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#1 Posted by snared04 (455 posts) -

[QUOTE="snared04"]Sorry, if they're going to involve themselves in poor business practices, I'll do whatever it takes to protect my time and money. If they'd have better return policies and/or release demos, it might be a different situation, but I'm afraid neither of those things are happening at the moment. Sucks for them.Planeforger

That's nice in principle, but can you honestly say that you've gone on to immediately buy every single pirated game that you played for more than 10 minutes?

I'm betting that the vast (vast!) majority of pirates do not.

Actually I don't know that I can name a big pirating group (i.e. RELOADED, SKidROW, etc.) that doesn't say on their NFO files "pay for games and support the developers.". Yeah, you're right in assuming that some people are merely out there for free items, but at the same time I would call video game companies extremely unscrupulous in their dealings with people. Raise your hand if you're happy about DRM's for instance.

And like I said, I could go in and buy a book and bring it back for a refund -on that note I could go in, read through the first chapter without paying for anything-you can't do that with a video game. That's what demos are supposed to be for.

You can test drive a car.

You don't have to pay for a new house before you walk through it for the first time, before you get it inspected to make sure everything checks out, etc.

Almost every piece of merchandise or ownable anything in the world has some kind of demo or return policy... except video games. Even other types of computer software, like a Windows OS or Microsoft office allows you a free trial period. If video game companies have been having serious issues with pirating, then they have no one to blame but themselves. Everyone has been burned by a %@%#y game or ones that just plain don't work on their system, or require an inordinate amount of work to get working properly, etc. Video game companies and retailers don't want to deal with refunds and piracy? I think consumers don't want to deal with shoddy coding and refund policies that favor everyone but themselves. The market will, and has, found a way to balance things out.

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#2 Posted by snared04 (455 posts) -

Admitting to piracy on these forums is not good. Especially if a mod sees this or somebody reports it ( not me though ) It would be nice if they released demos for games. I've been bitten by both critic and user reviews before. Where are the demos ?!!!!OgreB

Did I say I pirated anything?

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#3 Posted by snared04 (455 posts) -

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[QUOTE="FelipeInside"] Might be fine to try the game, but it still counts towards the pirated rate numbers unfortunately. I still don't agree, he should rely more on reviews and player critics.FelipeInside

Reviews aren't always helpful. Even if a thousand people like it, there is no guarantee that YOU will like it. It all comes down to personal preference. For example, although Bioshock received rave reviews and everyone praised it, I personally didn't like it at all. In fact, for some reason playing the game even for a few minutes gave me a splitting headache. I'm glad I tried it for an hour before buying, because I never liked it and never bought it. I agree that even trying a game counts towards piracy, but that's better compared to losing your money over a game you can't enjoy. I often try games before buying them. The only developer whose games I buy without trying is Valve, because I know very well that all games they make will surely be terrific.

So I guess you download a pirated version of a movie and watch the first 10 minutes before going to the theatre? Or an illegal copy of an e-book and read first 100 pages before buying it hard copy? I understand that trying a game before buying should be a given, and demos should always be available, but sadly it's not the way it is anymore. I've been burnt before buying games (cough* Double Agent *cough), but it's the way it is unfortunately. Downloading a pirated copy just makes things worse cause it gets counted towards the number. It's a no win situation, but like I said before, demos should be forced.

You're being purposefully obtuse to the part where in the list of:

-Games

-Movies at a theater

-Books

Games are the only thing you can't get your money back for, at least on the PC. If I go to a theater, and walk out after 10 minutes of a movie, they'll refund my movie. I can go to Barnes and Noble, buy a book, bring it back the next day and get all my money back, no questions asked. Game companies and software retailers, on the other hand, are in the habit of treating every single customer like a criminal. Buy a game, and no matter what you do, once it has been opened, you're not getting anything back. Not even if it legitimately DOES NOT WORK on your computer. Sorry, if they're going to involve themselves in poor business practices, I'll do whatever it takes to protect my time and money. If they'd have better return policies and/or release demos, it might be a different situation, but I'm afraid neither of those things are happening at the moment. Sucks for them.

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@ Sunspot Tor will crash and burn. And Blizzard isn't, and has no reason to be scared of it at all. Diablo 3 looks nothing like WoW, period.

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P.s. I'm in the beta, and if the rest of the game is as polished as the start of it, then it's more than ready to go. In fact, I've seen MMO's that weren't half as polished and bug free as the beta *cough AoC*. I'm tired of being strung along just because they know we'll buy it anyway. Way to screw your fans over.

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Defended that 2011 release window for a whole year. Thanks for letting me, and everyone else down, again. You know, you can defend their "polished, but delayed" products all you want, but in the end, everyone else in the world has to stick to time tables. Give me virtually endless resources and let me take as long as humanly possible to develop a game, and I'll make a winner too. Somewhere, in some alternate universe, the Blizzard development team, now working at Ford Motor Company, is just finishing up their Design of the 2007 Mustang, at the closing of 2011. They're hoping it will be ready to go by "early 2012".

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#7 Posted by snared04 (455 posts) -

Anyone that's interested in Diablo III and the beta that's going on right now:

I have my Diablofans.com beta blog here:

http://www.diablofans.com/index.php?app=blog&module=manage

Several articles about impressions of the gameplay mechanics, classes, etc from the perspective of a long time Diablo and Diablo II veteran. Also have quite a few gameplay videos up. Check them out, and enjoy.

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@ Alucard1475 They have already stated that porting this to any system will in no way affect the PC release date, so wish granted. @ Stoncutters908 Every system is a computer. So does your statement include you? I'm sorry the fact that we hold ourselves to higher standards of game quality, screen resolution, optimization, etc annoys you. And if we hate your consoles, it's probably because of the pathetic fail rate of consoles, the pathetic ports we get from games that are designed with consoles in mind first, and statements like the one you just made.

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@ keech Looking at Blizzard's release history is *fair*. Gamespot only quoting a four month old quote that represents one side of the equation, while ignoring multiple quotes that demonstrate the possibility of a 2011 release, is not.

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"Of course, today's new job listing is still far from confirmation that the developer is in fact bringing Diablo III to consoles. Whatever the case, the game is still a ways away, as publisher Activision does not expect Diablo III to ship by the end of the year. " Wow gamespot, way to throw out a 4 month old quote, when Blizzard has said, both before, at that time, and since then, that their goal is still to release this game before the end of the year.... Game site feeding a controversial release date debate ftl...