I have considered giving all of my money away, simply because it is a burden.
Well, if you're still considering that, I could definitely use a few grand right now!
I'm not sure about it being as easy. I recently decided to try Ubuntu as a home theater pc system. After about 3 days of searching through forums and talking on IRC, modifying config files, running console commands, and editing settings that should be defaults, I finally managed to get it to play surround sound properly and play video. Average Joe probably wouldn't have gotten to this point, but OK if it worked after that, I'd be happy. Unfortunately the various video player applications I tried randomly quit to desktop every once in a while, and this happened often enough that I was fed up after a couple of weeks.
Formatted, installed Windows XP, and an hour later the system was ready and worked perfectly.
Don't get me wrong, I love Linux and feel somewhat crippled when I don't have the command prompt & various tools, but it's far from being a solid, easy to use OS for home purposes at this point. Not to mention the lack of all the simple 'home' applications that Windows has - I know that's not the fault of the OS, but still is a problem.
Anyways, if Ubuntu is supposed to be so easy for home use, why should it take even a geek like me hours, days, to get it working for home theater use? Why aren't there better defaults set? Why do you have to go into the console to edit some simple settings or do a surround sound test?
Apparently a webcam recording of improv on that theme, in a YouTube video with a couple hundred views threatens their company somehow. I'd send them a counter notice, but apparently I'd be "subject to liability" and "under penalty of perjury" if I was wrong ( http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=59826 ), so I gave up. I imagine most people in my situation would do the same instead of dealing with the hassle and risk, and thus we can arrive almost at a form of odd.. censorship ?
The point of BioShock, the raison d'etre, is really the story, and the messages and intellectual content that Levine tries to deliver as a payload. "Look at Lord of the Rings," he challenges. "Why is Lord of the Rings more interesting than random RPG story number 507? They're exactly the same thing. They have orcs and goblins and demons and trolls. But Lord of the Rings is a meditation on power. And it's really interesting because of that. It's what gives it it's heart." And with undenied hubris, Levine's trying to do the same thing with BioShock, while still delivering a game 16-year-old cheese eating high school students will want to play. "We have these philosophical notions, but you've got to deliver. You gotta bring home the monsters. You gotta bring home the superpowers." In short, he's become a commercial realist.
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