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Comment Re:Gamestop been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 343 343

Every xbox game I've bought has come with a seal from the factory (with MS logo and stuff) along the edge of the clamshell. Unfortunately most people probably (a) don't know about it, (b) don't care, or (c) take their word that it's still new and they are only protecting themselves from theft.

I like your idea of a more permanent indication of the seal being removed, but GS/EB would probably just put a big sticker over it saying 'new game, really, but don't forget to buy our new game insurance for only $4.99!'.

Comment What? (Score 2) 313 313

It's not 'biplanar', it's stereoscopic. I suppose they could use something like what you describe to reconstruct a stereoscopic view of a 2d film, but in practice they are more sophisticated than that. I know you're trying to simplify things, but calling it biplanar is selling it way short.

Don't get me wrong, I hate just about everything about this 3D fad, I just think you are confused about the implementation.

Comment GPU... (Score 1) 477 477

My PC has a very powerful graphics processor. I'd rather they use that to, you know, render graphics, than waste my CPU doing it much less efficiently. They can also store images and stuff in its memory. As long as it works ok on lower end machines, how is this not a good thing?

Comment Re:Ditch the points system entirely, please. (Score 1) 82 82

One benefit is that they only need to adjust the price of points in other currencies as they fluctuate, and not the price of every single item they sell.

At one point when the Canadian dollar was nearly equal in value to the American dollar, Sony adjusted all their Canadian prices on PSN to the American prices. That was only possible because they happened to have prices for all items in another currency of approximately the same value. Now that the Canadian dollar is weaker again, they will be making less from Canadian sales.

It's a choice between trusting the value of a new currency, or coming up with prices for all items, in all currencies, and adjusting them over time.

Comment Re:Hack (Score 1) 206 206

Only for windows, but it converts to mp4 files which will play on the 360. There are probably easier ways to do it with transcoding, but this one actually keeps the video stream intact bit-for-bit. You just need to make sure .mp4 files are registered with media sharing in windows.

Also if you have a newish ATI or nVidia GPU, it can probably do the decoding if you use mpc-hc or the standalone codecs from it.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?