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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jan 11, 2013, 05:16 .Drifter
Throwing out online sales, and not counting Steam, kind of keeps him from proving his assertion, seeing as how he doesn't have all the data to make it with.
About all he ends up proving is that retail sales and revenue are down, which I can believe since most of the games I purchase are either from Amazon or via Steam/GoG.

As for software companies making a good bit on 1.00 games and free to play with in app purchases . . . I don't know I agree with that one either.
I've read quite a few stories about several iOS and Android app makers selling these cheap/free apps and barely scraping by.

This comment was edited on Jan 11, 2013, 05:27.
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News Comments > WoW 5.2 Preview
3. Re: WoW 5.2 Preview Dec 23, 2012, 01:10 .Drifter
Looking through the notes, there seemed to be quite a few of what appeared to be buffs to me.  
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News Comments > Asheron's Call 2 Returns
12. Re: Asheron's Call 2 Returns Dec 14, 2012, 20:08 .Drifter
I remember one of my early experiences in the AC2 beta . . .

From what I can remember, water was not yet deadly, and there had been the ability to kill MOBs from in the water, and they wouldn't enter, so you were able to attack with impunity. I even remember being able to swim across huge areas of water to areas of the map you should not be able to get to, higher level areas, that you could then tie to.
At that point, you would attack a high level critter, die, restore at the tie point and run back to attack again. It would take a while, but when you killed the higher level critter finally, you'd level up. Yeah, it was an exploit, and people used it to level rapidly.
Turbine's response?
Make water slowly kill you when you entered.
Starter area became a death trap, since there was a stream to cross, and people were dieing, cussing, and carrying on until the updated the game. Took me several attempts to cross the stream and not die, to continue the starting area, lol.
Ah, fun times . . .
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News Comments > The Secret World F2P Plans?
5. Re: The Secret World F2P Plans? Dec 11, 2012, 02:58 .Drifter
Hellbinder wrote on Dec 11, 2012, 01:51:
This game was built and advertized as FTP for at least 2 years before the sudden change to pay to play one year from release.

The whole thing stinks to high heaven as far as i am concerned.


You know, I keep reading this and yet I can never remember Funcom stating that TSW was going to be free to play at launch.
This goes all the way back to . . . what was it, 2009, when they had that "which secret society are you" gimmick on their website.
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News Comments > NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes
19. Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Dec 7, 2012, 20:36 .Drifter
I think Jivaro sums up what a lot of the community is feeling pretty well.

My thinking is that NCSoft will, say 6 to 8 months down the road, announce City of Heroes 2.
It'll be a free to play, made by a Korean development team on the cheap, and will be an Unreal Engine 3 based repaint of Lineage 2, except with super heroes.
It will have 4 heads, 8 hairdos, 10 different costumes that can be combined in three different sections (legs, torso, head), power sets based on repainted versions of the Lineage 2 classes, and it will have nothing to do with the original game.
Within a year or less, it will close, and they will wonder why.
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News Comments > NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes
16. Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Dec 6, 2012, 19:11 .Drifter
NewMaxx wrote on Dec 6, 2012, 17:10:
Ceribaen wrote on Dec 6, 2012, 13:00:
The other component was that there may be some eastern corporate world politics going on that we just don't have a view on, and CoX was a casualty of that.

Strategic vision takes on new meaning with Eastern politics. It's not enough to maintain a profit, one must consistently find growth. Now clearly Sony doesn't have this with say, Pirates of the Burning Sea, so why do they maintain it? It is because they want to retain the IP (or the license to publish it) and the (relatively decent) crew that runs it, but more importantly they want the corporate image of being family-friendly and reliable. The actual bottom line is a drop in the bucket for them, so clearly they put greater value on goodwill, possibly to repair their currently negative image.

NCSoft puts this up against DCUO and CO, looks at the tired, remaining team, as well as their overall portfolio, and even as a company with less of an appetite than Sony the politics simply say that there is little value in keeping that playerbase. Most likely they are gunning for a Perfect World+1 market (a step up), like Turbine's and Sony's and Funcom's, rather than PW's, and in their opinion CoH had leaned closer to the latter. So in a way it is still about image, just from a different angle.

MMO's (especially F2P's) are quickly becoming more about that than the profit, but people seems to have an issue seeing that clearly. There's a lot of value to be had in branding, goodwill, market presence, etc., and as MMO's get cheaper to maintain (as many said in this very thread) this is going to become more common, kind of like a toy in your breakfast cereal box. Their money is better spent on producing something like that than relying on a last-gen MMO that had an entirely different goal.

CoH was about the only game that NC Soft had that got rather consistent good word of mouth, had a good image with the community due the developers open channels of communications, and hasn't been considered a failure after launch.
Contrast that to most of the other games they've come out with in the past few years, other than Guild Wars, that have been anything but successful, well thought of games.
Tired game or not, it was able to maintain a core player base willing to consistently put down regular amounts of money to keep their game running, and all this went on with no real advertising budget to bring in new players, so contrast this to DCUO and CO which have few of the people that were playing it at launch still playing the game. Throwing away a player base like that, and then telling them and everyone else to try the martial arts themed game you're bringing over from Korea, where apparently it's not doing too well, doesn't seem like a very good financial or image decision.
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News Comments > NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes
14. Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Dec 6, 2012, 16:18 .Drifter
Ceribaen wrote on Dec 6, 2012, 13:00:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 6, 2012, 11:41:
Jivaro wrote on Dec 6, 2012, 11:32:
Wait, what does Perfect World have to do with it? Does Cryptic still have some kind of say in the CoX franchise?

Was about to say, CoX was run by Paragon Studios, which was the majority of the Cryptic crew that created it, and Cryptic sold it/left it and went with Atari until it was sold to Perfect Worlds.

That being said, I wouldn't mind Perfect World buying it and updating the engine to Champions Online/Star Trek Online's.

Not sure if it was posited here or on Ars. But the rumour was that something with the way the sales/split originally happened, PWE actually owns some aspect of the rights to the CoX IP. There was a licensing agreement in place but it just expired, and since PWE has their own competing product -- weren't going easy on NCSoft for re-licensing it. So NCSoft cut their losses and closed up shop on CoX.

The other component was that there may be some eastern corporate world politics going on that we just don't have a view on, and CoX was a casualty of that.

That rumor was debunked by Cryptic about a month ago, said they had nothing to do with the closure, nor did Perfect World.
As for the 80 employees, well there was a posting somewhere that NC Soft had them working on a secret new MMORPG but canceled it, and several/maybe half of their employees were on the new game.
I would post a link to the forum post but NC Soft shut the site down faster than you could blink.
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News Comments > NCsoft Seattle "Realignment"
14. Re: NCsoft Seattle Dec 5, 2012, 02:30 .Drifter
Rumor I heard was that they were trying to either divest themselves of their American developers, or possibly absorb them, lay off all the American workers, then run them out of Korea.
Not sure how that would work with Arena Net though . . .

Then again, this could just be a rumor started by disgruntled CoH fans . . . of which I'm kinda one.
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News Comments > On Sale
19. Re: On Sale Nov 20, 2012, 03:00 .Drifter
Two, maybe three times, they've tried the fan made campaigns. Never were any released.
And for the load times of the original, yeah, programming error. Later patches really sped it up. Still never was as fast as some games though.
As for Emergence, I don't remember any game breaking bugs, but there were some performance issues if I remember right, based on the earlier version of the Source engine used, mainly stuttering and sound glitches.
Well, unless you're talking about the pirated version. I seem to remember Ritual posting that the majority of their support requests were for the leaked, pirated version.
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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Nov 19, 2012, 01:11 .Drifter
Jerykk wrote on Nov 18, 2012, 21:32:
Prez wrote on Nov 18, 2012, 15:48:
nin wrote on Nov 18, 2012, 15:21:
"Launches the new era of episodic gaming."

Shame Sin couldn't get a break.

Everyone buy it again so we can get an episode 2!

Sadly, Ritual is dead. There will never be another Sin game. Not even sure who owns the IP now. Probably Activision, which means that Sin is definitely dead.

Apparently MumboJumbo games owns the SiN IP. Dude that owned (maybe still owns) MumboJumbo used to be the CEO of Ritual, and left to start mumbojumbo. When Ritual started to fall apart after SiN episode 1 was released, he bought them out and got all their IP.
And, from what I remember, the reason they folded was due to a couple things. First was that while SiN ep 1 earned back more than what it cost to make it, it didn't cover the cost to develop the second episode, and the game that was to make up the difference was a third party one, but the deal fell through, and Ritual was no more. Now, it's been a while, but I think that's what I read about it from one of the ex-Ritual employees.

Oh, and:
Acleacius wrote on Nov 18, 2012, 17:25:
Grabbed SIN, it's defiantly worth $2.50, if they removed that shitty ass release drm.

What DRM? From what I remember, the original game did a disk check, but that was patched out ages ago.
Unless by DRM you mean Steam?
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News Comments > Authenticator Class Action Suit
30. Re: Authenticator Class Action Sui Nov 9, 2012, 17:18 .Drifter
Draugr wrote on Nov 8, 2012, 23:36:
Tomas wrote on Nov 8, 2012, 22:51:
I get more Blizzard spam than any other type which is pretty impressive. That said, I find it rather ridiculous that I'm expected to buy a special device to protect my accounts. I can see it being necessary for WoW as it's an online only game, but for Diablo III that just doesn't make sense. I mean, I just want to play with my buddies on the LAN. Oh, wait...

So lame, obnoxious joking aside, I was pretty ticked when I saw all the account theft going on with D3, and when I was pretty much told to buy a device to secure my account that was kind of like getting kicked in the jimmy. I was under the impression that you couldn't use your cell phone for D3...did that change or was I just fed bad informatio

Yeah, if there is a piece of hardware (or complimenting software) that is essentially mandatory, I expect them to provide it.

They don't sell Guitar Hero without the toy guitar, if this is their solution for security that's fine, but they should do something to make sure it is widely implemente

Actually, they do sell Guitar Hero without the toy guitar. Have for years.
As for, authenticator isn't really required and if you want one, it is free. For both Android and iOS devices.
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News Comments > Rhode Island Sues Schilling and Others over 38 Studios Deal
7. Re: Rhode Island Sues Schilling and Others over 38 Studios Deal Nov 1, 2012, 22:12 .Drifter
Flatline wrote on Nov 1, 2012, 21:38:
It's not a matter of "needing" money, it's a matter of "If we don't get this money we go away" desperation. Which means that if the EDC is legit in this case, 38 studios said "We're doing fine, but with this money we could expand, bring on more people, and make more/bigger games".

But it sounds like it's possible that 38 studios was sending graft back to the EDC. Which again would answer your question.

"Hey, I need money. Say 70 million. Give us a loan for 75 and 5 of it will get 'reinvested in the community' if you know what I mean."

So, basically, they didn't need to expand . . . but if they did expand, they would need money to do it?

My point was, basically, $75 million is a LOT of money to borrow in a "just because it's useful to have" sense. I find it highly doubtful no one would have been suspicious.
This isn't like me going up to a friend and saying "Hey man, I'm doing fine, but with $20 thousand I could be doing better, ha ha."
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News Comments > Rhode Island Sues Schilling and Others over 38 Studios Deal
3. Re: Rhode Island Sues Schilling and Others over 38 Studios Deal Nov 1, 2012, 20:47 .Drifter
They didn't realize they were borrowing money because they needed money . . .
I find that hard to believe. If you didn't need money, why would you be borrowing it? Especially $75 million?

Now if they were asking for a spare quarter in case the vending machine down the hall ate theirs, I could see them not thinking they needed the money, but to ask someone for $75 million, but not because you need it?
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Nov 1, 2012, 01:04 .Drifter
Steazy wrote on Oct 31, 2012, 20:30:
I find it pretty disgusting that this is just now getting put into place. I had naively assumed this had been in place since, well, the first cell phone was sold. Makes sense though, carriers make a lot of money from people paying off-contract rates to replace stolen phones, and also make money from providing service to the stolen phones.

If anyone still thought capitalism was good for society... I see this has AT&T, Verizon, et. al. having stolen millions of dollars from their customers for years and now begrudgingly complying with an extremely reasonable request after ignoring it for years. Fuck those assholes.

Actually, there did used to be a stolen cell phone database at ATT Wireless.
Not ATT of today, post Cingular buyout, but the original ATT Wireless.
For TDMA phones.
Never was carried over to the GSM ones.
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News Comments > Loot Drop Drops Kickstarter
41. Re: Loot Drop Drops Kickstarter Oct 24, 2012, 01:38 .Drifter
Julio wrote on Oct 23, 2012, 05:07:
Zanderat1 wrote on Oct 22, 2012, 23:50:
But that was like 10 years ago?

When someone says he's going to make you his bitch, you take it personally.

Considering how, this many years later, people are STILL talking about it . . .
In a way, he has made everyone his bitch.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 2, 2012, 01:38 .Drifter
Well, the rumor was, at least for the Avengers 2 movie, that agent Coulson would be The Vision.
I can't remember if they refuted this or not, but the clue was supposedly when Fury says something about him being his good eye, with eye - vision being the supposed connection.
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News Comments > Diablo III PTR Patch Notes Updated
34. Re: Diablo III PTR Patch Notes Updated Sep 29, 2012, 05:21 .Drifter
s1mon75 wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 22:09:
Darks wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 12:46:

Its just you, maybe your a boring person.

And you have ascertained this from a few lines written by OP? Or is it that this bloke doesn't agree with you?

At least he isnt a sheep. Bleh bleh back to your herd in case you have original idea.

Maybe it's just me, but I'm getting a little tired of this whole "sheep" thing.
Yeah, I get it, I know why it's used, but . . .
No one has tried to come up with anything new. It's no longer original. It's just old, and worn out.
Something that's trotted out when another way to convey the concept behind "sheep" cannot be thought up.
Dare I say, calling someone "sheep" is being a sheep yourself, since it involves no originality in doing so, and just follows the "you're a sheep" crowd down the same old path that so many others have used?
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News Comments > Nexus 2 Kickstarter
27. Re: Nexus 2 Kickstarter Sep 29, 2012, 02:54 .Drifter
Been a while since I played the first Nexus game, never finished it.
It wasn't really hard, from what I can remember, but there was a game breaking bug that happened every time I played. Vaguely, I seem to remember that you get an alien ship, blow something up, and get teleported into space where you have to save a convoy or something. I could be wrong, like I said it's been a while.
Every time the mission would start, something would bug and everything would explode and I couldn't progress the mission.
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News Comments > Torchlight II and Demo Available; MMO Questions
32. Re: Torchlight II and Demo Available; MMO Questions Sep 21, 2012, 02:13 .Drifter
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 20:51:
deqer wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 20:36:
and suddenly the Title for this Thread has changed to contain "MMO Questions" in it. Why? What does that even mean?

Why would you put the word "MMO" in news related to TL2? TL2 is not an MMO. You're making this Title/News look dirty, and false information.

Why would you even talk about their future plans, and the plan of MMO?

This News is about TL2 Launch. NOT their future MMO plans. No one likes MMOs.

Bah... what a crappy title now. It was cool at first. It was just "Torchlight II and Demo Available", simple, and straight to the point, but now you ruined it.

deger, what project or MMO did you once work on?

Based on past comments, I'd guess a temp hire at Blizzard to work on WoW or one of it's expansions at crunch time, with promised bonuses that were not delivered on due to unrealistic time frames given to complete milestones, which were not reached, with an eventual early term to prevent paying out any bonuses, which caused a very intense dislike of Blizzard specifically and by association MMO's in general.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Server Consolidation
30. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Server Consolidation Sep 20, 2012, 01:14 .Drifter
NegaDeath wrote on Sep 19, 2012, 18:11:
Time to reboot SW Galaxies. Give it an engine and visual update, fix some of the NGE lunacy, and done.
I played SWG for a while, and now that it's dead and gone . . .
I am convinced people are looking back on that game with rose tinted glasses.
When it first came out, I remember hate for the way the game and gameplay was set up and all the bugs. I remember how it seemed that players were disappearing right up until NGE.
When they did NGE, I remember the hate for the changes and suddenly the original game then oh so great all of a sudden.
I remember logging in in the months before it shut down and running into maybe 10 players. Total, not a day.
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