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Old 19th August 2011, 10:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
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As I said about a month ago, this is only going to get worse. All future EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Bethsoft ect games will now be $60 USD, thus $100 AUD or more on Steam.

They're not raising the price for any particular reason except that they feel they can get away with it. There's still zero licencing fees for releasing PC games unlike consoles games were Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo take a cut of each sale, require hefty developer licences and shaft developers with required "development boxes" that cost several hundred times their hardware value.

The QA and support requirements for PC games are also completly nonexistant - at least with a console the developers are forced to submit their games for arduios audit and QA checks (done by large teams Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo employ dedicated to auditing games) and have a massive list of minimum standards for everything - stuff like: whenever a player name is displayed in a multiplayer game, it must display all characters and not truncate it, you must be able to access/view the gamercard, all menu actions must have tool-tips/instructions - you can never force a player to wait for more than 15 seconds (this is generally why all modern games have loading screens that display random/dynamic tips that change every load time), if the game ever crashes it fails and has to be resubmitted (which costs another 10K or more for the QA process, not to mention a lot of extra development/testing time), the game can never enter a state where the player is forced to reload an automatic save to continue ect ect ect - each Console has it's own phonebook-thick document for all of these rules and requirements.

The PC however doesn't require any of this - they can ship the buggiest piece-of-shit build and not have to answer for it at all.
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Old 19th August 2011, 01:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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$60 for the US, that's more than games usually cost for them too. Activision are the worst, though this doesn't bother me as I wouldn't buy the game if it was $1
Ditto. After seeing the full page ad on Steam yesterday, I've never been happier to not be a COD fan. BF3 already has my money (via ozgameshop of course).
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Old 21st August 2011, 03:02 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm hoping MW3 sales take a significant hit on the back of a ridiculous asking price, DLC map packs which are being pumped out for BO (which fracture the community between the haves and have nots) and now some goofy subscription based crap that's traditionally offered free. If this gains traction, suits from other studios will start pumping up prices and trying to gouge us with frivolous DLC.

I've owned every COD title up until now and won't be supporting this one with my dollars. BF3 FTW.
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Old 21st August 2011, 07:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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oz game will be it for me i wasnt going to get it due to no dedi servers but now that has changed im more inclinded to get it
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oz game will be it for me i wasnt going to get it due to no dedi servers but now that has changed im more inclinded to get it
I'm glad they returned those.

Now if someone could just get them to add an SDK and remove the funtax I'd consider it lol.
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Old 22nd August 2011, 02:00 AM   #16 (permalink)
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It will most probably be $110 at EB games
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Old 22nd August 2011, 02:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hrm ... it is annoying but for now I can deal with it by gifts

If steam ever takes that option away then I will get really mad!
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Old 24th August 2011, 09:11 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Would this be a bad time for me to say Kiwis get it for $59.95 on Steam?

I'll go back to my hole...
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Old 24th August 2011, 12:03 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Would this be a bad time for me to say Kiwis get it for $59.95 on Steam?
No.........means I can get my Kiwi mate to gift it to me.
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Old 26th August 2011, 03:23 PM   #20 (permalink)
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wait does COD 3 have dedicated server support?

*i mean MW3.....
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