Prey on Steam

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As you may have noticed, Prey is now available in the Steam Store.[br]
[br]Although Scott Miller of 3D Realms has some mild feelings about Steam, the 3D Realms title can now be bought online with Steam for $49.95 or activated over Steam with CD-Keys from the retail version.

The Steam Store page for Prey can be found here.
 

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This must be Scott Miller's worst nightmare :O

anyways, why is prey $49.99? I thought it was suppose to be cheaper on steam. I could get this game for around $20-$30 in retail.
 

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It's like Evo's, but Evo's is rectangular and lower quality.
 
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Scott miller got pwned....sorry but it had to be said, quite hilariours turn of events if you ask me.
 

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I think they dealt with the whole triton thing really well though. I would have been pissed if Triton closed and it was too bad I couldn't play my game anymore.

btw $50 is ridiculous though I'm sure several steam users have never heard of it and thus think it's new.
 

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Who would buy this game for $50 on steam when its in stores for like 20 bucks now.
 

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Scott Miller had some very good and valid critique about steam, I'm glad they resolved the issues.
 

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Scott Miller had some very good and valid critique about steam, I'm glad they resolved the issues.
His main critique was that Valve owns Steam. Valve still owns Steam. What has been resolved?

(I feel Steam should be a Valve enterprise, to keep it up and running well.)
 

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I feel that Valve should still have the rights to Steam, so they can also back it up when things aren't going very well, but don't have access to the revenue costs etc. Anyone an economics major here? :p
 

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His main critique was that Valve owns Steam. Valve still owns Steam. What has been resolved?

(I feel Steam should be a Valve enterprise, to keep it up and running well.)
He also did not like the fact that the royalties they asked were approaching those of a normal publisher, which are one of the main reasons developers are interested in online distribution, since they are ridiculously high.

And that Valve still own steam does not necessarily mean they did not change a few things for 3drealms, otherwise it's hard to image 3drealms supporting steam, in any case he still has some very valid and good criticism on steam.
 

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And that Valve still own steam does not necessarily mean they did not change a few things for 3drealms, otherwise it's hard to image 3drealms supporting steam, in any case he still has some very valid and good criticism on steam.
No, they simply didn't have a choice due to Triton.
 

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He also did not like the fact that the royalties they asked were approaching those of a normal publisher, which are one of the main reasons developers are interested in online distribution, since they are ridiculously high.

And that Valve still own steam does not necessarily mean they did not change a few things for 3drealms, otherwise it's hard to image 3drealms supporting steam, in any case he still has some very valid and good criticism on steam.
3drealms had to accept steam since nobody else were around to pick up the mess after Triton. 3drealms didn't make the move towards steam, 2kgames did, but ofcourse someone at 3drealms had to ok the deal. Scott Miller is currently on vacation..... :D

If 3drealms got this shoved down their throats then I say "pwnd, lollerboxers", if they accepted it as the best sollution to the failure of Triton I say "good call". I think either way they are going to claim that they are happy with this deal. And they should be. It made a lot of customers happy, especially us Tritonites who now have 2 copies of the game (one retail box with retail key, and one triton key, both of which can be registered on steam).

Financially speaking it makes sense. I know for a fact that Prey sells some copies on steam, and that retail-sales are picking up a little now that people know they can register the game on steam.

This deal certainly put 2kgames on my (disappointingly short) list of companies I love. The support after Triton and the extended steam-service to everybody who already owns the game (a first ever) tells me that 2kgames want to do what is best for the gamers. Therefore I have also done myself a favor and bought Civ4 on steam. A great game btw. I could have gotten it quite a bit cheaper in retail, but I prefer having my games on steam, and I think of it more as a donation towards 2k and Valve than as "wasted" money.

The fact that 3drealms are in on this, whether they like it or not, means ++ to them also... :)

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But why did they have to do it because of triton, didn't everyone who used triton get retail copies sent to them why was it necessary to use steam.
 

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I must admit I do find it hilarious that PREY is now on Steam, but the price is a joke given that it's already going for about £20 in the shops now. It must be some wierd wish fulfillment by Miller, that he can say 'we tried steam and got no sales from it therefore Steam is shit'
 

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But why did they have to do it because of triton, didn't everyone who used triton get retail copies sent to them why was it necessary to use steam.
Not necessary, but they obviously want a digital distribution alternative for prey. Also, many of the triton customers are fans of digital distribution, and allthough a boxed copy would have been good enough, boxed copy + steam is much better.

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What I dont entirely understand is how one would define another development house as a "competitor." I understand that they all sell in the same market, but I mean, each can play the others' games and make judgements on them, I'm not entirely sure how knowing sales figures can change how you make a game.... Beyond say, not copying a design because it sucked, but Valve figures that out in playtesting anyway, they dont force their customers to be guinepigs for gameplay testing....

If the guy's only problem is that Valve is a competator then there is really no good reason for Valve not to control Steam. Honestly I think that if Steam were independent it would probably be a much lower quality system, and very well might end up like EA. For developers by developers. Keep the damned 3rd parties out.

EDIT: Oh, and LOL Prey is on the Steam top sellers list :D
 

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Kadayi Polokov said:
It must be some wierd wish fulfillment by Miller, that he can say 'we tried steam and got no sales from it therefore Steam is shit'
Aaahahaaa.

I've wanted to get the game. I would if it wasn't fifty fricking dollars.. I doubt it's worth that. Is it cheaper retail?
 

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Aaahahaaa.

I've wanted to get the game. I would if it wasn't fifty fricking dollars.. I doubt it's worth that. Is it cheaper retail?
I think it is worth USD50, but it _is_ cheaper retail. If cou can find it. ebgames.com lists it at USD20 but doesn't actually have it in stock.

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This is really cool. I love the fact you can buy a retail copy, then register it on Steam. I wish you could do this with all games (COD comes to mind). But i can see why Valve would want you to buy in on Steam, they get the royalties from that purchase.

Almost all the games i have on Steam i have a boxed copy for as well. I did buy HL2:EP1 on Steam only tho. Thats what i feel Steam is best for, smaller or episodic games.

Im going to buy a boxed copy of Prey now =)
 
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