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19 hours ago, spork said:

Why on earth would you want features like that?!

 

Indeed. On the plus side, they have recently improved the search slightly in that it'll now parse partial matches (eg. "Jour" will return "Journey") and builds a suggestion list on the fly. They've also added the ability to search by tag and genre as well although this is all limited to the search box, there's no filter list/menu or ability to click on tags in the game page to find others so you're still stabbing in the dark a bit. I'm still baffled how or why such basic storefront stuff like that wasn't in from the start, presumably this is running with some sort of nosql repository so enriching the search should be utterly trivial. 

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19 hours ago, stefcha said:

 

Indeed. On the plus side, they have recently improved the search slightly in that it'll now parse partial matches (eg. "Jour" will return "Journey") and builds a suggestion list on the fly. They've also added the ability to search by tag and genre as well although this is all limited to the search box, there's no filter list/menu or ability to click on tags in the game page to find others so you're still stabbing in the dark a bit. I'm still baffled how or why such basic storefront stuff like that wasn't in from the start, presumably this is running with some sort of nosql repository so enriching the search should be utterly trivial. 

 

It feels like they have 1 grad dev working on it.   

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Oh yeah forgot to update my refund fiasco. So after epic approved my refund (twice) and not getting the money after two or so months they said it isn't their problem. I tweeted the egs store account and thst was ignored too so I complained directly to their payment merchant (xsola I think) and got the funds in a few days when I did that. 

 

That should have been epics job to figure that out but guess telling customers not to fuck off and fix their refund problem themselves is maybe a feature in a later update? 

 

Sincerely 

 

Rich entitled angry snobby pc gamer 

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Some great games they've been giving out. I still regret not grabbing Edith Finch. 

 

Most of these games apart from the first few, have been in previous Humble Bundle monthlies so I've got most of them already , not that I can complain if they're free.

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Celeste was my 2018 GotY - it's punishing but quite kind with checkpoints, and you could probably blast through the main chapters during the free period.

 

But yeah: gorgeous presentation, great music, tight gameplay and a surprisingly touching story. Do play. :) 

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Just started playing my first game from the Epic Store: Subnautica, which was the first free game iirc. What a lovely game to get for nothing.

 

Steam scares me these days. I haven't even had a gaming PC for very long but I have an incredibly intimidating pile of shame that makes me sad every time I open it, and the layout of everything screams 2003 (why is my username an old ntlworld email address that I lost access to a long time ago?).

 

The Epic games storefront certainly has its own issues, but there's something about the games library - with its colourful game art, and extensive collection of quality games that I nabbed for free -  that's quite inviting to me. It's like a carefully-curated bookshelf I want to slowly work my way through. My Steam library is a manky CD folder filled with pirated PS1 games with the titles scribbled in Sharpie.

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3 hours ago, RJ Badman said:

I know nothing about the Epic Store, other than it's apparently Satan incarnate, and it's allegedly paying more to developers than Steam and is helping Oddworld Inhabitants with a sales advance. Is it actually bad, or is it just anti-Fortnite knobbers kicking up a fuss?

 

It’s just another PC storefront that currently lacks most of Steams bells and whistles (the overlay) and erm a shopping basket. If not having your entire PC library in one place bothers you then I guess it getting exclusives is upsetting, but given I currently have erm seven? (Uplay, Origin, GOG, Epic, Twitch, Bethesda and Steam) and they all run the games personally I have no concerns. Apparently they aren’t too hot at refunds either

 

Its a whole lot of fuss over nothing really and they’ve garnered masses of good will from me by giving away one or two free games every week (and having a semi decent sale a month or two ago).

 

 

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Apart from the "iS ePic StoaR teH eViL?" discussion even if you don't have a gaming PC at the moment, I can't emphasize enough that it's more than worth it to create an Epic account on the website. Then you can add the free games to your account every few weeks, all you need is a device with a browser. And then once you do have a gaming PC, you'll have a massive library of games ready to go.

 

So far, all of the free games have varied from good to great, they're not choosing any old game to give away. It's more than worth the hassle to click on a few icons every few weeks!

 

Edit: between the Epic Store freebies and Game Pass I barely have any reason to spend money on games anymore! :lol:

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14 hours ago, SuperNashwan said:

It's really not much to do with Fortnite and more to do with the longstanding expectation in PC gaming for things to be open and community oriented. For the same reason that the Oculus store buying up developer exclusivity was badly received, or Valve and Bethesda trying to set up a shop for mods had a massive backlash, the Epic Games Store has met with a poor reception, as having store exclusives only benefits Epic's shareholders while disadvantaging PC consumers. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has been complaining at length on Twitter about how monopolistic Valve is, ignoring that in a world where CDNs are cheap, Steam continues to have relevance only for its large suite of features Epic has no chance of copying any time soon, with a 15+ years headstart. No game specific forums, no reviews, no game collection curation, a much shallower modding community, no discovery tools, no strategy guides, no advanced controller configuration, no Linux support etc etc. For example, Valve has just released a much improved beta suggestion tool based on machine learning that Epic hasn't the catalogue or the raw user data to replicate. Pile on top of this that Epic has bought out Kickstarted games that previously promised Steam keys and you have the most anti-consumer thing a major player has attempted in the PC space since Ubisoft tried to make all their PC games online-only. Epic are trying to use their vast Fortnite wealth (and Tencent patronage) to buy their way into being a relevant PC shopfront, without doing anything that would make that meangingful to the average consumer, while holding a bunch of games hostage to their platform. Some people think that's kind of shitty. To be clear, Valve aren't the good guys here, they've been caught flagrantly ignoring consumer rights legislation in the past, but EGS is pissing people off like they're the new EA. Here's one indie dev explaining how they don't want to be a casualty caught in the crossfire.

 

This is the clearest demonstration of the kind of weirdo who hates the epic store I’ve seen so far. A weird, incoherent wall of text filled with imaginary bullshit.

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3 minutes ago, Broker said:

 

This is the clearest demonstration of the kind of weirdo who hates the epic store I’ve seen so far. A weird, incoherent wall of text filled with imaginary bullshit.

 

:lol: Jesus Christ.

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43 minutes ago, Broker said:

 

This is the clearest demonstration of the kind of weirdo who hates the epic store I’ve seen so far. A weird, incoherent wall of text filled with imaginary bullshit.

You have genuine issues. :lol: 

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On 25/08/2019 at 06:35, SuperNashwan said:

It's really not much to do with Fortnite and more to do with the longstanding expectation in PC gaming for things to be open and community oriented. For the same reason that the Oculus store buying up developer exclusivity was badly received, or Valve and Bethesda trying to set up a shop for mods had a massive backlash, the Epic Games Store has met with a poor reception, as having store exclusives only benefits Epic's shareholders while disadvantaging PC consumers. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has been complaining at length on Twitter about how monopolistic Valve is, ignoring that in a world where CDNs are cheap, Steam continues to have relevance only for its large suite of features Epic has no chance of copying any time soon, with a 15+ years headstart. No game specific forums, no reviews, no game collection curation, a much shallower modding community, no discovery tools, no strategy guides, no advanced controller configuration, no Linux support etc etc. For example, Valve has just released a much improved beta suggestion tool based on machine learning that Epic hasn't the catalogue or the raw user data to replicate. Pile on top of this that Epic has bought out Kickstarted games that previously promised Steam keys and you have the most anti-consumer thing a major player has attempted in the PC space since Ubisoft tried to make all their PC games online-only. Epic are trying to use their vast Fortnite wealth (and Tencent patronage) to buy their way into being a relevant PC shopfront, without doing anything that would make that meangingful to the average consumer, while holding a bunch of games hostage to their platform. Some people think that's kind of shitty. To be clear, Valve aren't the good guys here, they've been caught flagrantly ignoring consumer rights legislation in the past, but EGS is pissing people off like they're the new EA. Here's one indie dev explaining how they don't want to be a casualty caught in the crossfire.

I really need a browser extension that highlights this word in flashing red letters so I don't waste time reading nonsense.

 

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I think Epic are trying to carve a niche for their store in quite a clumsy way. But I also suspect that a very large crossover between the people (and, very obviously, botnets) screaming their heads off about everything Epic do and cash-poor, time-rich teenage boys who spend hours each day emailing devs pretending to be YouTubers to cadge free Steam keys.

 

I'd honestly prefer for there to be a standardised way to buy directly from devs than give any percentage to Valve or Epic, neither of whom are suited to the role of platform gatekeepers.

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Got to say I'm loving all this free shit. Think it pretty much outweighs me being forced to install the thing to play Shenmue 3.

 

Came across some slight annoyances today using it for the first time (was previously just using the website to claim the freebies), to play Overcooked. I have three controllers which work with my PC - an Xbone, a Steam Controller and a PS4 controller. The latter is a bit of a pain to pair so I went with the first two. Steam Controller was recognised as a keyboard. TBF that's Valve's issue as that's just how the controller represents itself unless in an appliction where the Steam Overlay is running. Ultimately Valve's brilliant controller support is something Epic should aspire to at least match, if not surpass, though.

 

Another thing they could take inspiration from is the download management. Currently there is no way to throttle bandwidth when installing games. So on a shitty ADSL connection, it's pretty much impossible to do anything else with the internet when downloading something. Seems like a fairly basic requirement?

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