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  • Worse than what they’ve been doing for the last decade? It seems to me like this is a better state of things because it’s clearly a lot of money for one big purchase, so you know immediately that it’s not something you can afford. Better transparency, so less manipulative.

    Clearly so it seems to you. There are companies that, more simply, don’t do this at all: they don’t need to be transparent on how dishonest they are… because they aren’t.

    If your argument “in secret they may be”… well, if your point is “entities that seems honest are the most secretly dishonest”, I think the first entity that we can apply your logic is your very self: you pretend to be honest in defend companies who behave transparently dishonest… it simply mean that you’re honesty is just a show off, while in truth you’re just shilling.

    That’s your logic: next time behave openly dishonest, so we know how much transparently dishonest you are.


  • What’s the downside?

    Customer manipulation.

    You could say “of course don’t affect me” to FOMO, p2w, whales, dark patterns and alike… but just because you personally ignore it, it doesn’t mean it’s going to vanish. Industries live and evolve through money, the next iteration of video gaming is made by where money went.

    LoL players came from a mod of Warcraft III; Riot is slowly cooking (put in warm-to-boil water) their frog customers in something people don’t consider healthy (generally with “they are them, not me, so I don’t care”).




  • There’s an economic network behind console: contrary to PC (which is more an abstract concept that no one owns) you can find console in your local general store: these stores put Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo brands/logo all around without the need for these three companies to directly pay them (PC/Notebook strictly places for general and office purpose). Before the ecommerce got the point is today, these stores putting free console advertising made a big difference. PC gaming industry was fragmented, also the main player in the PC sphere (Microsoft) had their own console which, due to conflict of interest, damped the huge storm of the PC gaming industry. The only company I am aware of, that consistently work in favor of PC gaming was Valve. But they were a digital store and had not much interest in the physical presence in general stores until SteamMachine/SteamController/SteamDeck


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    For indie developer you got itch.io… then the void.

    How this is Valve fault? You can’t blame a company in both direction for the same argument, you have to pick a side for your criticism.

    Valve was accused to allow all sort of shovelware by indie developers… then you got the competition like GoG that say: " sure, we will have store curation: we will give indie developers the discipline that Valve won’t "

    How things gone for GoG in the indie sphere? You remember any indie recently booming on GoG… Because surely can name few on both Steam and itch.io.

    There are different types of monopoly: the one that attempt Epic by using bribe money just so everyone come to their Battle Royale… and one you get because all the companies around you ignore what customers and business (indie Dev) wants: a democratic platform like itch.io (in which Valve is closer with its approach)




  • You can find a decent web browser on… basically anything: cheap smartphone, cheap smart TV (even non android/apple ones) and… Well, basically anything but Sony. Also Sony is the company that leaked customers private data. They are just incompetent.

    But the omission for a web browser count more on the fact that you can play webgl videogames for free (instead spending on their store) than any security concern they may have (force customers to make PSN accounts after they were repeatedly breached is tell-tale about their security concerns)


  • The PS5 doesn’t have a web browser. What CPU+GPU Sony makes you pay for the PS5? Well, if your PS5 is turn on and you want to check a web page, you’d better take a cheap android phone out (heck, a old blackberry would do) so you can check the website you want to… because your PS5 can’t.

    Sony, simply, live in another universe… they still have pockets to buy game studios and bribe exclusive in our dimension, but they simply don’t actually exist in our reality. That’s all I can think about Sony and their commercial practice: they take money from our reality (fewer and fewer each year), but they have no idea why.