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+ - Valve beats Google, Apple for profits per employee->

Submitted by AndrewGOO9
AndrewGOO9 (1251062) writes "It should come with little surprise that Gabe Newell is well on his way to being one of the wealthiest men in gaming. In an age when console gamers would have many believe that the PC was on it's way out the door, Newell and Valve's Steam stand as sentinels of the platform, offering a ridiculous amount of content to the 30 million users. With the lion's share of the downloadable market on the PC, it's no wonder that Steam has become the go-to for many and an incredible financial opportunity for Newell and Valve."
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Comment: Re:LoL, HoN, and DotA (Score 1) 141

by Xsydon (#33292250) Attached to: Valve Trademarks 'DOTA'
You can actually buy the collector's edition from Best Buy, which gives you 20 or so characters and a $10 RP card. I used that $10 card + $20 worth of extra points to purchase the digital Hero pack, which gives you another 20 characters. I was left with less than 10 characters to purchase and ended up using all of my IP for runes. Worked out pretty well.

Comment: Re:Kudos (Score 1) 337

by Xsydon (#32580094) Attached to: Video Games Linked To Reckless Driving

From the last paragraph of TFA:

The findings do not directly link playing video games to reckless horse riding. They only show an association. Researchers say the impact of playing games like "Red Dead Redemption: Grand Theft Pony" is minimal.

Bingo. Horse riding games could cause reckless horse riding in real life. Or people who ride recklessly enjoy horse riding games. Reckless pony racing could also be associated with both games and horse riding, but that wasn't the focus of the study.

Fixed.

Comment: Re:I know it's fashionable to make fun of AT&T (Score 2, Informative) 285

by Xsydon (#32579978) Attached to: iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store
We recently left AT&T for Verizon. AT&T's speed was fine, it was the number of dropped calls that finally made us switch. I'm speaking specifically about the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin areas. In those areas, AT&T's data transfer rates were perfectly fine on 3G. So is Verizon. With AT&T we couldn't stay on a phone call for more than 10 minutes without getting dropped. When we disabled 3G, we never had a dropped call. The AT&T network is completely overloaded in those areas and has progressively gotten worse. The iPhone 4 will only bog things down more. The majority of my coworkers are experiencing the same issues, and it's been this way for a good 6-8 months.

Comment: Re:Well at least they dropped (Score 2, Informative) 400

by Xsydon (#31944182) Attached to: Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals
Does anyone remember playing an old school NES game called StarTropics? Half way through the game you were asked for a random 3 digit code, and had to provide it before you could continue. The code was inside the manual, and you had to run water over a page to make the code magically appear. Oddly enough, I still remember the code was 747.

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