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1 day 17 hours
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33 days 9 hours
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They didn't say the same team, they said Marc Laidlaw worked on HL then Dota. It's mentioned in articles across many sites.
Also, unlike a traditional retailer (whom often have the same 30% margin), Valve doesn't have overheads of advertising, shop frontage, shop rental, storage and distribution of physical goods, all across multiple sites in multiple cities with employees to match.
No, it won't. It's targeting "devs" and russian bot farms, SidAlpha explains better than I can here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALgmOdX2iQE and also takes a run through the scamming site which is home to assets for flipping, bot farms for trading cards and other nefarious shit.
Yeah, I'm not watching some random video. However, we've gotten more information now, so this is no longer an argument. They didn't change the system, supposedly. So all this was for nothing, and wasn't worth reporting on to begin with as the system wasn't changed.
It's aimed towards asset flippers / devs who "sell" game shaped objects and then free steam keys for use on russian bot farms for trading cards etc in exchange for $, trash developer / scammers in other words
The problem is that it'll also hit legit people who put their games up on bundles, so sites like bundlestar, humblebundle, and indiegala will get hit by this. Along with other resellers.
Exactly! They can push the limits, then later when we have calmed down and forgotten (as per human nature), push the limits again.
It's only a matter of time, yep. People get outraged, then used to things, and it becomes the new norm. Then companies push the limits again, and the cycle begins anew.
I also recommend giving the Fables books a gander.
The article has facts, figures and quotes from Gary Newman; as a good article should; not sure where you detected the negativity. In fact if under 6% of buyers said it wasn't fun it indicates quite the opposite.
Read the full report via Kotaku; it paints the whole situation.
I did read it before commenting, on Kotaku it suggests bad management was the core problem, though the author does have a crack at the engine being an issue. Seems they wanted to blame anyone and everything for the mess they made not only of MEA but of EA's backing, fans goodwill and Bioware's reputation. EA was right to disband them.
The "main BioWare" is still working on another IP and were the ones responsible for previous DA and ME, this was a new group.
ME3 threw away the whole story from ME1 & ME2 for some retconned garbage with plot holes light-years wide followed by Red:Green:Blue.
DA:I was so tedious I couldn't finish it and just watched the laughable boss fight on YouTube.
DA2 was a shameless money grab.
SWTOR was terrible and I regret my early-access/pre-order to this day.
Sorry, it's time to be honest. Bioware hasn't done anything worthwhile since ME2 and DA:O. And I don't expect it to get better.
What I expect is it to get worse. Like Maxis. Like Origin. Like every other thing EA has touched.