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News Comments > Premium WoW Cross-Realm Play
20. Re: Premium WoW Cross-Realm Play May 18, 2011, 13:33 bhcompy
 
nin wrote on May 18, 2011, 10:38:

And the monetization of WOW continues...


This is what happens when you're a publicly owned company reporting to shareholders instead of your customers
 
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News Comments > More MW3 in November Clues
1. Re: More MW3 in November Clues May 16, 2011, 11:29 bhcompy
 
MechWarrior 3? Ohhh... COD:MW3.  
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News Comments > AvP Sequel Downplayed
24. Re: AvP Sequel Downplayed May 13, 2011, 09:55 bhcompy
 
This was just a remake of the original wasn't it? The original was bombass, by the way. No other game had it where you could staple corpses to the wall with the Predator sniper. Plus it had the LithTech engine, my favorite engine.  
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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 Details?
18. Re: Modern Warfare 3 Details? May 11, 2011, 09:51 bhcompy
 
Razumen wrote on May 10, 2011, 21:03:
bhcompy wrote on May 10, 2011, 20:37:
Destructible environments, eh? There's not going to be anything left after the first 30 seconds of nade spam each round

Frag grenades don't cause that much damage to the environment, they're anti-personnel weapons.

Maybe you haven't played BFBC2?
 
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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 Details?
1. Re: Modern Warfare 3 Details? May 10, 2011, 20:37 bhcompy
 
Destructible environments, eh? There's not going to be anything left after the first 30 seconds of nade spam each round  
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News Comments > Valve: Steam Good for Retail
6. Re: Valve: Steam Good for Retail May 10, 2011, 10:37 bhcompy
 
Tom wrote on May 10, 2011, 10:34:
"People who use Amazon still go to bookstores."

Yeah, to browse, then I buy it from Amazon. Brick and mortar has too much overhead to compete with online operations.

Depends.. Amazon requires you to spend $25 to qualify for free shipping(and you must buy from Amazon directly, plus it's not every book). A $10 mass market paperback might be a dollar or two less at Amazon, but unless you're buying enough for free shipping AND you buy from Amazon direct, you'll probably break even buying it in person at a b&m store.
 
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News Comments > Valve: Steam Good for Retail
5. Re: Valve: Steam Good for Retail May 10, 2011, 10:35 bhcompy
 
InBlack wrote on May 10, 2011, 10:06:
However software is software. Physical CD or DVD discs make for garish christmass decorations but otherwise their physical use is very limited...

Depends on the packaging, though. In Japan, you get tons of extras with games. Artwork and such. In the US, you got those things with special editions(mostly, there are exceptions), but maybe you want to buy that special edition.

When I purchased SoaSE on Impulse they sent me a box with a DVD by mail as well as allowing me to download it through Impulse.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Episodes
22. Re: Valve on Episodes May 9, 2011, 16:37 bhcompy
 
Chairman Kaga wrote on May 9, 2011, 15:14:
Silicon Avatar wrote on May 9, 2011, 14:30:
He doesn't sound like a pod person, he just sounds like a creative person who needs barriers put around him so he will focus and not wander off into la-la land.

This is typical of the "artist's studio" -- nothing ever gets finished because the creative people are always being creative and want to throw everything in. A business always needs at least one solid business person that's able to keep things in check. So long as you avoid going off the deep end with the whole Bobby Kotick "we want to drain all the fun out of game development" brand of crazy.

I'm reminded of a clip from the recent Blizzard 20th anniversary retrospective, where they had the option to sell out to Interplay (the "creative" game company) or to Davidson and Associates (the "business guys"). In the end they chose Davidson, for precisely the reasons outlined above.

(And yes, I do find it ironic that Blizzard ended up married to Activision.)

Basically, Valve is Stephen King and the Dark Tower
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Black Ops Double XP
5. Re: Call of Duty: Black Ops Double XP May 8, 2011, 01:54 bhcompy
 
PS3 CODBO owners need not apply  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Specs
3. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Specs May 4, 2011, 12:35 bhcompy
 
Those are pretty nice specs for a PC game these days. Interesting that they recommend Win7 but not Vista. Does Win7 have graphic features that Vista doesn't? I thought Vista had the same capabilities  
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever Specs
5. Re: Duke Nukem Forever Specs May 3, 2011, 15:11 bhcompy
 
Well, duh for low specs. Gotta work on Xbox, you know?  
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News Comments > Age of Empires Online Beta Key Giveaway
29. Re: Age of Empires Online Beta Key Giveaway Apr 26, 2011, 11:23 bhcompy
 
Yes please!  
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Apr 22, 2011, 09:19 bhcompy
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 21, 2011, 20:49:
A nice article talking about what all of us have bitched about for a long time......the R6 games were the best of the best. Even the Swat games were pretty good. You f'd up, you died, and when you died you screwed the rest of your team. It was great.

And dead characters weren't available for later missions.

/sorry Ding!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Apr 21, 2011, 15:26 bhcompy
 
Flatline wrote on Apr 21, 2011, 13:26:
I remember when we first started playing Rogue Spear in multiplayer at LAN parties, I was met with accusations of cheating from a couple of kids who grew up on Quake because I'd drop and take a knee and kill them while they tried to circle strafe me.

I had to explain that much like real life, running and aiming doesn't work well. Spray and pray has the "pray" part in it for a reason too. One of them got it and slowed his play down and did better, but the other just never could get into Rogue Spear.

This is where the MP5-PDW came in. My favorite weapon in the game.

/I miss the HBM, C4, etc
 
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News Comments > Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam
5. Re: Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam Apr 21, 2011, 11:24 bhcompy
 
Verno wrote on Apr 21, 2011, 10:49:
Au contraire, I think their reluctance is that they're selling more than they want retail partners to know if anything. I think it's silly to hide this data and his excuse is really flimsy.

That's probably a big part of it.

Other companies do want to see how other games are doing, as well. It might not make a difference to small time developers, but to the Ubisofts, Activisions, etc of the world it is important to the decision making process. Valve is privately owned and managed, they don't have shareholders to answer to that require data based on industry trends and such in order to justify investment. Valve doesn't have shareprices that are affected by the public chart data, public financial data, and all of the analysts discussing the business, either.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Apr 21, 2011, 11:07 bhcompy
 
Probably my favorite videogame series(pre-consolitis).. Raven Shield was good, but Rogue Spear was the pinnacle of the series.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Trailer
11. Re: Battlefield 3 Trailer Apr 15, 2011, 20:08 bhcompy
 
Marvin T. Martian wrote on Apr 15, 2011, 17:46:
Damn it , I saw jets---they ruined BF2.
Hopefully there is a server side option to turn them off and at the very least a one shot missle that does tons damage requiring them to land to repair with a long repair timer as well. Not that fly over the airfield/carrier and have instant repair. As well they should have to land to rearm, again with a long timer before they can take off again.

Game looks sweet though

Screw you. Jets are part of the damned experience. They didn't ruin BF2, they made BF2. BFBC2 is so damned boring because there are no jets and because there's too much damn infantry focus in a game that originally had all aspects of war- air, land, and sea
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Details?
36. Re: Diablo III Details? Apr 14, 2011, 22:30 bhcompy
 
Dades wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 19:24:
Krovven wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 18:39:
Incorrect. Blizzard operates with it's own corporate leadership and control.

No, you are incorrect. Blizzard as a company may possess it's own internal leadership but those people still answer to the parent company. They are only in control of their own destiny in the sense that a rational person wouldn't kill the goose laying the golden eggs. Of course rationality and the corporate side of the industry always go hand in hand so there is no cause for concern.

ex: Infinity Ward
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Details?
35. Re: Diablo III Details? Apr 14, 2011, 22:28 bhcompy
 
Dirwulf wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 19:34:
Krovven wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 18:39:
bhcompy wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 17:54:
Bobby Kotick is CEO and president of the parent company,

Correct.

and thus he has complete control over Blizzard.

Incorrect. Blizzard operates with it's own corporate leadership and control.

No that is not correct, the CEO of the parent company, Vivendi is Jean-Bernard LÚvy

Bobby runs Activision
Mike Morhaime runs Blizzard.

Bobby is CEO of the parent company. Vivendi is the majority owner of outstanding shares(Activision-Blizzard has its own stock ticker because it is its own company). Technically, that puts Vivendi in charge(in a way, as much in charge as a majority shareholder can be), but that doesn't make Vivendi the parent company
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Details?
31. Re: Diablo III Details? Apr 14, 2011, 19:13 bhcompy
 
Krovven wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 18:39:
bhcompy wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 17:54:
Bobby Kotick is CEO and president of the parent company,

Correct.

and thus he has complete control over Blizzard.

Incorrect. Blizzard operates with it's own corporate leadership and control.

That's not really how subsidiaries work. Ultimately, Blizzard is beholden to the same shareholders and Kotick is the man in the General's spot, not anyone from Blizzard. Sure, they may have autonomy to a degree, but that doesn't mean they operate with impunity. Mythic and Verant were autonomous, too.
 
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