kumanoki: Let EA be the wrecked ship on the rocky, treacherous shores of DRM that show other companies where not to sail.
Virtual Pariah: I think it goes to show that the gaming industry has become so paranoid about piracy that it's destroying itself.I very rarely want to give Apple it's due, but they have shown that you can curtail piracy by making the purchasing process less painful than the process to steal the material.You never will get rid of all thieves, some people are just wired that way. But their numbers can be minimized pretty easily.
pacified: i'm so farking sick of people saying DRM
JustMatt: Is it out of the question for game companies to rent servers from Google/Amazon/whoever for a few weeks or months to handle the initial rush of new players for a new game?
scottydoesntknow: Also, a prediction for the future: if you release an expansion or paid DLC to make the extremely small city areas bigger (instead of making it a free fix for one of the game's legitimate mechanical flaws), people are going to be unhappy all over again. We're all expecting it, and none of us are going to appreciate it when it happens.Subway DLC. Book it. Done.
ManRay: This really sucks. I don't game much anymore, but Simcity was going to be an insta-purchase until I saw the troubles it was having.The invisible hand smacks EA yet again. Will they listen? Or will some other company innovate themselves a better solution that the market wants.
Great Janitor: EA can charge $60 for the disk, then $15 to unlock each team on the disk
show me: Great Janitor: EA can charge $60 for the disk, then $15 to unlock each team on the diskWow, I thought it was overpriced to begin with, but this is real? Holy shiat, glad I was never interested in getting it.
rufus-t-firefly: This guy (from the Amazon reviews) has a better letter:Dear EA/Maxis/Origin:You killed the child inside me.The one who remembers playing SimCity. The *first* one. Who recalls fondly a childhood of Sim games, spending countless hours on my Compaq 486 sx33
Great Janitor: Gamestop's inability to compete with iTunes
Great Janitor: show me: Great Janitor: EA can charge $60 for the disk, then $15 to unlock each team on the diskWow, I thought it was overpriced to begin with, but this is real? Holy shiat, glad I was never interested in getting it.No. Well, the $60 for the game is real, plus more money for unlocking parts of the disk. The $15 to unlock each team I made up as an example to show just what EA could do and how the fans would still buy.EA, if you do this, you're a dick. Secondly, it was my idea, I expect a cut of the profits.
palladiate: Great Janitor: Gamestop's inability to compete with iTunesI don't have the number handy, but I'm pretty sure Steam still makes way more money on game sales than iTunes.
lucksi: A botched launch gets more greens than a school shooting and the gun threads or a cop killer hunt.
Great Janitor: How bad is the video game industry doing? I have friends who work at the Gamestop Corporate office. Years ago, Gamestop used to be on the Fortune 500. Gamestop had piles of money and they used it to do upgrade sections of the corporate office, they bought some off site property to expand their refurbishment department, picked up several companies to expand their brand. Now, in late January they eliminated several positions in the corporate office as well as closed over 80 stores, dissolving several districts. Right now is annual review time and so far everyone who's gotten their review back has had poor reviews. Some think that the company might be gearing up for another round of lay offs, others think the poor reviews are Gamestop's way of avoiding payraises that they've already announced that they can not afford. Part of the problem is that it's been six years since a major console was released and with the next gen consoles not expected to be out until Maybe December of this year, it's going to be a hard year for Gamestop. Another problem for Gamestop is the software company's war against used gaming, and Gamestop is their target (and gamers the victims). They argue that Gamestop has made a billion dollar empire off of used games, but gives none of that money to the software companies (which makes as much sense as Carmax selling used cars but not sending any of that money to the auto makers). There are several rumors about the next Playstation and Xbox not allowing used games by requiring online connection to verify that the disk is a new disk, to activation codes to on line only. All moves that will ultimately kill the video game industry, at least the console gaming industry.
rufus-t-firefly: In fact, my new Mass Effect 3 DLC just installed.
rufus-t-firefly: This guy (from the Amazon reviews) has a better letter:
Dr. Goldshnoz: This whole thing is absolute proof that people who pirate are getting the better end of the deal than the customers who actually want to support the devs.
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