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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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Why do so many hardcore gamers insist that PC gaming is superior to gaming consoles?

It’s probably because:

-PCs are upgradeable, and thus are inevitably more powerful

-can be custom built to a wide range of specs, often for a better value

-the games are usually on sale on Steam.

-the games can be modded – and those mods downloaded for free

-If you’re a professional gamer, you probably should game using a keyboard, mouse, 120hz+ refresh rate monitor and high end PC because you would be getting a substantial advantage in your competitive gaming compared to console gamers.

-Also, gaming online is free.

However there are benefits to consoles too:

-Physical releases anyone? PCs rarely have those anymore. Some like to collect the boxes / cases for resale value – something you cannot do with Steam/Origin/Epic games.

-Consoles are easier to set up and use. You dont have to find the right GPU drivers, peripheral drivers, make sure u are running the minimum requirements etc – consoles are pick up and play.

-Console games are in general more stable than PC games. This is because developers know exactly what hardware a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X runs. For PCs, there are thousands of possible configurations. This is why console games crash far less frequently than PC games do.

-Console games have more exclusives. There’s only a handful of modern day AAA games that appear on PC only. Almost every recent game on PC you can find on console. The same cannot be said of console games. I can name a few games on PS4 – Yakuza 6, Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Last of Us, Infamous, Spiderman – that are only available on PS4. Xbox One games almost always appear on PCs so almost no exclusives there. Red Dead Redemption 2 and Kingdom Hearts III are exclusive to only PS4/Xbox One. Nintendo Switch – Nintendo games are always exclusive so thats a major reason to keep at least one console and a PC.

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Tech

Top 10 coolest/most innovative mobile computers (2019 edition)

Here are my top 10 most innovative/coolest mobile computers. Note: I define mobile computers as anything that is portable or can fit in a luggage bag – and runs on a desktop OS. No iPads or mobile phones here.

10. Dell Adamo XPS (2010)

Dell came up with the thinnest laptop on the market in 2010 and one of the thinnest all time – only 10mm thin. They accomplished this by having the keyboard recess into the lid, the lid acting as a kind of ‘storage’ for the keyboard. And also a heat strip where the laptop opens with the swipe of a finger. pretty cool.

9b. Dell XPS M2010 (2006)

The father of the desktop replacement, this massive 20 incher weighed 20lbs! but folded into a briefcase so technically it was ‘portable’ and thus qualifies for this list. Still the fact that Dell thought up such a beastly machine over 13 years ago, is why it belongs on this list.

9a. Acer Predator 21X (2017)

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Have to put this as a tie with the Dell because this is really pushing the limits of what could be considered a desktop replacement. A massive 21 inch curved screen device that weighs 20lbs and packs a huge amount of power this may as well just be a desktop at this point.

8. Asus ROG Mothership (2019)

One of the coolest laptops unveiled at this year’s CES, the Asus ROG mothership is basically a battery powered all-in-one PC with high end specs. Core i9, 144hz display, RTX 2080, its all there – and the keyboard is detachable so that gamers can use their own keyboard/mouse without the built in one taking up space like in most gaming laptops.

7. Porsche Design Book One (2017)

Yes its similar to the Microsoft SurfaceBook – but it has one key difference which is a 360 degree Yoga hinge. This means the Book One combines the Lenovo Yoga’s convertible form factor with the Surface Book’s detachable hinge. It’s the only computer with this design.

6. Acer Aspire R7 (2013)

A laptop that looks like the Starship Enterprise – this laptop has a screen that can be lifted upwards and moved closer much like an easel – this is geared towards artists and creators, but the screen can also flip backwards as well – and the touchpad above the keyboard. Very unique.

5b. Acer Iconia 6120 (2010)

A dual touchscreen notebook where you can use pretty much anything on the bottom screen, including a custom keyboard. This predates the Lenovo YogaBook by several years and is still an interesting design today.

5a. Toshiba Libretto W700 (2010)

Toshiba Libretto W105-L251 review: Toshiba Libretto W105-L251 - CNET

Coming out at around the same time as the Acer Iconia, this dual screen netbook also featured dual touch screens, again – WAY before dual screen multitouch devices were a thing. 

4. Sony Vaio UX (2006)

The ultimate UMPC, the Vaio UX is still a marvel of design and engineering. It ran Windows XP (can be upgraded all the way to Windows 10) and can fit in your pocket! It was the first computer to have an SSD and had a fingerprint scanner over a decade before it was commonplace on notebooks. Truly an amazing piece of tech.

3. Razer Edge Pro (2013)

Razer Edge Pro was a gaming tablet that ran a Core i7 with a GTX 640LE and paired it with a console grade gaming controller. This idea was very unique and allowed users to play Windows games on the go in a form factor much smaller than gaming laptops – and way before the Nintendo Switch as well.

2. Asus Zenbook Pro Duo (2019)

Just announced at this Computex 2019, the Zenbook Pro Duo packs a 15″ 4K OLED display along with a secondary 14″ 4K display AND a third numpad/trackpad display AND a RTX 2060 graphics card. This thing is the coolest computer I’ve seen in quite a while, and I’m excited!

  1. Onkyo DX (2010)

Technically this would belong to Razer’s Project Valerie if they ever made that laptop, but since they didn’t – this netbook gets it. It has a dual display – one display slides out from under the other – and its also a convertible display on top of that! I have no idea why this design idea was not adopted by other makers but out of all PC makers – Onkyo – an audio equipment maker was the one to come up with this. Surprising.