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Comment Re:No Nintendo 3DS? (Score 2) 155

The list is mostly tablets and smartphones.

Even if any one of those products manages to trump the Apple counterpart in features or specs, it won't matter. The brand recognition and loyalty that Apple carries negates any competitor superiority.

I agree with you. I'd rather see something that offers something I've never seen before over the "better, faster, stronger" wannabe of a device I've been using for a year now.

Comment Re:I've had many propositions (Score 1) 735

If said recent business grad were really able to present me with an idea that really were All That and a Bag of Chips, and could be done by one college student with a twelve-pack of Mountain Dew, I'm not sure what I'd need them for. If I could implement it, I would probably do so and then, if it turned out to really be successful, hire someone else to do the "businessy stuff." Why, I mean, once you've got a product, all there is to do is market it, right?

Sounds like the story of Facebook. Or, at least, The Social Network's version of the story of Facebook.

Comment Re:I Disagree (Score 1) 548

I can't speak for RCN, but Verizon's FiOS rollout in Philadelphia won't be complete for another six years, if all goes according to plan. And it won't. Having Comcast world headquarters a few blocks away from City Hall doesn't help that situation.

I used Verizon DSL for the past year and a half in my apartment about an hour outside of the city. I consider it the broadband equivalent of two tin cans connected by string. Frequent dropouts and slow speeds make its month-to-month price rather obnoxious.

Then, there's Clear. They recently started throttling their users. If you go over 7 GB/month - extremely easy to do with Netflix - you get taken down to 0.25mbps for some inconsistent length of time.

In Philadelphia, at least, Comcast can afford to get away with this. Their "competitors" are only such in name only.

Comment Re:They are also worried about unlicensed devs (Score 1) 267

Consoles are subsidized through software licensing, as has already pointed out. The fact that Sony has "other, substantial businesses" helped when the console slogged through its first few years, but the only console producer that has consistently profited from hardware is Nintendo.

It's the "razor and blades" business model, and its application in the video gaming industry is a lot more forgiving to consumers than it is in many other contexts. At least with video games, there's a healthy second-hand market (no, Mr. Bear, I have no interest in your used Mach III blades, thank you very much) and the option to wait for prices to drop... unless we're talking about Call of Duty 4, which will still be $40 long after we're dead.

Comment Re:They are also worried about unlicensed devs (Score 1) 267

According to an article on IGN, the PlayStation 3's production cost at launch was as much as $840.35. They had a hard enough time pushing the console at $600, and an additional $240.35 wasn't going to make that any easier, which would have been the bare minimum without the current business model.

Licensing fees are rather high for the PS3, so it can be argued that you'd make up for the high initial investment buy paying less for games, but there's no guarantee that publisher's won't just take the savings for themselves. Do you know why Activision is suddenly selling Wii and PC games for $60? I'll give you a hint... It isn't because licensing fees suddenly went up.

Comment Inconceivable! (Score 1) 286

God forbid we have a digital distribution service that benefits the consumer!

If Valve takes advantage of small developers, I don't know why those developers continue to flock to the service like flies to honey. And if there really is a conflict of interest, they don't seem to be exercising it. Valve games aren't advertised any more than third-party titles, and the standard non-sale prices are comparable.

Comment Re:Gamestop -- pushing used games over new (Score 1) 664

What about $36 for Little Big Planet? Or even $33?

The big benefit to buying used from Gamestop isn't the paltry $5 discount; it's the sales on used games that occur every weekend. The usual discount is 20-30%, but last weekend's sale was Buy 2, Get 1 Free, turning that $55 game into a $33 one if you shop smart and use an Edge card.

I hate Gamestop as much as the next guy, but they're not always a ripoff.

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