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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 09:17
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News Comments > Valve: "Pirates Are Underserved Customers"
18. Re: Valve: Jan 18, 2009, 16:04 Ventura
Those people can have the game right at their doorstep on the American release date

Damn, I want your source. I've never been able to get it on the American release date. Ever. The best I could hope for, assuming it's not out here in local stores, is up to a week later. If there's a good store around here that imports, and imports that quickly, I'd sure love to know about it.

Still, you've got a point. It's not alright for me to pirate just because in Australia we typically get games a week or so later.

That said, coming from someone who does usually have to wait, when you get companies that do simultaneous worldwide releases, boy do you love those companies. To give it to us at the same time as the yanks, that's respect.

I like how so many companies go out of their way to treat their US clients better than the rest of us but then still have the nerve to talk up piracy to us. When you treat people like crap, they're a lot less likely to be concerned about doing the right thing by you in return, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's exactly what's going on in Russia.
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News Comments > Space War Commander & Demo Launch
16. Re: Space War Commander & Demo Launch Jan 2, 2009, 09:13 Ventura
The readership of bluesnews and especially the people that post comments on bluesnews, are hardcore pc gamers. They have seen all and played all


All I see is a bunch of comments about how the graphics suck so the gameplay must suck too, and there's nothing hardcore about that point of view.
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News Comments > Need for Speed in Trouble?
18. Re: Need for Speed in Trouble? Dec 13, 2008, 20:42 Ventura
Shit, I haven't played a Need 4 Speed game seriously in closing on a decade now.

What was wrong with having completely different tracks that had nothing to do with each other? You had a countryside track, a mountain track, a city track, a forest track... none of which was connected in any way with any of the others.

Now though, they want to just build one city, and then have you race different routes through it. Boring. You do it twice and you've seen everything. Then someone got it in their head the whole underground/pro street shit was worth doing, which of course, it wasn't.

Go back to old times. Give me completely different tracks in completely different settings, and make cops optional.
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News Comments > Used Games Hurt Game Quality?
30. Re: Used Games Hurt Game Quality? Dec 8, 2008, 16:07 Ventura
1. Sell the product as OEM consisting of no more than the jewel case and disc

They're already doing that with Left 4 Dead. That was the lightest box I've ever handled, and with good reason. All it came packaged with was a 'quick reference card'; cd key on the front, primary controls listed on the back.

When was the last time any of us got a nice thick manual with our purchase? Rest assured, these guys have already been selling OEM's now for quite some time, but at regular prices.
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News Comments > Used Games Hurt Game Quality?
25. Re: Used Games Hurt Game Quality? Dec 8, 2008, 15:49 Ventura
Now publishers and developers just see revenue the initial few weeks regardless of the game's quality, and then gamers start buying used copies

The thought occurs that if they did a better job with the software, there wouldn't be used games available for purchase so quickly. But no, god forbid they actually wait until a game's done before shipping it.

David Braben isn't exactly qualified to talk about this anyway. Elite? That's gotta be like 20 years old now. Was Gamestop even around back when one of his titles might've been on the shelves?
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTA4 Drivers
22. Re: NVIDIA GTA4 Drivers Dec 7, 2008, 03:42 Ventura
Its almost as if i'm in a movie theater playing games

Up until recently I was gaming on a screen that size and at that kinda distance, but it was just too much. If you play any kind of FPS, it'll make you sick. It's akin to sitting too close to the screen at the cinema.

Bigger is only better up to a point.
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News Comments > Good Old Games Sale
14. Re: Good Old Games Sale Dec 3, 2008, 16:14 Ventura
Like others in here I'd generally have more interest in the $5.99 titles than the $9.99 titles. Nice to see Die By The Sword in there, had a lot of fun with that one back in the day.

That said, if they can ever get Magic Carpet 1 and 2 up on that site, updated to work with Windows XP, I would definitely go shopping
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Interview
17. Re: Star Trek Online Interview Nov 28, 2008, 02:48 Ventura
I'll buy it because it's Star Trek and I'm a Trekkie (granted, I didn't buy Star Trek Legacy, but I said I was a Trekkie, not that I was stupid).

I'm not surprised everyone starts off as Captain, even though it is a little disappointing. They probably tried setting it up so that you have to scrub plasma conduits on someone else's ship to make your way up to Lieutenent, but then realised that wasn't very much fun
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News Comments > Game Profitability Clarification
10. Re: Game Profitability Clarification Nov 24, 2008, 16:14 Ventura
Ah, so companies should be satisfied with good enough?

You're missing the point.

The idea is to make a lot of money, so if it makes just a little money, well, that's not enough to be deemed "profitable".

In our humble eyes, it probably would be, but you know these suits, they want enough to be able to have their cake AND eat it too.

Incidentally, 4% seems awfully low for an industry where so many sequels tend to get released. You know, Sims, Need for Speed, Neverwinter Nights, all the CSI games, Command and Conquer, all of the Blizzard and EASports sequels, GTA, Fallout, Tomb Raider, Far Cry, Call of Duty... etc... etc... etc...

If only 4% of games returned a significant profit, we wouldn't have nearly so many sequels.
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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Hotfix
2. Re: Sins of a Solar Empire Hotfix Nov 22, 2008, 05:32 Ventura
A bit amusing to see a hotfix released for this so quickly, what with v1.1 having been delayed for so long.  
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News Comments > Gearbox Seeking Testers
2. Re: Gearbox Seeking Testers Nov 13, 2008, 20:40 Ventura
I'll take a pass since I'm beta testing too many RELEASED games right now, fuck you very much.

Hehe. Fuck that made me laugh.
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News Comments > Supreme Commander 2 Announced
18. Re: Supreme Commander 2 Announced Nov 12, 2008, 15:46 Ventura
Sorry to say, but I am so over Chris Taylor. If he truly is the man most responsible for TA (am I the only one who has my doubts here?), then that means it's been over 11 years since he released something that I felt was really worth writing home about.

Titles like Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander 1, I went out and bought on release day, but with each release he seems to just abandon his titles quicker and quicker. The expansion to Supreme Commander, which was supposed to make things better, just made it worse.

I'm at the point now where I don't care whether Supreme Commander 2 comes out for the pc or not.
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News Comments > Beatles Music Game "Not a 'Rock Band' Game"
4. Re: Beatles Music Game Oct 30, 2008, 16:24 Ventura
I would guess this project will end up much like the GH:Aerosmith that was released. It will be a celebration of their legacy and you'll play through their career, perhaps as the characters themselves. I don't mind what they do so long as the tracks can be exported to Rock Band 2, and the "article about the conference call" states that existing controllers will be compatible.  
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News Comments > Newell: Gamers Smarter than Publishers
6. Re: bah Oct 17, 2008, 10:25 Ventura
There's a lot that goes in the whole process and I don't think the publisher is the only or even primary influence in the game's quality.

Not the only influence, for sure, but I do shudder to think how many potentially good games we've missed out on over the years because the publisher grew impatient. Granted, we've probably missed out on just as many because the developer sucked too (Mad Doc Software comes to mind).

Either way, I think it's fair to say that without a good publisher and a good developer, any game is pretty much screwed.
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News Comments > Newell: Gamers Smarter than Publishers
1. bah Oct 17, 2008, 09:15 Ventura
This is a no-brainer, really.

The problem is that the average publisher doesn't give a crap how to make a good game. They're only interested in making money, and since that desire supersedes everything else, their solution is to stuff the retail channels with garbage in the hope that it will sell.

Good games take hard work and passion, not something most publishers are known for.
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News Comments > Morning Chuckle
3. Re: Zing Oct 13, 2008, 04:08 Ventura
Hehe, I particularly like the bit about the manual being split up.

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News Comments > WoW Paid Customization Coming
33. Re: No subject Oct 13, 2008, 00:30 Ventura
What MMOs allow you to change your class/race/gender/face for free?

What MMOs allow you to change your class/race/gender atall?

I had a level 20ish toon that I rerolled in EQ ages ago because even though I liked the class, I didn't like the race I'd chosen. Seems like these days though anything you want can just be purchased if you're willing to cough up the money.

Eventually there will end up more than one subscription model for these games. You'll get services like "basic" and "premium", and the premium model will cost a small fortune to maintain.

As I said in a previous post, RIP Blizzard.

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News Comments > WoW Paid Customization Coming
14. Re: What's the monthly subscription for?! Oct 12, 2008, 17:43 Ventura
Prado went through the three options they were considering (not letting the crowd know which way they had gone) and the FANS CHEERED for the option to make 3 epic campaigns, but selling them separately. The other two got "boo"s and silence respectively.

I have a feeling that one was all about how they worded it.

Did the FANS CHEER as much with the news about the paid character customization in WoW, I wonder.

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News Comments > Weekly Q&A Roundup
1. heh Oct 12, 2008, 16:35 Ventura
Next up on Develop Magazine, an interview with Brad Gates of Microsoft!!

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News Comments > WoW Paid Customization Coming
9. Re: ... Oct 12, 2008, 16:31 Ventura
First they slice Starcraft 2 into little pieces to be able to sell it a few times over, now you can pay more money to have your WoW character customised.

I think it's pretty clear that it's now Activision calling the shots over there.

RIP Blizzard.

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