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10651  The Rest / General Discussions / Digital Game Distribution. on: June 21, 2006, 04:32:10 AM
Point on the bit about if a company stays in business - some look like they'll last forever, but may wind up going bankrupt and vanishing, or at least shrinking in size. This could probably be solved to a degree if several companies agreed to band together - Direct2Drive seems to be supported by many companies, and should probably be fine, and retailers like Amazon and the EB/GameStops could probably jump in too. Authentication is another problem... But as long as it has been authenticated, an internet connection isn't necessary to play HL2 anyway. Might be fucked in regards to multiplayer, but with no company to patch the service to prevent unofficial mods, someone could make virtual Steam servers. And honestly, I think the authentication thing is more likely to fuck over the CDs than digital distribution - if you can download it, then clearly you can get it authenticated.

I think a big part of the problem for what prices aren't lowering isn't greed or anything (necessarily), but in fact bandwidth fees. Small games aren't a big deal, such as what most of the Virtual Console titles will likely be, but those that're several gigabytes... That's probably a few bucks. Still though, it'd be nice if they bit the bullet to create incentive to get that over a boxed copy with a manual, but next to no one either A. cares to read the manual or B. Produce one /worth/ reading. The last great, huge manuals were from Bioware/Black Isle... And those are, at their thinnest, as thick as a DVD case.

Mind, that negates the used game part /anyway/ since EB stopped accepting used PC games after GameStop bought them, and CD Keys make it too much of a damn mess - modern PC games need the ability to be downloaded more than modern console games... Hell, the console games that benefit most are too old to be sold anywhere but eBay (thanks a fucking lot GameStop) so the casual gamer being unable to trade them in won't be a concern, and those that don't like this because it'll devalue their oh-so-rare copies of games like Valkyrie Profile, whether it's for collectibility's sake or resell over eBay can A. keep in mind that a boxed copy with manuals and the like would still have value, and/or B. suck on it. :P

Edit: Actually, Steam generally offers plenty of incentive - games are discounted when preordered (which is immediately negated by retailer deals), or sold in bundles - buying everything that was in the Steam Source bundle costed less than it would for the onshelf equivilant, espicially with the preorder saving of Episode 1 applied to the entire damn thing. I can't say the same about Direct2Drive however, unless someone can point out something we don't know.
10652  The Rest / General Discussions / More EA on: June 21, 2006, 01:34:47 AM
I don't care much for MMOs, but sucky nevertheless.
10653  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 21, 2006, 12:34:33 AM
Quote from: "Fate Linegod"
Afaik, Tales of Phantasia is a Port from the Playstation Version. But the Main Story will be fully voiced.

The sprites in battle look larger. I think there's more to the remake than just voice acting.
10654  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 20, 2006, 10:25:33 PM
I agree, that doesn't look 3D in the least. If it somehow is, then that's one of the most impressive graphical feats I've seen.
10655  The Rest / General Discussions / Digital Game Distribution. on: June 20, 2006, 06:21:39 PM
It's slowly catching on, what with software like Steam, and concepts like the Live Arcade and the Virtual Console, and could very well be the future of game distribution. But some don't think it's time yet - Activision's CEO believes that Hard Drive limits and bandwidth keep it from being anything but a far off dream.

Personally, I don't really think it's feasible for /modern/ games, as that story illustrates. And even while doable to a degree on PCs, I can't see it taking off fully for consoles yet. The X360 can pretty much store just /one/ DVD sized game, single or dual layered, what with the HD only having 13 free Gigs, and the PS3 is only a little better at I'm guessing 5-10 on the 60 gig version, and it's not even worth /trying/ to take into account blu-ray-sized games.

However, I do consider it currently viable in a way - not for new full sized games, but for bringing back older games for people to play again. The PSP is going to let you buy and download PSX games, and while the memory stick will suck for storing those... Assuming they're /smart/ and let you play them on the PS3 too? You could store a treasure trove of PSX games on that, then hopefully back them up to an external HD too or something. I also see this kind of distribution capable of immortalizing games to a degree, since they can just be thrown on a giant server and not vanish via limited print runs and whatnot. Sure, it's nice to physically own a copy of the game, but I value it being readily availble for years upon years later over having the case, manual, and a fragile game disc. Of course, if they don't have any kind of means to follow whether you own the game or not (like Steam does), then issues like HDs dying and systems being destroyed winds up overriding how fragile discs are.

So. Your opinions?
10656  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 20, 2006, 05:58:38 PM
Quote from: "Akanbe-"
If it is indeed ToD2 they are remaking (and not ToE), I will buy a psp just for it.  I always wanted to play it as well.

They wouldn't talk about Tales of Eternia as Tales of Destiny II in a japanese magazine, and they already ported it to the PSP - no point in remaking a game that's not even on a new console, unless you want to do a director's cut or something.

Then again, I half expect Namco to try it sometime just to see how far they can go in franchise milking records.

Edit: Though to be honest, such a concept would be interesting to see - a direct comparison for how much more experinced a developer is with a console at the end of it's lifecycle compared to the beginning. Still though, that'd be a waste of resources on all but maybe smaller games, it's shown well enough with sequaels and spiritual successors, and this would be way too early for ToE anyway. :P
10657  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Super Paper Mario on: June 20, 2006, 08:19:54 AM
IGN hands-on preview.

Sounds more like a platformer, but then I've heard that there's items, and there /might be/ EXP, and... Damn, I don't know what to make of this game. I think that's half the reason I'm as interested as I am, it's looking very /different/. :P
10658  The Rest / General Discussions / North Korea pictures on: June 20, 2006, 04:16:45 AM
Strangely enough, I'd want to walk around there and see it for myself. But... Yeah. What Tony and many of those posters in the thread said. :P
10659  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 19, 2006, 11:58:24 PM
Great, a probably decent PSP port /after/ the GBA one came out here. :P

I'm not holding much hope for any but that T.O.W game, not unless TotA sells  several hundred thousand units or something. I guess ToP would technically be plausible, but I imagine Nintendo has some deal with that, that prevents non-Nintendo versions from coming out, ala ToS.
10660  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Blizzard sells out (again)? on: June 19, 2006, 11:43:51 PM
I'm admittedly thinking more of recent games; as I recall we only had WCIII, WoW, and Expansions for both either out or upcoming, totalling four, two original games since 2002. For Bioware... In a similar time frame, we've got 4 original games, 3 already out, and 2 co-developed expansions, so that's a total of 6 games, 5 currently out.

I guess that admittedly shows they only put out a little more than Blizzard, but it still felt like there were more Bioware games. Maybe KotOR2 and NWN2 helped to exagerrate that sensation, as well as the lack of totally new titles shown for Blizzard's future.

Edit: In the above I didn't count Dragon Age - no idea when that's supposed to be out, IF it'll be out, and the same goes for SC Ghost.
10661  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: June 19, 2006, 04:30:34 AM
Finished Snow Crash. Liked it. Probably will deal with my other books later.
10662  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Blizzard sells out (again)? on: June 19, 2006, 04:28:26 AM
Unlike Blizzard, Bioware churns out games at a reasonable pace - I think that they'd be about as capable as SE in churning out more great games while maintaining an MMO - seemed they opened a studio just for that anyway, so maybe it won't detract too much from Bioware's normal division.
10663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 18, 2006, 04:49:07 PM
I'd say the bit of what it could be is worth pointing elsewhere, but I'd have included RPGFan's URL anyway. Not like there's some one URL per post rule or something.

I found what IGN said about the big surprise amusing (listing a bunch of Tales/RPG cliches for guessing what the game'll have), and I'm suspecting it'll ultimately be more of the same general stuff. Though I'll be very surprised if it genuinely is dramatically different. Of course, a ToD remake would definitely fall under that. :P
10664  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 18, 2006, 03:56:20 AM
Started up Baldur's Gate again.

I don't think I can return to NWN's main campaign now, this already feels like a better game. :P
10665  The Rest / General Discussions / LucasArts President: "Industry Needs to Release On Time on: June 16, 2006, 06:16:33 AM
1up story.

Thoughts?
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