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Comment: Begging the question (Score -1, Troll) 403

by Spyrus (#47050565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can <em>Star Wars Episode VII</em> Be Saved?
The whole saga was intended as a pulpy, schlocky pastiche of Flash Gordon serials. It succeeds at this. There is no "former glory" for it to attain. You're thirty years older and you think it's cool to bag on the prequels, but you haven't watched Return of the Jedi (any version) lately. Ever wonder why none of the Star Wars movies won any awards other than for effects and music? There's your answer.

Comment: Re:Decision fatigue (Score 1) 240

by Spyrus (#46725887) Attached to: How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?
If something interesting is a few bucks, I will just buy it. The money is negligible to me but shows support for the developer. I love the puzzle and retro-style action of iOS and Android games, because they're similar to arcade games ($0.25 just to try it) and retro console games ($30 to take it home). I buy a crap-ton of apps like this. If something is free, it's usually filled with "recharge these consumable gems for $0.99 tricks that are (a) no fun, and (b) costly to play in a non-frustrating way. It's far more difficult to get me to even download a "free-to-play" title than a paid title with a modest ante. I know that I'm not typical of the market, and that makes me a little sad.

Comment: Re: Better games came along right after? (Score 1) 374

by Spyrus (#44943525) Attached to: <em>Myst</em> Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?
I'm agreeing with this so hard you would be a little alarmed. Roberts (of "RSI" - terrible acronym) talks down mobile and console, even though that would be the perfect medium for a return to FUN Wing Commander space opera. I would love a cartoony, gyro/touch control space shooter with "Surviving High School" type melodramatic choose-your-path role playing. The hyper realism of Star Citizen is a big turnoff for me, as it looks to be as dull as existing "serious" games like Eve Online. I already have a job and a life, I just want some casual space-based diversion. When Roberts gets ambitious, he starts to stink things up.

Comment: Young audiences grow up (Score 0, Flamebait) 202

by Spyrus (#33409948) Attached to: Sony Continues To Lose Ground In Mobile Gaming
Maybe they're trying to build their future audience. I suspect a lot of Nintendo's appeal to "older" gamers is rooted in goodwill from the past and nostalgia. Besides, if Sony's "core" audience has already abandoned them for DS and iOS, would it not be irrational to continue to chase them with an unwanted product? Then again, what do I know. The nerd blogs were all in a pantybunch over the PSP Go not having UMDs or dual analog sticks. I thought that refresh was pretty cool, and I happily ditched all my old UMD games to get one. It's almost as neat as my iPhone.

Comment: The upward TREND is interesting, not the NUMBERS. (Score 1) 107

by Spyrus (#33097186) Attached to: Average Cellphone Data Usage Is 145.8 MB Per Month
Average data use is a meaningless statistic, and I'm sick of seeing people trot out those numbers to justify tiered pricing plans that punish people who use their smartphones for their intended purpose. I think the point of the article, as stated in the title, is that smartphones are here to stay and their usage is only going to grow. A few years ago, few people were interested in browsing the web over an EDGE connection. Now there are zillions of ways to be connected and entertained. Even non-geeks. Wireless carriers should facilitate this. When AT&T dropped their unlimited data plan and introduced tiered pricing, it dropped prices for the light users and added modest costs to heavy users. There's nothing wrong with that, but please let's not imply that using less than 150MB per month is "average," or "normal," or in any other way desirable. If every iPhone user in my region were on Waze, our traffic would be vastly improved. And if they were listening to Pandora or Last.fm they'd all be happier. At least that's where the vast majority of my 2.1GB per month of iPhone data is going. I can't say for sure, because all I get is the metered bill. It would be neat to see it broken down by traffic type.

Comment: Re:Actually, more important: What would it cost to (Score 1) 398

by Spyrus (#25781901) Attached to: On the Economics of the Kindle
How many of the books in your library are actually still under copyright? You might be surprised at the quality and quantity of things to read on Project Gutenberg or Feedbooks, and the latter can be directly downloaded to a Kindle over the free wireless network. I was delighted to find the Harvard Classics (the six-foot shelf of books that an educated person is expected to read in his/her lifetime) in well-formatted text form on both sites. If I had any self-discipline whatsoever, that would be enough reading for me for a very long time.

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