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News Comments > Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam
48. Re: Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam Apr 22, 2011, 10:21 DG
Dades wrote on Apr 21, 2011, 19:58:

He's correct that the public has a right to know who is behind what company. They don't have a right to proprietary information about financials though, I guess we differ with the UK in that respect. That's usually unsealed by court proceedings, not individuals.
Yeah it's highly summarised everywhere. Financials are not going to show sales-per game or any such thing, my response was to those quoted.

I'm not familiar enough with US GAAP but my assumption is revenue will probably only be disclosed as sales income, finance income and maybe rental income. Possibly there will be a split between Steam and own-game sales.
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News Comments > Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam
41. Re: Digital Chart Initiative Losing Steam Apr 21, 2011, 18:10 DG
[tl;dr: Valve's accounts]

Krovven wrote on Apr 21, 2011, 16:16:
If I got to the IRS and request a copy of Valve's 2009 financials they should refuse that?

Valve is not a public company. You have zero right to request Valve's financials, nor anyone elses.

Public companies, you can get financial information, but certainly not through the IRS.

necrosis wrote on Apr 21, 2011, 14:25:
Tumbler wrote on Apr 21, 2011, 13:31:
This is very frustrating as a consumer to have no idea what reality is on something like this. I would like to see valve, as well as all sales channels in general, regulated to force this data to be released on a quarterly basis at least. From the stand point of protecting the public it makes sense that you get a record of what a company is grossing and how on a regular basis to compare it their tax filings.

It seems like this info is being withheld deliberately so the public cannot make assessments of how these digital sales are doing. Instead we have to work with data from the company as if that info is not bias. Oh you sold a million copies of that? Oh well that must be a good game then right? Sales statistics should not be a marketing tool if they are not true.
What the hell purpose would this information serve to Bob the consumer? Really. The only people that truly have any business knowing this information are parties directly involved and shareholders if its a public company.

Wait, what? People have no right to tax returns (nor should they have, the relevant bits should be discernible from the accounts) but surely all US accounts are available somewhere?
{edit: I've found the SEC, thought public companies only. Seems there's some kind of state-by-state system for private companies? Aha! Found them on the Washington Secretary of State: here. $5 for accounts, if someone's buying anyway I'd love a scanned copy? Form only allows billing to USA. Presumably some sort of copyright though.}

I am an accountant in the UK. Here, *all* companies *must* file their accounts and other documents with the Registrar of Companies which makes all filings publicly available for downloading or hardcopy, for a nominal fee (1 to 4) so that the Registrar is self-funded. You can have any and all official filings: forms appointing directors, issue of new share capital, annual returns (summarises directors, shareholders etc), details of securities granted... {edit: Companies House is *much* better than the Washington link for Valve above, we get a full list of all documents ever filed}.

The general public absolutely does have a right to this information. A company is a legal person under the control of natural legal persons and thus the public has a right to know whom the controlling minds are. Otherwise any con man can hide behind the veil of incorporation. Or hey, how do you know someone who claims to represent the company actually has any ties at all?

Secondly, a company incurs debts in its own right - if the company collapses the debts are not passed on to the shareholders. The public therefore had a right to assess the financials, allowing it to make a somewhat-informed decision about the financial health of the company and how much at risk those debts are. Access to information is the quid pro quo of Limited Liability.

Thirdly, a company is not a natural person, it has no feelings or sense of self so why would it have right to privacy? A company does not inherently exist, it only does so because the law recognises it, and how is something to be recognised if it is unknowable? Such rights it has are such that the people, through it's government, chooses to grant in the pursuit of the public good through trade, competition and economics. A privilege granted from self interest.
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News Comments > Project Zomboid Revealed
5. Re: Project Zomboid Revealed Apr 21, 2011, 16:49 DG
Not sure I'm seeing a problem? It doesn't seem like a... financially prudent idea to pre-order but if someone wants to, that's their decision, and for the dev money now is better than money later.

Finding the concept of the game interesting, but got a bit put off by the extreme fog of war/"line of sight". Sometimes games need to let you do unrealistic things to compensate for unrealistic restrictions, for example your hearing, ability to look around and general situational awareness IRL is always going to be better than in a game. Also, not fun. I think it'd be better if they'd put the fog on just to stop you seeing around corners.

Doubt I'd be paying for something like this though, looks more like it should be a f2p game on Facebook.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 20, 2011, 17:38 DG
Hmm, not sure "alcohol is worse" is a good reason for anything. True it's mainly a substitute product but alcohol is a pretty low bar.

'Course, my default position is people can do whatever they want as long as it's not interfering with others and it's a true, free choice*. Therefore it's up to people banning it to make good argument, but if you're feeling the need to justify it anyway I'm not sure comparing it favourably to a really dangerous product is the best way to go.

Do bear in mind though that it's not consequence free. There are some long-term psychological effects (finally a decent study on this recently) and, well, I for one have a terrible memory and smoking a lot as a teenager is the only culprit I dare to can think of.

* i.e. no addictions or the long-term problems that people kid themselves aren't going to happen to them.
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News Comments > Portal 2 User Review Backlash
49. Re: Portal 2 User Review Backlash Apr 20, 2011, 13:26 DG
Got through the first couple of levels last night before realising I was going to be rudely late for meeting some people...

Mouse felt weird, turned off acceleration and that was that sorted.

There's very much a floaty feeling. There's many worse games, but it's always like the character has to finish a stride after you stop pressing a direction. I'm a stickler for accurate moving so this is a definite annoyance; if I was doing some score for a review or something this may knock off as much as 5 points. Out of 100.

The constant loading is also annoying. Tiny map to another tiny map? Loading! And for the size of the maps, not a quick load either. There goes another 5 points. Well probably less since that's not going to matter once the maps get bigger anyway.

Oh yeah and the market thing is a bit ghey, but whatever.

So far so.... Nothing to fuss about.
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News Comments > RAGE Trailer
20. Re: RAGE Trailer Apr 19, 2011, 13:04 DG
Looked at least interesting, will be hoping for a demo (short will do) to settle concerns though.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Apr 18, 2011, 13:07 DG
Um, you're still getting the indie games for your $40. It's not like some $40 extra fee for early access.

If you don't want the indie games, don't buy them. Either don't participate or play ones you already have.

I do think the promotion is a bit of a lame duck. 13 games is too many and $40 a bit much when it's just for a token bit of fun. Can't say I could be bothered participating in that, even to play the games I have already.

Mind you, rather this than the awful bonus weapons/maps/etc for pre-ordering or the store exclusives. It's not resulting in content becoming unavailable.
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Screenshots and Art
15. Re: Battlefield 3 Screenshots and Art Apr 10, 2011, 07:46 DG
Jackplug wrote on Apr 9, 2011, 14:37:
My only hope is that [...]
It isn't buggy as shit and balanced horribly.

Not that I'm still pissed about BF2142 or anything.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 8, 2011, 18:41 DG
Aye Glenmorangie is my preferred safe-bet, not tried the Lasanta yet. Was never really into whisky until I got taken to the Whisky Society though, which is owned by Glenmorangie now, they do one-off single cask strength stuff, undiluted flavour much more to my tastes (but sadly, not my budget).  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 8, 2011, 16:30 DG
Any favourite Scotch?  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Apr 8, 2011, 16:14 DG
Very basic marketing. They're going for the impulse buy, the impulse and the buy needs to be able to happen immediately; it's got to be instant gratification.

That said, basic business... No, basic common sense seems to fly out the window with the gaming industry.

Same with demos, could never understand release dates for demos. Why's it always months in advance or, more usually now (if at all), months after release? Should be a week or two pre-release, just in time to get the most word-of-mouth happening on release day. Just enough time to get you really into that one map and wanting more. Too early and it loses interest, but post-release it's barely getting a whisper because all the fans are already playing the full game.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Details, Movie Plans
26. Re: Mass Effect 3 Details Apr 8, 2011, 15:53 DG
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Details, Movie Plans
22. Re: Mass Effect 3 Details Apr 8, 2011, 15:26 DG
Just wondering, having done ME2 and all but the new DLC, how does another run through go? I see their FAQ but it's kinda missing the detail if I want to change things up a bit.

I.e. do I "lose" the first run? I was a bit completionist, and unlikely to be on 2nd run, so wouldn't want to lose the 1st run choices for the ME3 save import.

Can I change char to femshep?

If I go all Renegade this time, would ME3 import treat my char as renegade, paragon or both?
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 4, 2011, 16:20 DG
Ars for UK only looks at BT and Virgin - two of the biggest UK ISPs, but there is plenty choice out there.

I'm on Be There, relatively expensive but even their cheapest "value" package is unlimited - though the terms do say:
If it's felt that any Be member's Internet activities are so excessive that other members are detrimentally affected, Be may give the member generating the excessive web traffic a written warning (by email or otherwise). In extreme circumstances, should the levels of activity not immediately decrease after the warning, Be may terminate that member's services.
Between Steam and iPlayer I'm probably in the heaviest user groups outside of torrent users, never heard a peep from them.

Another thing I'm pleased about is I signed up years ago for 18/m and it's still 18/m, even though the package now costs 25/m. It's advertised at 24mb, I get ~16mb though some of that is the router fiddling settings for reliability and because my account is set to game mode (favours ping), IIRC set to download speed I get around 22mb.

My line has been very reliable and service excellent, though a friend had no end of troubles for some reason.
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News Comments > GameStop Acquiring Impulse
38. Re: GameStop Acquiring Impulse Apr 1, 2011, 18:15 DG
Verno wrote on Apr 1, 2011, 11:20:
Direct2Drive is Steam's main competition in the DD space but hopefully Gamestop could put some "muscle" into making Impulse a more realistic option. The client especially needs a lot of work.
Yeah, but on the other hand is GameSpot big enough to start playing dirty and demanding exclusives?

(Genuine question, I'm not from the U.S.)

TBH I'm not even sure if, at this point, gamers need competition from Steam. The only significant complaint I have with Steam is how certain publishers insist on prices that are RRP/MSRP - not a problem Valve/Steam can solve (bar, perhaps, through convincing dialogue). The only other thing I can think of is that quite a few people do seem keen on a download service that doesn't require running a client to play.

Developers on the other hand, they probably could do with having some competition to nudge down Steam's margin.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Pink Apr 1, 2011, 18:03 DG
PHJF most of the drive manufacturers actually pretty good software e.g. seatools, western digital, maxblast (or whatever they're calling it now).

IIRC you can use it on a different brand drive so long as you have at least one of their drives in your system.
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News Comments > New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers
4. Re: Release Notes? Mar 29, 2011, 14:40 DG
Me too Ant  
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News Comments > NPD Asks Analysts to Stop Sharing Sales Data
11. Re: NPD Asks Analysts to Stop Sharing Sales Data Mar 29, 2011, 13:33 DG
Putting aside suspicions of their true motivation, however plausable, their argument is certainly accurate.

Last time I bothered paying any attention whatsoever to sales figures, there'd be some silly article followed up with all these comments about how BS the data was for missing online sales, blah blah blah. Then I go have a look at their website and it's immediately obvious it's information for retail who would specifically want only retail data.

People were whining on and on and bitching about what was their own error, NPD's was perfectly valid for their intended and advertised use. That use simply was not what it was portrayed as in gaming media.
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News Comments > More GTA V Indications?
16. Re: More GTA V Indications? Mar 29, 2011, 13:24 DG
Creston wrote on Mar 29, 2011, 11:51:
people getting promoted up the ladder until they finally got to a position that they were perfectly unsuited for,
Heh, there's plenty corporations where this is the intended tactic... Underpay and overwork staff with the incentive being quick promotion, right up until they're overpromoted at which point they make their life hell to try and make them resign.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 25, 2011, 18:34 DG
Meh, we have thousands and thousands of cameras with nobody watching. Most of the rest are monitoring traffic.  
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