Evening Reading

Last night I went to play some BF:BC2 Vietnam and the Dallas Shack server was completely empty! What is that noise? Has the hype died off or was I trying the wrong server?

Also got in some WoW and a few games of SC2 last night. I'm not doing endgame stuff or dungeons in WoW during the week so it's very conducive to quick play sessions. As for SC2, I'm try to recover my skills and work my way back up the ladder. I'm very excited about patch 1.2 on the live game because it will allow us to setup a Shacknews chatroom!

Gaming News of the Day

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    December 21, 2010 5:02 PM

    "Avatar" the most pirated film of 2010 http://reut.rs/dWIDJf

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      December 21, 2010 5:03 PM

      no one ever said pirates had taste

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      December 21, 2010 5:04 PM

      Sucks about Kick Ass if those people actually went to the theater thats probably an extra 100 million.

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        December 21, 2010 5:07 PM

        Or they did and just happened to pirate it too?

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        December 21, 2010 5:08 PM

        I loaned the blu-ray from a friend am I contributing to the problem? haven't watched it yet

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        December 21, 2010 5:08 PM

        But that's the other problem. Every pirated copy doesn't equal an exact sale. It's like anything people can get for free. A lot of times they don't even want it. But if it's "free" they will take it.

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          December 21, 2010 7:26 PM

          I'm so sick of this excuse.

          Yes, a pirated copy does equal an exact sale. Someone received a product without paying the creator of the product. That's theft. That's a missed sale. It doesn't matter AT ALL if they "don't want it" or if "it sucks anyway."

          Please stop justifying theft by comparing it to the quality or the demand of a product.

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            December 21, 2010 7:30 PM

            It's only a missed sale if the pirate would have bought it otherwise. That's definitely not true in all cases.

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        December 21, 2010 5:09 PM

        Yep, millions of pirates all saying "fuck it, it doesn't matter if I download it. It's just one person. I don't want to spend $8 to see a movie in theaters! That's stupid!". When kids say it, I just shake my head and think "ehh, one day they'll see". When it's the adults that say it, that's when I really feel depressed about humanity.

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          December 21, 2010 5:17 PM

          What happens if they say it, download it, watch it, see it in theatres, download it again, buy it, jack off to it, ruin the copy, buy another copy, trade that in for a shitty discount, buy a different movie, then 2 years later buy it in a holiday bundle?

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          December 21, 2010 5:20 PM

          Yes because every pirate didnt see it in the cinema or would have paid to see it if they didnt pirate it.

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            December 21, 2010 5:24 PM

            yes, because none of the pirates that didn't see it in the cinema would have ever have paid to see it if they didn't pirate it.

            I'm not saying that there's a 1:1 correlation between a pirated copy and a lost sale, but jesus christ, when you're one of the top pirated movies of the year (in the year that Avatar comes out and when you debut halfway through the year) and you're a commercial bomb, I think it's safe to say that most of your target audience was comprised of a bunch of lazy cheap fucks that doesn't understand the larger consequences to their actions.

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              December 21, 2010 5:26 PM

              I'm pretty sure Avatar made boatloads of money, it is far from a "commercial bomb"

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                December 21, 2010 5:26 PM

                I'm not talking about Avatar, I'm talking about Kick Ass.

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                  December 21, 2010 5:28 PM

                  Ahhh, ok.

                  I know that Kick Ass is beloved around here, but I can see how most people would think it looks pretty fucking dumb from both the name and the previews. I'll watch it eventually, but I'm not in a big hurry.

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                    December 21, 2010 5:29 PM

                    I'm going to Netflix it one of these days, too. Dognose loved it and that's enough for me to give it a shot

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                      December 21, 2010 5:33 PM

                      I'll definitely give it a shot, just saying it's not really surprising that it didn't make a billion dollars. I doubt piracy had all that much to do with its performance at the box office.

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                        December 21, 2010 5:34 PM

                        it looked like it was for kids but it wasnt thats box office poison

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                          December 21, 2010 5:36 PM

                          This is true. Had I not read the comic, I would've assumed it was a kiddie superhero movie.

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                            December 21, 2010 5:38 PM

                            Which is exactly how the reporter who had obviously not seen it described it in that article.

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                    December 21, 2010 5:36 PM

                    The previews for Kick-Ass made me not want to see it.

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                      December 21, 2010 5:37 PM

                      I thought it looked dumb, plus it's a Nick Cage movie so that's two strikes right there. There's no fucking way I'm going to spend $20 to go watch that.

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                        December 21, 2010 5:39 PM

                        Nick Cage is a badass in this movie. It's like how Kevin Bacon was great in Death Sentence. Also Kick-Ass is ultra-brutally violent, in case that is not your cup of tea.

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      December 21, 2010 5:08 PM

      I thought 3D was supposed to help curb the piracy thing as you can't get the same experience at home. Oh well.

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        December 21, 2010 5:09 PM

        it may have helped. nothing will curb piracy completely

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          December 21, 2010 5:13 PM

          i used to think if you price it right, piracy will disappear. but then there will always be those who see free vs. any price, no matter how low, and they choose to pirate.

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            December 21, 2010 5:15 PM

            for some people breaking out the credit card is the hardest part

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            December 21, 2010 5:21 PM

            Tbh your thought has merit. I used to
            Pirate games because I couldn't afford to pay $60 for games all the time. But once I discovered steam and it's sales I've
            Kicked piracy to the curb and I'm even making it a point to buy the games that I pirated in the past. I just guess not everyone thinks the same way.

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        December 21, 2010 5:10 PM

        Just cam releases.

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        December 21, 2010 5:15 PM

        isn't it something like the highest grossing movie? of course there is going to be a high number of pirates too. it's all relative

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        December 21, 2010 6:00 PM

        I bet a lot of people wanted to see what it looked like in 2D after paying top dollar to see it in 3D.

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      December 21, 2010 5:10 PM

      highest grossing film also the most pirated? there's a shock. most watched film = most watched film

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      December 21, 2010 5:16 PM

      I saw this more than once in 3D and for what that costs, I should be entitled to steal this movie in whatever format I want for the rest of my life.

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        December 21, 2010 5:20 PM

        Yea I spent almost $100 on tickets to that movie. At this point I don't know that I would go out of my way to watch it again though.

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      December 21, 2010 7:20 PM

      I can't even be bothered to pirate that movie.

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      December 21, 2010 7:31 PM

      aitoo who hasn't seen this movie yet? The one or 2 ads I saw did nothing for me

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