In this case, it is clear that the big software companies *could* use a rational pricing policy, and yet they choose to maximize their profits by selling few high-priced games than selling a large number of reasonably priced ones.

I, for one, buy the originals, since after getting my degree I've been way too busy to be able to play everything that comes out, so I can afford to buy a game every couple of months, but I'd think the average teenage gamer in Brazil (with a lot of time in his hands and a broadband connection) would find it much easier to use Bittorent or Emule to download games and cracks to his heart's content rather than try to convince his parents to spend a large portion of their household's income in a "toy".

- Meneguzzi

In response to "The Johnny Depp Factor" from The Escapist Forum: Got to throw in my current movie genre of choice here: Westerns

Now, to say cowboy raised a suspicious eyebrow, because it's so easily linked to old John Wayne movies. A clean-cut badass doesn't exactly sound like a good time to our modern "gritty" loving audience. Not that Wayne isn't a tough guy, but he's just not tough enough for the current rising crop. But, that's why I'm not talking about the West with John Wayne. I'm talking about the West with The Man with no Name: Mr. Clint Eastwood. One of two men absolutely required if you want to make an epic Spaghetti Western.

You can't watch Eastwood in Fistful of Dollars; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; or even Unforgiven without dreaming of owning a couple six-shooters and riding around collecting bounties, governed only by your own fuzzy morals.

There have been a couple of games already built around this version of the west: Gun and Red Dead Revolver. Red Dead Revolver takes a number of stylistic cues from Sergio Leone's Man with no Name trilogy.

Not only are there games already out there using the genre and style, but Johnny Depp has also been in a sort-of Western movie: Once Upon a Time in Mexico (the name bears a strikingly resemblance to another very influential Leone film, One Upon a Time in the West). Granted Rodriguez is more of a quick paced action guy, so the film isn't your run of the mill western themed movie. Still, I think Depp could easily pull of the mysterious stoic character needed to front a really great western.

Just a quick quote from Eastwood here in Fistful of Dollars: "I don't think it's nice, you laughin'. You see, my mule don't like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you're laughin' at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you're going to, I might convince him that you really didn't mean it."

- Blaxton

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