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Coding Soundtracks: November 2019

Even more useful music recommendations.

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An Epic Problem (The Jimquisition)

“Piracy is a service problem” - Gabe Newell

The Epic Games Store is quite a mixed bag. It provides a fresh take on an online games store, with its key selling point being the extremely generous revenue split for developers (88%/12%, compared to Steam’s 70%/30%). However, they’ve been using that key selling point to coerce upcoming indie developers to make their games exclusive on their platform, seemingly eating up the games distribution market for themselves.

The discusion surrounding this matter is… very polarising, to say the least.

Any competition is good competition, but in the end, the company with the better service wins. Unfortunately, with many of the key essential features still missing from its own store, it seemed like Epic Games are merely using their investor-backed money to strong-arm the market by swallowing up exclusive deals, rather than spending that money on improving their services.

In this Jimquisition episode, Jim Sterling digs through the whole Epic Games Store problem, and tries his best to get people into a sensible, calm, and rational discussion.

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5 Games That Let You Play the Le Mans 24 Hours »

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The Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race is just round the corner! This grueling 24-hour long race is one of my long-awaited things to enjoy all year. And what better way to enjoy it than to actually experience it in your own computer/gaming console?

A friend of mine Adam Johnson lists out all the games that you can play to get the full Le Mans 24 Hours experience. That is, allowing you to race for a whole 24 hours, proper day/night transition, the full 24-hour layout of the Le Mans circuit, and a diverse selection of Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) and GT cars. Bring two of your friends along with the ride!

"Plastic Love" hot take

I love this song, but its reputation has been tarnished over time for me seeing how its “fans” ended up harrassing a photographer due to the messy copyright issue it’s been having for some time.

It’s almost as if they’re not even real fans of the song, and instead of dancing to the beat they just get riled up over some petty issue.

Just look at this comment chain (CW: racist, anti-Semitic, hateful remarks): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bNITQR4Uso&lc=UgxVtS3AtfPbGTPaTtd4AaABAg

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