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News Comments > Post-Release Bulletstorm PC Demo Planned
27. Re: Post-Release Bulletstorm PC Demo Planned Feb 20, 2011, 05:31 Draugr
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Feb 20, 2011, 04:58:
Xbox piracy requires much more know-how and preparation. PC piracy requires you to download a file and run the exe. Massive difference.

I have to disagree with you in regards to console piracy... in terms of difficulty the mileage varies, it can be as easy as hooking your 360 DVD drive from your xbox to your PC and installing the appropriate firmware, from there it's just burning the disc and popping it in. Only the latest 360 models are a 'hassle'. PS3 is even easier, and involves a USB stick and that's it. You can just load those right from the HDD, so in that regard it'd be just as easy as PC.

You're first assertion though, I definitely agree with, the difference lies in the overall units sold, though sometimes Dev's DO cry wolf about piracy when sales aren't meeting expectations, even though it just might not be as well received as they hoped.

Crysis I think is a good example, it did well, but not as well as they liked, so they blamed piracy. While piracy certainly played a part to one degree or another, time passed and it went on to selling several million units and being one of best-selling PC games. While this is supposition, I think this is in large part due to people being scared off due to system requirements, (even though they may or may not have been justified in doing so.)

edit - I'm kinda drunk, and while I previewed my post, I might have missed something or said something retarded,(moreso than normal, of course ;)) so I apologize in advance
 
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News Comments > Two Worlds II Review Flap, Sequel Revealed
18. Re: Two Worlds II Review Flap, Sequel Revealed Feb 20, 2011, 03:01 Draugr
 
Jerykk wrote on Feb 19, 2011, 23:06:
He's right that people consider a 7 to mean an average game.

Actually, I think most people consider 8 to be an average game, judging by the outrage seen on forums when a high-profile game gets less than a 9.

In truth, the whole scoring system used by most reviewers is completely broken. The scale is effectively 6-10, with 6 being awful and 10 being awesome. With that being the case, there's no reason to even have 0-5. The BeefJack website was correct in using 5 to represent an average score. When the range is 0-10, 5 is average and that's how it should be.

I've always been fascinated by this, I would say one strong reason could be the grades system in the US,(can't comment elsewhere) which essentially uses that model. Of course, with grades it makes sense as to why that is.

Whenever I rate something on a scale of 10 I always tell the people I'm speaking with that 5 is the average.
 
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News Comments > Post-Release Bulletstorm PC Demo Planned
11. Re: Post-Release Bulletstorm PC Demo Planned Feb 19, 2011, 17:38 Draugr
 
Fion wrote on Feb 19, 2011, 17:34:
I'm truly looking forward to this game.

/checks his avatar. Still Jim Darkmagic.




In all seriousness I've already pre-ordered on steam as have some of my friends. Looking forward to the co-op mostly.

Stop mocking my generalizations! I never meant to imply NO ONE would buy it.

No campaign co-op might as well be no co-op in my eyes. standalone levels with co-op just doesn't do it for me, beyond just one or two games, personally.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2011, 17:07 Draugr
 
mlw wrote on Feb 19, 2011, 16:05:
I agree 100%. This short season has been excellent. Only one episode to go

Lucy Lawless will most certainly be back next season. But, I am afraid no such fate for John Hannah's character.

What makes you say she'll be back? I though the season finale, and even the prequel, made it pretty clear how that part of the story played out, unless flashbacks play a part.
Couldn't agree more blue, Gods of the Arena I definitely consider better than the the first season of Blood and Sand, and like you it's gotten me interested in the second season beyond just "I GUESS I'll watch it"
 
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News Comments > Post-Release Bulletstorm PC Demo Planned
5. Re: Post-Release Bulletstorm PC Demo Planned Feb 19, 2011, 16:57 Draugr
 
mag wrote on Feb 19, 2011, 16:17:
"Shit, the PC gamers don't seem to be on board with this thing. DAMAGE CONTROL!"

And before this they tried pushing gears of war AND Bulletsorm as a bundle on Game for Windows, I can only imagine how many sales that earned them. (not many)

"Our unremarkable game still isn't selling? PIRACY!"

While this is only supposition, I can't wait for the post release analysis as to why this didn't sell as well as they thought it would, in my experience the only people who are truly looking forward to this are people who have a Marcus Fenix avatar on a forum.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Feb 18, 2011, 21:25 Draugr
 
MrBone wrote on Feb 18, 2011, 20:33:
Haha. Let me clue you morons in on a fact. All news media is biased. If you think your beloved PBS and CNN is not in the bag for the liberals, you are braindead.

I think its arguable that PBS and CNN are in the bag for a liberal agenda, I don't think you'd get much people agreeing with that unless they were a die-hard fox news viewer. You could certainly make that argument with MSNBC, as that how they've positioned themselves. CNN appears to be interested in being the 'middle man,' in regards to the cable news game. That being said, I'd argue all media has bias, whether intentional or not.

However, my reply to your comments and your comments themselves really aren't on topic, the question was why was fox news singled out, I think someone earlier in the thread summed it up perfectly;

"There's a difference between politically slanting the news and being irresponsible to the point of causing actual damage to businesses and industries to score political points."

Regardless of other situations, this isn't the first time they've gone to the lengths to tell us about how evil games are without presenting any facts, and then having 'experts' on to tell everyone how evil video games are, when the studies they cite (even though they don;t cite anything, they just say they exist) don't exist and they've never even played the games in question. These are facts, and what this discussion is about.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Feb 18, 2011, 20:29 Draugr
 
Prez wrote on Feb 18, 2011, 14:26:
I'm not a huge fan of Fox News, but I watch it from time to time for my own reasons. The videogame coverage it gives is no doubt an embarrassment, but I think we're starting to get overly focused on one media outlet when it comes to unfair and unfounded coverage of gaming. I seem to remember a bevy of ridiculous pieces on CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets linking the Columbine massacre to videogames, (specifically 'Doom', but not exclusively) as well as movies (the Basketball Diaries comes to mind).

I understand that this being a more moderate to liberal forum that it would be natural to have a special hate-on for a right-wing outlet like Fox News, but let's try to keep some perspective; Fox certainly doesn't have a corner on the market for sensationalism and irresponsible reporting. Granted Fox has picked up the anti-gaming torch and run with it lately, but it's not like others haven't done the same at one time or another.

While it is true they aren't the only people who sensationalize this, Fox News is waging a culture war, which really shouldn't be news to anyone. This just helps push their narrative (their stance being any media but ours and what we approve of is degenerate, and a sign of how terrible everything is in modern society.)

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News Comments > NPD: 5% Industry Decline
17. Re: NPD: 5% Industry Decline Feb 18, 2011, 03:22 Draugr
 
|RaptoR| wrote on Feb 18, 2011, 01:35:
1,160,000,000 = total revenue for the month
1,140,000,000 = excluding PC sales
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20,000,000 = PC sales

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wow. that's pretty dismal, even if they are skewed numbers. no wonder devs flock to consoles


To be fair, this is retail only, which the PC market has less to do with each passing day.

Recently Forbes ran an article on Gabe Newell/Valve;
"The 250-person company releases no financials but, according to Newell, is "tremendously profitable." Ed Barton, a games analyst at IHS Screen Digest, estimates that Valve's revenue in 2010 was in the "high hundreds of millions of dollars." (A 2005 FORBES story on Valve had the company grossing $70 million with a fat $55 million in operating profit.)"

And Valve/Steam is only one player in the digital market (probably the largest, though)

While there are things to consider beyond just game sales themselves, it would appear this doesn't paint a clear picture of the PC games market, unsurprisingly.

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News Comments > Bulletstorm Trailer
19. Re: Bulletstorm Trailer Feb 18, 2011, 00:18 Draugr
 
Icewind wrote on Feb 17, 2011, 20:52:
Undocumented Alien wrote on Feb 17, 2011, 16:25:
I've been messing around with the demo on my PS3, it's a goofy game but mindless fun, I'll probably buy it since they had they presence of mind to make it have COOP which I don't see enough of anymore and it's always fun to just crush stuff with 3 other friends. It's Duke Nukem'ish.

That's exactly why I'm ignoring all of the bad points and getting the game. I have several friends who are and we all plan to coop the hell out of this game.

I still think it's dumb as shit to charge 59.99 for this game but we have the welfare console kiddies to thank for that.

You think it's dumb, yet you're forking the money over, what does that make you?
Maybe they wouldn't charge premium prices for this tripe if people were more frugal with what they considered a 60 dollar purchase. I don't see how it's the fault of impoverished people who buy the game any more than yours.
 
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News Comments > RAGE Trailer
5. Re: RAGE Trailer Feb 18, 2011, 00:05 Draugr
 
Fion wrote on Feb 17, 2011, 22:37:
The graphics are mind boggling, but then again they always are from Id. The game does look a little 'boardlands' but I suspect the similarity ends with the setting. NPCs look more fleshed out, the criminal factions and tribes more unique, etc.

I'm looking forward to the game, though this video didn't push me toward it anymore than I already was by the games appearance at last years E3, that was just amazing and I am still salivating over it.

Well, I for one am certainly looking forward to this moreso than a sequel to borderlands, not that I'm averse to it.

Also, beyond the FPS aspect this appears to have some combat-racing style to it, while there were vehicles in borderlands it certainly wasn't a huge part of the game, and I know that for me it was used purely for transportation. I think there was only one part in the game where you NEEDED to use a vehicle, but its been a while since I've played, so I might be wrong on this point.

When drawing comparisons I thought more of Fallout than Borderlands.
 
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News Comments > No Bulletstorm Editor
27. Re: No Bulletstorm Editor Feb 17, 2011, 16:19 Draugr
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 17, 2011, 09:17:
Now granted, he implied he was kidding, but plenty of people say things sincerely and then say they are kidding to avoid fallout, so


Yeah, but stop and think about it for a second.
For one, why would he even mention this in any way if it were true but he thought there may be fallout?

For another, Bulletstorm has been in development at least since it was announced in 2008 that EA was publishing a new People Can Fly title. That means it was probably in development in 2007, when PCF's last title came out.

So unless you think Epic is so clairvoyant that they could have planned and begun development of a new property to compete with Killzone 3 two years before Killzone 2 even came out, well...





Honestly, do people here even think things out, or does your hatred of any largeish company or corporation totally cloud your judgment and let you keep fooling yourself into believing things completely impossible to anything not omnipotent?

Like I said, it can be both :). They could have easily ramped up development or held back on release to compete with other products. Them releasing a game for competition is could be seen as good business sense, CliffyB just loves trolling people, that's clear from his twitter feed. I don't mean to imply they were just sitting on this WAITING with a garbage game to compete with killzone.
 
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News Comments > Bungie MMO Shooter Rumor
19. Re: Bungie MMO Shooter Rumor Feb 17, 2011, 16:11 Draugr
 
Drezden wrote on Feb 17, 2011, 12:53:
I love Bungie, I love Myth, Oni, Marathon all their oldschool stuff was great.

I even love the universe they created for Halo despite being console only...

But I don't understand... after 10 years of making Halo games (A Sci Fi FPS) would you break away from Microsoft... have your first bit of freedom to make something else... and make a Sci Fi MMOFPS... If that is all you were going to do... Why didn't you just stay with Microsoft, and make a Halo MMO, which has been rumored for ages, and is already an established IP to back it for sales... Why would you leave and start from scratch working on the same thing you just stopped working on but on a larger scale.

I would have preferred to see something either Original from them, or from another of their IP's. Oni 2 would be great imo.

Just feels like they are wasting talent doing this.

Couldn't agree with you more, after I heard they weren't chained to MS anymore I instantly thought of how awesome all their non halo games were, and I was really looking forward to that. Now it seems like they developed into a studio that wont take a 'chance' on something like that.
 
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News Comments > Bungie MMO Shooter Rumor
18. Re: Bungie MMO Shooter Rumor Feb 17, 2011, 16:08 Draugr
 
Flatline wrote on Feb 17, 2011, 15:26:
Anonymous wrote on Feb 17, 2011, 13:45:
Remember, Halo was originally supposed to be the next big thing for PC gaming. That was before they got bought up by Microsoft. And for the damnedest reason, Halo PC never ran as well as the Xbox.

You do mean it was the next big thing for MAC gaming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh1p7D_Nnx0


PC and mac, then the MS aquisition, then just PC and Xbox, then just Xbox, with a terrible port for PC that came out down the road.
 
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News Comments > No Bulletstorm Editor
17. Re: No Bulletstorm Editor Feb 16, 2011, 17:58 Draugr
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 16, 2011, 17:24:
created for the purpose revenue generation in the period before gears of war 3 comes out? Also tools interfere with paid DLC content.

This wasn't created for those purposes and you do a huge injustice to PCF saying that.

Gears 3 was slated for a Holiday 2010 release. This was slated for after. There is no possible way your logic works based on that.

“The real reason Bulletstorm was built was because Gears wasn't ready for this spring and we needed a product to fuck with Killzone. ;)”
-CliffyB

Now granted, he implied he was kidding, but plenty of people say things sincerely and then say they are kidding to avoid fallout, so~ I take that aspect of it with a grain of salt, He seems to love busting the balls of fanboys though so, it could certainly be one or the other. Or both.

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News Comments > A Game of Thrones - Genesis This Summer
9. Re: A Game of Thrones - Genesis This Summer Feb 16, 2011, 16:30 Draugr
 
Sadly, this reeks of the hollywood formula of making sure a game is out along with the show.

At least I've got the show to look forward to.
 
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks
64. Re: Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks Feb 16, 2011, 15:58 Draugr
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 16, 2011, 10:18:
Beamer wrote on Feb 16, 2011, 09:16:
Some of the opinions defending publishing rights with regards to second hand sales in this thread are making me physically nauseous.

And again, digital media isn't really very comparable to physical media, which is where so much of this issue lies. Computer games are digital media merely given via physical distribution.

All the "consumer rights" people keep mentioning tend to revolve around their notions of physical media. Problem is that we can prove that a book sold is no longer in use by the original owner. We cannot do that with any digital media.



Regardless, you have GameStop to blame for this. Do you know why Hollywood doesn't much complain about DVD reselling? Because no one is making more money off of used DVD sales than any content creator is off of new DVD sales. In the video game industry GameStop is making more money than most content creators. This is why it's become such a big issue.



In honesty, how many of you regularly resell PC games, anyway?

Actually today we can prove who is currently using which piece of software today, that is one of the purposes of DRM. I would wager that 99.99% of all games produced today have some kind of validation. Most of the "normal" DRM today allows for the resale of games, as long as there is only one account per copy of the game.

Gamestop is basically an intermediary. A "used car salesman" if you like.

But this is all moot in any case, EULAs specifically state that consumers dont really "own" the game in any case. They are simply licencing it. AFAIC someone needs to make a serious investigation of whether current EULAs are ar legal or even constitutional.

(For reference please use the constitution of the USA)

Gamestop is nothing like a used car dealer, as used car dealers pay for a dealers liscence, and has to meet legal and financial requirements, and in addition they (Toyota or Ford or whoever) can still sell parts and service for used cards. Gamestop just screws everyone out of money but themselves.

in regards to EUlAs, it really depends on the EULA, but what you said is true about many EULA's. You don't own the software, you own the liscence.

PC second hand sales hasnt been strong, pretty much ever, as Beamer said, one reason for this is you have no way of telling if the other person still isn't utilizing it. Nowadays we have DRM and whatnot, but back in the day that wasn't something that was a norm, and therefore people acted accordingly lest they get sued, and it's just kind of stuck.

I believe part of the reason Gamestop doesn't carry much PC stuff is because they can't plan on any second hand sales.

I don't think there are any parts in the constitution in regards to consumer protections, feel free to prove me wrong, I'd be surprised to see an article where they say licencing software is illegal, if you're referring to other crap that can be in EULA's then that would be a discussion for a different time.
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks
54. Re: Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks Feb 16, 2011, 00:39 Draugr
 
trashcan wrote on Feb 15, 2011, 23:46:
Your full of crap that libraries pay more. My wife works in one and I go with her and help pick out used movies and games to save tax payers money. We also buy some of the books used. Hey it's tax payers money. Call your local library and make sure they buy used TO SAVE YOU MONEY.


And what was a must buy for me turned into a no buy. Steam sucks.

I stand corrected, though let me be clear that I'm certainly not arguing against public libraries .
I've also never heard Authors complain about how its bad for them either, though.

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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks
51. Re: Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks Feb 15, 2011, 21:35 Draugr
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 15, 2011, 18:34:
This. by buying second hand you've given them as much money as someone who stole the game.

Except buying it used presupposes somebody bought in the first place you FUCK.

Well, I don't know why we'd need to go calling people names just because we have a difference of opinion, I'd like to think we're capable of having an adult conversation. (High hopes for internet commentary, I know.)

It does involve someone buying it first, certainly, but they've lost a potential sale either way when it comes to the pirate or the second hand sale -- Either way, you get to enjoy their product and they get nothing from it. I certainly don't mean to imply that they are on morally equal ground.

Look at it from the perspective of the developer. Jack buys a THQ game, plays it and sells it to you. Jack was their customer. Your Jack's customer, not THQ's. In this situation, due to the availability of Jack's copy, THQ has (potentially) lost out on a sale.
Obviously they've reacted by making sure you need to buy something from them in the case of used sales if you want the full 'new' experience.

I speak mostly in regards to Devs, unless the dev and pub are one in the same, publishers are just banking off of other people's crap so I certainly don't have any pity for them.

I'm not commenting on used EVERYTHING, there are some goods that benefit through being resold, such as cars.
Even when you buy a used car you still need parts for maintenance, so they are still able to make money off of it in some regard. Much in the same way MS probably has no problem having used 360s being sold as it still gets people to buy games.

I get that it's not popular, I just feel people should support the devs by purchasing through them, instead of second hand. If that means waiting a few months after its released to meet a price point I'm willing to buy it at, so be it.

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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks
50. Re: Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks Feb 15, 2011, 21:31 Draugr
 
DrEvil wrote on Feb 15, 2011, 18:54:
Draugr wrote on Feb 15, 2011, 18:26:
Narf2029 wrote on Feb 15, 2011, 17:29:
Considering that BioWare didn't make a cent off of your used purchase, I don't think they give a shit about your thanks. Especially since they're part of EA now.

This. by buying second hand you've given them as much money as someone who stole the game.

By the logic, I assume you are implying libraries are a hive of villainy and scum.

No, they buy a library licence for their products they offer (music, books, video, software) which is (assumedly) a bit more than what you'd pay at retail.

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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks
34. Re: Duke Nukem Forever and Steamworks Feb 15, 2011, 18:26 Draugr
 
Narf2029 wrote on Feb 15, 2011, 17:29:
Considering that BioWare didn't make a cent off of your used purchase, I don't think they give a shit about your thanks. Especially since they're part of EA now.

This. by buying second hand you've given them as much money as someone who stole the game.
 
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