Tag: rip off

Dr Dre’s Beat Headphones are a huge scam

Ah yes the headphones you wished you could afford are a pile of shit!

Beats headphones cost anywhere between £100 and £400. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created a $3.2 billion empire off the back of them after they sold the company to Apple last year.

What a lot of people don’t know is that a regular haircut costs more than it does to create some Beats headphones.

It has been revealed the cost of making the fancy headset is as low as $14.

Source

Steam and Modern Warfare 2- Steam goes for maintenance and CoD MW 2 dies

mw222_thumbIf there ever was a case for dedicated servers for Modern Warfare 2 its now, steam has gone on some maintenence update but so what you say well the problem is Call of Duty Modern Warfare on the PC needs the Steam “cloud” to work and so now its imposable to play the game. Now if Modern Warfare 2 was working on Dedicated servers this would  never happen.

So FUCK Infinty Ward,Steam and Activison for fucking up what was a a great game and turning it into a pile of steam shit.

Steam: find out how much your getting ripped off

redalertripoffsteamWhile searching for info about steams rip-off pricing i found this script that you can use to show just how much Steam is ripping you off.  It turns out that steam is pricing some/all games at the rate of 1€ = 1$.

In late 2008 Valve’s Steam online games store implemented a new regional pricing system. Prices had formerly been the same across all regions, and USD was the only currency accepted for payments. After the change, prices were presented in USD, GBP or EUR depending on the user’s geographical region. Steam employed an exchange rate of 1€ = 1$ when setting the new European prices, which compared to the formed USD-only sytem made prices go up by more than 40% in Europe. Many games were now significantly more expensive on Steam than in European retail stores. Wasn’t the whole point of using download stores like Steam that they should be cheaper and more convenient to use?

What does this script do?

This script is meant as a shopping tool for European customers to help avoid being cheated by Steam’s new European prices. It is installed as a user script in the Firefox or Opera web browsers. When visiting Steam’s webshop, prices will be displayed in all three currencies (USD, GBP and EUR), you can also see the percent difference from the North American price. This will enable you to make an informed decision on whether or not the Steam price is acceptable.

Source and Get the script here:

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 PC – It gets worse only 9v9 mode!

mw222_thumbCall of duty Modern warfare 2 is only days away and for us PC Gamers it means nothing. The totaly crap that te PC Version will be is just not worth it, plus the price from Steam at €60 and no dedicated servers, no mods and only a rubbish 9v9 mode? What in the hell are they thinking? I only bought the last two Modern Warfare games for the “multiplayer” game anyway, i did manage to finish COD 4 in single player but have not done the same with COD 5.

For a company that made their millions on the PC and speaking as someone who has bought every Call of Duty game on the PC im deeply dissapointed that COD Modern warfare 2 is going to be complete crap on the PC.

  • How can a 9V9 mode be any good? Most Cod games at the moment are 32 players with 16 on each side.
  • No dedicated servers.
  • Game is hosted on one players PC, when and if they leave the game pauses for 5 seconds and makes a new player a host
  • No mods

Hitler thinks Infinity Ward are Fashists:

Sources:
steamunpowered.eu

arstechnica.com

More bad news:

PS
It’s now official, every copy of Modern Warfare 2 will require Steam activation which means you can get it a lot cheaper in your retail store than on Steam (60€). For example in Poland this game is around 25-30€.

And if all the above wasnt bad enough heres more bad news, a comparison between COD MW1 and COD MW 2;

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Steam: Is a Rip off – Steam Vs Retail Sales Prices

img_66901_steam_450x360While looking on steam at the price of the new Call of Duty Game Modern Warfare 2 game and being shocked at the price their charging i got an email from play.com telling about how you can pre-order the game and have it on the day of release. When i checked out the two prices it turned out there a huge €15 difference.

Ive posted before about how games on steam are more expensive and its generally known. But how can they justify the charge of €60 for a PC Game? Most PC Games never are more than about €45 in a retail shop on steam however they normally hit €50 or more. So after a little searching i found out that theres are website about this very topic.

So i checked out the prices of 3 new upcoming PC Games and heres the results below;

Call of duty: Modern Warfare 2

Dragons Age of Origin:

Left for Dead 2

  • Steam Price €44.49 (with 10% off)
  • Play.com  €35.49
  • Direct2Drive.co.uk
  • Amazon.co.uk £26.99 / €30

(prices correct as of 6-nov-09)

Average difference in price is about €12 and this is for a digital download with no DVD, case or manual how on earth can this be justified?  Im going to post the prices of the same against Directtodrive which is another digital download service later.

Heres a site i found exposing the problems with steams service;

steamunpowered.eu

Even if after all that if you still dont believe it check out this artivle from the theinquirer.net which lists even more games and the price rip-off;

Company of Heros: Tales of Valor [Steam = £29.99 / Play.com =£17.99]

Football Manager 2009 [Steam = £29.99 / Play.com =£14.99]

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II [Steam = £34.99 / Play.com =£22.99]

Empire: Total War [Steam = £39.99 / Play.com =£29.99]

Half-Life 2: Orange Box [Steam = £16.99 / Play.com =£14.99]

Call of Duty: World at War [Steam = £29.99 / Play.com =£29.99]

Bioshock [Steam = £13.99 / Play.com =£9.99]

Ton clancy’s: End War [Steam = £34.99 / Play.com =£14.99]

Drakensang [Steam = £29.99 / Play.com =£17.99]

X3: Terran Conflict [Steam = £22.99 / Play.com =£14.99]

Grand Theft Auto IV [Steam = £26.99 / Play.com =£24.99]

Vin Diesel: Wheelman [Steam = £29.99 / Play.com =£17.99]

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.K. [Steam = £34.99 / Play.com =£17.99]

Fear 2 [Steam = £24.99 / Play.com =£24.99]

Crysis: Maximum Edition [Steam = £32.99 / Play.com =£26.99]

Best of the worst 7:Taxi Fares

michael-oleary-taxiTaxi prices are currently insanly high at the moment, how can a price of €6 be justified in times like these? How can a taxi into town cost €6? a 5  minute journey. Say you need a taxi to work in the morning and one again in the evening that would be €12 for the day. Now remember you can get a bus to dublin for €12 return.

It just doestnt add up really in the middle of a recession to be charging such high prices. How many times have you seen a line of Taxis going all they way past the courthouse down to the taxi rank line in crowe street not to mention the same line of taxis in Drogheda.

Surely at least a €1 reduction means more fares for the differnet taxi ranks? I know theres some talk about the taxt regulator setting the price of taxis or something but surely the price needs to go down.