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Comment: We screwed ourselves over (Score 1) 536

by duiu (#29548919) Attached to: Why Games Cost $60
It actually started around the time Halo 2 came out. Developers came up with the idea of the "Limited Edition" that came with some extra junk for $10 more than the standard $50 price at the time. So in the year or so between Halo 2 and the Xbox 360, a few of the bigger titles (At the moment I can't remember any others, but they were there) also released "Limited Edtion" versions. And for some reason people bought those. So the publishers realized that people would spend more than $50 on a game, and jacked up the price to $60 starting. EGM ran an article about this in late 2005, or early 2006. Not sure which.

Comment: Who needs cable? (Score 1) 345

by duiu (#29225821) Attached to: An End To Unencrypted Digital Cable TV and the HTPC
... when you can just get a tuner card that can pick up digital OTA channels. The picture is usually better than cable, not necessarily as good as satellite, and there are plenty of sub-channels to show crappy movies and weather all day that you won't notice cable is gone. And its free. And unencrypted. With no DRM. Just like the radio. You'll just have to deal with not being able to watch "Project Runway" now that it's on Lifetime.

Comment: Re:Activator (Score 2, Insightful) 242

by duiu (#28175681) Attached to: Microsoft Debuts Full-Body Controller-less Gaming At E3

Everything old is new again. Around and around we go...

No kidding. "Full-Body Controller-less Gaming" has already been invented. It's called "sport".

Because I can get together with some friends and play a real game of Family Feud on the spot, without having to come up with categories and such first, just by going outside and getting a ball.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say: (Score 5, Informative) 341

by duiu (#27987513) Attached to: Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked

Visio isn't part of any of the Office suites. It's effectively a completely separate package.

Did you even look at the screenshots in the article that clearly show Visio as part of Office 2010 in the Start Menu? There's a difference between "part of the Office suites" and "included in the Office suite that most people have." And the fact that only a few advanced users use Visio just goes to further my point.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say: (Score 5, Insightful) 341

by duiu (#27987087) Attached to: Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked

Everything I need is in OpenOffice, and at a WAY better price!

That may be the case for you, but the fact is there is nothing along the lines of Microsoft Vizio in OpenOffice, and the OpenOffice Calc is simply not up to par with Microsoft Excel. The word processing is great in OpenOffice, but for some things OpenOffice just doesn't cut it. Go ahead, flame me, mod me down. But I'm sticking with Microsoft Office. I probably won't update to 2010 anytime soon (I just updated to 2007 when I had a chance to pay only $20 for it). Microsoft is pain, .docx is a dick move, but the fact remains that overall, for the advanced user, M$ Office is better. And yes, I do have an Ubuntu computer as well as a Windows computer and I have used OpenOffice and I am not a fanboy of Microsoft.

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