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    I guess I'll throw my two cents in here. I'm a father of five and always wanted to get into game development as a kid. Now that my young ones are getting older, some of them have the same aspirations. The difference here is that the option of a free, AAA game engine was never available to me. Could I afford $20 a month so my kids can play around and learn the engine? Sure, but for some of us $20 is still a lot of money when you have bills to pay.

    This news is probably the best thing Epic could've done when it comes to training the next generation of game developers. Will we see **** games? Definitely, that's true of every engine that was ever created. But will they REALLY give Unreal Engine a bad name? Mostly likely not. The reason being that the average consumer doesn't look at a bad game and think about what engine it was made with. They just don't buy games from that developer anymore. The only people (for the most part) that would look at the engine are developers, and I have a really hard time picturing those developers looking down on the engine itself when they are all aware (or at least should be aware) that the guy making **** games is the one at fault.

    On top of all that, wasn't the subscription only good for one seat at a time? So if two or three of my kids wanted to learn the engine and actually release their product, that price of admission just went up. I say kudos, Epic. If I ever had a tough time deciding between Unreal or Unity, this move just laid it all to rest!

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    Originally posted by GraphicSynth View Post
    Just joined the bandwagon.

    Hi.
    welcome to the forum

    and welcome to any other new members

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    Originally posted by The Britain View Post
    I really wish you all didn't do this, and I'm not just complaining to complain.

    - The price point was an minimum entry barrier. It kept floods and floods of 10 year old kids from the forums. (Perhaps this will be a non-issue.)
    - I really want to support Epic. I believe this engine is the best out there, and $19 was nothing to support one of the few companies I love.
    - I want to believe development will keep up at the same rapid pace, but I feel bad putting in any request or giving any negative feedback when the engine cost nothing at all.

    Thanks for the wonderful gift, but don't shoot yourselves in the foot.
    So true!! Have the same feeling :/ R.I.P Unreal Engine

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    This is really great...now we'll have thrice the amount of people complaining about marketplace items being over $50. lol

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    Just joined the bandwagon.

    Hi.

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    Originally posted by vincornelis View Post
    Just because you have an issue with children (or others who for whatever reason can't or won't pay an otherwise reasonable fee) shouldn't deprive them of opportunities to learn new skills. EPIC is giving everyone a chance to have a go and that's a good thing. Will it bring a load of kids and douchebags into the community? No doubt but those are minor negative consequences compared to many positives of making game development accessible for everyone.
    I second that motion

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    Nice try, but I think you could do better, Epic. How about tickets to Vegas?

    $19 was ultra-cool in my book, I don't have words to describe the awesomeness of free!!!

    And thanks for my $30 ticket also, there's a hole burning in my pocket!!

    Richard.

    PS Lmao Unity, couldn't resist!!! :-)

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    Originally posted by AndrewM47
    It was enough to keep little kids out and that's exactly my point, why make it free. 'If you can't afford that, you've got other issues to deal with before making a game'
    Just because you have an issue with children (or others who for whatever reason can't or won't pay an otherwise reasonable fee) shouldn't deprive them of opportunities to learn new skills. EPIC is giving everyone a chance to have a go and that's a good thing. Will it bring a load of kids and douchebags into the community? No doubt but those are minor negative consequences compared to many positives of making game development accessible for everyone.

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  • replied
    Oooooooh! LOVELY! We really need a "Make Something Unreal" again! SOON!

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  • replied
    I can't even start downloading...
    But seriously Epic Games. I am insane with the idea of making my own game for 2 years already...(Already got the basics of the storyline and the world)
    I had two problems: No Money and No Engine...
    Well, two rabbits with one shot.
    Love you Epic Games.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by AndrewM47
    It was enough to keep little kids out and that's exactly my point, why make it free. 'If you can't afford that, you've got other issues to deal with before making a game'
    I've always had an issue with keeping competition at bay with financial barriers. If an 8 year old can kick my *** at coding a game, well, I deserve to get my *** kicked. And if that 8 year old prodigy was never able to shine because his parents wouldn't give him the $19 a month to have access to the engine, I think that's incredibly sad.

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    Originally posted by knack View Post
    I am in 4.6.1 (have 7.0 preview) i remove the preview and try install 4.7.1 but give always a error in 0%/1%:

    Install Failed
    Could not download patch data. Please try again later.

    perhaps sever its crying for too much download? lol
    Too many people download it at the moment that's why the server could be slower. Happens to me as well. Stay in there and try again later I'd suggest.

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    I have no words.

    You have outdone yourselves again, Epic. Very proud to use Unreal Engine.

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  • replied
    A great news , but i'm concerned : by breaking down the last barrier will the flood come on our forum and answerhub ?

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  • replied
    Originally posted by melat3mg View Post
    And Unity has a BIG announcement coming tomorrow...LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
    I don't think they will announce something even close to Epic's one. They couldn't even answer Epic's sub plan model good enough and went on milking money from the rest of their indie community.
    Seriously, the only reason I see to stay with them is that I have 12-month subscription and I don't want to waste $80/mo.

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