Be Happy Games are, relatively, Cheap

Here is a great explanation on why  video games, at least in the United States, are $60. Plus why there is DLC.

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Right to Repair My Stuff

When you buy a product the usual thinking is that once you pay  for it you own it. That means if an item that you own fails you either fix it your self or take it to a local repair shop. That seems reasonable enough when you own something. But over the years companies have increasingly made it harder for anyone who is not a licensed dealer to fix  there products. For example if you have a new model car from any of the Big Three in Detroit you pretty much have to take it to a dealer to get it fixed. The reasoning for that is pretty simple, money. If you were a major corporation would you want third parties making money of your product? Of course not. But instead of just car companies doing this, tech companies like Apple and Microsoft or doing this as well. They are all making there products in a way that you have to go through them to get it fixed.

Well as you can imagine many people don’t like the idea that they don’t have the right to fix the product that they own. That is why many states like my home state of Nebraska are pushing  right to repair laws.

It’s yours. You own it. You shouldn’t have to beg the manufacturer for permission to fix it when it breaks. The Fair Repair Act, or LB 67, is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.  –Nebraska

Now obliviously many manufactures of game consoles, phones and other tech devices are going to argue against these types of laws. The usual arguments against these types of laws is to keep people safe and to prevent hacking. On the safety front I can understand they don’t want little Timmy  cracking open an Xbox One and accidentally electrocuting himself. But anyone who doesn’t mind voiding the warranty will at least have enough sense to turn off the device before opening it. And when it comes to hacking a Xbox One or PS4 that probably already  happens. In manufactures defense I  wouldn’t want to release service information to third parties because it will eventually makes its way to the internet. From strictly a business stand point no one wants to make it easier for anyone to find out how your product works.

On the flip side though if I pay for a product I should be able to fix it. But if I have to essentially ask for permission, getting the manufacture to fix my device, do I really own my product? From what I have observed many manufactures are letting you own the product you own to an extent. Now I would be Ok with this if it wasn’t for the often sub par service when you try to get your device fixed. For example back when I had to get my Xbox 360 fixed I was on the phone for at least a half hour to get the mailing label to send it to them. Then I waited at least 2-4 weeks for it to get fixed. But if I was just able to take it to a local repair shop it probably would have been fixed in 1-4 days.

From a business standpoint I can see why they don’t want these laws but since the process to fix the devices is far from convenient. I rather go to a friendly local repair shop that will at least pretend to care about my broken device. Instead of going through a long painful process where I am just repair number 10,256 out of 50,878.

 

Tim Sweeney Paranoid About Microsoft

So apparently Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic the makers of the Unreal Engine, is pretty much accusing Microsoft  of being ransomware. What happen is that some information was leaked about Windows Cloud which appears to be a light version of the OS for low end machines. Essentially it would be like Google Chrome OS and only have access to apps on the Windows store. This is were Mr. Sweeney puts on his tin foil hat.

He equates that since Windows Cloud only has access to apps on its own store Microsoft is ransoming other programs by forcing you to buy a licenses for Windows Home or Pro. The problem with this reasoning is that according to Life Hackcer “the overarching idea is that it’ll be a speedy, low-overhead version of Windows 10 that can stream content to any device, a bit like a modern spin on Windows RT. ” If that is the case one would not want things like Unreal Engine or Photoshop running on this version of Windows. This OS would primarily try and grab user who primarily use a phone or a tablet. Any one wanting to play on Steam or use the Adobe Suite are not going to even bother with this.

But for whatever reason Tim Sweeney really doesn’t care for Microsoft since this is not the first time he has been mad at them. He also got mad when Microsoft announced their Universal Windows Platform which just means all there products would work together thus making their own work environment. Mr. Sweeney was pissed then too.

Glass Cannon – Alpha Build

Do you like games like Super Smash Brothers? Do you like games made by Indie developers that don’t suck? Then download Glass Cannon, currently in Alpha, and be amazed. Please support my friends at RHO Interactive and enjoy their work.

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Omaha Game Developers Association

 

Above is a intro video that was made for a panel I was on at Nebraskon 2016.  If you happen to be in the Omaha area of Nebraska and like video games, come out to one of our meetings. We meet up every second Thursday at 7pm at DoSpace. Our next meeting is this coming Thursday, January  12, and will have two members as our speakers. If you are interested and would like more information please follow us on social media.

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