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Comment Re:TV gaming is for couch multiplayer (Score 1) 317

Only one person can be player 1 at a time. Couch multiplayer means up to four players are using one PC, one TV, and one account. Say you're playing Street Fighter IV with two joysticks plugged into one computer. Why should you need to buy two copies of the game for a 2-player match that takes place on one computer? Likewise with the split screen mode in Left 4 Dead.

Comment Platformer (Score 1) 317

So how would a cross-platform side-scrolling platformer, something like Mario or Mega Man or Castlevania, be adapted to a controller like this? The player needs move left, move right, crouch, climb, jump, and fire commands. Those are already incredibly clunky on the multitouch screen of a phone or tablet.

Comment Couch multiplayer (Score 3, Informative) 317

What wrong with a wireless keyboard and mouse?

KB+M is fine for single player. The problem comes when you have players 2, 3, and 4 visiting your home, and the APIs for accessing more than one mouse or more than one keyboard are far more obscure than the APIs for accessing more than one gamepad.

Comment Apparently, Windows only (Score 1) 282

WebGL is fine.

From this page, Atom N450, Xubuntu 12.04, Xorg 1.11.3, Firefox 24: "Hmm. While your browser seems to support WebGL, it is disabled or unavailable. If possible, please ensure that you are running the latest drivers for your video card." This Mozilla page recommended looking in the "Additional Drivers" utility that came with the operating system, but all it showed me was the driver for a Broadcom NIC that I'm already using. The Mozilla page also referred me to Intel's driver update utility, but that's Windows-only.

Comment This AC thinks it's remarkable (Score 1) 271

Because it ships with a gamepad and has a case designed to fit in next to a television.

Neither of those is terribly remarkable in this day and age.

If you'd believe an Anonymous Coward's side of this story, then shipping with a gamepad and being marketed for use with a TV are remarkable because they are beyond the lowest common denominator for PC gaming. Is this AC right or just full of crap?

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