I certainly understand where you're coming from Patrick, but I don't think you're looking at this from all angles. As the owner of a company that sells online and takes almost 3/4ths of our payments through Paypal, I can tell you first hand that fraud is a huge concern for Paypal, on all sides. In many cases, if someone is defrauding the consumer, Paypal is left holding the bag. The credit card companies will demand the money from the seller (the fraudster) and Paypal has to cough it up. Period. In this case, they could be held liable for the whole amount. That's a big loss, even for Paypal.
On top of that, the internet is FULL of scammers. We have to deal with fraud on our website on a daily basis. It's a huge problem. Paypal probably loses a ton every year due to fraud, and any time someone is gathering $80,000 all of the sudden, with no history with Paypal, and for potentially nebulous reasons, they have reason to be cautious.
Is there a better answer than what they are doing? I don't know. They could, and maybe should, just say, no you can't gather that much cash here. Find another way to get the money. Then it's up to the receiver to decide if that's worth it to them. I just think you probably should consider this a bit more deeply than just reflexively looking at it from one side's perspective. Things are usually more complicated than they seem, especially when talking about moving this kind of money. Where I'm from, you can buy a house for that kind of dough, and there is ultimately a higher degree of risk involved from Paypal's perspective.
I don't know why, but I do find all of the drama surrounding Fish, Blow and people like them, to be entertaining. It's one of the things I love about games. I love games. Yes. But I also love the stuff like this that happens around games.
This annoyed gamer/Fish thing actually reminds me of the Andy Kaufman bit with the pro wrestler.
If Fish truly is having trouble handling being in public life, and this isn't just for fun/show/entertainment, then he really should choose a different profession. I know that I do NOT have skin thick enough to be out there like him. I would never do it, because the criticism would drive me insane.
It's one of the things I really admire about people like the Giant Bomb folks. You guys go out there and put your balls on the table, and say f it, yeah I don't look like Brad Pitt, but fuck you, so what. I know that some of the hurtful, mean things people say probably really do bother you at times, but I hope they don't bother too much. You're good dudes, and I truly respect that you guys are able to do what you do, and not lose your mind. My mind would be lost in your shoes.
If Xbox One doesn't allow used games and PS4 does, I just don't see a scenario where Xbox One is successful. I'm not sure I'd buy one, and I buy 80% of my games new, and the 20% I buy used I generally don't even end up playing.
I think small mid and large developers alike will be shocked at how destroying the used market affects their sales. I'm confident it will drastically reduce the number of people willing to ay full price for a game. I know I won't, and I never sell my games anyway.
If ps4 allows used games and Xone doesn't, I would fully expect GameStop to not carry the Xone or Xone games. If I owned GameStop that's what I'd do. If I were Sony, I would make Microsoft swallow tat bitter pill and own this generation. They would stand out as the likely most powerful platform, and by far the only consumer friendly platform. There is NO way Sony loses if they don't make that grand error and Microsoft does.
I watched the PS3 event and came away very enthused. I've been around forever. I'm in the same age range as Alex and the rest of the Bomb crew. I've seen a lot of press conferences, and honestly, I thought this was one of the best. It's certainly the best I've seen Sony do in the past 7 or 8 years.
I disagree on one point. I LOVED the Infamous guy. That was PURE theater, it was entertaining as all hell!!! I was smiling ear to ear as soon as this creepy weird dude came on stage and started talking. I wanted to know what the hell game he was talking about, and when it was Infamous, which is one of my favorite franchises, I laughed out loud with excitement. It was fantastic!
What, you want Jack Tretton to come out and talk sales figures instead?!? Seriously. It was great.
Sony is getting on good terms with indies? When haven't they been on good terms with indie devs? The best indie games of the generation came our on PS3. They put more behind indie devs than any other console maker ever has.
Also, Infamous is boring?!?!? SERIOUSLY? Sorry, but what Infamous and the few other games like that, have done, isn't done very often. There are only a handful of open world, super hero, platforming games, and NONE of them are as good as Infamous. I'm halfway through Infamous 2, currently playing it, and it's one of my favorite games of this gen, and I play a lot of games. It's a really FUN game to play. It's one of those games that's just a joy to mess with. That the press rolls their eyes at it, but licks the spittle off the boots of CoD every year, says more about you than it does about Infamous. Infamous is one of the best franchises to come out of this gen, and it's a crime that it's been so overlooked.
I too think Microsoft is going to have a tough time topping this. The network stuff on PS4 is really impressive. I really hope 720 isn't Kinnect centric, and I hope they go toe to toe with Sony on system performance. I would LOVE it if they came out with even higher specs, but I just doubt it. I was actually very surprised that PS4 will have 8 gigs of RAM. I didn't think they'd push it that high. I'm really hoping that all games are 1080P now.
I'm very pumped for the PS4. I buy every console, but this is the most excited I've been for a launch since the Wii, and while that ended up not going so great for me, the PS4 looks awesome.
I was bummed to tune into Giant Bomb's stream though. I was watching IGN and it started going flaky around the car game dude. I tuned into Giant Bomb, and the snark was out in full force. When the Infamous guy came out I couldn't take it anymore and went back to IGN. I NEVER go to IGN. Giant Bomb is my main gaming website. You guys are just too cynical now. Nothing impresses you. You make people feel bad for being excited about a console launch.
You trolled and made fun of every speaker that came on the stage (admittedly while I was watching anyways). I felt embarrassed for you. As if Brad's shit doesn't stick too. It made me honestly wonder for the first time, why are you guys covering games anymore, if the launch of a powerful new system, with lots of new ideas, doesn't turn you on anymore? It's the PS freaking 4, and you guys sounded bored, too cool for it all, and above getting excited about the sauce that makes games better.
I heard you guys saying, well, it looks better, but that's not enough, blah blah blah. REALLY?! A nice jump in graphics has ALWAYS been good enough for me. Did you not see the sand demo? The demo of the old guy's face? WTF, that doesn't excite you? I pity you. And again, I love Giant Bomb. I'm a premium member. I buy every console that comes out. I love games. I'm 36 years old. I am not a fanboy of any one system. I just love games, so to listen to your DEPRESSING, live stream, just sucked.
Take a sabbatical, come back in 6 months. If you aren't excited about a new console, hang it up...