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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 16, 2012, 15:38 Tumbler
LOL at the Xbox Live monetization. I'm letting my gold account lapse in a few months. Nearly the only thing i use my xbox for regarding live is watching movies on netflix. I've started using HBOGO recently but I'm not feeling like that is a reason to continue paying for it. I don't play anything on a regular basis online, and I can watching netflix on my ps3. I think I can watch HBOGO on my pc as well, never tried it. Was nice to be able to watch Game of Thrones last night in "HD" at 6pm pacific...that is something I guess. Assuming I can get that elsewhere I think my days of paying MS to have a gold sub are over.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Apr 16, 2012, 13:26 Tumbler
All I can know for certain is that my personal spending habits on AAA titles has dropped off a cliff. This is partly due to the CF that is ME3, the ever expanding nonsense with DLC (console DRM), the lack of cash back coupons through amazon, $20 used to be common, not it seems to be $10. Smaller titles are starting to come out for much less money as well, Legend of Grimrock for example.

I've already decided I'll just wait for used copies of newer AAA games to show up rather than buying them at launch. Canceled my Pre-order for BL2, passed on the prepurchase offer for GW2. $60 is so rarely worth it and the only titles I find myself content with are titles I buy well after launch when reality has taken over the hype.

And Kickstarter. It's really nice to spend money and feel you're going to get something "worth it" in the end. Even if the only things I end up with are T-shirts and poster and misc other crap I think I'll be happier than I am with most AAA titles in stores for $60.

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News Comments > Crysis 3 Announced
5. Re: Crysis 3 Announced Apr 16, 2012, 10:17 Tumbler
Oh how exciting. Crysis in New York. How do they come up with these amazing ideas.  
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News Comments > NPD Reports March Decline
5. Re: NPD Reports March Decline Apr 13, 2012, 12:23 Tumbler
Looking at the games on that list I'm not surprised. The industry is pumping out too much shit. Even if they were all great games and half of them were new IP's they'd still be overpriced at $60. When most of the games are just recycled crap that makes them even more ridiculous at $60.

I bought Legend of Grimlock for $12 and I'm pleasantly surprised by that game. I'm pouring insane (for me!) amounts of money into kickstarter projects.

I think I'm going to cancel my borderlands 2 pre-orders...too much to play to waste money buying AAA games at launch.
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News Comments > The Old Republic Update Bears Gifts
15. Re: The Old Republic Update Bears Gifts Apr 13, 2012, 12:08 Tumbler
I'll give them credit for this, they're trying to work with players. I wouldn't think about coming back without a free trial and now they'll let me play till the 19th for free now.

It's a shame this doesn't include more match finding improvements though because they only thing I'd want to do is play pvp for a bit. The operations and flash points are still too difficult to get games going. (unless I missed some improvement?)

And I liked doing space missions while I was leveling my characters and was hoping at 50 they'd make all the missions have some reward that you could do once a day. Last time I was in there was only 1 mission that earned you that daily commendation thing.

I don't see fixes for no point in doing that. What good is the legacy system when everything you do with the characters is still the same as it was?

*Watching trailer* There are a few other new features, ui can be moved around, appearance can be changed a bit (colors?), some other misc stuff.

Once they add all the operations and flashpoints to that little button you use for pvp I'll be back. I have no interest in spending my time trying to form groups to run those missions. (which seem to be the primary thing you do at 50?)

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News Comments > EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration?
52. Re: EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration? Apr 12, 2012, 15:55 Tumbler
Looking at this I just assumed it was some sort of new 40k game made by EA. Bizarre that they'd copy the tanks so perfectly. The c&c tank even has the twin weapons on the left with a larger battle cannon on the right. Main turret is obviously the same. Even the sponsons are positioned at the rear.

There is a difference in the sponsons though, the 40k tank has guns coming out of the sides of the sponson (below the turret) and the c&c one doesn't. Beyond that it's basically an exact copy.

The ork one is even worse, take note below the turret there is a weird little flexible tube thing on the ork vehicle and the c&c one has that same exact tubing in the same place.

I really wonder if there isn't a partnership between GW and EA that just isn't announced yet because it's clear they're trying to make these vehicles look exactly like the 40k ones. (Epic 40k to be technical)
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Pre-Purchases Grant Beta & Early Access
37. Re: Guild Wars 2 Pre-Purchases Grant Beta & Early Access Apr 10, 2012, 16:42 Tumbler
Despite Amazon being on the list, it appears that pre-ordering from Amazon will not grant you access into the beta, and you will only get a one-day head start.

I saw the words "Pre-PURCHASE" and I got suspicious. Guess I'll be passing on this or finding someway to try it safely around launch.

I'm chuckling because I'm giving away way more money than this on Kickstarter lately. Just got to confirm all the details of my Shwag from Double Fine! But Guild Wars 2....ppppphuck that. Not one god damn penny till you earn it bitches. Show me the game or you get zip.
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News Comments > Bulletstorm Sequel Cancelled; PC Piracy Mentioned
80. Re: Bulletstorm Sequel Cancelled; PC Piracy Mentioned Apr 10, 2012, 14:20 Tumbler
The game wasn't competitive at $60. It had some interesting ideas but just wasn't a well rounded experience that was worth that price. I'm guessing on the consoles the used game sales went nuts shortly after the game shipped. I trade my 360 copy out very quickly same as I did with Homefront.

I assume that both homefront and Bulletstorm had little or no used game sales on the PC (due to DRM) so after the gig was up and gamers knew what the game was really worth the $60 price point pushed a lot of people away from buying the game legally.

I would love to see PC pirates avoid games like this altogether, don't pirate, don't play, completely ignore it, because when you pirate something you're basically telling them, "I want to play your game, you just need to put more security up around it because I was able to play it for free".

But if they did this you'd just see the same level of anger directed at legit customers, used game buyers and sellers seem to be the pc pirate equivalents. It's a mad world.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
7. Re: Game Reviews Apr 10, 2012, 14:03 Tumbler

Clicks IGN, lets page load briefly, sees 8.5, closes page.

*Exhales* ok, I got the score. Now lets update this headline so no one else has to take that chance.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 9, 2012, 23:17 Tumbler
It's only an ugly truth so long as consumers permit it. Did they ever consider they're losing sales because of those shenanigans? That's right, I'm calling shenanigans!

The DLC mess on consoles is becoming similar to the DRM mess on the pc. Instead of looking forward to a game and what it will offer you have to first look at how they're going to rip you off.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 9, 2012, 18:22 Tumbler
Meh, show me something to play on it. I was foolish to buy the wii when there wasn't something I HAD to play on it.

Kept figuring that they'd somehow manage to make something I wanted. Lightsaber combat game!? WHERE THE FUCK IS MY LIGHT SABER GAME!!!
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News Comments > Fallout Free on
4. Re: Fallout Free on<br> The original <b>Fallout</b> is being offered on <a href= Apr 5, 2012, 21:01 Tumbler
If you don't have a GOG account this as good a time as any to make one. Just logged in and "purchased" this game to add it to my little shelf. Already own Fallout and Fallout 2 on Steam...I think I own tactics as well?

There are patches to fix color issues and fix the screen res so you can play it on widescreen monitors in high res.
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News Comments > ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
51. Re: ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Apr 5, 2012, 13:47 Tumbler
*rolls eyes*

I have a feeling we're just going to get a collection of clips that feel more rushed and careless than the ending itself.

They had their chance to do the right thing and they ignored it.
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter
29. Re: Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter Apr 4, 2012, 15:54 Tumbler
Was going to pass on this as $15 seemed a little steep for a remake of the FPS disaster. Then I started seeing people comment on the old SNES version, they got my money when they held up that sign that said Sorry regarding the FPS game.

In for $15.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Friends Trial Expands
8. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Friends Trial Expands Apr 4, 2012, 11:34 Tumbler
Seems like this is designed to give guilds a way back into the game. I still think it's foolish not to just offer a free 7 day trial to any and all users every few months. All these updates don't mean shit if you don't let people in to see the changes.

I'm in no rush to go back. If anything I feel like they owe me a free month. I played a lot in the first month, then redeemed a 60 day time card and by the 2nd half of that card I wasn't even logging in.

Leaves a bitter taste when you just watch your time get spent and don't want to play the game.
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News Comments > PC Ghost Recon Future Soldier in June; Specs; DRM Details
1. Re: PC Ghost Recon Future Soldier in June; Specs; DRM Details Apr 3, 2012, 13:53 Tumbler
A temporary broadband connection will be required for one-time product registration at first launch using the player Uplay account. From that point on, no permanent connection is required, except for online modes.

Forgive me if I don't believe you. I'll wait and hear what gamers report after launch. The shit companies are willing to pull in hopes of selling you at launch is obscene. Better to just wait and see rather than take any chances. Especially with Ubisoft.

This at very least should cause you to wonder how bad the game is for them to break down and offer one time activations instead of always on drm.
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Apr 3, 2012, 12:32 Tumbler
They don't have a problem, they just need to make better games. Games aren't improving overall, we're still getting games that are similar at best or worse as far as value but they are pushing the prices higher.

Companies making games are doing their best to deliver the absolute least possible and then shaving more and more content off to offer as DLC later. (If that, if the game doesn't sell well they'll just move on)

The hilarious thing is that the next gen consoles act like they're doing us a favor, they're talking about systems that offer less value to the consumer because apparently we'll just buy anything they make.

The experiences I've had with MS and Sony up to this point do not make me hopeful that they will deliver a platform that I want so I'm basically cutting them off once they move from the 360/PS3 to whatever else they have in mind.

Looking at the new dashboard on the xbox and the vita give me a clear picture of what they want to do with their platform and neither of those look like something I'll be supporting. I already canceled my CC that was used for Live (the ONLY way to truly cancel your sub) and buying new games for the ps3 is just a laughable idea.

I buy Blu-Rays though, specifically disney blu-ray combo packs because my daughters watch those movies all day long. But eventually I just rip the dvd so it's just hte main movie and I can drop that in and it plays instantly rather than sitting there for 1-2 min dealing with that stupid menu's.

It's all so unpleasant to be a paying customer for these guys. With a PC I can just rip the movie onto my pc, play it from there and stop dealing with their bullshit.

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News Comments > TAKEDOWN Kickstarter Funded
12. Re: TAKEDOWN Kickstarter Funded Apr 2, 2012, 22:45 Tumbler
I'm very curious how this will turn out. The KS to get the game to alpha so they can ...get real funding? is really weird.  
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News Comments > Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Kickstarts
5. Re: Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Kickstarts Apr 2, 2012, 22:39 Tumbler
$15 seems a bit high for this. Seeing a lot of this artwork back in October of 2011 makes this seem more like an attempt to get some preorders.

Once it's ready I guess we'll see if this is worth it.

I think I'd donate to this if it was less than $10. For $15 I'll just wait till it's ready.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 2, 2012, 14:24 Tumbler
Games he plays: 5
Games he bought: 1
Money to developer: $60 (although more likely he bought it used, so money to developer = $0)

Not many developers sell directly to consumers. I did buy Legend of Grimlock from the developer, $12, looks fun. In most cases you're buying from the publisher and there is no guarantee that any money will go to the developer.

I got a used copy of Witcher 2 recently, retail, and I'm blown away by how much comes with the boxed release. I also got to download at least 2GB worth of updates. I haven't played the game yet but I do want to go buy it officially at some point. Maybe they'll put it on sale in a few weeks when the 360 version ships.

Your naive few of this situation is exactly what I expect developers/publishers see as well. I hope you understand that all these games I buy were purchased new. They're not bootlegged copies, they're not pirated copies. They're the games you sell. It's not me you need to worry about, it's the customers you seem to think so little of that will turn on you.
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