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Steam Machines

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They look quite cool, I’m just afraid after seeing some eyewatering prices.

EA’s Origin Spying Stuff

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Well, there’s a lot of reasons I’ve been rather upset on EA in recent years, mostly for shamelessly spamming you to to use their online stuff even after you bought their games, but I just stumbled onto a debate about it’s Origin service Eula. Apparently it relies on nobody reading it to say that if you install it you give it full authorization to send a lot of data about you.

 You agree that EA may collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol Address), operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including online services. EA may also use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a form that does not personally identify you. IF YOU DO NOT WANT EA TO COLLECT, USE, STORE, TRANSMIT OR DISPLAY THE DATA DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION, PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THE APPLICATION.

 

Some interesting discussion on the subject on “The Escapist” forums:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.308724-EAs-Origin-is-creepy-and-watches-you-sleep

with some quite upset reactions:

Dirty Hipsters :
Well ok, not really, but EA’s Origin does watch everything you do on your computer.
If you read the End User License Agreement for Origin it states that by installing Origin you’re giving EA the right to monitor your PC and to make a profile of you, including what programs you have installed (and whether you have any illegally downloaded material), what websites you use, etc., and that EA reserves the right to share or sell this information to third parties.
Why have I heard NOTHING about this yet? Where is the outrage? Is it just that no one actually reads the EULA, or is it that in the age of facebook no one cares about people monitoring everything they do?

and some more here with some steam discussion thrown in for the mix:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.338236-Steam-vs-Origin-EULA-privacy-and-whatnot

and an article here:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/08/24/eas-origin-eula-proves-even-more-sinister/

PS: one good thing i have to say about Origin is that they recently got onto the humble bundle wagon and I might actually be able to buy Dead Island Riptide on it while Steam gives into the bullying of the German regulators.

Free PC copy of Metro 2033

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Metro 2033

If you visit freemetrogame.com and follow the instructions you can retrieve a key to download a copy of the game free via Steam.

PS: Works only with Steam

World of Goo sale :D [steam price alert]

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For the next 22h it’s at 2.25 sale I thought i should mention this as the game is a real gem. Other goodies I spot there: Patrician 4 & The Orange Box.

Nov 24-29 daily Steam deals

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Even the first day is quite amazing! Check it out, u might find something u always wanted at a super cheap price.

Sam & Max S1E4 free on steam

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Yep, u can stop rubbing your eyes in disbelief. This is a very well kept secret, but it’s true. They’re giving it away :D A bit tough to find but if you head on over to http://store.steampowered.com/app/8230/ you’ll notice that, unlike all the other episodes, instead of the “buy game”, there’s a “install game” button, so if you’ve been meaning to give this adventure/puzzle game series a try, here’s your chance. I haven’t finished it so I can’t say much about it (though if it’s anything like the old game it’s humor is very weird :P Give it a try! Meet the aggressive white bunny! :D

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