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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
27. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 19:46 Rilcon
 
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 20, 2019, 19:33:
If this were to hold, I suspect many companies in this realm would simply stop doing business in France. Go back 20 years, many companies wouldn't work with other countries until they got copyright protections, this is just going back to that point. France will most likely cave wanting those tax dollars back in the end, we'll see.

You can't regionlock inside the EU; a publisher can't sell in Germany or Italy but exclude France, it's all or nothing.
 
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
24. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 19:01 Rilcon
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 20, 2019, 18:40:
How much did EA make last year? Ubisoft? Activision? Oh yeah, they're barely scraping by. Oh yeah, and game prices for new triple A titles here are $80 on average with CE's surpassing $130 so yeah, they are keeping up with inflation. Jesus, are some of you seriously crying for how hard done by assholes like Bobby Nodick would be?



Big publishers generally make a only profit on a minority of the titles they invest in, and these days most of that profit does indeed come from collector's editions, DLC, season passes, etc. and not the title itself, because even with sales expectations big games are sold at a loss.

And the vast, vast majority of the industry is not these big players, it's third parties going with minor publishers and wholly independent studios going alone; if they're very lucky, they have some money from a previous successful project... chances are they don't, and in any case the cost of development just increases year by year over whatever they could have made before.

But that doesn't matter, what matters is that all games should be cheap and if you don't like it after putting 6 hours into it, you should be able to get 80% of your money back, right?
 
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
18. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 17:58 Rilcon
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 20, 2019, 17:22:
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 20, 2019, 16:57:
This sort of thing simply can’t happen without completely wrecking every digital industry. You aren’t reselling a physical item, where wear and tear make it worth less than a new one. The laws regarding your ability to resell an item weren’t designed for things that don’t degrade.
If this sort of law passed in a country, that country would find itself suddenly unable to access digital content at ALL. Companies like EA would rather lose sales to one or a couple countries than suffer the insane losses from people buying and reselling games endlessly.
It’s one thing to say “I want to be able to resell this thing I bought” and another entirely to say “I want this company to assist me in selling this thing I bought, which absolutely won’t benefit them in any way whatsoever”. A new copy will always sell for more than a used one, which means a smaller cut all around for devs and Steam. Why would they have ANY interest in helping YOU get paid so they can make LESS?

Hogwash! The product still ages. Are you going to pay $50 for a 20 year old game that millions of people are reselling for a buck or two? It's no different then what Gamestop was doing with physical media for a decade. Everybody has a limit to what they think something is worth. It's zero different from waiting for a sale except this actually empowers the consumer and forces the publishers into an actual free capital market. Want to make a sale? Better lower the price in that case.

We've been getting screwed on game pricing since day one. Someone arbitrarily decided games should sell for $60 and that's pretty much what's it's always been. And then the bastards decided to screw people over even more with regional pricing. This industry has been making money hand over fist for decades now. And it's been at the expense of the consumer. So no, it won't wreck the digital industry it'll finally make them treat consumers fairly.

lmao

Game prices are far lower than they should be, they've been kept at a mythical $60 for two decades out of fear of angering fickle consumers, which has just been pushing publishers to invest in DLC, season passes, microtransactions, lootboxes, online features, etc. to boost returns on successful games for when the equally expensive to produce failures happen. Meanwhile indie companies just die left and right it's 1348.

Game development is hilariously expensive while what it produces is sold for pennies. Compare the ROI a consumer gets from a movie ticket vs what they get from your average game, where the cost to produce is similar or higher.

But all people see is the ignominy of having to pay money for something that isn't tangible, and since it isn't tangible it just doesn't have value.

Coming soon, Steam Premium, pay $5 a month for a subscription service that lets you buy and play games from major participating publishers. Major players keep themselves safe from resells eating away their sales, while indies get screwed as usual.
 
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
13. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 16:10 Rilcon
 
And this is how all those subscription services will win: large games will simply not be sold except as barebones where most of the content will be tied to an online account or "season pass", smaller games will be available only as part of subscription access.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Save Game Issue Hotfix
4. Re: Borderlands 3 Save Game Issue Hotfix Sep 17, 2019, 11:35 Rilcon
 
Had similar happen to me on Uplay 2-3 years ago with the last Splinter Cell; my connection dropped during gameplay and it stopped doing cloud saves for a week. Eventually it turned itself back on (on starting upplay again, I guess) and wiped half a dozen hours of progress.

Never did finish that game.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3's Successful, Buggy Launch
21. Re: Borderlands 3's Successful, Buggy Launch Sep 14, 2019, 21:30 Rilcon
 
necrosis wrote on Sep 14, 2019, 15:55:
Rilcon wrote on Sep 14, 2019, 13:44:
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 14, 2019, 13:34:
So to fix Borderlands 3 you need to get rid of Epic Game Store?
Does EGS actually let you kill it while playing? Wish I could do that with every launcher; Ubi's I think lets you close it but keeps some process running, Origin and Blizzard I remember would kill the game, and Steam might be game dependent based on using Steamworks DRM, but since most do I haven't bothered testing, and nor have I tried for Bethesda's.

GoG's the only (other?) one that just lets me play my damned game...
Battlenet can close after the game launches. Has been able to for years. In fact there is a option for bnet to close when the game launches in the options.

Something I wish more clients had.

Also what issues with BL3? Been watching tons on streamers and none of them have had issues.

Oh. Killing Battlenet killed Overwatch back when I played early after release, but that was two-ish years ago and I didn't exactly "test" it. Apart from a free copy of the latest codblops it's also the only thing I have on there...
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3's Successful, Buggy Launch
2. Re: Borderlands 3's Successful, Buggy Launch Sep 14, 2019, 13:44 Rilcon
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 14, 2019, 13:34:
So to fix Borderlands 3 you need to get rid of Epic Game Store?
Does EGS actually let you kill it while playing? Wish I could do that with every launcher; Ubi's I think lets you close it but keeps some process running, Origin and Blizzard I remember would kill the game, and Steam might be game dependent based on using Steamworks DRM, but since most do I haven't bothered testing, and nor have I tried for Bethesda's.

GoG's the only (other?) one that just lets me play my damned game...
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Released
47. Re: Retro Dust II Map Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Counter-Strike Sep 13, 2019, 16:33 Rilcon
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 16:20:
Flatline wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 16:04:
Kxmode wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 15:31:
Customer: This looks exciting. I'd like to join the party!
2K/Gearbox: Show us your ticket.
*Customer shows a Steam ticket*
2K/Gearbox: Hahahaha. That's rich. Come back in a year. You can't join THIS party.
Customer:

No PC gamer should be okay with this blocked-off access level BS.

That is a *terrible* analogy.
"I want into the big concert"
"let's see your ticket"
"Here is my ticket to another concert"
"You need the right ticket to get in."
"Whaaaaah! I paid good money for this other ticket!"

Steam ticket? FFS the whining here is reaching critical mass.

It meant a year ago it didn't matter WHAT ticket you had because the game was available wherever because third-party exclusives didn't exist. "Tickets please" is something Epic created.

My analogy is perfect for the point expressed.
You have to pay for tickets to have them, and usually wait in line to get them before waiting in line to get on the ride.

I can understand people being pissy because they bought a "Steam ticket" and now they have to go to another "EGS line" with sticky popcorn on the floor to get on the same exact ride, but that doesn't apply to Borderlands 3, there was never "Steam ticket" to buy in the first place.


Also, something something Linux vs Windows gaming on PC.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Released
28. Re: Borderlands 3 Released Sep 13, 2019, 14:36 Rilcon
 
Darks wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 14:35:
Rilcon wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 14:27:
Icewind wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 14:22:
"but no one gets mad when a game is exclusive to steam!"

Yeah, because Steam doesn't make a publisher go exclusive to them. Any publisher can take their game to GOG, or Windows Store, or itch.io, or whatever. Steam doesn't dangle money in front of a dev and tell them "If you take this you can't go anywhere else"

In your defense of Epic Game Store, I'd like you folks to be a little less facetious.

How are they making publishers do anything? Epic isn't the mafia, where saying "no" means they'll shoot your dog.

Besides, it's not like Valve doesn't have a history of buying up studios/projects at the 11th hour to make them Steam exclusive.

Hmm, sounds like someone been smoking to much dickweed.

Can you explain what you mean? Or are you just being insulting?
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Released
24. Re: Borderlands 3 Released Sep 13, 2019, 14:27 Rilcon
 
Icewind wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 14:22:
"but no one gets mad when a game is exclusive to steam!"

Yeah, because Steam doesn't make a publisher go exclusive to them. Any publisher can take their game to GOG, or Windows Store, or itch.io, or whatever. Steam doesn't dangle money in front of a dev and tell them "If you take this you can't go anywhere else"

In your defense of Epic Game Store, I'd like you folks to be a little less facetious.

How are they making publishers do anything? Epic isn't the mafia, where saying "no" means they'll shoot your dog.

Besides, it's not like Valve doesn't have a history of buying up studios/projects at the 11th hour to make them Steam exclusive.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Released
15. Re: Borderlands 3 Released Sep 13, 2019, 13:51 Rilcon
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 12:40:
While I'm not about to go around the internet rating BL3 0/10, I feel like they should incur some kind of backlash for being EGS exclusive. I skimmed a few of the "professional" reviews and none of them even mentioned EGS. They should definitely mention it at the very least.
That'd be a bit like giving a Chic-fil-A sandwich a bad rating because the chain's owner is apparently a hardcore christian. If I want a review on a product I want the review on the product, without bias because of something potentially problematic someone related to it may have done. Mentioning, sure I guess, but for what's supposed to be a "score" of a thing's quality, no.

Besides, think of what will happen if that's considered normal; you'll get garbage reviewed highly because the creator's a swell lad that saved a kitten from a tree. Also known as AssCreed Unity reverse-review bombing...
 
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News Comments > Initial Borderlands 3 Reviews Will be U.S. Only
6. Re: Initial Borderlands 3 Reviews Will be U.S. Only Sep 8, 2019, 13:32 Rilcon
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 8, 2019, 11:44:
Security concerns? Yeah, right. No hacking/cracking groups in the U.S. Only in the stinking old world. What, you want facts to support this? You need no stinking facts, all you got to do is shout "YOU ASS EY!" until you almost suffocate and the lack of oxygene will give your brain all the facts you need to understand! Now go and waterboard yourself, kid!
The marketing agency they use to send out review codes probably had a leak on their European side of things before and they don't want to risk it with a title like this before they find out exactly who, I guess.
 
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News Comments > Alec Holowka Dead
19. Re: No Man's Sky NEXT Adds Multiplayer in July Sep 1, 2019, 16:09 Rilcon
 
007Bistromath wrote on Sep 1, 2019, 15:08:
Rilcon wrote on Sep 1, 2019, 14:14:
I would however suggest reading the post about the allegations made by a Night in the Woods codeveloper that knew and worked with the guy for over half a decade:

https://www.reddit.com/r/NightInTheWoods/comments/cxqjp8/end_of_summer_backer_update/
I read this stuff earlier, and it really puts #MeToo and Zoe and a whole bunch of other stuff into a new context for me. Holowka seems to have been the kind of crazy that spends their life in and out of mutually abusive relationships, which is very common among artists. Not a villain or a victim, just a complete trainwreck of a person. I wonder how much of the moral panic and culture war surrounding these issues only exist because we have media that records and publicizes peoples' lives in far greater detail than is proper.

There are also actual sociopaths that hide among these troubled people, and take advantage of them. Often times, even when you're close to them, it's impossible to know which is which. I've felt pretty certain before, and feel it's still pretty likely, that Zoe Quinn is one of those. But how can I know? How can I know Holowka wasn't?

This shit shouldn't be a matter of public argument. Nobody has the truth.
There is definitely something "not normal" about most of the people these sort of dramas involve; maybe I'm just a potato surrounded by other potatoes, but the amount of "drama" that any one of these Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, indie game dev, etc. people go through in a single year exceeds what I or anyone I know goes through in their entire lives.

I'd usually just blame "social media", but that really can't be all there is to it, and I'm sure this isn't new. Just now instead of "crazy cousin Jerry" being someone you only experience on big family dinners, all the Jerrys now have social media accounts all of us can spectate in morbid fascination, especially when they start interacting with each other.


Sorry to any Jerrys out there.
 
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News Comments > Alec Holowka Dead
11. Re: Alec Holowka Dead Sep 1, 2019, 14:14 Rilcon
 
Overon wrote on Sep 1, 2019, 14:01:
Was there any other evidence for the alleged sexual assaults besides the typical he said/she said?

I can see that this guy had a lot of problems and this probably just was the straw that broke the camel's back.
If you mean video evidence or pictures of blood splatter or something like that, then no.

I would however suggest reading the post about the allegations made by a Night in the Woods codeveloper that knew and worked with the guy for over half a decade:

https://www.reddit.com/r/NightInTheWoods/comments/cxqjp8/end_of_summer_backer_update/
 
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News Comments > Alec Holowka Dead
8. Re: Alec Holowka Dead Sep 1, 2019, 13:38 Rilcon
 
Icewind wrote on Sep 1, 2019, 13:22:
blabla
I saw what you posted in the other thread; the industry is better off without you.
 
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News Comments > Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Abuse Allegation
101. Re: Re: Re: Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Assault Allegation Aug 31, 2019, 18:26 Rilcon
 
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/08/31/night-in-the-woods-developer-accused-of-sexual-assault-dies

Alec Holowka appears to have committed suicide.
 
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News Comments > More Assault Stories
22. Re: More Assault Stories Aug 30, 2019, 18:29 Rilcon
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Aug 30, 2019, 10:17:
NKD wrote on Aug 30, 2019, 10:10:
* SUPER MEGA REMOVED *

Ok this made me LOL!

I don't even know what he posted but *SUPER MEGA REMOVED* is just hilarious.

So we have another one coming out which is now starting to gain momentum.. get your popcorn.
On a scale of "oof" to "yikes", it was a solid "how do I block people on this site?".

Also the air popper came. I need to build some makeshift guard because popped corn keeps bouncing out of the bowl and into the nether lands after being forcefully ejected from the Vortex of Hell.
 
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News Comments > More Assault Stories
14. removed Aug 30, 2019, 07:09 Rilcon
 
* REMOVED *
This comment was deleted on Aug 30, 2019, 08:54.
 
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News Comments > Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Abuse Allegation
47. Re: Re: Re: Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Assault Allegation Aug 29, 2019, 08:08 Rilcon
 
I bought an air popper because of this thread, should be arriving tomorrow. Excited.  
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News Comments > Metro Exodus: The Two Colonels Released
12. Re: Metro Exodus: The Two Colonels Released Aug 21, 2019, 10:23 Rilcon
 
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 09:58:
So as someone who played maybe an hour of the first game (but also owns the second) should I hop to and get these games done?
Maybe? If you like FPSs where screwing can cost you a reload 10 minutes down the line and you inch your way through most encounters, it's fun. Also pretty atmospheric, so playing slow isn't that annoying because it's at least pretty.

It's as far removed from something like Rage 2 as possible while still technically being in the same genre and dealing with a post-apocalypse.

The story does continue through the three games, so starting at Exodus would be pretty confusing.
 
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