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Comment Re:Minigames (Score 1) 228

I always thought the ME2 minigames were pretty well designed. (The hacking & bypass). They felt thematically related to what you were actually trying to accomplish, they required a modicum of effort (that could be reduced by in-game purchases), and they generally provided a nice reward for doing them.

Comment Re:Is it me or is he sounding more desperate? (Score 3, Insightful) 733

Actually, it sounds a lot like gamers (note: I game, a lot) are desperate to associate games as art. He has a point, at the end of his article: why exactly are people insisting games are art? Does it make them better? Does it make you feel like less of a nerd, if it's artistic? Why is an aimless, goal-less pretty-picture-and-motion collection more art than something engaging and fun like Deus Ex (picked from a hat, replace with your game of choice.)

It seems like gamers & developers are creating a kind of cargo cult art. We don't know what art is, but if we make something kind of weird and meandering and clumsily insert some emotive cues, that's art, right? Lots of movies are odd, abstract explorations of who-knows-what, so if we do that, we're doing art.

I don't think it works like that.

Comment Re:Windows Joke (Score 1) 389

Yeah, linux is some magical fairyland where everything works and the computers never need to be rebooted or even upgraded as often because it's just so fast.

Honestly, "new versions quietly installing themselves while all the software keeps working" the hugest crock of shit I've heard in a long, long time. New kernels constantly break existing software, especially graphics drivers and virtual machines. No one wants to walk into work and find out all their virtual machines were magically broken overnight and IT is looking into it. Or better yet, three weeks later when they restart they're stuck at a commandline with some cryptic error messages and need to learn to browse the web in lynx while they google for what the hell is going wrong.

I'm not saying Windows is all kittens and puppies and sugar either. But linux is hardly as wonderful as everyone makes it out to be.

Comment Re:5 dollar patch (Score 1) 466

There's a remarkable new way of dealing with things like this.

Don't buy it. $180 too much for starcraft 2? Don't spend it. Problem solved! $5 dlc a rip off? You know what to do!

Or just wait 6 months until it drops in price, that works too. (not so much on DLC because they don't seem to put that on sale, but really. Either it's worth a piddling $5 or not.)

Comment Re:It's their own fault (Score 5, Insightful) 420

"I think that no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, the Internet has allowed you to broaden your horizons"

Or more likely the internet provides a convenient place to get opinions that agree perfectly with mine, so why should I read a newspaper that I sometimes disagree with and that is therefore stupid and wrong and biased?

Comment Re:When are people going to learn to NOT buy Sony? (Score 1) 438

"They also run what I believe is an illegal international lottery with respect to their "trading" card games in their MMOs."

Wait, what? When did a magic the gathering clone become a way of winning money? Why is trading in quotes?

Helpful hint: your argumentative points have more weight when you don't sound like a complete loon trying to make sinister conspiracies out of mundane card games.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.