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Do you work for the IRS? Do you know how they go about auditing companies?

The reason you don't pay taxes is because you don't live in Washington. If you did, you'd be moaning about how every other state enjoys tax-free gaming.
Did you mean Washington state? That's too funny because I live in Seattle and this is EXACTLY what happens!
 
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They probably take in so much money that there would be some sort of monopoly suit like happened to Microsoft if they revealed their stats. I best this is a political/economical move rather than what they actually say it is for.
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post #53 of 72
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Did you mean Washington state? That's too funny because I live in Seattle and this is EXACTLY what happens!
Amazon too . At least Newegg is tax free.
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post #54 of 72
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Why does the number of copies sold matter when the developers are getting the money each sale? Should be extremely easy to calculate if they really want to know. Seems like just a cop out so they can cry about piracy more.
Since we the public don't know the numbers and the devs know we don't have them either, they can still cry wolf. Devs can blame poor "retail" PC sales on anything because we as the consumer will never know if game X sold a certain amount of copies vs pirated copies. PC gamers will continue to say, "That doesn't include digital sales" but who knows the digital sales numbers? No one! PC digital sales numbers are more like vaporware, like they don't exist. If all digital numbers were released devs will have less of a case to claim that piracy is a problem and it's more of their favoritism to the console market. Valve is making a strategic business decision, period, and is not interested in anything else but themselves.

With Steam, users pay $60 for a game and still don't own the game outright.
Your account could be deactivated, hacked and not allowed to sell it.
No thanks Valve. Steam = Game Rentals
Edited by WorldExclusive - 4/22/11 at 12:56pm
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With Steam, users pay $60 for a game and still don't own the game outright.
Your account could be deactivated, hacked and not allowed to sell it.
No thanks Valve. Steam = Game Rentals
You don't ever own the physical copies either. Just the right to play it. Your key could get banned online with any PC game and you would be forced to single player only. If you have the games on your PC, you can still play em with or without steam.
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With Steam, users pay $60 for a game and still don't own the game outright.
Your account could be deactivated, hacked and not allowed to sell it.
No thanks Valve. Steam = Game Rentals
You never own a game. You own a license to use said game, no matter if it is a physical copy or one purchased digitally.

Steam is not a game rental platform.
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Heh. The whole NPD push for digital sales seemed to have a one goal in mind: Get steam sales data numbers.

Why? So Activision / EA know how lucrative it is. I honestly think Steam is saying no because they are afraid 242324 more competitors will pop off if they know just how successful they are.
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IMO it hurts PC gaming. Young people are very into what everyone else its doing. If Steam posted their figures it might show, with a few exceptions, the PC its doing nearly as well as the consoles, which in turn could lead to more players. As it is we look like a smaller community than we really are, which hurts growth.
    
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Or maybe it's worse then everyone predicated and it would hurt PC sales even more.
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They probably take in so much money that there would be some sort of monopoly suit like happened to Microsoft if they revealed their stats. I best this is a political/economical move rather than what they actually say it is for.
This would be my guess
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