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About the piracy statement of Gabe Newell at DICE 2009...

For a nice round up of what Newell from Valve said you should head over to this blog.

Now quoting from Ali D�s Blog:
Gabe believes piracy is caused because Pirates offer a better service; fast, free and DRM-free.

I live in south america and the only way for me to get an original copy at an US price is on STEAM. I mean, he is right about piracy, but a lot of it is because in some parts of the world we dont even have game stores. Sometimes I wonder who are more stupid, the pirates or the developers and the industry.

Now: the developers and industry overall can keep their heads up their ass about this issue, or they can start to understand that if you dont aknowledge a market as a market, if you dont invest something in it, you are not entitled to expect returns. And you definitely are not entitled to say that they are stealing products in a place they dont even consider a market to begin with.
You can disagree with me on the last point, but you would have to agree that they dont care about this side of the planet. Actually STEAM is the only thing that gets me close to the feeling of buying something legal. If is there on STEAM and I want it, then I will end up buying it, even with the currency difference.

Pirates offer a free service, thats the most important part. You dont have to pay for what you want to play. It serves me well to say that I somethimes dont have access to videogames. But I didnt bought an M3 for my nintendo DS because Iam cheap, a copy of Tetris DS was at a mall for 90 USD. You imagine that, walking into the only videogame store and watching this numbers:

Playstation 3 80gb....... 2500 USD.
Nintendo Wii....... 450 USD
Nintendo DS game...... 90 USD (a mariokart ds copy for 100 USD).

Now you go and speak about piracy. You will be feeling like an hypocrate just like I do, but you will understand that there is no way around this issue unless::
a) the goverment stops taxing everything.
b) the industry gives a fuck.

So now is the goverment too... you see? is never that easy.
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About Veltone of us since 11:54 PM on 05.31.2007

Iam a gammer from the harsh uruguayan jungle (we dont even have a jungle down here, too cold, go and do some wikipedia of Uruguay). I used to do a podcast in spanish about videogames at Radio LevelUp but I dont do it anymore... anyway those guys are there still making it so you can give it a try if you understand spanish
And i can say "�aca �aca �aca" and i know how to pronoaunce it well since im a spanish speaker, so Im a superior race.
A couple of idiots may find funny that I dont have good english grammar, but again, they are probably idiots since they only speak/write one language...

Most of my time in the internet is because of games. I love videogames so much that i sleep with my girlfriend and my ds, at the same time... i call that a "threesome" and my humor doesnt get anything better than that.
Mostly im a PC gamer, i was going to buy a 360 but faulty crappy hardware told me not to since if it goes RRoD here I would have lost my money, and as a man Im entitled to the sweat of my brow. I want to fuck the Wii and I believe the PS3 is going to be the first console in space.

In the "real" life (come on, internet now is part of our lives anyway...), I study medicine (takes a lot of time and I cant spend enough of my time playing videogames). Is not what you would call a marriage made in heaven, if I wanted to game more I should have sutdy something related to pc�s, but I grown surrounded by computers and stuff so I chose the bio stuff instead. Anyway, little time to play video games if you dont want my biographical shit.

And the main reasson I play games for the story behind them. I love well written stories like Half Life series, of course Portal (kind of a Valve fan). Other great games include World Of Warcraft (not currently playing, actually I was never hardcore, but I enjoyed the experience a lot), and of course the classics like System Shock 2. Other great titles had stuck with me over the years, classics adventure games like Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango.

So, best game experiences:
Half Life 2 (and the original Half Life of course).
System Shock 2
Grim Fandango
Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis
Monkey Island

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