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October 17th, 2018, 13:45
Discord's Store Beta is now open to everyone which you can read about at their blog site.

The First “First On Discord” Games

As part of launching our boutique store experience, we’re bringing some new games to life for the first time ever. These fancy fresh First on Discord games will be available first on Discord (get it) for PC.

We’re really excited to show these off today.

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October 17th, 2018, 13:45
These games will launch First on Discord which means they’re exclusive on PC to Discord for usually 90 days.
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90 days is a bit long but at least it's just time.
Also not so sure they'll ever have a game I want asap.
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Some of the games might even be nearly finished, three months after release.
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October 17th, 2018, 15:50
Indeed. Ninety days is usually when I start thinking about possibly exploring a new game!
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These games will launch First on Discord which means they’re exclusive on PC to Discord for usually 90 days.
So PC games are now becoming timed exclusives?

Thought I've seen everything nowadays.

Hope no large developers release first on that platform.
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October 17th, 2018, 18:40
WTF? This is a good thing!? Oh, but how excited I am to get to install another digital platform for games. Man, can never have enough of those… Steam, GoG, Origins… gimme more 'cause I love a fractured marketplace with exclusives!! So consumer-friendly!
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October 17th, 2018, 18:42
Originally Posted by SSIGuy View Post
WTF? This is a good thing!? Oh, but how excited I am to get to install another digital platform for games. Man, can never have enough of those… Steam, GoG, Origins… gimme more 'cause I love a fractured marketplace with exclusives!! So consumer-friendly!
Well if you want cheaper prices, you have to suck it up
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I still think what we need is a decentralised system for game ownership, where we're not locked into one particular platform. I mean, in a sense, Steam is no different than Origin - it's a market controlled by a particular game company. Valve just got there first. I think competition would be a good thing, but we need to solve the problem of proliferating platforms locking us into their particular DRM clients.
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Originally Posted by SSIGuy View Post
WTF? This is a good thing!? Oh, but how excited I am to get to install another digital platform for games. Man, can never have enough of those… Steam, GoG, Origins… gimme more 'cause I love a fractured marketplace with exclusives!! So consumer-friendly!
Not a good thing but expect more as publishers also want a bigger piece of the pie. It's the same thing happening with all the Netflix clone competitors being launched.
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One solution would be a co-operative distribution system, that only takes enough of a cut to cover its operations, and provides economies of scale to all studios and publishers, and one port of call for all customers. I won't hold my breath, though.
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I still think what we need is a decentralised system for game ownership, where we're not locked into one particular platform. I mean, in a sense, Steam is no different than Origin - it's a market controlled by a particular game company. Valve just got there first. I think competition would be a good thing, but we need to solve the problem of proliferating platforms locking us into their particular DRM clients.
It will be nice to have some sort of "open DRM" platform where multiple store can plug in but the chance of that happening before the sun explode is pretty much nil!
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Not a good thing but expect more as publishers also want a bigger piece of the pie. It's the same thing happening with all the Netflix clone competitors being launched.
Yeah, I agree… unfortunately. Netflix is a good example. When Disney's service comes online and the existing deals end with Netflix for a lot (all?) of the Disney movies on there (like the recent Stars Wars films, etc), those will only be available on Disney's service, meaning we, the consumers, would need to pony up for yet another streaming service.

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I still think what we need is a decentralised system for game ownership, where we're not locked into one particular platform … we need to solve the problem of proliferating platforms locking us into their particular DRM clients.
That would be great but I can't see that ever happening. Even music, which is more mature in the digital space, has streaming locked to your chosen service. While we can buy "unlocked" music still in some places, I think streaming is the next step to eliminating that in order for platforms to control content and customers.

It's hard to imagine what are essentially competing commercial interests ever coming together for the benefit of the consumer.
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October 17th, 2018, 19:14
@Ripper remember your blockchain idea. Well Sony is using it for DRM.

Link -https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/P…15E/index.html
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October 17th, 2018, 19:17
I do wonder if it might happen, eventually. It seems to me that the status quo will become a hindrance. All these companies are going to want to make savings on the high cut demanded by the middlemen, but customers are going to be lost through a proliferation of platforms.

In a similar way, a huge consortium of big corporates has got together to create a patent-free open-source video codec, AV1. It's just recently been launched, and I expect it to dominate within a few years. They were all tired of paying license fees to the MPEG organisation.

EDIT: Just to clarify, I realise it's a different situation, but I think the reasoning is similar. All these companies dislike paying a heavy cut to a middleman, and in their ideal world they would wish to be the middleman themselves. But, it becomes clear that since everyone feels the same way, no-one is going to want to jump on an alternative that is just controlled by a different competitor. So, a good case arises to say, let's none of us have the benefit of being the greedy middleman, but let's all at least save on paying that cut. That's pretty much why open technologies dominate the web.
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October 18th, 2018, 01:20
Oy, I like Discord, but not yet another game streaming service
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