The people who did the commentary in MST3K are still making fun of movies. Look up "RiffTrax" on google. They have indeed made fun of all 6 episodes of Star Wars as well as the Star Wars holiday special.
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Battle.net had one ad displayed at the top of the screen. Are you not able to move your eyeballs down?
The new Battle.net will give you more tools to make it easier to play with your close friends and avoid people you don't want to play with. Why would be against this?
Starcraft II will have a single player mode.
Yeah, except the part where they also had to remove compatibility with Warcraft II's files to avoid getting sued. That's how the whole freaking project *started*, btw, as a way to play an improved version of Warcraft II. Somebody does that to ID's games and they give it their kudos. Somebody does that to Valve's games and they freaking advertise it on their website. Somebody does that to *Blizzard*, however, and here comes the lawyers.
You make such biased political comparisons. At least say what Valve game and what id (not ID) game you are talking about.
I'm assuming the $180 is implying that Starcraft II is going to be released in 3 iterations each priced at $60. You're most likely wrong. The devs said that the 2nd and 3rd campaigns will be more like expansions packs, and will be priced accordingly. Besides it's not like you're forced to buy all three games.
What makes you think you will be constantly pestered to buy maps? Wouldn't you want to see what kind of cool mods/maps the community made without having to jump through hoops to search them? You post is devoid of logic and common sense.
The bits wouldn't be random. They would be encrypted, but not random.
In other words, someone (probably Valve before they sell Steam to another company) will create a patch that will allow you to play the games.
Why is your company hiring people that only know interpreted languages when your company mainly uses "real" languages? That's very strange to me. I also find it odd (and funny) that you that you blame programming languages for your co-workers incompetence, then in the next sentence complain about how your coworkers blame a programming language for their incompetence.
As C++ programmer with 10 years of experience, and about 5 years of C# experience, I can tell you that C#, Java, etc. can be very useful tools for the right type of software. People who know these languages can be very valuable for the right company.
To be honest, if I were a manager I would not hire someone who is so narrow-minded about programing languages. Computer Science is not a static field. Don't expect them to teach the same things they taught 20 years go.
Would you be quick to snap up someone whose only professional credit was "Worked on a game for 12 years that never came out"?
After seeing some of the last videos of the gameplay before DNF got axed, my answer to that would be: yes, fuck yes.
Leadership is often like dancing tango: the trick is knowing when to do nothing.
What the hell makes you think that slashdotters know anything about tango? Please stick to car analogies.
Didn't MW2 break sales records at that price point? Also, this price point isn't any more expensive than price points of the past after inflation is factored in.
The article discussed how the consoles are losing profits, not the game developers themselves. I think adjusting the price of all games is a very simplistic answer to a very complicated problem. As an indie game developer, I have had seen peers actually sell less units by reducing their price. Sometimes reducing the price also reduces the perceived value, and that is definitely not going to help game companies mitigate losses.
I bet the same people who want to get all the content for free, are the same people who whine about prescription drug prices. "Why charge me $20 for a pill that costs $0.0002 to make?". They don't care how much money and effort went into making the product, or about all the people who have mortgages to pay and children to feed who worked on it... they just want everything to be delivered to them for FREE, because they're the only people in the world who matter.
People aren't whining about prescription drug prices because of the difference between the price and the cost to make. They are whining because drug companies are making exorbitant amount of money, most of which is ending up in the pocket's of CEO's. Unless the CEO has like 2 billion mouths to feed and has a mortgage on an entire Caribbean island, I'm pretty sure these whiny people are justified.
The competition is being held by Expressive Intelligence Studio at an AI conference. Blizzard has nothing to do with this, AFAIK.
So will Sony's new control system that competes with Natal will be called Project Bortion?
The more people try to milk a game beyond it's cost the longer before they actually develop something new and interesting.
It's a shame that game companies actually have to, you know...make money...if they want to survive in the industry.