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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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General

I’m not known to spend money wisely…and how I use my facebook

How bad is my spending habits? Well I logged into Mint.com, and took a look – and it ain’t pretty. Here’s where I spending went:

-Kickstarter projects: $1,849 (since 2014)
-Steam games: $2,747 (since 2014)
-Magic online: $333 (since 2011)
-Amazon: $24,751 (since 2011)
-Ebay/Paypal: $14,422 (since 2011)
-SFMTA (parking tickets + scooter towing): $3,987
-Diablo 3: $285
-iTunes (Hearthstone,movies,music,apps): $1,411
-Playstation online games: $400
-Nintendo online games: $350
-AT&T (phone bills): $6,564
-Comcast (internet): $1,718
-UPS (shipping): $1,265
-Management fee for condo (since 2013): $13,503

Yeah.. thats alot of money spent. Especially on phone bills and parking tickets. Yikes. I usually buy all my computer & guitar stuff and Magic physical cards on eBay so u have an idea of how much I spent there. And everything else on Amazon.

But yeah… 265 Steam games is way overkill. 60+ PS3/PS4 games is overkill. 1000+ magic cards, both physical and online, are overkill. PS Vita/DS games i never play are overkill. I gotta stop spending so much on things I don’t use…

One thing I want to say about me, is that I’m not afraid to share my opinions online, and I’m not afraid of people judging me. That may be the most un-korean thing about me, but I don’t care. I’m not Korean. I’m a mix of Korean thinking and Western thinking. I don’t want to cause any conflict or offend anyone, but since I tend to use my Facebook as my diary to write down my thoughts, some people take issue over that. The thing is I don’t only want to post “happy” things on my Facebook because thats not an accurate depiction of my life. Facebook tracks my life at certain moments in time, and certainly I’m not happy all the time. I want to remember all my emotions, happy, sad, depressed, lonely, etc. so that’s why I write everything online. That’s why I would rather have some controversial posts than to have it be devoid of nothing at all. And despite what some people say, Facebook is not a “public” place. It’s a private place! It’s limited to a circle of people that you let in. It’s not a public blog like this, where everyone and anyone can see it. Facebook posts are private to your friends only unless you make it public. So.. if some people take issue with the fact that I’m brutally honest with my posts, then I’m fine with that, because those people who matter, won’t mind, and those who mind, won’t matter.

All time lakers/celtics vs All time non lakers/celtics
Since the Lakers/Celtics have won approximately half of all the NBA championships I’ve decided to pit the all time combined Lakers/Celtics team against the all time non lakers/celtics players, and the matchup is pretty even according to my NBA 2K simulation runs.. each team wins about half the time against each other. Take a look here:

All Time Lakers-Celtics:
Magic/West
Kobe/Havlicek
Bird/Baylor
Russell/Mchale
Kareem/Shaq

All Time Non-Lakers-Celtics:
Oscar/Isiah
Jordan/Wade
Lebron/Erving
Karl/Duncan
Hakeem/Moses

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db9Q33bX4rg
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_cWCOMEYsk

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Tech

Comments on recent news and trends

I haven’t done a commentary on current or slightly old events for a while now… about time I did this! Maybe I will v-log it as well (also something I haven’t done in a while).

Edit: v-logs are here!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtfPZdRCx8s

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo6IVaXZ3rM

Tech trends…
Hmm. Let me give me opinion on some tech trends.

regarding VR, I think its really cool that Oculus Rift has some competition, now that Valve/HTC are entering the VR market, Microsoft made something awesome, and I hope in the future we can all watch first person porn. (Seriously tho, VR movies will probably be better than those 3D glasses).

regarding Apple Watch, It’s overpriced for what it is. I mean, you’re gonna pay $350-17k for something that will be obsolete in 2 years, and needs an Apple device to function? I’ll just take the Pebble Time Steel instead, which lasts 10 days, looks similar, works with both Apple and Android, can go swimming with it, can use any normal 22mm band, etc.

iPad Air 2/iPad Mini 3, yeah I know they came out last October but I want to make a quick note that the iPad 2, a tablet that was introduced by Steve Jobs before he died, was still being sold until very recently. In that keynote they introduced like 5 different iPads being sold at the same time! Including the iPad Mini 3 which was barely different than the Mini 2. Steve would have been rolling in his grave!
This is the clearest example of Apple caring more about profits than innovation now. You think Steve Jobs would have sold the 5th generation iPad Nano alongside the 6th generation and the previous generations of the iPods and iPhones at the same time as the new generation?? He hated confusing consumers. Thats why I miss Steve.
On a side note, how are anyone going to keep selling tablets? For what most people do with tablets, reading books, surfing the web and watching video, a 2011 tablet is good enough and there’s no reason to upgrade like there is with laptops and phones (which we do more things with). It’s an interesting conundrum.

MS killing off IE…, well I’m glad that IE is dead (even though Asia will keep on using it), and I’m sure most people are, even though its fall from grace from 95% market share as IE6 to now is well documented, I’m still worried about Having another new browser to support, which still uses Trident I believe. And also, I hope Win 10 is at least as good as 7. (I haven’t touched Win 8 with a ten foot pole since it came out).

Sony…, I love Sony and its products. I’ve always thought that they were the Japanese Apple. Great design, but high prices. Unfortunately they can’t market their products well and its sad to see them slashing so much, because a lot of Sony’s products are great. I love the PS Vita, I love my Xperia Z3C phone, I loved the Sony HMZT3 headset (which I did a review of), I love their headphones, computers, TVs, Alpha cameras and Walkmans as well, but I guess people don’t really appreciate them, which is too bad.

Steam games, I’ve bought a lot of them lately and I hope to do some gameplay videos soon. If people see my youtube, they know that I’m a big fan of Starcraft 2, Magic Online, Hearthstone and NBA 2K, but I also played Diablo 3 a lot with my friends, and Dungeon Defenders as well. Someday I can post some gameplay on those games, as well as some more obscure DOS titles or something. I love this new game though, its called Toxikk and it’s about bringing back good old school FPS action back! Like Unreal Tournament and Quake 3, which I loved to play back in the day. I will do a review of this game soon.
Also, probably the best mobile game I’ve played in a while, Monument Valley, probably ranks up there with The Unfinished Swan and Journey as the most visually beautiful games I’ve ever played.

regarding drones…, Drones are a new fad just like VR is these days, and I like the idea a lot. I’ve always wanted a little drone who auto follows me whereever I go and helps me shoot pictures and video. I’ve been on many trips where I wish I had someone shoot video of me because I was always the one holding the camcorder, so I couldn’t shoot myself. I guess the main things are a drone needs to be able to follow you using accurate GPS and bluetooth connection, and have good battery life. The Drones from DJI and Parrot I’ve seen can’t go beyond 30min of battery which is too short. Thats the main improvement that needs to happen.

Swift code, I love the idea since Apple came out with this last year. I’ve always wanted to make iPhone apps, but didn’t want to learn Objective C. Now I got a JS-like language to work with, and it should be easier to transition to it. If I have time and a good app idea, I would definitely use it.

Raspberry Pi 2, I love how the technology has made it so that a computer board is now $35. I’ve always been interested in small computers, gadgets and robots, and this makes it so that any hobbyist can make a computer now if they get a case and some parts from Amazon. (Shed a tear for Radioshack though), it was one of my favorite stores when I was a kid. Someday I will build a portable UMPC-like computer, and the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Beagle Board, and co definitely helps.

The New Macbook, what do I think about it? Hmm.. it has potential, but I feel like they could have stuck another USB-C port in there. I like the idea of having a port that does everything, but I don’t like that they only put one. I guess I’m a little old school, since my Thinkpad still has an old 720p display, non touchscreen, and has 10 different ports including an old VGA port. But I am very impressed by how far technology has come along, fanless and decent performance, and 10 hours+ of battery life.
I remember back in the days of netbooks when every computer had a noisy fan, 3 hours of battery life was average, and was pretty thick and bulky. My classmate carried around a 17inch 10-pound beast of a gaming laptop (a Dell XPS 17). Now Razer is making Macbook Air-sized Gaming laptops (Razer Blade). Crazy. Now I really wish OEMs will start making UMPCs again. They died out in 2010 because they were underpowered and expensive, but now I believe you can make a UMPC that is tiny, fanless (Core M processor), good battery life (10hrs+), good performance (4GB+ RAM), and only needs one port (USB-C)! Somebody get on that!

Spiderman is coming to Marvel. YES. Spiderman is my favorite superhero since I used to watch the animated series when I was young, and he should have been in the Avengers all along. Can’t wait to see him fight alongside Cap and Iron Man.

Favorite movies…, I watched Kings Men a few days ago. Violent, but overall pretty good movie. My favorite movies from last year were Guardians of the Galaxy (fantastic, better than Avengers), Interstellar (on par with Inception), and Big Hero 6 (better than Frozen and other Disney movies IMO). Hope Avengers 2 does not disappoint!

NBA MVP.., I know I should probably comment on NBA events now. The MVP should be James Harden. The guy is averaging 27/6/7, and yes Russell Westbrook puts up better numbers right now, but he isn’t nearly as efficient, and Stephen Curry has a lot of help. Anthony Davis or Lebron James in a vacuum, would be the MVP, but MVPs aren’t voted in a vacuum, else Jordan would have won 8 straight. Also, I’m glad that Kobe is out. He’s still overrated and inefficient, and selfish, and I feel that both Iverson and Kobe’s MVPs should have gone to Shaq and Chris Paul, respectively. This is MVP we are talking about here, not the scoring leader.
As for NBA Finals, my predictions are Memphis Grizzlies vs Atlanta Hawks. I’m hoping the Hawks and Warriors will put to rest the misconception that you need ‘superstars’ to win. The 04 Pistons won without a superstar, and arguably the ’11 Mavericks as well since Dirk was out of his prime.

Other news…
I found a website that can clone your pets as a plushie for you. Good idea. I will definitely do that for my cat.
This guitar pedal. A band in a box? Sign me up!
Also, still awaiting the release of Fallout 4, SC2 legacy of the void, Rock band 4, Yakuza 5 in English, and Just Cause 3. Get working on these games people!

Thats all the updates I have for now, in the meantime I made some guitar videos for fun:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gWHUR-7eVo

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsqhVvMIld4

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpkUPI0oOxg