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PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Posted by Soulskill
from the sixty-dollar-yearly-fee dept.
Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"
Games

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-ralph dept.
Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."
Games

Battle.net Accounts Becoming Mandatory For WoW 234

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-know-what-this-means dept.
An anonymous reader tips news that Blizzard will be requiring all World of Warcraft players to use Battle.net accounts to log into the game starting on November 11th. After that time, players who don't switch will be unable to play the game. Some time after the transition is complete, players will be able to "participate in cross-realm chat in World of Warcraft, create real-life friends lists, and communicate across different games." More details on the new Battle.net and what it will do are available in our Blizzcon wrap-up and interviews from August. Naturally, the idea that the new Battle.net is getting closer to deployment has sparked speculation that the StarCraft II beta might come along soon.

Comment: about time (Score 1) 152

by quisxt (#28723773) Attached to: 62% of Sun's Stockholders Vote For Oracle Deal
Great, now Oracle can slice off the good bits and push the rest of the corpse into the bay where it can slump among the rusted JavaStations and corpses of former SGI employees as a reminder[1] that the chewbacca defense is not an effective business strategy.

1. http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/sunstrategy2x.gif

Comment: Re:Kodachrome?! (Score 2, Insightful) 399

by quisxt (#28432219) Attached to: Kodak Kills Kodachrome
You are confusing Kodachrome (chome == transparency in Kodak) with Kodacolor. Kodachrome was indeed the film of choice for many baby boomer slideshows. Before Ektachrome came along it was the only choice. It was also used for home movies. For instance the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination was shot in Kodachrome.

Comment: Re:Jim Wetherbee (Score 1) 199

by quisxt (#28069159) Attached to: Obama Taps Charles Bolden To Lead NASA
While there is no question that some great technical discoveries and inventions have come out of the space program, it's an open question whether funding NASA is a good way to use the limited amount of money our country is willing to spend on basic science and technology research. We aren't in a space race with the Russians anymore, and astronauts are not longer rockstars who get ticker tape parades when they return safely to earth. These days NASA has to compete at the trough for public funding like everyone else. Them's the breaks. Our country has lived beyond its means for decades. Instead of going to space the challenge the next generation will be faced with is cleaning up all the financial and environmental messes our generation and previous generations created.

Comment: Re:Meh. (Score 1) 993

by quisxt (#27598193) Attached to: "Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft

Really the question I have is why would anybody NOT buy a mac? What benefit do Windows or Linux offer (for a user/developer machine!!! (not server))?

Can you buy a netbook with OS X on it? How about a thin and light laptop with an excellent keyboard, or an expandable desktop that doesn't cost at last $2.4k.

OS X is a great operating system, but it also locks you in to Apple's very limited choices for hardware.

Comment: Re:How about those hidden linux taxes? (Score 4, Insightful) 993

by quisxt (#27598099) Attached to: "Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft
That's great, but unfortunately the following doesn't work, and it's what many users seems to think they want

apt-get install MSOffice Photoshop WorldOfWarcraft

Even something like Google Earth for Linux can't be "apt-gotten," unless that has changed in the past few months.

Comment: Thanks but no thanks (Score 5, Insightful) 204

by quisxt (#27582993) Attached to: <em>World of Warcraft</em> 3.1 Patch Brings Dual-Specs, New Raid
Don't get me wrong, it's a fun game, but I'm not an undergraduate in college anymore, and after spending 8+ hours at work sitting on my butt in front of a computer, coming home and sitting on my butt for 4 more hours for a Nax raid or whatever doesn't sound like fun. It just seems like such a waste of time. Gah, I must have grown up a little when I wasn't looking :)

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