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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
7. Re: Consolidation Dec 5, 2005, 03:36 VoodooV
Called up my brother in law (Best Buy Store Manager) to ask him when they are going to get the first shipment scince the launch. He tells me he already has them but Best Buy is holding them back due to some sort of advertising scheme they got going and he wouldn't tell me date, but just said to keep my eyes open.

Its shit like this that should remind everyone that it really is consumers vs companies. nothing against your brother or anything, cuz I'm sure he's just doing his job. it just pisses me off to no end the schemes these assholes come up with. I mean c'mon, someone high up came up with that 700 dollar bundling idea..I know they're trying to say it was just a case of some rogue managers being naughty..but c'mon, that's bullshit.

someday enough people are going to say, "fuck this...its just a toy" and stop being slaves to "me too"-ism sadly, I doubt it will be in our lifetimes.

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News Comments > Illinois Gaming Law KOed, Appeal Planned
51. Re: No subject Dec 4, 2005, 12:54 VoodooV
And how is a parent - busy as they are - supposed to have the time to monitor every piece of music and video games the kid wants? Christ, the kid doesn't even have enough time for that himself.

gasp!! maybe they should have thought of that before having kids? who the fuck said you HAD to have kids?! or are you just having kids cuz of peer pressure and this perception that our society seems to have that if you're not married and a parent by 30 that somehow something is wrong with you?

you also mention of the things the kid *wants.* Wait a minute...aren't you the parent? aren't *YOU* supposed to decide what the kid gets...not the kid? who's running the show here...the kid..or you?

I reject the idea that parenthood is a right Parenthood is the singlemost important job in this universe and if you don't have the time, the money, and the emotional awareness to care for your offspring...then you simply shouldn't be a parent...end of story. Too often people allow themselves to become parents because its apparently a social rite of passage in today's society...*FUCK THAT*

the burden is on the parents...end of discussion.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Xbox 360 Nov 29, 2005, 17:06 VoodooV

f'n sweet!

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
16. Re: No subject Nov 24, 2005, 00:00 VoodooV
I only have one thing to say to that MF:


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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
14. Re: No subject Nov 23, 2005, 15:40 VoodooV
You're not wrong Parallax. At the same time though, I can't feel too bad about these people crammed in these long retail lines.

cuz really

1. they were dumb enough to pre-order. there were rumblings of shortages for a long time. Not only that, but pre-orders in general are a harmful thing for the industry, they do nothing but signal to the company "Hey, I'm stupid, im going to buy this no matter what state you ship it in...fuck testing...fuck patches...gimme gimme gimme NOW! /end tantrum

2. lets keep it real here....this is a game system here...its not like they're lining up for food they're fighting for the priveledge of winning the "oneupmanship" war "look at me, I'm special, i've got an 360 and you dont, you therefore are inferior to me." fuck them and their petty selves, they deserve what they get.

so yeah, Gates and Allard may be screwing them, but its the pre-orderers that pulled down their pants so that they CAN be screwed.

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
9. No subject Nov 23, 2005, 10:02 VoodooV
It's shit like this that really make me disgusted at our whorish consumerism. All those people crammed in the retail store lines not unlike a mosh pit. It's depressing.

do they even remember why they're buying the stupid thing? are they gamers..or are they parents just wanting to shut their kids up for the next month or two until they get bored of it and whine about wanting some other useless gadget?

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. No subject Nov 23, 2005, 09:48 VoodooV
I have to think it *is* an artificial shortage.

I know this is a flimsy arguement, but I remember watching a clip of them being made *months* ago. at one point they pull back and you just see this huge warehouse full of them

and again, this was months how can they not have enough now. Its the same thing with the whole premium/core bullshit. we've been bitching for months that the core unit being without a hard drive was an idiotic move so I just don't buy it that they're suddenly shocked to find out that they didn't see it coming.

I would say Allard's been smoking too much crack at raves, but something tells me there is nothing extreme about Allard except when it comes to being a poser. How can he call himself a gamer and pretend he's just like us and yet be so clueless as to why us gamers don't want the core unit.

and c'mon, this is MS we're talking about. Could they do something like this? most importantly, would they?

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News Comments > Babylon 5 MMORPG?
21. No subject Nov 18, 2005, 02:17 VoodooV
at some point, they sold the mousepads for five bucks each so I nabbed one. no beta required

but yeah, screw the MMO, release the game that was what..90% finished...I'd rather have that.

just update it for current platforms and current tech and we'll be golden.

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News Comments > UFO Aftershock to Land in N.A.
12. No subject Oct 27, 2005, 12:07 VoodooV
I'll probably buy this game, but not until it hits bargain bin. I'm still sore by being ripped off by Aftermath...god that game sucked.

just blows my mind how after all this time, X-com reigns supreme and this game just attempts to clone it, but no one can beat it. it just doesn't seem like it should be that hard of a surpass a game decades old

cept maybe Silent Storm.

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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
183. No subject Oct 15, 2005, 15:08 VoodooV
I think the moral of the story is:

you can't stop piracy...but if you keep your customers happy, they'll be less inclined to. treat your customers like criminals, and they'll pirate just to spite you.

legit customers shouldn't have to pay the price for anti-piracy schemes either. That's like saying we're responsible.

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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
180. Re: No subject Oct 15, 2005, 11:18 VoodooV
Our primary concern is our customers Ė- the people who pay my salary. Theyíre my overlord and I donít want to inconvenience them. Moreover, piracy is really about how many sales are actually lost. What we do is put out free updates after release. We got "Editorís Choice Awards" from most of the major game magazines for the original Galactic Civilizations, and that was on the 1.0 version in the box. However, we put out tons of updates after release that greatly enhanced that experience.

So letís say someone got a "warez" copy. If they like the game, theyíre going to want the updates, and to do that, they have to have a valid serial number that is verified on the server side (i.e. no cracks). So at that point, weíre going to get that sale. Or we would have never gotten the sale.

I donít like game companies treating me like a criminal. If Iím paying $50[US] for a game then I better well be able to put it on my laptop and PC and not have to futz around with keeping track of the CD. Besides, I end up losing my CDs anyway.


that's how you fight piracy. copy protection just eggs crackers on cuz its a challenge to tear down the latest greatest protection scheme. take away the thrill of it and that severely puts a dent in the reasons why people do it in the first place.

fight the motivation to pirate, not the action of pirating. you can't fight pirates with technology, cuz they'll just eventually crack it. what gets built, gets torn down. So the answer, in my opinion, is to fight piracy with psychology.

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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
176. No subject Oct 15, 2005, 02:01 VoodooV
just as long as you realize that I wasn't specifically referring to *you* I'm just making an argument. I'm not Riley. I'm not going to pretend that I'm better than you, or that I have the answers, or that I have to convince you. I'm just talkin' here.

There is obviously going to be a difference in opinion in that regard of what is tolerable copy protection. I disagree though, I don't think there is a hard-set line of what is (in)tolerable. If someone makes some drastic changes. people complain, but if you do it over time. slowly convince people bit by bit that certain things are acceptable...tolerance then changes.

I'll take physical copy protection (dongle, code phrases, whatever) over apps that phone home for approval *any* day. That's just me, I'm not trying to make the argument that one is better than the other. Just trying to show that we've been dealing with various forms of copy protection for a long time now, and its been sold to us as part of the "war against piracy" I sincerely question if that is the true motive at work here. copy protection is no longer just some program tacked onto a game at the last minute by a clever programmer so that little Billy doesn't make illegal copies for the rest of the clubhouse. Its a business.

And relating this back to Steam, it just seems to me that Steam is more of a copy protection device than it is a digital delivery device. It doesn't matter if you buy HL2 in the store, or through DD, you still have to authenticate through Steam. And so when people focus on "Steam as DD" I consider that an irrelevant issue when compared to the rest of what Steam is.

Tangent: I'm told that steam's friend list still doesn't work even in this new client. Seems like fucked up priorities to me.

Valve: "Yeah yeah yeah, we'll get to the friends list thing later, but damnit, we gotta push out this new GUI!!"

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News Comments > UFO: Aftershock Demo
16. Re: Sweet Oct 14, 2005, 19:47 VoodooV
is the AI still horrible? There was such little point in moving most of the time as the enemies would move straight line to you and all you'd have to do is stand there and pick em off one by one. The only time you'd have to dance is when they got those rapid fire rocket launchers

The final mission of Aftermath pissed me off, it was no different from a base mission, cept with an added room and the boss required no more strategy than knowing which magic weapon actually hurt him as all others did virtually no damage.

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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
173. Re: No subject Oct 14, 2005, 04:43 VoodooV
I hope you don't apply this thinking to life: you'll never be 100% successful, so don't even bother.

you're comparing life to fighting or not fighting piracy? no seriously, are you? cuz thats a stretch

I can see why someone would think calling Steam a slippery slope is an overreacting 'doom and gloom' statement. But ask yourself, why is there copy protection in the first place? So that pirates can't make illegal copies that threaten profitability. OK fine, but first you have to buy into the business's 'doom and gloom' argument of their own where they convince you of hypothetical situation where no one can make any money and businesses go bankrupt and people lose their livelyhood if everyone pirates stuff. That is the great myth if you ask me. There is always going to be someone to make something, there will always be someone to buy it, and there will always be someone to steal it. Show me a case where someone made something and not one person bought it cuz everyone pirated it instead It's a ridiculous scenario. But that is exactly what the copy protection pundits would have you believe.

I would even go as far as to argue that businesses profit more from piracy than they are hurt from it. If someone makes an illegal copy of something and gets caught..the business gets compensated for it right? they aren't recovering lost profits cuz nothing was actually stolen (stealing and copy infringement are NOT the same thing!)...they're profiting from the pirate's illegal actions, Which in my opinion, is wrong. Yes, if someone physically takes something, the business deserves to be compensated. But if someone merely copies something illegally, yes throw the pirate in jail, but the company should not be compensated.

bottom line is that clearly, the only one who gets the shaft because of copy protection is the legitimate user. So common sense says copy protection is not the answer. Copy Protection is a business by itself now, so by definition, someone is legitimately making money because of someone's illegal actions. So eliminating piracy really isn't in the business's best interest in the long run.

The system is broke

I agree completely with your last part about twisting the English language. They would have you believe that stealing and copy infringement are synonymous in order to fit their inflammatory needs.

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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
170. Re: No subject Oct 14, 2005, 01:41 VoodooV

I have a problem with the slippery slope argument, all it does is give justifcation for panic and despair prematurely. We're talking about software here, if people are really pissed, and the slope does go downhill, public outrage will make it go back up.

thats why its done over time, so people aren't outraged.

20 years ago, copy protection was a rarity, and it amounted to nothing more just checking pages in your game manual for key phrases or a silly cardboard dial with runes on it. now we have cd-keys and activation and more and more ridiculous methods. You're wishing for those simpler days right now, arent you. Too late!

tell me, are we really better off? has piracy been significantly hampered at all during all this time with these idiotic anti-piracy schemes....or is there some video game equivalent of Dick Cheney telling you that software pirates are in the last throes of their cracking insurgency?

we're already on the slope

PS and damnit, Riley won't draw your ire if you'd start ignoring him for christs sake! No wonder steam is a success, gamers are so easy to bait! See the pretty graphics? you like the pretty graphics dont you?

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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
166. No subject Oct 13, 2005, 19:10 VoodooV
and to be honest with you...the very brief time I had Steam on my computer...aside from insanely slow download times, and I don't think news worked for me half the time...steam never gave me much problem. I despise programs that try to run in the background and like to assume that they always need to be on. I don't think of gaming as a service. I think of it as a program that I run in order to play...and turn off when not playing...period.

I just dislike it in principle. were steam merely content delivery, or if you could strip off the parts you didn't want, I would have little or no issue with it.

I also dislike the double standard attached to someone else said, if MS were to pull this, you know it would not be tolerated and rioting would occur. but:

1. it was bundled with HL2, so it could have ten times more problems than it did and the HL fanboys would still love it.

2. Steam sparked the whole Valve/Vivendi debacle, so naturally the average gamer will side with whatever Valve does cuz they're portrayed as the Rebellion and Vivendi as the evil empire.

love it or hate it, Steam was marketed brilliantly. you sell steam on its merits alone..and no one goes along with it. but you bundle it with a must-have game (still wasn't impressed with the demo, but meh, I accept that others like it) and put it at the center of a battle percieved as good vs evil and you have yourself a win.

problem is...too many people consider steam synonymous with digital delievery...but that's just not accurate. I have no problem with DD...its definitely something that will get bigger in the future, but there will always be a desire for professionally made physical media. Steam is too much of an 'all your eggs in one basket' approach that doesn't appeal to me.

Like someone else has mentioned. I think steam is a slippery slope, and if you accept it. warts and all without protest. things will get worse over time. companies need to conform to our with your wallet isn't the best way to look at it either, cuz too many people buy stuff without knowing what they're actually getting, so sales shouldn't really be interpreted as approval/votes of support

problem is, the only people with majority of the voice are from the 100% hate it or 100% love it camp. neither give an rational view usually.

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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
163. Re: Lotta posts... Oct 13, 2005, 17:27 VoodooV
the opposite is true as well you know:

Me- "I hate my piece of shit car, it's slow and breaks down all the time. And I think this weird OnStar thingy is tracking where I'm going and taking naked pictures of my wife and posting them on the internet.

You-"Well it works fine for me, so the problem must be you."

Me- "Well, I just don't think it needs to do all that stuff"

You-"We'll you're refusing to accept change and unable to see the big picture you anachronistic piece of shit!"

FYI: don't take the Me/you thing literally, just hoping to voice a slightly more rational anti-steam arguement
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News Comments > Steam 3 Cometh
143. No subject Oct 13, 2005, 03:26 VoodooV
again I must bash both sides of this pathetic gay pillow fight.

one side trolls, the other side feeds the troll.

It's a Special Olympics extravaganza here tonight folks!

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News Comments > More CA Gaming Law Reactions
3. Re: No subject Oct 12, 2005, 03:41 VoodooV
I think its stupid and heavy handed and there are many other more important issues to deal with

but at the same time, I don't have a problem with it, it still doesn't prevent parents from buying the games for their kids, so clever kids with idiot parents will still get around it, or parents who know their kids can handle it still are unhindered.

I agree, I wish stores would just enforce the existing ratings system, this legislation is unnecessary. instead of punishing the kid that got the game, society feels the need to punish the store, their employees, and the makers of the game. everyone except the kid who shouldn't have the game in the first place. The parents that are responsible for the kid never get punished either. But even if it is a heavy handed law, if it finally gets people to take the ratings seriously when it comes to minors...then fine.

but hey, I'm biased, I don't live in CA, so it doesn't affect me, and I didn't get into PC gaming till college, so i've never had anything but unrestricted access to any game i've ever wanted so I simply cannot sympathize. that and the idiot crusade against violent games wasn't a major issue back in the early 90s

so in summary, their reasoning is fucked up, but if it does get games out of the hands of kids whose parents don't want them to have that stuff, then fine.

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News Comments > Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Delayed
10. No subject Oct 8, 2005, 11:02 VoodooV
yeah that PR line was way too thick with bullshit.

they screw up and miss their they're HAPPY to announce??

jesus christ. seriously, who the fuck tells these companies to say shit like that cuz they need to be fired..cuz if us gamers are supposed to be the audience...corporate marketing doublespeak is NOT the way to go.

seriously, how fucking hard is it to just say 'coming soon' and not say anything until the product is actually done? I fucking loved it when nVidia used to do that. you'd never hear any hype from them....then one day...bam, they've got brand new cutting edge graphics cards ready for you to buy NOW....that was the best, no hype, just products that kicked ass.

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