Eirikrautha wrote on Apr 19, 2019, 09:02:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 19, 2019, 08:38:
SabreT wrote on Apr 19, 2019, 06:55:Sure looks like someones being an unpaid shill for EGS. How dare people point out that engaging in the console wars on the PC platform be a bad thing, especially after Epic's statements attacking PC gamers for decades - until the bottom fell out of the console market.
Looks like Steam has people by the balls going from all these replies. Slaves to their large library of games on ONE platform unable to work without Steam. How dare competition to the monopoly try and give developers a better cut!
Why do you think they are unpaid? There's been a lot of low-post-count pro-Epic posting recently. Nowadays, paid "reviews" and testimonials are the first step in a marketing campaign. Besides, only a shill or an ignoramus can refer to Steam as a "monopoly." While I know that economic literacy is at an all time low, the parroting of that term activates the ol' almonds...
Or it could be people dissatisfied with the way Steam has changed over the last couple of years, with examples including the Greenlight fiasco and the deluge of shit that Steam Direct brought to the store. And all Valve has done in response to that has been statements about implementing "better algorithms".
Epic still has a long way to go before their store is decent, but their challenge is in adding missing features, not indifference to how their store is being used by developers.
Steam is a monopoly in the virtual store space the same way Microsoft is a monopoly in the desktop space: Not an actual monopoly, but effectively a monopoly that every developer without a ton of existing backing needs to pay homage to. You have alternatives, but for the average PC gamer there's no way around having Steam installed.
I would not mind Steam being the only client needed to play all my games, if it was in a better state than it is now and if Epic's aggressive moves can make that happen, I'll happily cheer them on. If the Epic Store ends up being better than Steam and
incidentially pushes Steam out of the market completely due to the quality of their service, then I'll be happy as well. Worst case scenario is along the lines of the Epic store stalling development and Steam just staying the same it is now.
to improve and Valve haven't had much reason to spend resources doing something dramatic until the Epic Store popped up late last year.