Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by Madacian, Sep 21, 2010.
Have a cry. Release dates aren't for nothing.
Honestly, look at the shelf-space for PC games. Time was that was an aisle of a store. Now in a game shop you are lucky if it's more than 1 bookcase of shelves. Digital and internet distribution (on-line shops like Amazon) are the future for but the most major releases.
Modern warfare 2 us the most pirated pc game of all time and it is steam exclusive, so no steam does not really provide a good anti-piracy protection.
it will be released at 10am eastern time.
You cant play it before it releases.
interesting how did you get that info xD
Big American consumer blaming Steam for thier own ignorance and Wal Mart's incompetence.
I got to tell ya, threads like this really make me smile. Wait in line with everybody else and quit moaning about it, you're not doing yourself any favours. Alternatively, continue moaning about it and make the majority's day
Scotland here by the way - 2 days 13 hours til my game arbitrarily unlocks. Oh, and I paid for it before you did.
As others have said, you didn't buy the game you bought a license to use the game, under the terms and conditions specified in the agreement. In fact a recent court case ruled that companies can prevent you from transferring this license to other people.
So if you wanted to sell your copy of Civ V, or an Xbox game as a used game you are SOL if the courts ruling holds up.
To some extend you can blame greedy corporations, and to some extent you can blame a large group of people who think why should I pay much for intellectual property when I can pirate. It sucks to be law abiding but...
@OP they clearly warned you, that you wouldn't be able to play until the time of release.
Two hours eleven minutes!
i hope every person who supports that terrible store, that is Wal-mart, gets screwed over and has to wait.
If you intend to pick up a game as soon as it is getting released, do your research and find out exactly when it's going to be released.
Don't count on the retailer to know anything beyond a date. The date just tells them when they can put the product on the shelf and sell it. It's of no interest to them whether the product actually activates at that time.
Imagine if Wal-Mart refused to sell the game until 10AM EDT. People would come in at midnight hoping to get the game, and they would just be told "You have to come back tomorrow." Wouldn't you rather just get the game now even if you can't play until tomorrow, just to save yourself a trip? Wal-Mart did the smart thing really.
And even if they had sold it to you but told you that you wouldn't be able to play until the next day, what would you have done, told the cashier "Oh, that's okay, I'm just going to go home and come back in tomorrow?"
That's what you get for supporting crap like Steam.
And what are they for if not for when you are able to buy the game? Before crap like Steam was ever invented, if you had a game box in your hands it would mean you could install the damn thing right away.
The video game industry has changed. The business model used by brick-and-mortar retailers doesn't fit the business model used by digital retailers.
Personally, I think it's a change in the right direction. The problem is that we cannot implement the change overnight, and we seem to be stuck between the two at the moment.
Love Steam or hate it, the platform is great for developers because it allows them to reduce their distribution costs and makes it easier for them to focus more on developing great games and less on fighting over limited retail shelf space. This allows projects like Torchlight that have relatively small budgets to still be successful.
Sorry but I don't buy it. If it was changed as you claim, the guy would not have the box in his hands.
Forcing software on customer's PC isn't the right direction and I'm pretty sure that as soon as a valid alternative to Steam will show up, you'll see how long it will last.
Awfully quick to forget the fact that Wal Mart f*cked up, aren't we?
The release date and time was set to keep it nice and fair between digital and brick-and-mortar retailers. Don't come ing when you don't get to "Cheat" and play the game before the rest of us.
Perhaps with PC games, but developers and publishers also have to consider their console business, which I imagine is still largely retail business
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