I'm not sure why that even matters (or why you rush to that point every single time). The fact is that exclusivity is anti-competition...
... but that doesn't change the immutable fact that what Epic is doing is not pro-consumer.
You seem to use the terms anti-competition and anti-consumer as if they mean the same thing. They don't. Though the terms may, at times, of course be related.
I don't think that what Epic is doing is pro-consumer, at least not by design. It may or may not be anti-consumer, but, again, not by design. By design, it's pro-Epic. It is, however, the only realistic way that Epic can actually compete with Steam. It is certainly pro-competition. Competition that isn't competitive isn't competition, and an Epic store and client without exclusives isn't competitive. (It could be that an Epic store and client with exclusives isn't actually competitive either.)
Can only speak for myself, but I’m not particularly fussed over Epic exclusives, since they aren’t games I’m interested in...[snip]
I am fussed over Epic exclusives, as I'd actually want some of those games. But I'm not going to buy them from Epic, however. Nor will I buy them elsewhere for the Epic client if Epic keys become a thing. I'll wait until I can get them on Steam. Epic having exclusives does impact me negatively, at least in the short run.
Also, I have bought items on Steam in the past year, both for me and for my son. (And a few things from other Stores, but most everything non-bundle was purchased from Steam directly.)
Anyone who read the article and saw that the writer didn't understand why anyone would be opposed to artificial scarcity and conflated store and client numerous times? I mean, all it takes is reading the linked article.
I'd say he understood that people wanted to use Steam and would rage against anything that might effect their ability to do so quite well.
And a world where the competition consists of either buying from Steam or buying elsewhere to redeem on Steam still leaves Steam with a massive amount of control over all publishers and consumers and does nothing to actually threaten Steam's comfortable position.
Awesome. That's been on my wishlist for ages. I loved the original back in the day. (Or more recently the last time I tried it out in an emulator, which I guess would still be back in the day, just not as far back.)