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- May 26, 2011
Bolded and italicized the relevant parts. At this point I have to assume you're simply trolling, or really just dense about how economics work. Yes, it is the most prominent, I will agree there but there is no form of the English language that would allow for it to be a monopoly. And honestly, if you're referencing Microsoft, EA, and other high-profile companies (I'll assume Activision fits in there somewhere) about bashing of Steam, then I defer to my first comment.Azaraxzealot said:well its the most prominent, to be sure, and since even microsoft, ea, and a few other high-profile companies have called steam out as being a monopoly, i'm inclined to believe it.shrekfan246 said:mo·nop·o·lyAzaraxzealot said:then what makes a monopoly? because i'm sure microsoft doesn't have THAT many people using their PCs when i see plenty of ironic 20-somethings using macs.BlacklightVirus said:This statement is unjustifiable. To begin there are other digital distributors such as Direct2Drive which ensures that right now Valve does not have a monopoly. Also Valve nor any other online distributor has ever released statistics regarding their market share, however it is estimated at 70% for Steam, which is not a monopoly.Azaraxzealot said:valve DOES have a monopoly on the digital distribution side of sales when it comes to PC games
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?noun, plural -lies.
exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. Compare duopoly, oligopoly.
an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
the exclusive possession or control of something.
If Steam had a monopoly over the digital distributors, GOG, D2D, and even Amazon.com would not exist.
now if you'll excuse me, i have a wedding to plan.
Every company is out for money. EA is trying to monopolize the market of their own games by only supplying them through their download service. If they uphold that stance, then they will be able to keep the prices of said games as high as they want because, and try to pay attention now, they will be the only providers of the product. That is what a monopoly is.shrekfan246 said:I was going to leave you alone until you put in that edit to your last post, because you clearly have no clue what you're talking about. All games that are being released on digital platforms for download cost exactly the same as a NEW physical copy from a brick&mortar store. Yes, you can't get a used copy from a digital download, but that's kind-of the point.
And yes, I will give an example. Infamous, a game that came out 2 years ago, costs at the most $25.00 on the PSN now. I think it might actually be down to $20 by now, but I'm not sure. As it has been pointed out many times before in this thread, Steam constantly has sales and discounts for many of the items in their library. And I'm relatively certain that services such as GOG.com are selling digital downloads for the same price as physical copies (Though I can't speak because I don't use it).
TL;DR: You're full of yourself. Stop trying to make it out like EA is the stalwart hero of this tale. No game publisher can claim a moral high ground in my eyes, but when you compare a company like Valve to a company like EA Games? Yes, Valve is the paragon of all that is good in the world. To make this TL;DR a bit long, have you even seen what they did to Darkspore? It requires a constant internet connection at all times to even play. So you know what that does to anyone with a bad wireless connection? Oops, your internet cut out, you can't play anymore. And yes, that is all because of EA.
EDIT: And I preemptively apologize for coming across as a douche, because I know that I do in the above post.