Posts Tagged ‘green man gaming’

Which Digital Game Store Is Best For Refunds: Steam vs. UPlay vs. Origin vs. GOG

By Angus Morrison on July 28th, 2015.

Rumour has it that the decrepit Arkham Knight port beat a retreat on account of Steam refunds. After all, what better way to get a dastardly developer to blush and shuffle its hooves than to reverse its cash flow? Until June, when no-questions-asked refunds came into force, such a feat was impossible. Perhaps, after years of pro-consumer jabs at Microsoft and other corporates, Valve sought to make a material gesture that player interests are truly the heart of the Steam empire. Or perhaps they dislike being sued. Hint: they are currently being sued.

By now, you’ve likely encountered a shop and have a reasonable feeling about how refunds should work: if it doesn’t do what it’s meant to, you take it back. Nothing could be simpler. Refunds for digital products – or, as is often the case, licenses for digital products – are a legal hellscape of false assertions and misinformation, in large part a product of outdated legislation that no one is keen to test in court. To sift through the muck, I got in touch with Ryan Morrison, founder of the New York law firm by the same name (and no relation of mine this side of the 17th century). Whether you’re European, Stateside or in the wrong hemisphere altogether, here’s the plain English version of where and through which service your purchases are best protected and why some retailers still risk refusing refunds.

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Ship Of The Iceberg: Starpoint Gemini 2

By Adam Smith on September 9th, 2013.

As we cast our ever-vigilant gaze to the starboard bow, we raise a brow to the sight of Starpoint Gemini 2 gently docking with Steam Early Access, a wild frontier station. We haven’t heard from the space sim/RPG since 2011, when it first appeared, causing Jim to express conflicted thoughts (interesting, but not necessarily enjoyable or robust). The game is now in full 3d and the Gemini system is a cohesive area, with no loading screens to break up the gaps between stars. Players captain one of around seventy ships, controlling a single vessel rather than a fleet, although wingmen will be added at a later date. The developer’s descriptions suggest there will be freedom to explore, salvage and fight, but it’s not entirely clear how early this early access is. Trailer below.

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Reign: Conflict of Nations Free, Cheap Stuff

By Jim Rossignol on April 8th, 2011.

Tiny medievalism, for free. Today.
Hello, it’s me again with your (almost) daily free stuff delivery. Digital download service Green Man Gaming has relaunched, and to celebrate they’ve giving us 1c’s medieval strategy, Reign: Conflict of Nations, for free. For details on how to claim a copy, click onwards, and below.
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Green Man Gaming Offer £1 Trial Weekend

By Quintin Smith on November 26th, 2010.

When's SEGA going to wise up and get Mr. Driller on the digital download sites, eh?

Here’s some news courtesy of Beefjack- looks like it’s not just Steam that’s performing cut-price shenanigans right now. As of today, Green Man Gaming are offering what they call a ‘Try and Trade’ deal. Basically, you buy and download any one of the selected games, and if you ask for your money back before Midnight PST on Sunday they’ll refund all but £1/$1/€1. More than that, Ice-Pick Lodge’s nightmare afterlife sim The Void is one of the game’s on offer! Here is me talking passionately about The Void. Here’s that link to the offer again. You know what you gotta do. You do.

EDIT: Aiee, turns out that refund takes the form of store credit, turning this from a lovely offer into a lovely offer with a tiny barb stuck inside it. Careful, readers.

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A Second-Hand Market For Download Games?

By Alec Meer on January 21st, 2010.

A big part of the industry’s support, such as it is, for game download services such as Steam, GamersGate et al is that it kills the second-hand/trade-in market. A sale’s a sale, a customer’s a customer, and shops don’t end up with endless dusty racks of second-hand copies of Call of Duty: World At War that only confused mothers try to buy when their kid asks for Modern Warfare 2. You can’t very well resell a game that’s bound to an account in your name, with your credit card details attached. Surely you can’t? New service Green Man Gaming thinks you can. Hmm.
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