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Signed On Aug 23, 2010, 19:35
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News Comments > Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending
24. Re: Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending Sep 11, 2013, 15:14 SimplyMonk
 
I was thinking if someone could abuse this by creating a new Steam account every time they purchase a title in order to get around the limitations of the 10 PCs and simultaneous playing of any two games in a single library, but then I realized you could already do this in the current environment with the added step of having to share the Steam account credentials with a friend.

All in all, this sounds intriguing, but not being able play any game in the library while my wife is playing any game in hers is very limiting. All you really are doing here is removing the need to pass around Steam Account credentials and earn achievements for your own account.

Obviously of benefit to people you don't feel comfortable giving your Steam credentials to or if you care about badges... But personally a little "meh".
 
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News Comments > Space Hulk: Deathwing Announced
6. Re: Space Hulk: Deathwing Announced Sep 3, 2013, 11:44 SimplyMonk
 
Seeing as this is supposed to be a Space Hulk game, if you live longer than 4 seconds with a lone marine, you aren't doing it right. Although, this is supposed to be a Librarian so maybe 6 seconds is acceptable.

Curious if they are going to give you NPC squadmates or just have you fight a hive of neutered and brain dead genestealers to make up for the lack of support.

In all honesty though... Yay for more 40K video games. Here's hoping it turns out well.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Also Features Microtransactions
12. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Also Features Microtransactions Aug 23, 2013, 10:56 SimplyMonk
 
Gojo wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 10:53:
Ceribaen wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 10:42:
And EQ did it even before WoW did...

That's right. This is nothing new and certainly nothing to bitch about.

I've been bitching about it since EQ and feel fully justified in bitching about it still.

Sadly, besides bitching, all I can do is just not play their game. So take that, Bethesda!
 
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News Comments > Blizzard TMs "The Dark Below"?
12. Re: Blizzard TMs Aug 13, 2013, 18:45 SimplyMonk
 
Kinda hope it is a WoW expansion. I like the HP Lovecraft theme it has going on. Implementation isn't the best, but who doesn't love beasts of insanity?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2013, 16:26 SimplyMonk
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 1, 2013, 14:49:
And if anyone is interested here are three beta keys for Card Hunter! A fantastic and addictive little browser based game that's TCG meets D&D. Really well done and addictive fun too.

... and there went about 30 minutes of me being productive today. Man. Will definitely be playing this more when I get home. Thanks a lot, Cutter!

All in all, this looks awesome.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 10:29 SimplyMonk
 
Just bought a house two months ago and we are avidly awaiting such expenditures. It will be a race too see what can bankrupt us first. Some massive expense that the inspections didn't uncover or our two huskies dismantling the backyard and hitting a gas main or something.

Although, I guess there is a chance they could find buried treasure or oil. So here is hoping for that!
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Election Season Begins
2. Re: Guild Wars 2 Election Season Begins Jul 16, 2013, 13:11 SimplyMonk
 
Creston wrote on Jul 16, 2013, 11:28:
So far I've been a huge fan of their content updates, but this is just terrible.

In what way? I haven't played GW2 in a few months, but this just seems to me to be an interesting way to hold an in-game poll for future content. Although, it does seem a little shallow. Four weeks and some mini-game?
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Free Transfers
2. Re: World of Warcraft Free Transfers Jul 12, 2013, 13:14 SimplyMonk
 
My wife just started playing there after a friend paid for her to play for two months. I don't think Alliance even exist on that server. Tol Barad is 500 free honor for the Horde and all you have to do is stand around for 10 minutes.  
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News Comments > End of Nations MOBA Beta Signups
2. Re: End of Nations MOBA Beta Signups Jul 12, 2013, 12:12 SimplyMonk
 
In addition to being horrible, technically, wasn't C&C4 the first MOBA RTS?  
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines DLC Plans?
16. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines DLC Plans? Jul 8, 2013, 12:49 SimplyMonk
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 8, 2013, 12:33:
I don't see why people are so angry here.

Selling a terrible game is bad.
Supporting ANY game for many months is good.

I think people are mad because they feel Gearbox isn't really supporting the game with the intention of making their customers happy, but more with the goal of doing the bare minimum to fulfill their contract and not get sued.
 
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News Comments > NPD Digital Tracking Coming
4. Re: NPD Digital Tracking Coming Jul 3, 2013, 14:22 SimplyMonk
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 3, 2013, 10:03:
So they're going to TOTALLY become more accurate with digital sales but openly admit they won't be tracking everyone (very likely Steam isn't a part of this since they don't give numbers to anyone) and won't say who their partners are.

Their partners are going to be Publishers that are willing to release their digital sales data for Steam, GamersGate, Origin, Direct2Drive, ect.

The sales data belongs to Publishers when it comes to digital storefronts. Not to the storefronts themselves. With retail it was different because the retailers has to buy the units first themselves and then sell them for markup. Here, the storefront just gets a % of the revenue with each sale.

No storefront would release all their client's sales data as a whole, but if you can get a sizable share of the big digital publishers then it could be a very relevant figure.
 
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News Comments > Game Demos vs. Sales, Part Two
12. Re: Game Demos vs. Sales, Part Two Jun 28, 2013, 11:18 SimplyMonk
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 28, 2013, 11:02:
So a dev has to choose between delaying his game months, not doing a demo, or doing a demo post launch. The first option is kind of dumb, and the last option is kind of dumb, so they go with the middle option, which seems the least dumb.

Unless you are trying to fleece people with shovelware, I'd almost say that releasing a demo post release is probably the better way to go. You get your game out on time, you have the opportunity to judge if your game is even worth doing a demo for based on initial sales and then if you have the extra revenue you can launch a demo to try and snag those individuals that require a demo to make a game purchase.

Although, you might be right in that a post launch demo is kinda useless today in a world of YouTube video reviews and game play shots. Plus the person needing a demo could always just borrow the game from a friend or play it at their house. Taking those two into consideration, maybe a demo isn't worth it unless you know your game is super solid, you have a good strategy to develop it and you want to boost your release week sales.
 
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News Comments > Game Demos vs. Sales, Part Two
7. Re: Game Demos vs. Sales, Part Two Jun 28, 2013, 10:58 SimplyMonk
 
Yeah. Just looking at the top level of that data set, it is fairly misleading making a blanket statement like that. You really need to cut the data by review scores and compare apples to apples to really get any meaningful insight into the impact of demos on a game's life cycle.

Basically though, if you have an ass game that you don't want people to know isn't worth their money, don't make a demo and you might be able to sucker some extra people in.

For the consumer, don't buy a game unless you've played a demo, it has some good reviews from reviewers you have trusted in the past or you are willing to accept a horrible experience.

That last point I know all too well from playing Operation Darkness. The game had a lot of issues... but Werewolves and Vampires in WWII? Fuck yeah!
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
2. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 14:51 SimplyMonk
 
Depends on the pricing. If it comes in a lot cheaper than all the individual devices it is supposed to replace, than you might see some adoption there. I knew a number of people that bought a PS3 because it was a cheap way to get a Blu-Ray player with potential gaming bonus when it first released.

Laughing slightly at MS having to suck it up and put a Blu-Ray player in the box despite their pompous attitude when HDMI died.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 23, 2013, 16:23 SimplyMonk
 
nin wrote on Apr 23, 2013, 09:49:
Pizza Hut launches Xbox 360 delivery app.

This lack of focus on gaming is troubling. I couldn't care less about shit like this, or the ads it brings to the dashboard.


Meh. EQ did the same thing back in the day. "/pizza" opened up the PizzaHut Delivery URL in your browser.
 
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News Comments > TimeGate Loses Section 8 Appeal
9. Re: TimeGate Loses Section 8 Appeal Apr 18, 2013, 19:26 SimplyMonk
 
SouthPeak is still in business?  
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News Comments > LucasArts Closed
20. Re: LucasArts Closed Apr 3, 2013, 15:20 SimplyMonk
 
The fact that the article used the Grim Fandango logo for the article made my brain briefly think "A NEW GRIM FANDANGO GAME?!?!?!" before the actual words of the article hit my consciousness and then died.

:C
 
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News Comments > Jay Wilson: Auction Houses "Really Hurt" Diablo III
44. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 12:05 SimplyMonk
 
In all honesty, I really don't knock them for trying this. It seems a major goal for D3 was to eliminate the secondary markets which existed in Diablo 2. How they attempted it now, I will knock them for as they did so at the expense of the game itself. In order to kill the secondary markets they had to be more convenient and cheaper than going to a third party but in doing that they also became more convenient and cheaper than actually finding the loot yourself.

I don't even know if there is a way to kill the secondary markets while at the same time preserving the balance of the game that was achieved in D2 but this obviously isn't working.

For those of you that think that killing the secondary markets isn't necessary, you have to look at it from Blizzard's point of view. Yeah, they are slicing a little cash of the top but the real savings for them in this area, if it had been successful, is they would of greatly reduced their Customer Service costs in dealing with accounts hacked by third parties trying to make a buck or dumb people giving their passwords away to leveling services.

Obviously D3 is a grand failure in that regard as well. Maybe the only way to get this done was to make all gear account bound and you could only trade gear with people who were in the game when it dropped? Would of sucked for twinking out friends. Also, at the point you are pretty much playing a single player game where people occasionally pop in to steal your loot.

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News Comments > Square Enix Reports "Extraordinary Loss" - President Resigns
42. Re: Square Enix Reports Mar 26, 2013, 14:26 SimplyMonk
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2013, 13:45:
I don't get it. Are you trying to say Square Enix is a healthy company reporting a loss to pay less in taxes, laying off their CEO to make it look more accurate, and lost a third of their value on the stock market because, hey, why not?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he is only saying that a loss of this size when they vast majority of the expenses are on restructuring doesn't necessarily mean that Square-Enix is in dire straits and doomed for bankruptcy. They can handle and most likely counted on this drop in stock price before they made the decision to restructure and are looking to recoup losses after them. Which also means that SQENIX could be a good buy if they restructure well.

At least that is how I interpreted the news and Creston's comments. Which is also the reason for my confusion on the President's resignation as this looks like a calculated plan rather than just bad decisions being made.

So you are correct... no company WANTS to be in this situation, but unless this repeats for multiple fiscals it really isn't that bad and just how publicly traded companies work. To answer my own confusion, maybe the President resigned to lessen the impact of the restructure costs and give the market a larger sign that things are changing for the better and their entire outlook from President down is changing for the better.

<shrug>
 
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News Comments > Square Enix Reports "Extraordinary Loss" - President Resigns
38. Re: Square Enix Reports Mar 26, 2013, 13:27 SimplyMonk
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 26, 2013, 13:22:
You need to know accounting to understand what we mean when we say we are operating at a loss.

Oh. The Accounting points I understand all too well. The reason for him being "shitcanned" now when it appears that the extra expenses was a conscious decision that had to be made in order to eventually turn around those quarterly loses is the part I don't quite get. Its the politics I don't understand or maybe it is the shortsightedness of shareholders. I almost get the feeling that he wanted out and rolled his serverence pay into that that $100M restructure cost.
 
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