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General

Why are so many gamers opposed to using the EPIC game store?

Because gamers are being selfish, no more no less.

They want everything to be one platform because its more convenient to them – not caring about what it actually means to the developers themselves. Do you think developers would willingly fracture the PC gaming base? No of course not. Developers chose Epic exclusivity because Epic gives them a better revenue split. Developers get a better deal from Epic than from Valve.

Epic’s newer games will be exclusively available through its store and the company plans to fund developers to release exclusively through their store, using revenue guarantees to developers that opt for this, with Epic paying the difference should a game underperform. For other developers, Epic takes only a 12% share of revenue, the rest going to the developer, and for any games developed using the Unreal Engine, Epic forgoes the 5% revenue-based fee for those games sold through their storefront. Of that revenue fee, Epic pays for other services such as content delivery services, and ends up with about 5% of the gross revenue, though with economies of scale, this could increase to 6-7%

Epic is guaranteeing a certain amount of revenue for the developer, and taking only a 12% share of revenue. They also pay for other services and could end up taking as little as 5% of revenue.

Compare this to Valve’s policy

Valve typically has taken about 30 percent of all Steam sales through the platform, with a few exceptions from other utilizing the Steam Direct platform. Now, for game sales between $10 million and $50 million, developers will earn revenue split at 25 percent. For every sale after $50 million, Steam will only take 20 percent from the game’s overall earnings.

Valve takes around 20–30% of revenue.

So which one do you think developers will choose? The platform which takes 5%-12% or the one which takes 20%-30%? It’s a no brainer.

So gamers who hate on the Epic Store and want all their games to be on Steam are basically telling developers to go take a 8%-18% pay cut because they want all their games in one place. I would think that most gamers would support the developer (often small ones, like indie devs) over the big greedy corporations like Valve, but it doesn’t seem like it in this case.

And in addition:

What does it actually cost gamers to use Epic Store? Nothing. Just the minor inconvenience of not having all their games in one place, that’s literally it. Epic Launcher costs nothing to download, and account creation takes literally a few minutes. People have compared this to a Playstation vs Xbox thing – it’s not comparable – Epic launcher is free to use, there’s no additional cost associated with it at all, nothing taking up space in your living room, it’s an extra desktop icon that’s it.

Epic has also been offering free games every 2 weeks for this entire year. Here are some of the games I’ve gotten completely for free just for using the Epic Launcher: RIME, Transistor, Celeste, Alan Wake, Batman Arkham Knight, Everything, INSIDE, Lego Batman, Metro 2033 Redux – basically saving me hundreds of dollars in return for what? taking 5 minutes to create an account and having an additional icon on my desktop? Not to mention your desktop probably already has Battle.NET, Origin, Bethesda Launcher, UPlay launcher – none of those get the same hate as Epic does for some reason.

People who are hating on Epic store are being irrational. It costs nothing to use it. Epic is a much better platform revenue-wise for developers than Valve. They are also missing out on free games to boot.

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Asia

Why does China blanket ban all sex and violence from entertainment instead of creating a rating system like in other countries (Japan, Korea, America, Europe etc)?

I really don’t know.

The most common explanation given is that by banning all sex and violence from entertainment, that keeps Chinese society stable and safe and lowers the crime rate and thats why China is so safe.

But is that really the reason? Or is it more culture-related? Let’s look at the world map here

We can see from the statistics here that the violent crime rate does not seem to be related to whether a country has sex/violence banned in entertainment or not – Japan in fact has the world’s lowest violent crime rate and it even has legal pornography!

You can see that violent crime is first and foremost related to the economy – poor economic countries tend to have higher crime rates.

A lot of the safer countries – Canada, most of Europe, Australia, Korea, Japan – have rating systems for their entertainment and sex/violence in entertainment is not banned merely restricted.

So I am not totally sure why the CCP thinks censoring ALL sex/violence in entertainment is a good idea because like the link says – it hurts their entertainment industry and their ability to export their movies or games. Japan meanwhile – the largest video game exporting country in the world. Wonder why that is. Could it be because of all the sexy characters?

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Sports

If 2K games asked you to make a sequel to NBA 2K12 showcasing 15 legendary teams who would you add?

Interesting question.

For reference, here’s the 15 legends and teams that NBA 2K12 had (with additional HOFers on each team in brackets):

  1. Bill Russell – 1965 Celtics (Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, John Havlicek) vs 1965 Lakers (Jerry West, Elgin Baylor)
  2. Oscar Robertson – 1971 Bucks (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Dandridge) vs 1971 Hawks (Pete Maravich)
  3. Jerry West – 1971 Lakers (Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Wilt Chamberlain) vs 1971 Bucks (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson)
  4. Wilt Chamberlain – 1972 Lakers (Jerry West, Gail Goodrich) vs 1972 Knicks (Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dave Debusschere)
  5. Dr J – 1985 76ers (Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Charles Barkley) vs 1985 Bucks (Sidney Moncrief)
  6. Larry Bird – 1986 Celtics (Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, Bill Walton) vs 1986 Hawks (Dominique Wilkins)
  7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 1987 Lakers (Magic Johnson, James Worthy) vs 1987 Celtics (Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, Bill Walton)
  8. Isiah Thomas – 1989 Pistons (Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman) vs 1989 Bulls (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen)
  9. Magic Johnson – 1991 Lakers (James Worthy) vs 1991 Trailblazers (Clyde Drexler, Drazen Petrovic)
  10. Scottie Pippen – 1993 Bulls (Michael Jordan) vs 1993 Hornets (Alonzo Mourning)
  11. Hakeem Olajuwon – 1994 Rockets vs 1994 Nuggets (Dikembe Mutombo)
  12. Patrick Ewing – 1995 Knicks vs 1995 Magic (Shaq)
  13. Michael Jordan – 1996 Bulls (Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman) vs 1996 Sonics (Gary Payton)
  14. Karl Malone – 1998 Jazz (John Stockton) vs 1998 Lakers (Shaq, Kobe Bryant)
  15. John Stockton – 1998 Jazz (Karl Malone) vs 1998 Spurs (David Robinson, Tim Duncan)

How 2K12 chose their 15 players is interesting to me – I mean they mostly got it right except for the off inclusion of Patrick Ewing who I don’t think anybody besides hardcore Knicks fans would really include as a top 15 player all time. Using the 1985 76ers is also an odd inclusion but it’s most likely because they wanted to get Charles Barkley in (but eventually couldn’t due to licensing issues) – the 1983 version is almost better in every way.

So here’s what I would change to get it up to speed to 2019 (and assuming I have all the licenses of every NBA legend including notoriously Charles Barkley who has been reluctant to include himself in NBA games for years)

  1. Bill Russell – 1960 Celtics (Sam Jones, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman) vs 1960 Hawks (Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan) – I chose the 1960 team because it gives us Cousy and Sharman and we get to see the perennially underrated Bob Pettit as well
  2. Oscar Robertson – 1971 Bucks (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Dandridge) vs 1971 Hawks (Pete Maravich) – I have no problems with keeping this matchup the same
  3. Wilt Chamberlain – 1967 76ers (Chet Walker, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham) vs 1967 Warriors (Rick Barry, Nate Thurmond) – not only is this Wilt’s best team but we get a whopping 5 new HOFers because of it! Have no idea why 2K didn’t use this team in 2K12.
  4. Jerry West – 1970 Lakers (Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Wilt Chamberlain) vs 1970 Knicks (Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Dave Debusschere, Bill Bradley) – Why not the 1972 version? because I want to keep Elgin Baylor that’s why
  5. Dr J – 1983 76ers (Moses Malone, Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks) vs 1983 Bucks (Sidney Moncrief, Bob Lanier, Marques Johnson) – The 1983 version is strictly better than the 1985 version and gives us Bobby Jones as well. Same with the Bucks we get 2 extra HOFers there too.
  6. Larry Bird – 1986 Celtics (Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, Bill Walton) vs 1986 Rockets (Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson) – changing the Hawks to the Rockets, sorry Dominique and sorry Hakeem you’re not headlining a spot anymore
  7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 1985 Lakers (Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes) vs 1985 Celtics (Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson) – It makes sense for this to be the 1985 Lakers because it’s Kareem’s favorite Showtime team and the one he won Finals MVP with, and also gets us McAdoo and Wilkes as well.
  8. Magic Johnson – 1988 Lakers (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy) vs 1988 Pistons (Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley) – Sorry Isiah I demoted you from headline status but you still get a secondary role as Magic’s opponent
  9. Michael Jordan – 1993 Bulls (Scottie Pippen) vs 1993 Suns (Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson) – This is when MJ was at his peak – and we just gotta include a Barkley team so this is it
  10. Karl Malone – 1998 Jazz (John Stockton) vs 1998 Spurs (David Robinson, Tim Duncan) – keeping this one more or less as is

Removed Patrick Ewing, demoted Hakeem, Isiah, Stockton and Pippen to make way for:

11. John Havlicek – 1976 Celtics (Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White) vs 1976 Bullets (Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Dave Bing) – we get a whopping 5 new HOFers to play with in this matchup!

12. Shaq – 2001 Lakers (Kobe Bryant) vs 2001 76ers (Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo) – this is clearly the best team of the Shaq-Kobe Lakers and we get the ever popular Iverson here as well

13. Kobe Bryant – 2008 Lakers (Pau Gasol) vs 2008 Celtics (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo) – we get an extra 5 HoFers added in this matchup as well

14. Lebron James – 2013 Heat (Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen) vs 2013 Spurs (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard) – we get probably the best matchup between the two leading dynasties of the era and a whopping 8 HoFers playing in this matchup!

15. Stephen Curry – 2018 Warriors (Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) vs 2018 Rockets (James Harden, Chris Paul) – the Rockets were the toughest matchup for the Warriors Dynasty (sorry Cavs) and this way we get a good 6 HoFers out of it. Sorry KD I put Curry as the headliner because he was the de facto leader of the dynasty.

That’s the 15 teams I would choose for the next ‘Legends’ showcase I think these are better choices and add considerably more depth and more HoF talent for players to play with