Jonjonz wrote on Dec 15, 2018, 07:03:
Lets put this "developers" meme to rest.
With the exception of a very few single person created games, most games are brought to market by corporations, most of which are either multinational corporations or smaller companies that are owned and financed by parent corporations.
This is all about maximizing the bottom line of big corporations and nothing to do about helping "developers."
From my perspective Steam provides the following added value to the customer:
* A reliable source for gamer's to find and purchase the widest selection of games. Unlike a retail store, where you will find only the latest releases, Steam carries the most games ever published in the last 20 years.
* A reliable source of critical reviews to help you avoid buying a woofer.
* A reliable source of game fixes and work arounds via the workshop guides, and game hub forums.
* A reliable source for mirroring game save files.
* A reliable source for archiving your games, so you don't have to worry about keeping a wall of bookshelves full of game boxes and CDs.
* Frequent game sales at deep discounts.
These new ventures have yet to prove how reliable they are and given such low revenue intake, makes you wonder just how long they will be around before some corporate accountant declares them no help to their bottom line.
Because as a developer, or small publisher or whatever, you had no real choice if you wanted to you know... make your money back. You released on steam. They were the only game in town.
I don't think that defending a near-monopoly because they're the "only game in town" is justifiable.
Brings me back to my old staple comparison of people selling at Wal-Mart. Even if their margins are shit, they "have" to sell at Wal-Mart if 95% of customers insist on ONLY shopping at Wal-Mart. It's anti-competitive.
And anyone who complains that they don't want to shop at any other digital store is just cementing this monopolistic approach.
I can read reviews anywhere. Workshop guides aren't going to help games that aren't integrated with steamworks, other stores provide cloud saves, any other store "archives" your games lol, other stores have sales too.
It's beating a dead horse at this point, but stop feeding into the monopoly. It's gone on for too long for a company which A) hasn't made an original IP since Half-Life, B) doesn't make games anymore, and C) for a multi-billion dollar store, has no telephone or chat support! Why are they so defended?
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