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Computer Wargaming / Re: Rule the Waves 2
« Last post by The_Admiral on Yesterday at 09:25:32 PM »
Well I don't dispute the fact that torrent numbers are only a rather unreliable and not necessarily accurate external sign of piracy among others - but trustworthy or not, you cannot expect a small dev not to be shocked by these numbers the first time he sees them. In the same way, I agree that most pirate downloads wouldn't lead to a sale anyway, anyhow. In that regard, even if it means getting less money for each copy sold eventually, Steam's "impulsive purchase" syndrome would certainly leave NWS sale potential - and its smaller user base - mostly untouched. The mere visibility and numbers trumps the rest in my opinion, but well it's their game, and as such their decision... And our choice to buy it or not.

As someone else said in a recent cold waters post over there at Steam regarding Killerfish (a great example of the visibility Steam can bring to the genre btw), buying a game doesn't mean one suddenly gets shares in the company. Even less so if we don't buy it in the first place. They are big boys, I trust their vision for their own game, and my opinion shall always come second.  :coolsmiley:

In the meantime best of luck to the RtW team. I'll buy it, even if NWS is the only option.

As a sidenote though: despite its good consumer-oriented practices, GOG is not doing very well these days. I wouldn't be so sure about their future right now...
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Music, TV, Movies / Re: Streaming Gems (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.)
« Last post by Sir Slash on Yesterday at 08:59:04 PM »
There's a new 3rd season of the docu-drama, 'The Roman Empire'-- Cagligula the Mad Emperor which was very good though short at only about 6 episodes.
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Computer Wargaming / Re: Happy Easter from Matrix!
« Last post by bobarossa on Yesterday at 08:41:41 PM »
Thanks Airboy and Pratt. Are the Seleucids playable in Aggressors? Are the developers still working on it?
Yes, Seleucids are playable in both Ancient Med and random games.  I haven't played the game yet but I needed to do at least one useful thing today and checking this was it!
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Computer Wargaming / Re: Rule the Waves 2
« Last post by Huw the Poo on Yesterday at 08:13:23 PM »
They don't have to look very far in order to assess the damage - after all, any proper torrent tracker will tell you how many people downloaded a file, it would be telling - and depressing - enough as it is.

This is disingenuous.  As has been well documented by now, the vast majority of such downloads either never would have been sales in the first place, or would actually convert to sales that wouldn't have happened otherwise.  One isn't harm, and the other is material benefit.  "Illegitimate download = lost sale" is a fallacy; that has been known for a long time now.  At the end of the day, DRM is a problem only for the paying customer; "pirates" aren't troubled by it.  That's arse-backwards however you look at it.  GOG have built their entire business model on this, and have been successful for years.

I do agree that not putting the game on Steam is shooting themselves in the foot, though.  It is also known that Steam presence leads to a considerable number of impulse purchases; hell, I'm guilty of it myself.  The Steam storefront is excellent at selling games.
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Computer Wargaming / Re: Rule the Waves 2
« Last post by The_Admiral on Yesterday at 07:41:20 PM »
Well, Rule the Waves received a sudden and unexpected attention considering its sole channel of distribution. The excellent gameplay just made it more than a closet success in the end, and I can understand that pirating became an issue. They don't have to look very far in order to assess the damage - after all, any proper torrent tracker will tell you how many people downloaded a file, it would be telling - and depressing - enough as it is.

Still, even though I can understand that even if going for Steam means losing pretty much 40% of each sale (that would include Valve's cut and the taxes), I can't believe that the amount of business volume generated from having RTW2 showing up on such a forefront wouldn't largely beat the cost conceded in the end. A dev is still allowed to make people pay a certain price on Steam and a different one on their own private shop in order to make for that difference, and to me it's a missed opportunity to reach a much larger audience.

Heck, they could even approach the Epic Store with the prestige of RTW1 to show for. I wouldn't be shocked nor scandalized... They will never have a better time for that!
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Computer Wargaming / Re: Happy Easter from Matrix!
« Last post by Steelgrave on Yesterday at 07:37:41 PM »
Picked up Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock and three of the DLC's. It had been on my wishlist for awhile and I felt that sudden itch that gamers get that made me pull the trigger.   O0
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Computer Wargaming / Re: Rule the Waves 2
« Last post by Huw the Poo on Yesterday at 07:01:14 PM »
but RTW was our first release wherein we tracked fairly significant piracy of the game and we believe that it likely harmed our sales to some degree

This has been claimed many times but never proved.  Admittedly it's hard to get to the bottom of this issue, but indications (where serious studies have been done) are that "piracy" actually enhances sales.
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Computer Wargaming / Re: Rule the Waves 2
« Last post by Gusington on Yesterday at 06:48:01 PM »
'groggy naval freaks'

 :2funny:
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Computer Wargaming / Re: Jumpiní Jack FRIDAY!
« Last post by Gusington on Yesterday at 06:47:04 PM »
For Toonces.

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Computer Wargaming / Re: Happy Easter from Matrix!
« Last post by Gusington on Yesterday at 06:45:51 PM »
Thanks Airboy and Pratt. Are the Seleucids playable in Aggressors? Are the developers still working on it?
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