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News Comments > Games for Windows LIVE Deathwatch
26. Re: Games for Windows LIVE Deathwatch Jan 18, 2014, 08:50 Dev
TheWeaponeer wrote on Jan 18, 2014, 07:24:
Feel free to pass this on to Joystiq's staff - at least then they can save some face with a proper update to a half assed article.
It may perhaps be more likely if you pass it on yourself, they will notice.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
10. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 18, 2014, 06:41 Dev
Thought they weren't going to sell the consoles at a loss? That's been one of their strengths in past generations.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
17. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 18, 2014, 06:35 Dev
Even the headline is wrong. They didn't ban spying on leaders, just made them get permission first. The article even quotes part of that there's exceptions:
"unless there is a compelling national security purpose."
And by scaling back, yeah I suppose... if you count that he reduced degrees of separation searching from three to two. Yeah that's so HUGE!

The speech was all about appeasing the public and not really doing much else.
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Jan 18, 2014, 06:27 Dev
El Pit wrote on Jan 18, 2014, 04:49:
There is a sale on a couple of Lego games over at GMG (Greenmangaming). Remember to use 25% off voucher, too:

Bioshock Infinite, the Tomb Raider games, Arkham Asylum/City are also on sale.
Batman 1&2, Harry potter 1 & 2, LotR
75% off (before coupon) which is quite good. Most sales of the lego games are only 50%
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News Comments > The Repopulation Kickstarter Progress
9. Re: The Repopulation Kickstarter Progress Jan 11, 2014, 22:07 Dev
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 16:32:
If the game isn't popular, the MMO model fails for most games. How popular does it have to be, hopefully their accountant knows.
That depends on how its designed to be. Like the star wars one wasn't scaled by EA to be profitable with less than a couple million subscribers, and thus failed when it didn't hit that goal. On the other hand, EVE does quite well with hundreds of thousands, and has continued to grow.

If an MMO is properly designed and scaled, its possible to do it on a good budget. Problem is, most companies think something like:
"ZOMG look at WoW with millions of subs! if we build it, they will pay us through the nose too! So lets bankrupt the company making this and scale it so it can't make us money unless its millions of subscribers, and don't worry we will get tons of money from it"
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: On Sale Jan 11, 2014, 12:58 Dev
Incidentally, I highly recommend owning a wired xbox 360 controller. Its USB, plugs straight in with no drivers needed, and is great for games that play better on a controller.

That said, 90% percent of my gaming is still done with kb/m.
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News Comments > Valve Talks About Lack of Communication
19. Re: Shell shocked Jan 11, 2014, 12:56 Dev
Panickd wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 10:14:
Steam is the money maker at the company so that's where they focus a lot of their time and energy.
That would be the logical thing to do, yes, in a traditionally managed company. But that's not what's happening.
They are focusing time, energy, and money, on custom hardware, custom controllers, biofeedback stuff, optical stuff, customOS, and others. Meanwhile they are letting steam languish a bit, not bothering to to hire (or contract!) UI specialists to improve some of the very obvious crap. They used to run some very cool events in the steam sales, now its kinda boring. And they continue to have inexcusable front end problems.
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News Comments > "Stunning" Nitrous Engine Impressions
35. Re: Jan 9, 2014, 23:33 Dev
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 10:20:
I don't think any developer would be stupid enough to develop a game based on an engine that only runs on 30% of the computers out there.
MS has done it before when a new windows comes out. Even though it was proven later that the games they did it on actually didn't need the new windows version to run, they just pretended they did with an installer requirement.
Overon wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 17:26:
Hold on are we getting excited over a tech demo that we haven't seen but only heard described by a 3rd party?
I'm getting excited over the game (star control) itself, I care more about the gameplay, not any specific rumored graphical achievements.
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News Comments > Starbound Sells 1M
23. Re: Starbound Sells 1M Jan 8, 2014, 01:50 Dev
Suppa7 wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 19:53:
What we're really seeing is a resurgance of games developers have always wanted to make but were denied by the suits. I personally wouldn't mind something well made by a dev team who understand the aspects of older games that got a bit played out due to lack of imaginative new things. But finding such game design geniuses and having them pull it off is extremely hard, it's trying to hit a target that few people can see.
I agree, and we are in a very exciting time for PC games, what with the indie resurgence steam has greatly helped bring on, and now crowdfunding like kickstarter to bring to life lifelong dreams of developers (such as wasteland 2, or many others). Thats part of why I've backed so many KS projects. Someday I dream of creating my own KS project, just need a good idea. Then again, even a average idea might work I mean come on, a creativity measuring device that got like 1000% funding and was just a glass jar with pencil sharpener in lid?
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Removes GFWL?
45. Re: Fallout 3 Removes GFWL? Jan 8, 2014, 00:52 Dev
As I recall, GFWL was basically entirely optional in FO3, unless you got the DLC through it.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 7, 2014, 23:54 Dev
Its just "Party" now? Is there a party in the house tonight?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: RE: Follow up Jan 7, 2014, 23:52 Dev
Beamer wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 23:41:
It's just that PC games aren't a huge slice of the market anymore.
I disagree. Generally speaking PC games match any other single platform, just take a look at EA's financials.

They may be a minority compared to all consoles together, that's true though.

And finally, we will hopefully get some good graphical advances with the new consoles coming out. Too long have obsolete consoles held back game development. Its gotten so I haven't had to upgrade for years, not even my graphics card.
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News Comments > SOE Going Forward With Unified Subscriptions
20. Re: SOE Going Forward With Unified Subscriptions Jan 7, 2014, 23:48 Dev
Ah, so instead of a kneejerk station cash change, they actually went and thought things through after the outcry and are doing what they should have done in the first place?  
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News Comments > More Steam Greenlights
2. Re: More Steam Greenlights Jan 7, 2014, 23:44 Dev
Cutter wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 23:41:
50 more "Buy Early Access" games right?
As long as valve doesn't have to do the tedious work in playing and deciding, they are fine with early access.

I wonder if any steam early access game has gone final yet.
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News Comments > December Steam Survey
7. Re: December Steam Survey Jan 5, 2014, 17:03 Dev
Domgrief wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 11:54:
Almost 20% of surveyed machines are Russian? That surprised me.
Why? Gabe has talked before about how they've been able to capitalize on the russian market when many other publishers didn't want to bother as much with it.
If you use the enhanced steam plugin for chrome, you can see the lowest worldwide prices on things in addition to your country, and it always tends to be lower in russia (even after exchange rate). Previously, many companies would saddle a russian release with tons of DRM. Steam makes it much more convenient, and valve has proven there's a market there.
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News Comments > Steam Family Sharing Tightened Up
14. Re: Steam Family Sharing Tightened Up Jan 5, 2014, 16:12 Dev
Oh holy crap! I didn't think about the VAC thing when sharing your games. Man you basically have to trust someone 100% that they won't totally screw you over if you are VAC responsible for all their decisions.

I think I'd just rather buy the game for the other person than risk my 1000+ games.
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
10. Re: Saturday Interviews Jan 5, 2014, 15:09 Dev
People need to trust the promise that youíre making, whether itís people who work here or your customers.
Great point Gabe! How about all those broken promises for L4D?

we donít track vacation time or sick time
That's something new I hadn't heard before. I mean its a logical extension of the whole flat management style, but I hadn't thought about that part of it.
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Jan 5, 2014, 01:18 Dev
Creston wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 01:10:
Wintyr wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 20:59:
BF4 Was not that bad a few tweeks on your pc end and installing the latest drivers helps. and i ran pretty fine. i know people that ran it without any probelms using newer hardware. the bugs are more an issue of all the crapy pc you all own thinking its the shiz. guess what its not and even ea and to inforce driver updating to make all of those whinning noobers updater there drivers to play the game bug free because they choose not to install up to date drivers sets for there pc. spyware and malware will also bug out your game. there are so manty outside issue you blame on EA/Dice the bugs in BattleField 4 and pretty superfical and realy were not that big of a deal in compared to many other release for pretty much and publisher/developer. there only end result dif is when more people buy you product you end up with more bugs. they coudl have tested the game for years and when they realsed it they would have still ran into bugs becaues of the shitty un kept pc matnice the general public and even some hardcore gamers and to dumb to fix on there own end.

Even hiring a decent shill who can speak proper English is beyond EA these days.
Hey a few "tweeks" of various substances and they can fake it to the interviewer, right?
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 5, 2014, 01:15 Dev
Ashley wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 10:31:
Beware of SD pre-orders.
Trust me, I pre-ordered Elemental.

It may be great, it may be buggy 90's era shareware looking pile o' poo.

I'll wait until it's out for awhile before even considering it.
I know. But for star control, I think I'd pre-order regardless
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News Comments > On Sale
21. Re: On Sale Jan 5, 2014, 01:10 Dev
El Pit wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 12:11:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 12:05:
Steam store down AGAIN!


Yep. Either Steam is too dumb to stop the script kiddies (whose parents should be sued to hell and back), or this is a bigger thing than we all thought.
Not really too dumb, just not willing to hire specialists in the field I think. If they aren't willing to hire the proper people for the right jobs (like security, or UI design), then they need to contract the stuff out.
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