In response about a developer having total control over the use, distribution and price of its game i have this to say: So what? Publishers have that total control over games, their prices and the distribution of games at the moment.
I knew someone was going to say that. Publishers do not have total control right now over the use of their products or even total control over price and distribution. The fact that the price of a particular game varies so widely amongst retailers is proof of lack of control over price. Major chain stores and online retailers regularly run sales and specials on certain games even at the game's initial release which can be substantially lower than the suggested retail price set by the publisher. I have picked up some games as much as $20 off the regular $49.99 price at release. Those types of sales are NOT sponsored or underwritten by the publishers. They are usually "loss leaders" for retailers to get customers in the store. In addition, the "bargain bin" is exclusively a retailer driven phenomenon where retailers radically discount old inventory to get rid of it even if they paid two or three times their current asking price for the product. With single-source distribution systems like Steam wants to be, such sales and discounts will not occur because there is no competition for sale of the product.
If publishers were cut out from the equation the chances are that prices of games would be reduced, simply because there would be no "middle man" charge.
That is a specious argument because it would only be true IF developers were willing to not take all of the increased profits from each sale (and what business would do that) and IF consumers were not limited to a single source to purchase the product (which an exclusive distribution system like Steam does not allow).
Doom 3 maybe bashed, but that doesnt mean that id dont still have the respect and reputation they deserve. They've had 1 hiccough in their long line of releases and that is not bad. Valve had have 2 releases and cocked up one majorly. Thats bad.
I don't disagree that id is respected, or that id does not deserve respect. My point was that your assumption that id is beyond criticism amongst the majority of gamers (especially those on this forum where you are posting) is not true.This comment was edited on Feb 10, 04:57.