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#1 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

My guess is that a selected few games will be available, with some rotation as contracts expire or promotions end, with a monthly fee of about $10-$15 and a couple free weeks for new subscriptions. Something similar to the Netflix model.

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#2 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

I really can't defend the gaming industry in this. They knew what was happening, they knew the risk, they just didn't care...

People has been saying there should be some control or restrain over microtransactions and lootboxes, some line not to cross, yet the industry didn't care, they were making money out of gamifing betting using casino level physiological traps and selling it to everyone in reach. Don't show how much people have spent, don't publish the odds of getting something they want, don't give them ways to get what they want unless relaying on luck, design the menu so that you don't put the access to the purchasable goods more than a few clicks away at all times, touch the numbers of your "random generator" to make it harder to get things while making them more prominent for people playing, put as few hops as posible to verify the identity of peoples accounts...

We all knew the AGA would have to draw some lines in the sand or the government would get involved when someone when too far or too noticeable. When CEOs boasted aboutall the moneymicrotransactions gave them, while stories about kids spending thousands on parents money without them realizing kept piling up, legislators were due to pay attention. Yet the gaming association always had a pro-publisher approach to everything, they just gave them carte blanche to do as they pleased, never considering the consumers, and in the way they failed their mission. They were created to self-regulate the industry, under the believe that letting a government that doesn't understand it would do more harm than good... when, they didn't regulate squat, and now a government that doesn't understand the industry is likely going to come and do more harm than good, and I can't really blame them for it because the people that were paid to prevent this situation did nothing at all.

Do I think the bill will do more harm than good, at least until they find another legal hole? Yes. Do I think it will lack nuance to distinguish the more egregious ones from those that barely qualify? Definitely. Do I think it is unfair that it will affect disproportionally the developers and small studios more than the big names and executives? Absolutely. But, do I think it the proposal was uncalled for? Not really. Do I think the government has no business getting into this? Hmmm, no. If they failed to act responsibly and regulate themselves, someone will force them to. And in this case, there is no one but the government. The same way I think a person being mauled by an wild animal is a tragedy, I can't be mad at the wild animal if that person was prancing around it.

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#3 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

As far as I am aware, the only real requirement for being Batman is being a man and having a chin, so Pattinson qualifies...

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#4 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

I have not seen a franchise so consistently failing at delivering and also so convinced it needs another chance as Terminator. There was no good Terminator movie in the last 30 years. Honestly, I thought after Genesys they were going to give it a rest... but noooo, they have to try another time before Schwarzenegger is too old to walk.

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#5 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

@glots said:

@hermes said:

I am also looking forward to Todd Howard dodging the huge elephant in the room.

"So we know Fallout 76 has been a little problematic...BUT HERE'S A FALLOUT 3/FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS REMASTER DOUBLE PACK!"

"This is another version of Skyrim we are going to play for laughs... Not that it is real, people were actually employed to build it and we are charging real money for it. Its just a wacky joke, because we are wacky. We promise."

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#6 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

Release date for Cyberpunk and Halo on PC

Other than that, I just want to be surprised. I am also looking forward to Todd Howard dodging the huge elephant in the room.

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#7 Edited by hermes (2611 posts) -

There are several programs that are aiming to do what Galaxy is promising. Just for reference, I am using a program called Playnite after a Raycevick recommendation. Its cool and provides some of the functionalities GOG Galaxy is aiming for (it even detect my emulators libraries as if they were separate collections), but there are some convenience in having a high profile developer getting into it (at least they can have leverage for publishers to give them some support).

Some of the features like cross-platform chat and stats seem crazy.

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#8 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

Besides the obvious improvements, I love Igarashi's showmanship...

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#9 Posted by hermes (2611 posts) -

@rorie said:

EVERY HERO HAS A GENESIS ughhhhhhhh

Not going to lie, that line was the closest thing I saw to clever...

Maybe I have low standards, but at least it is better than Carrey doing his Ace Ventura stick and everyone but the soldier taking it at face value...

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#10 Edited by hermes (2611 posts) -

It looks like they took the people that made Yogi Bear and Alvin and the Chipmunks, and asked them to make it worst...