Gamer's Bill of Rights

As mentioned above, Edge Online has a story on a new "Gamer's Bill of Rights" proposed by Stardock and Gas Powered Games. Hear hear! And here goes:
We the Gamers of the world, in order to ensure a more enjoyable experience, establish equality between players and publishers, and promote the general welfare of our industry hereby call for the following:

  1. Gamers shall have the right to return games that don't work with their computers for a full refund.
  2. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
  3. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game's release.
  4. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
  5. Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer.
  6. Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won't install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent.
  7. Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
  8. Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
  9. Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
  10. Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.
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Aug 29, 2008, 14:34
 
Pirating a game by buying it and then returning it is significantly more difficult than downloading it is. Allowing returns at this point in time should absolutely be allowed.

Truth. Cost of gas + cost of game + time and effort = not practical.

The only problem with PC game returns is that customers could steal CD-keys and then return the games. Of course, this wouldn't be a problem if there were no CD-keys to begin with.

Yes, again, because that's the way the industry has been doing it. Minimum means "well, you might get 10 fps if you're staring directly at a wall". There's no reason they can't list minimum specs that would allow for reasonable gameplay. And you'd have to be retarded to think they can't.

There needs to be some sort of standard for minimum requirements. 30 FPS minimum framerate, 1024x768 minimum resolution, whatever. Being able to launch the executable != minimum requirement.

Unfortunately, establishing minimum requirements is made infinitely more difficult by the seemingly random naming conventions of CPUs and GPUs. The average consumer doesn't know that a P4 2.4 GHz is drastically slower than a C2Q 2.4 GHz CPU. Similarly, a 4870 is much faster than a 7600 GS. Unless you are tech-savvy, you really have no idea whether or not your system meets or exceeds a game's requirements.


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