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How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port 244

An anonymous reader writes "An article at Ars goes through some of the biggest sins game publishers commit when porting a console game to the PC. At the top of the list, predictably, are annoying DRM and inconvenient game settings. From the article: 'PC gamers like to play with their mouse settings, adjust the amount of detail in the characters or environment, and change the audio mix between the music and the sound effects. We want to adjust the resolution, the aspect ratio, and even the field of view settings. The more options given to PC gamers, the better. While some engines support more options than others, there is a minimum amount of tweaking that should be available when we jump into the game. For an example of how badly PC gamers can get screwed on this issue, we can take a look at Bulletstorm when it was launched. Not only was mouse smoothing turned on as a default, but there was no way to turn it off. You had to find the configuration files, which were encrypted for some insane reason, and then install a third-party program to be able to turn off mouse smoothing and get the game feeling like it should on the PC."
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How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @08:33AM (#36958324)

    > Why the hell cant I click my mouse button to open the chest that I am pointing at instead of needing to reach over and press the "open chest" button. Or the "pick up item" button.

    You can - I always bind the middle mouse button to open / activate. However the user interface makes it non-obvious - while you're likely looking at the small "controls" window in the middle of the screen, you need to click a button in the extreme bottom right (I believe it's termed "Device"). This allows you to redefine your mouse input, and possibly gamepad.

    Hope this helps.

  • by morari ( 1080535 ) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @09:39AM (#36958996) Journal

    Minecraft requires you to login and authenticate with the remote server. I'd say that's DRM.

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