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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Aug 27, 2009, 14:29 DG
 
NESTA’s survey claimed that 97 per cent of the its respondents – comprised of industry members and external financiers – had backed the idea of tax breaks for the games sector
no, really?

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News Comments > EVE Online Banking Story
9. Re: EVE Online Banking Story Aug 26, 2009, 14:19 DG
 
Every time I hear about an EVE scandal, apart from the one involving devs, I think what a great game where stuff like this can happen.

If I could make the time commitment this would be the one MMO I'd actually try out.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 26, 2009, 14:16 DG
 
I suspect BR mass-penetration may come too late on PC, being overtaken by downloads.

Neither software nor games come on BR.

BR-burners are still expensive and are unlikely to be the best option. Home users on balance should probably go for a backup HDD (not necessarily the best backup methodology, until you factor in the point about convenience means it actually gets done). Businesses could use the capacity to backup the server or whatever but they're already using tried & tested tape.

I got a BR drive for my PC because I use it for rented movies (which cost me no more than DVDs), the hardware cost me about the price of a pizza since I needed a DVD drive and graphics card (yes the DRM means can't use an old card...) anyway. Otherwise, I don't see any point.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 26, 2009, 14:08 DG
 
It's not like it costs anything but shipping to get the 64 bit version on disk
MS even have a download to swap a Vista 32bit to 64bit (for nothing) and IIRC all versions of W7 come with both on the disc.
 
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News Comments > Legal Briefs
5. Re: UK govt proposes idiotic two-strikes Aug 26, 2009, 13:42 DG
 
When a UK government's been in power too long they seem to go completely bonkers
Too long being anything after they start thinking about the next election.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 26, 2009, 13:32 DG
 
I think if I was buying now I'd go for the PS3. I think the game options are better on 360 but if buying now I'd be less aware of that and hence be more swayed by getting the Bluray player for a relatively small price difference.  
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News Comments > Weisman: MS "Destroyed" FASA Dev Culture
20. Re: Weisman: MS Aug 26, 2009, 13:28 DG
 
What does he mean by "development culture"? I assume perhaps a better/more common phrase would be entrepreneurial culture? (as opposed to the relatively bureaucratic/monolithic MS).  
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News Comments > Livingstone: Used Games "No Benefit"
55. Re: Used Games No Benefit Aug 20, 2009, 15:32 DG
 
The used car market example certainly does apply. People sell their old in order to finance their new. Some people never buy old, some never buy new. The principle is exactly the same.

It also exemplifies the "problem".

The difference between the seller's price and the buyer's price is very close in cars: nil for a private sale and even very low to dealerships. Thus what Jonny pays for a second hand car goes almost directly into someone else's purchase of a new car.

In games however, the money give to the seller is much less than is paid by the buyer - the store takes a big margin, effectively taking money out of the "new game economy".

The second issue is static game pricing. A VW Golf commands a high price when new because they are renown for having an excellent value on the used car market. The specific manufacturer makes MORE money because of the high amount of used sales. In gaming however, prices of news games are mostly fixed regardless of the activity on the second hand market.

Oh and publishers really need to stop trying to make their customers feel guilty for being rational. You guys deserve to make a living from us when and only when you satisfy our consumer wants better than anybody else. Problems are an opportunity wanting to be found. Figure it out and make some money, or keep whining and keep losing money.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Retail DLC Bundle
4. Re: Fallout 3 Retail DLC Bundle Aug 19, 2009, 17:04 DG
 
Yeah the GotY version is the one to get if you haven't got this already. Actually, if may be the best to go for if you haven't gotten around to any of the DLC yet - it'll probably be about the same (possibly cheaper) price as all the DLC and no mucking about.

Mothership Zeta isn't going to be on any retail disk apart from the GOTY edition. So they're saying now anyway, check fallout wiki.
 
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News Comments > Fable III Announced, Fable II Episodes
11. Re: Fable III Announced, Fable II Episodes Aug 19, 2009, 12:50 DG
 
Yeah Fable II is an open-ish world adventure game with RPG elements.

It's not my perfect game but I don't generally assume that all games are designed with me in mind. I enjoyed it.

and +1 Jonny, buying properties and earning rents (even with the 360 off) was a good move, keeps some "work" initially then it kicks in so there is hardly any tedious grinding unless you want it.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2009, 13:50 DG
 
Championship Manager are doing a Radiohead with pre-orders of the game (ends 11 Sept)

http://www.championshipmanager.co.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.1088

(there is a minimum "transaction fee", though it's only £2.50 in UK.)

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Britain Gets A 360 Price Increase. Aug 17, 2009, 13:34 DG
 
02/12/05: In US $299.99, in UK £178.71=$307.38. P= 02%. [IR 1.72/1] (Core 360)
06/11/08: In US $199.99, in UK £110.63=$175.90. P=-12%. [IR 1.59/1] (Arcade 360)
17/08/09: In US $199.99, in UK £113.03=$186.50. P=-07%. [IR 1.65/1] (Arcade 360)
01/09/09: In US $199.99, in UK £139.12=$229.55. P= 15%. [IR 1.65/1] (Arcade 360)
IR = interbank exchange rate (01/09/08 uses 17/08/09 rate)
P = % markup applied to UK price after allowing for the prevailing exchange rate.

UK prices are net of VAT, which is collected and paid within the UK therefore the exchange rate does not apply to it.

The figures suggest only 1/3 of the price increase is accounted for by currency fluctuation.

However it would be much less than that. A significant portion of MS' UK sales will also be expended in the UK, with only profits being turned into US dollars.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Aug 16, 2009, 11:55 DG
 
Consoles didn't "ruin" DLC, they brought it about.

Previously what we had on PC was sizeable expansion packs at retail, and the occasional free map or whatever with a patch. Consoles didn't have anything.

Now on PC we have... Exactly the same thing plus some paid-for "DLC". Consoles now have some DLC.

The points are (IMHO) correct about console-makers failing to encourage the best use of DLC, and how MS seems to completely fail to see the approach Valve takes with TF2 and L4D, and is obsessed that everything should be paid for (even bloody themes). As are points about publishers failing to produce valuable and timely DLC.

But "ruining" implies taking something good and making it bad. All they have done is introduce poor DLC and not made it much better.
 
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News Comments > Serious Sam HD Trailer
18. Re: Serious Sam HD Trailer Aug 16, 2009, 06:57 DG
 
I wonder what price point they'll release this at. I'd buy it for 10 or 15 dollars, but if they're going to release this as a full priced game, then it's going to have to wait until it's in the dollar bin at Steam.
The closing screen shows XBLA which may be a good sign, though not sure if it could fit into the 1600msp size cap and I don't know if/how MS are branding the full downloadable games they recently introduced
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Aug 15, 2009, 07:00 DG
 
£16.99 Orange Box
£3.05 HL 1 Anthology
£26.99 L4D (£23 on Play)
£5.99 DOD:S
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£53.02

Valve complete £47.69

Still 10% off but I can't image it's worth buying DOD:S now (good as it was back in the day) so bit of a dull sale, especially since L4D is overpriced (I say that as a big L4D fan, it should be £14 like TF2).

Orange Box + HL1 Anthology is an obvious better bargain over the HL pack, for the trivial £ difference.
 
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 and Crash Course Movies
3. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 and Crash Course Movies Aug 14, 2009, 13:37 DG
 
GT asks him about Portal 2, Ep 3 and CS 2 buy Newell wasn't answering - he did confirm Ep 3 still being worked on, but not really in a way that suggested the other two weren't.  
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News Comments > Dragon Rising LAN [Updated]
41. Re: No Dragon Rising LAN Aug 14, 2009, 13:03 DG
 
I'm feeling a bit smug right now. Thought I would share that.  
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News Comments > Dragon Rising LAN [Updated]
26. Re: 100 guys Aug 13, 2009, 14:50 DG
 
Not sure how clear this guy is being,

http://community.codemasters.com/forum/showpost.php?p=5487975&postcount=30
Just to clarify, the 4v4 MP is for the consoles and it's 16v16 on the PC.
therefore
There will be no offline multiplayer, nor an offline co-op mode. Online you can play the co-op mode with up to four friends.
small possibility he is thinking about consoles and means no split-screen mode.

For sake of completeness the 4v4 means each side has 4 players each having a squad of 3 AI, so there's 32 things shooting at each other.

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News Comments > Samsung Wants To Do Gamers a Solid
14. Re: Samsung Wants To Do Gamers a Solid Aug 12, 2009, 17:44 DG
 
Seems everyone buying SSD's raves about them, and I'm looking forward to getting one. But the price still has a ways to come down - and they keep adding new tech to the biggest drives so the price is staying above mainstream even if they are "better value". I'm quite happy putting OS and games on one drive and media etc on a HDD.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 12, 2009, 13:22 DG
 
I'd value a short paragraph in a review saying that they had the product working fine in linux using supplied drivers.

I had a go booting Ubuntu but dropped it when the wireless adapter didn't even have hacked drivers, and even the Nvidia driver linux instructions bore no resemblance to what was needed to install them. If I was choosing between two products, all else being equal I'd choose the one that works easily in linux.
 
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