The Axe Factor 145: Eating Small Children

Protect your gaming library, its The Axe Factor! This week, we revel in the Kickstarter campaign for Kung Fury scratch our heads over the Dark Souls II live-action teaser, and discuss the news that Valve recently pulled a defunct game from gamer's Steam libraries.

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This Week:

What We’re Watching:

Kung Fury

Official Republique Launch Trailer

Ron Burgundy Tackles Every Aspect of Gaming

Dark Souls II - Live Action Teaser

 

What We’re Reading:

Steam Removes Game ‘Order of War: Challenge’ From User Libraries

 

What We’re Playing:

DayZ SA

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag

SWTOR

Sleeping Dogs

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Comment by Axel Berserkis on January 7, 2014 at 7:48am
Kung fury looks amazing - along those lines there's the paperboy movie based on the games! "paperboy 3: the hard way"
http://youtu.be/2zIGKnL9RPI
Terrible yet funny.
Comment by EBJ-Immano on January 7, 2014 at 2:08pm

Lorin, perhaps it escaped you because I wrote it (also) back when you announced you'd be moving to Brazil, but purchasing a game from a country different than the one you stated in your account is possible and, to my knowledge, sanctioned by Steam. I moved from Italy to Austria for work, and before I did, I asked Valve Support about this. They mulled it over for 24 hours and then came back to me with this response: I would be able to play my games normally, and as for purchasing them, I'd be given a special URL to do it through the browser because, at the time, the client didn't support this feature. This was back in 2012. Fast forward to late 2012, early 2013 (I think it was March, actually) when after an update, my ability to purchase games through the client was restored. I'd occasionally be asked to verify my payment method but otherwise, all good! Now I cannot completely be sure that I'm looking at the Italian version of the store rather than the Austrian one, but it seems to be, I can see the "cc=it" variable/value on URLs in the client store every now and then. Now, I asked this from a validated account with hundreds of games across 8 years (back then) of use and they might just have decided, let's keep this guy, he's gonna keep giving us money. But it seems to me this is simply the sensible thing to do.

Similarly, I'm still using my iTunes account on the Italian store (I should state that I'm still an Italian citizen and resident, so this is grounded in law).

Now compare it with that scourge of humanity that is Origin, which you have sometimes described as a better experience in terms of customer care. While they take their time to see an issue through with you on their chat, it quickly became clear to me that as an expat I was in limbo with them (and the same goes for Sony and MS in their respective console online systems, but that's another story). When I start my Origin client or go to their site, I get it in German. There used to be no option to change that. Now there is...to change it from German...to German. Which is perhaps even more insulting. I mean give me the Austrian/German/Swiss store if you must, but allow me to change the language, Steam does it, iTunes does it, can't you do it? They won't.

And actually, don't give me the geolocked store, really, because what that means is, all games deemed violent by the local rating laws require age verification by providing fields from IDs that I can't have because I'm not a local citizen. I have to go back to Italy on vacations to buy stuff sometimes, unless they inadvertently leave holes in their security, like buying BF4 Premium through the BF4 library buttons instead of the store page thus bypassing age verification. Why must I go this route to get a game? I stopped replying politely to their surveys, as though I had any hope left that they would improve, and changed what I put into their "suggestions for improvements" field into "stop existing, go back to Steam, your service is way inferior and you refuse to improve it". And I stand by it.

Comment by StarBound on January 7, 2014 at 4:11pm

There are far too much legal terms when purchasing a game. If I buy a game physically or digitally it should be mine to keep and use however I see fit until I sell it to someone else.

The removal of the game because of dropping a service should be ignored. Keep the game on your library, have it around as a archive or something and keep it around as a memory. I still have some games on my shelf that I cannot play on my PC anymore but I can still look over and remember "oh, that game was awesome for reasons...". Digital does not have the same value but it still holds a little.

Comment by Ivan on January 8, 2014 at 1:13am

I bought Double Dragon HD on XBOX Live in 2007 and enjoyed it, a great arcade classic from my youth.  Well, my system RROD in 2011 and I bought a slim 360.  I had the urge to play some Double Dragon but could only download the demo.  This whole digital distribution craze is the mark of the devil.

Comment by Averagus on January 8, 2014 at 6:30am

Steam and indeed all publishers involved in Digital Distribution need to keep something in mind - we don't have to pay if we don't want to. It is just more honest (and often more convenient) to do so. The success of Steam is based around the value it adds and the instant this is not so, is the instant people start to go elsewhere.

If my Steam account were suspended for any reason, I wouldn't feel the slightest bit bad about re-downloading the games on another.. ahem.. service... and I would be doing that for every game I couldn't find on GOG.com from then on. Blizzard's always online requirement for StarCraft II stopped me outright from buying it simply because I only wanted to play single-player and the product they released was worse than one I could download for free. I still haven't played the game and I was really looking forward to it. DD is great but not so great that I have yet been willing to pay full-price for a game. I've never gone higher than $35US and this sort of news, however small has made sure I will continue to approach DD services with caution despite the overall great experience I've had with them.

I think I'll have to check out DayZ and give SWTOR another shot.

Sleeping Dogs is fantastic! Loved it to the end.

But more importantly....

All the very best to you Brent with the birth of your child! You and your wife will soon know a joy like no other.

Comment by Old_School_Gamer on January 8, 2014 at 9:34pm

I thought Brent's daughter was born already. OMG delays! It's like Duke Nuke'm Forever all over again. I guess it's done when it's done, lol. Anyways congrats in advance.

Back to Kung Fury...Or rather we REALLY need another Blood Dragon game or something of the like.

Comment by NoobianGod on January 9, 2014 at 11:17am

Man...Kung Fury is one of the greatest additions to WWAW of this podcast I have ever had the pleasure of checking out. Much thanks Axe lords!

In regards to the WWAR section - I have been on board with Digital Downloads since they first arrived and share in the fear realized from the pulling of "Order of War". Not to say other media's are excluded entirely from this, but isn't it weird that my fear of this from the video game industry is far stronger? I mean maybe legislation is the only way. I'm guessing the rules might be more defined for music and video as I haven't really heard of this affecting those outlets. Maybe just a better indication of what it is we are purchasing up front?

Comment by Trichoplax on January 10, 2014 at 3:46am

Thanks Axelords for sharing the video Kung Fury with us! It made my day. Looking forward to the finished product.

Regarding digital downloads I can understand if MMO's without proper support from the community are deleted. If only a few people are left playing an MMO the effort and money it takes to keep the server running is not reasonable. Single player games on the other hand should stay available as the cost/benefit factor should be much more favorable. One of the greatest benefits from steam is the ability to always being able to get to your games independent of your location (as long as internet is provided). It is easy to play with friends, compare game libraries and buy/share games with friends. Brent is a splendid example for the steam effect and its benefits of quick access to games and by the power of people cheap offers available online only. In a sense I believe that steam accomplished pretty well what the project "online" once wanted to do but not succeeded.

Comment by Zane Wong on January 10, 2014 at 5:19am

hey guys, i wanna play dayz with you guys, where's the thread on the EPA forum? 

Comment by Laughing Man on January 10, 2014 at 8:31am

"It's the god damn viking age"

Hilarious! I just recently purchase Cognition also Brent. Hope it turns out well, Telltale has really gotten me into point&click adventure stories.

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