I will be playing DayZ on GU's very own server LU275 which now is on the Vilayer private hive. This gives us more control over who gets onto the server and also better security against hackers and script kiddies. Apart from that I got my lad Pokemon Black 2 and my daughter a replacement copy of Mario Party 8 so I will probably dip into those two a bit as well as continuing my fruitless quest to get the FIFA 13 community to understand that they don't all need to rush forward and leave me doing defending on my own in 11 vs 11 online matches.
when you set up your user on both Steam/Origin you set your age so it may well be open to abuse by kids as much as any other set up that involves you stating your age but not actually proving it. I don't know. I have to scroll so much to find my year of birth these days I've got RSI from it but I would assume that my age is verified on the back of my credit card/PayPal details. My assumption is that they must have these things in place or they are breaking the law. Having said that my kids play games on my steam and origin accounts (Football Manager/FIFA etc) so they can access any games I have installed on there. The thing is that I have the password to them and they don't. So I can control what they are playing.
I'd love to see a 4 year old play Battlefield......They'd still be better than me but I can imagine it all being a bit too much for them and they'd go back to Hello Kitty Adventures pretty quick.
EA also pull the classic "Standard Digital Edition - OUT OF STOCK" trick when they have a more expensive Digital Deluxe Edition to flog. I love how they can have a digital download and make it out of stock.
On this however The cost of producing all the disks needed for 17 command and conquer titles to be shipped as a physical product would be prohibitive. The EA-esque cock-up is not just selling it as a digital product and leaving it at that. Its a bit of a cynical move to allow people to buy a box that I am sure they could easily make themselves from a 1/1 scale scan of one someone owns if they really want it.
The speed at which Origin downloads would make this a nightmare purchase anyway. 17 C & C titles..... That could take months.
I managed to get on over my bank by further extending my bulging overdraft to buy F1 2012 on Steam. I would say up yours HSBC but they will cane me with charges so they win in the end. Would have bought Borderlands 2 as well but at that point HSBC woke up and declined the payment. So I will be playing F1 2012...and I don't even really like F1 but I do like driving games and its a very good one. Also looking forward to Colonial Marines just so I can do my Hudson impression "Game over maaannn, game ooover".
I've been burning red ants with lighter fluid in my front garden in between sitting in a chair watching the missus doing the gardening and surveying my hood, one hand down my jeans and a beer in the other hand.
I won't get near the computer or the consoles this weekend until very late on as the kids are here and the boys are obsessed with minecraft whilst the littl 'un is well into making me proud singing along to Nirvana on a rock band/guitar hero. She has a pretty good voice too.
When I do get on the comp I will be beating/getting beaten by people online at 2012 London Olympics whilst resisting playing DayZ on my own so we can all meet up for the next play session.
Also looking forward to Jurassic Junkie's next episode of DayZ on youtube so I can see what he did after he left my corpse to be eaten by about 20 zombies.
When it comes to gaming I always take the evil option. This is because of the wise words of the great philosopher Dark Helmet from Spaceballs
"So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb."
I ended up playing very little Day Z but a lot of London 2012. Oh and I also went to see Stone Roses and realised I am far too old to spend a couple of hours dancing like a bell-end, wearing huge wellies, to amazing music.
I'll be watching Jurassic run about doing an impression of Benny Hill but instead of women in lingerie he'll be being chased by a zombie on Dayz. I also plan to die of thirst a lot and continue the mission to find some f***ing ammo and a decent gun. Basically Dayz when I get on the comp and probably some Wii with my daughter.
That's all well and good mate but you missed me and McNandy taking 2 hours to find each other and them him laughing at me being chased and finally eaten by Zombies. Either way I found a day time server after McN left and I managed to get some mags but no gun. I am now cowering near Pavlova wondering if any of the buildings I can see is a farm that might just have a weapon in it and wondering how to get past the 7 Zeds I can see. I'll be around at about 9 tomorrow if I get near the comp. Kid weekend.
Basic Economics in play. It's all about supply and demand. Whilst unfinished games are snapped up by the masses there will continue to be unfinished games released (which is a basic way of saying what you have written so eloquently).
A lot of these companies don't have the luxury of releasing games "when they are finished". They have shareholders and investors to appease and these people are more important that you, the consumer, because you, the consumer, continue to buy what they release.
Personally I haven't purchased a FPS for a long time because I like SP more than MP. This is because I am slow, old and a poor loser. That's my issue and not a criticism of the games. Its just the march of time and the loss of relfexes and the opportunity to properly learn the mechanics of a game to be able to at least hold my own in MP (I'd happily give anyone a good game on FIFA online though and I am a wizz at online trivia games lol).
I know the fun MP can bring having played Joint Ops and BF2 for a long time when they were about. I can't say I've ever really got into COD MP as I always liked the SP campaigns (especially those involving WW2. The last COD I bought was World at War and I never played any MP on it. I'm not anti-COD at all. They are successful games for a reason and MP is the way games are going because it means that developers really only have to try to provide interesting playgrounds for people and then tweak things to add balance.
I've had Bioshock for a while. I think I installed it once and I realise it has a great SP campaign in it but I just never got into it.
Back to the point though. Whilst these companies care more about the shareholders than the consumers the power lies with the consumer and its a power most consumers don't use. If you don't like it then don't buy it. You don't buy it and they start to do research into why and change their ways.
This is just me re-iterating what you just said though but let's face it.........This is how it is and they know it and exploit it.
Secret World Beta for me. Enjoying it but not enough to pay a monthly fee for it. I like the story but have been burnt by Funcom with Conan and the whole endgame content being shit thing before so I am reserving judgement. Its a good game though.
I still need to finish this game therefore I didn't read all of this article to try and avoid spoilers. Difficult game to play when you have kids in the house and are trying to stop them repeating certain words like ones an Irish drunk might shout from a boat!
Oh and I may challenge the boys to a Father's Day FIFA Street tournament on Xbox.. as long as they know that if I lose I will be throwing the controller across the room before giving them a lecture on how to be a good loser.