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Nickname Ventura
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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 09:17
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News Comments > Diablo 15 Year Anniversary Website - Diablo III "Almost Done"
38. Re: Diablo 15 Year Anniversary Website - Diablo III Jan 5, 2012, 18:04 Ventura
 
I still don't get why there's such a vocal minority who can't stomach a connectivity requirement.

What, you think it's just people with fast, stable internet connections saying 'no' for the hell of it? Here's a thought, it could actually be because of an inability to meet the prerequisite.

We're moving in a couple of months, out of a rental property and into a place of our own, but it's in a suburb where the council opted to go straight to a fibre optic network, and that meant going with a third party provider. As such, the internet is expensive, and apparently, really rather unstable, and because it's with a third-party provider, none of the major carriers will touch it.

The most annoying thing about this debate has always been the closed-minded who are so used to stable internet that they can't imagine anyone not having it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Dec 23, 2011, 00:03 Ventura
 
Heh I've been watching the clock for 1pm every day this week (EST here). I love it!

Yeah I'm in WST, so I go to bed, wake up, and there's a nice new page of deals staring straight at me.

Absolutely loving it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 22, 2011, 21:22 Ventura
 
Wife and I both picked up Torchlight. $3.75 each or something like that, can't beat prices like these.

I love refreshing that store page every morning. Unbeatable deals.
 
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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 DLC Image
7. Re: Modern Warfare 3 DLC Image Dec 22, 2011, 17:47 Ventura
 
Modern Warfare 3 had one of the shortest campaigns ever. Literally finished it in 4-5 hours.

In its defense, I enjoyed it a lot more than Battlefield 3's campaign, which really didn't feel like it was any longer either.

That said, if the DLC for MW3 is only going to be new maps, they can forget about me buying any of it.
 
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News Comments > Australia Syndicate Classification Refusal Explained
8. Re: Australia Syndicate Classification Refusal Explained Dec 21, 2011, 05:14 Ventura
 
Definitely got my attention now too, and I live in Australia.

As I've said before though, nothing stopping me from picking it up from an overseas seller, and on the bright side it saves us from getting raped at retail like usual.
 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale
68. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Dec 19, 2011, 21:16 Ventura
 
Elricsi wrote on Dec 19, 2011, 19:02:
I understand that the odds are low with millions of steam members. But has anyone ever known of someone that won a prize package? By know, I mean a steam friend, friend of a friend or Blues News poster.

Not me, and I was entering that wishlist competition every day.

I happened on a thread somewhere in the Steam forums with a huge list of all the games that had been given out, and there were one or two posters writing in to say that friends had won.

It gives you some idea of how many people are using the service.
 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale
55. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Dec 19, 2011, 18:58 Ventura
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 19, 2011, 18:40:
I have had nothing, but problems with Steam. I shudder every time I have to buy a game through them, their customer support is beyond horrendous.

To be honest, my experiences paint a very different picture. Granted, peak time usage can be a little problematic, especially when it's for a round of specials that's only just started, but for the most part it's been smooth sailing.

I still had one or two problems this morning, but once I've decided on a purchase, it's pretty much smooth sailing the rest of the way.
 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale
50. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Dec 19, 2011, 17:10 Ventura
 
Took me 15 minutes of refreshing the main store page before it showed up, but it's working now. Mostly.

Just spent $5.34 on Orcs Must Die (game + all DLC). Just yesterday a mate highly recommended that one, so pretty good timing all in all.

I love their sales, seriously. When local stores have a 'sale' you're lucky if something's 25% off, but here it's like 75%. Too good to resist.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Dungeon Defenders DLC
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Dungeon Defenders DLC Dec 16, 2011, 22:48 Ventura
 
I'm planning on buying two copies of Dungeon Defenders the moment there's another sale. I missed it before, but it's getting a lot of good publicity, and having since watched a lot of movies it looks to be just my cup of tea. I know the core game's only $15, but if you add the price of the hero pack and then this dlc to it, it's approaching $30 each.

Here's hoping some good Steam Christmas sales are just around the corner.
 
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News Comments > MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B
48. Re: MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B Dec 13, 2011, 03:36 Ventura
 
If you think 1942, BFV, 2142, BF2 and BF3 all play the same, you are about as dense as Beamer.

The gameplay mechanics really haven't changed much at all mate, and I own everything in that list bar 2142.

Activision might be masters of the copy and paste, but don't kid yourself into thinking they're the only ones.
 
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News Comments > MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B
45. Re: MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B Dec 13, 2011, 00:00 Ventura
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 12, 2011, 21:59:
They literally are all the same.

As opposed to the Battlefield franchise?
 
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News Comments > MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B
35. Re: MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B Dec 12, 2011, 18:18 Ventura
 
Has anyone here who has criticised MW3 (even if just by saying it's not a good game) actually played it?

Just curious. Or is this just more ranting if only because we hate the hugely successful around here?
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Dec 11, 2011, 17:54 Ventura
 
Ahh, every so often I like to fire up store.steampowered.com in a us proxy, just to see how much us Aussies are getting shafted.

Yanks pay only $14.99, down from $29.99. In Australia it's still $44.99, down from $89.99. Both in US dollars.

Sometimes the results surprise even me.
 
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News Comments > Steam Coupon Support
32. Re: Steam Coupon Support Dec 7, 2011, 16:51 Ventura
 
Reading this makes me feel so inadequate as a PC gamer. I have to start spending some more cash!

You and me both: Found 37 Games with a value of $507.64 USD.
 
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News Comments > AVault for Sale
14. Re: AVault for Sale Dec 6, 2011, 05:16 Ventura
 
If I recall correctly Rich from Gone Gold was a cop and GG was always just a part-time thing

If I remember correctly, Rich was experiencing a lot of pain, and that's when he had Bill Harris show up to start writing. Rich then basically disappeared completely not long afterwards, and then a little bit later, Bill left to start his Dubious Quality blog.

It's a real shame what happened to Rich. He used to write some truly amazing stuff.
 
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News Comments > Notch Passes the Minecraft Torch
21. Re: Notch Passes the Minecraft Torch Dec 2, 2011, 19:05 Ventura
 
From a certain point of view, this happened months ago. Notch's heart hasn't been in it for a while.

That said, the bit about him taking a rest for a while is a little amusing. Most people work, and every so often, they take a holiday. This year, Notch has been on holiday, and every so often, he's done a little work.

Granted, he can now afford to live his life this way, so good for him.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Nov 28, 2011, 00:33 Ventura
 
Dades wrote on Nov 27, 2011, 22:22:
I don't see any evidence to support that. The bulk of development is multiplatform work and it depends on the game in question whether PC exclusive features make sense or not. Battlefield 3 worked out well for EA and didn't compromise the console versions at all. It gave me a flagship title to launch Origin and PC games tend to have higher profit margins than console titles.

You don't see any evidence to support it? What, console titles like Call of Duty smashing sales records each and every year not conclusive enough for you?

I'm all for more effort paid to our PC games, but when's the last time a game sold anywhere nearly as much on the PC as it did on either the 360 or PS3?

That higher profit margin doesn't count for much when your average game might sell 2.5 million copies on the 360 and 150,000 on PC.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Nov 27, 2011, 21:33 Ventura
 
it just takes some effort specifically directed at the PC stage of development for it to be pulled off successfully.

The problem is that, as far as effort vs reward is concerned, it's just not there. They're clearly much better off just catering to the console crowd and porting half-arsed crap across.

Granted, it doesn't give them any right to complain about sales numbers on the PC though.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
162. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 26, 2011, 17:09 Ventura
 
Prez wrote on Nov 26, 2011, 15:53:
It's ironic that you are saying it's an "idiotic argument to make" when you are using the smallest slice of anecdotal evidence (yourself) to extrapolate that everyone else must do things exactly the same. Unless you follow every single pirate's habits and spy on everything each one does, the only BS argument here is yours, since you are just pulling shit out of your ass. Sorry.

Christ mate, you come down in the last shower or something?

Have a look around. Get a feel for how people treat each other in this day and age. Maybe society is just different in your neck of the woods or something, but these days all I ever see are people putting themselves ahead of what would be the right thing to do. All day, every day.

There's no way on this Earth anywhere near a sizeable percentage of pirates will actually buy something that they've already downloaded. Sorry, no. Not a chance. End of story. If buying it would unlock content they don't have access to playing the pirated version, then maybe, but that's not based on some sort of moral code.

Dmitri nailed it. It's bullshit, and anyone who thinks otherwise really needs to open their eyes.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
100. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 25, 2011, 09:35 Ventura
 
If you make the official product more convenient than the pirated one, people are more likely to buy the official one. However, publishers are forcing legitimate customers to deal with CD-keys, online activations, limited installs, constant internet connection requirements, etc.

No argument there, Jerykk. Fair call mate, and despite several having had a go in here, you're the first to have brought up what I consider to be a decent point. I'm all for them taking steps to eliminate piracy, but at the point where legitimate paying customers are having to work harder than the pirates, well, that's a problem.

Compared to console gamers being able to just throw the disk in and play, I can fully understand some of the resentment being dished out here, particularly towards Ubisoft. I haven't bought from them for a while, to be honest, and just thinking about having to stomach all of that is enough to give me a headache.

even more sick of ignorant assholes equating piracy with theft.

Brilliant. Now it's not even theft.

I'm all for a well thought out discussion on the topic, but InBlack, seriously, you have like... nothing.

Actually, I tell a lie. You have a nifty blue line, but alas, not much else.

I'll use "Splinter Cell Chaos Theory", a game that avoided being cracked for over a year, which is pretty rare

Actually, I read it was playable from day one for most people, it just required more work than usual. Seems that people had to use an app to hide their drive from the Starforce protection, in addition to something like DT to mount.

Fair enough though, maybe there's some truth to what you're saying, and maybe there just aren't that many dedicated PC gamers around anymore. That said, among so many potentials, it's a pity you have only one example. Jury's still out, I'd say, which makes me anything but trolling.

Edit: And the world of goo numbers indeed have some factual basis behind them:
http://2dboy.com/2008/11/13/90/

That was a very interesting read. Seems like they put a lot of work into finally determining an 82% piracy rate. Not quite as high as Ubisoft are stating, but still pretty high.
 
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