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Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies 397

An anonymous reader writes "Develop has an excellent piece up profiling a bunch of average to awful titles that flopped so hard they harmed or sunk their studio or publisher. The list includes Haze, Enter The Matrix, Hellgate: London, Daikatana, Tabula Rasa, and — of course — Duke Nukem Forever. 'Daikatana was finally released in June 2000, over two and a half years late. Gamers weren't convinced the wait was worth it. A buggy game with sidekicks (touted as an innovation) who more often caused you hindrance than helped ... achieved an average rating of 53. By this time, Eidos is believed to have invested over $25 million in the studio. And they called it a day. Eidos closed the Dallas Ion Storm office in 2001.'"

Own Your Own Fighter Jet 222

gimmebeer writes "The Russian Sukhoi SU-27 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and has a thrust to weight ratio greater than 1 to 1. That means it can accelerate while climbing straight up. It was designed to fight against the best the US had to offer, and now it can be yours for the price of a mediocre used business jet."
Classic Games (Games)

M.U.L.E. Is Back 110

jmp_nyc writes "The developers at Turborilla have remade the 1983 classic game M.U.L.E. The game is free, and has slightly updated graphics, but more or less the same gameplay as the original version. As with the original game, up to four players can play against each other (or fewer than four with AI players taking the other spots). Unlike the original version, the four players can play against each other online. For those of you not familiar with M.U.L.E., it was one of the earliest economic simulation games, revolving around the colonization of the fictitious planet Irata (Atari spelled backwards). I have fond memories of spending what seemed like days at a time playing the game, as it's quite addictive, with the gameplay seeming simpler than it turns out to be. I'm sure I'm not the only Slashdotter who had a nasty M.U.L.E. addiction back in the day and would like a dose of nostalgia every now and then."

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 484

>The argument is not that no other company bundles browers with their operating systems. I'm not a mac user,but I'm pretty sure apple bundles safari with their OS. I'm having trouble with your second point: your saying that whatever OS is the most popular at the moment is commiting a crime by pushing their own products? HOW they pushed them may have been unethical, but just how has IE hurt browser innovation? Opera,Chrome,Firefox...all better the IE.. do I think IE6 deserves it's market share? No,I don't So Inlighten me I.T. guys: why is your company still using IE6? Mine's not...

Comment Re:Welcome to the PreCrime Bureau (Score 1) 607

I'd like a list of all wars and police actions fought in world since 1950 please. I'd like to do some research into this "USA is cause of all wars" thing. ( I'm not denying it,but I'd like to see some proof.) And, just for the record, other countries try to tell us what to do all the time. and it does make us furious. it's why we start so many wars...

Comment Re:Honest Question (Score 1) 236

I remember ( a few years back) going to see "Godfather III" and being suprised by all the small kids in the audiance. this was not a comic book film. anybody with a brain knew was not a kids film. Too Cheep to hire sitters? your guess is as good as mine.

Submission + - What's the best chair for a geek? 2

Uglor writes: My latest in a long line of cheap office chairs broke, spilling me to the floor in a less than dignified manner. I need to buy a new chair for my desk at home. For the last several years I have been buying the same generic $50 black executive office chair. They usually last a year or two, then break. I spend 8 hours at work in a pretty decent office chair, then usually come home and spend several hours more in front of my computer. I'd like to buy a decent new one that will actually last. Does anyone have suggestions?

My criteria are:

1. Tough: I spend 12 hours a day in a chair. I'm hefty, so the chair needs to support me.
2. Comfortable: I want to be able to stand up from a 6 hour gaming session without my ass being numb.
3. Affordable: The less the better. More than the $50 cheapies I normally buy is ok, but no $1000 Aerons.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison