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The Noble Talk / Randomly generated words
« on November 16th, 2017, 11:33 AM »
I thought I'd launch a topic for generic/random discussions that don't merit a new topic on their own. I can always split them into topics if they end up being talked a lot about.

Feel free to post anything you like here.

I was looking at Steamspy's stats, and it struck me that in its first 6 years, Steam added less games (750) than in any recent month. (e.g. 873 games added in September, current record holder.)

I remember when Greenlight was being criticized for allowing shit games to go through. Made sense that Valve would replace the system with an even worse one, ah ah... Be careful what you wish for, eh..?

Now I'm wondering if they're regretting their decision, in light of the fact that they're letting through any kind of asset flips. (e.g. just look at the Match 3 tag page, there's a lot of games with 'berry/berries' in their name, they're all asset flips from a Unity tutorial, and they were all eventually removed by Valve, but how many games like that until it stops...?)
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The Trader's Clerk / Games about to be delisted
« on November 12th, 2017, 01:59 PM »
Figured a topic about this might be nice, so we don't miss out on them...

Then again, the 'A list' games I remember being delisted in the past (Deadpool, Castle of Illusion, Mafia 2..) all came back at one point to Steam. Still, Castle of Illusion has never been sold at a lower price than on the last day before it was 'pulled', so good deals can still be found I guess.

Anyway, Deadpool is leaving Steam again, apparently... -70% right now. It's still too expensive for my taste (9€). I'll just be waiting for it to come back inevitably when Deadpool 2 comes out in theaters and maybe they'll bundle it to gain awareness for the inevitable follow-up game. :lol:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/224060/
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The Trader's Clerk / Indiegala
« on November 12th, 2017, 12:14 PM »
Have you guys noticed how Indiegala changed their bundle gift system..? They recently started sending out passwords in addition to links. Then yesterday they started sending passwords by e-mail for EVERY gifted bundle, even the old ones.
I had to ask my previous bundle provider to fetch 12 passwords for me... Not fun for him, or me. I did about 50 bundles, took me an hour, thank you Indiegala. :-/
I know it's for our security, but... Really, can't they do like HB and allow us to link a gift to our account..?
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A Scandal in Minutia / Bad sites
« on October 9th, 2017, 11:43 PM »
There are bad traders, and then there are bad sites as well.
Thought they deserved their own topic, too.

I bought a lot from HRK at some point last year. They had cool cheap bundles of rarer games not bundled elsewhere.
Well, don't buy custom bundles from them.

They advertise for instance a $1.1 bundle.
Then they offer you 3 ways of paying:
- $1.1 in HRK Wallet (i.e. you spend $5 on them, exclusively with credit card, basically it's G2A Wallet, except it's not compatible of course. IT USED TO BE, because HRK is basically a subsidiary of G2A... But I guess they want to make people pay even more.)
- $1.24 in Paypal or credit card money. Why the $0.14 tax? I don't know. The spirit of G2A!
- $1.60 or something if you pay with G2Apay. That's a huge tax!

So, now, OF COURSE, when you pay with Paypal, they will tell you "don't close this page; please allow up to 20 minutes to process". After half an hour it's still there. If you contact their support team, they tell you that due to security issues, they've canceled your order and you should use G2APay or HRK Wallet. That is, either pay a huge tax, or buy several bundles in advance and don't fuck with us. Okay.

So I tried to order again. This time I got a different message, saying I had to send a picture of my ID card. No kidding? For a $1.1 bundle? "If you don't want to send your picture, you'll have to purchase through G2APay".

Yeah, guys, you know what? This kind of shady behavior is the very first step to becoming a more than shady site-- a scammer site.
So I'm officially withdrawing HRK from the permanent bundle slate. (Yes, the page wasn't on, because it was under work, outdated and needed refreshing; that's part of the reason why I was buying a custom bundle from them today. See the Steamgrounds bundle page, these things are boring to handle with so many games that come in & out of the bundle list.)

Do not waste your time buying from HRK!
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A Scandal in Minutia / Because trading is for fun, not for your life...
« on September 22nd, 2017, 12:39 AM »
I've issued my first infraction (a 1-week ban) for a user who insulted another on this offer:
https://lestrades.com/offer/7834/
Next infraction from him will result in a perma-ban.

Lestrade's is a place to trade duplicate/unwanted bundle games. It's not a place to freely insult people who don't agree with your valuation of said games. Just add their matches to your Skips if you don't want to deal with them in the future. I will not let Lestrade's become like Barter when I used to use it.

If you get insulted for any reason in comments or by PM, please report to me and I'll take action if warranted.
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The Dancing Players / Are fake reviews still a thing?
« on September 7th, 2017, 10:12 PM »
I noticed two games I was browsing today...

http://store.steampowered.com/app/683530/FreeFly_Burning/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/654490/Fable_Rush/

They both have in common:
- most of the reviews are positive (I don't know about FreeFly which doesn't sound like a great game concept from its video, but I can vouch for Fable Rush being an absolute shit game, I just finished it in under an hour...),
- most of those reviews are 3-4 lines,
- most of those reviews are from people with less than 100 games in their library,
- most of their playtimes are similar, usually under 2 hours.

This smells like review bots to me... Maybe with keys no longer being taken into account for the final score, the devs now issue -99% coupons or something (I don't know if the maximum is -90%), and buy through bots... Or maybe they give -90% coupons, reviewers buy the game, then the dev sends them paypal money equivalent to the price they paid, meaning the dev 'only' loses 3% of the game's price (i.e. Valve's share.)

I couldn't find a link to report suspicious reviews to Valve, so I guess I made this topic to clear my doubts. :P
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A Scandal in Minutia / Potential scammers & bullies to avoid...
« on August 24th, 2017, 12:43 PM »
I probably should open a topic like this.

Two people that are on LT's but that I'd advise against trading with:

- <DropBase>, banned at BVG, scammed me at BVG, went here, said he wouldn't do it again, and then disappeared when I asked him to make up for his theft. Considering he completed 120+ trades at BVG, I always gave him a second chance to come & make it up. Enough is enough! He probably skedaddled and is now trading (and future-scamming) with an alt account. If you're aware of potential alts of him, feel free to share.

- Sullwyn, also a lot of trades to his account... Hasn't come back in 5 weeks here (and BVG), I sent him half a dozen keys for an accepted offer back then, he hasn't sent anything back. When you want to scam someone, please, PLEASE don't scam the website's admin, because he doesn't even need the proof to ban you and make sure nobody will ever trade with you again!

Don't hesitate to add other names -- either of traders who have a bad reputation outside LT's, or traders you're suspecting are scamming you at LT's. I'll edit to add & remove names depending on their scammer status being verified or not.
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The Detective League / Humble Bundles
« on July 18th, 2017, 08:33 PM »
Weird that there isn't a topic for discussing humble bundles yet...

I nearly bought Batman Telltale during the sale but figured such a good price (7 or 8 bucks?) would mean a Telltale bundle by the end of the year. I was right, sooner than expected though!

Now, it's even more amusing in that I documented a few days ago how i focused on fixing the many screwed up app & package IDs for telltale games in the database. For instance, Hector full series is internally using the app id for episode 3 on Steam, so the ITAD bundle entry got stuck with it. I fixed it with the actual package id. I'm mostly saying that, so you could all update your custom wishlists to that package. Unfortunately i can't fix your steam wishlists though. Just so you know. Just add the package to your LT wishlist on top of your steam wishlist entry!
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The Illustrious Idea / Make trading great ag... err not that one.
« on June 27th, 2017, 04:43 PM »
Last Sunday, I posted a summary of what I did on Lestrade's in the last ~10 days, like I usually do. (And I did more after that, but I haven't documented anything.) Also as usual, I asked for readers to invite their friends. 2 days in, we've now reached an all-time low for active users. As a result of my announcement, 2 members left the group, and no one bothered to invite anyone (this is indicated in admin stats.) I always feel bad when I have to ask people to help with promoting the site, but I feel even worse when I see they don't even bother to click that damn Invite button.

I don't even know why I'm bothering... I have so much love for this site, and so much plans to develop it beyond its current status as the most usable trading site ever. But I'm in a situation where in order for it to be the best, it needs to be popular. I'm more comfortable the other way around.

What should I do? Pay people to join the site? Give up on my 5-hour nights and devote them to marketing?

I think the title of this topic is a subconscious way of saying, popularity these days comes not from talent, but marketing.
Lestrade's needs to reach the masses to work. More users = more choice = more reasons for me to build tools to help with the widening opportunities. But the more features I add, the less active users we have.

tl;dr: Has anyone here any marketing skills? Does anyone know anyone who'd be excited at the idea of helping LT get more popular? Usually, the job of marketing guys is to take an ordinary product and make it sound like it's better than the rest. Here, the product is definitely better, and will continue to be so. It's just that I'm the only one working on it and I don't see why I should also deal with marketing, since it's something I've always been terrible at, and risk losing motivation to work on the multiple projects I have for LT right now.

I need your help, plain and simple! Please post suggestions!
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The Illustrious Idea / [Poll] Are you a night or day person?
« on June 26th, 2017, 10:14 PM »
Just out of curiosity, here's a little poll.

I'm not going to change anything following the results, although I guess if everyone prefers the alternative skin, I can of course set it as the default one. ;)
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The Trader's Clerk / Of list sorting & the philosophy of ratios.
« on June 15th, 2017, 12:32 PM »
Important poll: obviously I was working on that dropdown because I'm looking into saving the setting. However I'm not sure which way to do it.
1/ Save the same setting across all Sort dropdowns (in all list pages + offer creation pages)? If yes, what about the Library? (a) Should I ignore the setting and always sort by playtime first? (a) Should I store library sorting separately from all the rest?
1/ Save the same setting across all list pages (with same question for library), and a different setting for offer creation pages?
3/ Save the setting separately for each list and offer creation pages? Could be confusing, but also more powerful.
4/ Something else (please tell)..?

I could even technically store 2 sorting preferences per user, with a checkbox to switch between the two... But good luck to me to come up with a usable UI for choosing those, ahah...

I really need some suggestions now. The feature is already written, I just need to figure out which solution to use, because once I settle on it, it's gonna be harder to change it...
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The Noble Talk / Trading tags suggestions?
« on June 7th, 2017, 12:07 AM »
I'm thinking of adding more trading tags to help you guys sort out your tradables without having to use custom tags everywhere.

Right now I'm positive I'll add at least these two:
- 'can get' ===> 'I don\'t have it yet, but I can/will get it for a good trade'
- 'considering' ===> 'I'll buy a bundle that has this, if I get a fair offer for it'

The first one would be for traders like mac420 who don't have all the tradables on their list, but can get them very quickly. This should serve as an indication to traders that the user may need to check with his sources first (meaning a possibly longer wait time before an accept.)

The latter tag is intended to mean, "this bundle just got out, it's pretty interesting, but there are a few games in there that I already have / do not want... I'm gonna tag them with that; if I get a good offer for one of those games, then it'll make it easier for me to go and buy that bundle."
This technically would be for people like me who like to add games to my tradables even before buying a bundle. Meaning that technically, if I ever get to recording bundle IDs when adding games from bundle pages, I could potentially notify users who still have games tagged with 'considering' when the bundle is about to expire... e.g. "Hey lazy ass! Come here and buy that bundle or remember to delete those entries!"

So, a few questions now...
1/ Do you think both entries are worth adding to the tag list?
2/ Are you okay with those tag names? (can get, considering)
3/ If not, do you have any suggestions?
4/ Do you have other tags in mind that you'd like to see added..?

As a reminder, tags are super-easy to add in LT's, as I'm handling them in PHP, not with the database. Just a matter of adding a line to the source code... I can even choose whether a tag should be for tradables only, wishlist only, or both.
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The Detective League / [Groupees] Bundle pre-orders
« on June 1st, 2017, 11:33 PM »
Thought I'd create this topic to ask if there are any volunteers to post here any time Groupees launches (or gets ready to launch) a pre-order for a new bundle..?
Now that I'm a subscriber for their Be Mine series, I admit I spend a lot less time on their site, and as such I've missed most of their new preorders. (Granted, I didn't find many interesting games in them anyway.)

So... Please share :)
(You don't need to post about bundles after they're out of their preorder period, since they're automatically added to the /bundle/ page here.)
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The Detective League / [Steam Store] Notable deals
« on June 1st, 2017, 11:30 PM »
Maybe a topic to post links of interest to Steam deals..? (Like, really, really unmissable prices for some popular games.)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/39550/SpellForce_2__Anniversary_Edition/

(I appreciate that Steam finally includes game titles in internal URLs... I should probably do it for our game pages, like I already do for forum topic titles.)

Game is at 1.5€ (-90%), by far the lowest price ever seen on Steam for it.

Also of note, "Chosen 2" (RPGmaker stuff) is a 0.5€, 90% off, but the game is closer to shovelware and is most likely to be bundled in an indiegala this year. (The first title was bundled already, and was even seen on sale below 0.25€ on Steam, so I'm probably waiting until this one's 95% off.)