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Latest Comments by F.Ultra
Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
2 August 2020 at 3:32 pm UTC

Quoting: slapin
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: slapinWell, in case of Ubisoft or when you either VPN or torrent, this choice will bias things towards torrent which I don't like. I wonder why Sony Playstation managed to do it right and Steam can't do it...

What do you mean by "Sony Playstation managed to do it right"? AFAIK they have both regional locking and prices.

Sony made sure everyone gets the same content for regional prices, so you do not get poorly localized version without ability to switch to original language. On playstation you get the same game with all the stuff in it, not crippled version.

If you speak one of the major languages yes, for my language there exists close to zero games on either platform unless it's something that is targeted for very small children (and even then most of the time English is the only option).

Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
1 August 2020 at 10:11 pm UTC

Quoting: The_Aquabat
Quoting: F.UltraWhat is the source though? Wikipedia uses the IMF estimates for 2019 so hardly "outdated" since that would be the very latest available data possible.

Completely off topic though since this is not a thread about the Economic siltation in Argentina (a topic that you for some reason brought to this thread).
it's data from the world bank here it's more updated.
 
https://miro.medium.com/max/1000/1*w9cdWPA7xFDkieFNLre_hg.png


yes I know it is not the topic but if you follow up the linked thread to ResetEra there's some mentioning that, I'm sorry I went off topic.

And if you use the comparison function on the World Bank site: https://data.worldbank.org/?locations=AR-PL-UA you see the same differences that I quoted earlier from Wikipedia.

edit: And more to the topic at hand, looking at the GDP per capita between Sweden, Argentina, Poland and Ukraine show why game devs wants to apply different prices in different regions: https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD?end=2019&locations=SE-AR-PL-UA&start=1960

Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
1 August 2020 at 9:48 pm UTC

Quoting: The_Aquabat
Quoting: F.Ultraedit: And btw Argentinas GDP per capita is 62% of that of Poland and 255% of that of Ukraine so not sure where "GDP per capita is comparable to some eastern european countries like Ukranie, or Poland" is sourced from. And Argentina have 4 times the population of the highest populated Scandinavian country (Sweden).

I used the Wikipedia numbers for reference.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/75/08/c9/7508c96d723ac0c86cd89bbe173c14b3.jpg

that's outdated, now we are probably a middle-middle income not high-middle income, we have some fluctuations here. in economics the pandemia has been catastrophic here, more than the average.

What is the source though? Wikipedia uses the IMF estimates for 2019 so hardly "outdated" since that would be the very latest available data possible.

Completely off topic though since this is not a thread about the Economic siltation in Argentina (a topic that you for some reason brought to this thread). And if you didn't get it from my prior post you cannot say that Argentina is like Poland or Ukraine when there is a huge difference between Poland and Ukraine to begin with.

Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
1 August 2020 at 9:05 pm UTC

Quoting: The_Aquabatwwwow I'm surprised how many people have a stereotype of third world countries, many here think that they are like a slum dumpster. Third world is a Cold War definition you should update your definitions, here for example, GDP is comparable to a Scandinavian country (but yeah with double population) and GDP per capita is comparable to some eastern european countries like Ukranie, or Poland. We are not even a low income country considering statistics just a middle income. I'm not saying there is no poverty which there is but the mayority of my country is quite nice. Sad that you have that picture of some countries. I hope that stereotype don't stick and maybe you should come to take a tour . It's just that cost of living is quite a less here even for the CIA factbook Argentina is ranked quite good in therms of Purchase Power Parity.

but likewise I guess it's understandable, I'm totally ignorant of countries like Estonia, Latvia, Lithuanie, Hungary, lots of countries for me are like "exotic", I guess Argentina is likewise exotic for some people in Europe or North America.

Not entirely sure where this is coming from, just to check I went through all the posts in this thread so far and yours is the only one that contained the term "third world". Also I see exactly zero people comparing Argentina with "a slum dumpster" or anything even near in comparison.

edit: And btw Argentinas GDP per capita is 62% of that of Poland and 255% of that of Ukraine so not sure where "GDP per capita is comparable to some eastern european countries like Ukranie, or Poland" is sourced from. And Argentina have 4 times the population of the highest populated Scandinavian country (Sweden).

I used the Wikipedia numbers for reference.

Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
1 August 2020 at 3:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: slapinWell, in case of Ubisoft or when you either VPN or torrent, this choice will bias things towards torrent which I don't like. I wonder why Sony Playstation managed to do it right and Steam can't do it...

What do you mean by "Sony Playstation managed to do it right"? AFAIK they have both regional locking and prices.

Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
1 August 2020 at 3:25 pm UTC

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: WorMzyMy opinion is that the price should be the price, and that should be converted to the real-time equivalent for the currency you're buying in.

So game = £10. At time of writing:
  • UK: £10

  • USA: $13.15

  • Japan: ¥1386

  • Europe: €11.12



etc. Then apply whatever local tax applies (which is probably where most of the pressure on Valve comes from, taxperson always wants their cut...).

If you have fixed prices then you will loose lots of sales in countries where income is low while you get next to nothing from countries that can afford to pay. Now if you are a small indie and can price your game sufficiently cheap then this might work but not for big titles that costs billions to develop.
The small indie doesn't have the marketing to sell gajillions of copies, though. I don't think they're in a position to happily lose sales.

Of course, I was more thinking in the terms of a single dev indie studio does not have to sell that many copies in order to keep afloat as compared with when you have an actual team of people that needs wages and so forth. Could have worded it better since of course not all indies are of the single dev type.

Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
31 July 2020 at 2:34 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: LinasTo be honest, it has always escaped me how games in e.g. Russia cost like 10% of what we pay in the EU. I mean, I do get that purchasing power and salaries are very different, but we are talking about digital goods. It takes whatever amount of money it takes to make a game, in whatever country is was made. It's not like the prices in Russia are lower because it is somehow cheaper to distribute them in Russia. Somehow feels arbitrary and fake in the global economy.

It's 10% in Russia because that is where you have to be in order to sell any games, and it is 100% in EU since we in the EU both have a higher income and have a higher incentive to buy games so if you don't take 100% here then you are loosing potential income.

It's not always just income however, e.g traditionally HIFI is cheaper in Germany than in Sweden because HIFI is seen as a luxury item in Sweden so we tend to pay more while Germans see it as more of a commodity while computers are cheaper in Sweden than in Germany due to Swedes seeing computers as a commodity and not as the luxury item that the Germans do (at least this was how it was some decades ago).

Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs
31 July 2020 at 2:29 pm UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: WorMzyMy opinion is that the price should be the price, and that should be converted to the real-time equivalent for the currency you're buying in.

So game = £10. At time of writing:
  • UK: £10

  • USA: $13.15

  • Japan: ¥1386

  • Europe: €11.12



etc. Then apply whatever local tax applies (which is probably where most of the pressure on Valve comes from, taxperson always wants their cut...).

If you have fixed prices then you will loose lots of sales in countries where income is low while you get next to nothing from countries that can afford to pay. Now if you are a small indie and can price your game sufficiently cheap then this might work but not for big titles that costs billions to develop.

Gyroscope tool JoyShockMapper comes to Linux, Valve adds 'Flick stick' to Steam Input
19 July 2020 at 2:30 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: gustavoyaraujo
Quoting: KohriasMight help these console amateurs to get a bit better :) Does not even come close to keyboard + mouse.
You are wrong. I played a lot of ranked games in Dota 2 before and a lot of other players recognized me as a good player.

Well to be honest that only tells that you are good, not that this is actually better than keyboard+mouse. We could put sandals on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he would still run rings around most football players.

Remembering an indie gem with Osmos over 10 years later
10 July 2020 at 6:38 pm UTC Likes: 1

Back when it was in a Humble Bundle I created a Swedish translation for it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwqAKhyY0V1OX25XQk1mUVZaRnM/view?usp=sharing if anyone would be interested :)