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Signed On Dec 13, 2004, 01:09
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Apr 15, 2013, 23:16 Dev
 
Atari, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, BioWare, EA

I'm surprised they didn't mention interplay when talking about licensing. I'm also surprised that WotC agreed to even a remake.

re: their Beamdog distribution platform

The direct-sales option and a preorder program allowed us to receive payment many months in advance of a typical royalty-advance deal, which was a great benefit for a small, self-funded developer.

Protip: desura has offered this for a long time, and now steam does too.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to "Next Adventure"
53. Re: Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to Apr 15, 2013, 22:02 Dev
 
Whoever is running the place over there are idiots. Skyrim is STILL top 10 on steam lists and has been since its release (aside from a few weeks when it drops off and comes right back).

3 DLC for this, compared to like 10 for oblivion? Yes these may be larger ones, but it doesn't matter. Theres still tons of money to be made doing DLC for the game.

On a personal note though, thats awesome. Since it means GotY is just around the corner, probably followed by price drops.

Edit: Even given timing of next gen consoles, they could still pull people off of other things, or hire some modders temporarily just for DLC. Heck, modder done DLC would probably be better than what they've done so far.

Ratty wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 16:53:
I'm bummed all we're getting is two mediocre DLCs though. Maybe they'll license out some DLCs to a third party. I mean, why wouldn't they?
Probably for similar reasons why valve isn't hiring out HL3.

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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Apr 15, 2013, 21:56 Dev
 
Prez wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 21:48:
Of the Skyrim DLC, Dragonborn was the good one, right?
http://www.metacritic.com/search/all/skyrim/results

Thats what that says. 50 or 60 ish scores for the others, 80 ish scores for that one.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Apr 15, 2013, 21:55 Dev
 
ZOMG, Simcity for a mere $40 ?!
What a steal...

of your time.
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
109. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 15, 2013, 21:52 Dev
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 09:28:
In the case of not being DRM-free enough, I doubt it would pass as being found material by most courts. It comes back down to whether the software is in any way less usable. I do not think a court would find there was any kind of damages here. You have your game, you can play your game, and financially you have lost no money. Sure, you paid for a DRM-free game, but what you really paid for was the game. You wanted the game. It being DRM-free just made it better to you. But it isn't as if the game is objectively worth less because it has DRM.
AND you got a DRM free game. They are still giving out a DRM free game to backers, complete with the berlin dlc/expansion.
 
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News Comments > A Small Favor Kickstarter
1. Re: A Small Favor Kickstarter Apr 15, 2013, 21:49 Dev
 
I've played the flash game versions and enjoyed them.

For $6 (the early bird price) I'm in.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
26. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 15, 2013, 08:57 Dev
 
Narf2029 wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 02:45:
I want this to be good, but the updates on the website are so infrequent it's hard to believe it will ever get done.
As I said, for $12 I'm willing to risk it. Anyone else who wants to can get in on the 4 pack with Verno.
 
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News Comments > SQUARE ENIX on Tomb Raider Shortfall
50. Re: SQUARE ENIX on Tomb Raider Shortfall Apr 14, 2013, 22:22 Dev
 
Protip:
If all your games are falling short of projections, maybe you want to adjust those projections. Either you and your games suck (in which case your projections are too high anyway), or your projections are just too high.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
6. Re: Sunday Consolidation Apr 14, 2013, 22:13 Dev
 
Beelzebud wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 14:03:
Project Unity seems like an awful lot of effort to get the same results as a modded Xbox 1 with emulators on it.
Some people want actual hardware. Usually the same kinda ppl that go and find an old CRT for a MAME cabinet instead of using a flat panel LCD. There's a variety of reasons people want the original hardware, one of them could be legitness.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
25. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 14, 2013, 22:02 Dev
 
rist3903 wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 17:10:
I commend you for sticking to your guns and not playing a very good game until it is completely dated.

Bravo, sir!

Skyrim was dated before it even came out. Still using the same clunky old dx9 engine (they said they were going to do a new one but turned out to be the same old one with a few tweaks). Thats due to being designed primarily for obsolete consoles.

I'm not going to get skyrim for its datedness or lack thereof. I'm getting it to have fun playing it.

Similarly when I go back and replay HL1 on occasion its not because of its modern graphics. When I get in on kickstarter games like wasteland 2, its not because of its eye popping graphics.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
22. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 21:56 Dev
 
NKD wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 19:47:
Yeah, the lead dev on this was just an artist on Terraria, and not a decision maker. The guys behind Terraria are not involved on this.

For $12 (I got in on the 4 pack, verno probably still has a spot or two open), I'm willing to take a chance on these guys.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 14, 2013, 15:45 Dev
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 15:39:
Skyrim sounds great, from reviews online, face to face anecdotes about the game friends and coworkers tell me, etc. None of that matters, however. It is the principle now. Discounted GotY version and/or $9.99 or under version.

The few who are left will prevail!
$10 GOTY aint gonna happen for at least another year or two. They've only just begun to do the DLC

And from a business sense, why the frack would they discount it that much if its still in top 10?
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
89. Re: More Big Picture Details Apr 14, 2013, 15:10 Dev
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 11:02:
To me I think we are also going to have some other promises broken in the lines of Apple and Linux versions.
Unlikely, since unity can port to both of those.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 14, 2013, 14:57 Dev
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 14:43:
Mind boggling. Who doesn't have Skyrim by now, that ISN'T waiting for the 9.99 version, or the GotY version?

Stop giving in, people. Tough it out, wait for the major price drop.
Me! I haven't given in yet!
I really want it though. The price has dropped, its not $60 anymore. MUST RESIST
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
10. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 14:38 Dev
 
Once you get the humble bundle gift link (if you join in the 4 pack) you click it, then give humble bundle an email, they send you your package link.

At the moment that package/download link just contains the soundtrack for download. The humble bundle page also has at the top, something that looks like a CD key, which is a link to the starbound webpage. Click that and the starbound folks register your email to send your steam key to when its released.

Very nicely done and this means I won't have to bug Verno in the future to send me stuff like the steam key, its all done automatically with no further inconvenience to him
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
7. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 14:19 Dev
 
4 pack gets the price down to under $12.

I'm in if someone is doing a 4 pack.

They will give out steam keys when it hits beta

Edit: I got into a 4 pack. Thanks!

This comment was edited on Apr 14, 2013, 14:30.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Preorders
6. Re: Starbound Preorders Apr 14, 2013, 14:11 Dev
 
I was impressed with the level of support they offered and the enormous amount of free content they offered. Plus the game itself was quite fun, I played it more than I did minecraft.

(yes I know they ceased active development for it, but they were upfront about it, and it got far more than I ever expected).
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified
87. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 14, 2013, 14:06 Dev
 
Julio wrote on Apr 14, 2013, 13:12:
So they ran a Kickstarter without having the license locked up? So what would have happened if they didn't get it? Just keep the cash and spend it on hookers and blow?
Presumably they had a firm commitment from MS and the other parties involved when they made the kickstarter, but the final negotiation and signing wasn't finished. IMHO not the best course of action, not just because of things like the DRM consequences, but because MS and the other parties could have extorted worse terms after they saw the level of interest in the KS. They would have had them over a barrel at that point.

But yeah, I imagine if it didn't work out they would have refunded.

I guess it just depends on how evil one thinks they are. The contrasting view is that they purposefully deceived to get the money, and would never offer any refunds.
 
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News Comments > Cross-Platform SimCity OS X in June
14. Re: Cross-Platform SimCity OS X in June Apr 14, 2013, 13:33 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 08:15:
Dev, was it spam or did you sign up?
It was spam in the sense that I didn't want any messages about simcity.

I'm sure that merely having an EA account signs you up for some of that though.

In contrast, valve has never sent me email announcing a game release simply because I have a steam account.
 
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News Comments > Stardock Plans "At Least" Two Game Announcements
55. Re: Stardock Plans Apr 14, 2013, 13:14 Dev
 
draginol wrote on Apr 11, 2013, 10:34:
I hope you've had a chance to read the report:

http://www.stardock.com/press/CustomerReports/Stardock2012.pdf

There is a lot of good data in there
I'm reading it now, thanks for reminding me about the link (I didn't click it earlier even though blue linked it). I agree, lots of good info in there.

Here's a couple bits that caught my eye:

The part about 64bit gaming. I think another dimension of that has been consoles holding back game development when developers focus on developing for the lowest common denominator (the 512 megs of consoles). I know that stardock doesn't focus on consoles, for which I'm thankful, but I think in general console focus effects the entire industry.

itíll be tougher going for the games group since its new stuff wonít start to show up until 2014.
I'm a little sad that it appears that while the games might be announced this year, they won't be released until next year I'm sure the wait will be worth it though!

Less than 1 out of 5 people want to buy their software in a box.
Steam alone accounts for 90% of our non-direct game revenue.

My own personal guesstimate previously has been that 66%-75% of all PC game sales are digital, and that steam has a majority of those digital PC sales (I was guessing 75% of them). My guesstimate numbers aren't terribly far off from stardock's survey.

I also appreciate the expenses breakdown in the chart. I personally like that the advertising isn't a huge percentage, so when I buy a game from stardock it feels like my money is going to be used for working on games, and not just TV ads.

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