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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 25, 2010, 12:12 DG
If he's had a moan to someone who has agreed with him, well people are prone to take that like some concrete confirmation even though they know the other person at best only has the same limited info that they do.

Once people think their views have been verified they'll pretty much disregard all information that runs contrary to it, and anything that can possibly be twisted into supporting their idea will be so twisted. If someone is challenging their position then the effect is even stronger, to the point that people feel justified in making shit up because they're so convinced they're in the right even once they've admitted to themselves they don't have any facts to back up their argument at all.

IIRC it's fairly basic psychology though dunno what it's called to google an article. What was I saying about being sure of things even after realising you don't have facts? Connected to confirmation bias and rationalisation though.
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News Comments > Civilization V and Demo Released
15. Re: Simpler Civilization? Sep 21, 2010, 14:10 DG
BtS can turn off vassalage (and spying) in the custom game options IIRC.

Agreed you can play Civ without knowing half the detail. IMHO main thing to know about is working tiles and having decent tactics for an efficient early game (i.e. the first half-dozen builds).

Maybe the main weakness of Civ in terms of newbie-friendliness is that the early game can seem like the easy part but is usually the most important.
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News Comments > Formula 1 2010 Trailer
7. Re: Formula 1 2010 Trailer Sep 16, 2010, 04:17 DG
Shame there's no demo. I enjoy watching F1 (and all the drama going on around it) but I'm not really into racing games and in particular don't really expect much excitement from an F1 game. I'm the first to admit it takes a good TV production crew to show a good race, not like Monza last week which involved a lot of boredom and occasionally catching glimpses - in the background of a Ferrari shot - of the excitement going on in the middle of the pack.

That said I did used to like Ridge Racer, which at higher levels seemed to be mostly about perfecting the racing line and braking points, so might have changed my mind in a demo.
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News Comments > Steam Wallet Beta
39. Re: Steam Wallet Beta Sep 15, 2010, 12:40 DG
zirik wrote on Sep 14, 2010, 22:10:
enjoy your student account. as soon as you join the real world without the benefit or protection of a student account you will see how much banks charge for every friggin little thing that you do with YOUR money.
I left uni ~7 years ago Occasionally a clerk asks me if I'd like to "upgrade", I give a friendly laugh, they smile and say fair enough
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News Comments > Civilization V Preorder Bonuses
10. Re: Civilization V Preorder Bonuses Sep 14, 2010, 13:23 DG
Hmm, to pre-order for the Civ or wait until I can actually play it (Christmas at earliest), when it'll be cheaper?

Anyone know if they are still doing the manual for the store version?

JoeNapalm wrote on Sep 14, 2010, 09:24:
The '90s called. They miss you, too.
Civ is the one game where the manual is both well written and useful. Lots of reference I don't want to alt-tab out for.
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News Comments > Steam Wallet Beta
31. Re: Steam Wallet Beta Sep 14, 2010, 13:16 DG
zirik wrote on Sep 14, 2010, 10:31:
if you meet the minimum required balance to get interest checking for both banks they waive ALL fees and include other advantages like free checks, stop payments, unlimited transfers and a safety deposit box. they also give unlimited access to a bank teller every month. without it you are limited to two visits to a local branch every month. its ridiculous but i guess every bank does it to force people to do online banking. wells fargo even charges for paper statements no matter what type of account you have.
Wow you guys get boned. I've never paid a single bank charge. No charge for cheques, bank transfers, cash withdrawals or pay-ins, standing orders, direct debits, nothing - so long as I don't go overdrawn... No charge or interest on my CC either since I pay off the full balance each month.

Seriously, they limit the number of times you can speak to a clerk? WTF?

Though it helps I still have my student account a lot of banks in UK are trying to get people to pay monthly fees now.
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News Comments > Steam Wallet Beta
30. Re: Steam Wallet Beta Sep 14, 2010, 13:09 DG
No complaints here while I can continue to make my purchases using my CC. Features I don't want but don't have to use are just features available for other people so why should I care?

This'll be for store cards, gift vouchers, people who don't have CC. Nothing useful for me there, but probably for other people, especially people who can't get a credit card. Some cards/countries people might get thumped with a charge for buying in $USD, so this lets them have 1 charge instead of lots. Perhaps in future I mind find it convenient for micro-transactions.

Funds added to the Steam Wallet are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Whilst of course it's important to know this, and yes it's a "bad thing", it's no different to a gift card. Holding a refundable balance likely would mean being subject to a raft of regulations - basically because they're being a bank - in every single country where the Wallet feature is available.

'Course my opinion would be rather more caustic if they took away the regular payment option...

ps. I have savings at 2.85% here in UK, though I keep an eye on which tracks good rates. Still about half inflation though
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News Comments > On Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Consoles
32. Re: On Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Consoles Sep 12, 2010, 17:06 DG
Blackhawk wrote on Sep 12, 2010, 15:03:
The problem is that they aren't converging in the middle. 'Convergence' suggests that you should be getting games that are 50% PC style and 50% console style. People are pissed off because they're getting 15% PC and 85% console.
Hmm. Games released on consoles do often feel like they've been dragged massively towards console. But consoles have been dragged massively towards PC too. Halo is the iconic console shooter but say 2 years before it's release it'd have been unthinkable as a console game. Shit, just having online MP made it 85% PC.

Fallout 3? Sure it's "consolised", but to a console gamer who'd played on a friend's PC once or twice, it's a thoroughbred PC game.

The issue is, at least to us PC gamers, console games have benefited from some of the increased depth and complexity that was normal on PC, while PC games with console releases often feel restricted and dumbed-down.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Soviet Arcade Sep 10, 2010, 13:07 DG
What's the general social perception of drink driving in the US? Here in UK for most people it'd be a major faux pas and people are highly likely to remind you you're driving if you order 1 beer.

Penalty is serious too, 1 year automatic ban plus up to 5k fine and/or 6m in the clink. For a first offence.

(Of course there's always the "other people", and people do get caught out the morning after)
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News Comments > PC Mass Effect 2 DLC Fixed
15. Re: PC Mass Effect 2 DLC Fixed Sep 9, 2010, 13:15 DG
well this is irritating. No doubt an old story for anyone with PC ME. I have to sign up for some special mass effect webpage in order to buy the DLC, which has to be bought using basically the xbox live system. I.e., you have to buy "points" in chunks of 800/1200/1600 and funnily enough everything (except Shadowbroker) is costs some number that is not one of the above.

If you want to buy all 3 of the mission DLC, you get left with a balance that happens to be the same as all of the horse armour. Or you could leave it for perhaps more DLC later, though of course it's not enough for the mission DLC so you'll have to buy more points and have even more left over.

What a load of shit. At least with MS points you can spend it on a large range of games, so the rounding ends up trivial.

Why can't I just, you know, fucking buy this shit using a credit card on steam? Preferably for less than the game itself cost
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News Comments > PC Mass Effect 2 DLC Fixed
3. Re: PC Mass Effect 2 DLC Fixed Sep 8, 2010, 12:55 DG
I'm about to start playing ME2; is any of the DLC worth getting, and better to get before starting?  
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News Comments > Jack Thompson vs Medal of Honor
18. Re: Jack Thompson vs Medal of Honor Sep 8, 2010, 12:47 DG
I'm not sure why everybody continues reporting on the antics of this man who has been thoroughly discredited and holds no moral or political weight whatsoever. I expect people cringe if they hear Jack Thomson has come out on their side.  
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News Comments > Borderlands Level Cap Raise Planned
18. Re: Borderlands Level Cap Raise Planned Sep 7, 2010, 13:56 DG
2nd playthrough? I liked the game a lot, but I'd have to love seriously love a game to play though any SP more than once, especially one I've already sunk nearly 80 hours into.

If I didn't have a "to play" list so long I might have considered blitzing though the main missions + the better sides if there was some option to just not bother spawning the crates or drops of trash.
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News Comments > Borderlands Level Cap Raise Planned
2. Re: Borderlands Level Cap Raise Planned Sep 6, 2010, 13:50 DG
they didn't want players to be required to pay for it,
these guys evidently have no idea how the gaming industry operates.

Which is nice.

Anyway, finished Borderlands doing every single mission found (sides and all, except the Knoxx "secret" boss thing) and all the DLC except the boring Moxxi tournament thing, and still don't think I'm even at 50. Everyone doing co-op or farming? Can't be bothered with a 2nd run through
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 3, 2010, 06:28 DG
The United States is behind the wall of secrecy surrounding global trade talks to combat counterfeiting, say EU policy sources, who claim that American officials are refusing to let their European counterparts publish the draft agreement online.
No really? The secrecy has caused quite a kerfuffle at the EU. Still they went along with it.
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 3, 2010, 06:16 DG
CoH: 1.74
COH+OF: 3.00
CoH+OF+TV: 7.49

Assuming I'll probably only give one campaign one play-through, which one to get?
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 31, 2010, 17:05 DG
I usually have a quick browse of the main Digg page, wondering what the big deal is also? Far as I can gather the "power users" are annoyed that they can't dictate the news anymore, but I assume there's more to it than that  
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News Comments > Civ 5 Demo on September 21
2. Re: Civ 5 Demo on September 21 Aug 28, 2010, 18:24 DG
Not touching this with a fucking barge pole.

Not until after my exams. No. Mustn't.
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News Comments > Op Ed
65. Re: Ars Technica - Buying used games Aug 28, 2010, 17:45 DG
Heh, arguing economics on the internet. Ask any two actual economists about anything and you get three contradicting answers.

Way I see it, it boils down to two questions:
1- are GameStop making supernormal (monopolistic) profits?
2- are customers mainly buying & selling used games in order to spend less total money (as opposed to spending the same but getting through more games)?

Only if the answer is yes to either the above are devs making less money than they would without used sales.

I doubt any of us can be bothered looking up actual facts (not me anyway, this is the internet after all) for the first point and we can only speculate about the second. Personally I'm inclined to assume most people spend more or less the same in total and just get through more games; some people spending less but offset by some people spending more because used is the only way they could afford/would be willing to spend on any gaming hobby.

Overall, just like used car sales the money from the second-hand buyers is funnelled up through the guys doing trade-ins and over to the devs that way. And yes, auto makers covet the used car market, and games depreciate fast. GameStop's cut is taking money out of the cycle, but that money is what is keeping GameStop in business and enabling them to sell the new games at low margins - it stays in the bigger cycle. Only if GameStop is making supernormal profits can it be said that they are taking too much out of the system, and if that were the case the question would be why isn't there decent competition pressurising those margins?

But this is actually not relevant. The fundamental point is that devs are absolutely NOT "losing out" nor being "cheated" by used sales. Used sales are bona fide. Even if you do subscribe to the suggestion that used games result in less money for devs, they are not losing out because they never had the right to that money. You cannot lose a right that you never had. None of their rights are being impinged in any way. Tycho very nearly nailed it by saying a used buy does not make you a customer of the dev. What he forgot was that you never were. Devs do not have any right over your money until you make a new purchase, up until that point you owe them nothing and nothing you can do can possibly cheat them from that money. I didn't buy a game this month because I paid my credit card. Do credit cards cheat devs? A lost sale is a lost sale, right?

If they want something different the impetus is on them to make it so. Natural business options might be to decrease prices in order to stall the used market, or switch emphasis to a service like Steam where the consumer is willing to swap their ability to sell used in favour of the service offered by Steam. If consumers do not want your offering, it is up to you to improve it until they do. Natural business options never, ever involve having a tantrum and bleating about how people are "cheating" you by deciding to take their custom elsewhere. That just shows you have absolutely no clue about business and the rationalisation displays an extraordinary sense of entitlement.

ps. for a little context I think I've bought one used game ever, though as a kid I'd sell on my old console + games to finance the new generation. No piracy.
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News Comments > Stargate Games Lawsuit
4. Re: Stargate Games Lawsuit Aug 26, 2010, 15:49 DG
The complaint isn't about the investors losing their money on a bad investment, it's about their money being stolen through fraud.

1. Use investor's money to make a valuable asset for company A
2. Sell asset for small change to company B you own personally
3. Liquidate the original company A
4. Profit

This is a common fraud. It's not a very difficult idea for people with weak ethical values to come up with, it's quite difficult to prove and even even if you do and get your asset back, it's even harder to successfully prosecute the fraudster.
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