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Comment: It's like (Score 2, Interesting) 285

by MikeyinVA (#30726034) Attached to: CES Vendors Kicked Out of Hotels For Showcasing Wares in Room
Wi-fi and tables are available at the bookstore but they don't expect you to run your business, host clients, create displays on the tables (seen this done before!). CES and Vegas in general benefit from having a formal process and presenteres paying a fee and going through a process. Of course the hotel (and Vegas and CES) wouldn't want this.

Comment: CDs used to cost $20 (Score 1) 536

by MikeyinVA (#29578973) Attached to: Why Games Cost $60
CDs were $15 - 20 for two decades. It came out that they cost $1 to produce. The music industry pushed the limit on this price for years. Then the bottom fell out and they can't give away CDs now. They were forced to go back to singles (iTunes) for a buck and MP3 albums for $5 online. Go into a music store now, CDs are $8-10 max. And that's new releases. You guys are fools for paying $60 for a game.

+ - Linux Foundation director Zemlin's interesting net

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MikeyinVA writes "An article on computerworld.com has some interesting news about new Moblin-based netbooks coming out soon. But I found some of the comments from Linux Foundation director Jim Zemlin to be rather quirky. At LinuxCon, he is talking to the media and uses rather off-the-cuff language when describing the new netbooks calling them "killer, with a cool factor". Also, he makes the statement that within a year, no one will buy hardware or software? He stats that anyone who wants a netbook will get one from a wireless brandband company? Well, that is ludicrous. Is this Mr. Zemlin the best spokesman for Linux? I think he should be careful with his comments as they seem to be presented as authoritative truth in the media. I had a netbook and will buy others in the future but I don't want to pay $60/month for wireless when wi-fi is fairly ubiquitous these days. As I researched Mr. Zemlin, I see that he is the director of the Linux Foundation which has been given authority to run Linux.com and Intel has passed along Moblin to them as well. Do we as the Linux community want him representing us? Are there other spokepeople apart from he and Mr. Tovalds himself? Perhaps Mr. Zemlin's comments were simply a comment on the trend of giving away netbooks with wireless service but overall, his interview bothers me."

Comment: Back to the Future (Score 1) 712

by MikeyinVA (#29284783) Attached to: Has the Rate of Technical Progress Slowed?
Doctor Brown said in 1985 (Back To The Future) that he was going 30 years into the future. Were things in Back To The Future II correct for 2005? If he REALLY traveled to 2005 or 2010, would he be that impressed? No flying cars, no using garbage for fuel, no perfect weather service. I remember 1985 and other than the internet and faster computers and things getting smaller, meh. Medicine? You're kidding me! People die all the time from going to the hospital and getting an infection or a goof dr cutting out the wrong body part. I'm still stuck in...1985...Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana...

Comment: To the naysayers (Score 1) 492

by MikeyinVA (#28886633) Attached to: CentOS Project Administrator Goes AWOL
I love the CentOS project and what it represents. If someone wanted an Enterprise level Linux for a web server and didn't have the funds to pay for Red Hat, this was a wonderful solution. If you are a major company, pay for Red Hat but if you are a small company, self-employed, there is nothing wrong with open source and free. You don't complain about MySQL users getting that for free. You don't complain that you develop in Eclipse and JavaBeans for free. PHP development etc. So why do you guys think Linux should cost money? Okay, they mismanaged things and one guy had it all. The people who really lose out are the ones who donated their time and money via Paypal to help the project. But as a CentOS user, okay, I change the repo setting to the new site and keep rocking.

Comment: Re:I want to have fun when I play a game (Score 1) 209

by MikeyinVA (#28527005) Attached to: Faction Changes Coming To <em>World of Warcraft</em>
They should just cut out the first 60 levels then. What's the point now? People will zip through the game now and not even take time to appreciate all the terrain, mobs, etc. The experience. I like MMORPGs in part because I like to explore. If 10 years olds want to jump to the end, fine. But I think that's a problem in our society. That people want a Youtube version of a movie or a Cliff notes of a book. People need to slow down and "enjoy" things.

Comment: WOW ain't packing so much WOW anymore (Score 1) 209

by MikeyinVA (#28526811) Attached to: Faction Changes Coming To <em>World of Warcraft</em>
I was a late starter in WOW but I was playing last year and into this year. I enjoyed it to a point but then it got boring and the grind of it all got to me. But I loved the game overall and was only planning to take a hiatus. I've been gone longer than I expected and dreaded coming back and having to spend hours doing things but at least that was the way the game *used* to work. I'm reading that patch 3.2 they will be lowering first mount to lvl 20 and other mount lvls will be lowered to. What? Is Blizzard going to get to the point where you get a mount at lvl 1. Noobs need to pay their dues in sweat. I was broke, penniless and lost when I first started playing...now people are boo-hooing and getting what they want. This game is ruined. I've been looking at Runes of Magic as a free alternative...Free Realms...Perfect World...maybe I'll take up AOC of LOTRO. But someone really needs to redefine MMORPGs because the concept is getting old and played.
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Journal: Runes of Magic, WOW clone to the extreme

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"I used to play World of Warcraft and I got fairly addicted to it. I have always enjoyed fantasy type games and the MMORPG appeal to me. I've always been a casual gamer/retro gamer until WOW. Well, I bought the Battle Chest and eventually WOTLK expansion pack, I paid my $15/month. But I got fatigued and also had to finish my senior project for college and I was changing jobs so I put my WOW acct on hold. I wanted to start up again but wanted to try something new maybe. Lord of the Rings, Conan,
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+ - Runes of Magic Wow clone, free MMORGs

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MikeyinVA writes "I used to play World of Warcraft and I got fairly addicted to it. I have always enjoyed fantasy type games and the MMORPG appeal to me. I've always been a casual gamer/retro gamer until WOW. Well, I bought the Battle Chest and eventually WOTLK expansion pack, I paid my $15/month. But I got fatigued and also had to finish my senior project for college and I was changing jobs so I put my WOW acct on hold. I wanted to start up again but wanted to try something new maybe. Lord of the Rings, Conan, Warhammer...I fretted about if I wanted to go down that road of buying the game plus monthly $15 fees. I worried about if there would be a big community or not. Well, I heard about Runes of Magic and figured I'd give it try. It is a complete clone of WOW down to the character setup screen, backpack, sound of backpack opening, UI. Place names, quests, etc. are different and I like that you can dual class your character, possibly get a mount early on, etc. There are quite a few people online playing and they are nice. Still have the trolls selling gold. I also like that I accumulate gold faster...in WOW, you are a pauper for quite a while. But I guess my point is, how can they clone 99% of the look and feel of the client of WOW? Didn't Lindows get sued away by MS by being too close to the real thing? Why can't Activision Blizzard sue these ROM guys for "cloning" their game just about? Some sites and individuals defend it as just another MMORPG borrowing from previous games that work, making the argument that WOW stole from EQ2. But I just feel icky playing ROM, like I'm doing something wrong. Can anyone give it a serious review/consideration if it is a blatant copy? The graphics aren't bad at all but it is just so much a WOW-clone. Do you guys see a problem with it? I know most ROM players rationalize because they don't want to pay $15/mo. I can understand it but it feels wrong on so many levels. Additionally, do you guys think Blizzard is considering this when they soften WOW with lvl 20 mounts and such as being discussed for patch 3.2? Does AOC, Warhammer or Guild Wars measure up regardless of cost? I like exploring a world and not just entering an instance. I heard that I wouldn't like Warhammer or Guild Wars but I've never tried them. I welcome you guys' input. Thanks. You can see a review and screenshots of ROM here. You can also grab a review over at mmorpg"

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