Honestly Steam has such an unrelenting stranglehold on the PC market, that for Epic to try anything less than what it's doing is to pretty much admit defeat already. They're not going to shake up Steam's monopoly without ruffling a few feathers. I agree a crowdfunded game going Epic exclusive at the last minute is a dog deal, but I'd say the onus of the blame for that is on the developers for getting greedy, not on Epic for offering the payout.
How exactly would you go about trying to compete with steam?
No seriously, if the consumer friendlineds won company wars, GoG would be the most popular platform.
Epic is using the ONLY VIABLE WAY to compete with steam. Sure their store needs work, and should have been on par with steam before launch. But there is literally no other way to compete with a behemoth such as steam without buying high profile exclusives.
I remember back when everyone hated steam when it launched. We have come full circle.
I've already addressed some of these points in the original post, but I'll go through it again.
To be fair, I wouldn't even mind if I got something more than just a timed exclusive. As of now, Origin has more in their launcher, and I despise using it.
I stated before that while I'm not a fan of Epic's practices, I'm more displeased with how all you do is hear people whine and complain about how disgusting Epic is... and these sales are through the roof. I've seen multiple people complain about how they can't stand what Epic is doing, but they have to complete the series.
And more to it, I can not stand the smug about of BS that Tim Sweeney keeps putting out.
"Ultimately, this is about making the industry a better place, starting with the terms available for developers. I understand gamers don't see that. They don't see the hardship of making a payroll and seeing the store suck out 30% of the revenue from it. It can be jarring to see the industry is changing in ways that are typically invisible to us as gamers."
If you take a poll, you'll find that most of us gamers want a fair split for Developers. We want them around to make the games we love. This is our passion. But Epic's moves are not about making the industry a better place for gamers. And that's what bugs me about it. Because if it was, they would have sunk their billions into the interface from the get go and even hired a separate team to make it glistening and beautiful. They would have made an actual quality product AND done the game poaching.
And to be fair, that would have been amazing. Before the EGS launched, I was admittedly among the few who saw that this could give real opposition to steam. Real challenge to bring about a dynamic that could benefit us and possible revitalize the PC Market. That's all we could have ever asked for. But we don't have that. We have a platform where the gamer seems to be the last thought in this equation.
This is about trying to take over steam's position. And frankly... yeah, whatever. Who cares? My games will be on my laptop regardless when we get down into it. I'll double click on an icon and I won't be bothered. But don't come at us with Sanctimonious BS that we don't care about Industry. We do. We fear crashes, We mourn great companies being shut down because they don't make EA Fifa money and the like. And before Steam, we still had problems with Steam getting complacent. The Meme that Steam can't count to three, Shovelware and Market Bloat, Artifact... we've had issues with Steam forever.
I literally do not care if Steam gets replaced with a better market. That would be best for the industry. But this isn't a better client. The roadmap was available, and Epic decided not to take it. It decided to do the bare minimum because that's what Gamers have accepted over time as long as there is a bell or a whistle about. Steam bumbled their way to where they are now because there was not a system for them to draw inspiration from or to gauge what the burgeoning PC gaming market would need. They messed up all the way to the top.
Epic could have aped it wholesale like Origin or Uplay. There's literally no other way to do it. They have the money, and they could have hired literally thousands of people to get it done. They chose not to. That doesn't inspire confidence that they are doing this strictly to make the Gaming Industry better when they choose to do it with the bare minimum effort other than buying up exclusives.
And as usual, Gamers do not care. Fuck respect, Fuck dignity. Where is my shiny?
Epic is trying to crave their way into the landscape. And while I don't like their practices, and some of them belie the BS Tim wants to push all the time, I get it. I can dislike something but understand why it's done. But once again, it's the gamers' acceptance for Less that signals to the industry as a whole that they don't have to try that hard to put in quality that bothers me. Because I can vote with my wallet all I want. If the masses are so entranced with the idea of "MUST GET SHINY NOW", my little voice and laughable notions about mutual respect in this industry means nothing. And I have to accept what comes with that.
EGS is just a new iteration of The Gaming Market vs the Consumer. And once again, the Consumer whines and gnashes his teeth... then gets in line to have another crappy deal dished onto their plate and then bemoan that they do not get enough respect. Or they just jumped in the line without a second thought. Making it easier and easier to ignore us and do whatever they like as long as they appease their investors.