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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
90. Re: Windows 7 is FINE Jul 26, 2016, 17:15 Beamer
 
I was going to mock "Windows Secrets," which sounds like a conspiracy site, and how too many people today are so unwilling to trust anything corporate (including media) that they'll easily trust anything opposite, including YouTube videos and crazy conspiracy sites...

But that site looks pretty legit. Not saying his interpretation of the article is right, or wrong, just that the site looks pretty legit.
 
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
39. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 12:26 Beamer
 
Sweeney, and the others concerned about this, fear Microsoft will force it.

Why would they?

We all know they want an app store. Apple is now basically an app company, having made $6 billion in almost pure profit from the app store.

Valve is basically an app store. Yeah, some here contested that, but I fail to see the difference between Steam and an app store. And that's where Valve's attention and value is now.

So yes, Microsoft wants a cut. But why are people convinced they'll force it? By forcing it, they lose so much that they've had. If UWP is a better solution, it will be adopted without being forced.

Right now, the Windows Store doesn't even seem to be getting attention. I don't know how to find it. Microsoft will try to change that, but I don't think they'll do so by breaking Steam.

Plus, this completely ignores that Microsoft's paying audience is businesses, who would never, ever be able to make this switch.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
18. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 25, 2016, 17:34 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 13:40:
Only EDF I played was Super Earth Defense Force for SNES, which I remember renting from Blockbuster and thinking was utter shit. It was a Gradius/R-Type clone with copious amounts of auto-aim.

Different series.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 25, 2016, 14:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 14:28:
Beamer wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 12:17:
Cutter wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 12:14:
Christ in most third world countries you can get unlimited talk and text for less than $10US a month. In the first world it's generally $50 plus.

In third world countries you can get a loaf of bread for 0.25. In the first world it's generally $1.99 plus!

Although this Cutterism isn't usually correct, he's got a point on Internet. In industrialized nations, internet is generally faster and cheaper than the US, while games, bread, and Thai food cost roughly the same.

Even a totally broken Cutter is right twice a day.

Oh, there's no denying our mobile and internet are both awful. For a few different reasons, but both awful.

But comparing us to mobile in a third world country still isn't great. A big part of the cost of those services is still salary and maintenance, which is much cheaper there.

Better comparisons would be the UK, Germany, Japan or South Korea, which still destroy us. And somewhat fail, still, because they don't have places like Wyoming to cover (though, frankly, how covered is Wyoming, and how critical is that coverage?)
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 25, 2016, 12:17 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 12:14:
Christ in most third world countries you can get unlimited talk and text for less than $10US a month. In the first world it's generally $50 plus.

In third world countries you can get a loaf of bread for 0.25. In the first world it's generally $1.99 plus!
 
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News Comments > PC Gears of War 4 Details
7. Re: PC Gears of War 4 Details Jul 25, 2016, 10:40 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 09:38:
Is there really that much of a demand for this on the pc?


Probably not, but:

* Since it's an XBONE game, I think basic porting is easy. My impression, at least. A good port, probably less so. We'll see what kind of port it is

* I mean, some people get up in arms over console exclusives, so any port announcement is something to at least be happy about. Now, if it sucks, that's unfortunate, and if it flops and the message is "PC ports aren't worth the effort," that's unfortunate, but for now, it's nice to see an effort being made. I'll just wait and see how much the effort is.

Gears of War, though, is a product of a different time. The first one came out in 2006, a time when dual sticks were still somewhat novel and confusing to some. Gears of War slowed the pace down so that people tended to be moving or shooting, but not both. It went over really well on the console, where being able to do both made you much better but wasn't required, and where the game had a ton of atmosphere and really high production values.

But I don't see it working for PC players. We've been moving with one hand and shooting with another for a very long time. The mouse makes it very, very easy.

Modern Warfare type games were always more popular on the console for a similar reason. Those games managed to find a way to make the slowness of the right stick a feature that fit into the game, rather than a hindrance. Of course, PC gamers call it "dumbing down," but I'd say the slower aiming was more realistic.

I also think Doom will usher back in faster games.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 25, 2016, 10:00 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 09:55:
Yahoo is rethinking the $44 billion dollar offer from Microsoft.

The amazing thing is that the $44 billion didn't really account for Alibaba, which was a mostly worthless unknown back then.

But, even now, assuming Yahoo progressed the same under MSFT as it did under its own board (which two months ago felt it would sell for $10 billion), it wouldn't have been a good deal, as that Alibaba share is somewhere around the $24 billion point.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 25, 2016, 09:56 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 09:41:
So Rio is uninhabitable? Hehe ;p Someone tell that to the poor sods living there all the time!

It doesn't say Rio is uninhabitable, it says the Olympic Village is. If I say that I saw an apartment in Manhattan that was uninhabitable, am I saying all of Manhattan is?
 
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News Comments > Spicy Horse Studios Closing
17. Re: Spicy Horse Studios Closing Jul 25, 2016, 09:24 Beamer
 
I'm actually kind of with Cutter. "Come support me as I quit the one dream most of you probably have, making video games, and take up the other dream you probably have, living on a sailboat, traveling around the world!"  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
12. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jul 25, 2016, 07:24 Beamer
 
shiho wrote on Jul 24, 2016, 23:57:
For a rational thinker, who is not swayed by soundbytes and "gotchas", who can actually weigh the gross total good and bad that each person has done in their life, there is no choice but Trump.

don't feed, don't feed, don't feed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
18. Re: Morning Interviews Jul 22, 2016, 15:23 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Jul 22, 2016, 13:47:
I guess people in low income areas like a Chicago suburb can rejoice, they will get a deeper price. Right? Or is this just for foreigners?! Why?

Is this a serious question?
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 22, 2016, 07:12 Beamer
 
Graham wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 20:03:
Only The Register could call selling 1.6 million of a $300+ product a bad thing. What a fucking shit show of terrible analysis. Simply looking at numbers and making calls without any context isn't analysis, it's regurgitation.

Boo, Register. Boo.

What do you mean "without any context?"

"By dropping from 3.6 million to 1.6 million units sold, Apple's market share shrank from 72 per cent to 47 per cent, still far and away the largest of any vendor."

That's context, no?

And regardless, why does it need analysis. Sometimes the news is just, y'know, news. Where else have you seen those numbers? They were news to me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 21, 2016, 18:23 Beamer
 
Timmeh wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 17:55:
NO.. We already have one of the highest tax rates in the world.

During America's best years, when our middle class thrived, our top tax bracket was almost 3x what it is now.

This is not a coincidence.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 21, 2016, 17:52 Beamer
 
Must... not... feed. Must... not... feed...  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
15. Re: Morning Interviews Jul 21, 2016, 17:51 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 17:44:
Cutter wants to pay the cheapest price, because why should anyone get it cheaper?
Cutter wants the highest standard of living, because why should anyone get better?
Cutter doesn't (want to) understand the correlation.

RedEye9 wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 16:43:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 15:14:
I'm sure Cutter practices what he preaches. When he goes out for a Thai meal of Panang curry, rice, and spring rolls, and the bill comes in for $20, he leaves $2, since "Charging some people a lot more and some a lot less depending on where they live for the same meal is really scummy.." and $2 is what it costs in Thailand.
+1
It's a hard concept for some to understand.

-1

The point is sound but the analogy doesn't work. Like El Pit says, that meal in Canada would cost more to create and also it would probably also be subject to higher regulations - additives, storage, kitchen hygiene. The cola one is better, or the Big Mac Index, with less significant changes between regions.

The cola one still has issues, because of local bottling plants, but I tried to ignore that.

The bottom line is that nothing is a great equivalent, because nothing else is truly digital.

Distributing a game is a nominal cost, regardless of region. There's no additional cost to sell it in Russia than Canada, for the most part. So I get why people think if it's one price somewhere it should be one price everywhere.

What those people ignore, though, (and I'm saying this for discussion, not for you, as you know this), is the alternatives. If someone can't want to pay the price for your cola, or your levi jeans, in Russia, they just don't have them. If someone can't want to pay your price for a video game, they pirate it. Of course, some do that when they don't want to, rather than can't. Those people then call the devs greedy...

This means there's a ceiling in some locations. In some locations, that ceiling is very low, but still money.

There's a floor, too, because the dev team needs to eat.

Again, to people like Tumblr, so the dev team can either charge what they themselves need in order to eat, but then everyone that lives in a poorer region will pirate. Or they can charge what everyone in the poorer region can pay, but then they're poor themselves. Or they can regionalize pricing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: Morning Interviews Jul 21, 2016, 17:14 Beamer
 
Tumbler wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 16:54:
Beamer wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 16:41:
Actually, that is Cutter's argument. That if it's $5 in Cambodia it should be $5 in Canada, or if it's $50 in Canada it should be $50 in Cambodia.

Thanks to the Internet it is $5 and $50 in Canada and Cambodia. Living in Canada if you can find a code for $5 then the lowest cost available is $5.

If you don't want people in canada to buy from people in Cambodia then buy a ship and go cut up some deep sea cables so we can't talk to each other over the internet. Otherwise adapt.

They have adapted, by creating regionalized codes that Valve can enforce.

Don't want to pay $50 for a game? Wait for the price to drop, or move to a place where you'd earn 10% as much.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
9. Re: Morning Interviews Jul 21, 2016, 16:41 Beamer
 
Tumbler wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 16:35:
Nobody is arguing that you should be able to go to best buy down the street and buy a copy of whatever for $5.

Actually, that is Cutter's argument. That if it's $5 in Cambodia it should be $5 in Canada, or if it's $50 in Canada it should be $50 in Cambodia.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
71. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 21, 2016, 13:01 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 12:52:
Seventyfive wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 12:10:
In fact you CAN walk into a courtroom and say "people are doing something so I should be allowed also". It's called "precedent".

LOL dude you are too funny.

Haha, no. No it's not. Precedent is specific previous court decisions, not people previously dodging court.

Deary me.

I don't even know how to start, so I'm happy you were fairly concise.

Maybe I can clear it up for him:

Walking into a courtroom and saying "you can't arrest me for drinking in public, everyone was drinking in public!" won't make anyone say "whelp, you're right, it's ok."

That isn't what precedent is. But, I mean, these types of people usually don't get what Freedom of Speech protects, why would they get precedent?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 21, 2016, 12:57 Beamer
 
Or how the word "exactly" works.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. Re: Morning Interviews Jul 21, 2016, 11:11 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 21, 2016, 10:46:
Charging some people a lot more and some a lot less depending on where they live for the same product is really scummy. Greedy devs and publishers only have themselves to blame.

Cutter. We've had this discussion with you a billion times. I know you'll never, ever admit an ill-informed opinion of yours is incorrect, but I'll do it again in case others can change their mind.

Most pertinent point: The average income changes drastically from country to country. According to the UNECE, the gross average monthly wage for Canada is $3,604. This means that a $60 game is 1.66% of their weekly wage.

The average income in, say, Russia, is $1,003. So a $60 game would be 6% of their monthly wage. This is a large, large difference.

For this reason, prices vary everywhere. A bottle of coke is $0.64 in Russia, but $1.49 in Canada. A movie ticket is $4.95 in Russia, but much more in Canada.

Video game devs have even more trouble with this, and a few options. Let's assume the devs are Canadian:

1) They can price the game at $60 everywhere, but then they know that Russians can't buy it. Since Russians can't buy it, they'll pirate it. Now you have an entire country that is being trained to pirate. There's also no incentive to do any localization into the Russian language, any marketing in Russia, etc. You just don't release in Russia at all, leaving them literally no option beyond piracy, even if they have the funds.

2) They can price the game at $20 everywhere, since this is what they deem Russians can pay. The problem, of course, is that the devs are paid in Canadian dollars, not Russian currency. So they'd need to sell 3x as much in their home country to break even, they have less room to discount over time, and they'll be fighting the (thankfully dying) belief that a cheap game is a value game.

3) They can price differently across regions, so that each country is paying what is fair for their monthly income.



They choose #3. Sensibly. Yet some people call them greedy for either not pulling out of regions with less capital, or not charging everyone according too little so that they can't break even.

I mean, hell, it isn't as if most devs are rolling in cash.
 
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