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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
70. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 7, 2014, 14:47 Jivaro
 
So wait..the argument now is that hypothetically we would get better games if only the developers were saved from themselves by Valve? Wow. I guess we better start getting Amazon to screen all the books it sells as well to make sure those authors are being the best they can be. Here I thought that was for the consumer to decide, not the seller.

There appears to be a fundamental difference in the way I look at the gaming industry and the way some of you do. In fact, not just the gaming industry, capitalism in general. I expect things to fail occasionally. Not only that, I think they should be allowed to fail. I think people should buy stuff and find out they don't like it after all. I don't expect guarantees from people trying to make a living in a creative industry because when they fail they don't get to continue making a living. That is the life of a small business, that is life doing business with a small business. There will be people out to make a quick buck but as long as the system does not provide for the same people to do that over and over again so as to maintain a livable wage off of it....I find it completely acceptable. I am fine with it because when it all works out, it's amazing for everyone involved. The developers and the consumers. Brilliant gaming experiences come out of those successes.

Most of the arguments against this process sound so entitled and selfish. Like somehow the industry owes people to be fabulous with every release. These are people, some of them very young, who are gaining experience in not only game design but running their own business. This situation was a scam, but there will also be situations where the developers just fail. They hit a development wall, they lose a key member of the team to real life, or any number other reasons. Get over yourselves and stop trying to make it sound like a few bad apples should be allowed to restrict the rest of these people. No matter what Valve does there will be people who try to punk the system. No matter what Valve does there will be developers that just fail.

PS: Comparing this situation to Towns only proves my entire point. Towns is a perfect example of a developer getting in over their head. It happens to many a small business. This situation with Earth 2066 was a scam from the beginning. One dev played by the rules and lost, one dev tried to break the rules and lost. The rules (re: system) worked as intended. Beginning to end.

I understand the counter points as they have been presented by Quboid and others. I just don't see their validity nor do I agree that non-participants are somehow affected by any of this. I think Early Access, Kickstarter, and other systems that are helping to grow the indie side of the gaming industry need to stay unafraid to fail and I think the consumers providing the money need to understand that failure is an option. For those not okay with that, the answer is simple: don't do it. Developer or consumer.

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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
67. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 7, 2014, 13:12 Jivaro
 
If Valve feels the need to police this, I think they will probably just shut down the Early access program. They won't do that because incidents like this are rare. So far anyway.

I have yet to see a compelling argument for changing the system. Steam is providing a unique service in a unique way. I don't want a system that handicaps the honest folks just to prevent the occasional scammer. We already see enough of that in just about every entrepreneurial industry I can think of. The folks demanding regulation by Valve are also expressing distaste for Early Access in the first place, which makes me wonder if there really is any way this system would be applied that they would be happy with. I still don't understand why "if you don't like it, don't buy it" isn't a good enough resolution to that issue.

Had Valve refused to give refunds I would understand all this rhetoric. Had Valve refused to give refunds in any situation like this I would understand. They haven't so I don't. Again, the system worked. I fail to see why any sort of change is needed from Valve's stand point. Hopefully the people who paid into this obvious scam learned their lesson and over time the Early Access system as a whole can be looked at as one where the community and the consumers will hold the developers accountable because Valve has their back. So far, Valve has upheld their end of the bargain.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
58. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 7, 2014, 02:48 Jivaro
 
The contention that Valve was not inconvenienced is also ludicrous. People and time are resources, resources that cost money. It takes both to deals with these kind of things. That isn't to say they are going to go broke over it or anything, it's simply the cost of doing business.

Stop trying to find a witch to burn here. The only one is the guy who tried to run this scam. The customers smelled a bad fish and reported it. Valve is cleaning up the mess, as they should. The system worked.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
31. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 6, 2014, 16:15 Jivaro
 
ohmagawd....a human tried to scam other humans! Quick...blame someone! Change something! Change the system! Overreact!

Or accept that no matter what Valve does, someone will try to scam it. I would prefer they keep the gates fairly open and let the community do it's thing. Every other major company in our industry brandishes control over everything to an extreme level. I really don't see the need or value in Valve being the same way.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Re: Sunday Consolidation May 4, 2014, 19:00 Jivaro
 
If you can get a copy of Madden 08 for PC, there is a great community that still does updates, mods, and total conversions. I lurk on the Football Idiot forums to keep up with it, there are other places I imagine.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
14. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 4, 2014, 09:53 Jivaro
 
Quboid wrote on May 3, 2014, 22:05:
Jivaro wrote on May 3, 2014, 21:35:
You guys aren't acknowledging that they get to keep the tech, keep selling the phones, etc etc. They are essentially paying 120million dollars to license Apple's tech. I guarantee you that if in some weird alternate reality Samsung had licensed Apple's tech, it would have cost them a bunch more than 120million over the lifetime of said tech.

File this money under R&D, not legal fees.

They can still sell the phones that use these, but can they use these in future phones? The models mentioned aren't likely to be big sellers any more.

Yes, they can use the tech in whatever they want. It is one of the reasons that some people think Apple might be as likely to appeal the decision as Samsung. The article doesn't address it because, to my knowledge, the jury didn't address it.
 
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News Comments > EVE Online Kronos Next Month
8. Re: EVE Online Kronos Next Month May 3, 2014, 21:37 Jivaro
 
Dirwulf wrote on May 3, 2014, 15:15:
I have no idea how anyone can mine in that game. It's so utterly boring. I prefer to explore in low and null sec. Lots of ISK to be made that way. Or join The Code and gank miners. So fun.

And to the guy who said he couldn't find mining nodes, you are nuts. They are all over the frelling place in high sec. Hence The Code.

Long Live James 315!!! Death to all bot-aspirant miners! Buy a mining permit. They are cheap. Only 10,000,000 ISK. Pay up, or we will continue to gank all you miners in high sec.

minerbumping.com


Oh oh...somebody let the RP guy in....

I kid..I kid...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
8. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 3, 2014, 21:35 Jivaro
 
You guys aren't acknowledging that they get to keep the tech, keep selling the phones, etc etc. They are essentially paying 120million dollars to license Apple's tech. I guarantee you that if in some weird alternate reality Samsung had licensed Apple's tech, it would have cost them a bunch more than 120million over the lifetime of said tech.

File this money under R&D, not legal fees.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 3, 2014, 12:44 Jivaro
 
I have a long standing morning tradition of grilling burgers and serving them breadless with a fried egg and sliced grilled onions. When people come to visit, it is usually their first request.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
1. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 3, 2014, 11:03 Jivaro
 
Seems like Samsung won.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation May 2, 2014, 22:31 Jivaro
 
Comcast and EA are teaming up?

Sure, that can't possibly go wrong.
 
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News Comments > CCP's Project Legion Announced
4. Re: CCP's Project Legion Announced May 2, 2014, 22:25 Jivaro
 
They cancelled WoD to make this?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2014, 22:24 Jivaro
 
So..Steam is down. At least it is down for a great many people.

www.issteamdown.com

 
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News Comments > Transformers Universe Founders Packs On Sale
5. Re: Transformers Universe Founders Packs On Sale May 2, 2014, 13:03 Jivaro
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 2, 2014, 12:04:
And it's utter crap. Stick with Fall/War of Cybertron.

I can attest to this comment, I tried the beta last night. As betas go it is technically fairly sound. As games go, it simply isn't much fun. I was impressed with what they have accomplished within a browser from a technical stand point...it still isn't a fun game though. At least in my short time with it. I suppose I should be fair and say that I gave up on it pretty quickly.

It sure as fuck isn't worth any of the prices they want for those found packs, least of all 450 bucks. You would have to be one hell of a fanboy with a great deal of money to waste to fully dive into this one.

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News Comments > Transformers Universe Founders Packs On Sale
2. Re: Transformers Universe Founders Packs On Sale May 2, 2014, 11:00 Jivaro
 
449 dollars? wow...  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in November
12. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in November May 2, 2014, 10:01 Jivaro
 
Well done trailer...can't really go wrong with Kevin Spacey. We shall see if it's actually different enough from the last 100 million CoD games for me to buy in. They are obviously trying to establish that it is in fact different, that doesn't mean it really will be. A good and lengthy single player campaign would go a long way with someone like me though.  
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News Comments > ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech
29. Re: ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech May 1, 2014, 17:21 Jivaro
 
Blah. Rich people suing rich people. I am finding this kind of thing less and less interesting with every mortgage payment I make.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 1, 2014, 14:54 Jivaro
 
I think this situation just highlights why any organization or company should have a qualified person handling customer interactions. The customer is not expected to be "professional"...the professionals are.

BelleChere, the cosplayer in the image, has handled this pretty well. Those images were used without her permission as advertisements. She doesn't attend or have anything to do with that con. So, bottom line, it's false advertising. The only con she does wear that Goblin Queen outfit is DragonCon; which is primarily a +21 event and is advertised as such. She has dismissed both sides of this story as being ignorant and left it at that. (I am paraphrasing, she was nicer about it) I tend to agree.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2014, 11:15 Jivaro
 
This is why I don't like to watch new shows on Fox. If I like them...they will almost assuredly be cancelled.

Craig was awesome...his twist on late night was great. I hope they don't replace him with someone that lacks a "twist".

On the plus side, at least NBC is keeping Blacklist. I went 2 for 4 this season. I liked Agents of Shield, Blacklist, Intelligence, and Almost Human. Only 2 of them survived....and quite frankly...if AoS had been cancelled I would have been extremely disappointed but not surprised. I feel like the only person on the planet that actually likes the show.

Still...it's been awhile since my DVR had any additions. It was a good year for TV in general.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Apr 29, 2014, 17:17 Jivaro
 
When CoH was shut down it had a player content creator and many, many, many more than 3 interiors. The game evolved well, which is a good thing because as you said....it was a bit barren in the beginning. The character creator was the highlight, the outdoor missions were solid...but anything that went indoors got old fast. That all really started to change around issue 8 or so I believe.

My biggest disappointment was that PvP never really materialized into anything substantial for any real amount of time. Crafting also seemed to fall flat.
 
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