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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Apr 21, 2012, 23:49 Kabuto
NKD wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 20:06:
You're better off pirating the game than buying it used from GameStop. Either way the developer doesn't see a cent, and if you pirate, you're not supporting GameStop's vampiric business practices.

This position ignores the fact that for GameStop to sell a used copy a new copy had to of first been bought and resold. No such requirement exists for pirated copies. It also ignores the likelihood that fewer new copies would be purchased if buyers were unable to trade or sell them at a later time.

Given GameStops thriving business model, clearly there is ample demand for both recouping part of the cost of purchasing a game, and buying discounted games. Until I see publishers actively addressing these issues, rather than simply throwing a hissy fit, they won't have my support in demonizing used game sales.

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News Comments > Crowdsourced Hardcore Tactical Shooter Becomes TAKEDOWN
8. Re: Crowdsourced Hardcore Tactical Shooter Becomes TAKEDOWN Mar 26, 2012, 23:21 Kabuto
I went ahead and kicked in $15.00. I would need more information about these investors and what their actual commitment is before I would be willing to up my contribution.  
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News Comments > Arma 3 Alpha Release Planned
1. Re: Arma 3 Alpha Release Planned Feb 24, 2012, 21:39 Kabuto
Sounds typical of a ArmA game, except this time I guess they aren't charging for the alpha testing.....  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Feb 19, 2011, 02:15 Kabuto
Civilization V is on sale at Green Man Gaming for $19.96 during the next 16 hours.
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 DLC Dead 2 PC
14. Re: Dead Space 2 DLC Dead 2 PC Jan 27, 2011, 00:35 Kabuto
StingingVelvet wrote on Jan 26, 2011, 23:20:

All the Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age DLC came to PC. Shit, even the Mirror's Edge DLC did. I am not saying EA are the best at supporting the PC versions of console-focused games mind you, I am just saying their recent support has been relatively good.

I read the original Dead Space sold like crap on the PC, so I am assuming this is about the market being too small more than anything. They contribute to the PC market being small by making the PC version less appealing though, certainly.

The post I responded to specifically mentioned the non-existent support for the first Dead Space, but despite that they still went ahead and purchased the sequel at launch for full price. As the saying goes fool me once....

With that being said, I agree that it's a slap in the face to their paying customers to not offer the same support and content across all platforms. The only recourse though is to not buy their products until they change their business practices.

This comment was edited on Jan 27, 2011, 00:46.
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 DLC Dead 2 PC
7. Re: Dead Space 2 DLC Dead 2 PC Jan 26, 2011, 21:58 Kabuto
Sempai wrote on Jan 26, 2011, 21:29:
I bought the PC Special Edition for $80 bucks.

Not ONE patch for the first Dead Space.


The problem is that you chose to pay full price knowing full well that EA has a history of not supporting the PC version of their games. In the future, don't support companies with poor business practices.
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News Comments > Direct2Drive Game Rentals
26. Re: Direct2Drive Game Rentals Jan 23, 2011, 01:19 Kabuto
I would have applauded this a few years back, but now that excellent deals offered through digital distribution services are the norm, $5 rentals seem pointless. The only way this new services makes sense for me as a consumer is if new titles are offered VERY quickly after release. Otherwise, I might as well wait for it to go on sale for $5-$10 and get the entire game.  
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Dec 23, 2010, 20:56 Kabuto
Amazon has a few really good deals going on right now:

Mafia 2 - $12.50
ArmA2: Combined Operations - $12.50
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat - $5.00

All of those are the cheapest I've seen yet.
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Dec 4, 2010, 04:23 Kabuto
The EA Store is having a buy 2 (or more) and get 50% off sale. Their latest releases are excluded though.

Is the DA:O expansion pack worth picking up for $7.50? Does it add anything worthwhile to the game?

What about Bad Company 2, is the SP only portion worth playing?
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News Comments > Op Ed
51. Re: Ars Technica - Buying used games Aug 27, 2010, 22:56 Kabuto
Ruffiana wrote on Aug 27, 2010, 20:42:

Movies have multiple revenue streams. If movies were only ever released on DVD direct to consumers then it would be an apt comparison, but by the time a movie reaches the home DVD ownership phase, it's already had a run in movie theaters and probably made a profit. It's been available on pay-per-view, and it's been on HBO/Showtime for a couple of months. Even after it's put onto a DVD and sold at Best Buy they can still make money from a film by licensing the rights to cable or network stations. Unlike games, movies have much more longevity. People will watch buy and a movie from decades ago.

Music has rapidly changed it's business model over the years to deal with digital format and ease of copying/distribution. Like films, a recording artist can bring in money from live venues and concerts (akin to movie theaters in being a unique, one time experience), album sales, individual track sales through iTunes, Amazon, etc...licensing of songs for use in film, television, or games. Like movies, music is ageless. People will buy music that they like and hold on to it. Unlike films or games, it takes far, far fewer people to produce a piece of the financial investment and risks are much lower.

As for books, it doesn't take multi-million dollar investments and huge teams of people to create a there is substantially less financial risk involved. There's also some value of a book associated with the physical good, the printed word on paper...and those goods do degrade over time. They grow musty, their spine gets broken, pages tear, print fades. Unlike a game, people are likely to hang on to a book for decades and re-read years, decades, or even centuries after they were written. Keep in mind that books in digital format is a fairly new industry, but it's already having an impact on retailers world-wide.

So while the formats of various media are similar their costs to produce and markets are radically different. Games really only have one market for making money, in a very limited time frame, and yet are still are on par with films in terms of cost to produce, market, and distribute. The reason you don't hear more from the film, music, or book industry about used sales is because it's just not cutting into their profitability in the same way...but that could very well change in the future.

You're arguing differences in business models, not fundamental differences in the products themselves.

As others have already suggested, if game publishers aren't able to survive with their current business models, then they should should probably explore other options, rather than complain about a long established consumer right.
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale Day 9
5. Re: Steam Summer Sale Day 9 Jul 2, 2010, 20:29 Kabuto
I picked up Borderlands, I couldn't pass it up for $10.00.

I'm considering buying Saints Row 2, but I've heard bad things about the PC port, particularly that the frame rate is terrible. Anyone have experience running it on a X4 955 w/ 8800GTS (G92)? I just want to know if it's at least playable before purchasing it.

Edit: Is any of the Borderland DLC worth buying for single player only?

This comment was edited on Jul 2, 2010, 20:55.
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
36. Re: Steam Sale Jun 24, 2010, 22:13 Kabuto
Is Space Rangers 2 worth picking up? How has the gameplay and graphics help up after 4 years?  
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jun 5, 2010, 03:51 Kabuto
Wow, SC2 is already being marked down to $10.00. I guess abandoning your user base by turning what was a unique RTS game into another C&C clone didn't pan out.
With that being said, for ten bucks I'll buy it and play through the SP campaign.
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale May 18, 2010, 20:21 Kabuto
Is the single player portion of Universe at War worth playing?  
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Apr 20, 2010, 00:18 Kabuto
It's downloading now.
Thanks guys.
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Apr 19, 2010, 23:37 Kabuto
Anyone have any experience with Men of War? Is it worth playing?  
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News Comments > Ubisoft: DRM "Vital" To PC Success
85. Re: Ubisoft: DRM Apr 17, 2010, 03:34 Kabuto
spindoctor wrote on Apr 16, 2010, 11:33:
gilly775 wrote on Apr 16, 2010, 10:15:
Really? Vital? And how come this DRM isn't vital to companies like StarDock and yet they are selling games well with no DRM???

Because Stardock games cost 20-50 times less to make and subsequently the sales required (and obtained) are significantly less? Half a million sales of a game is a success for Stardock. Half a million sales for the high budget games would result in the studio being shutdown and the employees being fired.

I doubt Ubisoft's PC only releases (Silent Hunter 5 and Settlers 7) had budgets 20-50 times that of Sins of a Solar Empire. And by the same token, I doubt Ubisoft is depending on PC sales to get their big budgets titles such as AC2 or SC:C in the black.

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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Apr 13, 2010, 20:39 Kabuto
It has nothing to do with the actual dollar amount, it's the perceived value that people are looking at.
If a publisher is going to charge 1/6th the price of the full game for a DLC pack, they better be offering roughly 1/6th the content of the full game, or many people will perceive the DLC to be lacking value.

I don't think most people believe that below some arbitrary dollar amount getting value back for their money stops being important.
If it were that way, grocery stores would never put anything on-sale. After all, who would care about saving 50 cents or a dollar on an item.
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News Comments > StarCraft II Monthly Fees in Russia
26. Re: StarCraft II Monthly Fees in Russia Apr 13, 2010, 20:02 Kabuto
As it stands, I don't have any problem with what they are doing. It makes sense to offer a less expensive legal alternative in markets rife with piracy. However, it does go to show that a lot of the hoopla about lost revenue due to piracy in their primary markets is often a lot of hot air. If it wasn't, why not use the same strategy in the US and Europe?

I thought blizzard already announced their plan to monetize bnet using a free to play system with paid "extras". I don't see why they would abandon that model before it even gets started.
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News Comments > Steam Top-Sellers
13. Re: Steam Top-Sellers Apr 12, 2010, 06:59 Kabuto
That makes as much sense as if I claimed the lack of AC2 and SH4 on the list proves people won't buy games with intrusive DRM.

What affect Ubisoft's decision to include such draconian DRM has had on sales is only known by those with access to total sales numbers and pre-release sales projections. Even then, it is difficult to factor why any product does better or worse than projections.
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