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Chazore said:

I hope Valve carries on, just to keep the rage alive.



Meanwhile, I'll be waiting for the other store clients to become top dog, so we can rant about how they aren't holding a monopoly and how it's "deserved" that they have it.

 

Anti net neutrality folk have no say in what can and cannot do business. 

The funny thing is... I think if Valve didn't become the top dog or heck, if another service even if it is GOG becomes top dog instead of Valve, people will find things to whine about.

No one can really please these people now can they? Valve curates the store! Fuck em! Valve lets the community decide! Fuck em! Valve makes games! Fuck em! Valve doesn't make games! Fuck em! Valve helped save PC gaming! Fuck em! etc...



             

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Captain_Yuri said:

The funny thing is... I think if Valve didn't become the top dog or heck, if another service even if it is GOG becomes top dog instead of Valve, people will find things to whine about.

No one can really please these people now can they? Valve curates the store! Fuck em! Valve lets the community decide! Fuck em! Valve makes games! Fuck em! Valve doesn't make games! Fuck em! Valve helped save PC gaming! Fuck em! etc...

Tb, those folk were never really on board with them in the first place. A heavily curated Steam means we get less one hit wonders, high chances of less exclusives (as one example), as devs being pushed aside could easily work a deal with one of the big 3.

The funny thing is, even if GoG or another was top dog, that other crowd would be singing praise out the ass. I'm not a massive blind fan of Steam, but I know they've done a whole lot more for PC gaming than the other clients have. I know Steam has trash on their store, but the other publishers have released shitty PC ports, or AAA games loaded with MT's or being designed around GaaS. Yet conveniently, those people let all that trash slide.



                                       

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TomaTito said:

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Thanks for sharing!



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Captain_Yuri said:
Chazore said:

I'm tempted to make a thread on why Steam isn't a magical and all powerful "monopoly", based on the fact that the other storefronts do jack shit towards gaining all the games that Steam has, as well as fully supporting indie devs.

 

EA doesn't support the indie scene. Their store only has a tiny handful of non EA based AAA games and it absolutely pales in comparisson to the AAA games Steam has. EA has done nothign to rectify that.

Blizzard only sells Blizzard/Activision owned titles on their storefront. Nothing else and no mod support outside of SC I/II and WC III/FT, both of which aren't included with their game client/ You have to go to their online storefront in order to get that game and it's exp pack. THey haven't even gone out of their way to make it so you can play their oldest titles from their client either. 

Bethesda only sells bethesda published/owned titles from their client, which is already a very minute library on it's own.

Ubisoft sells their games on Steam, but requrie you to use their client. Their storefront sells a couple of indie supported games (a very small few), but the vast majority being sold are titles owned by them. like EA, they only sell a tiny handful of non Ubisoft owned AAA titles.

GoG's business is making sure older titles work with modern OS's. They sell a few AAA games and some indie titles, but again, nothing of the same scale that Steam sells.

 

Everyone but GOG hasn't bothered to compete with Valve in terms of obtaining all the good non trash titles to their storefronts. Hardly any of them fully support the modding scene and they all mostly sell games they've own or publish. GoG still has a long way to go, but they are second to steam, while the rest sink below the two storefronts. 

 

You want that "monopoly" to end?, ask for the competition to work their asses as hard as they can. They should be out there courting all the indie devs to sell from their store, as well as supporting them. They should all be aiming for as much mod support as possible. Steam has their Steam workshop, as well as forum guides for each game that allows for guides on outside modding. I don't care if anyone on this site doesn't give two shits about indie or mods, but I do, and I'll not see a company driven under because a few here don't care about those two aspects of PC gaming. I love indie games and I love modding them, especially AAA games that come out busted, where the modding community is basically a second safety net. 

I think Valve will get shat on regardless of what they do. Like they removed 150-200 "fake" games from steam and no one cared...

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-09-27-valve-removes-over-150-fake-games-from-steam

They remove one game with questionable material based on their investigation on the actions of the developer and everyone is like derp, Valve is terrible. It's like wtf...

Like k, I don't agree with the decision of removing the game but here's the thing. What do people think will happen if Valve starts curating their store seriously? When you have curators, games will be subjective af. If a Curator thinks something is meant for "pedos" and shouldn't be on steam, it will either be removed or not allowed on steam in the first place. But what will people's reaction is gonna be? Boo Valve!

On the other end, if they don't curate, guess what's people's reaction is gonna be? Boo Valve! It's laughable honestly.

That is bullcrap. There is something as an objective minimum standard a game should fulfill before being sold as such. That has nothing to do with subjectivity. If a game is too unfinished to be sold it's not a problem if Valve's curators deny it. They can just come back when there actually is a game with content and at least some kind of polish. Which they of course won't because crap games will always stay crap games. You can instantly see if a game was made by a competent developer or someone who just wants to make a quick buck.

Removing 200 fake games from Steam is what's laughable. First of all, how did they get there in the first place? Are you really commending Valve for cleaning up some of the shit they themselves let on their storefront? And 200 is nothing against the thousands of trash games on the store. They fucking let games on their store that don't even have a fucking working executable file.

Only 10 people would be enough to check the vast majority of new games on steam for a minimum level of quality. Valve has enough money to hire hundreds if not thousands of curators to do that job, but they won't even spend money on one and just let everything on their store by default.

The only time Valve does something is if it threatens bad PR on a large scale. For example games that could be perceived as pedo bait. Valve doesn't care about quality or protecting customers, they only care about raking in the maximum amount of money. They only did something against the gambling on their store when it developed into a news story.

So no, fuck Valve. I won't give them any credit for doing the right thing only when their marketing department forces them to do it. It's deplorable.



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Captain_Yuri said:

The funny thing is... I think if Valve didn't become the top dog or heck, if another service even if it is GOG becomes top dog instead of Valve, people will find things to whine about.

No one can really please these people now can they? Valve curates the store! Fuck em! Valve lets the community decide! Fuck em! Valve makes games! Fuck em! Valve doesn't make games! Fuck em! Valve helped save PC gaming! Fuck em! etc...

 

Chazore said:

Tb, those folk were never really on board with them in the first place. A heavily curated Steam means we get less one hit wonders, high chances of less exclusives (as one example), as devs being pushed aside could easily work a deal with one of the big 3.

The funny thing is, even if GoG or another was top dog, that other crowd would be singing praise out the ass. I'm not a massive blind fan of Steam, but I know they've done a whole lot more for PC gaming than the other clients have. I know Steam has trash on their store, but the other publishers have released shitty PC ports, or AAA games loaded with MT's or being designed around GaaS. Yet conveniently, those people let all that trash slide.

Publisher specific stores are terrible examples here. If we can compare Steam to anything then it's the two other biggest stores in the industry, which is GoG and the Playstation store.

They both somehow manage to have some kind of quality control. That's not because they have fewer games to check, it's because they care about not being called the trash bin of gaming services. 

Yes, Valve has done some things with Steam. Because they were the first ones. They were the default for a long time, long before actual competitors even existed. And now they're milking that cred. As any other monopoly they have become complacent and driven by corporate greed. I don't understand why there should be any kind of gratitude toward Valve for what they have done in the past. It's not like if Valve didn't exist, we wouldn't have PC gaming. We would simply have some other service right now and considering where Valve is right now it's likely that that service would do a lot better job.

I mean what is Valve doing right now that is so amazing? What are they doing that couldn't be done by literally anyone else if they weren't there?

You say that the competitors aren't doing enough to rob some share from Valve. Maybe that's only half of the story. Maybe you can't do much if your competitor has a fucking monopoly? Other market places simply have no chance in the first place. The only chance for someone to rise would be government interference to destroy the monopoly, because that's usually the only way out when a corporation has become too powerful.

Steam deserves no praise for what they're doing right now and if there was any gratitude left from what they did with PC gaming in the past it's long gone now thanks to their shitty behavior.

 

The point here isn't just about shitting on whoever is on top. Valve has all the power and money in the world to change things for the better. But they won't because they just don't give a shit. And that's the thing deserving all the shit in the world. I don't even know how it's possible to defend someone who has the power to change things for the better but doesn't. Unless of course Valve already is god. Because only gods can be omnipotent, do nothing good with their power and still be praised by millions of brainless drones.

Why do we even need someone else to do a better job than Valve? Valve can easily do that themselves. But they won't. Because they're shitheads.

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SALES & "SALES"/DEALS

DSOGaming Christmas Giveaway – Win Our Top 10 Most Optimized PC Games Of 2017
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Humble indie mega week sale discounts Hollow Knight, Stardew Valley and more greats
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Ahead of the Steam winter sale and on the heels of the Humble 'Jingle Jam' Bundle, Humble Bundle is holding a hefty indie sale this week. The 'indie mega week sale' is live now and runs through 10 am Pacific this Christmas—Monday, December 25.

 

Meanwhile, on Steam their Midweek Madness feature only features one game, and for little more than 24h. That game is Prison Architect and can be yours 75% cheaper than usual.

 

ARK: Survival Evolved has surpassed 12 million players, supports crossplay between Windows 10 and Xbox One
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/ark-survival-evolved-has-surpassed-12-million-sales-supports-crossplay-between-windows-10-and-xbox-one/
Studio Wildcard has issued a press release, announcing that ARK: Survival Evolved has surpassed 12 million players worldwide. In addition, the team revealed that the game supports crossplay between the Windows 10 and the Xbox One versions.

 

SOFTWARE

Denuvo server issues prevented players from playing Batman: Arkham Knight, Mad Max & Shadow of War
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/denuvo-server-problems-prevented-players-from-playing-batman-arkham-knight-mad-max/
It appears that some Denuvo server problems prevented PC gamers from playing their legitimate copies of Batman: Arkham Knight and Mad Max. According to reports, both of these games were not launching at all in the past couple days. And while both of them seem to be working right now, a lot of reports suggest that these issues were caused by the Denuvo anti-tamper tech.

>>Another reason to "love" Denuvo...

 

Steam Community access has been blocked in China
http://www.pcgamer.com/steam-community-access-has-been-blocked-in-china/
It appears that access to the Steam Community, including forums, user profile pages, and inventories, has been blocked in China. According to Greatfire.org, a site that monitors online censorship in the country, access to steamcommunity.com has actually been 96 percent blocked since December 15.
Store.steampowered.com remains available, meaning that users in China can still purchase and play games. But anything that requires interaction with others is off the table. Why the ban was put into place isn't clear, but one possible motivating factor is the changing face of gaming, and the gaming industry, in China.

>>Because China.

 

MODS/EMULATORS

After 4 years of development, Half-Life 2 free standalone fan expansion “HL2 – ICE” has been released
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/after-4-years-of-development-half-life-2-free-standalone-fan-expansion-hl2-ice-has-been-released/
After four years of development, modder ‘Timian’ and his team have released a new fan expansion for Half Life 2, HL2 – ICE. ICE continues the game’s storyline somewhere in the Antarctic through ice landscapes and underground bases.

>>If you're interested, you can download it from moddb.

 

Skyrim Project Optimization is a mod that improves performance via Occlusion Culling
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/skyrim-project-optimization-is-a-mod-that-improves-performance-via-occlusion-culling/
Modder ‘pritster5’ has released a really interesting mod for Skyrim: Special Edition, Skyrim Project Optimization. This mod basically aims to improve performance in almost all interiors of Skyrim by using Occlusion Culling.

>>You can get this mod from Nexus mods. And talking about Nexus mods...

 

Nexus Mods to launch a 'mod author donation system' early next year
http://www.pcgamer.com/nexus-mods-to-launch-a-mod-author-donation-system-early-next-year/
The 2015 attempt to bring paid mods to Steam was an unmitigated disaster, but that's not going to stop Nexus Mods from taking a different shot at a paid-mods system of its own. The site recently announced plans for a new "mod author donation system" that will enable mod makers who opt in to earn a few bucks, or other rewards if they prefer, from their work. That doesn't mean that users will have to start paying for mods, however: Nexus Mods founder Robin "DarkOne" Scott made it clear that the mods will remain free.

 

GAMING NEWS

Call of Duty: WWII – New patch adds full support for Splitscreen, brings various multiplayer fixes
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/call-of-duty-wwii-new-patch-adds-full-support-for-splitscreen-brings-various-multiplayer-fixes/
Sledgehammer Games has released a new patch for Call of Duty: WWII. According to the release notes, this patch adds full support for Splitscreen and allows PC gamers to use Keyboard and Mouse with a Controller as well as Controller with a Controller.

 

Danger Zone – New update adds 12 levels and a revised progression system
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/danger-zone-new-update-adds-12-levels-and-a-revised-progression-system/
Three Fields Entertainment has released a new update for its vehicular destruction game, Danger Zone. This update adds 12 new levels to the game (bringing the total number of levels to 38), as well as a revised progression system.

 

SoulCalibur VI – First gameplay video shows Mitsurugi fighting Sophitia
http://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/soulcalibur-vi-first-gameplay-video-shows-mitsurugi-fighting-sophitia/
Gamespot has released the first gameplay video for SoulCalibur VI, showing Mitsurugi fighting Sophitia. Since this is the first SoulCalibur coming to the PC, this video will give you an idea of what this upcoming fighting game is all about.

 

First episode for narrative adventure game, The Council, releases in February 2018
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-episode-for-narrative-adventure-game-the-council-releases-in-february-2018/
Focus Home Interactive has announced that the first episode for The Council will release in February 2018. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher released a teaser trailer for this new adventure game that can be viewed below.



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Wednesday news, part two:

 

Rising Thunder developer to release source code for cancelled free-to-play fighting game
http://www.pcgamer.com/rising-thunder-developer-releases-source-code-for-cancelled-free-to-play-fighting-game/
Announced in mid-2015, Rising Thunder was pitched as an online-only, PC-exclusive free-to-play fighting game from Seth Killian's Radiant Entertainment. Radiant was then taken over by Riot in March of last year, which led to the permanent closure of Rising Thunder following a short-live alpha phase. Now, Rising Thunder will be handed over to its players, with a Community Edition due next month.

 

Durante shows off an 'instant resume' feature we want in every game
http://www.pcgamer.com/durante-shows-off-an-instant-resume-feature-we-want-in-every-game/
Durante keeps making PC gaming better. The modder who fixed Dark Souls, has analyzed PC ports here at PC Gamer and written about the features all PC games should have, has more recently been working with localization studio XSeed to improve their PC games like Little King's Story and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. He's also working on the PC port for Trails of Cold Steel 2, coming in 2018, and posted a short Youtube clip of an in-progress feature that I instantly want in, oh, practically every PC game. Durante added a second launcher option for Cold Steel 2, available as a right-click option in Steam, that automatically loads your latest save. Instantly.

 

Viscera Cleanup Detail gets a new graffiti-covered level
http://www.pcgamer.com/viscera-cleanup-detail-gets-a-new-graffiti-covered-level/
Viscera Cleanup Detail recently received a long-awaited update (v1.092) which adds a new level and new stuff to clean up. The update released earlier this week on December 17—exactly one year after the game's previous update, developer RuneStorm says.

 

Chase Moby Dick in nautical strategy RPG Nantucket
http://www.pcgamer.com/chase-moby-dick-in-nautical-strategy-rpg-nantucket/
Nantucket is a strategy RPG set in the early 19th century during the rise of America's whaling industry—or, to be more precise, a few years after the events of "Moby Dick," Herman Melville's classic novel. It takes place in the same universe and even stars Ishmael, the narrator of Melville's masterwork and the only survivor of Captain Ahab's Pequod.

 

Riot appears to be working on a new game called Teemo's Adventure
http://www.pcgamer.com/riot-appears-to-be-working-on-a-new-game-called-teemos-adventure/
Niko Partners analyst Daniel Zhuge has turned the spotlight on a new game that appears to be in the works at League of Legends studio Riot Games. The game is called Teemo's Adventure and it was revealed in a list of GPC-approved games, which indicates that it has been given the green-light for sale in China.

 

Call of Duty: WW2 unveils first DLC with three new maps, War Mode, foggy zombies
http://www.pcgamer.com/call-of-duty-ww2-unveils-first-dlc-with-three-new-maps-war-mode-foggy-zombies/
Call of Duty: WW2 has announced The Resistance, the shooter's first portion of DLC that promises three new multiplayer maps, a new War Mode and the next chapter of its Nazi zombies offshoot, named The Darkest Shore.

 

Ark: Survival Evolved launched on Windows 10 Store, now 'Play Anywhere'
http://www.pcgamer.com/ark-survival-evolved-launched-on-windows-10-store-now-play-anywhere/
In the wake of its latest Aberration expansion, Ark: Survival Evolved has now launched on the Windows 10 Store as an Xbox Play Anywhere game.
Much like other games that have walked similar paths—like, say, Fallout Shelter and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard—this means PC players who access Ark via the Windows 10 Store can now join their Xbox counterparts on the same servers as friends or as foes.

 

Bridge Constructor Portal marks launch day with GLaDOS-starring trailer
http://www.pcgamer.com/bridge-constructor-portal-marks-launch-day-with-glados-starring-trailer/
A couple of weeks back, Headup Games announced Bridge Constructor Portal—a somewhat unlikely officially licensed mashup of it and Valve's respective physics puzzlers. Bridge Construction Portal is out now, and comes with a neat GLaDOS-narrated trailer.



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I hadn't noticed before, but it looks like GTA V is 60% off at Steam, but only until tomorrow: http://store.steampowered.com/app/271590/Grand_Theft_Auto_V/

Will they lower that deal during the Winter sale? Will they go back to their usual 50% discount? We'll know tomorrow.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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