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Comment: Re:Multiplayer approximates to lack of content? (Score 1) 286

by SuiteSisterMary (#47926303) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Bioware/EA's MMO Star Wars The Old Republic is a counter to that - 8 huge personal (single player, in a multiplayer world) storylines, one for each basic character class, with minimal and entirely optional multiplayer content until you get to the endgame, at which point it becomes almost totally about multiplayer in a traditional MMO grind-fest for gear.

Alternatively, you can do the tutorial planet, then jump immediately into PvP, PvP Dogfighting, flashpoints, etc etc, i.e. do nothing BUT multiplayer, while hitting three or four missions per planet to progress the storyline.

You get to play your way.

Comment: Re:Ungrateful (Score 1) 607

Obligatory old joke:

One day, at a U2 concert in (insert traditional butt of jokes for your area, I'll say Newfoundland,) Bono stops the music and starts clapping his hands, slowly, rhythmically.

As he gazes out over the crowd, still clapping slowly, he intones 'Every time *clap* I clap *clap* my hands, *clap* a child *clap* in Africa *clap* dies *clap* of starvation. *clap*'

From the audience comes up the outraged cry of 'Then stop fucking clapping, you idiot!'

Comment: Re:"One"? Seriously? (Score 1) 50

by Threni (#47909001) Attached to: Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Do you think the number one is unlucky, or something?

Android's version numbers are for developer use only; everyone else uses the name, just like they do with Windows.

Microsoft doesn't have a hold on the "one" name, because next to nobody has heard of the "xbox one" outside of the gaming/tech community, whereas nearly everyone has - or knows someone who has - an Android phone.

Comment: Re:$100 (Score 1) 50

by Threni (#47908975) Attached to: Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

We're not there yet; some people are going to pay £600+ for the iPhone 6 rather than £150 for the Moto G2. Many people are still on small, silly screens and could do with a larger one now they've got their head around the idea of having a smart phone. They all could do with 2 or 3 gigs of ram instead of 1 or less.

Those $100 phones are designed for india; they're not going to gain any traction outside of there because it's just cutting 2 or 3 corners too many, but certainly I can see £150 being a sweet spot where people who don't want quad core/a huge screen/battery don't pass.

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 1) 290

by Threni (#47888319) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

For some smaller, less financially significant countries it's possible that Google would just have no official presence, forcing users to just use their .com sites.

This sort of thing is the reason why companies launch later in Germany etc than elsewhere. Generally you have a product and you just sell it but some European countries (France is another one) have all these stupid little "we're special...and we don't understand the internet" rules which mean you have tedious unproductive meetings, then set up phone numbers etc before the end users can actually use your products/services.

Comment: Re:define (Score 1) 290

by Threni (#47888299) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

They're agreeing that Google use their personal data, but there's no suggestion they're going to get paid for it. The "payment" is that Google provide them services, without any support. I'm sure people can provide paid support for them but I'm not sure why Google should be the first company in the world to pay people to help other people use their (Google's) services?

Comment: Scrap all the rules (Score 1) 104

All that ham nerd stuff was probably meaningful once, but is there a single good reason why people can't broadcast whatever they want? I mean, sure, stick within allocated frequencies, don't bleed over other ones etc, but check out the rules - they're hilarious. Are we still worried about political subversion and Russian spies?

Comment: Re:Good decision? (Score 2, Insightful) 352

by Threni (#47884697) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

I'd love it if Linux was something Windows was trying to catch up with, but I'm afraid it's not even a grey cloud on the horizon as far as microsoft is concerned. If only it WAS one OS, supported by everyone from Dell to Oracle, it would wipe the floor with windows, but as long as there are 10 windows managers and 2000 distributions it'll never, ever happen.

Comment: Re:Abject brand mismanagement (Score 1) 352

by Threni (#47884647) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Should have called it Surface, and advertised/marketed cool shiny tablets, laptops and phones using Surface. The next version of Windows should be called Surface. They should hide windows (small w) on any promotional stuff (yes, us nerds know it's there so we can get work done on Visual Studio etc) but regular users do indeed hate Windows.

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