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Homepage http://www.tacticalgamerz.com
Signed On Jul 9, 2009, 18:02
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News Comments > Origin Sale; EA Calls Service "A Huge Success"
75. Re: Origin Sale; EA Calls Service Jun 18, 2012, 22:59 ^Drag0n^
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 18, 2012, 18:11:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Jun 18, 2012, 17:54:
Personally, I love how these bozos say that the Steam Sale "is damaging IP," then proceed to deep discount no more than 2 weeks later.

Proof once again that the only truth in marketing are the lies.

If anyone wonders why I care about getting it right, it's because no one listens to anyone whose facts are wrong (like some guy making valid complaints about the government then throwing in that Obama is a Muslim - be wrong about something and get written off entirely...), and anyone saying EA is hypocritical here has their facts wrong:

1) Head of Origin USA says he believes discounts of 75% or greater damages IP (a bad way of phrasing but a good point - can any of us say we don't expect to pay less for games due to Steam Sales? I sure do. I absolutely wait for a 75% off sale for most of my purchases. That doesn't mean I think that the damage isn't made up in other ways)
2) Head of Origin EMEA clearly does not agree and goes with deep discounts. It's an entirely different territory run by entirely different people responsible for their own pricing
3) Origin USA discounts to 40%, which is a shoddy sale and obviously not a deep discount
4) ???
5) Everyone calls them hypocrites


I can see why people think it's hypocritical, but the people responsible for those deep discounts in Europe are not the same people, and do not report to the same people, that said that deep discounts are bad. It's like how some soda companies in Europe say high fructose corn syrup is bad but the US divisions say it's fine. Different people are running them and have different opinions - as small as the world is these days we're not yet at the point of making every division be 100% homogenized.
And 40% isn't hypocritical because it's a measly sale that no one should care about. Would 50% have been so hard? There's a much larger psychological bump there...

Usually, we agree, but We're going to have to agree to disagree here.

When you have multiple people, speaking in an official capacity as a representative of their employer, and they contradict each others talking points? Hypocritical.

I'd have to disagree that 40% is not a deep discount; its darn near half off. A respectable amount even for a sale going on between 12/25 and 1/1 in retail stores.

My comment that the only truth are the lies marketing tells? Pretty much operandi de facto for any marketing team; say what your audience wants to hear... Appeal to people don't want to be part of one group in one setting, then appeal to the disenfranchised in another.

Deep discounting, regardless of platform, doesn't change the payment a publisher gets-they have to agree to it, or the retailer has to make up the difference in a lead-loss scenario, and pays the publisher the difference. There has never been a game sold where EA wasn't paid the money they demanded for the sku.

My (admittedly oversimplified) comment was a remark on how EA (and Activision) are just plain horrid at image management, and rarely have a coherent company line on just about anything.
 
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News Comments > Origin Sale; EA Calls Service "A Huge Success"
68. Re: Origin Sale; EA Calls Service Jun 18, 2012, 17:54 ^Drag0n^
 
Personally, I love how these bozos say that the Steam Sale "is damaging IP," then proceed to deep discount no more than 2 weeks later.

Proof once again that the only truth in marketing are the lies.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 14, 2012, 00:12 ^Drag0n^
 
Officially.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
33. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 11, 2012, 01:44 ^Drag0n^
 
Flatline wrote on Jun 10, 2012, 19:11:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Jun 10, 2012, 11:58:
On the whole Jobs / Apple thing...

Henry Ford was widely known to be a supporter of Adolf Hitler, but that didn't stop people from buying Ford cars.

Jobs personality? Just about as relevant.

2 pages and a Godwin. Congrats dude.

I think you're kinda missing my point: every person has their faults, but pooling disdain for one individual and dismissing the hard work of thousands of others because of it is somewhat narrow minded, IMO. Point was throwing all of Apple's employees under the bus because of Jobs is like crucifying Ford Motor Co. for Henry Ford's support of Hitler in the 30's.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 10, 2012, 22:00 ^Drag0n^
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 10, 2012, 16:58:
Nolan made some good Batman movies.

I don't really care what his thoughts are on digital vs. film though. That train left the station a long time ago. He can sit around in the past all he wants to. I'm sure his millions will comfort him.

While I agree that the train has indeed left the building, he does make several valid points; not the least of which is while "digital post-processing" can add similar dramatic visual effects that filming with various ISOs do, they rely on "knowing" that the effect happens, and they don't always look right when added in post. Volumetrics, multiple exposures, etc. are just a few that still look awkward done digitally in post.

It may catch up, or some of those visual artifacts may just go the way of the dodo, like sword smithing did when rifles came around.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes and More
36. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes and More Jun 10, 2012, 13:20 ^Drag0n^
 
Diablo 3. hotfix.

Ar. Ar.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
28. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 10, 2012, 13:19 ^Drag0n^
 
Smellfinger wrote on Jun 10, 2012, 13:07:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Jun 10, 2012, 11:58:
On the whole Jobs / Apple thing...

Henry Ford was widely known to be a supporter of Adolf Hitler, but that didn't stop people from buying Ford cars.

Jobs personality? Just about as relevant.

Only because Hitler was anti-Communist. Nobody knew about the Holocaust until the war was over.

Sorry, but that is kind of BS. Everyone knew Hitler was up to no good. Hate speech and antisemitism were the wares of his public addresses. Ford does not get a pass for ignorance.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
26. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 10, 2012, 11:58 ^Drag0n^
 
On the whole Jobs / Apple thing...

Henry Ford was widely known to be a supporter of Adolf Hitler, but that didn't stop people from buying Ford cars.

Jobs personality? Just about as relevant.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2012, Part 8
1. Re: It Came from E3 2012, Part 8 Jun 10, 2012, 02:28 ^Drag0n^
 
I was never a big fan of his character on TNG, but Wil seems like a cool guy.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 10, 2012, 02:15 ^Drag0n^
 
"Who the hell is Malco Gladwell?!?!?"  
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Jun 9, 2012, 12:12 ^Drag0n^
 
"WAIT! WAIT! don't fix me"?  
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News Comments > WatchDogs Next Year
14. Re: WatchDogs Next Year Jun 9, 2012, 12:08 ^Drag0n^
 
Doma wrote on Jun 9, 2012, 07:43:
Wildone wrote on Jun 8, 2012, 23:59:
gonna be another deus ex fiasco

wat?

DX was a fiasco?
b

I blame his meth addiction.
 
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News Comments > WatchDogs Next Year
13. Re: WatchDogs Next Year Jun 9, 2012, 12:07 ^Drag0n^
 
I am REALLY looking forward to this title... The premise looks good, and I liked the fact that they've pretty much let the IP gel out of the public eye until now.

My only fear is that they become history with outside pressure based on "focus group studies, " now that the design is in the Wild.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jun 8, 2012, 23:26 ^Drag0n^
 
Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Details
12. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Details Jun 8, 2012, 03:05 ^Drag0n^
 
Slashman wrote on Jun 8, 2012, 01:23:
20 hours is less than what most full games give you these days...so I'm not sure what there is to complain about.

Guessing you meant more...(?)

With the exception of the game it is an expansion pack for, you can probably count games released in the last 12 months that take 10+ hours one hand. Probably less.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: etc., etc. Jun 7, 2012, 00:13 ^Drag0n^
 
This coming from the guy running the US equivalent of IP sweatshops.

News flash, EA: most gamers shop at Target, not Nordstrom.
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Movie Cast Joins Game
2. Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Joins Game Jun 5, 2012, 23:34 ^Drag0n^
 
Namco-Bandai? For a Star Trek game?

*Rolls Eyes*
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 3 in February 2013
8. Re: Dead Space 3 in February 2013 Jun 5, 2012, 00:42 ^Drag0n^
 
And here I was thinking "Dead Space" was where Redwood Shores banished all the exceptional game ideas generated under their roof...

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News Comments > Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in August
26. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in August Jun 5, 2012, 00:32 ^Drag0n^
 
COUNTERSTRIKE? meh.

WHERE IS EPISODE 3?

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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard Revealed
23. Re: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard Revealed May 31, 2012, 23:43 ^Drag0n^
 
cronik wrote on May 31, 2012, 18:29:
Dark as fuck!!!

That girl cracks me up. Some people will do anything for hits.

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