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Comment: Re:Any indy computer shop (Score 1) 418

by tepples (#47920271) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Pretty much any independent computer shop will toss together an OS-less machine upon request

I'm aware of independent computer shops that build desktops, but none that build laptops. And the problem with mail-ordering a laptop is the risk of having to deal with a screen and keyboard that look and feel unergonomic.

Comment: Elo rating (Score 1) 259

by tepples (#47918699) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Multiplayer, on the other hand, is a spastic experience which seems to be dominated by obsessive players with endless time to practice. The reward for the average player is not mastery, but rather learning to die a little less often.

Then your game's matchmaking is poorly designed. Tetris DS, at least, used to use something similar to Elo rating to separate the casuals from the hardcores.

Comment: Game development apprenticeships (Score 1) 259

by tepples (#47918653) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Fortunately, the "indie" game developer is reinvigorating the market, and these days there seems to be more excitement about the indie games than big-name titles like Destiny or Call of Duty XXIV.

But without some well-known studios, where are developers going to earn their experience and "pay their dues," to to speak, so that they can start a competent indie studio?

Comment: We can do this the easy way or the hard way (Score 1) 137

by tepples (#47918387) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Why would Netflix voluntarily give up its customers to a competitor?

Because it's the easy way, compared to the hard way of QF pressuring the movie studios to withdraw NF's streaming licenses altogether if NF doesn't improve enforcement of territory limits in the existing contracts with the movie studios.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson