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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: May 24, 2015, 08:14:24 PM
I'm glad they kept that complexity.  It's there if you want it and while you can skip it on normal, they make a difference on hard/dark.  I also stand by my gather/sell stance.  I've been able to afford two higher end pieces of gear so far, but am no where near rolling in crowns. I've been lucky to find a few good items through the treasure quests, I have not found enough to fully equip yet. Also, most of those areas are guarded by higher level monsters.  Also, I'm still low level, favoring signs over the other skill trees. 

I found my first two wyverns last night, but was not able to deal enough damage to make the fight anything but a slog.  I'm going to go back before I out level it once I get a few upgrades.
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 24, 2015, 05:10:54 PM
05/24/15
Release Date: Oct 7, 2014



66% off. Sale price $10.19
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 85% positive in 1,117 reviews
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Long weekend edition - 5/22/15 on: May 23, 2015, 09:03:30 PM
Witcher 3.  Already put in about 8 hours and I intend to get more. 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 23, 2015, 09:01:40 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 23, 2015, 08:49:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 23, 2015, 02:46:36 PM

Put in a couple more hours last night, and it has finally clicked.  Took me a while, but I finally figured out the map and quest structure and have started to get the hang of combat.  I still hate Geralt's clunky movement (especially when indoors), doubly so on the horse, triply so underwater.  I've also had some quest wonkiness, such as the one where I was apparently supposed to chase someone on my horse after a cut scene, but I immediately got a "Quest Failed" message the moment the cutscene ended.

My big question is about gathering materials and looting chests/sacks/chests/etc.  There is SO much...stuff, how do we tell what's important?  Is it like Skyrim where every sack and barrel is full but you can ignore most of it, or should you be trying to gather from every plant you see?  I'm kinda just ignoring it for now, as it would drive me nuts otherwise.

Loot anything you can, but you don't have to go out of your way to loot plants. You only need a few of those in most cases, so only seek them out when you're looking for something for your alchemy.
Agreed if you are playing on normal difficulty.  If you are on Hard or Dark, you will want to loot everything and harvest every plant as you have to afford healing items and potions instead of getting a free heal via meditation. 

In the first area, be sure to search out everything on the map. You will find better armor and weapons and should get at least one blueprint for a silver sword that will make the griffin fight a bit easier.  you will also get a handful of ability points which can help a lot early on and with how slow you level up.  FWIW, with my gear, I was able to take out a camp of level 9's at level 4 with careful fighting and preparation. 
5  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 23, 2015, 08:50:21 PM
05/23/15
Release Date: Feb 26, 2013



80% off. Sale price $2.99
Metacritic score - 80 Critic 79 User
Steam user score - 93% positive in 4,838 reviews
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 22, 2015, 06:49:18 PM
I have had the 'you cannot save at this time' message before, but no idea if was the same issue as I don't know if I saved after that or reloaded.  On PS4
7  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 22, 2015, 05:19:33 PM
05/22/15
Release Date: Sep 24, 2013



75% off. Sale price $2.49
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 95% positive in 4,305 reviews

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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Mountain Course - 75% off. Sale price $0.49
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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Championship III  Highway II Courses - 75% off. Sale price $0.49
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Dig Dug Skin - 75% off. Sale price $0.49
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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Pac is Back Skin - 75% off. Sale price $0.49
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Pac Steps BGM - 75% off. Sale price $0.24
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+: Reentrance BGM - 75% off. Sale price $0.24

8  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 21, 2015, 05:22:46 PM
Weekend Deal 1
Offer ends Monday at 10am Pacific Time.
Release Date: Jan 27, 2015


25% off. Sale price $44.99
Metacritic score - 75 Critic 77 User
Steam user score - 91% positive in 13,870 reviews

DLC
Dying Light Season Pass -  off. Sale price $19.99
Dying Light: The Bozak Horde -  off. Sale price N/A
Dying Light Ultimate Survivor Bundle -  off. Sale price $4.99

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Barman: Arkham Knight Premium edition - 10% off. Sale price $89.98
Batman: Arkham Knight - price $59.99
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Batman: Arkham Origins - Season Pass - 75% off. Sale price $4.99  Steam user score - 86% positive in 15 reviews
Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition - 75% off. Sale price $4.99  Steam user score - 97% positive in 9,677 reviews
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition - 75% off. Sale price $4.99  Steam user score - 97% positive in 8,594 reviews

Weekend Deal 3
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80% off. Sale price $2.99

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong - 33% off. Sale price $19.99
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut - 70% off. Sale price $4.49  Steam user score - 95% positive in 1,252 reviews
Shadowrun Returns - 80% off. Sale price $2.99  Steam user score - 90% positive in 5,728 reviews
9  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 21, 2015, 05:16:49 PM
05/21/15
Release Date: Nov 18, 2014



40% off. Sale price $8.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 86% positive in 1,195 reviews

DLC
Never Alone: Original Soundtrack - 40% off. Sale price $4.19
10  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 20, 2015, 05:19:00 PM
05/20/15
Release Date: Nov 14, 2014



50% off. Sale price $9.99
Metacritic score - 72 Critic 84 User
Steam user score - 88% positive in 377 reviews

DLC
Lords of Xulima - The Talisman of Golot - 50% off. Sale price $1.49
Lords of Xulima - Special Digital Rewards - 50% off. Sale price $3.49
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 20, 2015, 04:29:05 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on May 20, 2015, 04:04:56 PM

As I am still undecided which system to get this for, how big of a PITA is the small text on PS4?  Is it something that comes up often, or more of a minor inconvenience?
I started playing on the couch and within 20 minutes, moved to a chair in front of the TV.  yeah, it's noticeable.

I hope they get this fixed soon.  Also, I really like that they let you tweak the hud and mini map items.  I do wish they had let you hide herbs/loot and enemies from the mini map.  I've been playing without the map open and think I may just keep that going for now with a paper or electronic map on the side.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Steam Family Sharing! Cross Region Trading in trouble? on: May 20, 2015, 03:36:38 PM
In a move that makes me shake my head, they went and removed the aggregate review scores from sales pages and moved user reviews to the community tab under Reviews.  Damn thing is, they are still getting the aggregate as you can find it on the search results page.  I hope enhanced steam can put this back in to the extension as I used the aggregate and appreciated the easy access to reviews.


Seems it was a server issue or something.  nothing to see here, move along
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 20, 2015, 04:41:05 AM
Well, this is certainly not the start I was hoping for.  PS4, with day 1 patch installed, at Blood and Bones difficulty and set to simulate choices from Witcher 2 and after the intro movie, the game stalls at the loading screen with no progress beyond 10% or so.  Various fixes suggested.

Full restart----Tried and let the whole intro video play, and it's working.
14  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 19, 2015, 05:14:23 PM
Midweek Madness 1
Offer Ends Friday at 10am Pacific Time.
Release Date: Dec 19, 2014


50% off. Sale price $24.99
Metacritic score - 85 Critic 86 User
Steam user score - 89% positive in 5,291 reviews

DLC
Assetto Corsa - Dream Pack 1 - 30% off. Sale price $10.49


Midweek Madness 2
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Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score -

Bundle Items
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - $5.09
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II - $5.09
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Blue Blood - $0.67
Van Helsing II: Ink Hunt - $1.69
Van Helsing: Arcane Mechanic - $1.35
Van Helsing: Thaumaturge - $1.35
15  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 19, 2015, 05:12:00 PM
05/19/15
Release Date: Dec 11, 2014



50% off. Sale price $14.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 94% positive in 364 reviews
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 19, 2015, 02:59:14 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 19, 2015, 02:15:24 PM

I can't wait to get home and try the PS4 version. 



This, plus waiting for my copy to make it's way out from Minneapolis
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 19, 2015, 02:05:22 AM

Quote from: Lee on May 18, 2015, 07:18:03 PM

I am one of the few not buying the Witcher I guess. I honestly don't know what the hype is about, not because it doesn't deserve it, but I haven't read anything about it other than skimming the thread here.

Nothing for me, I need to play the games I have now. icon_cry

This might come in handy. 

A Witcher virgin's impressions of Wild Hunt

There's also this as it addresses the aspect the author above mentioned as a drawback

A Beginner’s Guide To The World Of The Witcher
18  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 18, 2015, 05:12:22 PM
05/18/15
Release Date: Oct 23, 2014



50% off. Sale price $24.99
Metacritic score - 81 Critic 55 User
Steam user score - 52% positive in 10,712 reviews
DLC
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Exoplanets Map Pack -  off. Sale price $2.99
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: May 18, 2015, 04:23:36 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 18, 2015, 03:31:19 PM

Doom reboot for sure. Teaser trailer up.
link

I hope this is not the only thing they have to announce or I'll be kind of bummed. 
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 02:57:56 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 18, 2015, 02:42:58 PM

The Witcher 3 on ps4 is preloaded and ready to go, and pilsners are frosting in the fridge!  Gonna leave work an hour early so I can be ready the moment it unlocks.
This is one game where having to go physical is working against me.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 03:08:57 AM
So this week, we have the closing story of Geralt of Rivia, round two of Destiny DLC for those who remain, Farming on current gen, the continuing story of a teenage timelord and enough PC indie titles to choke a bundle.  Myself, I am only getting one game this week barring any unforeseen sales of backlog candidates.

PS4
Aces of the Luftwaffe
Destiny: House Of Wolves
Farming Simulator 15
Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

XB1
Destiny: House Of Wolves
Farming Simulator 15
Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

WiiU
Swords and Soldiers II

PS3
Destiny: House Of Wolves
Farming Simulator 15
Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory
NASCAR ‘15

360
Destiny: House Of Wolves
Farming Simulator 15
Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory
NASCAR ‘15

3DS
Puzzle & Dragons + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros

Vita
Alien Shooter
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

PC
Brilliant Bob
Crossfire: Dungeons
Dustbowl
Epanalepsis
Gran Vitreous
Interloper
Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory
LOOP: A Tranquil Puzzle Game
Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness
NEON STRUCT
Sunset
Technobabylon
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Wyrmsun
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 17, 2015, 06:02:27 PM
Must be a deal with CDPR to be streaming early

http://www.twitch.tv/cohhcarnage
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 17, 2015, 06:00:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 17, 2015, 05:35:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 17, 2015, 04:42:47 PM

Ah, and from the same folks - PC on Ultra vs. PS4, if you were teetering on which platform to grab:

PC vs. PS4

Don't see enough difference to warrant giving up the couch and big screen.  Hell, most of those shots looks nearly identical.
Agreed.  Going to be happy with the PS4 version I think. 
24  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 17, 2015, 05:02:38 PM
05/17/15
Game is in Early Access



80% off. Sale price $5.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 94% positive in 10,522 reviews
25  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 17, 2015, 01:22:26 AM
05/16/15
Release Date: Oct 2, 2012



50% off. Sale price $49.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 88% positive in 1,288 reviews
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 16, 2015, 02:33:47 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 16, 2015, 01:29:50 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 15, 2015, 10:30:14 PM


LOL! Awesome

That is awesome.  Anyone know if he won the fight? 
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/15 on: May 16, 2015, 03:39:44 AM
I've moved on from Warriors Orochi 3 on the Vita to Demon Gaze.  I also want to get time in with Borderlands PS before the disc is shelved for Witcher 3.  If PC, maybe some rounds of World of Warships.
28  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 15, 2015, 05:40:13 PM
05/15/15
Release Date: Nov 11, 2014



66% off. Sale price $6.79
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 94% positive in 2,964 reviews
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 15, 2015, 12:10:26 AM

Quote from: Lee on May 14, 2015, 10:57:56 PM

Another new release this week, Galactic Civilization 3. Probably get it soon since I really enjoyed the last 2.
Yeah, I noticed this went out today.  Kind of surprised, I thought they would be much later in the year.
30  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on Amazon for 19.99 [XB1 / PS4] on: May 14, 2015, 06:50:48 PM
You can't go wrong with this game on either console.  It's also one my favorites of recent years, but 2 playthroughs is about as many as I intend to have right now. 
31  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 14, 2015, 05:30:25 PM
Weekend Deal
Offer ends Monday at 10am Pacific Time.



Sales Items
Cool as Ice bundle - 80% off. Sale price $24.99
Starpoint Gemini 2 - 60% off. Sale price $13.99  Steam user score - 78% positive in 1,972 reviews
Starpoint Gemini 2: Secrets of Aethera - 50% off. Sale price $2.49  Steam user score - 87% positive in 24 reviews
Gas Guzzlers Gold Pack - 75% off. Sale price $8.74
StarDrive 2 - 17% off. Sale price $24.89  Steam user score - 72% positive in 696 reviews
Inside My Radio - 20% off. Sale price $11.99  Steam user score - 89% positive in 19 reviews
Starpoint Gemini - 75% off. Sale price $3.49  Steam user score - 33% positive in 59 reviews
Starpoint Gemini : Timebreach - 75% off. Sale price $0.49  Steam user score - 50% positive in 2 reviews
StarDrive - 75% off. Sale price $7.49  Steam user score - 46% positive in 976 reviews
Gemini Wars - 75% off. Sale price $3.74  Steam user score - 24% positive in 89 reviews
Horizon - 75% off. Sale price $7.49  Steam user score - 60% positive in 286 reviews
Dark Matter - 75% off. Sale price $2.49  Steam user score - 42% positive in 107 reviews
Armada 2526 Gold Edition - 75% off. Sale price $4.99  Steam user score - 57% positive in 42 reviews
Lords of the Black Sun - 75% off. Sale price $7.49  Steam user score - 28% positive in 252 reviews
Nuclear Dawn - 75% off. Sale price $2.49  Steam user score - 86% positive in 1,130 reviews
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32  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 14, 2015, 05:22:46 PM
05/14/15
Release Date: Jun 25, 2012



80% off. Sale price $5.99
Metacritic score - 76 Critic 82 User
Steam user score - 94% positive in 12,845 reviews
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: May 14, 2015, 02:27:02 PM
it now has a release date, June 17, for all gaming platforms still supported. 

Here's a launch trailer for you to geek over
34  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 13, 2015, 05:30:59 PM
05/13/15
Release Date: Jul 8, 2014



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Steam user score - 91% positive in 317 reviews

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35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 12, 2015, 10:09:20 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 12, 2015, 08:44:35 PM

Polygon is reporting Assassin's Creed: Syndicate will have no multiplayer component:

Quote from: Polygon
"This game will be single-player," said Guillemot. Asked to clarify his comments, he added, "You don't have a multiplayer mode on this iteration," referring to Syndicate, "because we want to spend all our time on making sure the single-player is excellent. And it's coming along extremely well."

Reached for comment, a Ubisoft representative confirmed to Polygon that Syndicate is "a single-player only game."


I had a great time with the multiplayer in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood but haven't touched it since.  Considering how aggressively it was integrated into Unity -- and how slipshod the rest of the game was -- I'm perfectly comfortable with Ubisoft narrowing their focus to get thing right again.

-Autistic Angel
That's both reassuring and disappointing.  I played a decent chunk of the co-op in Unity and it was actually enjoyable at times.  On the flip side, I can easily see how that approach left them with a buggier product than a straight SP game would have. 
36  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 12, 2015, 06:21:40 PM
05/12/15
Release Date: Jul 8, 2014



 off. Sale price 
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 91% positive in 317 reviews
37  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: May 12, 2015, 05:43:19 PM
Midweek Madness 1
Offer Ends Friday at 10am Pacific Time.
Release Date: Sep 5, 2014


80% off. Sale price $5.99
Metacritic score - 62 Critic 56 User
Steam user score - 70% positive in 10,443 reviews

DLC
Planetary Annihilation - Digital Deluxe Add-on - 80% off. Sale price $4.99
Planetary Annihilation - Original Soundtrack - 80% off. Sale price $1.99

Midweek Madness 2
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Release Date: Mar 11, 2014


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Metacritic score - 87 Critic 65 User
Steam user score - 96% positive in 614 reviews

DLC
TowerFall Dark World Expansion - 25% off. Sale price $7.49

Midweek Madness 3
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Metacritic score - 72 Critic 74 User
Steam user score - 92% positive in 569 reviews
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 12, 2015, 04:48:01 PM
Funny rename aside (originally known as Victory), Ubisoft announces the next game, due October 23rd on current gen/PC.  New protagonists Jacob and Evie are brother and sister and the narrative is expected to bounce between the two.  It is set in Victorian London with a lot of the criminal underground. 

Trailer

Gameplay

I know the last one sent a lot of people away, but I still have a bit of hope for a better version of Unity, which was improved over time to be mostly enjoyable. 
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Castlevania successor) on: May 11, 2015, 07:10:17 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 06:48:26 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 11, 2015, 06:39:53 PM

Isn't backing a kickstarter kind of like pre-ordering ninja

No.
I would love to read your reasons for why not? 

I am not trolling you btw. 
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 11, 2015, 07:05:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 06:43:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 11, 2015, 06:27:50 PM

I see Tilt's point, but this is one company that I think deserves my pre-order "vote".

This is probably one of the worst games I could have picked to make a stand about if the purpose was to gather support for my case, but it just irked me way too much when I saw CDPR celebrate the preorders in public, with the playerbase celebrating along with them.

Quote
To reply to your message about other things people preorder, the answer is..... Cars. A LOT more expensive, unknown quality, and it flies in the face of the "never buy a first year production run" adage.

I've admittedly never bought a car, so I'm not entirely sure about the process. I would think cars are more of a known quantity though, right? While the comfort and overall production quality may vary, you pretty much know what you're going to get even if you order it months before it's ready. Am I wrong?

Quote
I'm assuming you are against early access games also?

Not against the concept as such, only against the blatant abuse of early access that many amateur developers are doing. Early access can be a great thing in the right hands. Take Darkest Dungeon for example, a game that was truly playable AND fun, to the point where many felt it could have been released as a full product already, even if it was missing tons of features. With early access, you also have the luxury of gathering actual player impressions before making your purchase, so if the product is total crap, it's your own fault if you buy it and then regret it.

I'm also not against crowdfunding. The difference between crowdfunding and preorders is that the former is a necessity to even get a product created in the first place, while the latter makes no difference in that regard. One does positive things for the games industry (just look at the fantastic Kickstarter games we've received over the last few years), while the other does negative things.

Edit: Guys, I apologize for derailing the thread with this stuff. To my defense, CDPR started this conversation for all practical purposes. For the record, I'm very excited about The Witcher 3 and will be eagerly devouring reviews tomorrow. If they are good, I will have few issues preordering. At that point we have a much better idea of what we're getting. Most games don't give us the luxury of preordering after reviews though.

If you want to make any kind of statement, pre-order after the reviews.  I get that early access games can be a huge risk, as can pre-orders and mis-led previews with glowing hype and lies. I have Aliens: Colonial Marines in my steam catalog, bought heavily on the promise of the co-op and polish they displayed in the infamous preview, so I know first hand how the system can be abused.  I've got several early access games on steam that were either abandoned (Space Base) or changed direction so wildly that they no longer resembled what they set out to be.  As a result, I no longer throw money at crowdfunding or early access games that don't have a healthy amount of positive reviews or being able to watch streamers play.  It limits my risk to a more acceptable level. 

I had no intention for derailing it either, but I felt that CDPR was being maligned unfairly when they are one of the few who set out to change the system.  Yes, they started the conversation, and it is one worth having imo. 
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