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Epic Games Store FAILS AGAIN Removes games from customer accounts:
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Thread: Steam vs Epic games20 Jul 2019, 23:41 PM
Thread: Relic working on Age of Empires 420 Jul 2019, 17:36 PM
Relic AoE4 community manager promoted to game designer:
New job announcement | AoE4 community manager:
Quote Eliot Hong (the second AoE4 community manager from Relic):
I'm looking to add to my community team at Relic Entertainment! If you know of any talented community managers and/or community-focused people that would be great for the role, please let me know! #gamedevelopment
Thread: Warhammer 40,000 TV Series in the Works20 Jul 2019, 17:26 PM
Big news for Warhammer fans.
Live-Action 'Warhammer 40,000' TV Series in the Works From 'Man in the High Castle' Creator
JULY 17, 2019
Warhammer 40,000, the adolescent sci-fi favorite that began life as a miniature wargame before spawning novels, video games and even a movie, is set to get its very first small-screen adaptation.
Thread: Sega Makes Fun Of EA’s ‘Surprise Mechanics'11 Jul 2019, 05:08 AM
10 Jul 2019, 08:44 AMA. Soldier
The moment obtaining currency becomes your prime target in life is the moment you lose your humanity.
The truth is in the money trail and who owns big business/EA? (see below).
There is a price tag on everything, black market or not.
Money = more power. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
EA/Activision's dehumanization of gamers & China
Current modus operandi. We are no longer customers, we are cattle/whales. Employees are an expendable resource.
EA, Activision Appear in List of Top 100 Overpaid CEOs:
On top of this, they cycle workers to reduce salary:
It's disgusting and also why we need some regulation when the market doesn't self-regulate (EA & Activision clearly won't change).
Also worrisome China becoming the biggest game market and building a new social credit system that influences the gaming industry.
11:45 - new social credit system (a dystopian nightmare for gamers)
The Whales of Microtransactions, and the Elephant in the Room:
Game studios are now purposefully designing bad systems and mechanics, hoping that people will be willing to pay to get past the poorly-made parts of the service: when microtransactions are the sole source of income, we start to build our entire product around that model.
The guaranteed way to help fight this corporate greed is voting with our wallets.
Remember Dungeon Keeper? - RTS game
EA Gets Lambasted Over Dungeon Keeper Microtransaction Gouging (mobile):
"The game's pay-walls were so obtrusive to the gameplay that it actually caused Eurogamer to give Dungeon Keeper a 1 out of 10."
EA also tried to rig the reviews (re-routing negative criticisms).
But that's not even the worst part about it. The worst part about it, as expounded by AlphaOmegaSin so eloquently, is that EA is re-routing negative criticisms about the game by aiming to prevent gamers from giving a score lower than “5” for the game's rating on the Google Play store.
CDPR the new Blizzard? Capitalism is bad?
No I'm not bashing capitalism nor Americans but without good execution, ideas are shit.
Relic balance 'execution' is proof of that.
Hence the saying;"Hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works".
It's not fair market competition when Wall street have legalized cheating (also called lobbying).
ESA gaming lobby:
Take a note of the list of members:
CDPR should be proud about not being on the list.
CDPR (GoG & Cyberpunk 2077): "Think about the gamer, they are not walking wallets"
Who owns big business (and EA): the rise of passive investors/the Big Three
Vanguard top shareholder in EA and Activision Blizzard:
If EA and Activision Blizzard changed name to Vanguard (the fastest growing asset managers of the big three, see below) then gamers have a better understanding of what is happening.
These top investment funds (other people’s money) are also top shareholders in the largest US financial companies.
Major shareholders in Alphabet Inc. (Google) include Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street, Fidelity (FMR), and Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/GOOG/holders
BlackRock and Vanguard Are Less Than a Decade Away From Managing $20 Trillion, 2017:
What Is an Index Fund?:
The largest asset managers & democratisation of investing:
Insiders call it "vertical integration"
Some observers have lauded this development as the “democratisation of investing”, because it has significantly lowered investor expenses.
The following figure that shows that the Big Three dominate the US economy:
Hidden power of the Big Three? Passive index funds, re-concentration of corporate
ownership, and new financial risk:
Vanguard Patented a Way to Avoid Taxes on Mutual Funds:
This astounding success gives Vanguard funds an edge over competitors. Yet the world’s second-largest asset manager has avoided drawing attention to it. Top executives at the Malvern, Pennsylvania-based firm don’t want U.S. policymakers looking too closely at how they’re doing it, according to a former insider.
Two of America's biggest passive funds are about to get aggressive with companies, 2015
The article quotes a letter from Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb, who said, "In the past, some have mistakenly assumed that our predominantly passive management style suggests a passive attitude with respect to corporate governance. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Big Three using new AI research:
One of the biggest trends among asset managers in recent years has been the use of artificial intelligence in managing investments. These companies have employed powerful computers to mine massive data sets—including corporate commentary, social media chatter, credit-card data, and other statistics difficult for humans to discern patterns—and then developing portfolios based on that analysis.
Elon Musk was right
TL;DR Vanguard/EA - unhinged:
This crony capitalism is just the tip of the iceberg. Evidence from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich:
Thread: Call of Duty - Activision greed10 Jul 2019, 20:28 PM
Thread: Sega Makes Fun Of EA’s ‘Surprise Mechanics'10 Jul 2019, 05:02 AM
EA: "I struggle with the perception that we're just a bunch of bad guys"
EA Struggles With The Perception That They're Bad Guys... Seriously?:
Thread: Steam vs Epic games10 Jul 2019, 04:57 AM
Epic Blocks Steam Users From Free/Discounted Remasters With Exclusivity Deals:
One third of Cyberpunk 2077's PC digital pre-orders have been on GOG:
Cyberpunk 20177 is easily one of 2020's most highly anticipated games, releasing on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as the next major RPG release from CD Projekt Red, the creators of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
Epic Games Denies Hurting Cyberpunk 2077 or CD Projekt PC Store, SLAMS Valve's Steam Sale:
Valve says sorry for Summer Sale Grand Prix confusion, gives away 5000 more games:
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says exclusives “ultimately benefit gamers”
Thread: Drdisrespect E3 Mobile Games Roast4 Jul 2019, 22:34 PM
Dr Disrespect finally unbanned on Twitch, and his chat went ballistic even with him offline:
This clearly demonstrates Kotaku is on the losing side of history trying to have Disrespect permanently banned from Twitch. Jason Schreier is a competent journalist but he bet on the wrong horse.
Thread: Call of Duty - Activision greed4 Jul 2019, 00:31 AM
24 Apr 2019, 08:41 AMSturmtigerCobra
Update to this news story, Hearthstone community team are a shambles:
7:30 - Update
Christina Mikkonen, 1. jul. 2019
She then got blocked by Blizzard:
Thread: Relic Update COH Online Domain4 Jul 2019, 00:00 AM
A tidbit of news.
Relic have updated COH Online Domain for the third time since 2015:
In comparison, companyofheroes.com domain has not been updated since 2017-09-14.
I'm not convinced this game will be FTP. Maybe Xbox Game Pass.
But at very least I hope they go FTP with CoH2:
Google + Youtube search facts that support CoH2 F2P (base game).
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