for any member state to actively go after mom and pop businesses; compliance is expected from everyone but the fines are mostly aimed at data collecting giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc who will most definitely be complying as none of them want to be made an example of.

Shovel Knight sells 2 million copies, Linux sales account for 1.1% of Steam sales
12 April 2018 at 1:59 pm UTC Likes: 1

Liamloading up a Windows install for some games (something I read about people doing quite often).

For every game that looks like it's Windows-only, I first try to see if there is/will be a Linux version soon (say, 3-4 months max). If there is, I happily wait. If not, I boot into Windows 7 that I keep specifically for this reason.

While I appreciate the efforts of Feral et al. even their announcements (let alone the actual port) tend to come many months, if not years after the Windows release (just look at the latest Tomb Raider).

If I were to wait forever just for the chance of an announcement I would have never experienced, say, Witcher 3 and I'm just not willing to do that.

Eastshade, an absolutely gorgeous looking adventure game about a travelling painter will come to Linux
13 March 2018 at 12:56 pm UTC

Sold, based on that trailer alone. Thanks for the heads up Liam.

Strategy adventure game 'Pathway' looks awesome in the new trailer, Linux support confirmed
13 March 2018 at 12:53 pm UTC Likes: 1

QuoteThey say each playthrough will generate a new campaign on a procedural map

In my experience, procedural generation in a single player campaign always comes at the expense of a proper story which is either very shallow or doesn't exist at all.

If this game isn't like that, I'd love to be corrected. It looks gorgeous and I definitely want to play it if there is a good, well-written story.

GOG adds the Linux version of party-based RPG Pyre
8 March 2018 at 1:04 pm UTC Likes: 1

QuoteI’ve still not set aside time to play it, apparently I’m crazy. Do let us know what you think about Pyre in the comments.

I’m a huuge Supergiant Games fan. For me, every game they made was better than the previous one. Bastion was great, Transistor was amazing (played it 4 times, not a single second of boredom) but Pyre is on a whole another level. It’s less game-y and more visual novel like, which I wasn’t so sure about when I first heard it, but after a single playthrough I think it was an excellent decision. The story, writing and music are extremely impressive and you feel a real connection to the characters in your party.

You should definitely play it Liam!

Sci-fi mystery 'The Station' has released, it’s a short but memorable experience
20 February 2018 at 9:27 pm UTC Likes: 3

liamdaweIf I enjoy a game, it's worth whatever I paid for it.

Exactly, I can be perfectly happy with a $30/1 hour game and also utterly regret a $15/20 hour one.

Surviving Mars now has another trailer and pre-orders open up with three different editions
13 February 2018 at 7:37 pm UTC Likes: 2

stretch611when a game has pre-planned expansions it usually is incomplete, if development on a certain feature will not be complete by a deadline, they just skip adding the feature until the next expansion. And this can happen easily.

I'll wait for the game is done before I consider buying.

You'll be waiting a long, long time then. Paradox games are known to be updated for many years after release. CK2, for example, is 6 years old and is still getting major updates regularly.

Finally, it's not like they are holding back existing content just so they can charge you more later. Somebody comes up with an idea, stuff nobody even thought of, and it becomes a major update years down the line. Again, for example, Stellaris is getting it's 2.0 update in just a few days which is basically a whole new game. They could easily release it as "Stellaris 2" and charge full price for it, but personally I much prefer this continuously updated development approach that keeps a game alive for a decade or more.

The Fall Part 2: Unbound to release with Linux support on Feb 13, new trailer has arrived
8 February 2018 at 6:44 pm UTC

Wow, this is great news. After years of silence, I was 100% convinced the game was dead and we would never get the rest of the story.

The Talos Principle going Fusion, Croteam dropping OpenGL & Serious Sam 4 still coming
5 January 2018 at 5:29 pm UTC

GustyGhostRoad to Gehenna was okay but felt like it was just standing in the shadow of the Talos Principle. But then again what should I expect from just DLC addon?

Assuming you are only speaking about the story (and not gameplay), it's the other way around for me. While I was very impressed with the main narrative (philosophy done well is extremely rare in games), the DLC was on a whole other level.

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