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News Comments > Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford

14. Re: Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford Sep 30, 2019, 16:58 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 15:08:
Pretty much this. He's looking for a payout/extortion on 23 year old music. They'll settle out of court and he'll get to buy a new sleeper mini van aka home w/the proceeds.

So it's only scummy when someone sues to protect their IP rights from Gearbox, but perfectly fine for Gearbox to sue someone to protect their IP?
 
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News Comments > Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford

10. Re: Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford Sep 30, 2019, 14:57 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 11:34:
Took him 3 years to find a scummy lawyer that would take his case, gotta admire his persistance.

Or maybe he spent three years trying to workout an equitable compensations deal for the use of his work, and after being jerked around by Pitchford and Gearbox, had no choice but to seek redress through the court system?

Couldn't possibly be that though could it? Must just be him and a scummy lawyer trying to disparage the good names of Gearbox Software and Randy Pitchford.
 
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News Comments > Lost Viking: Kingdom of Women Announced

8. Re: Lost Viking: Kingdom of Women Announced Sep 28, 2019, 10:41 grudgebearer
 
Really not digging that art style.  
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News Comments > The End is Nigh and ABZU Free on Epic Games Store

18. Re: The End is Nigh and ABZU Free on Epic Games Store Sep 5, 2019, 22:17 grudgebearer
 
See guys, we really do have 85 million *active logons*.  
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News Comments > Celeste and Inside Free on Epic Games Store

20. Re: Celeste and Inside Free on Epic Games Store Aug 30, 2019, 11:56 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 30, 2019, 11:20:
Man that is downright immoral, illegal, unethicul and uber duper super fattening.
sigh

I know that you are just troll-shilling, but if they are using those inflated numbers to try to swing publishers/devs to agree to exclusivity terms, then yeah, it would be pretty unethical to claim active users who only have Epic freebies on their accounts.
 
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News Comments > Celeste and Inside Free on Epic Games Store

16. Re: Celeste and Inside Free on Epic Games Store Aug 30, 2019, 10:46 grudgebearer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 30, 2019, 08:32:
in case you need to start clearing hard drive space for all these 100% discounts

Here's an interesting question: How many people actually install/play these Freebies they're snagging up, be it from Epic or anywhere else?

In my case, they just go straight into the backlog and the category titled "To play one day."

Doubt Epic cares too much. People login and get the free game, and Epic can inflate their active user numbers, that's the real goal of them giving away free games.
 
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News Comments > Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Abuse Allegation

67. Re: Re: Re: Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Assault Allegation Aug 29, 2019, 15:36 grudgebearer
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 29, 2019, 15:03:
1) The Examiner is also garbage. They're the idiots that started the "Gillette lost $2B because of a commercial" nonsense

The point being that it's the same information, regardless of the perceived or real slant of the person/organization telling it to you.

Beamer wrote on Aug 29, 2019, 15:03:
2) My stats aren't about college. What you're arguing against is. Women are raped in places other than college campuses.

1) Because you cited it incorrectly and referenced it as "1/5 women in America are victims of rape" which is patently false

2) Because even used correctly to reflect the demographic that study represents, females on college campuses, the number is still false, and even the originator of the study stated that it should not be used as representative data reflecting the whole of campuses across the United States.

The ultimate point, is don't use bad data to prove your point, when the real data disagrees with you.

 
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News Comments > Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Abuse Allegation

65. Re: Re: Re: Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Assault Allegation Aug 29, 2019, 14:49 grudgebearer
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 29, 2019, 13:52:
But linking to a YouTube video put out by far right propaganda hurts your cause as much as mine. Literally every single authority on sexual violence does 1 in 5 or 1 in 6. Yet, weirdly, a far right think tank finds flaws in this. The same think tank that takes money from oil companies and puts out endless thought pieces about how Climate Change is a hoax. It's not a reputable authority. Particularly as a video - videos should NEVER be accepted as proof of anything that doesn't need to be seen - it's the easiest form of media for manipulation. There's a reason why the alt-right thrives on YouTube but not in text form.

Granted, I didn't watch her other videos, but what exactly was "far right" about the information she presented?

Does it make you feel better to read the same on Time?

How about CNN?

Maybe the Washington Examiner?

How about the Atlantic?

There's nothing that she stated in that video that isn't included in these articles. Regardless of her views on climate change, and I'm not sure what that has to do with this topic, she's not lying in that video, and anyone who uses those numbers from that study, by the words of the originator of the study itself, would be misleading you if they state that 1/5 is representative of college campuses across the United States.
 
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News Comments > Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Abuse Allegation

61. Re: Re: Re: Infinite Falls Fires Designer & Cancels Game Over Assault Allegation Aug 29, 2019, 13:35 grudgebearer
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 29, 2019, 07:28:

1 in 5 women get raped in the us.

First of all, no, that 1/5 is a number attributed to a study of the percentage of female students on US college campuses that are victims of rape, not the entire country, and that study and findings, in the words of its creator would be over-simplistic and misleading to assume that 1/5 women on campus were victims of rape.

Beamer wrote on Aug 29, 2019, 07:28:
1 in 3 experiences sexual violence.

Those numbers are from the WHO and are their estimate, for the entire world,women who will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and the report specifically mentions the fact that for many of the regions that are included in the report, that due to the nature of many of those regions included in the study, they have no factual basis on their extrapolations.

I think we can all agree that rape, and violence against women are terrible, and shouldn't happen, but using questionable studies and misrepresented numbers to prove your point, is not helping.
 
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News Comments > Unfold Offers DARQ Money to Charity for EGS Non-Exclusivity

34. Re: Unfold Offers DARQ Money to Charity for EGS Non-Exclusivity Aug 28, 2019, 10:17 grudgebearer
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 28, 2019, 09:15:
Again, though, I really don't think it's shady.

We know everything on EGS is a manual process. Cloud saving is only available for games in which it's manually set up. It's a fairly safe assumption getting games up and running on the store is comparably manual. It's probably pretty intensive. Again, nothing very new here - often you design something manually before you build the automated process, because you need to go through it a few times to see how it actually works, instead of how you theorize it would work.

In which case, EGS needs to spend a lot of time getting these games up and running. If you were EGS, which products would you focus on? AAA games that will sell hundreds of thousands of copies, or indie games that may sell mere thousands? Your limiting factor is man hours, so you don't have resources to apply to every single game that wants up.

Like any business, you focus on what will bring you customers. AAA will bring you customers. Exclusives will bring you customers. Indie games available in a dozen places will not. You will likely not get back the time you invest in getting it up.

So it isn't shady. Shady is choosing to only carry indie games if they're exclusive as a way to punish devs not going exclusive - a business decision that it's exclusive or bust. Not shady is choosing to only focus your limited resources on something customers will buy from you.

You typed that as if it doesn't cost Valve, Gog, Ubisoft or EA money to host and sell an indie game. Epic's back end is rushed-to-market trash, so they get a pass on telling indie devs that it's either be exclusive, or you can't put your game on our platform?

It's Epic's store they can do what they want, but let's not pretend that their behavior is the norm.
 
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News Comments > Unfold Offers DARQ Money to Charity for EGS Non-Exclusivity

20. Re: Unfold Offers DARQ Money to Charity for EGS Non-Exclusivity Aug 27, 2019, 15:11 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 27, 2019, 13:00:
shots fired rowr - yawn
Someone might mention to him that it is the storefront who makes the rules and not the other way around.
The darq dev's asshole is showing, but all publicity is good publicity. Amirite

Lol zero shame was established when you said that it was 100% ethical for Epic to offer exclusivity to Kickstarter devs who'd already promised Steams keys, but only if they dropped steam, and forced refunding of near-release Epic exclusives that were being pre-sold on other platforms, but you've really become a parody of yourself with this statement.
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

89. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 22, 2019, 12:42 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 22, 2019, 12:21:
You got it bass ackwards.
Epic is not responsible for what Kickstarter funded developers do.

Epic is 100% responsible for going to a developer and saying, "we will give you a boatload of cash to be an EGS exclusive, but if you take the cash, you have to renege on providing Steam/GOG copies of your games even though you stated that you would do so in the Kickstarter campaign."

The developer being unethical in agreeing to those terms, doesn't change the fact that Epic requiring the dev to screw over their kickstarter backers is in and of itself unethical.
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

86. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 22, 2019, 12:03 grudgebearer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 20:41:

We're not talking about Lego's (the developer) behavior though. We're talking about Walmart (Steam). Your attacks and complaints were against Epic, not the developer. In that case the origin of the third party product is irrelevant. The example holds up.

You are either being intentionally disingenuous or obtuse in your argument. What makes Epic's actions in subverting project backers crowd-funded backed games like Shenmu III and Phoenix Point, is the fact that they were crowd-funded.

The same goes for publishers who pre-sold copies of their games on Steam, only to go EGS exclusive a month before launch and refuse to honor those Steam pre-orders.

Those, are unethical business practices. Going out and convincing a publisher or developer to go EGS exclusive, when not a crowd-funded project or one that hasn't already been available for pre-order on other platforms, while anticonsumer in my opinion, would not be unethical.
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

68. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 21, 2019, 20:01 grudgebearer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 19:40:
You have claimed specific behavior by Epic is unethical, but you haven't explained which type of unethical behavior it is. I can see possibly the devs acting unethically, but even that is questionable. This is a common business practice. Walmart contracts with Lego to sell specific sets only at their stores and nowhere else. Is this unethical? If Lego initially claimed the BB8 set would be sold at Target, then switched to Walmart, is that unethical? You're going to have a hard time finding people who think so.

Is Lego crowd-funded? Did Lego offer pre-orders of a product, and then refuse to honor those Target pre-orders after taking money from Walmart?

You are trying to draw a false equivalency between two scenarios that are nothing alike.
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

67. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 21, 2019, 19:56 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 19:50:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 19:45:
If you did a kickstarter for your game and got people to invest in it, they it is most certainly unethical to do a store exclusive on it. If that is not obvious to you I feel sorry for you inability to grasp that fact.
That is something KickStarter needs to address in their terms of service.

Lol, so now, the determining factor for ethics in business, is whether or not a third-party has expressly forbid a practice in their TOS?

You are outdoing yourself tonight; might get some V-Bucks to go along with that check this month.
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

59. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 21, 2019, 19:25 grudgebearer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 19:07:
Immoral and unethical acts are things like lying, cheating, stealing, and the like. None of Epic's business decisions fall under these categories.

What is immoral is comparing Epic's perfectly normal business decisions to pedophiles.

I take it that you didn't bother taking a business ethics class while in undergrad? You seem to be trying to interchange cultural ethics, with ethical business practices; often not the same.

You missed the point on my last (albeit crass) statement, Redeye will defend any practice as long as Epic benefits from said practice, regardless of ethics; shill's gonna shill.
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

57. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 21, 2019, 18:58 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 17:12:
grudgebearer wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 17:02:
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I realize that you have to be mad at someone, but did you ever think that your misplaced anger should be directed asst the devs, publishers and kickstarter for allowing such things to happen.
Kickstarter's terms of service must be a screen door, but lets blame Epic.

You asked for unethical practices, I gave you two, and you're dodging them; I'll reiterate them in the form of questions.

Do you believe that it is an ethical practice to offer developers of kickstarter projects money, after the game has already been created, to renege on their kickstarter pledge of offering the game on steam?

Do you believe it is an ethical business practice, to offer publishers money to make their games EGS exclusives one month prior to launch, after they have pre-sold the game on Steam, and not allow that publisher to fulfill those pre-orders on steam?
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

48. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 21, 2019, 17:02 grudgebearer
 
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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

45. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 21, 2019, 16:55 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 16:46:
Bonus points for reanimating Michael Epstein and using the following phrases/words in a sentence - swooped in, coerce, screwing over, subverting and bankrupt.
Sadly, you missed a huge chance to say goons and that's depressing.

Excellent nonresponse. Something, something, aaaand crickets?

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News Comments > Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive

43. Re: Oddworld: Soulstorm an EGS Exclusive Aug 21, 2019, 16:34 grudgebearer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 21, 2019, 16:12:
annnnd crickets

Because there's nothing ethically wrong with subverting Kickstarter backers, by offering a dev house who kickstarted their game with the stated expectations that it would be delivered via Steam?

Nothing unethical about swooping in and making getting a publisher to go EGS exclusive a month out from game launch after they'd already sold pre-orders on Steam or other platforms?

Nah, nothing morally bankrupt or unethical about using boatloads of Fortnight money to coerce developers into screwing over their pre-order customers and kickstarter backers.

If Epic zombified Michal Jackson and Jeffrey Epstein and put them on their board of directors, you'd defend the move by saying "Who knows children better than those two?"
 
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