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Comment: The PC has no trouble getting great games (Score 1) 86

by Piata (#49282617) Attached to: Nintendo Finally Working On Games for Smartphones

The PC doesn't need AAA games, it's doing plenty fine with kickstarter and indie games completely dominating the platform. Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Returns, RimWorld, Minecraft, Broken Age, Prison Architect, Cities: Skylines, Satellite Reign, Hyper Light Drifter, Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous... the list goes on and on.

Steam machines don't need to take over either, they're just an alternative to the ever growing platform of choice for gaming. Steam hit 9+ million concurrent users this month and there's no sign of it slowing. If I was Sony, Microsoft and especially Nintendo, I'd be really worried about this. The hardware is becoming irrelevant. What matters is the games and the platform you provide for gaming.

Comment: Hopefully this will be Harper's death knell (Score 4, Interesting) 116

by Piata (#49088645) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

It's amazing how one man can so completely destroy a country, both politically and culturally in under a decade. The CRA (the Canadian version of the IRS) is currently doing audits of non-profit organizations and revoking the non-profit status of organizations that have political ideologies that go against the Conservative agenda.

Dying with Dignity loses charitable status after political activity probe
7 Environmental Charities Face Canada Revenue Agency Audits

I can't wait for the next election and I sincerely hope the PC's are so savagaley beaten at the polls that they'll be laughed out of town on the oil wagon they rolled in on.

Comment: Game reviews have always been broken (Score 4, Interesting) 135

by Piata (#49031079) Attached to: Are Review Scores Pointless?

Almost no games get below 40, while any game that doesn't get 80 or more is considerd a failure. Then you have people giving games 3 out of 5 stars which translates to a score of 60, which skews things even more. Plus tent pole games like CoD can be executed extremely well but offer nothing new so how do you review that? There are games with low interaction (point and click) or high interaction (RTS). How do you compare one against the other? Good reviews are also often given despite massive bugs, incomplete games being released or week 1 launch disasters (like Diablo III).

It's issues like that which make me understand the no score review trend.

Comment: Re:As long as he isn't the focus of the MCU (Score 1) 98

by Piata (#49028597) Attached to: Spider-Man Finally Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe
It's a great concept, one I would gladly pay the ~$10/month for but they have bandwidth issues. I gave it a shot during their Christmas $0.98 promo and pages either took forever to load or didn't load at all regardless of the quality of my connection (wired desktop, phone, etc).

Comment: Re:What Will They Do... (Score 1) 327

by Piata (#48706303) Attached to: The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'
Some of those issues could be solved by moving Chinese workers to Africa (which I have no doubt is already happening). Hell, with China's tendency to build ghost towns, I'm sure they're already building factory cities in Africa in an attempt to attract immigrants and locals looking for a better standard of living.

Comment: Re:Fuck what Harrison Ford says (Score 1) 299

by Piata (#48600445) Attached to: Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

I don't know about that. Reading the Reddit AMA with Harrison Ford, it seems he enjoys making films that entertain people.

He also isn't terribly sentimental or nostalgic. He doesn't own many props from the films he's been in and the berevitiy of some of his scenes ("I love you", "I know" and shooting the swordsman in the first Indiana Jones) seems to be directly tied to Harrison Ford cutting through the bullshit and getting to the point. I wouldn't say he's a phony, he's just not into all the fluff surrounding his characters and I think that's what actually draws people to his performance.

e.g. Our intro to him in Star Wars is a business deal, followed by shooting an alien that talks too much. That's Harrison Ford. That's what he does, that's why people like him and that's why Han Solo saying "May the force be with you" is such a big deal; Han Solo (and Harrison Ford) do not care about the mythos and the jargon while everyone else is falling head over heels for it.

In that regard, he's probably one of the most authentic actors in Holly Wood.

Comment: Re:Lightsaber crossguard wtf (Score 4, Insightful) 390

by Piata (#48480281) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released
The stupid part is it's not even an effective crossguard. There's a metal section close to the hilt so you can easily cut the crossguard off. Congrats on making a (most likely) primary antagonist look like an idiot. Unless they intented Luke Skywalker to show a juvenille Sith how moronic his added bling is in an actual fight...

Comment: Re:Evil Harper Government (Score 2, Informative) 70

by Piata (#48467043) Attached to: Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm
By not having Harper involved. This doesn't conflict with the oil sands so the Evil Harper Government doesn't care. Of course you could say someone's head should be rolling for allowing a government funded vaccine to be sold off to a US corp for a pittance (which is what the article is about).

Comment: Re:Dear Intel (Score 4, Insightful) 724

by Piata (#48048719) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials
I actually applaude Intel's decision because of articles like that. As someone that grew up playing Atari, NES, Genisis and everything that came after, the contempt most gaming sites show for people that actually buy and play games is abhorent. It's about as tone deaf as those stupid "don't pirate movie" ads they play in movie theatres before the movie (that you paid to see) starts.

Comment: Re:The moment of truth (Score 4, Insightful) 126

by Piata (#47766375) Attached to: GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Yes, I definitely would.

I use Steam, Humble Bundle and GOG for games.

I use http://bandcamp.com/ for music

If I can find a DRM free source for Movies and Television, I'd never need to "acquire" anything again. GOG's prices are a little high ($6 would be the most I'd pay for most movies) but provided they do sales where they slash prices 50% or more, I'd buy movies through them.

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