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Supernova1332 Jan 25, 13
And this is why I love Neoseeker, you guys, and girls, actually give a damn about games and the industry
I can't say I agree with you 100% though.
Bein' mad about people spending time on Dead Space 3 seems ridiculous to me. The reason you're spending money is because your time is valuable and you've got spare cash to waste. They spend time on the game because they think their time is worth the money they would have paid to get the resources. It just so happens that their time is significantly less valuable than you believe yours to be.
Thankfully I'm a PC gamer and I could easily whip out a trainer and make both sides look silly

The LoL player being banned for negativity is an awful reason. On the otherhand you forgot to mention that he also made racist and anti-semmetic remarks. If he wants to act like a little halo kid and shit talk all game I don't have a problem with that; causing aggravation in the opponent is an incredibly effective tactic. Racism and antisemitism are completely uncalled for though and are banable offenses in nearly every online game, unless you're playing Runes of Magic and have spent obscene amounts of money on in game items then they'll let you say damn near anything you want.
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Lorx Jan 25, 13
Voicing in on the things I'm actually familiar with:

Permanent bans from league
    So, before I say anything else, let me say that if there was anything wrong with the bans, it was the timing. The bans were sent out the day before a major tournament the team both players were a part of would compete in. As in, those players had plane tickets and were about to depart for the tournament, the day of the notice. That blows. I would certainly hope Riot doesn't time things as such again. Ever.

    That being said, the bans were completely something justified, and competitive players being banned for at least a year is nothing especially new to League, or Pro Gaming as a whole. In the case of League of Legends, the developer takes a ton of time and effort staving off the stereotypical DotA community rage from their game. Everything from players judging other players, to ribbons for being nice, community spotlights on the better-acting members, they take much, much pride in how much work is put into making the community an open place. Which makes sense, seeing as that's their marketing strategy. Being an open game for casual players to try and enjoy, is something they bank a lot on. When players in the spotlight act out in ways that work against that image they craft for their game, that's not only hurting sales, but it goes directly against the core tenants for the game community. And when somebody uses DDOS attacks against other players just to piss them off, or is the most reported person for harassment in your entire region, you can expect them to be immediately and permanently removed from the spotlight Riot gives their pro players. It's all about image, and that those who are let into the limelight of professional gaming, should be setting examples for those below them.

    In short, the bans were placed, and will continue to be placed, to encourage game growth and new competitors to the professional circuit by showing the newer players they will greet others with open arms, and not insults. It's in the best interest for the competitive scene that it stays that way.
    If the overwhelmingly positive community response over the bans isn't solid proof of that, I don't know what is. DDOS'ing other players specifically because they also play LoL is not something anybody wants to happen, or be allowed to slip through "because they're good at the game".


Dead Space 3
    Only heard about this today, but I have no problems with it. There is no experiment or test that has ever shown that giving out pay currency for free in a Micro-transaction-based game, actually hurts sales. It actually rather helps sales, as generally players look at a Cash Shop for a game as though there's a wall in front of it, staying well away from it as long as they can, unsure of any investment. However after a first purchase, that wall quickly fades (provided it was/gave a good experience), and those players then are more okay with performing more purchases, either through currency obtained in-game, or for their own real cash. In addition, giving pay cash to players within the game boosts a sense of trusts from company to player, which is another important factor for actually coaxing them into paying.

    On the other side of the spectrum, it also benefits players who wish to play for free, as they actually have a way of obtaining pay-only items even when they don't have the means. These players, the ones with a ton of free time on their hands, are also almost always the ones who keep up fan websites, lets play videos, and wikis, which are very important aspects in the current market for getting the word out about your game. So catering somewhat to these players is important if you wish to have a functioning community that actually generates content.

    Of course, the key here that I did not mention in either point above is the all important: When done correctly fore-statement. A badly done Cash Shop or Micro-transaction system will just as quickly destroy your game as it is to build it.
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upmagic Jan 25, 13
Not a very good start to the new feature, I have to say.

First of all, this comment: "(read: losers without jobs)" is awfully insensitive given the current economic climate. It's just a snide insinuation to make, even if you only meant to tease. Same with this "true gamer" nonsense. Makes you sound awfully young.

Anyway, the points made in the article seem a bit ridiculous. Play time used to unlock monetary valued items is nothing new to the industry, and many people welcome the option. It's far from bullshit, just a fairly basic business model that games like League of Legends currently thrive on and make a lot of people happy with. You can buy something to get it faster than others, or you can put in the time. Up to you.

Speaking of LoL, you seem to misunderstand just how important the game's competitive image is to Riot. This is one of worst communities in online gaming history and it deters many newcomers from taking up the game in the first place. This isn't the NFL, it's a young scene and it needs to monitored more closely at every level. That a pro player could also be one of the worst offenders and still be allowed to compete is just asking for trouble. Capcom also takes measures against pro fighting game players who behave inappropriately. While many people call these video games sports, they are far and away from being managed like ones, and really can't afford to. If you've ever seen a LoL player rage, you'd also know it has nothing to do with passion or competitive spirit, it's really just someone being an asshole.

Do you get payed for this, by the way? If so, good on you.

EDIT: I apologize, I guess this article was supposed to be a parody? Sure went over my head.
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DedValve Jan 25, 13
bluexy I really didn't think it was possible for me to love you anymore than I already do.

You'll be receiving my severed ear in the mail shortly, out of my affection for you.
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RabidChinaGirl Jan 25, 13
Ded Valve gets a cookie.

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Disclaimer: The opinions and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Neoseeker. As a parody, the opinions and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of the author, either.
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XXIV Jan 25, 13
Is it wrong that I knew this was from bluexy before I read the author T_T
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Praetorian_Lord Jan 25, 13
Lol, testament to bluexy's writing talent that he actually had a few people going there for a minute. Gg.
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Wakaman Jan 25, 13
Yeah I think people missed that this was a Parody. I mean I got the flu and can barely open my eyes because of that horrible burning sensation but even I saw that. C'mon Neo y'all slippin.

Ded Valve Yeah, well I'm gonna send him a hand with a Phi Beta Kappa ring on the middle finger.

please tell me you get the reference
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Lorx Jan 25, 13
quote Wakaman
Yeah I think people missed that this was a Parody. I mean I got the flu and can barely open my eyes because of that horrible burning sensation but even I saw that. C'mon Neo y'all slippin.
I just wanted to spout opinions on the things. It's as much a parody as it is kind of a primer for the drama in the industry over the past week, in a kind of odd way.

Had actually missed the parody notice first time reading, but having seen blue's opinions of half of it elsewhere before this, realized what it was through just having known he thinks differently than that.
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Wakaman Jan 25, 13

I was joking man.
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Lorx Jan 25, 13
Had actually hit the wrong quote button there. Whoops.

I was crying man, you hurt me deep, I can never look at parodies the same way again.
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Wakaman Jan 25, 13

I soz, don't take it out on parodies, pls god no.
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upmagic Jan 25, 13
Not used to troll articles, is all. Been a while since I've visited Kotaku.
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bluexy Jan 25, 13
quote upmagic
Not used to troll articles, is all. Been a while since I've visited Kotaku.
Ohhhhhh snap! Touche, good sir. hahahaha
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