Friday, January 14, 2011

Legit Proof

What happened to Legit Proof? The site has been down for 3 days at this point. This site was a great resource for competitive gamers because it gave your track record of all the leagues and teams you had played on with your applicable gamer ID (like Steam ID or whatever). So if you had a Steam ID for 5 years and had used it in a couple leagues and teams it probably meant you were legit because you had done all that playing and hadn't gotten banned. I, and some gamers, was interested in getting www.GetGosu.com listed here so that people playing at Get Gosu would be building up their legitness credibility as well. I hope their site comes back online!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Best Idea Ever: Female KITT + David Hasselhoff Remake

Ok, this is the best idea ever, and will make for the best entertainment ever on say, youtube. I am only not doing this myself because I am not a big enough fan of Knight Rider and it would take me forever to watch every episode and splice all this together.

Someone needs to:

Re-make Knight Rider by doing a voice over of KITT in a hot female voice. Splice everything together to make for an epically entertaining romantic and or bizarrely frustrating relationship between KITT and David Hasselhoff. If you can't make a series out of it please at least give me 5 minutes of LOLZ.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

This is Seriously the Best Place to Play eSports Tournaments

The following is a press release from www.GetGosu.com. GetGosu, is the best place to play online eSports tournaments. You can play a whole tournament in one night, it is pretty awesome. They have it all wired up to play for money prizes as well (your winnings go into your account as soon as you win).

Here is the original press release:


Bryn Mawr, PA - Tens of thousands of superior PC gamers have gone unrecognized and under-rewarded for too long. They've collectively logged millions of hours played, recorded hundreds of millions of frags, yet only a tiny fraction of gamers have been able to call themselves professional gamers. GetGosu Tournament Gaming is changing that, now anyone with the right skills and abilities can become a professional gamer.

Starting on Saturday, New Years Day 2011 (1/1/11), Hit the Sticks LLC is offering daily, easy-to-use, pay-to-play, sponsor-independent, online PC gaming tournaments. With the launch of GetGosu, Hit the Sticks is opening up a world of opportunity to the amateur gamers looking to go pro and get paid to play their favorite video games.

Running its proprietary tournament platform, GetGosu allows gamers to securely enter scheduled or sit-and-go tournaments with the opportunity to compete as amateurs (for fun) or to play professionally (for cash prizes). Additionally, a simple-to-use system allows players to create customized profile pages and gaming clan pages. Recruiting teammates and entering tournaments is as simple as clicking a single button.

To learn more and get started earning money for your gaming skills, visit www.GetGosu.com today.
Game play (amateur and professional) is limited to players 15 or older. Applicable local, state and federal taxes may apply to winnings. Currently supported titles include Counter Strike : Source and Counter Strike 1.6.

About Hit The Sticks LLC.

Based in Bryn Mawr PA, Hit the Sticks LLC specializes in adding value to PC and video game titles by expanding games' interactivity and community reach.

Media Contact
Hit the Sticks LLC
Chief Communications Officer
Marc Zeiger-Guerra
marczg@getgosu.com
twitter.com/getgosu
+1.646.484.9891

Google Adwords Inaccuracy

So I think this is pretty funny, well it is funny outside of the fact that I am being charged per click for something that is impossible: a 200% click through rate??
1 impression and 2 clicks...that is impossible. If it is a race condition (i.e. the person clicked the advertisement very quickly twice so both clicks got fed to Google's servers at basically the same time, then I cannot believe that Google can't figure out to enforce a constraint that you cannot have more clicks than impressions...

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Sometimes I see in my Adwords Billing section that money has been refunded to my account for billing inaccuracies (click quality) or however Google phrases it, so I hope these show up there too...

Oh, and while I am complaining about Google, I'd like to mention that I have recently noticed tons of Groupon ads and ads for some new Google product. There is one particular site that I was targeting that I was getting clicks for around $0.65, now Groupon (who was almost purchased by Google) and these Google ads are everywhere...and now if I want to show up on the site I have to pay like $1.50 per click. Is this fair? I mean, if Google is bidding against me...how is that at all fair? That sounds like a rigged game to me. Who oversees this kind of thing? The FCC? Does the FCC regulate Google? Not that I have heard of, I have heard of the FCC regulating TV and Radio ads, but have not heard about the FCC (or any government agency) being involved in regulating online advertising. I can't believe I actually want government over-site in a matter, but really, it seems like we might need it if Google can rig the game like that...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Antonio "cyx" Daniloski Dies Tragically

cyx died today, the 29th of July 2010, in a fatal car accident that occurred on his way home from the Frankfurt airport. cyx was just 20 years old. The accident was caused by a flat tire that blew out causing control of the car to be lost. cyx will be missed by his friends and family. cyx will also be missed by his eSports family and team: mousesports and by his eSPorts fans around the world. R.I.P Toni, you were a great inspiration for us counter strike players always trying to be as good as you, and it was always a pleasure to watch your matches.

It seems like the mousesports forums are pretty quiet these days, if you want to leave condolences for Toni then I suggest you head to his ESL profile (Toni pwned ESL) which is here: www.esl.eu/de/pro-series/season11/cs/5on5/player/guestbook/cyx/

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

VAC Forums on Steam website

Awhile back I made a post on the steampowered forums regarding the VAC category having no real reason for existing. Today I wandered into the forums again and was amused that the song remains the same. Here is what I observed awhile back and again just today:

The VAC forum category at steampowered.com is hilarious. Outside of the stickies, zero (0) of the threads in the VAC forum category has any reason for existing. The response to literally every single thread created in this forum category should be “read the stickies,” making the VAC forums utterly inane. The VAC forum category should be closed permanently as it is utterly pointless.

These are the questions and answers to EVERY single thread in this forum:

1. How can I report a cheater?

You cannot report a cheater on these forums, so do not even try. VAC is an automated system that bans people automatically; we will not listen to any hearsay about a “confirmed” cheater that you might provide.

2. I see gamer XYZ and he has obviously been cheating for two weeks, why hasn’t he been banned yet?

One of two reasons, either:

A. The hack has yet to be detected. Please understand that we are making our best effort to detect new cheats so that you can enjoy your gaming experience.

Or

B. The hack has been detected but we have yet to ban the accounts found to be using that hack.

3. Why do you do delayed banning? It’s not fair, you know someone is cheating and you let them keep cheating!

Because it makes it harder for hack developers to develop their hacks, and it allows us to catch more cheaters.

If VAC instantly banned detected hacks then the developers of cheats could make a cheat, join a VAC server, and instantly know whether or not their cheat is VAC-proof or not. If the cheat is instantly detected they can easily go “back to the drawing board” and keep working on their hack to make it VAC-proof before releasing it.
The fact that the developer of the new hack does not know whether the hack is VAC-proof or not means that EVERY site out there selling or distributing a hack that they claim to be VAC-proof is lying to you; they do not know if it is VAC-proof of not, all they know is that VAC bans have yet to be handed out on the hacks behalf.
The fact that you are using a hack means that you will eventually have your account banned. Whether the hack has yet to be detected, or the hack has already been detected and VAC is just waiting to update the ban list, you will eventually be caught. The advantage to waiting awhile is that more and more people will be using the detected hack and that means that more and more cheaters will get caught in the end.

Think about it this way, these are the two ways it could go:

Instant bans:
Hacker makes a hack, joins a VAC server, hack is detected, hacker tweaks the hack, now hack is not detected, hacker starts giving the hack to his friends, 50 people are using the hack, VAC detects it, 50 accounts are banned, hacker makes a new hack…

Delayed bans:
Hacker makes a hack, hack is not detected (as far the hacker knows), hacker gives it to his friends, 50 gamers are cheating, the hack rocks, more people use it, now 5,000 people are using the hack, VAC ban list is updated, 5,000 accounts are banned.
Only a certain number of people use hacks and delayed bans allows VAC to get more of these hackers “off the streets.”

End of story.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Assorted Observations from 1/28/2010

1. My uncle recently went to the hospital for surgery, after the surgery they gave him a bunch of pain medicine. If you have taken pain medicine before you know it can potentially make you constipated. Well, it made him really constipated, and everything they gave him to get the 'pipes moving' wouldn't work, so basically the solution was to not take the pain medicine. But, he was still in a lot of pain from the surgery and also in a lot of pain from being constipated (feeling like there is a ton of gas in there that just won't come out). So...what are you supposed to do when you are in a ton of pain but can not take pain medicine because its causing you even more pain? I think this is a case where you could smoke medical whacky tabacky. Make it legal!

2. Today I overheard two nerds debating who would win in a race between Sylvester the cat and the Pink Panther. They were being serious.

3. I can now earn triple air miles at the Double TT Diner. The Double TT is "open 25 hours a day", so I can earn a crap ton of air miles.