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Comment Re:It's a factor of overall scale. (Score 1) 396

The fault in your argument is that you seem to think a refund is warranted if something doesn't please you or fails to achieve it's goals.

That's not what he said, and you are an idiot at best for thinking so. Or, perhaps you are a troll. Or, perhaps you are a shill. There's no fourth way.

It literally does not matter if you enjoyed a product.

That is not the claim, and you are a douchebag for suggesting such.

If you listened to the twee snake oil salesman who winked his eye and said "maybe" a bunch of times to people asking questions about what his game did, then elsewhere quietly said "no"? Caveat emptor.

Not only are you wrong about that, but that's not what happened. The snake oil salesman said over and over again that it already had all these features right up to the release, when he knew those statements to be false. In civilized countries, we call that fraud and it is illegal.

Comment Re:Insufficiently Realistic (Score 1) 311

Those are the things the repel boys, not girls. Do recall that girls bleed every month, a bit of baby poo and vomit isn't going to ding the notion that a baby is a neat idea.

Well, two out of two women I've talked to agree with me on this, including one who had a child. I'm going to stick with it. The mother did say it would also help if it needed to be fed from your aching boobs several times a day, though.

Comment No good-guys here (Score 3, Interesting) 396

Really, nobody comes out of this one looking particularly well.

No Man's Sky is a mediocre, so-so-ish game. If it had been a $25 indie title that slipped out quietly, it would probably have had a pretty decent reception. But it was hyped, by a developer who appears to want to be the second coming of late-career Peter Molyneux, to be a game that was both fundamentally different to and better than the game that was actually released.

But the people asking for refunds after putting a serious amount of time into the game are also kinda jerks. Digital-purchase refunds have come on a long way in the last couple of years. Weirdly, we have EA to thank for this, as they were the first major party to take the plunge on it, via Origin (hey, credit where it's due). But refund policies set sensible limits. If you've put double-digit hours into a game before deciding you want a refund, you are probably doing something wrong. What's more, the gap between expectations and reality with No Man's Sky was widely known within 24 hours of release. If you got stung because you pre-ordered... then for the love of all that is holy, stop pre-ordering.

And a special de-merit here for much of the gaming media. Quite a few outlets have put more time into defending Hello Games, because gamers are angry with them (boo! hiss! angry gamers! they must all be sexists!) than they have taking them to task for some seriously deceptive marketing.

I did buy it myself. A week or so after launch (so I knew full well what it was like), I managed to get a fairly cheap PC code via cdkeys.com. At the greatly discounted price I paid, the game is more or less worth the money. I put 12 hours or so into it before I got bored and moved on. Mods might add some value to it in time. But I don't feel the need for a refund.

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