• @[email protected]
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    7115 days ago

    Jesus christ. Fuck off Google. Fuck off Tencent. Neither company needs the other to ruin even more shit.

    • @[email protected]
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      2315 days ago

      With googles history of killing stuff , I don’t want my free games library to die 😖

      • Snot Flickerman
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        I do, they fucking killed Bandcamp. Absolutely fuck em in their stupid shithole asses I don’t give enough of a fuck about free games to be okay with them buying Bandcamp only to do FUCK NOTHING with it and then sell it to be hollowed out.

        I started caring about how little artists got paid in the 90s for their music, and it’s just gotten worse with fucking bullshit like Spotify.

        Bandcamp was the last place you could pay for artists directly, which included Bandcamp Fridays where 100% of what you spent went in artists pockets.

        I was able to get high quality lossless FLAC files with NO DRM that I could keep forever.

        Fuck your stupid fucking free games. They destroyed the last good place for musicians. That makes their free games less than worthless bullshit.

        They deserve to be a forgotten footnote from Google.

        • @[email protected]
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          515 days ago

          Hold up sir/madam, is Bandcamp actually dead or is it still kicking? I used to frequent it until the Epic Buyout and honestly haven’t kept up with their goings on. The fact that they bought it just to hold on to it is just ludicrous to me tho, like, they couldn’t find ANYTHING to do with it? Nothing at all? Really?

          • Snot Flickerman
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            615 days ago

            It’s still kicking, but barely, the new owners shitcanned half the staff day one, so while the site is still there and you can currently still buy music, long-term prospects aren’t very good. Songtradr are just money-men, they don’t give a shit about music, here’s an example.

            https://www.sfgate.com/tech/article/bandcamp-bargaining-union-layoffs-songtradr-18432047.php

            Songtradr, Bandcamp’s new owner, wrote in its announcement of the acquisition that it would offer artists the choice to have their music licensed to content creators, game and app developers, and brands. The firm advertises its ability to provide music to TikTok, for example. For the tech company, which has raised over $100 million from investors, Bandcamp is the latest in a long string of acquisitions, according to TechCrunch.

            Songtradr’s editorial blog has marketing-focused articles with titles like “Rock Music is the Perfect Condiment For This Fast Food Brand,” which goes on to methodically and statistically analyze the music in Taco Bell ads. Bandcamp’s most recently published feature, on the other hand, is titled, “Imperial Crystalline Entombment, Black Metal Mysterians, Break the Ice.”

            • @[email protected]
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              315 days ago

              I see. So it’s less “it’s dead” and more “it’s on life support with slim chances to recover”.

              sigh as naive as the hope is, i really want it to make a comeback. It most likely won’t, but I wanna be proven wrong.

      • @[email protected]
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        215 days ago

        That’s the beauty of allowing gaming companies to deliver everything digitally over the internet! All of our digitally purchased goods are one bad quarter of earnings or new CEO desparate to impress an executive board away from having an arbitrary expiration date put upon them. And we will have no recourse other than a class-action lawsuit where each person recoups pennies for each good purchased or mandatory arbitration where we get nothing!

  • @nanoUFOOPM
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    4315 days ago

    That is a lot of companies I don’t like

    • sincle354
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      2115 days ago

      Looks like a Madlibs entry

      NESTLE and THE CCP are teaming up to buy SPAMCALLERS

  • @gravitas_deficiency
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    1915 days ago

    Lmao we are so far beyond “do no evil” that I don’t think we’re even in the same time zone any more.

  • @[email protected]
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    1815 days ago

    As much as I dislike Epic…nah, I wouldn’t wish them that fate (to be bought out and then discarded in the Google graveyard)

  • dindonmasker
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    915 days ago

    I don’t care about the epic games store but i do care about the unreal engine. So this is bad.

    • @sugar_in_your_tea
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      214 days ago

      Eh, as long as Godot exists and stays independent, in happy. Yeah, Unreal Engine is a lot more advanced, but Godot is also quite good and could probably catch up pretty quickly with enough funding.

      • dindonmasker
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        214 days ago

        I’m very new to game dev and it’s pretty hard to make a VR game in unreal. Do you know if godot is good for VR? I heard most people making VR games where using unity because it was the easiest.

        • @sugar_in_your_tea
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          314 days ago

          I haven’t done any VR, so sorry. I know it’s capable, but I have no experience with how well it works.

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    That would mean a really long dark age of gaming as Unity is struggling and everyone moving to Unreal. But they’d 100% destroy this good engine with monetization crap and then we’re left with nothing, or at least only one relatively new engine, which is yet to prove itself.

  • Rikj000
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    715 days ago

    The day that happens, will be the day I delete my account.

    No amount of free games can justify the amount of spy-ware Google/Tencent will bring to the table.

      • Rikj000
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        114 days ago

        Oh my, did not know that, but now I’m srsly tempted to already delete my account D:

    • @sugar_in_your_tea
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      214 days ago

      Eh, I haven’t spent a dime on EGS, so it’s whatever. Steam gets my money because they improve my gaming experience on my chosen platform (Linux), and no amount of free games will replace that.

      If EGS officially supported Linux and invested in the platform, I’d care more. The only thing I’d legitimately be worried about is Unreal Engine, I’m worried Google would screw it up trying to make it mobile first or something.

  • @mindbleach
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    215 days ago

    Google also considered locking down all Android devices like Apple does.

    Which would at least simplify the insufferable horseshit arguments where people can’t defend Apple dictating what software your always-connected pocket supercomputer runs, so they tell you to ‘buy something else.’ Like problems aren’t real unless there’s a gun to your head.

  • @spyd3r
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    115 days ago

    There’s only one way to settle this… 1v1 CTF match.

  • @[email protected]
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    115 days ago

    Exact quote:

    “join up with Tencent to buy 100% of Epic (and then of course we do a lot of deep commercial things with Epic).”

  • @[email protected]
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    I haven’t played any of their games since the original Unreal Tournament, but to everyone else, I hope you’re looking forward to that Google account migration.