jdreyer wrote on Aug 17, 2020, 22:19:Verno wrote on Aug 17, 2020, 22:10:
They intentionally violated the agreement with multiple infractions, are attempting to wage a PR war with Google/Apple and want to pay nothing into the platform they're attempting to leverage. I'm surprised this didn't escalate the last time Epic pulled this nonsense with the Play Store.
Google allows side-loading, so they haven't sued Google. I'd be surprised if they did.
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2020, 16:26:
Yet Liberals continue to support and love Apple. Makes sense as they an autocratic dictatorship to rule the world.
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2020, 17:28:
And yet, none other than the US Justice Dept and EU think that Apples app store practices constitutes an illegal monopoly.
Jivaro wrote on Aug 15, 2020, 12:27:
Is the short version of this that Epic wants to be able to sell for cheaper on the apple app store OR is that they simply want to be able to sell apple games on their launcher/site? Is it both? I guess I am confused.
Ant wrote on Aug 14, 2020, 22:18:
So, how's the game?
I agree that Epic is of course in this instance acting in self-interest. That doesn't take away from the fact that there's a duopoly in the mobile app space and the 30% fee is way out of whack from what it takes to operate such a business.
I think the difference is that Apple and Google are trying to maintain their duopoly of an entire industry, whereas Epic is trying to break a monopoly.
But that's how Amazon's Kindle app works: the app is free, and Apple doesn't get a dime of the book purchases made through the app.
The Flying Penguin wrote on Aug 14, 2020, 10:47:
Good timeline rundown here if you want to get a feel for the history leading up to this:
Link: Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a brief and very incomplete timeline
I don't play games on my phone, so this don't mean squat to me, but it could also have ramifications for ALL app store apps.
I honestly don't know if Apple and Google's 30% take is fair or not. It's hard to tell as we have no idea how much they're doing on the back end to curate apps.
mirthy wrote on Aug 13, 2020, 15:37:Verno wrote on Aug 13, 2020, 13:49:
I have something ridiculous like 700 hours into the game, it is super deep and I had to uninstall it to make sure I started going through my backlog because I could easily do another 700.
Is that necessarily a bad thing if you're having fun?
jdreyer wrote on Aug 14, 2020, 05:37:
I think the difference is that Sweeney is doing what he does to add *more* players to the market, which is good for consumers. Apple and Google are a duopoly in the $50B+ app market, MS and Blackberry having exited the scene. It boggles the mind how the US puts up with so many monopolistic or duopolistic industries. At the very least, they should be heavily regulated if allowed to survive, but we can't have that b/c then it's "anti-free market." Newsflash: monopolies aren't a free market.
Cutter, you're slipping. I was waiting for you to say "Go and make your own mobile phone ecosystem if you don't like it!"
Cutter wrote on Aug 13, 2020, 13:49:
Do these all play the same more or less? I've never played this series as I'm not into RTS'. Yet I have mulled over getting the Warhammer II. So if I try this and don't like it it would probably be the same for W2?
Rigs wrote on Aug 12, 2020, 03:28:
Assuming this is because of all the backlash about the graphics not being up to par (or even to HALO5 standards), I could see them wanting to take time to improve the visuals.
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 29, 2020, 16:12:
When Halo 4 looks significantly better than Halo 6, You have Done Something Wrong.
This is their flagship title. It's the game they plan to get people to buy new Xboxes with. Compare it to the nuclear bombs Sony dropped with their announcement and you can see why people are disappointed. Doesn't matter if it runs in 4k if it looks old; it just makes the shitty lighting stand out even more.
Compare it to HZD2 (which looks like a marginal improvement only because the first game is visually stunning already) or the new Ratchet & Clank (That was gameplay and cutscenes combined, and they've done their cutscenes in-engine for several games now), and it's just....well, background noise.