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Ok, now, to understand this you have to have some basics:
a) I live in south america. Meaning: bandwith, lag issues. Currency issues. Piracy.
b) Iam a PC gammer who uses STEAM for online gaming.
c) This is the third world... I want to live in the second world but I havent found it yet.

Sometimes you cant fight something. In my case that my love for videogames is only shared with people I get to know throught internet sites with comunities like Destrucotid and a very happy few I know on life. But even those very few dont use PC as a gaming platform, a couple use the 360, the other two play WoW most of the time and thats it.
So Im not even able to find three companions for a Left4Dead match. Of course I can allways call some friends I got on STEAM, Dtoid guys are most of the time there.

But I just wanted to point out how sad it is that most of my friends, who play PC games on lanparty┤s, they refuse to jump the online service and pay to play, at least once, a game like TF2. Is sad because 15 usd a month in this country is not even a night out with friends, 15 usd cant get you decently drunk on a night club.
So I asked one of them why? The answer: "I believe internet "stuff" has to be free, I wont pay for a game".

So thats it, uruguayan people believe they are smarter than everyone else. Things like movies, videogames and books are "free" because they can get them on the internet. They allready pay for the broadband (if they are not stealing wifi access), so why pay for a videogame? They are free!!

Piracy is somehow normal around here, thats because currency issues like I was saying. 15 usd is not a LOT of money, but it can buy you stuff... and 50 usd is like groceries for a family of four for five days, maybe less depending on what you buy...

Bottomline I think that digital distribution is the way to go to fight piracy, eventually some people realize the pro┤s of getting legal stuff. Multiplayer, etc... At least in this country, but as the currency around here deteriorates against the dollar you wont get that many people to invest on things they cant touch. They rather spend that money on hardware.
For console users the situation is not good, 360┤s are all cracked, if they work on LIVE is because they spend hours on the internet updating whatever needs to be done to be able to play on LIVE without getting banned. They pirate games coz the cost of a retail copy via Amazon+fedex+taxes pushes the price tag to around a 100usd, and no used games market.
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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 "´┐Żaca ´┐Żaca ´┐Żaca" 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´┐Żs, 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

Links:
My Picasa Web Album.
My videogame blog in spanish
Mii code:[email protected]


 

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