I know Avengers: Endgame is the big topic on the internet this week, but I hadn’t seen it when we recorded this show. I saw it Sunday, and I’m sure we’ll talk about it next week.
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Epic Tweets
If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 25, 2019
Do read the entire tweet thread for context.
04:49 Steam facts!
Here is the video where I learned all these facts about Steam. It’s a business talk to game developers so it’s a bit dry, but it’s full of interesting facts. Also, sorry for calling these people “kids”. It’s just that the world looks younger to me every day.
28:23 Kerbal Space Program: The Much-Needed Update!
38:52 Mailbag: Serving a Niche
2.5 / 10 question
I wanted to write this question last week, but didn’t know how to formulate it without sounding like a… not a nice person. I hope I don’t sound like that now. But since you’ve touched this topic on escapist, I decided to give a try.
You’ve likely heard that Sekiro is the 4th most played game on Steam ( https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-03-24-sekiro-shadow-die-twice-is-already-steams-fourth-most-played-game ). Now, with all the talk about easy mode and such, one could make an argument, that “why would they need to expand their audience”, but I’m not interested in this. I’m just wondering, what if unapologetically sticking to the niche leads to more mainstream success? I’ve heard a similar observation about wrestling (I know nothing about it), that it was most successful when it worked for a certain age groups. Like one era was very successful because it was aimed at kids, other – at teens. But because they were so good at working with this niche, other, older, age groups became more interested and ratings risen up. I wonder, if we have a similar effect here. Do you think it makes sense?
Best regards, DeadlyDark
46:04 Mailbag: HuniePop2
Are you waiting for HuniePop2 after their new teaser trailer?
Best regards, DeadlyDark
For the curious, here is my write-up on the game.
Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Shamus Plays LOTRO
As someone who loves Tolkein lore and despises silly MMO quests, this game left me deeply conflicted.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
The Biggest Game Ever
Just how big IS No Man's Sky? What if you made a map of all of its landmass? How big would it be?
Why I Hated Resident Evil 4
Ever wonder how seemingly sane people can hate popular games? It can happen!