They did finance a couple of the ones involved in the suit (some crappy one with Segal and one other random one)
The parent posted the text of the law and while likely isn't quoting exact %s the gist of what he says is supported by other sources. http://www.torys.com/Publicati... - see "Recovery of Legal Fees" and http://www-personal.umich.edu/... and http://millsandmills.ca/2011/0... and... I could go on but you probably won't read any of those links.
The conservatives (Canadian Republicans) *ASKED* to be put on the US shitlist - they would never have been on there otherwise.
In Canada the loser generally pays fees so it's still viable, just delays when they get their money. Many are just in it for the quick buck (just like movies, first 45 days of release are where the money is - they have little interest in the long tail) but big studios may see this as a long term cashcow.
I actually did the reverse, I had to unpatch Steam's patches to be able to get GFWL back. Not that I like the DRM, but I stick to Xbox achievements. Steam's lack of value (arbitrary as gamerscore is) and lack of limits on the number/type of achievements makes them less interesting for me. Just like I have zero interest in Xbox challenges - it's no fun to have time limited crap - I've got way too many games and too much to do in my life to add that kind of hassle.
I also don't really have interest in gamerscore so much as I do TrueAchievements. The ratio (rarity) of an achievement relative to it's gamerscore assigns a more meaningful value and a layer of statistical interest beyond "1king a game".
see my post below about correcting facts.
I had no point other than to correct the facts. Bush signed 36.25/year during his two terms (averaged out), Obama 33.8 or 41.5 depending on whether you include 2014s orders since the year isn't over. I should have included Regan's data as well:
Regan: 380 or 47.5 per year.
That's all games have ever been. I'm under no illusions in that regard. I still enjoy them, I enjoy the random challenges that achievements present, and I enjoy the statistics of it (trueachievements.com is freaking awesome). I have my limits though - I'll never go after something like "Seriously..." in Gears of War due to the 127 hours required (minimum). Besides the enjoyment factor, it's the cheapest form of entertainment available these days (on a cost to time ratio).
Definitely one on my to play list... but for now: Games for Windows Live games - I'm an achievement whore and the service is likely to be shutdown come July 1st so the completionist in me wants to get as much done as possible. 8 of 43 completed so far, 55% overall completion with 5-10 unstarted.
Bush is neither the worst nor Obama the best. Debt is 17.3 trillion - adjusted for inflation 5.47 trillion of that can be attributed to the years Obama was president.3.87 trillion of it can be attributed to Bush.
I call BS too. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu...
Bush: 290 orders signed
Obama: 169 orders signed
Check your facts - while he's spent more than any other president, the spending is only 11.2% more than Bush. His new spending, removing existing spending he inherited from Bush in 2009, is $203 billion (2005 adjusted $) and the total since that high point has reduced 5%. By comparison Bush increased spending (again, adjusted) by 33% in his first term and 34% in his second. Regan increased spending 41.2% during his presidency.
Adjusted for inflation, Obama has increased the budget by a lower % than any president since Herbert Hoover.
I can verify. My brother-in-law loves it and he's about as tech-savvy as my grandmother.
Good point - though that's not the only reason... http://www.space.com/13247-moo...
http://youtu.be/hTekDcdtVcg?t=... - almost prophetic