Notch Explains Why Minecraft Isn't on Steam, Echoes EA's Complaints

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IhateModders

Xbox has an indie game just like mine craft for 160 ms points which is about 3 dollars. And overall i like the game its like minecraft, but not, if you ever play it it ressembles it, but i think its better.

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methuselah

Steam's not perfect but it's the best out there and they do a pretty good job.  They also don't have a shady "corporate greed, screw you little guys and death to consumer suggestions" attitude that EA has.

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dgrmouse

I'm no fan of Steam, but I'm still surprised at all the Mojang fanboys.  Minecraft isn't a very good game, especially for $25.  Adding micro-transactions would make it a worse game, and that Mojang is reluctant to use a DLC model and share profits w/ Steam for Steam DLC sales is a GOOD thing for users.  Mojang's excuse of wanting to provide a consistent user experience is pretty weak, considering the existing prevalence of third-party plugins and even clients/servers.

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praack

Steam is a distributer, EA and Notch are publishers. What it really boils down to is economics. there are other distributers (impulse etc)but steam is the biggie. if someone like a Publisher or studio can cut the distributer out completely then they garner all profits.

all profits means less competition

rememebr -how much does it cost for the box vs the retail copy of the EA game? if steam is serious removed as a distributer and it becomes the major publishers storefront you have to go to - what are the possiblities of that game going on "sale"

example- Command and Conquer was free until EA put thier new system on line - now you must purchase as part of thier comand and conquer the first decade - for 12 bucks

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TerribleToaster

 

Interestingly enough Terraria, while a 2-D platform/adventure/builder sandbox of a game (I hate Man Eaters), shares some similarities with Minecraft, including the way in which the developers expand and reshape the game despite being a Steam game. My guess is that because Minecraft wasn't originally released on Steam it would be very difficult to try and migrate their services over to steam. But hey, doesn't really matter, if Notch and Steam can't collude, sometimes things just don't work out. At least we still have two great services,

 

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somethingelse

Dude, thanks for the XBAND link.  I never knew it existed, was a fun read :)

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Annoyance

Loved it too I couldn't be leave as I was reading the link it was like I was reading about the PS3 or Xbox 360.

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kamikaji

These are most definitely NOT the same as the complaints that EA had.  EA purposefully deviated from the Valve ToS so that they could feign innocence when they exempt all of their freakin' games from Steam.  In the process, they make Valve look like the bad guy.  Not a bad deal for a company who's trying to launch its own online store front right?  EA literally has no reason to have its own online servers and multiplayer settings.  JUST FUCKING USE STEAM'S ALREADY PERFECT SYSTEM!  All of the other major shooters do, so why not yours? Well, EA, we already have a perfectly good service, and its called Steam.  So fuck off, no one wants your fucking Origin.  Notch actually has VALID reasons for not releasing on Steam.  His game is constantly morphing and changing, constantly expanding, and constantly switching what players can and want to do.  I can totally see how he wouldn't want to deal with Steam for Minecraft in the this light.  It just wouldn't be logical.  The one thing I AM confused about though, is why Notch is putting Minecraft on XBLA.  If you are complaining that STEAM is restrictive, why the fuck are you running off to XBLA??????!!!!!  It's 100 times as restrictive as Steam!

 

Anyways, that's my rant.

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stradric

I love Steam, but let's not pretend that it's perfect.  Steamworks can't, for example, separate voice communication from game audio.  Either all the audio (voice chat and game audio) goes through the headset or it all goes through the computer speakers.  This is something that even GFWL can do.

Now even if that's changed (Portal 2 might do it if I recall correctly), it doesn't work for older games like L4D.

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Marthian

Their not making the Xbox, 4J Studios is.

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iceman08

care to show your true feelings?

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Marthian

Advertisement screwed up and made me double post.

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