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127. Re: American Aug 14, 2004, 23:54 Sepharo
Here are the centers resgistered with iGAMES.

Just simply go to the find center drop down in the top left corner and click a state. Just for reference I count 22 in Illinois, 18 in Michigan and 80 in California. Also in the least populated state in the country, Wyoming, I count 5 gaming centers registered with iGames. Remember that in the past all these LAN centers had to do to keep the developers and publishers off their backs was buy a copy of each game for each computer[*]. Imagine how many unique HL cd-keys have been purchased for these thousands of LAN centers across the U.S. and world. Now imagine being an owner and after paying for this game that is now 6 years old being asked by the developer to pay a monthly fee based on how many and how often the game is played at your location. It is ridiculous. I could understand maybe, just maybe, if a game was coming out brand spanking new and the developer/publisher requested that LAN centers pay a monthly fee to allow access to the game. That might make a little sense. But for a game that's 6 years old. Sounds like Valve is trying to suck the profits out of gaming centers that helped establish their game as the most played, most competed [tourny's and such] in the first place. Watch it fall day by day after ruling for 6 years. Good job Valve as you help kill your game. Better get the newest iteration of it out quick before you disappear from stupidity.

* Even this is changing, a few publishers including Microsoft, NovaLogic, EA, and Ubisoft are giving their games along with licenese free to gaming centers to help promote themselves. Meanwhile Valve requires a unique purchase of each product and monthly licensing fees.
This comment was edited on Aug 15, 00:29.
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