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Steam region pricing is getting rediculous

Posted in Games Industry, Rant, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 2011/04/14 by Adam Griffiths

This discussion regarding Borderlands pricing differences, although not a big deal this time, is the latest in a long line of regional pricing FUBARs.

I saw that Borderlands standalone (US$7.49) and Borderlands GOTY edition (US$7.50) were both on the “Top Sellers” list.

I thought perhaps people were boycotting the DRM encumbered DLC for the game (included in the GOTY edition), which made me happy!

Then I checked the forums and realised I was wrong. Different regions, again, have vastly different prices:

US pricing:
Borderlands GOTY = $7.50

Borderlands = $4.99

DLC = $7.49

Borderlands + DLC = $12.48 (greater than GOTY by $4.98)

AU:

Borderlands GOTY = $7.50

Borderlands = $7.49

DLC = $7.49

Borderlands + DLC = $14.98 (greater than GOTY by $7.48)

UK:

Borderlands GOTY = £7.50

Borderlands = £4.99

DLC = £4.74

Borderlands + DLC = £9.73 (greater than GOTY by £2.23)

Euro:

Borderlands GOTY = €12.50

Borderlands = €4.99

DLC = €5.99

Borderlands + DLC = €10.98 (less than GOTY by €1.52)

As you can see, this pricing is literally schizophenic.

I don’t believe this is Valve (although their Steamworks page does say that they will suggest pricing for games), I think this is the publishers stepping up pressure on Valve to fall into line. And unfortunately it’s working.

I made a comment that perhaps we should all band together to make a “Steam Gifting Co-operative”. Thing is, I was serious.

Many deals in Europe or the AU are far inferior to the US pricing. The region banning is stupid. This usually isn’t Steam but government ratings forcing publishers to offer modified versions (eg. L4D2 with fading out corpses instead of normal version). Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is still NOT on steam in Australia (thanks guys, you forced me to pirate it) although GTA3 and GTA:SA finally are.

Gifting gets us around this. It can also get us around the price issues. The only problem I can see is something like this happening if the “giftor”s bank account goes into the negative. Which is pretty horrific.

People would be re-imbursed for gifts (this isn’t a charity!). The only problem is ensuring that the “giftee” pays the “giftor”. Most bank transfers take a day and by then most deals would be over. I believe PayPal transactions are instantaneous, but I’m not sure. If it is, this would negate this issue.

I think a gifting co-operative is a very realistic and simple way of negating some of the publisher’s influence on Steam.

There are a few forum threads doing exactly this (NeoGafAwkward Zombie), but we need to make it more formal and easier to use.

There needs to be a way to:

  • Request a gift from a specified region (“giftee”).
  • Notify of our intention to fulfill a request (“giftor”).
  • Select a “giftor”.
  • Notify of payment sent, gift sent, gift received.
  • Comment and add to user’s reputation (ala Amazon) for both “giftee” and “giftor”.
  • Cancel a gift request.
  • Quickly view current gift requests with filters for region, age and user rating.

How many times do we have to say it?

Posted in Games Industry, Rant, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2011/04/13 by Adam Griffiths

DRM doesn’t fucking work!

Absolute power corrupts

Posted in Games Industry, Rant, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 2011/04/12 by Adam Griffiths

Steam

I love Steam. Having a social gaming network with constant access to a game market place where the prices are truly fluid is brilliant. But the thought of something like this happening is always in the back of my mind, and it scares the shit out of me.

I’ve seen posts before of people having an account for each game they have. That way if an account is banned or VAC banned, their other games aren’t affected.

You also get around VAC banning you from all games that use that engine. Ie. a VAC ban in HL2 will ban you from all games that use the Source engine: L4D, CS:S, etc.

 

Also, PayPal sucks. Please avoid using it where possible.

Back in my day Sonny…

Posted in Rant, Uncategorized with tags , on 2011/04/11 by Adam Griffiths

Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

I really miss games like this. This walk through brings back so many memories. It also shows how many things I missed even though I didn’t finish it. Brilliant game, brilliant story. God damnit… I want to play it now!

Musings on piracy

Posted in Games Industry, Rant, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 2011/04/01 by Adam Griffiths

Once again a short rant (not a proper post) I posted on Steam that describes my thoughts on piracy.

You wouldn't download a car? Fuck you, I would if I could!

Post also copied below.

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The truth of DRM

Posted in Games Industry, Rant with tags , , , , , , on 2011/04/01 by Adam Griffiths

I just posted this on Steam, it’s a rant but I think it expressed my feelings on DRM quite well.

Content protection system

Post below in-case you’re scared of the Steam forums (don’t blame you).

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Telstra BigPond Thompson Modem and Killing Floor

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 2011/03/17 by Adam Griffiths

The Thompson modem used by Telstra (and On2 and BT) creates a unique issue with Killing Floor. I documented this on the Steam forums but it doesn’t appear to have gotten much attention so I thought I would reproduce it below.

Edit: There is now an “official” fix on the Steam forums, but I cannot verify if it resolves these issues.

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