Ask Me Stuff

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Time for another Ask Me Stuff post. Here's where you can fill up the comments with questions for me. And I fill up the comments by answering them. If there's something you really want to know about video games, this is where you ask.

[Far Cry 2 screenshot courtesy of Ben Abraham]


    Question: Are you coming to The Lizzies tonight?

    I'd like to know why we aren't going for a drink this evening?
    Why Bexta isn't going for a drink?
    And why you won't let go of your Far Cry 2 obsession?

    From, A Complete Stranger

    How come games in Australia are so expensive. Not only do we pay alot for games but we also get games later. When the AUD was stronger I would import games from the US because they were cheaper. Now i've resorted to getting games from the UK since our prices are so high. I wanna buy games in Australia but their prices are way too high.

    Is puzzle quest galactrix on ds released yet? It seems that it has been released to the rest of the world(meaning US) I thought the game was developed in Australia so shouldn't we at least get it first or even closer to the US release date?

    Over the next year until April 2010, what are the games you are most anticipating, and also what do you think will be the biggest suprise of E3??

    When is Starcraft 2 coming out... I want to play....

    Why does it take you so long to answer questions?

    @Patch - have fun tonight! Luck to you. I'll be at home.

    Is it true you were born a goose?

    Hi David.
    In the past two years i've noticed a big increase in games being released with bugs, some game braking. I have found that i might buy a title on release day and shelve it for a month till the inevitable patch comes out.Have games always been released this buggy or has it become the norm to expect games not to be perfect out the box?
    Also what right do we have as consumers in terms of refunds or returns?
    I bought far cry 2 seven months ago and still haven't finished it because i cant complete a mission because of a known bug. It seems in any other business the consumer has more rights to the quality of a product.


    I'll be there.


    I'll be (drinking) at the Lizzies.

    I couldn't get a ticket to The Lizzies tonight. Does this break your heart?


    Our game prices haven't changed since last year, so I'm not sure why you think they're suddenly so high. The exchange rate with the US or UK may have changed, but you can't expect retailers and publishers to adjust their prices to account for every shift in exchange rates.

    As for getting our games late, the situation has improved markedly in the last few years. It's really now only niche titles that don't see simultaneous worldwide releases. I don't think it's unreasonable for the publisher of a small or niche title (e.g. Tales of Vesperia) to not want the extra financial strain of localising and releasing in every market at the same time.

    if you want import niche titles there are places like dungeon crawl in melbourne that cater to people who want these titles, you could pick up White Knight Chronicles or MLB 09: The Show for instance from here just after release

    David - it has come to my attention that are in fact a gander rather than a goose. Can you confirm or deny?

    When will the PS3 follow the path of PSP and be cracked, allowing homebrew? How close do you think we are?

    I like EDGE magazine, a lot, but my local newsagents has had February on the shelf for weeks Im really after May's issue (i heard it had hands on ffXIII details) on american websites its apparently "out now" why are we so behind with that huh? and why bother with magazines at all with the net covering every detail of every game as it comes out with live blogging and such? (thanks kotaku) do you still buy magazines?

    David, is it just me or is the final boss in RE5 a cheap bastard whore? Why is it that Capcom cant program a final boss to save their lives (looking at you Seth - straight in the eye mofo!)?

    How do you think this new shadow of the colossus remake for the big screen will be? I hope whoever is acting only says 1 word throughout the whole film...AGRO!! (I think that was his name..)


    It'll be out in two weeks. Puzzle Quest may be developed in Australia, but its publisher is based in the US.

    What did you think of the way Resident Evil 5 dealt with the issue of race? I'm not asking whether you thought it was "racist" or not, but rather whether you thought the developers gave enough consideration to the implications of their setting.

    As a comparison, our favorite game (Far Cry 2, like obv.) is also set in Africa but managed to not tread on anyone's toes come release. What's the difference there? Does it come down to RE5's enemies being mindless "Zombies" that makes it a bit troubling for some players?

    Thanks David, keep it up!

    @brendan camilleri

    Betraying my personal preferences, Mass Effect 2, Brutal Legend, Alpha Protocol, Heavy Rain and Alan Wake top my most anticipated list.

    E3 surprises? I think Microsoft will have something considering how little we know of their 2009 lineup. I'm also hopeful of seeing what STALKER developer GSC has been up to... if it's ready to show off.

    I'm most likely going to be spending my Rudd bonus on a PS3. Any good reasons you can give me to persuade me to not to get a 60gb PS3 from a reputable ebay seller?

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