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Comment Re:Ok, so we now all agree that Ms is unreliable ? (Score 1) 201

I thought we all recognized this when they shut down the Zone. At least with DirectPlay games, you can run your own matchmaking service if you want. God help us when they shut down Games For Windows Live and 6 or 7 years of console ports die. I never buy a game now unless it runs on the standard QuakeWorld model - CD key auth, master server, dedicated user-run servers.

Comment Already a trend (Score 4, Insightful) 307

Let's talk about some old games. Take, for one, Halo 2. It's now going to be permanently offline, as a result of it being connected to Microsoft's services. Let's go back though. Take a look at Jedi Knight. Can you play that online anymore? Nope. Microsoft service. Dead. Any of those other MSN/"Zone" games? Dead. At least DirectPlay supported LAN in the same manner as online, so the games all still support that.

But - Quake 2? Still kicking. Released the same year as JK, too, IIRC. Microsoft continues to do this; they entice game developers with easy online/multiplayer libraries and then kill the service to force people to upgrade. I fear for all the Games for Windows games; that's why I'll never buy a title that uses Games for Windows Live. 10 years down the road, all those games will be permanently offline too, as will (likely) all this trash like CoD42 which uses an even smaller and even more restricted network. Meanwhile, I'll still be playing Quake 3 (and hopefully RAGE, now that it's not being published by EA).

DirectPlay. Live. When will developers learn?

Comment Re:what the fuck are you on about. (Score 1) 349

The client you linked to is about 10 years old. It offers "integration of legacy systems with Windows 2000," and comes in attractive beige plastic. It even carries a Win___ name! Considering that a throwaway cellphone you get from Verizon has about twice as much CPU power as this thing, it's definitely not "cheap" for $100.

...shit bitch motherfucker.

Comment Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 583

You've missed the point. Ubuntu has no crapware, so if the crapware paid for the hardware then wouldn't the hardware with Ubuntu be more expensive? There's no crapware on Ubuntu. It comes completely clean, save for Adobe Reader (which is not ENTIRELY crapware - it works just fine for reading PDF). The Windows version comes with the usual slew of useless shit (including Reader and MUCH more). Windows alone is $50 more. An identical laptop with Windows and crapware is $50 more. The crapware included with Windows, therefore, does not factor into the price.

Comment Re:Oh brother. (Score 1) 1255

Feminists can't take a joke. The problem is not that feminists can't take a joke. (We can.) The problem is that you can't take feminists seriously.

I don't quite follow your logic. I don't see anything outright wrong with your claims here, but they don't seem to fit coherently. It's hard not to sound like a troll saying this, but, "what?"

Emulation (Games)

GBA Emulator Released For the DSi 66

Busshy writes "Darkchen has released a Gameboy Advance emulator for the Nintendo DS/DSi that plays full speed with frameskip. This can only be played with the homebrew dev cart, the DS iPlayer. The emulator adds save states, cheats and tools to GBA games, and for DSi Fans the ability to finally get over the loss of the GBA Slot on the DSi."

Comment Re:Linux gets Yet Another Scheduler (Score 1) 333

Might be slightly OT (well, not relative to P/GP posts), but if this is a scheduler that will prioritize Rhythmbox's hard drive reads over my GIMP swapping, then I'm all for it. Nothing worse than having to turn off the music because your hard drive is being swapped to too much to... stream a 192kb/s mp3.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose