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Signed On Apr 26, 2011, 18:32
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
16. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 16:58 Primalchrome
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Sep 20, 2019, 14:38:
My point is that sharing GoG archival downloads can also be abused in the same way, but no one is screaming about that.
I understand what you're trying to say....but it's fundamentally different from piracy in that it has a legitimate and easily accessible means of trasnsfer. Why do *most* people pirate games/music/movies? Generally because it's easy, or at least easier than acquiring it legitimately. With CD/DVDs, you have to copy a physical item. Once imaged or with software, you have to establish a method of transfer. There are groups all over that have been doing this for 50 years.....but only select people either have the knowledge or will to go through the hoops.

Napster/Limewire comes along and piracy goes absolutely nuts. Why? Because it's easier than going to Kmart, buying a CD, taking it home, ripping it, and copying it onto your Rio. Once iTunes and other digital platforms were able to pry rights from the music industry.....legit sales. Because it was easy and accessible.

By allowing immediate and accessible resale of a non-degrading digital product it means you can have a single license turn around 10 times in a week. Meaning the publisher received one sale whereas it had ten consumed instances of the product. Single player games will be crushed by week one resales.

The easy way around it is >shiver< subscriptions or usage fees. Oooh, right, we need more lootboxes! Or maybe streaming is more to your liking?

Honestly, the easy thing to do would be for Steam to get with Publishers and Devs and put together a used-game storefront. Make it utter trash with a publisher's $10 license transfer fee that is tacked onto the transaction....then a dev license transfer fee of $50 and then a services fee for Valve of $10.
 
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
5. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 13:11 Primalchrome
 
>shrug< You guys can scream about corporate greed.....but they have good points. This isn't just about games....it's about music...movies...etc... Digital goods don't degrade, so by this ruling, you can resell them indefinitely with zero change in quality. So for something 'consumable', you play the game and sell it. New owner plays/sells/play/sells/play/sells. This won't be as painful to multiplayer games, but single player devs will see a drastic loss in revenue from lost sales....which means no more single player games. Or worse....Gaming as a Streaming Subscription across the board.

Someone needs to send GoG the memo that they are contributing to "the ease of reproduction allowed by the Internet". Those GoG guys are such assholes.
Uhm.....I'm not sure you understand how GoG works. No DRM doesn't mean 'hey yall, pirate all our shit'. It means, you have a non transferrable license and we don't punish you with DRM so that you can use it on your personal/family machines.
 
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News Comments > Best Games of the Century List
12. Re: Best Games of the Century List Sep 19, 2019, 13:49 Primalchrome
 
Acleacius wrote on Sep 19, 2019, 11:50:
Is Dark Souls really that good of a game? I thought it was basically a Boss Fight Arena Simulator, with no real story or character interaction.
Quite the contrary. While it is the most crisp combat game out there, there is an amazing depth to the lore and the story. The particularly impressive part is that it is never fed to the PC. It is all in the dialogue (bosses, NPCs, etc...) and item descriptions.

HalfLIfe 1 was released in 1998. This is supposed to be a list for 2000-2020.....not the 1900's.
 
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News Comments > Best Games of the Century List
1. Re: Best Games of the Century List Sep 19, 2019, 11:37 Primalchrome
 
Pretty fair list....almost all of them are strong contenders. I'm pleased to see Dark Souls and Bloodborne given their due. Kind of surprised that World of Warcraft isn't listed...

Legend of Zelda:BotW shouldn't be there, however. It is a relatively straightforward open world game with item degradation. Not sure that it brought anything new to the table other than a new Zelda game.

For similar reasons, not sure why GTA:V is on there. Maybe because of the online/roleplay aspect?
 
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News Comments > Discord Blowing Up Nitro Games Program
2. Re: Discord Blowing Up Nitro Games Program Sep 13, 2019, 11:43 Primalchrome
 
I was wondering why Discord and Twitch had subscription game programs....always struck me as a little out of place. What I don't understand is why I can't pay Nitro money for a more reliable/resources discord server?  
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Launch Trailer
4. Re: Borderlands 3 Launch Trailer Sep 9, 2019, 15:17 Primalchrome
 
Ayup. Looks like Borderlands! Looking forward to a few key reviewers and some let's plays....  
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News Comments > Cyberpunk 2077 Getting Post-Release Multiplayer & Free DLC
24. Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Getting Post-Release Multiplayer & Free DLC Sep 4, 2019, 17:51 Primalchrome
 
Hm. I wonder if there are any real numbers indicating whether multiplayer or modding tools gives more bang for the buck in game longevity/revenue.

Either way, I'd love so see some jolly co-op in Cyberpunk 2077 and the Witcher 4.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Will Offer PC Preloads
21. Re: Borderlands 3 Will Offer PC Preloads Sep 4, 2019, 17:49 Primalchrome
 
Sepharo wrote on Sep 4, 2019, 13:46:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 4, 2019, 11:09:
Verno wrote on Sep 4, 2019, 08:08:
Preloads are a good thing so kudos to them.
You know that, I know that, but the irrational hate for this storefront continues unabated.

You see people hating that they can now do a preload as expected?
Nah, he's upset that we're not throwing a parade because Yugo is putting speakers and a cassette deck in their new 2019 hatchback. Trophies for everyone!
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft: Steam Business Model "Unrealistic"
24. Re: Ubisoft: Steam Business Model Aug 28, 2019, 16:03 Primalchrome
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 28, 2019, 14:05:
ftfy
a store is a store is a store on the internet
I know you get a lot of enjoyment from trolling anything that brings up Steam, but let's be honest with the fact that this is highly simplistic. Steam isn't just a 'store'....nor is it just a 'gaming platform' or 'community' or 'form of social media' or 'centralized content manager', etc... Steam and GoG have provided more value add to consumers than any other 'store' out there.. Where else do you have a form of community curated free mods and content? Native DualShock4 support? Linux/WINE resources? VR (well, there is the Occulus store)? Fully integrated friends/messaging/streaming/forums? etc?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2019, 17:54 Primalchrome
 
"Disney is about to join the party, and they don't mess around.
I know that Mickey is their main mascot, but man, they are much more of a Thanos kind of character."

Haven't been too impressed with any of the newer Star Wars movies. The latest Trilogy is just a recycled mess and feels like a cheap cash grab. Solo was too clean. Rogue One was decent, thanks to Alan Tudyk. This will be the first Star Wars 'series' movie that I won't see at the theater...and one of the few I didn't see opening night.
 
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News Comments > Remnant: From the Ashes Released
4. Re: Remnant: From the Ashes Released Aug 20, 2019, 12:40 Primalchrome
 
Loving this game. Feels like Dark Souls with guns.....albeit, a piss-poor Dark Souls with guns. Fair warning, all of the balance in this game seems to be totally biased toward 2 or more players in co-op. Solo is totally doable in the normal areas with a little situational awareness, but the boss fights are utter nightmares. And not Dark Souls nightmares where all you have to do is git gud....nightmares in that their version of balance is 'swamp them with minions and artificial task loading'.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 16, 2019, 13:02 Primalchrome
 
Right there with you, Blue. When you total the hours many people sit in a chair for work or entertainment....the investment in a good chair makes perfect sense. At least that was the conclusion I came to after hitting 40 and having lower back issues. Good chair and exercise made all the difference.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2019, 11:17 Primalchrome
 
I think the current Spiderman series is the best of them....but MJ should have shock red hair.  
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News Comments > No Borderlands 3 Preloads
11. Re: No Borderlands 3 Preloads Aug 13, 2019, 15:07 Primalchrome
 
I wonder if Epic is doing this on purpose? Maybe they have a new on-demand architecture in place that will scale with the day of release traffic?

Regardless, it would have been nice for people with slower connections to have the option of preloading in the days before release so that they would be able to play on the day of purchase.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
39. Re: Op Ed Aug 7, 2019, 21:05 Primalchrome
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 7, 2019, 17:13:
However, for third party titles, Steam is by far the dominant force.
Totally agree. It is a powerhouse. Monopoly...not so.
Show me a third party PC game that launched on platforms other than Steam that was successful.
Rimworld? Fantasy Grounds? Dwarf Fortress? Tabletop Simulator? Warframe? Path of Exile? The Witcher 3? World of Tanks? League of Legends? Mechwarrior Online? ...those are just the ones I see referenced on my desktop at a quick skim. (I'm assuming they qualify with your stated criteria)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Aug 7, 2019, 15:33 Primalchrome
 
Great post stryer, while I disagree with part of your take...I respect it. Well thought out and reasonable. I'd say leave these two words out :
thestryker wrote on Aug 7, 2019, 14:17:
de-facto
monopoly
Because neither is applicable and detracts from an otherwise strong stance. Steam is neither a dejure or defacto monopoly. It's not even fair to say it is part of an oligopoly.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Aug 7, 2019, 13:05 Primalchrome
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 7, 2019, 12:44:
Yeah no. They have done quite a bit that is dishonorable. That it isn't illegal is enough for you. That's fine. You are entitled to your opinion.
I'm not sure that I would say that Epic has done anything dishonorable. The Devs/Publishers that have renegged on promises are the only 'dishonorable' parties. Epic is just trying to float their entry into the market with Fortnite cash.....which if you truly believe in capitalism or are a Republican....is 100% righteous and what they should be doing. The consumer does not matter...all that matters is corporate profitability. (not throwing shade, it is well established that capitalism=US right, consumer rights=euro socialist left)

Me, I think it's poor consumer relations and a substandard product not worth my time. Spending money there is rewarding said behavior and lowering the expectations of quality for the market as a whole...in exchange for shiny and circuses. I'll stick with GoG and Steam for 90% of my purchases because they deliver the products, service, and experience that I seek. Hopefully Galaxy 2.0 simplifies everything even more.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Amara Trailer
6. Re: Borderlands 3 Amara Trailer Aug 6, 2019, 14:43 Primalchrome
 
This....does not look good. It feels like some weak cliche rather than the wild over the top parody BL1 & 2 pulled off. Even worse, the images that have leaked for Lilith and Mad Moxxie look like they were modelled by a drunken intern.

This could be worse than the Prequel.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Delayed Again; Epic Games Store Exclusive
31. Re: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Delayed Again; Epic Games Store Exclusive Jul 26, 2019, 09:46 Primalchrome
 
Overon wrote on Jul 26, 2019, 00:02:
They were selling $500 golden skinned Mechs in Mechwarrior Online, for the whales/super whales.
It's so amusing how people love to bring this up. Skins, mounts, effects, and 'rare' digital products are a staple of MMOs that sell content rather than subscriptions....the Golden Mechs were no different. It allowed them to tap the whale market. Path of Exile (probably the best f2p MMO) sells overpriced geegaws. The space game that shall not be named is selling ships for multiple times that amount. AND THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE A GAME YET! Just chuckle and be thankful for those whales that are funding my free to play spree... Who the hell cares?

I'll tell you who cares.... The whiny bitches that couldn't afford it, but some little corner of their soul that looks like Smeagol craved the goldenses mechses.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Delayed Again; Epic Games Store Exclusive
9. Re: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Delayed Again; Epic Games Store Exclusive Jul 25, 2019, 16:27 Primalchrome
 
I think this is more PGI trying to keep the lights on and make payroll more than a cash grab. You gotta keep paying the bills when you push release dates multiple times. Given the choice between taking out a loan and getting an infusion from Epic.... >shrug<

So it will (hopefully) mean the game is released in a finished state and PGI keeps the doors open, but I wonder if the loss of exposure will result in less overall profit in the long term. PGI isn't the most...ah...savvy when it comes to community management, and that's even after considering that they're dealing with one of the more volatile communities in gaming.

EDIT : Thought of something else....one of the big things I was looking forward to with MW5 was modding and Workshop support. Where is that, now?
 
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