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Signed On Dec 13, 2004, 01:09
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News Comments > Steam Opens Early Access
21. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:53 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:33:
Kickstarter appears cheaper, but here you get early access. These probably have a higher chance of being completed as Valve are going to be careful who they let on.
I agree that they have a higher chance, but its NOT because valve is more careful. They will let anyone/anything on (see war z).

The main reason these have a higher chance is because they have a playable product. Even if the indie ones sell to a publisher, they have a higher chance to since they can display a working product, and one that has interest and purchases on steam.
 
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News Comments > Steam Opens Early Access
18. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:30 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:12:
That does look like fun and Introversion are cool.
Introversion? Neat, I own I think all their other games.

I'm not sure I want to pay $30 though.
 
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News Comments > Steam Opens Early Access
16. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:22 Dev
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:18:
If the full version doesn't come out for whatever reason, I imagine Valve will have to refund you.
Unlikely, that would basically put them into position of financially guaranteeing the final finished release of every single game they have. They only refund pre-orders (which for AAA games are typically already finished and gone gold, or nearly so), and they could make the case that this is termed early access, not pre-order and that you get to play the game in advance so you got your money's worth.

Actually, thats probably yet another reason why they are doing this early access program.

This comment was edited on Mar 20, 2013, 16:28.
 
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News Comments > Steam Opens Early Access
10. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:14 Dev
 
I have a feeling that War Z fiasco helped pushed this into happening. Also probably all the greenlight things and other games that come onto steam as pre-order with alpha/beta access.

Glad to see it though, it hopefully will help make it clear to people when/if they aren't playing a finished product.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Mar 19, 2013, 14:19 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 19, 2013, 13:40:
The Sims 3 sold 1.4 million in its first week, selling 1.1 million in 2 weeks doesn't look good in comparison. I hope that's word of mouth hurting it, rather than just a lack of interest.
I doubt they expected as much as the sims initially. That appeals to a much wider audience with many many more copies sold.

Yes I know they are attempting to appeal to much of the same demographic with the dumbing down of the game, so they probably consider 1+ mil sales somewhat a success.
 
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News Comments > John Riccitiello Leaving EA
62. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 19, 2013, 04:43 Dev
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 20:01:
EA actually has a lot of good properties that they are sitting on. I wish they would get an awesome CEO and turn things around.
Redmask wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 20:12:
Why can't a company make money by giving it what its consumers want? Gaming companies thrived doing this for decades before publishers decided to turn themselves into conglomerates. They didn't have to make every game sell like Call of Duty or have a marketing campaign that involved the Superbowl.
Why? Because the IP they are sitting on isn't CoD or BF.
Why? Because its not as much money as they think they can make. If they think they can make $5 million by doing dungeon lords 2, then they think they can make $500 million by doing DA3, which one do you think they are going to do? Sure they can make money by doing things like we see happening at kickstarter, but to them, thats peanuts. If EA were really going to change, we'd have seen it already. KS success is showing them the amount of money thats out there for things like that, and they DO NOT CARE.
 
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News Comments > John Riccitiello Leaving EA
61. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 19, 2013, 04:37 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 18:51:
Perhaps it's yet to make it's mark; hopefully when SimCity's sales figures are released they will be well below expectations and the share price will then be hit.
Yeah, I highly doubt simcity had anything to do with this. Simcity only just came out, his leaving has likely been in the works for a while.

Also, its unlikely that simcity sold poorly. Its been selling too well (apparently no one bothered to check pre-order numbers before counting servers) that caused much of their problems. On bluesnews alone, you have several people who bought it, despite everything known beforehand. Now think about clueless people who hear the name "simcity" and run out to buy it on that alone.
 
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News Comments > John Riccitiello Leaving EA
35. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 18:15 Dev
 
I'm impressed that he took responsibility. Not impressed with anything else about EA.
ASeven wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 18:11:
Unfortunately I have no hope that the next guy to take his seat will change the policy of fucking the customers left and right and center.
More than likely, the next guy will push the envelope further, and claim that they didn't make money because they didn't exploit their customers enough.
Talisorn wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 18:11:
When's Bobby Kotick leaving?
Never. Remember he's a huge gamer who loves games!
Plus activision is making money last I checked.
 
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News Comments > SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded?
31. Re: SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded? Mar 18, 2013, 18:03 Dev
 
LOL EA is giving out 2 free games to some accounts:
https://help.ea.com/article/simcity-something-extra
 
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News Comments > SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded?
29. Re: SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded? Mar 18, 2013, 17:31 Dev
 
THERES STILL TIME! TO GET YOUR FREE GAME!

EA is basically saying: we know we said the 18th, but its been extended, so the news of the awesome list of awesome free games can spread!

Actual quote from the email (apparently they sent me the email since I signed up for beta):
We don't want any of you to miss out your free game, so please note that you must register your copy of SimCity before March 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST and you must claim your free game by March 30, 2013 at 11:59PM PST.
 
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News Comments > SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded?
13. Re: SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded? Mar 18, 2013, 12:22 Dev
 
FalconerHG wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 12:21:
I've spent quite some time with the game over the last week and a half
Thanks for the details!

While I was typing up my post asking for them, you were already typing them out
 
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News Comments > SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded?
11. Re: SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded? Mar 18, 2013, 12:18 Dev
 
FalconerHG wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 11:54:
Verno wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 09:06:
Someone was mentioning you can just change a memory address to get around it and upload your city changes later.

Better yet, don't buy this crappy game

Actually, don't you think it is possible that people still enjoy this game? (I am, and I have two friends who play it every day as well).
This is the first simcity thread you've commented in since its release. I'm curious, have you had any of the numerous problems as seen in bluesnews stories for the past couple weeks? Were you able to play in the first few days after release without problems? Have you come across any of the silly AI glitches in the game? Have you tried playing with strangers in the region or only friends?

I have no doubt that some people enjoy the game, I'm just curious as to the details of your personal experience with it, and if its been problem free, or if you just persevered despite the problems.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2013, 11:52 Dev
 
One could also setup a free IFTTT to check if the website is up, and if its not, send a text to your phone.

That would require no re-programming
 
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News Comments > SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded?
7. Re: SimCity 20 Minute Online Timeout Hard-Coded? Mar 18, 2013, 11:34 Dev
 
yonder wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 11:28:
It's gotten to the point where EA is pretty much the AOL of the gaming world. I was reading PC World's "Worst Tech Products Of All Time" list and AOL was #1.

"How do we loathe AOL? Let us count the ways. Since America Online emerged from the belly of a BBS called Quantum "PC-Link" in 1989, users have suffered through awful software, inaccessible dial-up numbers, rapacious marketing, in-your-face advertising, questionable billing practices, inexcusably poor customer service, and enough spam to last a lifetime. And all the while, AOL remained more expensive than its major competitors."

That list is pretty much completely accurate when applied to EA's gaming. *sigh*
The main difference between the two is that AOL spent millions sending out millions of free CDs.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
33. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 18, 2013, 02:07 Dev
 
Creston wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 01:29:
So while the mission assumes you have a small city, I've built this sprawling metropolis that's got everything almost maxed out. Pretty cool that way (Until I got told I needed to build a second metropolis, this one with the other faction's units, and I had no more room on my damn island! )
LOL I'm playing that mission right now!
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 17, 2013, 14:24 Dev
 
nin wrote on Mar 17, 2013, 13:58:
Man, Arma 3 is raking it in...smart marketing move.

And look at you, Anno!

I've been enjoying that thing. Its different than classic simcity, but has some elements of it too. It's its own game, and a fun one.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 17, 2013, 11:33 Dev
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 17, 2013, 09:38:
El Pit wrote on Mar 17, 2013, 05:18:
Blue, what's happening?http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/bluesnews.com.html
That site is ok, but I prefer this one.

I wonder who we need to convince to get Bluesnews website uptime tracked there. I mean, Blues is more important that FB, Twitter, or Tumblr to me...
That one doesn't appear to track bluesnews, so its worthless
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2013, 22:08 Dev
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 16, 2013, 21:13:
Dev wrote on Mar 16, 2013, 17:44:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 16, 2013, 17:05:
So, I put the question to you: Why preorder?

Nowadays they give you exclusives and items that you may not get if you don't pre-order. Thats exactly why they do it. In addition, if you get the game at full price, you may end up having to spend extra money buying some of the things in the pre-order.

Me, I'm more of the camp of waiting for the GotY and getting the complete thing with all the DLC. Saves a ton of money.
Or if its something I really want, doing a 30%+ off deal on GMG on a pre-order works too. I don't pre-order often on big titles, last one I think was x-com.

eh, pre order stuff is now just skinned items or costumes. There is NO REASON to pre order anymore. Most of the time the game is 10-20% off retail a week after release.
Often, but not always. Like the $10 extra class thing from BL2 that you got from pre-ordering but had to buy otherwise, that wasn't a skinned item. It also wasn't in the season pass. They did that on purpose

Or hitman game, the sniper mini game thing was ONLY pre-order. I don't think they've ever yet offered it for sale otherwise. It annoyed me to no end that the code I got for it off of ebay (since I didn't pre-order), never synced up with my hitman account. So the stuff I did in the mini game never did anything in the main game. Despite them doing patches that supposedly fixed that.

I'm not arguing for pre-orders, like I said, I usually wait for GotY. And BL2 had a lot of great sales especially from GMG. And I dislike any sorta exclusives, I want to get the whole thing whenever the frack I choose to buy the game.

I'm just saying, this is why they don't always do just skins, because they are trying to push people into doing pre-orders.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
5. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Mar 16, 2013, 21:12 Dev
 
The sad thing is, he even warned them that hackers might try to SWAT him.  
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News Comments > SimCity Hacked to Play Offline?
161. Re: SimCity Hacked to Play Offline? Mar 16, 2013, 20:06 Dev
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 15, 2013, 06:38:
Really good Anno 2070 guide here for those of you not familiar with the game, like myself: http://youtu.be/yYFLhADYd3k

Thanks! I got through playing a bunch and was lost in some of it, and NOW I find your reply with that link lol.

Quboid wrote on Mar 15, 2013, 12:32:
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2013, 11:30:
Dev wrote on Mar 15, 2013, 00:23:
So, to get everything add 3 things to cart.
1)Deluxe Anno 2070
2)Complete dlc pack
3)Deep Ocean dlc.
Total should be $36.67

Bought. Without the irritating always-on crap, it looks like a great game. That video that was linked earlier constantly had me trying to click and place stuff and then grumble because I was just watching a video.

Thanks for figuring out how to get everything for the cheapest possible price, Dev!!

Creston

I've also bought it. Take that EA, I might buy your shitty game but I won't play it. So there. (Until it's patched or I get bored.)
No problem, glad to see people enjoying it. I am enjoying it myself so far.
 
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