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News Comments > Karateka Remake This Year
17. Re: Karateka Remake This Year Feb 18, 2012, 20:26 Tumbler
 
Hmm that is an odd choice... I would not choose to fund this one via kickstarter.

Hopefully it's good enough to change my mind when it's finished.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Demo for All
25. Re: Mass Effect 3 Demo for All Feb 17, 2012, 12:39 Tumbler
 
XCOM - Enemy Unknown

I'll bet if someone did a kickstarter to remake a sci-fi strategy game "like" this (xcom - UFO defense)it'd go fucking nuts.

How can you even mention this game as something anyone is looking forward to. How about Prey 2?! You mention Xcom before Prey 2?!

You're gamer card is revoked!

*Edit: Wait a minute...there is an Xcom game coming from 2k/2k marin that looks crap tastic and there is another Xcom game being made by Firaxis(also published by 2k) that is a tactical strategy game like the first one!?

WTF. Well the firaxis one has screenshots that look way more exciting. It appears I'm not up to speed on my xcom games in development.

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Tumbler's Gamer Card is now on probation for 24 hours!

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 17, 2012, 12:08 Tumbler
 
The biggest problem I see with the Vita ends up being the lack of memory on purchase. For $250 you get a system that can't "play" games. Forget all the other things stacked against this system, if you can't buy the system and a game and play it then you won't sell this system. (I don't believe you can save any progress without a memory card) (can you even update?)

Lets fast forward a few months when Sony drops the price and does something similar to the ambassador program and offers a bunch of free games when they drop the price to $199 and include the smallest memory card. (my prediction)

At that point they'll get hit square in the face with the price of games problem. The system is trying to give people to dual analogue stick experience which is going to work against it because that experience is available from other places (ps3/360) on many of the same games for less money. Many of the launch games are franchises people already know from the 360/ps3 and I don't see them lining up to buy these same games again to play them on the vita.

If this is your plan sony then you better start giving consumers a way to buy these at an inferior price the same way you're selling them an inferior version of a game for the ps3.
 
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News Comments > Notch on Psychonauts 2 "Hype"
11. Re: Notch on Psychonauts 2 "Hype" Feb 17, 2012, 11:16 Tumbler
 
These guys are running a humble bundle today. They have the weekend to build a game and they'll deliver it "finished" at the end of that time. Works the same as other bundles, you just pay what you want. Wasn't sure what to think until I read this:

Mojang is tackling a real-time strategy shoot 'em up with a steampunk ancient Egypt theme!

TAKE MY MONEY!!! ($5)

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Credit to Reddit/r/Gaming for bringing this to my attention!

As for Psychonauts 2 issue, Notch should put up what he's comfortable with, Kickstarter for the rest that is needed, if kickstarter doesn't fund what is necessary then the project is off.

Take my fucking money. ($15-$20 I'd be comfortable with)
 
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News Comments > Wasteland Sequel Kickstart Coming
6. Re: Wasteland Sequel Kickstart Coming Feb 16, 2012, 20:42 Tumbler
 
Shut up and take my money!!!!!  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 16, 2012, 14:44 Tumbler
 
It's a good thing then that the only thing Microsoft gives a shit about is how much money they make off those ads.

Creston

I would hope they're going to see a massive drop in ad revenue as users like myself avoid turning the stupid thing on.

I used to occasionally rent movies on the zune rental thing...not anymore. I'll work with Amazon thank you very much!
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 16, 2012, 13:17 Tumbler
 
360 Update? Does it remove this awful interface?!!! NOPE.

FUCK. What a miserable POS this new dashboard is. It's like they hired some kid straight out of college with a BA in advertising. (if that even exists) It's such an offensive system to look at. Sharply contrasting images that don't relate to stuff right beside it, different sized windows smashed together with the important info pushed into smaller spaces that are a pain to read.

Then you have that top bar and pushs tons of useless junk between the useful panels. They've somehow managed to bring all the frustration of watching live TV with commercials into this fucking interface. Doing anything and everything forces you to see a barrage of info that, to add insult to injury, isn't easily processed so it just ends up looking like noise.

I've given sony a lot of shit for their interface but my god, WTF was microsoft doing when they tested this internally? Why would you make the boxes different sizes like this. It's so uncomfortable to jump between them trying to find what you need. (with your eyes, lets not even talk about moving the "cursor" around)
 
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News Comments > Free BF3 With Origin ME3 Preorders
3. Re: Free BF3 With Origin ME3 Preorders Feb 15, 2012, 21:56 Tumbler
 
Would rather they offer a discount for getting rid of bf3.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Demo Early Access
10. Re: Mass Effect 3 Demo Early Access Feb 14, 2012, 16:34 Tumbler
 
along with intense four player co-op multiplayer matches.

I haven't been following development of this too closely, the MP is co-op stuff? As in Horde mode?

I thought there would be a competitive multiplayer mode...*sniff* ...was even hoping that Bioware would pull an ubisoft montreal thing like in Assassin's Creed and think outside of the box and do something different and innovative...



Hmmm after watching the Youtube clip showing the co-op gameplay I'm feeling a little better...

 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3
38. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 15:01 Tumbler
 
This whole thing with the demo has me highly annoyed. I don't want to play it, I'd rather just play the game when it comes out. But the way it's being locked behind stupid hurdles makes me concerned about the game as a whole. (And how much bullshit they're going to try and pull)

I thought I'd pre-ordered it ages ago so I went to go cancel it and just wait it out on goozex.

Turns out I had spent a lot of credits on it so it's only costing me $15 to buy it...fine...I'll keep my order. (360)

But it feels dirty to support your bullshit.
 
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News Comments > Anno 2070 Content Update
10. Re: Anno 2070 Content Update Feb 13, 2012, 14:52 Tumbler
 
Such an amazing series, I can lose myself for hours in 1701, love the two hour warning. It really is a shame, I was so looking forward to this futuristic spin.

This whole scenario where a developer makes something that looks cool but the publisher goes and fucks everything up by either splitting up content into dlc packs and so on or adds DRM that detracts from the value of the product is why seeing stuff on kickstarter makes me excited.

If the financials suck for continuing to do business under Ubi then I want to see the devs behind a product like this look into the option of jumping ship on Ubi en mass then starting a new studio with a kickstarter offering.

No idea how much this game cost to produce but it looks interesting but the Ubisoft additions make this a total joke. No way I'm paying to be tethered to ubisoft.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Feb 12, 2012, 19:56 Tumbler
 
I would love the opportunity to fund other projects like this double fine kickstarter. At the end of the day I'm much more excited to see a game build this way rather than under the constant pressure to suck dollars out of consumers that we see from publishers. That's been the comments from developers for a while now, all this DLC / DRM bullshit is being forced by publishers.

And how much of the advertising budget could you cut when you are funded like this? If you have a great game then tens of thousands of people are going to have copies and you've already paid for everything. If you make the game and it stinks the people on the back end are out $15 in most cases and you spent your budget. If the game is a success then you get to take almost all the profit for yourself as you have no back end publisher trying to earn their own profits.

Consider how much of a $60 game goes to middlemen and try and think of the real numbers a developer would need to distribute something digitally when the gaming community knows the devs past work.

Respawn could pull a ton of money assuming the entry price was $10-$20. Those are dollars I can afford to risk on a developer I've liked in the past.


 
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News Comments > New Via Digital Distribution
1. Re: New Via Digital Distribution Feb 7, 2012, 23:20 Tumbler
 
Space Marine Powersword? Eh? They're making DLC for this still.

*pops up steam product page*

And it's just a sword you use in multiplayer? For $3...come on Relic. Jeeez. What other DLC have you made...lots of cosmetic stuff, dreadnaught...wait. Dreadnaught?! WTF is that? $10...3 multiplayer maps that let you play as a dreadnaught?! (Looks like it's something each side works toward then one player gets to control the dreadnaught.)

That is a step in the right direction...but $10 for this is disappointing. It seems like this is only available on those 3 new maps too. Maybe if dreadnaught mode was possible on all maps and they added a few tanks too then it might be worth $10...

So in Space Marine 2, lets work on destructible terrain...ok? When I go driving a predator tank around shooting my auto cannon I want to chew up the terrain. I want to see dreadnaughts come crashing through walls and ripping guys apart.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 6, 2012, 23:00 Tumbler
 
LOL at Volition Dev. You're one of the companies that will go belly up if they make games require codes that get linked to accounts. (aka used games won't work) When you force people to pay $60 for any game they want to play they stop trying lesser known title like Saints Row the Third and instead everyone buys Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty.

 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Online Disruption
26. Re: Ubisoft Online Disruption Feb 2, 2012, 13:43 Tumbler
 
"Fighting Piracy" at the expense of your consumers. So brave. Keep up the good fight!  
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News Comments > Rovio Positive About Piracy
29. Re: Rovio Positive About Piracy Jan 31, 2012, 21:09 Tumbler
 
Hey, real quick, what other industries let us try something at no risk, particularly when they actually bear an enormous amount of risk?

Movies? No.
Books? Well, Kindle does this, but Amazon has no risk.
Cars? Nope, you can test drive, and in some cases even take home for a night, but you also have to put up collateral.
Music? I suppose Spotify lets me listen to entire albums, but it's essentially what I advocated in Gaiku, no?
Restaurants? Hardly.

Um...well this industry for starters. PC software outside of games often has free trials you can download and try almost instantly. I downloaded Illustrator CS5 a few nights ago to use for a small project. Took me an hour, I only needed to provide an email. I was able to create content and save files and now I have what I needed and paid zero. (and they will likely get a sale from me later)

MS does this with MS Office. You can download all parts of that program. I can't remember the last time pc software didn't have a free trial unless it was a game.

Movie theaters will give you your money back if you walk out on a movie...

Books can be read at book stores...

Cars can be test driven for free and taken home (as you said) which is a great comparison to paying in full for a game and trying it for a few hours.

Music...last time I was in a book store they had a whole section setup to listen to music, entire albums...and on youtube you can listen to EVERYTHING.

And Restaurants? You're fucking with me right now right? Yeah, you've got to be. I mean if someone is served food they don't like, like there is a hair in it, everyone knows enough to complain right?

I mean you don't live under a rock...right?
 
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News Comments > Rovio Positive About Piracy
19. Re: Rovio Positive About Piracy Jan 31, 2012, 17:51 Tumbler
 
but it couldn't really work: people would be very quick to find a way to use offline mode to get the full game for free.

So True. Better that piracy is the only way to try games with no risk. Paying customers don't deserve to be protected from bad purchases. If they weren't so lazy they'd go look into the future and see if they liked the game. Grumble grumble, you know what one of them told me? He said that wouldn't even be possible because if he went to the future then decided not to buy it in the past it's destroy the universe or some shit. Fucking pirates. They'll do anything to play my game for free.
 
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News Comments > Rovio Positive About Piracy
15. Re: Rovio Positive About Piracy Jan 31, 2012, 16:34 Tumbler
 
So piracy may be a factor, but just flat out overpricing, under delivering, nickel and dime tactics, and outrageous DRM "hoops"....they have all definitely factored into my purchasing decisions.

This.

I'm guessing angry birds was $1 on Itunes? It's free on Android but in either case getting a legit copy is so easy it makes no sense to pirate. Even if the game is shit and you hate it I'll bet you'll walk away happy having one less dollar. (at worst)

The same can't be said for many other games on more traditional platforms. Steam would be wise to institute a return policy within a certain amount of time. Like 2 hours of gameplay or 24 hours after purchase, whichever comes first. The biggest deterrent I have to spending money on many games is buyers remorse. You give me an optional refund if I don't like you're game and I'm WAY more likely to try it.

The industry should not be built around getting people to buy your game, you should be getting people to try your game, then buy it if they like it.

Case in point Humble Bundle five is up, never heard of any of these games, Anomaly sounds interesting, I'll drop a dollar and try them. Tryed anomaly, very excited at first, gameplay put me to sleep. Maybe I'll give it more time later but for now I spent $1 so who cares. (The people who have my dollar probably care!)
 
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News Comments > THQ Receives Stock Delisting Warning
4. Re: THQ Receives Stock Delisting Warning Jan 31, 2012, 15:48 Tumbler
 
I wonder how Saints Row 3 would have done if they'd waited to launch it until now. Everyone seems to love the game, I have it and can't stop playing swtor long enough to give it a chance but I'm finally hitting that point in swtor where I don't want to play it as much so maybe i'll finally give saints row the third a try.

Seems like launching that game in late january would have worked better assuming they had some marketing money to do so...
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up
26. Re: The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up Jan 21, 2012, 11:26 Tumbler
 
wtf_man wrote on Jan 21, 2012, 10:53:
Looks to me like this game will flop. Rumor isthat they have spent anywhere from 300-500 million making this game... (I said rumor)... and EA's shares have dropped already because the sales have been short of expectations.

That's odd. I just noticed an article linked on Reddit regarding this:


Joystick.com

Says the budget was 200 million and the stock has bounced back a bit on reports of total subscribers?

Will be interesting to watch things going forward. I like the game. My account go deactivated today though...so there is that...apparently my paypal billing information didn't go through...which is odd...because I used a 60 day time card so it shouln't have been trying to bill me at all...but even if it did the info was good so it should have gone through...

The 800 customer service line is a pretty big joke so far. I'll save that for another post....you do not want to call them if you don't have to...

 
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