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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
91. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 8, 2014, 00:33 Creston
 
Jerykk wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 23:06:
Creston wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:41:
Jerykk wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:24:
Unfortunately, as Origin has proved, removing your games from Steam is simply going to stop many people from buying your games.

I don't think it's proved anything of the kind. BF3 and BF4 sold millions and millions of copies. ME3 was by far the best selling title in the series. Pre-orders for DA:I are the highest in Bioware's history, across all platforms.

It's obviously working well enough that EA is sticking with it.

And if those games were on Steam, they would have sold even more. You can't argue that Steam isn't the largest distributor of PC games and you can't argue that being on Steam wouldn't increase sales.

I never said that, but it's quite apparently not cutting sales by 30% in order to offset that 30% that Valve takes.

For high profile sequels like BF3/4 and ME3, the lack of Steam presence is less significant as those series have established fanbases that will buy the games regardless of where they are sold. But for less popular series, the lack of Steam availability certainly has a significant impact on sales. Dead Space 3, Mercenaries 2, The Saboteur, Titanfall, NFS: Most Wanted, NFS: Rivals, Crysis 3, Dragon Age 2, Syndicate, MoH: Warfighter... all would be generating significantly more revenue if they were available on Steam.

That's a fair enough point, but I don't think Ubisoft is very worried about that (though the point is already moot since their titles are back on Steam.) Assassin's Creed and Far Cry are definitely popular enough that people would switch over to Uplay for them (especially since, as was pointed out, you're already playing them on Uplay anyways.)

Origin has the benefit of learning from Steam's mistakes yet it's still inferior in every way.

No it's not.

- Money back policy. Admittedly only on EA games, but I don't see why anyone would buy anything but EA games on Origin to begin with, so that's probably not that big of a deal. Nowhere to be found on Steam.
- Far, far, FAR better support. You know you are terrible when **EA** offers much better support than you do. Yet Gabe refuses to fix Steam's worthless, shit-ass broken support.

Here's a hint Gabe: If people are tweeting you directly with support issues, your support for your 1.5 BILLION DOLLAR REVENUE SERVICE is probably fucking broken.

- Ability to separate downloads and installs on multiple partitions etc. Steam has finally started allowing this, but I don't know if it does so yet for every game. Probably not a huge deal for people, but it's also pretty absurd that it wasn't available from the get-go.


I'm not arguing that Origin is on par with Steam, because it's not. The fact that you can't port an Origin game from one system to another will always make it a million percent inferior for me. But if it was really costing EA that much money, they'd have caved by now, or faced shareholder revolt. And while it's not as good as Steam, Origin does do several things better than Steam.
 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
7. Re: Evening Patches Nov 8, 2014, 00:13 Creston
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 22:36:
Is Wasteland ready to play after that monster update?

I've stopped playing until they're done updating, because I'm getting sick and tired of having to download a 2 or 3 GB patch every fucking week.

When you do play, take a tip, and don't go full-on to max out your combat skills as soon as you can. I reached California with basically near max combat stats, and it makes all the battles there just boring.

On the flipside, any usage skill that is NOT at level 10 is basically worthless in California, since everything is at difficulty level 10... It's terrible balancing, but there you have it...

Fixed leaving specific random encounters putting the party in the wrong location on the World Map.

Good. That one was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO irritating. Walk from point A to point B. Get random encounter with 0% chance to escape. Slog through 10 min random encounter. Find out game has put you back where you started at point A. Walk towards point B again. Run into random encounter with 0% chance to escape. Slog through 10 min random encounter. Find out you've been put at point A again.


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News Comments > Ubisoft Titles Return to Steam
15. Re: Ubisoft Titles Return to Steam Nov 7, 2014, 22:12 Creston
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 21:46:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 21:17:
Holy fucking shitballs. I knew it was going to happen. $70 fucking dollars in Canada for it, welcome to '99/2000 all over again. $59 on GMG. Yep...

Yeah I saw that earlier. Did they think people just wouldn't notice the games magically became $10 more expensive in one day? The whole dispute was over regional pricing according to some anons on reddit. I only put stock in what they said because they called it before it even happened. Supposedly they want some really absurd shit for the UK and Steam said no, its all still in limbo.

That seems odd. Why would Steam care? They get 30% of a higher price.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Announces Overwatch
50. Re: Blizzard Announces Overwatch Nov 7, 2014, 22:00 Creston
 
*hollywood voice over*

"In a time of global crisis... a coalition of soldiers... scientists... adventurers... and oddities... comes together and restores order to the world. They are known as... the Overwatch!

dramatic pause

"They're all gone now. Please welcome to our game: The Overwatch!"

You need to hire better writers, Blizzard.

to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid

Egypt doesn't build pyramids anymore. They kinda stopped doing that awhile back, sorta right around the time you began work on Titan.

fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.

So, in a second? You can go from streets to rooftops to the sky in a second? That sounds rather uncontrollable.


Our goal with Overwatch is to create an awesome FPS experience thatís more accessible to a much wider audience

More accessible to a much wider audience than what? Other FPS games? So you want to make a game that's somehow more accessible than, say, Call of Duty, a game which is played by roughly 89% of the world's population?

This entire press release is a just a confused burble of synergy words.

/snark off.

They still make cool cutscenes though

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2014, 17:29 Creston
 
beremot wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 14:55:
It's kind of like assuming all French people walk around with baguettes under their arms when they're not performing mime acts, etc.

A baquette, a slice of Brie and a bottle of wine. Please don't sell them short like that!
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: Burritos Nov 7, 2014, 17:27 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 15:31:
Creston wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 15:01:
It's funny. And true.

Fuck you, publishers. FUCK YOU.

Hey, it's not all bad. In six months you'll be able to buy that burrito on Steam for a 75% discount. Sure, it won't taste as good, having been frozen for six months, but look at the price! The add-ons cheese and salsa still full price however.

And require Eater Points. They are a dollar a point, and you can buy them in multiples of five. All add-ons are four eater points.

FUCK YOU EA/MS FOR INVENTING THIS FUCKING HORSESHIT.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 7, 2014, 17:25 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 17:11:
Creston wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 14:28:
Speaking of Mass Effect, Chris Schlerf (who? Dunno. Apparently he wrote HALO 4, so if someone played that, please chime in) is the lead writer for the next ME game (or trilogy, since there have been rumors that it'll be a new trilogy.)

No idea whether to be happy or not, since I have no idea whether the guy is any good or not. Mac Walters is at least no longer lead writer, but he is still creative director, so he can undoubtedly fuck more shit up.

halo 4 was probably the best halo narrative-wise. if he's the writer i'm fully ok with that.

That's good to hear.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Nov 7, 2014, 15:02 Creston
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 11:45:
If caught, the caller faces up to a year in jail and $5,000 fine.

Is that all?! You put people in danger of twitchy fingered police, waste tax payer money and traumatize a family and the maximum you can get amounts to a slap on the wrist?

And that's only if you're a filthy peasant. If you were, say, the CEO of Chase bank, you'd call the AG and tell him to go fuck himself, and he would quickly drop all charges and go fuck himself.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Burritos Nov 7, 2014, 15:01 Creston
 
It's funny. And true.

Fuck you, publishers. FUCK YOU.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 7, 2014, 14:28 Creston
 
Speaking of Mass Effect, Chris Schlerf (who? Dunno. Apparently he wrote HALO 4, so if someone played that, please chime in) is the lead writer for the next ME game (or trilogy, since there have been rumors that it'll be a new trilogy.)

No idea whether to be happy or not, since I have no idea whether the guy is any good or not. Mac Walters is at least no longer lead writer, but he is still creative director, so he can undoubtedly fuck more shit up.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
71. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 14:14 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 14:06:
I wonder if their not being on Steam for a bit had anything to do with this. "Helix Credits" what the hell? Is this yet another fake currency to buy with real dollars to spend on in game stuff? Bloody IAP.

I hope that's just something taken out of context.

Oh joy....
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous VR Impressions
23. Re: Elite: Dangerous VR Impressions Nov 7, 2014, 14:04 Creston
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 09:25:
Question for those of you with the OR:

How does it work with glasses? I'm not ashamed to admit that, in my old age, my eyesight has gotten worse and my lenses have gotten a bit thicker. If it's like other VR headgear that I've tried, they mash my glasses in to my face which isn't just uncomfortable but gives me a raging headache in a short amount of time.

I don't have one, but I've been following their news on it for awhile. They offer different lenses, essentially with different focal points and varying depths, to basically both try to offset the additional space you need on your face, and to help counter the fact that your stigmatism is different from someone with 20/20 vision.

However, the stronger your glasses / worse your vision or stigmatism, the less likely it is that they'll have a set of lenses that can help counter it. I imagine people with -0.5 to -5 (no idea if they even offer lenses to counter + strengths) or so should be okay, but beyond that it likely becomes a case of "if you're lucky."

 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
66. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 13:55 Creston
 
Primalchrome wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 13:43:
To bring it around...everyone I know...and probably everyone on this site have bought more games since Steam has been out. Yes, we're older and have more disposable income. The real drive behind the sales is convenience and pricing. Impulse buys. "I can't go wrong for $9.99" buys.

Very, very true. I've bought hundreds of games "because they were cheap."

On the flipside, even if/when the game industry goes full retard and thinks to permanently fuck me over with insane DRM / pay to win / nickle and dime horseshit schemes, I have enough games to easily last me another decade or two.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
65. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 13:52 Creston
 
Slashman wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 13:41:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 13:33:
Rattlehead wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 11:06:
Pirate bay all the way.

Don't be a douchenozzle.

Is "douchenozzle" copyrighted? Can I use that too?


Yes, I own it. But feel free to use it.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous on December 16
3. Re: Elite: Dangerous on December 16 Nov 7, 2014, 13:48 Creston
 
My hats off, and apologies, to David Braben (and team.)

I thought for sure he was just trying to get in on the free Kickstarter money, and had no intention of actually working on this game, same as he'd done the roughly twenty previous years.

But they got it done, and appear to have made a great sequel to Elite while they were at it. (Or should I just call it a remake?)

Great, great work, and I hope it becomes massively succesfull. Kudos.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
47. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 12:49 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:46:
But Valve takes ~30%. Did it cut sales by 30%? Probably not.

I doubt it did. If it did, EA wouldn't stick with it. This is an outfit that would happily fuck you over if it makes them five extra bucks. They wouldn't ignore Steam if it was costing them "ten times the sales".

NKD wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:45:
The skepticism around Origin didn't really pan out. Yeah, a lot of us hardcore grognards try to avoid it, but most PC gamers don't give a fuck and go where the game they want is. After all, if you look at it objectively the icon you click to get the game going is a pretty minor concern compared to whether the game is actually any good. EA's numbers since moving to Origin look good, so it's hard to call their move stupid.

Exactly. And Origin isn't as good as Steam, but it's nowhere near bad enough to miss out on Bioware's games for. (for me)
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
43. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 12:41 Creston
 
Jerykk wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:24:
Unfortunately, as Origin has proved, removing your games from Steam is simply going to stop many people from buying your games.

I don't think it's proved anything of the kind. BF3 and BF4 sold millions and millions of copies. ME3 was by far the best selling title in the series. Pre-orders for DA:I are the highest in Bioware's history, across all platforms.

It's obviously working well enough that EA is sticking with it.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 7, 2014, 12:37 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 20:23:
beremot wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 19:50:

Are Wu, etc, really going on twitter and saying "I'm getting all these rape and death threats, and that is EXACTLY the same as if I were actually being raped and murdered?"

No that's not what she is saying. And I don't believe that there's anything fundamentally wrong with saying "These two things are both related to misogyny." because that's absolutely true. But that's not what was said.

Here's the link to the Tweet.

Police investigating 4chan link to murdered woman. Gamergate, tell me again how my life isn't in danger

She suggests that this case lends credibility to the online threats she received. Even though there were no online threats that we know of, the man was the woman's live-in boyfriend, and had a documented history of domestic violence and threats. The dynamics of this problem are different, so the solution and the conversation must also be different. History and statistics show us that domestic violence is a clear and present danger for many women. Being murdered by an anonymous Twitter user is not. There simply isn't a history of people making good on these threats. It's everyone's right to have an irrational fear not backed up by the numbers. You can't help being afraid of whatever you're afraid of. You can't shut it off.

But when you start voicing that fear publicly, don't be surprised when people accuse you of fear-mongering and generalization.

I have no objection to her stating that these things are related vis-a-vis misogyny, which they are. But the timing and context of her tweet are in poor taste and make it look like she's making it about herself and somehow comparing her situation to the situation of an actual abuse victim who probably lived every day in fear of a known credible threat who shared her home.

If she had simply linked to the story and said "This is scary shit!" or something, the entire tone of her tweet would have been different. But no, she had to name drop Gamergate, which immediately colors things differently.

Yep, I gotta agree here. "Quickly, I have to point the attention back on me!"

I think if Brianna Wu actually genuinely was scared for her life, she'd stop posting. This whole heroic "They can't make me change my life!" attitude works in movies, but in real life, nobody is going to keep standing up for something as retarded as this entire gamergate thing has evolved into if they were genuinely worried they would get killed over it. Nobody is that heroic.

If she'd stop using twitter and stop calling attention out to herself, nobody would remember who she was in a week. But this allows her to keep getting sympathy and to keep in the news.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS
58. Re: Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS Nov 7, 2014, 12:26 Creston
 
harlock wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 09:16:
Creston wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 00:41:
harlock wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 23:04:
im still waiting for the 8GB versions of the 970 before i buy... i heard they are right around the corner... shit needs to get here im fucking ready

Would they do 8GB versions of the 970? Typically they go for the top memory number in their most powerful card, so I'd expect an 8GB 980 and a 6GB 970?

rumor mill says they will both be 8gb, like they are both 4gb now

That'd be cool.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS
57. Re: Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS Nov 7, 2014, 12:26 Creston
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 10:02:
Creston wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 15:56:
You got both?? Holy shit. What card did you buy? (I know, GTX970, but what manufacturer?)
There was a deal with Overclockers.co.uk and you get a free code with any GTX 970 or GTX 980, as part of an nVidia promotion. I ordered two of the GALAX GeForce GTX 970 EX OC, which are factory overclocked - that entitled me to two free games, for which I chose Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity.

I'm really happy as when I originally ordered they weren't included - the deal only launched about a week later. Anyway, I phoned up and they sent them out without any hassle. Excellent customer service.

Yeah I thought you'd gotten two games when you bought one card. I never saw you said cards plural.
 
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