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Comment Re:Console FPS == Multiple sclerosis simulator (Score 1) 399

Right, plus 8 copies of the game?

Seven of us played Halo the other night. One Xbox, TV and stereo were already on site. Brought the second Xbox and projector in a small bag. Quick to set up and everyone was in the game and killing away. Of those seven, maybe three of us would have laptops and probably two would've had copies of Halo 3. And who can't shoot and turn around at the same time in a console FPS?!

If you don't like it, don't play it - just wake up to the fact that console gaming is popular, there are reasons for that, and that FPSs can still be great fun without a keyboard/mouse combo (hell, for a long time back in the Doom/Quake days I would play without a mouse and generally win games).

Mountain biking is still a popular sport despite the existence of faster and louder motorbikes. *shrug*

Comment Re:Different Audiences? (Score 4, Interesting) 399

"FPS games on a console are a big bag of fail IMO. Only people who defend them in my experience are ones who haven't spent years using the superior mouse/keyboard combination."

Played FPSs on PC for many years but I'll defend them on console because it's a quick and easy way to get 4-8 people playing a FPS in a room as a social activity. No lugging around PCs, making sure everyone has the right version, stuffing around with networks, etc. Bring along a projector to add to a TV, a second Xbox and controllers, couple of copies of the game and away you go.

Aiming might not be as accurate, but everyone in the game is in that same boat.

Comment Re:Worried about the results of your actions? (Score 1) 730

I run a web business. I have access to hundreds of thousands of customer records, sales data and the like of my various clients. But the last thing I have time/interest for is snooping through their data. And if I had more spare time, I can think of countless things more exciting than trawling their gear maliciously.

That sort of thing might not be the case for all businesses, but in this case you either need to outsource and show some trust, pay up for them to physically visit when required, or keep it in house.

Comment Re:CDs? (Score 1) 334

Shaun Micallef (Australian comedian) recently intro'ed a TV show "Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation" with something roughly as follows.

"In 1979, the CD or Compact Disc was invented, and none too soon: it finally provided a use for CD Towers which had been invented 20 years prior."

Comment Re:Better than a tail light? (Score 1) 856

"...why don't you and the other bicyclists in your area get together, and make a political difference?"

Relax, I don't even have a bike.

I'm just saying that the comment that the idea would not receive support and encouragement is short-sighted. I never suggested that it was a great idea or would make cyclists safer, just that it was novel and that many people out there would like the concept.

Comment Re:Then write a letter (Score 1) 287

There can be no winner.

If they accept online text-based comments, they get trash from birfers and the like.

If video responses, they get trash and criticism of creating an expensive barrier to entry.

If paper comments, they get pre-printed junk and criticism of wasting paper.

A solution is not to go to the masses (where it is the unemployed loons who have all the spare time), but to have a summit to which people (from all areas) are invited. Take away as much of the tribal clumping as possible, and bring it back to raw, individual ideas. That will still cop a lot of criticism (see Rudd's 2020 summit here in Australia), but so will any alternative.

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