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Comment Re:Send the wah-mbulance. (Score 1) 481

I agree whole heartedly with everything you say.

Netflix has made a business decision to run there infrastructure on Silverlight and consequently has probably serviced a large number of their customers. As much as I'm a linux/open source backer, at the end of the day, companies make decisions, some bad, some good. If there are so many folks wanting to view movies on their Linux boxes, let Netflix know. Contact them. If they get enough response, maybe they'll implement it. If not, discontinue the service until they add a linux compatible client. If they ask why you're canceling tell them.

Unfortunately, I suspect that providing a linux compatible client is going to only add a minuscule boost to sales. Most linux users will figure out a work-around if they care that much about it like dual-booting or virtualizing. Smart for Netflix IMO and sucks for a small segment of its customers. Thats just life.

Comment This guy needs the death penalty or worse... (Score 1) 124

Cause if the games is based on his life, last time I played GTA:SA he was a homicidal maniac, shoot random people and running down women and children, cause thats kinda all you can do with it once you beat the game. Should be easy to prove too if I submit my memory card in as evidence where it clearly states that he's killed however many thousand pedestrians and gangsters.

Surprised he's suing too, cause last I checked when I was done with the game he was a billionaire due to big bets at at the OTB and the ability to restore the previous game whenever those big bets lost.

On a more serious note, this guy's a jackass.

Comment Where's Syndicate? (Score 1) 159

I was always a big fan of Syndicate. At the time it was pretty revolutionary in that you could pretty much interact with the entire environment in one way or another long before you hit the GTA series and what not.

I'm sure there'll be a lot more that folks can think of out here in Slashdot land.....

Comment Re:really (Score 1) 134

But see. These are reasons why you should try throw a few extra bucks at the brick and mortar store from time to time. It costs money to provide that service of being able to checkout the thing before you buy, etc.

Just something to keep conscious of. If it costs you a few bucks more, help em out.

At the same time, admittedly there have been times I've checked it out in the store and they can't match so I buy online. There was a lcd tv I was going to buy a while back that neither Best Buy or Circuit City brick-and-mortar were even willing to try to match to Amazon's deal (CC and Bestbuy wanted ~$2k, amazon wanted ~$1500), plus amazon was throwing in a blu-ray player.

I gave them both opportunities to match but they didn't want "to consider amazon their competition". Circuit City didn't let me down either, every time I shopped there the clerks usually drove me batty and caused me to shop elsewhere. Well sorry guys, I bought it online, and amazon did a pretty fantastic job. Had they come close (within $100-200 or so), I would have probably bought it at one of the two. Especially since I didn't know about the BD player deal till around checkout time.

So anyway, consider chucking a few bucks to your local retailer from time to time if its in the ballpark, otherwise, they may not be there down the road. Price isn't always everything.

Comment Re:how much does DRM cost (Score 1) 226

Same boat over here. I have no problem paying for games (though I rarely buy them when they first come out). I believe whole heartedly in supporting creative software developers who put out useful/interesting/fun/etc software.

I do have a problem with the state of DRM. Consequently, I haven't even bothered to look at GTA IV or Red Alert 3 for me. In fact since that seems to the de facto standard on most PC games (or so it seems) I've just stopped buying PC games outright. It doesn't help that a lot of the games suck now either (FPS bore the hell out of me and that seems to be another trend).

Comment The alternative... (Score 1) 763

I agree that the cost for "new" games is too much. What to do? Just wait the 6 months to a year for them to drop down to the $20 price point. If its game I love, maybe I'll pony up the extra cash in advance, but frankly most games don't fall into that category. At $20 if it sucks, I don't care too much. Frankly I have more important things to worry about than gaming, so if I "deny myself" for a bit, its usually for the better anyway.

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