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Valve has done an awesome job of making Linux a viable gaming platform. I have over 200 games in my Steam collection, about half of which run on Linux now.
The only thing keeping me booted into Windows most of the time is that my primary game is World of Warcraft, taking up about 70% of my total gaming time. If Blizzard would step up and embrace Linux* I'd gladly get rid of my Windows partition.
* Yes I know WoW can run in a limited capacity under Linux, that's not good enough for real raiding/PvPing
Hopefully a few years from now when XP has finally disappeared entirely and everyone is running a standards-compliant browser (as if there is such a thing) there will no longer be a need for a jQuery-like project, but until then I'm very glad that it exists.
When you make excuses for people harassing people and making death threats, you are part of the problem. No amount of hand-waving can possibly change that. You're helping to enable bad behavior. Why would you want to associate yourself with that?
I don't like it when people do what you're doing right now and throw all gamers into one category and put a label on us. Gamers did not send this woman death threats, a handful of immature, probably mentally ill Internet trolls did. It would be great if those who are responsible were found and charged in accordance with the law.
With that being said, those threats do not invalidate the original purpose of GamerGate, and they damn sure don't give anyone the right to make blanket statements about gamers being psychotic and misogynistic.
1) The author has managed to uncover a conspiracy by Comcast to hold the good people at http://021yy.org/ down by denying the no doubt millions of potential customers that would be flocking to the domain otherwise. After all, that domain name rolls right off the tongue.
2) Comcast doesn't have an entry in it's DNS servers for the site because it is a Chinese domain that looks like spam that no customer of theirs has tried to access before now.
But what can they bring to the table that old winamp and mp3s can't do better?
Here's a few thoughts:
- 1) Manage/Control music without leaving Big Picture mode, not useful for keyboard & mouse really, but if you're playing with a controller on a television I think this would be very useful.
- 2) Add a way to mix your music library with the in-game sounds. You could set the music volume to lower than the sound effects and dialogue volume, so that you could hear the music just fine, but without drowning out the noises from the game that might be useful to the player to hear (gunshots, mission directions, etc).
- 3) Integration with games to allow the music to pause automatically when a player enters a cinematic or cut-scene.
- 4) Use your own music library as background music for subtle immersion. Maybe you're playing GTA and walking down the street, as NPCs drive passed you might hear some of them listening to songs from your own collection. Not sure that this would be done, but it's possible.
- 5) The ability to maintain playlists that will trigger per game. To take it a step further even, perhaps you'd want to listen to different music when questing in World of Warcraft as opposed to when you're PVPing (I know I do).
I'm sure there's more creative uses for a feature like this, but these are just what came to me off the top of my head.
#5909492 - The most long-winded description of every online store ever, much of it seems to be copied & pasted straight from the top link.
#7272639 - Describes what a session is.
Soverain Software is just another patent troll that never should have had them assigned in the first place.
As someone that purposely went from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (got it for $40 from Newegg on sale), I have to say it was money well spent. The whole Metro setup is terrible, but with Windows 8.1 + Classic Shell, I never see that screen at all. My setup is almost identical to Windows 7, but it runs much better. My gaming rig runs on average 10-20 FPS higher on the same games in Win8 compared to Win7 and there is noticeably less input lag as well.
With all of that being said, if you're not a gamer, there is no reason to upgrade. On my non-gaming systems I run Mint because it is a superior desktop environment in just about every way.
Don't know why I'm bothering to respond to an AC but what the hell, I'll bite.
When was the last time you actually used a good install of Windows, that is one that isn't full of malware/crapware that comes pre-installed from OEMs? Windows has been pretty rock-solid since XP SP 2 (skipping Vista of course). I'm currently running my gaming desktop dual-boot with Windows 8.1 (with Classic Shell of course) & Linux Mint no problem.
I admit that Windows lacks a lot of the things that make Linux great for power users, but at the same time I virtually never have issues with Windows. I've never once had issues with multi-monitor support and I run a dual, sometimes triple monitor configuration.
But go ahead and spread your FUD AC, what do I know?