1 day 13 hours
10 days 12 hours
Left 4 Dead 2
8 days 17 hours
4 days 18 hours
Just Cause 2
4 days 3 hours
Or something like Spotify for games. EA is doing it, but I mean there's only so many EA games you can play. Yeah I know all the artists are like "we make peanuts off Spotify". But that's the only way it'll work if you ask me. Maybe pay devs by playtime minutes or something. Shrug.
But bands can make money in other ways (mostly live concerts nowadays), but how else can game devs name money?
Exactly. And I think Bioware are suffering from butting up against the Uncanny Valley. I'm also very interested to see what CDProject are doing for Cyberpunk 2077. They are the only other people I can think of that are doing facial animation at this detail and frequency.
Agreed -- but their mistake was not grappling with it.
Steam being puritan? They have The Witcher 3...
It is difficult for companies that will be held to account to make promises about the future. That said, I agree.
Are they going to allow the games to be published on Steam or not? If they lock them down to the Windows 10 Store, then that's quite the phlegmy spit in the face for PC gamers. I'd also imagine it would mean no modding, no deals, and none of the cool things we associate with the PC.
Microsoft seems desperate to make the PC a walled garden, a one store front place. That's one of the many very good and informed reasons I haven't upgraded to Windows 10. I'm boycotting its store in favour of Steam, Humble Store, and GoG.
The Humble people are genuinely lovely people, too. When a server glitch dropped a number of my titles from my library, they spent ages investigating it and restoring them, and communicating with me as they did so. And why is their service so good? The PC has competition through multiple store fronts. Everyone is trying to provide the best service.
Even Gabe supports the open platform and free choice of store fronts, no matter how much it hurts his profit margin. As I've mentioned before, a developer can claim keys and then sell them on store fronts to take advantage of Steam's bandwidth.
Can you imagine Microsoft ever being so altruistic? The thing is... I'm not well off, and Valve has always been good to me with its sales. So has Humble. I value these two organisations. They've both done a lot for me and for the PC gaming space.
What's Microsoft done for us? Except for aches, pains, and troubles that is. Even now, they're monopolising with DirectX. They could have decided it was time to go cross-OS with DX as a show of solidarity. But no. They're stubbornly clinging to it as a Windows 10 only thing, and that's why its primary competitor -- Vulkan -- will win. In the PC space, the more open you are, the more you succeed.
See: Rift vs. Vive.
It's important to remember that Microsoft is the company that's brought anti-monopoly suits on itself. Microsoft is the 'smile with Novell while we pull the trigger' company. It's skeevy and it seems to have no end of self-interested slimebags who couldn't care less about the PC space beyond how much money they can make in it. And yes, whilst that's capitalism, it's not GOOD capitalism.
Good capitalism is what Valve is doing with Steam. Valve is supporting the freedom of choice for the consumer. Microsoft has never done that.
So my worry is, as I said, they're going to lock most (if not all) of these games to the 10 Store. In fact, I'd be willing to bet on it and I'm not a betting man. It's just that I know that if I can count on three things in reality, they are this: Human stupidity, human greed, and Microsoft representing both.
Good spot. Not sure why I had Invisible war in my head - it's been ages since I've even thought about that game!