2023 Reddit Refugee

On Decentralization:

“We no longer have choice. We no longer have voice. And what is left when you have no choice and no voice? Exit.” - Andreas Antonopoulos

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Cake day: June 15th, 2023

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  • Fair enough, megacorps certainly are amoral in their decisions, which generally leads to evil outcomes.

    Have you considered what happens to indie game devs, which aren’t megacorps? They list games on Gamepass to increase exposure. Microsoft takes a cut of the monthly fee and the rest is dispersed to the publishers and then all the way down to the game devs getting a small slice of the monthly fee.

    When OP issues a charge back, the game devs aren’t getting paid. Is that fair to indie game devs? They don’t get paid if Microsoft and the various publishers don’t get paid.

    Granted, I’m not justifying subscriptions. I personally dislike Games-as-a-Service as I prefer to own my games. But using a paid service, and then charging back against the company? Especially when it’s smaller game devs on that platform, too, hoping to make it big one day.

    I don’t think indie devs should eat your ass, or the original commenter’s ass. Frankly, they need money to eat and pay their bills just like us plebs.



  • I love my cat, and if he did this, I would be absolutely flattered that he felt safe to eat a meal on top of me. Plus it’d be so freaking hysterical to wake up to such an absurd scenario you’d never expect to happen! One of those things you wish you got on video

    My cat will carry his toys to me and drop them at my feet when he wants to play, for context.



  • Agreed. I guess it’s that value proposition: if you have the time to play, and you play their whole catalog and have a blast, that’s $16.99 well spent.

    As for me I love owning my games (where possible due to licensing and DRM), so the value isn’t there. But my spouse and I certainly took advantage of the heavy discounts they offered like the $1 month. I planned it so that I could try as many games as I could during that period and ended up buying them on GOG or Steam if I really loved them.

    If their whole catalog is refreshed and they have another heavily discounted offer for 1 month, I’ll pick up a month just to try those games. But I definitely would never be a long term customer, I’d be a parasite loss-leader lol.






  • Agreed. It isn’t a sustainable model. Eventually game companies will want their own proprietary ‘Game Pass service’, and we’ll see a great schism in the next 10 years - the very same that fractured video streaming. Customers will get more choices, but prices will remain high(er) rather than lowering.

    For now, depending on the type of customer, Game Pass is a good deal for those that want to try out games or have the time to justify the subscription. For an oldie like me, it’s not a good deal as I prefer to own my games (where possible, considering licenses and DRM).





  • Finally! I was waiting for someone to call this out! I left it in there intentionally as a joke when I crudely put the image together. John von Natural just isn’t that smart with angles for his weird angle, and he also carelessly used ARTIFICIAL red digital ink rather than real red ink freshly squeezed from a natural squid, the special red Sovereign Squid that’s quite rare.



  • Wild SovCit entered the chat!

    Hey, you’re being a disrespectful little shit, @FlyingSquid@lemmy.world! My name is John von Natural, and I am the Natural Person, not the ARTIFICIAL PERSON that I never contracted with! My debt slavery is freed when my car company will recognize me as the Natural, and I am exercising my God-Given rights to this free car as the Natural, as I am not the ARTIFICIAL. I am totally using it for natural traveling purposes, not COMMERCE, podiatry, or debt-slavery!! All rights reserved, and without prejudice. I left pReJuDiCe with the beneficiary of the ARTIFICIAL pediatrician.

    I am officially penning my signature in red ink at a 45 angle. You can tell my post is legit because of the fancy umlaut and eloquently accented A !

    Kind regards without prejudice, observing all rights,

    John von Natural