Bill Likewise I think that Microsoft purchased Minecraft just to kill it or at least drive down it's usage. Let's face it Microsoft doesn't even ship Windows with solitaire any longer. They want you playing games that they can make money on.
M$ is making money on Minecraft, through server hosting which is subscription based.
Bill I think that Valve has gotten lazy. I don't have a problem with them making 30% if they are using that money to develop stuff that makes gaming better. I realize that they are making Proton, I just think that they could have been doing more.
From the reports about a VR device being developed I believe they are doing more and may actually bring VR to Linux, but I can't disagree with the sentiment you have posited. They dropped the ball on their main product that is enabling them do work on whatever they've got going on in the background.
Bill Everyone is just trying to extract as much money from the customers as possible. No one is trying to make a good game. Let's face it in today's market a game like Monopoly would be considered a failure. You buy the game once and can play it over and over and it looses nothing.
Have you read my post "Discussing Decentralized Dreams"? That is the true next level and these greedy corporations have missed the point. Instead of viewing their base as customers they could view them as voluntary employees by proxy. With a fractional, tiny tax on each transaction the core product that encapsulates the desire of humans to create good content will in essence employ everyone jumping from the sinking ships of spyware and abusive contracts like YouTube, Amazon, Google, Steam, and on and on. Instead of charging people for using the service it would PAY them to use it, and keep a tiny portion for the service provided. The reason I made a point of putting the license first was to show that we can also bypass stifling laws like copyright (assuming its all new content). I realize there are a ton of holes in the design; I am human after all. Keep in mind that the massive wall of text I presented was the most condensed version possible. I've put months into designing this, and at every turn I hit several synergistic forks that keeps spreading it out. I really can't keep up with it all on my own, but you guys (and gals?) are the first people I've trusted enough to tell about it.