How SEGA Shot Themselves in the Foot With the Saturn

If you’re a gamer and you’ve given more than a cursory glance to industry news in the last couple of years then you’ll probably be aware of how Microsoft well and truly bungled the launch of the Xbox One. Whether it was arrogance, hubris, or just sheer bone-headedness, somebody at Microsoft really misjudged the marketing for the latest Xbox console, and the effects of that can still be felt today as the PS4 dominates the charts month after month. Sony might be celebrating now, but they too found themselves in a similar situation last generation when they tried to launch their PS3 amid controversy, a high price point, and bad marketing.

While Microsoft are in the middle of rehabilitating their image following the Xbox One DRM debacle and Sony implemented what they’d learned from the relative failure of the PS3 to improve the PS4, at least those companies are still releasing consoles. Back in 1995, SEGA were one of “the big two” when it came to console gaming (along with Nintendo) but some appalling marketing decisions with the Saturn put the company into a tailspin that it never truly recovered from, resulting in the early abandonment of their next console, the Dreamcast, and ultimately them retreating from the hardware game entirely.

Prior to the launch of the Saturn, SEGA announced that the console would be released one week before the new Sony console, the PlayStation, in September 1995. Whether it was out of fear of the new kid on the block, or just an incredibly misguided marketing ploy, somebody at SEGA HQ decided it would be a good idea to surprise everybody by launching the Saturn in May as a big surprise. To everybody. Including gamers. And retailers. And developers. And publishers. Oh and forget about developing for the 32X, that’s so last month.

Yes, the SEGA Saturn launched in the May of 1995 but as far as most gamers were concerned it wasn’t expected until September and so they didn’t have chance to save up or warn their parents it was coming. That didn’t really matter so much though, since most retailers were also unaware that the console was coming and so their stores weren’t readily equipped to take on the launch of a brand new console five months before they were expecting it. Although, upon reflection, perhaps they were worried about nothing since there were no games ready for the system since SEGA also failed to alert game developers of the change in release date meaning that there were only six games available at launch and all of them were made by SEGA.

In one fell swoop, SEGA managed to upset practically every retailer, every game developer and publisher that wasn’t them, and confuse gamers around the world. It was basically the gaming equivalent of sending all of your Christmas cards out in June and then wondering why nobody bothered sending you one back.

The Saturn wasn’t quite the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the decision to swerve everybody with a phony release date for the console crippled it and allowed the PlayStation to clean up when it was finally released on the day that Sony told people it would be released in September. SEGA didn’t attempt any such chicanery with their next console, the Dreamcast, but the damage to their brand had already been done, and in doing so, given Sony a chance to find footing within the console market. The PlayStation 2 went on to be the best selling console of all time, and the Dreamcast lasted less than two years on the market before SEGA abandoned hardware altogether to concentrate on just developing and publishing games for other consoles.

Approach a Local Trainer to Learn the Recipes – WoW Cooking Guide

There are large tables with detailed tasty meals. Cooking is a profession which will allow the players to combine various ingredients such as fish or meat into delicious food and drink items which can be consumed to restore health and mana, as well as to grant combat buffs. This skill is often paired with Fishing since levelling the latter often provides the materials needed for Cooking. To cook, you will need to either find yourself a fire – and have the required ingredients, of course.

Tools required:

Many innkeepers and cooking trainers have a cooking fire, a brazier, or some other tool needed for cooking around them. If you are out in the wilderness, however, you can always create your own Cooking Fire – a skill you learn when you learn Cooking. Regardless of the location though, your food will be delicious and fully capable of providing one of the Well Fed buffs, its strength depends on the level of the food you have eaten. Cooking will be split up into six specializations in Mists of Pandaria. Levelling one will level your overall cooking, and you will learn dishes that give a specific stat buff through WoW cooking guide.

Cooking quest:

It is possible to level multiple specializations for achievements, and there are also new, easy ways to go from cooking in Pandaria. There are two types of cooking awards – Epicurean’s Award and Iron Paw Token. The first one can be earned by completing any old-world cooking quest. They are still worth collecting, because once you have 100, you can purchase Chef’s Hat, which cuts down your cooking time. Whether you are a new character or an old one just picking up Cooking, you should try to do your dailies every day.

Spend awards:

The Epicurean is used for almost all of the Cataclysm recipes, and some of them are quite powerful and can provide essential buffs. Once you’ve purchased every recipe you possibly can start spending your Awards on either Crate of Tasty Meat, which contains some meat reagents you can sell, or on Imported Supplies, which contain a lot of Cocoa Beans, which you can then use to make Chocolate Cookies and be Satisfied. In Mists of Pandaria, cooking supplies can be bought with Iron Paw Token. Varying quantities of these items can also be bought for one Iron Paw Token.

Groceries and containers:

Combine a certain amount of materials with containers like Empty Emperor Salmon Container to create a Bundle of Groceries. This completes Replenishing the Pantry, which gives you the needed token. This quest can be repeated as much as you like each day and allows you to convert excess cooking materials into ones you actually need. Cooking will mainly require three components: food, a recipe and a fire. Food can be purchased from vendors, looted from beasts that have been killed or caught through fishing.

Increase your cooking skills:

Recipes are available to purchase from Cooking trainers and vendors or as quest rewards. You must be standing near an open fire in order to cook something. Increasing one to level 600 will increase your overall Cooking skill to 600, but to make the recipes for other ways you will still need to level each Way separately. Cooking trainers usually have an open fire near to them and you can also create your own by selecting the Basic Campfire from the General page of your spell book. Review each of the 6 ways below to determine the required ingredients, then choose one or all of them to level. Each way maintains its own levelling.

FSLABS Adds Malware to Their DLC, Asserting That It’s “DRM”

Flight Sim Labs is a company that makes very nice looking aircraft and sells them as Downloadable Content (DLC) for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Selling DLC for flight simulators is big business, and in the case of Flight Sim Labs, having a reputation means being able to charge a premium. Some of their DLC is over $100 dollars which for regular gamers sounds a lot just for a plane, but to Flight Sim enthusiasts is around the price they would expect.

Piracy is of course a big problem for game developers and game publishers, with a large number of people out there showing little interest in ever purchasing games, or their DLC. The Flight Simulator market is no different, but a compounding factor is that often the developers making DLC for flight simulators are smaller studios who feel the hurt of piracy even more. So it is understandable that companies would wish to take steps in order to make piracy harder.

There have been numerous studies done into piracy in the music industry showing that as far as piracy is concerned those who pirated the most content also purchased the most content as well, suggesting that pirates may actually be using music sharing as a discovery device to help them discover bands they wish to support. While there are fewer studies into video game related piracy, Valve’s success with their online digital game delivery platform (known as Steam), has suggested both industries are similar. Steam executives have often stated that they built their business by turning people who formerly pirated games into paying customers by offering a better service than the pirates.

Of course there are a lot of companies that never figured out the secret sauce like Valve did. Such companies try to solve the problem of piracy in ways that aren’t so pro-consumer. One tool that companies love to turn to is Digital Rights Management (DRM), which is software and/or encodings that are supposed to prevent copying. How well DRM actually works is debatable, with it usually only acting as a minor inconvenience. Games such as The Witcher 3 have been wildly successful bestsellers despite not having DRM at all, while games like Sim City built from the ground up to be as tough to pirate as possible by no means guarantee the publisher commercial success. Indeed in the case of Sim City, it was such a commercial failure that when their next game also underperformed the developers were shut down.

So it seems a little strange that developers would go out of their way to hurt paying customers in order to go after customers who pirate, but they do. And in the case of Flight Sim Labs, they really took that sentiment to the extreme by bundling Malware into their DLC and then when caught used the very flimsy defence that their Malware was actually DRM. In the words of Fidus Information Security.

What on earth were they thinking?!

When Fidus analysed the Malware they found that it was indeed only going to activate in the case of a pirated Serial number, but also found that the data wasn’t very secure while it was being sent, nor very secure at its destination. Fidus also questioned why the developer would need people’s chrome usernames and passwords and raised the legal and ethical considerations.

There were a lot of people on Reddit’s Flight Sims Subreddit who made their distaste for the developer’s actions clear, but also a lot of people on Flight Sim Labs’ forum who also maintained that they would continue to support the developer despite the breach of trust.

Clearly it’s a delicate issue, but ultimately the impact of the decision to put malware in DLC is one that will play itself out in the coming months. The only people who have the power to change things might very well be the consumers, and if consumers don’t then is this a dangerous precedent to set?

Playing Video Games With Consoles Vs Playing With Handheld Devices

Video games always have been one of the greatest inventions in entertainment. But there are now a variety of ways we can enjoy it. From consoles to handheld devices there is just no way of stopping game developers to full fill those deepest desires of a gamer all over the world and in different ages. But what exactly is the difference in how we want to play those games, do we want something affordable or something more appealing. Some of those who play video games care much more about the graphics and some the game play. Let us start first where it all began:

The video games are first made from a PC or the personal computer, so the games where first available from floppy disks and can be copied from different computers. Then the consoles were invented which is a fixed device that allows the game to be viewed by connecting to a t.v. And played using a controller. Video games now come in cartridges as programs are stored in microchips.

Handheld video game players were also made that came from black and white then full color, video game companies also created their own version of handheld video game players requires cartridges for larger games. When compact discs were used, new consoles were made to make use of this new storage technology that can store a higher amount of data. Which means better graphics and sound, that made games more appealing and attractive with longer hours of game play.

These are just some of the few factors that affect the gamer both young and old:

Age

Older players tend to spend more time and money playing in consoles while really younger players prefer something more simple like playing in handheld devices like the Playstation portable or the Nintendo 3DS, since they have little hands and it is easy for them to operate.

Budget

Being affordable is also a factor, those who are wealthy care much more about the quality of the game, while those who are in a tight budget would get anything that they can play with to kill time or simply for amusement.

Portable

A handheld device allow you to play anywhere you want and anytime you want, it is also improving in game quality as technology develops. Consoles are only good to play at home or a gaming network, you can’t basically take it anywhere with you.

It really depends on operation, time and budget. A gamer may also prefer both for those who are really addicted in playing video games wherever they want or whenever they have the opportunity.

Downloading Genuine Games From Genuine Sites

Gaming has been for a long time a very addictive and interesting way in which you can have fun and relax. It is an important part of all cultures and most countries enjoy their own set of games. Gaming enhances the physical and mental capabilities since they challenge us in many ways. You need to use your brain and imagination when you are making moves.

Games also help us to a great extent when it comes to social bonding. Games have evolved a lot as time passes by. Gaming started with the very basic dice games and today, there are the very popular video games that almost everyone, including children, is now accustomed to. There are all sorts of games including arcade games, song games, and action games among other categories. You can get such games in app stores or in CDs. They can also be downloaded effectively from authorized sites.

Choosing a good site

There are many factors that need to be considered when you are looking for a site where you can download the most popular games or even upgrade the ones that you already have. There are many sites that you can choose from. Some of the things you can do to ensure that you end up using the best include:

Reviews

You look at online reviews from people who have already used the site successfully. Fellow game enthusiasts will definitely know about the best sites that have the best games selection. Look for forums and dependable reviews. Usually, the best sites have great platforms that are easy to use and they are genuine.

Variety

A good site should have a wide selection of games. Regardless of the mode, you love the most, there should be other options available. There should be multiplayer and single-player modes. There should also be different kinds of game plays such as arcade and so on. This is the only way you will be able to access something different when you really want to. When you have the option of participating in multiplayer games, you can break the monotony and engage with the online community.

Video streaming

A site that allows you to stream your games in the form of videos, episodes, tutorials, and demos gives you an advantage. The different categories that you can use include Sci-fi, action, horror, drama, comedy, and anime.

Social networking

When you are able to connect with other players socially, you get the chance to meet so many new people from all over the world. You can then form your own clans and start chatting as you continue with the game. This is always a great addition.

Availability

A good site should be in a position to offer the game modes that can suit different operating systems such as Mac, Linux, and Windows. This allows the players the chance to play their game regardless of the time or place.

Creation and sharing

A good site should allow you to create your games. It should also allow you to do some game modeling as well as animation, photo editing, sound production, game development and other fun activities. It should also allow you to offer gives and trade some items with others as well.