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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: impulse at a loss Jul 25, 2010, 16:23 DG
Because in business cash is king. If you want to loss-lead for a time then you need access to a ton of it. The problem isn't that it might not work, it's that it might work too well (overtrading).

Sure, maybe he can throw in some cash and get the rest from the bank or bringing in investors, but they all mean risk and loss of control.

I agree they have to do it if they have a chance of keeping up with Steam, but tbh that's already infeasible. It's looking like being a textbook niche enterprise (no bad thing, smaller niches are often significantly more profitable [in % terms] than the big mammoths).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 23, 2010, 14:25 DG
Hmm Deathbishop, I guess that's going to work out pretty badly for Blue since the problem has been mostly over spring and summer yet they'll be giving him an average that includes winter...

Any scope for arguing that they should take the usage over the same period from the previous year instead?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2010, 16:12 DG
Some places just block everything in order to try and minimise chances of infections, then reopen sites people care about.  
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News Comments > New Steam Client
2. Re: New Steam Client Jul 20, 2010, 12:55 DG
Apparently it'll note everything in Control Panel/Programs and Features (i.e. pretty much everything that came in via an installer).

They say “The new software component of our survey helps us understand what else our customers are using their PCs to do, and as a result, what features we can deliver or leverage to make Steam and our games better. PC users, developers and manufacturers will no doubt also find this information useful, so we plan to publish these results and trends over time.”

But I really don't see what use it has towards gaming.
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2010, 05:43 DG
I got W7 on the pre-order discount thing but haven't bothered to install it since Vista 64 still working great for me. I did run the W7 beta on the house machine and it seemed fine and everything, though that's now running Ubuntu, which I'd stick on my main machine if it wasn't for gaming.

TBF I picked up Vista after SP1 so I guess I skipped the initial period where hardware support was sketchy.

One thing that does bug me about Vista and W7 both is audio.
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News Comments > WSJ: StarCraft II Cost More Than $100M
35. Re: WSJ: StarCraft II Cost More Than $100M Jul 17, 2010, 08:19 DG
the 5 year dev time seems about right from reading the wiki.

Probably got through $10m just in rent, power and other property costs. Another $10m on equipment - 5 years is at least one full cycle, maybe 2.

Had they taken a loan of $100m with equal monthly drawdown over the 5 years and 9% compound interest rate the interest would come to $25m. Say they took half that, or even if wholly internally funded it's reasonable for the head office to apply ~5% financing fee to the budget.

That makes up about 1/3 of the cost so assuming nothing else major like licensing fees, that leaves ~$66m on staff + contracting, say 175 per year on $75k average?
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News Comments > Pachter: Activision Should Charge for CoD Multiplayer
13. Re: Pachter: Activision Should Charge for CoD Multiplayer Jul 16, 2010, 13:17 DG
Meh he's just picked up on the recent comments by Kotick who was whining about MS making money off CoD through XBL fees.

Pachter's simply read through that and seen Kotick wants to charge for online play and so makes a call for what he thinks they're already hoping to do.

Industry Gamers already picked up on that in TFA.

DukeFNukem: no this is console too. Probably more console than anything.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2010, 13:20 DG
need to mix the greens and browns. You've probably got too many greens in there so you'll be getting a wet smelly sludge.

Stop putting fruit and grass cuttings in for a bit, add dead/brown twigs and scrunched up cardboard (the 'raw' kind that degrades reasonably, e.g. egg boxes), tea/coffee and eggshells so it looks a bit more fiberous and after turning it over with a fork it keeps plenty air inside.

Make sure the composter has plenty ventilation, doesn't get sodden in rain (+ good drainage) and getting a little sun - preferably with an open bottom directly on soil so worms can get in.

/mother liked composting...
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News Comments > 38 Studios May Move
7. Re: 38 Studios May Move Jul 13, 2010, 18:10 DG
Cutter wrote on Jul 13, 2010, 14:35:
Uh, 75 mil isn't exactly chump change. That'd essentially allows them to make the games they're working on right now for free.
$75 million USD in loan guarantees. It's still a significant subsidy, but far from free money.

On a more general note, subsidies are a zero-sum game. They should only ever be used as a correction for a failure in the free market. We don't have that here. We have a clear net societal loss to balance the gain for the publisher executives. $75m funding guaranteed on the one hand, $75m of risk taken on by the other. X jobs created in Rhode Island, X jobs lost in Mass.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 12, 2010, 13:18 DG
Hasn't been a great tournament IMHO, all the star players seemed off-form - though admittedly quite a lot of that is really due to good defending - so games lacked individual flair and brilliance. Also, much of the drama has been about extraordinarily important referee mistakes, which is a shame especially since the refs got off to a very good start.

I don't want to rag on the vuvuzelas too much as they're a part of the game over there, after the first couple of games I got used to it. But, even ignoring the unpleasantness of the sound, they drowned out the fan songs and chants which are a huge part of the game everywhere else and provide a much better atmosphere. I suspect this played a big part in many games lacking rhythm on the pitch because players really do respond to it.

As for the final; I think Netherlands thought they were playing Speedball or something, that'd have been dirty play by the standards of a local Derby game.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jul 10, 2010, 16:04 DG
4K is nice and everything but IMHO it would have been better to improve the bitrate for their 720p and 1080p. Unless you have a massive screen, that'd look better than that 4K anyway.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: blockbusters losing money Jul 9, 2010, 13:36 DG
Never sign up to a % of net profits unless you control the company. It's just stupid.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2010, 19:06 DG
Motor racing is a non-contact sport with by far the most protective equipment yet when injuries do happen they trump everything else. Comparisons between sports do not really work because different forces come into play, for example consider (that wasn't even a foul).

The rolling around on the ground thing is a major nuisance, though it's mainly endemic to Mediterranean European teams, most specifically Italy are famous for it. Watch some of the British leagues and much more physical contact is accepted as part of the game. They don't want to be promoting that kind of play in the World Cup though as it's a bad influence for kids or whatever (plus no doubt club managers would be even more reluctant to release players due to fear of injuries to the multi-million dollar investments).
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale Day 3
7. Re: Steam Summer Sale Day 3 Jun 26, 2010, 18:35 DG
nin wrote on Jun 26, 2010, 17:20:
L4D2 for $10...

Might finally get that one.

L4D2 is one of those games that on paper is better in every way, but somehow isn't.

I think it just lost the basic simplicity that worked so well for L4D, and the people were better - people were friending each other all the time in L4D and if you fail a round most people kept on trying. In 2 teamwork rarely comes close and people are quitting & joining all the time, it's like going to a party only to find everyone there in a bad mood.

Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoyed it. The finales are awesome. But somewhere they lost much of what made L4D special IMHO.
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News Comments > Game Company Helped Scuttle UK Tax Breaks?
1. Re: Game Company Helped Scuttle UK Tax Breaks? Jun 25, 2010, 13:00 DG
What a shit article.

Anything to suggest any facts in there? Do they even have the balls to name the publisher?

Is there even a point to the article? Seriously. If it's true then out with it, otherwise you don't know it's true so STFU.
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
24. Re: Steam Sale Jun 24, 2010, 17:26 DG
tony wrote on Jun 24, 2010, 17:10:
StingingVelvet wrote on Jun 24, 2010, 16:49:
I really wonder how these sales effect the number of people buying games at $50 on release. I know Valve has said they don't, but it's surprising, and that was before they went really crazy like this.

If there is a game that is coming out that I really, really want (like Civilization V or Portal 2) I will pay full price for it to be able to enjoy it day 1.

Other games that I'd like to have but aren't a priority in my gaming needs, like Metro 2033 and Bioshock 2, I wait until they are at least 50% off MSRP.
Though actually there's been a few games I considered buying at full price but the DRM put me off. I'd then forget about it, see it on sale which results in reading a comment somewhere that the worst of the DRM had been patched out, so in the basket it goes. Like I'll probably be picking up Bioshock 2 if they've taken out the crap.

Currently looking at:
BS2; Witcher; Dirt2

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Climate Credibility Jun 23, 2010, 12:45 DG
1-0 to USA puts you guys though to the last 16 of the World Cup

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News Comments > Safety Dance
1. Re: Are You a Security Wizard Jun 23, 2010, 12:39 DG
Some good questions, but a basic fail in not showing the correct answers for the ones you get wrong at the end. What's the point otherwise?  
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News Comments > On OnLive Game Prices
104. Re: On OnLive Game Prices Jun 22, 2010, 18:14 DG
This will be something required and completely non-negotiable by the publishers. They're not going to put any risk of cannibalising their retail sales. Many will be under contractual obligations not to compete "unfairly" with retail, which means no distribution method can have lower pricing.

The 2013 date is likely due to publishers requiring a contractual term allowing them to pull rights on that date.

The finger-pointing should be at the rights-hoplders: the publishers. That said, it's kind of moot since either way it makes the Onlive service extremely unappealing, and there is plenty of doubts over other elements of the service.

While experience consistently shows that applying business sense to the decisions of gaming companies leads to a gross overestimation of their abilities, it's still a fair bet that this is far from being the approach OnLive wanted to take with this.

I'm sure they're also completely frustrated with the other restrictions demanded by publishers, like being able to block games on certain platforms (so you'll have some games playable on the TV console thing but not on PC, etc). I literally LOL'd on hearing that. The entire point of OnLive is that the platform is completely irrelevant.

Fang wrote on Jun 22, 2010, 17:00:
Yeah, I'm sure Blue would try to protect industry execs identities if they want to stay anonymous.

Usually sites are fine with "official" people being anon on the boards aslong as they don't abuse the anonymity.
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. UK Game tax breaks scrapped… Jun 22, 2010, 17:23 DG
I dislike subsidies unless the subsidies are for a specific purpose and that is what they are linked to. So encouraging game development in the UK creates jobs, but why does a game company get a subsidy for creating 20 jobs and another company in another industry not get a subsidy for creating 20 jobs?

The justification for their receiving some of MY money is for creating 20 more jobs and both have achieved it, so I fail to see why one should be favoured over the other. It's arbitrary and does nothing more than incite a battle of subsidies with UK and Canada trying to outdo each other on how much money they can throw at a corporation and their private shareholders.

That said, I'm not sure how far the subsidy had progressed and it is wrong to promise one thing, allow people to base decisions on that and then go and sweep it out from under them. If some companies have gone ahead and made investments with the subsidies playing a significant part of their decision they can rightfully consider themselves cheated.
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