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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jan 2, 2016, 17:51 Jerykk
 
Cliffski doesn't actually explain why the new refund system kills flash sales and daily deals. He just says that it does. I'm not sure where he's making the correlation. People are less likely to refund a game (or any other product) if it's cheaper.

He also says that the flash sales and daily deals weren't designed to create a false sense of urgency in order increase sales, which is patently incorrect. The whole point of having a time-limited discount is to create a false sense of urgency. The shorter the time-limit, the greater the urgency. It's the reason why Black Friday exists.

The refund thing is all but confirmed, straight from the horse's mouth. Valve has been saying ever since they enacted the policy that they do not consider it to be abuse when you narrowly miss a price reduction and refund a game in order to re-buy it cheaper.

Except the only people who would do this are the people who really care about saving a relatively insignificant amount of money. In other words, these are the people who were already waiting for flash sales and daily deals before buying games. The refund policy wouldn't affect their buying habits at all.

No, I think the real reason for the absence of daily deals and flash sales is convenience. It's easier for customers when they don't have to worry about prices changing during sales. It's easier for developers/publishers when they don't need to set up multiple discounts for each of their products. It's easier for Valve when they only have to worry about one set of discounts. And most importantly, having discounts last for two weeks means developers/publishers don't feel pressured into offering deeper discounts.

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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY IX PC Plans
7. Re: FINAL FANTASY IX PC Plans Dec 31, 2015, 17:22 Jerykk
 
Creston wrote on Dec 31, 2015, 15:16:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2015, 12:52:
Is this just another attempt at milking the back catalog, or is this a good game? After playing 7 on PC (which I really liked at the time) I watched a friend play 8 on console and was much less impressed. And Square seems to be doing this for a lot of their old FF games. I'm probably getting too old for JPRGs anyway.

I always found 9 to be just okay. I played through it twice, I believe, and there are some very fun moments in it, but overall the story is kinda "eh", and the characters aren't as great. It also went from pretty awesome looking graphics in FF8 (for its time), to a more cutesy, cartoonish looking style, and I don't think that was really well received in general.

However, it's still a FF game, so if you like FF, you'll like 9 as well.

I'm kind of surprised they're skipping 8 for now. Maybe they're also doing a massive remake of that, scheduled to be re-released after 7? I would be over a PC version of FF8 in a heartbeat, as I've always really enjoyed that one.

FF8 is already on PC.
 
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News Comments > TrickStyle Rerelease; More Old Acclaim Titles Coming?
7. Re: TrickStyle Rerelease; More Old Acclaim Titles Coming? Dec 30, 2015, 19:15 Jerykk
 
bhcompy wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 17:09:
More Old Acclaim Titles Coming?

So we can get some of the best WWF titles like Rage in the Cage? Or games like D? Bart vs the Space Mutants?

Doubt it. Licensed games will likely never appear on digital distribution because renewing those licenses is either too much work or impossible.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
15. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Dec 30, 2015, 18:50 Jerykk
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 02:07:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 01:29:

Not sure where that's coming from. ...


I'm pretty confident that Psychonauts 2 will be delivered. It may not live up to the hype but it'll be delivered and will most likely be a solid follow-up.

How's df-9 doing these days? This isn't the first time, or even the 3rd time that DF has pulled the "we need more moniez guys" bit.

DF9 wasn't a crowd-funded project. It was a small side-project that simply didn't generate enough revenue to justify continued development. As with all Early Access games, you're paying for the current state of the game, not what the game might become in the future. You got what you paid for.

If you really think Psychonauts 2 is in any way comparable to DF9, you're deluding yourself. Psychoanuts 2 is going to be the focus of the studio. It's going to be a large project with a lot of staff and multiple sources of funding. It is not going to be a small, 2-3 man Early Access experiment.

That aside, the DF9 controversy really exposed a fundamental misunderstanding of what Early Access is supposed to be. It seems like most customers think they're essentially pre-ordering a game and that Early Access is simply alpha/beta access. That is not what Early Access is. Early Access is buying an unfinished game that's currently in development. It might eventually be finished, it might not. Promised features may or may not be implemented. Everything is subject to change. If you buy an Early Access game, you need to understand these facts. You should buy the game based on its current state.

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News Comments > Descent Royalty Dispute
12. Re: Descent Royalty Dispute Dec 30, 2015, 17:22 Jerykk
 
LurkerLito wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 10:03:
I hate these kinds of deals. I don't blame Parallax at all for doing this but seriously, don't sell the trademark name without the dam game. Now this game is basically in limbo and can never be sold again till their dispute is done. Parallax can't sell it because it would be trademark infringement, Interplay can't sell it cause it would be copyright infringement. I am pretty sure it is crap like this that keeps old games like NoLF near impossible to find the "owners".

NOLF is an especially bad case. Night Dive Studios actually tried to get the license so they contacted Fox, WB and Activision. None of the companies had any idea who owned the license but when NDS tried to renew the copyright, WB threatened to sue. Really, really stupid.

Copyright law should require copyright owners to actually do something with said copyright. NOLF isn't being sold and no new NOLF games or products are being produced. There is zero reason for WB to claim the copyright unless they plan on re-releasing the games, which I seriously doubt. Hell, I doubt they even have the source code for the original games.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Dec 30, 2015, 01:29 Jerykk
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 22:21:
Don't worry, Tim will blow through that money like he had the shits and then ask for more money a year and a half from now.

Not sure where that's coming from. Backers received the full Broken Age game with no additional costs. It was delayed and people didn't like that the game was split into two parts but both parts were delivered. It's important to remember that the original Kickstarter pitch was for a small, $400k game. When they received more than 8 times that amount, they expanded the scope of the game significantly in order to accommodate the raised expectations. Finally, Broken Age was the first big crowdfunded game. There were a lot of unknowns and inexperience involved. DF has learned a lot since then, both through their own Kickstarter projects (Massive Chalice) and through other developers' projects.

For Psychonauts 2, DF has a much better sense of what they're trying to achieve and how much it'll cost. There are no stretch goals and their experience on Psychonauts 1 allows them to make much more accurate estimates of development time and cost. Sequels are always easier to make than original games. In addition, crowdfunding will only be used to fund part of the game, with the rest funded by the studio itself and an external partner (probably Dracogen).

I'm pretty confident that Psychonauts 2 will be delivered. It may not live up to the hype but it'll be delivered and will most likely be a solid follow-up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
8. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Dec 29, 2015, 18:33 Jerykk
 
John wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 14:19:
Huh, I didn't know DF was doing a crowdfund for a Psychonauts sequel. I wonder why Tim decided to go with that crowdfunding service instead of Kickstarted as he used for Broken Age? I've never even heard of Fig. I'm surprised he has over $3mil already even though I found the original Psychonauts game entertaining.

I imagine developers get to keep a lot more of the money made on Fig than on Kickstarter.

As for Psychonauts 2 getting over $3 million, I'm not surprised. The original game is a cult classic and anyone who played it wants a sequel.
 
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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Month
29. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Month Dec 29, 2015, 01:03 Jerykk
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 07:04:
Nope combat isn't appealing in third person either. For example that Shadows of Mordor game was fun for about an hour and a half before it got repetitive and boring. I guess 3rd person action/adventure games are just not my thing.

Not really sure why the perspective would matter? If SoM was first-person, would you have enjoyed it? Of course, the combat system wouldn't have worked at all in first-person.
 
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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Month
23. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Month Dec 28, 2015, 05:43 Jerykk
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 02:47:
I could never really get into Tomb Raider. Not really sure what the attraction was, besides a pixelated fake chick, with huge 3d boobs. Maybe it would have been somewhat exciting when I was 14 or something, but then again I was never really a fan of 3rd person action games anyway.

The appeal of the series has always been its combination of platforming and puzzle-solving. Exploring ancient tombs, reaching places nobody's been in hundreds of years, pulling off crazy acrobatics to avoid lethal traps, etc. If you don't like puzzles or platforming, then that would explain the lack of interest. Of course, the last two games have focused more on combat than puzzle-solving or platforming so you might find them more appealing.
 
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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Month
15. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Month Dec 27, 2015, 19:50 Jerykk
 
The last 2013 Tomb Raider was one of the very few games I preordered and actually paid full price for in the last five years. This new one will be a freebie thanks exclusively to Microsoft's shitty PC policies.

Square decided to sign the contract with MS. I'd say they're even more to blame because MS will always focus on pushing their hardware whereas Square has no reason to. Against all logic and reason, Square thought it was wise to neglect more than 2/3 of their customer base.

That said, pirating RoTT won't exactly encourage Square to avoid such deals in the future. If anything, it will make PC even more of an afterthought. The best course of action is to avoid buying the game on Xbox (which most people have apparently already done). Square definitely made a lot of stupid decisions with the launch of RoTT but at least they're releasing the PC version relatively soon after the Xbox version. I was expecting a 6 month wait, not a 3 month wait.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Dec 27, 2015, 16:58 Jerykk
 
People are stupid. It doesn't matter if video is captured at 60 FPS if the game itself is running at 30.  
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Dec 25, 2015, 20:35 Jerykk
 
Saboth wrote on Dec 25, 2015, 17:06:
Yeah, I noticed the Steam Store was down, but was out for Christmas most of the day. Checked my balance and credit card linked to the account and didn't see anything suspicious. Love that Steam customer service though. No mention that there is a problem, no update on when to expect things to be fixed, no explanation of any type for their loyal customers who are all literally in the dark (due to the store being nothing but a black screen right now). If we are lucky, they might even mention there was a problem that was now repaired, but they most likely won't mention anything about the security issue and if there are additional steps we should take or things we should do like change PW, check funding accounts, etc.

Was it possible to actually do anything with someone's account? From what I understand, you could see their account info (though important info was censored) but you couldn't actually change any of it or buy anything.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher III Graphics Mod
7. Re: The Witcher III Graphics Mod Dec 25, 2015, 20:32 Jerykk
 
Quinn wrote on Dec 25, 2015, 18:30:
Btw I really hope this game will get a good rebalancing mod before the second expansion comes out. I want to replay it, but not with the current balance.

My god, how I hated the fact the main quests were getting gray while I still had 15 sidequests to do before going to that other island.

In the long run, it doesn't really matter. You'll still level up at a normal pace even if you don't get the max XP reward for every quest.

No, the bigger issue is that leveling becomes pointless once you've filled up all your skill slots. You'll just be dumping points into skills you either don't use or can't use because all your slots are filled. I'm hoping they add some more skill slots in the Blood & Wine expansion.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
16. Re: On Sale Dec 25, 2015, 17:40 Jerykk
 
Creston wrote on Dec 25, 2015, 10:56:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 22:52:
Acleacius wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 18:06:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 16:57:
I'm genuinely shocked that Bioware Points are on sale. This may very well be the very first time ever. Sadly, the discount is only 33%. Bioware's DLC is so overpriced that 75% is the minimum discount required to be worthwhile.
FYI, using a VPN like cyberghost is the best solution. You can usually get up to 50% off depending on your current region. Here's a thread on Biowares own site, talking about how to do it. The thread is a year old and most recently tested in the last 30 days as still working. The procedure is a little different from a year ago, just make sure to read the posts. Ahoy

Nice find! Sadly, even 50% off is still too little. When Mass Effect Trilogy routinely goes on sale for $15 and offers over 100 hours of gameplay, paying $20 for a few hours of ME3 DLC is absurd.

The Citadel DLC is worth it at 50% off. It has a LOT of content in it, and is genuinely fun to play. For ME2, I'd really only recommend Lair of the Shadowbroker at that price.


How does it compare to the DLC for Dishonored? I thought those DLCs was great and well worth $10 a piece.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Dec 25, 2015, 01:02 Jerykk
 
Acleacius wrote on Dec 25, 2015, 00:54:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 22:52:
Acleacius wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 18:06:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 16:57:
I'm genuinely shocked that Bioware Points are on sale. This may very well be the very first time ever. Sadly, the discount is only 33%. Bioware's DLC is so overpriced that 75% is the minimum discount required to be worthwhile.
FYI, using a VPN like cyberghost is the best solution. You can usually get up to 50% off depending on your current region. Here's a thread on Biowares own site, talking about how to do it. The thread is a year old and most recently tested in the last 30 days as still working. The procedure is a little different from a year ago, just make sure to read the posts. Ahoy

Nice find! Sadly, even 50% off is still too little. When Mass Effect Trilogy routinely goes on sale for $15 and offers over 100 hours of gameplay, paying $20 for a few hours of ME3 DLC is absurd.
Oh I agree it's still priced too high. I'm just looking out for ME2 DLC if it's a good dead. I decided not to buy any more ea origin games, the last two I played were ME2 and DA Origins.

Edit: Oh wait, this could stack, getting the 50% of then using it to buy the 33% dlc? Damn, I'm too tired atm, brain not working...must sleep! Sleeping

Origin isn't offering the 33% off, Gamestop is. And it's 33% off Bioware Points, not the DLC itself.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Dec 24, 2015, 22:52 Jerykk
 
Acleacius wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 18:06:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 24, 2015, 16:57:
I'm genuinely shocked that Bioware Points are on sale. This may very well be the very first time ever. Sadly, the discount is only 33%. Bioware's DLC is so overpriced that 75% is the minimum discount required to be worthwhile.
FYI, using a VPN like cyberghost is the best solution. You can usually get up to 50% off depending on your current region. Here's a thread on Biowares own site, talking about how to do it. The thread is a year old and most recently tested in the last 30 days as still working. The procedure is a little different from a year ago, just make sure to read the posts. Ahoy

Nice find! Sadly, even 50% off is still too little. When Mass Effect Trilogy routinely goes on sale for $15 and offers over 100 hours of gameplay, paying $20 for a few hours of ME3 DLC is absurd.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Dec 24, 2015, 16:57 Jerykk
 
I'm genuinely shocked that Bioware Points are on sale. This may very well be the very first time ever. Sadly, the discount is only 33%. Bioware's DLC is so overpriced that 75% is the minimum discount required to be worthwhile.  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Season of Infamy DLC Released
6. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Season of Infamy DLC Released Dec 22, 2015, 21:48 Jerykk
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 22, 2015, 10:59:
I have to say that they have done a rather impressive job with the patching (FINALLY). And the story DLC has been interesting.

But not showing this on Steam this morning.

Try checking again. I received the DLC today. It was actually pretty decent and better than the previous DLC. It's basically a set of side-missions, only these are way better than the side-missions in the base game. That said, don't expect anything too substantial. They are still side-missions, after all.

Having played all the DLC, I'd say the Season Pass is worth about $10. You get maybe 4-5 hours of content and a bunch of skins. For $10, that's a decent value. I'd be pretty pissed if I'd paid $40, though.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 22, 2015, 18:45 Jerykk
 
Nice bundle. Murdered is easily worth at least $1 if you enjoy adventure/stealth games and Life is Strange is great (although this only gives you the first episode).  
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News Comments > Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition Trailer
9. Re: Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition Trailer Dec 22, 2015, 04:24 Jerykk
 
Acleacius wrote on Dec 22, 2015, 00:02:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 21, 2015, 23:05:
Wallshadows wrote on Dec 21, 2015, 18:36:
Yeah but are there more than three base gun models which do the same amount of damage regardless of your level?

If you're using guns in Dying Light, you're doing it wrong.

On a side note, I love how much post-release support Techland has given DL. It's surprising given that WB is the publisher and they have a pretty poor record of DLC and post-release support.
Support has been good, but the ability for the community to mod is still extremely weak compared to Fallout or Elder Scrolls. It's obvious how much of a benefit to longevity and sales full modding is to a company.

Bethesda is the only AAA developer to release extensive mod tools these days. That Dying Light has any mod tools at all means that Techland is already doing more than what 99% of developers do.

On a side note, mod tools in and of themselves won't necessarily extend longevity or sales in any meaningful way. Witcher 2 and DAO both had pretty extensive mod tools but their modding communities weren't anywhere close to what Bethesda has. Conversely, GTA4 had zero official mod support but an extremely strong mod community. Ultimately, the replayability of a game and the passion of its fanbase are what drive modding regardless of official support.
 
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