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http://techreport.com/discussions.x/21105

I particularly agree with VI and X.
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Nice find
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Good article.
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I particularly agree with VI and X.
I like the "Steam is the 800lb gorilla in gaming services". You hear that EA?
    
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That list is awesome! It's missing something about DRM (namely, install limits), but that's not a big deal. I just hate how my Steam copy of Crysis, using Steam, a form of DRM itself, is useless once I go to upgrade now...

This is pretty much how I feel and it is summed up.
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Although I've mentioned a few titles by name, I don't hold a grudge against any of them. I love games. However, I've started to feel like I'm being punished for daring to buy, play, and attempt to enjoy games on my platform of choice. I get the distinct feeling that, when targeting the PC market, game studios are a bit passive-aggressive. They seem to be hell-bent on doing everything they can to annoy their customers, and when we complain, then they show us a bewildered face of incomprehension or turn on the waterworks about piracy or whatever the magic eight-ball came up with that morning.

I just don't get it, guys. This is first and foremost a business, so why can't you just sell us what we want? Maybe, just maybe, you'd sell more games if you did. It's that whole tailored-to-the-market thing your marketing folks love to talk about.
Truer words have not been spoken/summarizing before!

I'd wager this what sours many PC gamers, and not a true or direct dislike for consoles and/or console gamers themselves.
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Truer words have not been spoken/summarizing before!

I'd wager this what sours many PC gamers, and not a true or direct dislike for consoles and/or console gamers themselves.
Agreed.
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Dude, come here for a second and look at this box I have with cables coming out of it. It doesn't have a red ring of death at the front, now does it?
ICE BURN


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II. Thou shalt not accelerate mouse input
This issue mostly affects shooters, but it's one of the worst and most widespread—and it's actually a show-stopper in a number of so-called "triple-A" titles.
Maybe it's my 20 dollar 800DPI mice but I really don't notice this.

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Another common infraction includes the curse of the Huge Text of Doom. Apparently, developers expect PC gamers to sit half a world away from their 22" displays. Even when playing console games on the TV, the huge text in games like Fallout 3 seems to serve only as some sort of legal protection against lawsuits by near-sighted people.
I install DUI in Fallout 3 and NV before I ever play them because of this. Thank god for mods.

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IX. Thou shalt not worship false gaming services
Ah, Games for Windows Live. Glad to see you've joined us. It just so happens that you're really late to the party and so many dollars short that I wonder how you managed to pay the cab fare. Got ID? Sure, you can get in... just come here for a sec and I'll let you in on a little secret: everyone hates you.
Steam is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the realm of online game services. Other than sheer weight, there are actually pretty good reasons why it's so successful. One of them is that, for the most part, it stays out of our way—unlike you, GFWL. When all I want is to play Street Fighter IV, you insist on making me create a profile. Without that profile, my unlocked characters won't be saved. Just brilliant. Did I mention the GFWL log-in screen also pops up after you purchase the game on Steam?

HELL -BEEP-ING YES! GFWL is bloatware, no two ways about it.


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X. Honor thine modders and mod communities
Counter-Strike. Even though I'm not into it myself, that's surely the gift that keeps on giving. I'm also pretty sure every game publisher on Earth would love to have a product that successful. For those who don't know, Counter-Strike started as a mod for Half-Life, and that mod wouldn't exist if Valve hadn't provided gamers with the necessary mod tools.
Not every game benefits from mod support, mind you. When they do and the tools exist, however, the result is almost invariably a much bigger and more pervasive community (especially on the multiplayer front). That, in turn, leads to a constant stream of sales. It truly is a win-win situation.
Of course, making mod tools in the first place is neither simple nor free. I am no stranger to software development, and I realize homegrown software tools tend to be quite quirky and lacking in features. Still, a small investment in polishing and releasing them to the public can pay off big time.
If devs are going to follow only one commandment, let it be this one. What they screw up we can fix later so long as we can mod the game.
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This list just needs to add Day 1 DLC and it's golden.

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I'm probably the only person who doesn't mind GFWL Live Achievements are actually worth pursuing. The ones on Steam are boring and useless because there's no point value to them.

I just wish it would share the same library of data, so that when I download the updates for Red Faction Guerilla, I don't also have to download large updates for Batman, because they're all GFWL-centric and nothing to do with the game.

But that said. I don't get the bloatware title people give it. It's fine and once installed and setup it's out of the way.
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The achievements in GFWL are pretty cool, but like the article stated; it just won't get out of the way. Every single time I've tried to play a GFWL game it wants to annoy me constantly about making profiles and signing up for crap.
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There's a lot of things that aren't standardized on the PC (gamepads, allthough the 360 controller fixes a lot of this) so it's difficult to have a program that interacts properly.

There are some good points and then there is uneducated whining.
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