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Valve COO on Epic's Tim Sweeney "you mad bro?" when launching the Epic Store
14 March 2024 at 3:43 pm UTC Likes: 11

This is a reasonable, civil comment because Liam expects nothing but the best from GOL's community going by his words elsewhere ... unlike the exchange of these overpaid suits. I love it when lawsuits force disclosure of the inner workings of the industry; everything is needlessly secretive and everyone seems obsessed with having a degree of control over their image; everyone would be better off if there was more transparency in general, with things like salaries, working conditions, sales, publisher contracts, and more were known. Instead, the crumbs we get are largely either due to bragging/spin or because of courts compelling the release of information.

Fortnite on Linux / Steam Deck? Not until 'tens of millions of users'
13 December 2023 at 12:51 pm UTC Likes: 42

No problem supporting the small MacOS userbase before he got into a spat with Apple over money though, eh? All the talk of open platforms being important just means that he wished to control everything himself. You're an odious hypocrite as always, Tim.

Thrilling shooter Selaco hits Early Access in May 2024
2 October 2023 at 4:49 pm UTC Likes: 4

The demo was an absolute treat. Love the aesthetics and the feel of the gameplay, the shootouts are really intense and fun. And the blog post has me confident that the rest of the game will be as good or better, so I'm looking forward to the end result. Never thought that one of my most anticipated releases of 2024 would be based off Doom (via GZDOOM.) Goes to show how awesome free, libre, and open source software is

I'm fairly neutral about Early Access—I've had both good and bad experiences, much like with "full" releases—but I'll likely hold off getting it right away, because my backlog is huge as is and I only ever manage to clear stuff from it by playing singleplayer games in as few sittings as possible. Otherwise my attention is bound to get stolen away by life or other games

Overwatch 2 out on Steam - works fine on Steam Deck and desktop Linux
11 August 2023 at 12:57 am UTC Likes: 8

Haven't played a Blizzard game in a decade and a half but curiosity (and the price of free) got the better of me. Runs well and haven't seen any stutter (probably due to Mesa's GPL) and the couple of matches I played were engaging enough. I could see myself casually playing this from time to time, especially with friends. That said, I'm too old and my free time is too much of a premium to ever care about battle passes and seasons or, for that matter, heroes, skins, and all that other shiny stuff

Dolphin Emulator devs give up on Steam release
21 July 2023 at 2:46 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: GuestAlright, I actually wasn't aware of either of these. So I'll go with the "corporations are our friends" approach and say that they have active interest in blocking these projects because they were remakes, and they are/were potentially remaking games.

At the end of the Sega article, they posted that Sega released a port of Streets of Rage 2 the next day.
As for Capcom, I believe they've recently put out a survey asking if fans want remakes of non-numbered entries or something. So it's quite likely that their own Code Veronica Remake is in development (even though the fan remakes presumably would've been closer to the original games).

I'll admit that I've lost in this case, but I don't think either company has shut down fan games that aren't remakes (though, I'm clearly going to have to do research on this topic).
Yes, Nintendo's attempts to stop fan sequels, remakes and the like is fundamentally different because ... reasons, I guess. Well worth singling them out. Capcom has shut down RE remakes of all sorts year before their own products came out (2, 4 come to mind). Look it up. Don't even get me started with Sega (I would recommend a video from the channel I recommended on Sega and IP, incidentally). You won't convince me that this isn't just hypocritical apologetics without evidence.

Dolphin Emulator devs give up on Steam release
21 July 2023 at 1:53 am UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: GuestAll game corporations don't act like this. [...]
This is a tiresome trope. This Capcom? This Sega? They are not your friends. Nintendo is not special, they are just blunter about their copyright enforcement.

Dolphin Emulator devs give up on Steam release
20 July 2023 at 2:10 pm UTC Likes: 2

I'll forever be bemused by the special hatred Nintendo seems to attract from corners of the internet; they simply act like any other corporation; corporations are not your friend and are businesses first—including Valve who notified Nintendo about Dolphin on Steam and set the ball rolling.

Emulation is also legally shakier than most people realize and I'd recommend anyone curious as to the why and how of this whole fracas watch this video from an actual lawyer. There's good historical context there that gets omitted or distorted in most discussions about emulation.

Steam Next Fest - February 2023 edition brings lots of demos
7 February 2023 at 5:37 pm UTC Likes: 2

I played a few demos yesterday and, overall, there's a lot of stuff that's interesting. Also a few metroidvanias that are borrowing heavily from Hollow Knight

Still, I'd add to Liam's list Gravity Circuit and Takara Cards which are both native and have proven to be fun.

Epic Games to pay $520 million for privacy violations and unwanted charges
19 December 2022 at 3:02 pm UTC Likes: 8

In case anyone was wondering, their statement contains the usual non-apologies or any admitting of culpability that's standard corporate speak:
Quoting: Timmy's PR department[...]The video game industry is a place of fast-moving innovation, where player expectations are high and new ideas are paramount. Statutes written decades ago don’t specify how gaming ecosystems should operate. The laws have not changed, but their application has evolved and long-standing industry practices are no longer enough. We accepted this agreement because we want Epic to be at the forefront of consumer protection and provide the best experience for our players. 
[...]
Saving payment information by default is a common way to streamline the checkout process, so players do not have to re-enter their payment method every time they make a purchase. We’ve agreed with the FTC to change this practice, and we now offer an explicit yes or no choice to save payment information.
[...]
If a cardholder sees an unauthorized transaction on their statement, they may report it to their bank to have it reversed. When that chargeback is initiated, it is common industry practice to disable the associated account as a fraud prevention measure. We’ve updated our chargeback policy to account for non-fraud related scenarios and will only disable accounts when fraud indicators are present. We have restored thousands of accounts that were banned due to reported chargebacks under our previous policy.
It strikes me as a little incongruous that a company that took three years to add a shopping cart to their game store—a pretty universal feature in ecommerce—could make claims that the specific failings cited by the FTC and carefully worded in their statement were because "everyone else was doing it!"

Oh well, let us just hope that other developers don't start jumping off bridges, lest Epic follow suit. It wouldn't be their fault then either.

Victoria 3 is an ambitious society sim that will engross you if you let it
25 October 2022 at 1:37 pm UTC Likes: 5

Quoting: ZapporNo mention whether the Linux version works well or has any issues... I guess that's a good sign! :-D
No issues that I could find