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Comment: Atari 800 (Score 2) 702 702

by JoeWalsh (#46789173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

My Atari 800 home computer is my longest-lasting, hardest-working electronics device. It was built like a tank (the metal shielding alone weighs several pounds).

Other than that, I suppose my alarm clock. I've had it since 1988 and it just keeps going. Nothing fancy - LED display, just a clock with alarm, no radio functionality or anything like that.

Comment: I can't believe it! (Score 1) 1521 1521

by JoeWalsh (#37204820) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

After all these years, it will be bizarre to think of Slashdot and not think of CmdrTaco.

Thank you for creating this site and seeing it through its first 14 years. Although I don't post much any more, I do appreciate all you did and I still read the new stories posted to the site several times a day.

May your future be filled with all the happiness and fulfillment you've earned.

Comment: Replayability (Score 1) 637 637

by JoeWalsh (#37129354) Attached to: Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

Setting aside the issue of how many games are actually entertaining all the way through...

If a game has high replayability (which essentially means well-implemented, well-thought-out randomization), a 10-hour game would be fine for $50.

The problem is most video games play nearly the same every time through, in which case $50 for 10 hours of entertainment isn't as much of a bargain.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."