| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (9)

Posted: Apr 22nd 2009 3:38PM (Unverified) said

  • 1 heart
  • Report
via Stream

Small mistake ;)

Posted: Apr 22nd 2009 4:22PM Minofan said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Eh?
You can already buy & download NCsoft products - including microtransactions - online via the NCsoft store, so what exactly do they need Steam for?

Assuming one is not going to undercut the other, I don't see what this offers beyond having NCsoft products advertised on Steam - unless they plan to close the NCsoft store soon.

Considering the NCsoft store prices for all of their old games are quite horribly uncompetitive with online retailers, this doesn't seem like a great money maker for Steam.

Personally this would be my last avenue of purchase for an MMO; I don't see any reason for exposing ANOTHER layer of potential game thwarting...
Rely on Steam being up > rely on account server being up > rely on game server being up.

Nope; I use and like Steam, but I don't understand this initiative and cannot say I'd make use of it given any other option.

Posted: Apr 22nd 2009 4:43PM Enk said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I'd use it because it's just easier. You can preorder right through Steam, have it preloaded and ready to go when it gets released. Plus I already have a bunch of other games through it, so it's just convenient that I have most of my games in one spot. And I have a bunch of friends with Steam, which allows me to talk to them through the Steam client without having to alt tab and they can be in different games. I like Steam quite a bit, I wish more companies used it. It's nice not having to worry about misplacing CD keys and keeping track of everything. And for me at least, it works pretty flawlessly and is much easier to get updates for games. I wouldn't really personally worry about Steam going down. I tried the trial for EVE through steam, and you can actually run the game outside of Steam.

And no matter if Steam is great or not, it's still more exposure for the game which will mean more sales. It makes sense regardless if you see it or not.
Reply

Posted: Apr 22nd 2009 7:17PM Firebreak said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
For me Steam just makes everything easier at this point I am not sure I would buy a game for the PC if it was not through steam. I often go back to games that I had not played in a long while, but I don't tend to do this with MMOs as I lose the CDs and the digital download takes a small age but with Steam I get my full 1mbs and I never have to look for a CD again.
Reply

Posted: Apr 22nd 2009 5:06PM karnisov said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
yeah its pretty much an exposure deal, steam has big pull in digital distro.

Posted: Apr 22nd 2009 6:57PM cray said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
You have it absolutely right. This purely a marketing move to gain more exposure. If I'm not mistaken SOE recently made their games available on Steam, despite having them accessible on their own website.

It's a good move, and it should've been done a long time ago before they released Tabula Rasa. Steam forte is first person shooters and Tabula Rasa would've likely gained a stronger start. At least that's my theory.
Reply

Posted: Apr 23rd 2009 4:01AM Psychotic Storm said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Some TR players, me included, believe that NCsoft would kill TR no mater the sales outcome with sole exception of reaching WoW status in a single year.
Reply

Posted: Apr 22nd 2009 8:32PM MrGutts said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
More bad news for the old brick and mortar stores. Sorry Gamestop corp the old school Babbage's..

Posted: Apr 23rd 2009 4:04AM Sam not Spam said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I would love to see them release their games on Impulse as well.

And the more venues that people have to buy their games, the better. Steam, Direct2Drive, PlayNC, Amazon, Impulse, Gamestop, where ever, I don't care. With digital distribution, there's no reason not to.

Featured Stories

WRUP: Lucky Korea

Posted on Nov 22nd 2014 10:00AM

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW