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Braid PC Out in March, $15

The Xbox Live Arcade indie darling is finally coming to Windows.

Finding it tough to get through writing this story without mentioning "you-know-who."
The official blog devoted to Number None's Braid has clarified a previous announcement concerning the PC release of Braid. Yesterday, Stardock announced that the time-traveling platformer would hit on the PC at the end of March for $19.95. Today, Braid creator Jonathan Blow went ahead and cut that price to $14.95 because the original price "has proven to be unpopular in certain areas of the Internets."

In the rest of the entry, he talks about comparing Braid to other comparable PC products, most of which run around $20. Simply put, if you'd pay $20 for World of Goo, wouldn't you then feel fine about paying the same amount for Braid? As someone who sits in the "World of Goo ain't all that" camp, an equal price seems pretty fair to me. But it's an interesting problem, as the markets and appropriate price points between the download services on consoles and their PC counterparts is quite different.

Either way, the PC version will be light on the DRM, which is nice. Here's what Blow had to say about that:
Where possible, the game will be released without DRM. Some online publishers include their own DRM as a matter of policy, and of those guys, I am only signing with the ones that have light and non-intrusive DRM. My goal is to give people a reasonable choice about where to get the game, and if they don’t like someone’s DRM or someone else’s launcher client, they can get it from whoever they like most.
Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by mamboozo
Finding it tough to get through writing this story without mentioning "you-know-who."
The official blog devoted to Number None's Braid has clarified a previous announcement concerning the PC release of Braid. Yesterday, Stardock announced that the time-traveling platformer would hit on the PC at the end of March for $19.95. Today, Braid creator Jonathan Blow went ahead and cut that price to $14.95 because the original price "has proven to be unpopular in certain areas of the Internets."

In the rest of the entry, he talks about comparing Braid to other comparable PC products, most of which run around $20. Simply put, if you'd pay $20 for World of Goo, wouldn't you then feel fine about paying the same amount for Braid? As someone who sits in the "World of Goo ain't all that" camp, an equal price seems pretty fair to me. But it's an interesting problem, as the markets and appropriate price points between the download services on consoles and their PC counterparts is quite different.

Either way, the PC version will be light on the DRM, which is nice. Here's what Blow had to say about that:
Where possible, the game will be released without DRM. Some online publishers include their own DRM as a matter of policy, and of those guys, I am only signing with the ones that have light and non-intrusive DRM. My goal is to give people a reasonable choice about where to get the game, and if they don’t like someone’s DRM or someone else’s launcher client, they can get it from whoever they like most.
Edited by Aydin

Braid is one of my top favorites. I'm looking forward to play the PC version as well.

Edited by Dalai

You're in the "World of Goo ain't all that" camp?  You've lost all credibility.

All kidding aside, the drop simply benefits gamers and when I eventually get Braid on the PC, I'll take that $5 towards a Burger King value meal or something.

Thanks, Jonathan!

Posted by michaelenger

I am also in the "World of Goo ain't all that" camp and I am looking forward to playing Braid. The gaming world has little love for PC players so it's been a long wait :(

Posted by chililili

World of Goo ROCKS! Anyway pretty damn excited! At last I get to play Braid!

Posted by LordAndrew

I'm part of the "World of Goo should have been $15 on the PC" camp.

Posted by BiggerBomb

Mamboozo, mamboozo, what are you doing out of your cage?!?!

Posted by FCKSNAP

I'll get it on steam, cuz they'll most likely have it on sale at launch or sometime; but I've always wanted to try stardock's system thing, but nothing's really caught my eye that much except for SoaSE. Though Sins is something I play only with close friends, which none of them like or are interested in that game.

Posted by stephengotlost

I'll be sure to take pleasure during this experience.

Posted by HitNRun

A good idea by Mr. Blow. A better idea would have been to get the price right the first time, considering that (a) it's a delayed port (b) to an non-secure platform (c) that set off a controversy at $15 and (d) the lower Internets are a risible, ill-tempered place.

Posted by VibratingDonkey

You can never get enough of that going back in time potion that you never run out of.

Posted by sloppyjoe

dude check this game out... he never runs out of the time potion.. whooooopp

Posted by Media_Master

pc...

Posted by Knives

Of course you didn't like World of Goo, it was a PC/Wii product.

Posted by Lieutenant
Posted by AllanIceman

If it's out on Steam I'll get it.

Posted by LordAndrew
Knives said:
"Of course you didn't like World of Goo, it was a PC/Wii product."
Oh yeah! Stick it to the man! You don't even know who Mamboozo is (my guess is Mike Tatum, whose video game preferences we know nothing about) but you have no problem accusing him of bias against the Wii and PC.
Don't be an idiot.
Edited by Knives
LordAndrew said:
"Knives said:
"Of course you didn't like World of Goo, it was a PC/Wii product."
Oh yeah! Stick it to the man! You don't even know who Mamboozo is (my guess is Mike Tatum, whose video game preferences we know nothing about) but you have no problem accusing him of bias against the Wii and PC.
Don't be an idiot.
"
Jeff is the original author of this article. Check the main page.
Posted by LordAndrew
Knives said:
"LordAndrew said:
"Knives said:
"Of course you didn't like World of Goo, it was a PC/Wii product."
Oh yeah! Stick it to the man! You don't even know who Mamboozo is (my guess is Mike Tatum, whose video game preferences we know nothing about) but you have no problem accusing him of bias against the Wii and PC.
Don't be an idiot.
"
Jeff is the original author of this article. Check the main page.
"
You mean the news page? The front page of the site doesn't list authors.
Jeff has stated why he's not a fan of World of Goo and it has nothing to do with the platforms it's available on. I'll say it again: don't be an idiot.
Edited by Knives
LordAndrew said:
"Knives said:
"LordAndrew said:
"Knives said:
"Of course you didn't like World of Goo, it was a PC/Wii product."
Oh yeah! Stick it to the man! You don't even know who Mamboozo is (my guess is Mike Tatum, whose video game preferences we know nothing about) but you have no problem accusing him of bias against the Wii and PC.
Don't be an idiot.
"
Jeff is the original author of this article. Check the main page.
"
You mean the news page? The front page of the site doesn't list authors.
Jeff has stated why he's not a fan of World of Goo and it has nothing to do with the platforms it's available on. I'll say it again: don't be an idiot.
"
That's funny. I see "added by Jeff" at the top of the Braid article. I know I'm an idiot, but isn't it safe to assume he wrote it? And you can believe whatever the fuck you want.
Posted by LordAndrew

I believe what I want when there is evidence of it.

Here's a comment he left on Dalai's blog:

 Oh, you so crazy!

Really don't understand all the World of Goo love out there. It's neat and all, but... yeah. Not one of my favorite games of the year. Obviously, same goes for Brawl, though I guess I'd rather play World of Goo than Brawl. Heck, I'd rather "play" Wii Fit than Brawl. Also, we didn't review Blast Works. Not sure where you're getting this "full star higher" nonsense. Blast Works certainly has some neat ideas. Wish they were in a better game.

And if I may respond in kind, if you don't like WarioWare: Smooth Moves you suck shit out of a lead pipe marked "shit delivery system."

Aaaaand lastly, I really like Mega Man 9 right up to the point where they make you start playing it. That's not a classic revival, that's a hate factory.
Note that he not only gives a reason why he's not a big fan of World of Goo, but also mentions how much he enjoys WarioWare: Smooth Moves. Guess which system that's on.
Edited by Knives
LordAndrew said:
"I believe what I want when there is evidence of it.

Here's a comment he left on Dalai's blog:
 Oh, you so crazy!

Really don't understand all the World of Goo love out there. It's neat and all, but... yeah. Not one of my favorite games of the year. Obviously, same goes for Brawl, though I guess I'd rather play World of Goo than Brawl. Heck, I'd rather "play" Wii Fit than Brawl. Also, we didn't review Blast Works. Not sure where you're getting this "full star higher" nonsense. Blast Works certainly has some neat ideas. Wish they were in a better game.

And if I may respond in kind, if you don't like WarioWare: Smooth Moves you suck shit out of a lead pipe marked "shit delivery system."

Aaaaand lastly, I really like Mega Man 9 right up to the point where they make you start playing it. That's not a classic revival, that's a hate factory.
Note that he not only gives a reason why he's not a big fan of World of Goo, but also mentions how much he enjoys WarioWare: Smooth Moves. Guess which system that's on.
"
Shit, he likes one game on the system. I guess I was wrong. I just need to get over the fact that just about ever game Jeff or this website likes, I dislike, and vice versa. I dislike racing games, fighting games, wrestling games, skating games, console FPSs, and I am "meh" about GTA. Not much left is there?
Posted by LordAndrew

You have yet to prove anything to back up your claim; while I've managed to provide an example to the contrary, and can also prove that Mamboozo is an alias for Mike Tatum if you even care.

Posted by Knives

That's because it isn't provable. There isn't ever going to be any convincing evidence other than a direct quote saying, "I am bias".

Posted by Mister_Snig

FANBOY WARS

Posted by daniel_beck_90

That is a great news from Mamboozo ?!!!! 

Posted by JackSukeru

On the actual subject, Sweet Braid, now I'll be able to play it!

Posted by Geno

So it'll be on Steam?

Posted by piropeople13

Great Game: Check
Found 15 bucks: Check
DRM Light/Free: Check
Creator Of said game cares about user (my) rights as a consumer:  Double Check and Gold Star Sticker

DAY ONE PURCHASE HERE!!

Posted by AspiringAndy

Wohoo!
This should work on my crappy laptop!
I haven't even brought Braid on the 360 yet, I've heard pretty good things about it though.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Bout time.

Posted by Kohe321

Can't wait!

Posted by atejas

Only $15? Hell yes, I'll probably buy this now.

Posted by Tebbit

I'm guessing it won't be coming out on Steam if Stardock announced it. The worlds first Impulse exclusive (lie) perhaps!? Alternatively, probably not, because Steam is rad.

Posted by Parsnip
mamboozo transformed into Jeff overnight.
magic.
Posted by RHCPfan24

Maybe I should check out "World of Goo" sometime soon. But I am tired of whenever Jeff says he is not that interested in it and then people crap their pants. Seriously, give the dude a break. You can't expect him to like every single game that has been generally well-received.

As for Braid, I already have it but, for anyone who hasn't played it yet, buy it once it comes out. It is amazing and the price seems right.

Edited by LordAndrew
Tebbit said:
"I'm guessing it won't be coming out on Steam if Stardock announced it. The worlds first Impulse exclusive (lie) perhaps!? Alternatively, probably not, because Steam is rad."
Jonathon Blow said on his blog "Stardock is one of two or three Windows PC-oriented download sites that I have signed with. The others haven’t made their announcements yet, but when they do, I’ll post it here."
So it could very well be coming to Steam, since Stardock isn't the only service offering the game.

Also, "If Braid launches on Steam, it will support Achievements."
Posted by LordAndrew

And here's another juicy tidbit from Jonathon Blow:

I am going to start talking to Sony soon about a PSN version. A lot of people have been asking for that. But of course I can’t promise anything until a deal is signed!

Posted by Atomic_Tangerine

If you like to drink and get drunk or smoke and get high, they made a game for you.  It's called Braaaaid.  There ain't no point to the game.  It's like Mario from the future.  See, Mario's wearing a business suit and dyed his hair orange!

Posted by Geno

If it has any chance of coming to Steam, I'm not getting it from another distributor, even if it releases earlier. I made that mistake with the Penny Arcade games and Playgreenhouse.

Posted by Cerza

This is great news for PC gamers! I just hope it comes to Steam.

Posted by kennybaese

Hmm... Well, I really want to play this game, but if he's trying to get a PSN version out there... I might wait and get it there.

Posted by KnightsofRound

Cool.  Braid was one of the reasons why I wanted to get a 360, but seeing as that may take some time I'll definitely scoop this game up if it comes out on Steam.  To be perfectly honest I'd much rather play it on the PC than the 360 anyway.

Posted by SunKing

If I do buy the game, it will be on Impulse. The reliance gamers seem to put upon Steam is worrisome. Remember people, competition is good!

Edited by Knives
SunKing said:
"If I do buy the game, it will be on Impulse. The reliance gamers seem to put upon Steam is worrisome. Remember people, competition is good!
"

Most don't even know what Impulse is; there aren't many true PC-gamers left these days, ya'know. 

A quick lesson. Stardock is the Valve of strategy, and Impulse is a quality platform for distribution. Expand your horizons, Impulse isn't anything to be afraid of. Steam isn't the end all, be all source for digital distribution.
Posted by theMcNasty

     On a side note, DRM is ruining PC Games today.  I've read a lot of information and viewpoints from both sides of the argument and I just can't find myself to side with DRM.  It just seems like the honest people are always getting punished for thievery.

Posted by Red

Does $5 really matter? I mean, it's a fantastic indie PC game.

Braid's a great game. I'm glad that other people will be able to experience it.
Posted by RHCPfan24
LordAndrew said:
"And here's another juicy tidbit from Jonathon Blow:
I am going to start talking to Sony soon about a PSN version. A lot of people have been asking for that. But of course I can’t promise anything until a deal is signed!
Wow. That is big news if it actually goes through. This means I can buy Braid three times! SWEET!
Posted by skywing

i'll get it if it comes out on steam.