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Why Don't We Finish More Games? 341

Posted by Soulskill
from the attention-deficit-dis-hey-what's-that dept.
IGN has an opinion piece discussing why, as video games get shorter, we seem less likely to finish them than in the past. For example, BioWare said only 50% of Mass Effect 2 players finished the campaign. The article goes into several reasons gamers are likely to drop games without beating them, such as lowered expectations, show-stopping bugs, and the ease with which we can find another game if this one doesn't suit us. Quoting: "... now that gamers have come to expect the annualized franchise, does that limit the impetus to jump on the train knowing another one will pull up to the station soon enough? ... In the past, once you bought a game, it was pretty much yours unless you gave it to somebody else or your family held a garage sale. The systemic rise of the used games market now offers you an escape route if a game just isn't your bag. Is the middle of a game testing your patience? Then why not sell it back to your local game shop, get money back in your pocket, or trade it in for a game that's better – or at least better suited for your tastes? After all, the sooner you ditch it either at a shop or on an online auction site, the more value you stand to get in return."
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New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances 342

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
ajs writes "World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion was staggered into 4 phases. The fourth and final phase, patch 3.3, was released on Tuesday. This patch is significant in that it will be the first introduction of one of the most anticipated new features in the game since PvP arenas: the cross-realm random dungeon, as well as the release of new end-game dungeons for 5, 10 and 25-player groups. The patch notes have been posted, and so has a trailer. The ultimate fight against the expansion's antagonist, the Lich King a.k.a. Arthas, will be gated as each of the four wings of the final dungeon are opened in turn — a process that may take several months. The next major patch after 3.3 (presumably 4.0) will be the release of Cataclysm, the next expansion."

Comment: Re:The City (Score 1) 629

by tiger32kw (#28932175) Attached to: RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?
Don't forget Pizza Hut, rebranding some of it's stores "The Hut".

"The new "Hut" stores will be more than simply places to place a delivery order, according to MediaWeek. They will include televisions that broadcast programs such as "Wheel of Fortune" and "Entertainment Tonight."

Ahh Entertainment Tonight, me and my friends haven't missed an episode in years. Laugh.

Comment: Let me make a run at a joke! (Score 2, Funny) 388

by tiger32kw (#28778215) Attached to: Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plug
"So the spark plug could soon join the fax machine in the pantheon of antiquated technologies that will never completely disappear."

I always get my secretary to page me when I get a new fax. Then I head over to the closest payphone and give her a call to see what it says. Generally its just spam :(

Comment: Re:And this is different from what? (Score 1) 509

by tiger32kw (#28765359) Attached to: How Apple's App Review Is Sabotaging the iPhone
Yea and then people bitch about how unsecure windows is on all levels and how these security flaws create problems.

What we need is a mobile phone O/S that lets you install everything you want in the world, automatically filters through crappy apps, and will make sure the program is robust before it installs it!

Can't have everything, when you add one aspect you take away from another.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce

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