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Nickname Ventura
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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 09:17
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News Comments > Steam Passes 30M Users
43. Re: Steam Passes 30M Users Oct 18, 2010, 19:57 Ventura
 
Just to clarify, thats not really steam's fault, its the publishers fault (as you point out).

I think the high prices in AU started because of the extra shipping cost they have to pay to get it over to the island. However, there's NO excuse for that with digital versions. I know the publishers are afraid of cannibalizing retail sales, but in AU they'd have a good reason to, because they'd make a lot more profit by avoiding those high shipping costs. Besides, its not as if retail sales in AU are going to be a huge factor compared to europe, etc. They could test that marketing strategy over there in fact, and see how much retail they'd lose if they offered the digital at a reasonable price.

While I don't attribute the blame to Steam for it being done, I do believe they could be a bit more proactive in trying to help fix the problem. The're not making the decision, but they have to assume part responsibility IMO. It's all too easy these days to just turn a blind eye.

I don't believe it was even about shipping, it's really just greed. They should save a fortune shipping it over in bulk, especially considering I can buy it myself and have it shipped over for far less. Why the cost almost doubles beats me, but they should be ashamed for it.
 
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News Comments > Steam Passes 30M Users
39. Re: Steam Passes 30M Users Oct 18, 2010, 18:45 Ventura
 
how many of those 2.1 million people are signed in and not actively using Steam? How many haven't actively used it in over a week?

Guilty as charged. I have mine set to load on startup, and then most of the time it just sits there. Every so often I check out the store, but I buy very few titles, and just about never a new release, because so many publishers charge overseas customers more for the same product.

Fallout: New Vegas is a more extreme example; $49.99US for the yanks, $89.95US for Australian customers. Note that we do also pay in $US currency. Absolutely disgusting. I like how piracy is wrong, but doing that is just fine. Thinnest fucking line I ever did see.
 
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News Comments > Supreme Commander 2 Patched
1. Re: Supreme Commander 2 Patched Sep 16, 2010, 06:35 Ventura
 
Say what you want about the state of this game when it was released, but it has been patched extensively post-release, and that's a big +1 in my book.  
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News Comments > Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Limited Edition Announced
4. Re: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Limited Edition Announced Aug 18, 2010, 00:54 Ventura
 
Limited and standard are the same price, limited just means the first shipment. EA seems to think this encourages early sales and lessens piracy.

My bad yeah, I didn't read it properly. They've had worse ideas.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Limited Edition Announced
2. Re: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Limited Edition Announced Aug 17, 2010, 22:12 Ventura
 
Must admit, the footage for this game from E3 impressed me. Not enough to actually purchase this limited edition, but maybe the standard. It's been so long since I last bought an EA game, man I can't remember.  
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News Comments > PC Hardware Outsells Consoles
30. Re: PC Hardware Outsells Consoles Aug 6, 2010, 21:06 Ventura
 
Have about $6000 in Xbox 360 games, but I spend a few hundred on PC games yearly.

My god, where are all these good Xbox games everyone's talking about? I have a launch console and have probably bought maybe 10 games since having had it.

My Xbox goes 6 months without being used in a heartbeat, whereas my pc is pretty much always on.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA StarCraft II Trial
25. Re: NVIDIA StarCraft II Trail Offer Aug 5, 2010, 19:14 Ventura
 
Thank you for such generosity. 7 hours, wow. All i could do with that!

Are you kidding? There are other games you could finish inside of 7 hours.
 
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News Comments > Transformers: War for Cybertron Double-XP Weekend
1. Re: Transformers: War for Cybertron Double-XP Weekend Jul 29, 2010, 22:08 Ventura
 
Have they ever not had a double-xp weekend? Just curious.  
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News Comments > StarCraft II Midnight Launch
32. Re: StarCraft II Midnight Launch Jul 27, 2010, 07:36 Ventura
 
The most expensive place to buy the game, in the UK it's 44.99, compared to 34.99 from a shop, or 29.99 if you get it from the cheapest online store.

$100AU from EBGames Australia. 44.99 is only $77.17AU. As usual, us Australians pay a hefty tax for our software.

Good game though, but with me firmly back in WoW (first 80, raided ICC for the first time just last night), it's amusing that the only thing preventing one Blizzard title from getting more playtime on my pc is another Blizzard title.

I'm not typically that big on the company, but there's no denying they set the bar in this industry.
 
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News Comments > Atari Financials
10. Re: Atari Financials Jul 26, 2010, 01:00 Ventura
 
The company that was the Atari Corporation back in the day is no more

I wouldn't worry about that mate, I'm sure there's plenty of space left in the desert next to ET for copies of Star Trek Online
 
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News Comments > Console Transformers DLC Next Week, PC Uncertain
2. Re: Console Transformers DLC Next Week, PC Uncertain Jul 23, 2010, 01:03 Ventura
 
There's a pc version?

The game was pulled from the Australian Steam store just prior to release and none of the major retailers had it or are ever going to get it. What, I'm supposed to order it from half a world away?

I bet they don't end up releasing the DLC for the pc platform because it hasn't sold as well. Whose fault is that, fellas? Can't buy what's not for sale.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 8, 2010, 00:58 Ventura
 
DJ Hero not a flop after all; 1.2 million sales since launch

I wouldn't exactly call it a success either.

The standard bundle with game & table is down to $79AU in Australia at JB Hifi. Pretty soon they'll be giving them away.
 
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News Comments > DirectX 11 WoW
37. Re: DirectX 11 WoW Jul 5, 2010, 18:55 Ventura
 
Hands down the best art style and without a doubt the most fluid animations in any MMO, and I have played about 90% of them.

I'm with you. Anyone complaining about WoW's graphics is just resentful of its success and how much money it makes. There are some parts, particularly in some of the newer areas, where it just looks stunning. In its own way, maybe, but still stunning.

The beauty of WoW is that it doesn't need the latest and greatest graphics card, nor the fastest cpu. Taking advantage of some dx11 features, if you have the hardware, sounds like a good move to me, and knowing Blizzard, they'll be able to do it without it impacting the framerate.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
6. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jun 20, 2010, 18:53 Ventura
 
What made me laugh so much about Sony heavily promoting 3D at their E3 press conference was that, even if I actually had the money and desire to pick up a 3D screen (and right now, I'm 0 for 2), it wouldn't even be a Sony one because theirs are not on sale here yet.

In any case, until these companies can get 3D screens out there at prices that don't cost an arm and a leg, it's just going to be a gimmick the vast, vast majority will gladly go without.

The 3DS, on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish entirely, because not only does it not need classes, but it also won't cost a fortune. I don't always like them, but it does amuse me how Nintendo always seem to be one step ahead of Microsoft and Sony.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2010, Part 10
3. Re: Rage Demo Jun 19, 2010, 07:36 Ventura
 
2.) I want to fuck Jess Chobot in the worst way

Poor thing, she gets that a lot. I was watching their IGN Daily Fix 6-17 on Youtube, and it's filled with lots of comments like that. That said, what she's wearing is smoking hot, so I'm guessing she doesn't really mind all that much.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Trailers
3. Re: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Trailers Jun 18, 2010, 09:11 Ventura
 
It's not an expansion. The game starts exactly where 2 ended.

What, so if it starts off exactly where the game ends, it can't be an expansion?

It feels like an expansion not just because they didn't name it Assassin's Creed 3, but also because you're still playing the same guy and it's still set at the same time.

That said, the sequence with the city being attacked does completely rock.
 
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News Comments > EA Racing Games Sale
7. Re: EA Racing Games Sale Jun 17, 2010, 18:44 Ventura
 
Paradise is the one where you race through a city or something, right? And when they make tracks, they just tell you which direction you want to go?

See, if it were tracks, like in the earliest Burnout games, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
 
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News Comments > Rockstar: No Current PC Red Dead Redemption Plans
35. Re: Rockstar: No Current PC Red Dead Redemption Plans Jun 11, 2010, 20:25 Ventura
 
I bought it for 360, played it for 5 mins and decided i'd wait for KB & mouse control, if it never comes, oh well.

This is about where I'm at, except having bought and tried it. I did watch a few gameplay vids on Youtube.

Thing is, I enjoyed GTA4 a whole lot more playing it on my pc than I ever did when I first got it for the ps3. It really is mouse and keyboard control FTW, and if it never shows up for the pc, then it's something I can live without. I have the consoles, that's not it, I just find aiming on a gamepad to be a frustrating experience, and one I'm not anxious to experience again anytime soon.
 
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News Comments > Supreme Commander 2 Patched
13. Re: Supreme Commander 2 Patched Jun 7, 2010, 19:20 Ventura
 
Not if your game has significant problems like SC1 does. They abandoned the game. Now they want people to buy a stripped-down sequel? hah. Reputation means a lot. It definitely puts food on the table.

I'm well aware the first game was abandoned, I must have played the expansion less than half a dozen games because of the simspeed slowdown bug with AIs.

That said, I'm probably too forgiving a gamer, because I was over it by the time the Supreme Commander 2 demo came out, and it interested me enough to buy the game.

The sequel has been supported a lot more than the original ever was, which leads me to believe it's the publisher's call. It's fair to say we're a lot better off with Square Enix publishing their games, rather than THQ.
 
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News Comments > Dungeon Siege 3 Announced
30. Re: Star Trek Online End of Beta Event Jun 7, 2010, 19:04 Ventura
 
How about Dungeon Keeper 3 instead?

Put me down for Magic Carpet 3 instead

I can't help but like Gas Powered Games, even though sometimes I don't really know why, but Dungeon Siege really wasn't their best work. The first one disappointed us all hugely back in the day, and by the time the second came out, we didn't really care.

Even though I said I like them, I'm not sure if this game would benefit from their "input" or not. I think it's fair to say they're better at RTS than RPG.
 
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