That was a lot of hotdog talk.
I wanted to see if some of the contributors (or lurkers just waiting for the right time to contribute!) wouldn't mind doing me a favor. I mentioned a couple of days (maybe last week?) that I'm starting up the community conversation around the Appstore currently. The Android thread here will definitely be a part of it and once we kick off I'll be posting there more regularly as well.
I'm currently talking with another forum as well and I just had a call with them this morning. They were asking me what it means when I say "I'd like to join your community" and I realized it is really hard to describe what we built here.
I was hoping a few of you could post a quick "this is what having Tony around and posting on behalf of Amazon has been like" post and then I'd just send him this thread to look at.
Thoughts? If this sounds dumb I'm fine with just sending him the thread and letting him peruse it and learn about hotdogs, my marital status and how D hates DRM.
I thank you for your concern w/ the pushing your Appstore. But, MysterD does not have a modern phone like that yet, since God knows who'd even want to call him. So, while you might have great deals there and satisify that crowd - you're forgetting us who don't...like me!
MysterD is concerned w/ the state of Amazon DVG Thread on CAG. And well - this pretty much goes w/ how you used to treat this Community + why Amazon should push the AppStore - and for that matter, why they should also keep pushing this Amazon DVG Thread on CAG - and anywhere else that has a forum that allows gaming deals, for that matter, as well. It's fine that you guys keep dishing out $5 Amazon GC's to me - and many others, for that matter - from Bing-made searches. It's fine that you guys want to match Steam at every turn. I always expected the price-matching, though - Tony always matched the killer deals (USA-deals only).
But, to truly succeed - you guys need to push every direction, everywhere, and everything: Amazon AppStore, Amazon DVG division; push those division on CAG, Reddit, whatever - nobody left behind!!
We also bought from Tony b/c he was transparent with us. Tony was open about everything + kept chit-chatting w/ us - about games, game-deals, jokes, non-sense & other stuff. Basically, Tony was having it both ways - being a professional (for Amazon and pumping deals out) + being one of us CAG's (also joking around and basically hanging out w/ us). The thing was this - Amazon back then had trend-setting deals - and were pushing the envelope.
Sure, Amazon can match Steam and other places w/ deals - and still get sales, like it does now. But, is it the same? No, not really. We don't have a Tony around here on CAG repping Amazon DVG to make us feel 100% comfortable and awesome, like in the old days. Sure, we complain a lot about but deals not being great or repetitive. But the thing was when Tony was in power at Amazon DVG - if us CAG's saw a killer deal and we liked it...you know damn well it was gonna do killer sales on Amazon period. We're rough and tight w/ money here - but if we're willing to jump, you already know the rest of the world likely will already have jumped. I mean - people buy blindly from Steam (who has said to once had 80% of the digital PC gaming market) - Steam's deals a lot of time ain't nearly as cheap as Humble Store and when other places decide to come up w/ a kick-ass deal + actually show-up.
Those of us that actually have friends - probably not myself, for that matter, since I ain't super-social outside of here - we (CAG's) spread the word to friends online, offline, etc. about these killer deals. We liked when Tony and Amazon DVG banked-out killer deals and was setting trends - that Steam and others were following. It forced competition - and others had to try and keep up w/ Amazon. I didn't have to constantly all the time rely on ITAD and checking stores - I knew most of the time already, "Yup, Amazon got the best deal." These days w/out Tony - I have to rely on things like ITAD.
And I'd love to see this happen again - where Amazon DVG rocks. I want to keep supplying Amazon w/ my $ - I've been a customer w/ them since they were selling books, back in my old college days - and then it just spread to Amazon selling more stuff...like games, electronics and music - and Amazon kept spreading and doing more!
And yes - MysterD still is not fond of lots of DRM. MysterD will tolerate Steam-only DRM, though. MysterD loves DRM-FREE, though. But, I do prefer when stores like Humble Bundle offer up both DRM-FREE download (direct form them) and Steam-key for a purchase of one-game (or bundle).
MysterD of the CAG Toaster Society