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PC or GTFO PodCast Episode 15: ACTA and PCIPA

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Main Topic:  ACTA and PCIPA
BioWare bans a user for using "I'm 12, what is this?" joke.
EA signs up more publishers for Origin.
MPAA president threatens congress.
Racism in Minecraft.
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PC or GTFO PodCast Episode 13: GDCA Nominees

We’re back from the Holidays! I hope you enjoy!
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Main Topic:  Game Developers Choice Awards nominees
EA, Sony and Nintendo drop support for SOPA... or do they?
Steam posts record sales seventh year in a row. Top 10 mods of the Year.
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Indie Play – Shank

In this episode I take a look at a indie game called Shank. I hope you enjoy.
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Lets Play 4 Free: Battlefield Heroes

I still got something for you recorded in Latvia. This should be the last thing though. I hope you enjoy.
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PC or GTFO PodCast episode 6: PC Game Delays

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Episode contents:
Main Topic: PC Game Delays.
Dennis Ritchie dies at the age of 70.
EA and Valve in late talks to get Battlefield 3 on Steam.
World of Warcraft new expansion pack.
Notch wins the interim injunction. Bathesda mad. 
Lord of the Rings Online hacked!
Batman Arkham City getting released a month later on the PC. 
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PC or GTFO PodCast: Episode 1 – Ubisoft, EA and other bullshit

First episode of the PC or GTFO PodCast. I was a bit tired though..and nervous.
Still, I hope you enjoy.
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I’ll try to work harder on the next one
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Game releases and patches.

This one is inspired by this blog, but I’ve been thinking about this before, and wanted to write a blog about it.. and I haven’t done it in awhile, so lets begin.

There have to be changes in the gaming industry. Games need to come out when they are “bug free” and ready, not when they are dated to be released, and that usually doesn’t happen. We see games being pushed out, with many annoying bugs in them, that are “being” fixed, although it takes them quite a while to fix anything. I don’t know what’s going on in the game companies, I don’t know when do they just stop doing anything and celebrate that they have finished the game, but I know that it’s too early. You got to be ready to work hard on fixing bugs at least first two months. You might think that you fixed every bug you could find, and maybe you did, but when the game is released and people start playing it, in no-time you’ll find yourself with loads of bug reports, and requests to fix them ASAP, especially on the PC platform. You can never test enough to find all the bugs that people will get on the various systems they have. So I guess, just get more people on fixing bugs in the after release time.

Now I know they should do that before they release the game, and they should not use us as their “testers”, but as I mentioned before, they can’t  find all the bugs with the testing they do, its not enough.

Now lets talk about the patches. Developers tend to release patches that fixes a lot bugs at once, which usually  takes them a while to produce a patch for. But what I’m asking for is regular updates. You fix few minor bugs, UPDATE THE GAME through the game. We would appreciate, if you fix any bugs that might interfere with our gameplay, which might annoy us. But all you do is collect bunch of bugfixes, wait for a while, then release. And then you find yourself with more bug reports, because something that you might have fixed, broke something different. So be ready to work hard after releases to satisfy your costumers. And don’t force us to update the game, make it optional, some people just want to get into the game as fast as they cant and not wait on the update process. Just don’t forget to remind them to download it after a while. Forcing patches for online play is OK, I understand that, there might be some complications, false bugs otherwise, but if player just wants to play the Offline portion of the game, he should be able without you forcing him to update the game.

And here I got to mention the team I still like for bringing a great sports game series – NBA 2k, and the team of course 2k Sports. Sports games tend to have many bugs, just because they have only a year for a game to be released. Now they don’t make a new engine, or even a new game all the time, they just kind of update the engine, add some new features, update the existing features and release the game. And since EA’s NBA series decided to rebuild their game from ground up, NBA Elite wasn’t released last year, they just had too many bugs, and they (surprisingly for EA Sports) didn’t want to release a “not-even-close-to-finishing” game. Now back to NBA 2k. NBA 2k10 and NBA 2k11 had some annoying bugs, which we asked for the dev team to fix, and they did – in few (more than 3) months they released a patched, which did fix a lot of bugs, but also left out some obvious ones. By that time, I’m sure many players stopped playing your game, for many reasons, one of them probably being that you don’t seem to give a shit about fixing your game. Also this year it was even worse for PC, the patch was ready, but they said that they have to sync the release of the patch with every Digital Distributor. Well who the fuck gives about them? I know Steam is ready at anytime. Fuck others if they can’t do it that early, I want the patch now,  maybe it’s going to teach their costumers a proper lesson on where to buy their games. You can also add an alternative method for Digital version to be updated – like a simple installation (like for the retail version). And I heard that EA Sports has a similar issue.

If I buy a game after a month or two, I expect it to be all patched up and “bug free”.

Also a major problem for some patches, in their latest update, they block the possibility of people harmlessly moding (not like in cracking, but adding your own textures, models and stuff) the game. You loose a port of community doing that, some people get enjoyment from that, I know I like moding San Andreas downloading some high quality textures, or NBA 2k11, where I download some Cyberfaces, updated Jerseys or courts. But that’s a topic for another day.

I hope that with time the current system will change, and we get some stress free gaming experience.

When will you start to think EA?

EA really thinks that there are so many stupid people?
I mean cmon, think EA think.

EA considering charging for ‘very long game demos’ – Analyst

(Now imagine me giving a facepalm)

EA would release what he called “a very long game demo, along the lines of 2009’s Battlefield 1943” through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network for $10 to $15.

Tell me what’s the point of buying a demo? It doesn’t matter how long it is, it’s still a demo. And why would you want to buy a fucking demo? Demos are made so you would consider buying the game, so why would you buy a demo so you could consider buying the game? It makes no sense. Well maybe if you’re a big fanboy…

“A full-blown packaged game would follow shortly after the release of the PDLC, bearing a full retail price,” Pachter said.

Hey Pachter, now tell me, how doesn’t THAT sound retarded? Who can’t fucking wait some time, to get the full game, and if you can’t, download the short and free Demo. If you know you’re going to buy this game, why would you buy a fucking demo, that costs 1/4 of the game?
EA, come up with some good marketing ideas for once. A five-year-old could do a better job than you.
Also, if you buy a CD, you can sell it to someone, or give it to your fiends, or just break it and be satisfied. But that “very long demo” is worth nothing! You can’t give it to your friends, you can’t complete the game or use all the features and you can’t sell it, and if you could, none would buy it, because they could just buy the full game by that time.
WAIT, download a free demo, buy a full game, fuck EA.