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  1. The big hitters that Epic will need to win more market share are all published though. Free to vote with their wallets is exactly what the developers and publishers taking Epics cash are doing as well. They know it it is a store with no social features and a much poorer overall experience for the people buying their games, do they give two shits about their customer's experience? Yet the developers who vote with their wallets are praised for creating competition while the gamers who do it are accused of being crying steam fan boys or some such, not necessarily in this thread but that is the narrative a lot of people are pushing. In just about every other market I can think of the stores and suppliers are wary of upsetting their customer base but in gaming they will happily shit all over their customers while half the customer base cheers them on from the side lines. I doubt it will make a difference in the end but people not voting with their wallets is exactly how we ended up with broken, unfinished games being released. It's how we ended up with loot boxes, with costumes and alternative skins that used to be in game rewards now sold as 'DLC' Voting with your wallet is the only language companies listen to.
  2. Why is it always the consumer that is asked to take the enlightened approach? Knowing how corporations work most if not all of that extra profit will go to bonuses for executives and bigger dividends for share holders. I never understood why people treat game publishers, and most games are published by a publisher not self published by a developer, differently to any other multi national company. Their goal is to get as much money as they can out of their customers, they do not have your best interests in mind when they make decisions. Which is fine by me as I don't have their interests in mind when I buy something. If I buy a box of cornflakes I don't care how the revenue split between store, supplier and manufacturer is set up in the vague hope I may get a better box of cornflakes in the future why should it be different with video games? The corporations work the same, see the recent lay offs in the gaming industry for evidence, so what is the point in the consumer having loyalty to one multi national company over another? Speaking as a consumer the Epic Store is a bad deal, it's only recently they added a search function for god's sake. Offer me an experience similar to Steam or pass on some of that increased revenue to have lower prices on the Epic store or make the games DRM free like gog.com to make up for the glaring lack of features.
  3. To be fair how many of those 85 million signed up for Fortnite and have never bought a single game on the store? I am in no way against competition, my preferred platform is gog.com not Steam, but I have yet to see a single thing about this affair that promises anything good for me as a consumer. Also this narrative that Steam is somehow shit now baffles me. The integrated controller support is simply fantastic, being able to shift-tab to access all the thousands of community guides and help topics is brilliant. Being able to read reviews to get user impressions of games is very important to me, the fact that a handful get reviewed bombed by idiots doesn't invalidate the thousands of games where it doesn't happen. Having a place to upload screenshots and videos is nice, Steam workshop has worked very well for me as well. Those are just a few things that Steam provides which I make use of, that doesn't include achievements, trading cards or anything else. Now I'm expected to buy from a much, much inferior store so the publishers can make more money of which they will pass zero savings on to me. How is this a good deal for me? Epic has their road map but I'm talking about now not some best case scenario in the future.
  4. This is exactly the opposite of competition for consumers though. We don't have a choice in where to buy these games, you have to go through a very bare bones store that has had security issues in the recent past. If it was truly competition you would be able to choose to buy it from Steam or from the Epic store or from gog.com etc Are the publishers passing on any of the reduced cut Epic takes to the consumer?
  5. How will they integrate adverts into this is my question, this is google after all. An advert when you start the game and maybe one very 30-45 minutes or something? of course I'm sure you will be able to buy a premium subscription to play without ads...
  6. Mallet

    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    That's my plan. I've been playing around with the console since last night, gotta say I'm pretty impressed so far. The UI is easy to navigate and seems snappy enough, I have no idea if that will change as I add more apps etc, and I really like the controller. Is the Sony gold wireless headset, the one at £69.99, recommended?
  7. Mallet

    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    Looking forward to it but I may play Uncharted first. It seemed like a good time to get a PS4, there are a lot of very good games available at very good prices now.
  8. Mallet

    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    I just pulled the trigger on my first PS4, I haven't even played on one before, but I'm off work recovering from an operation and I want to play some big, cinematic blockbusters. I bought the Pro package with Red Dead 2 along with the Uncharted collection, Uncharted 4 and the The Last of us remastered which should keep me occupied for a bit. Strangely the game I'm least excited about is RDR 2, I've never managed to get into a GTA game before. Should be arriving later this evening.
  9. Mallet

    The Saturn Appreciation Thread

    I just realized I've never played on a Saturn. In fact I've never even seen one in person or knew anyone that had one.
  10. Oh and it's an amazing Zelda machine. Zelda 1, Zelda 2, A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Minish Cap, Breath of the Wild and the 2 DS Zelda games can all be played on it. Add in a 3ds and you can play just about every Zelda released. Like Mario Bros? The Wii U has you covered, same with Fire Emblem, Metroid, Castlevania and more. A fantastic collection of GBA games, some of which are expensive now, that you can play on TV or even better just use the gamepad like a big Gameboy.
  11. Mallet

    Xbox One X

    Tempting, with 3 months of gamepass you wouldn't even need to buy a game.
  12. It's also the best way to play Wii games on a HD TV, I always found its HDMI output sharper than component from an original Wii.
  13. Mallet

    NFL and NCAA Football 2018

    I'm not sure if Flacco will be much of an upgrade. I realise he won a superbowl before I became interested in the NFL but I've never seen anything special from him. Perhaps he will have a point to prove and raise his game now?
  14. Mallet

    NFL and NCAA Football 2018

    There is so much more to a play than you see on the broadcast, we need this done for every game.
  15. Mallet

    The Wii Appreciation Thread

    Buying a game, bringing it home then putting it in your console and being able to play immediately is one thing I really miss.

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