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Comment: Re:Faulty Reasoning (Score 5, Insightful) 653 653

It's not because they suck, it's because they don't own the code. If you know you have to maintain a piece of software, you will spend extra time ensuring that it's maintainable and coded well. We have a large team in India and they are very successful, because they are part of the company and are building a career, not being a code monkey.

Comment: Re:Job Change (Score 1) 247 247

Everyone thinks they can earn double as a contractor, until they realize they have to pay taxes, benefits, 401K. Add to this the fact that you don't have work guaranteed, and suddenly you're about even with a salary worker. Yeh, there are benefits to working for yourself, and sometimes you make more, but I know that we outsource the really shitty projects to contractors and keep the 'good' ones for ourselves.

Comment: Re:3D In Strategy Games (Score 1) 286 286

Except the campaign map AI is most retarded in the Total War series...

...The AI is even worse in the latest game, Empire; it's so bad that, until a patch, the AI could not invade over oceans, so you could never lose as Great Britain.

While it's true the AI in Empire was totally broken, I really think the last patch fixed it. The enemy doesn't declare war on you randomly and now invades properly over oceans.

Comment: Re:Expensive (Score 3, Insightful) 286 286

I completely disagree. The prices are often cheaper - new releases often have specials (10-20% off), and they have specials all the time - specials I wouldn't normally see since I don't go to a gamestop/best buy every week. Add to that the ability to preinstall games and be available from any computer (you log into), I think it's brilliant.

Comment: This article is terribly flawed (Score 4, Insightful) 438 438

He doesn't get it. The hardcore gamers aren't gone, Nintendo has just tapped into a new market - parents, girlfriends, grandparents, young, old and everything in between.

From what I've seen about my friends and family that play wii (and have never played Playstation or XBOX), they get bored of wii sports/guitar hero/wii fit/etc. after 2 or 3 months and then never pick up their wii again. If anything, the hardcore gamers are the ones that are going to stick around and continue to buy new games

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