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Comment: Not wasting any time I see (Score 5, Informative) 217

by QuaveringGrape (#34557286) Attached to: Humble Bundle 2 Is Live

I guess Linux users are desperate for games...the platform sucks for gaming...deal with it.

I use Linux as my single OS, and while I will admit we rarely (if ever) see a big-name release, I'm in no way desperate for games. Here's a list of the commercial games I have installed on my computer right now:

UT 2004
Prey
Machinarium
Osmos
Gish
Aquaria
World of Goo
Minecraft
And yet it moves
Braid
Cortex Command
Penumbra Overture
Penumbra Black Plague
Penumbra Requiem
Amnesia: the Dark Descent
Titan attacks
Revenge of the titans
Droid assault
Ultratron
Lugaru
Caster
Color Cube
Sun Blast
Brukkon
Samorost 2

In addition you have all the ID games, The Clockwork man, Heroes of Newerth, Anchron, Overgrowth(soon) and What makes you tick. That's just off the top of my head. Not to say that I'd be opposed to a big famous studio like Valve or Blizzard bringing games to Linux -- I've said many times that I'll buy every Linux game I hear about if only to support the platform -- but don't make it out like it's worse than it is.

As to your statement that the platform sucks for gaming...I can see that being true if you're using the open-source video drivers, but the binary drivers are exponentially more powerful. I've got an nVidia GTX 465. If I was going to use the open-source driver I could've saved myself $150 or so, but I enjoy gaming, so I beefed it up. Sure, in comparison to the selection for Windows the amount of Linux games is much smaller, but it was the same (to a lesser extent) for Mac before Steam. It's a Chicken/Egg problem; big studios don't port games to Linux because it doesn't seem a viable platform, and Linux is thought of as a non-viable platform because of its lack of AAA titles. Maybe the guys behind the Humble Bundle can upset the paradox a little.

Comment: Busy day (Score 2) 449

by QuaveringGrape (#34477726) Attached to: PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months
The end of the PC and KDE both predicted on the same day? Seems like some forecasters have too much free time to extrapolate.

In any case, the data is undoubtedly misinterpreted. I own both a desktop PC and an iPod touch. You might think this to be a neutral statistic: I bought a computer and a mobile device, for a score of 1:1.

However, I built my computer from scratch, so no "computer" was shipped to me. Therefore my score is 0:1, resulting in the statistical data that I don't own a computer.

I have a friend who owns a desktop PC, an Android phone, an Android tablet, a netbook and an iPod touch. That's a score of 1:4. Would he give up his desktop? Not a chance.

See, while it may be true that more mobile devices are being sold than PCs, the statisticians fail to realize that most people have a computer or two in addition to their devices. Some people build their own computers. Some people buy them used. Some people keep on using their old machines because they still work fine. Enough with the "device x is going obsolete because of device y" articles.

Comment: A few examples (Score 1) 85

by QuaveringGrape (#33151670) Attached to: <em>Torchlight II</em> Announced For 2011
Here is one page...granted, Linux is only 5%, but it's not the 0.05% that some people will claim.
Here is another. The percentages here are much more impressive, with Linux share at just about 25%.
Here is a blog post by Hemisphere games about the viability of supporting Linux.

I'd say it's worth it. I may be a little biased, of course (I don't have any windows machines)...but whenever I hear about an upcoming game with Linux support I preorder it immediately.

Comment: Notthebest (Score 1) 286

by QuaveringGrape (#32567370) Attached to: Project Natal Renamed 'Kinect'
Not sure why this went through...

You can browse your dashboard with the wave of you hand."

Am I the only one who noticed the typo? Not to mention the short sentences and matter-of-fact writing style:

Kinect is going to be the new way to play.

It seems like this could have been an article where CmdrTaco could have concisely posted the general idea in his own words and passed on the link.

Engadget: Motorola Droid Xtreme pictured yet again, still not announced->

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Quickly becoming the most well-leaked handsets since the next iPhone, Motorola's fine little piece of kit informally known so far as the Droid Shadow / Xtreme has shown up yet again -- and this time, we're getting a great view of that bulbous posterior. The 8 megapixel cam, HD video capture, and dual LED flash are all confirmed, which takes just a little edge off the EVO 4G's reign, we'd say. Competition is grand, ain't it?

Motorola Droid Xtreme pictured yet again, still not announced originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Jun 2010 20:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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+ - Humble Bundle software to go open source->

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QuaveringGrape (1573239) writes "After seven days of contributions totalling over a million dollars, four out of the six games featured in the Humble Indie Bundle are going open source. The source code will be released "free as in 'free speech', not as in 'free beer' ". Currently only the source of Lugaru has been released, but Aquaria, Gish and Penumbra: Overture are also due to be opened up within the next week."
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+ - KDevelop 4.0 Released->

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HatofPig writes "The KDevelop Hackers are proud and happy to announce that KDevelop 4.0 is finally available as a stable release. The first stable release since KDE 3.5, KDevelop 4.0 comes with lots of features already, even though some things had to be dropped compared to the 3.5 series due to time constraints. In particular we have focused on building an excellent C++ IDE instead of trying to integrate lots of languages halfheartedly. Of course it is still possible to add support for more languages to KDevelop and we are confident that it is actually easier than before: the best proof for that is the PHP plugin that is released alongside KDevelop 4.0. Lots of screenshots here!"
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+ - eMule 0.50a ZZ-R V3.4 RC2 by morph4u - Leecher Mod->

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REC0N (1644383) writes "ZZ-R V3.4 RC2
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A fast update to RC2 because a possible display bug at some user ;-)

Removed preferences_zzr.ini (now all settings in preferences.ini)

Removed Design Settings

--- Please make a CLEANINSTALL to have no trouble with old settings! ---

+ Fixed lost icon in filestatistics
+ Fixed possible display bug in downloadlist
+ Added overlay icon for ViewSharedFilesSupport
+ Added colors for friend/friendslot/powershare/pbf/lowid
+ Added show active downloads bold
+ Added show active downloads colored
+ Added show ViewSharedFilesSupport colored
- Removed "Update server list when connecting to a server"
- Removed "Update server list when a client connects"

--- Please make a CLEANINSTALL to have no trouble with old settings! ---

eMule.v0.50a.ZZ-R.v3.4.RC2.rar 3.69 MB

ed2k://|file|eMule.v0.50a.ZZ-R.v3.4.RC2.rar|3870348|297AD6E8C0A07204AD714ED914D2D10D|h=BPLDEDHNCYRJUE3CQW6NUQFWLRQJRSXD|/

http://www.leechermods.com/2010/04/emule-050a-zz-r-v34-rc2-by-morph4u.html"

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