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Homepage http://www.tacticalgamerz.com
Signed On Jul 9, 2009, 18:02
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News Comments > Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam
106. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 18, 2011, 23:14 ^Drag0n^
 
RollinThundr wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 21:38:
Asmo wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 21:21:
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 22:17:
If EA et al. want to cut out the middleman than why doesn't that reflect in the price of their games?

More to the point, Steam has been selling software at US equivalence prices since it's inception (when the AUS dollar was in the toilet and we're paying the same rate as AU brick and mortar stores).

EA and a few others jacked their steam price in USD to match b&m AU stores in AUD (since we're above parity, it was actually more expensive to own a digital copy with no shipping/physical item over Steam of an EA game than it is to buy a physical copy, and about triple what you'd pay for a physical import).

Then you have the wonders of the EA store where I could buy the 2142 expansion for 50 odd USD vs 15 USD if I'd used a VPN to look like I was coming from the US (both are digital downloads)...

EA wants to cut out the middle man but keep the middle man cash for themselves. Not surprising in the least.

Valve does the same thing. So why is it acceptable for Valve to do it but not any other publisher? This is what I don't understand. Oh nos other publishers, we (valve) have to get a chunk of your DLC sales, just as one example.

You folks are so damn hypocritical.

Read my post from about 2 pages ago on how Brick and Mortar drives the price. If your going to bitch about something, at least understand the mechanics of the business model driving it. Seriously. Try selling a game that Gamestop, WalMart, Target, and Amazon don't carry and make *significant* profit.

You can't. And that's why they dictate price. Don't think for a minute that the retailers are benign and blameless in this. And don't think for a second that they don't have significant influence on the digital distribution pricing. I've been trough it, and it is not pretty at all.

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News Comments > Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam
105. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 18, 2011, 23:06 ^Drag0n^
 
killer_roach wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 15:12:
Creston wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 15:03:
Are you arguing console customers, or PC customers? Because the meteoric rise of indies on the PC is kind of putting that statement over hot coals while electrodes are clamped to its nipples and... yeah I'm not good at analogies.

He did say "over $10 and under $50/$60"... let's face it, most of the sales these indies are doing, Notch excepted, are below the $10 price point, and often far below.

Pretty sure I paid over $10 for Torchlight. And Trine. And AI War. And Killing Floor. And Audiosurf. And...

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News Comments > Notch's Q3A Scrolls Challenge
26. Re: Notch's Q3A Scrolls Challenge Aug 18, 2011, 21:04 ^Drag0n^
 
Although, speaking from direct experience, Notch should be very greatful that tokay and TheRomero are not under the Zenimax umbrella...eh, Blue?

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News Comments > Notch's Q3A Scrolls Challenge
25. Re: Notch's Q3A Scrolls Challenge Aug 18, 2011, 21:01 ^Drag0n^
 
sauron wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 11:03:
ASeven wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 07:27:
Gentlemen, duel at dawn. I choose for a weapon... Quake TEH RAILGUN Super Nailgun.

Fixed.

Meh. not old school enough. FIFY.
 
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News Comments > Driver: San Francisco DRM Relaxed
25. Re: Driver: San Francisco DRM Relaxed Aug 18, 2011, 14:31 ^Drag0n^
 
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 14:21:
Creston wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 11:56:
All you bleating dipshits who keep saying that complaining never changes anything, front and center right-fucking-now.

Btw, kudos where they're do, congrats Ubi for being reasonable people for a change instead of your usual total cunts.

Creston

Creston I don't believe it's because they are doing it for the customers, the demo has not been going over well, and removing the always on DRM would help their sales.

Um...I think you just proved his point?

If the demo is doing poorly, it's because people don't LIKE it, therefore they changed it.

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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 To Feature Dedicated Server Support
35. Re: Modern Warfare 3 To Feature Dedicated Server Support Aug 18, 2011, 12:37 ^Drag0n^
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 20:28:
Origin isn't 1/10 as bad as Games for Windows Live. With enough saber rattling I'm sure EA/DICE will bend to the will of the community. I would just like it to not "pop up" in the foreground every time you connect to a BF3 server.

At least Games for Windows LIVE doesn't take away my library after 2 years of inactivity. That can be a legitimate concern for a lot of reasons (having kids, going through a divorce, expat, military service, etc...)

For that reason alone, EA is currently dead to me. I will only use their service if/when they lose that asinine clause in the T&Cs.

I also intend to demand a copy of Crysis 2 that allows DLC, as they have locked me out of getting it legally (even though I have no interest in it...it's the principle).

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News Comments > Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam
70. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 18, 2011, 10:34 ^Drag0n^
 
nin---

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News Comments > Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam
69. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 18, 2011, 10:32 ^Drag0n^
 
MattyC wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 09:28:
[This is because B&M stores exist and have expenses. They can't compete with20-30% off online. If you say "yeah we are going to sell this for 30% less digital" the B&M stores say they can't compete with that so they won't carry your game. Developers hear this and don't want to lose having their game in Walmart and Gamestop so they set the same prices. Steam then counters with its regular sales.


It isn't all cloak and dagger to suck the poor clueless customer dry... it is more like normal business.

From past experience, I can say that this is EXACTLY how B&M retail negotiations go. It's less about how much your product should cost, and more about the B&M retailers demands for not losing the impulse POS purchase.

While online sales are big, retail is still king. Note that this also includes Amazon in B&M, as they sell boxes.

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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
28. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 18, 2011, 09:22 ^Drag0n^
 
Dades wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 07:07:
It might as well have been DRM for how many times it fucked up my user profile and saves before I was forced to download a crack.

I've never seen or heard of that happening. You must have the shittiest ISP on the planet...

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News Comments > CryENGINE 3 Free SDK Released
2. Re: CryENGINE 3 Free SDK Released Aug 17, 2011, 22:38 ^Drag0n^
 
Always a good thing for indies.

Thanks Crytek.

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News Comments > Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam
12. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 17, 2011, 22:36 ^Drag0n^
 
Overon wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 22:32:
Nucas wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 22:28:
lucifer thinks himself greater than god.
Okay, how do you know?

Do you really need to ask?

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News Comments > Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam
11. Re: Gabe Newell on EA vs. Steam Aug 17, 2011, 22:35 ^Drag0n^
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 22:17:
If EA et al. want to cut out the middleman than why doesn't that reflect in the price of their games?

Because they can. The only reason to make you buy through them is so that they can realize a larger portion of the revenue above the floor.

See also: Airline industry. They didn't decrease ticket prices when the FAA taxes weren't renewed last month (well, except for Alaska Air, that is).

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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
4. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 17, 2011, 22:30 ^Drag0n^
 
bigspender wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 22:18:
huh? are you telling it will have some form of multiplayer?

It means they are using native Steamworks DRM rather than GFWL or SecuROM.

IMO, a good thing.

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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
3. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 17, 2011, 22:29 ^Drag0n^
 
YEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

So awesome.

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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Jet Combat Trailer
66. Re: Battlefield 3 Jet Combat Trailer Aug 17, 2011, 22:01 ^Drag0n^
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 16, 2011, 22:46:
Wow, that engine looks amazing. I haven't been that impressed by a trailer in a while.

You need to check out the latest Skyrim trailer, mate.

If this impresses you, the Skyrim trailer will blow your mind away.

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News Comments > TrackMania 2: Canyon Gamescom Media
2. Re: TrackMania 2: Canyon Gamescom Media Aug 17, 2011, 21:55 ^Drag0n^
 
God help us, but that "human validator" thing they do with distorted text is starting to sound like a good idea for the new accounts.

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News Comments > War of the Roses Announced
14. Re: War of the Roses Announced Aug 17, 2011, 21:53 ^Drag0n^
 
Are you effen' kidding me? Again?  
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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 To Feature Dedicated Server Support
30. Re: Modern Warfare 3 To Feature Dedicated Server Support Aug 17, 2011, 19:36 ^Drag0n^
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 19:18:
This picture is full of win.

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/8261/bf3vsmw3.jpg

I'll second that!

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News Comments > War of the Roses Announced
12. Re: War of the Roses Announced Aug 17, 2011, 19:22 ^Drag0n^
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 17:35:
...there is no winning in this. lt's only degrees of losing...

Sounds like my last game of Battlefield 2 ... ;-)

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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 To Feature Dedicated Server Support
26. Re: Modern Warfare 3 To Feature Dedicated Server Support Aug 17, 2011, 17:54 ^Drag0n^
 
And by "dedicated" they probably mean "dedicated" servers in an Arizona Data Center run by Activision that you can "lease."

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