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  1. splok

    Random Chat, Thoughts, Posts, and/or Rants Thread

    CHAT 
    I certainly don't begrudge anyone their choice, and insofar as I can guess from the data that we've seen, it may still be a really good idea for those who are at risk. Of course, it's only a guess since, as you say, it's getting increasingly difficult to trust anything. At this point, I'm just...
  2. splok

    Random Chat, Thoughts, Posts, and/or Rants Thread

    CHAT 
    There's the rub, right? If you can be forced to take one, you can be forced to take as many as they want. If you can be forced to take this one, you can be forced to take the next one... "Just this once" is how all horrible things start.
  3. splok

    Random Chat, Thoughts, Posts, and/or Rants Thread

    CHAT 
    Well, it is simple, but that doesn't mean easy. Take a few days and think about things you wish someone else would build, things you wish existed but don't. You're defining failure based on financial results, which makes sense for a business of course, but it sounds like you need to get out of...
  4. splok

    What ideas have you seen in the Gaming (Video, Board, etc) niche?

    IDEA 
    None of those numbers matter. A game is just like any other product. If you can provide enough value to an audience that they're willing to give you enough money to build and grow your company, then you win. You don't need a platform's consent to do that (PC and the web are still open...
  5. splok

    Random Chat, Thoughts, Posts, and/or Rants Thread

    CHAT 
    From reading your posts in the various threads here, it sounds like you've been fretting over this for quite a while. I think that you're overcomplicating things and getting in your own way. Imo, the best way to change directions is to pick a project, something that's hard, that you don't know...
  6. splok

    Fed Up With Your Country? Where Is Left to Go?

    HOT! 
    It's not only about your budget. Generally, the farther you get from the city, the safer and cheaper it is, no matter what country you're in. (I think most people from other countries would probably be surprised how cheap/safe small-town America is.) Not everyone enjoys rural life, but...
  7. splok

    Fed Up With Your Country? Where Is Left to Go?

    HOT! 
    I feel like people often lose sight of context when talking about safety/crime by looking at a country's aggregate numbers. I understand why though. It's easier to just look at a couple of individual numbers for a county and mentally rank it into "safe" or "unsafe" buckets. Countries are big...
  8. splok

    Videogame startup idea help

    IDEA 
    No one sane will give you a loan based on a game idea, doesn't matter what the idea is. Either convince developers to partner with you, convince players to crowdfund you, or build a vertical slice yourself and use it to get a publisher.
  9. splok

    Harsh Reality vs Pursuing Your Dreams

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    If you can't explain why the winner is the winner, then you're basically back to blaming it on luck. That doesn't mean that you can't still be successful of course, but you asked how to protect yourself, and the more your business relies on luck to succeed, the less protected you are. Also...
  10. splok

    Harsh Reality vs Pursuing Your Dreams

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    As Ronak basically says, looking at the distribution of winners and losers only really matters if all participants are equally skilled (or if skill doesn't matter). It's possible to look at a market rationally and decide that you have the ability to outperform the leaders. Whether you're right...
  11. splok

    Should I invest my time in game development ?

    Good god no! It's not even the thing you want to do! Aside from the obvious (and almost certainly correct) response, why don't you explain to us why it's the best use of your time? At least then there might be something to give feedback on. If you can't even make an argument, then it's a...
  12. splok

    The Worldwide C0VlD-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Discussion Thread...

    HOT! 
    I understand that a reduction in travel is an indication of changing behavior, but distance traveled seems like a dumb metric to measure social distancing. If I leave the house once a month but drive a few miles to stock up on groceries, I would be a red square, but someone who's attending...
  13. splok

    The Worldwide C0VlD-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Discussion Thread...

    HOT! 
    So first, this isn't an argument for locking everyone inside. I have no idea which path is better, and I'm not sure anyone else does either. There are just too many follow-on effects when massive changes are made to complex systems. I start to twitch a little when anyone is TOO certain about...
  14. splok

    The Worldwide C0VlD-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Discussion Thread...

    HOT! 
    I know you're just trying to give some context, but it's a good illustration of the two buckets that it looks like people have fallen into: The people who think all of this is an overreaction are looking at the current numbers. The people who are panicking are looking at the potential...
  15. splok

    Fastest Way to Build an App?

    HOT! 
    It sounds like you're looking for a step-by-step guide to building exactly what's in your head, and that's just not how things work. A really important part of development is chunking features down into their lowest common denominator that work similarly across tons of different use cases. You...
  16. splok

    Magnesium for better sleep

    HEALTH 
    I could tell a big difference in sleep when I started taking magnesium. Less so now, so I assume I'm less deficient than before. I also take potassium, which I don't think gets enough good press: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/minerals/potassium So 3-4 potatoes just to meet the recommended...
  17. splok

    Can You Escape the Giants in an Online Business?

    SOCIAL MEDIA RANT 
    There are ways around each of those problem if you're willing to jump through enough hoops. (FB account banned? start another, pay an agency to do it, etc.) However, all of those problems become less of a problem the more you niche down and/or the farther upstream you can swim. If your...
  18. splok

    VR Content will be the next multi-trillion dollar industry

    The real use-case for VR: When you need a user to feel like they're actually somewhere else, doing something else (without actually being there and doing it) For that use-case, there's really no other alternative. For any other use-case, it's currently a waste at best. Also keep in mind that...
  19. splok

    VR Content will be the next multi-trillion dollar industry

    Lets assume assets are free (plenty actually are). Now what? It's the interaction and, as Johnny points out, attention that matters. It's like saying, 'well, words are free, just think all the books we could write!'. I mean, ya, it's amazing that anyone can write and publish their own books...
  20. splok

    VR Content will be the next multi-trillion dollar industry

    I'm about as big of a VR supporter as you can imagine, but the real need for more VR is dubious until the hardware has improved dramatically. It's good enough for niche applications, but when you're talking about VR clothes shopping, we need hardware that's practically ubiquitous and easy...

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