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Comment: Re:A bit late (Score 1) 133

Exactly. I never understood why they bother to lock the phones in the first place. If you have a 2 year contract, they have your money already for that long. Locking the phone doesn't gain them anything. If you want to unlock your phone and go somewhere else, they just get free money out of you since now they don't have to provide you any service.

Comment: Re:And the working is expected (Score 1) 231

by Shanrak (#34546874) Attached to: <em>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim</em> Announced for November 2011
while variety is good, there is still a much better sense of atmosphere in a daggerfall city filled with actual living people rather than an imperial city with a handful of people and buildings. When I first played daggerfall, I was blown away by its size. I'd be willing to give up 100% unique citizens and variety for a better atmosphere.

Comment: DS player here... (Score 1) 305

by Shanrak (#34478318) Attached to: Gamers Abandoning DS, PSP In Favor of Smartphones
Yes there are some nifty games on the iphone, but I'd prefer a dedicated portable entertainment device (the touch fits the bill quite nicely as well), over using my smart phone since after a 4-5 hour flight, I'd rather still be able to make a phone call. Get those battery performances up and maybe I'll consider ditching my portable gaming device.

Comment: Re:One Word (Score 1) 303

by Shanrak (#34280952) Attached to: Wii 2 Unlikely For 2011, Maybe In 2012
More than one word: Not really. Sony is busy working on a slightly better version of what the Wii came out with years ago, and Microsoft's Kinect (although it has some pretty cool applications outside of gaming) is targeting a demographic that the Wii has pretty much saturated over the past few years. In the mean time, Nintendo has quietly brought out a 3D hand-held that does not require special glasses to play on.

The way I see it, Nintendo is just hedging their bets on being the first to heavily embrace the 3D market, I would not be surprised if the Wii 2 came out with 3D support at all, and once again, Sony and Microsoft will have to play catchup (assuming 3D takes off).

Comment: Re:No, not useful to me... (Score 3, Informative) 250

by Shanrak (#33636972) Attached to: Did Google Go Instant Just To Show More Ads?
the https page works too, or you can just disable it in the settings tab.

Most of the time when I accidentally go to the none https page, I find instant search annoying since I usually know what I'm searching for and I'm done typing before most of the page finishes spazzing out anyway.

+ - Starcraft 2 sales numbers boost pc market->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So much for the death of PC gaming due to piracy. In just the last 4 days of July, 721,000 copies were sold in the US alone and a million copies world wide within the first 24 hours of release. While video game retail sales show a very slight decline versus last July, we have to consider the success of Starcraft 2 this month, which helped the PC games category to realize a 103 percent increase in dollars over last July,"
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Comment: Re:Business model (Score 5, Insightful) 141

by Shanrak (#33227434) Attached to: Valve Trademarks 'DOTA'
Every additional download of steam (which is required for alien swarm) means an additional exposure to some of their weekend and special sales. Its an excellent way of getting your advertising out, and at the same time it inflates steam user count so it shows publishers how big of a customer base they are losing if they choose to not publish on steam.

Comment: Re:Of course. (Score 1) 192

by Shanrak (#33001352) Attached to: Digital Distribution Numbers Speak To Health of PC Game Industry
You can also attribute some of the big difference to Steam's great sales. Only a couple of my games list I purchased at full price some because I didn't want to wait otehrs because I wanted to contribute since it is such a good game: DAO, X3:TC, Sins of a Solar Empire, and a few others, almost all the rest of my games I bought in those sales where they were anywhere from 50-90% off and big game packs(THQ complete pack for 49.99, that comes out to be about 3-4$ per game).

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"