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Comment Re:Gaben Ain't Dumb (Score 1) 399

You've made some good points there, I admit.

That's why Steam has Big Picture Mode, why steam machines exist, and why Steam Link was created.

But the thing is, consoles do BPM BETTER than steam does and have been doing so for YEARS.

A windows Steam machine basically has all the drawbacks of Windows, printer queues, system services, Firewalls, antivirus/antimalware etc etc.

A SteamOS machine is still Linux. For example Steam has built in game streaming on windows, but that doesn't work on Linux/SteamOS. If you want to gamestream on SteamOS it is back to the command line you go to fiddle with ffmpeg x11grab scripts or install OBS.

The Steam controller already makes life easier for many keyboard + mouse games.

Considering I first hooked up a keyboard and mouse to a console in 2002...the Steam controller is a solution in search of a problem that isn't really a problem. Which could describe Steam boxes as a whole.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 142

decent mobile gaming has already got a choice of dozens of devices that also do more than just play games.

Like the Vita and 2DS/3DS? They're the only decent mobile gaming around.

Hell, Sony's PSP is probably a more "decent" game machine than tablets and phones with all the F2P IAP crap.

Comment Re:Now it makes sense... (Score 1) 142

Sony did that in 2011 with the Xperia play...it didn't quite take off.


Also one could Skype on a PSP or Vita in the past, though you can't now. The Vita's email client works though.

The Xperia play even had Minecraft PE as an exclusive for a couple of months. As an aside, the physical controls on the Vita make Minecraft on the Vita a better experience than Minecraft PE on tablets and phones, even with the Vita version's world size limitation.

IMHO phones should stay phones. The changes needed to make a phone a good gaming device increase the size, weight, heat output and battery draw. We still need dedicated portable consoles for "Good" gaming on the go. Sure, maybe if you like F2P touchy games with IAP you like gaming on phones...but for other games, not so much.

Comment Re:Still hasn't learned (Score 1) 142

and controllers that were, compared to XB and PS controllers, VERY basic and simplified, so you didn't first have to learn to play, you could simply pick them up and play.

Only with the Wii, the N64 and Gamecube controllers were more traditional.

And the other consoles simply suck as party consoles.

That depends on how you #define party console.

One of the issues is that people "think" there are no "party/family-get-together" games for the PS4...since you don't see those games on the shelf. But there ARE some party games....the thing is they're mostly in the Playstation Store.

So when a "Wii Mom" goes to the game aisle and sees "Game party pack 2016" or "Happy fun time sports-with-mii's" in the Wii/WiiU section, and then goes over to the PS4 section and sees: Fallout 4, Destiny, TESO, ModernSeasonalRealisticSportsGame2016, Duty Calls: Medal of the Battlefield Ops Master Shooty Sergeant eXTREEM edition, Demon Souls, etc etc..she's going to think there are no party games for the PS4.

It's one of the problems with digital downloads, it is hard for SCEfoo to market them to people who aren't already on PSN so they might as well not exist to "casuals". Even then it is hit or miss. I only just found out about Brut@l a couple of days ago.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 142

Those are idiots who played the Pokemons when they were 7-year-old

I first played Pokemon in 1999 (Red/Blue) on a GBC when I was 32 you insignificant clod!

instead of real games like Street Fighter II, Doom etc.

I've also played SF2 (on a SNES, but I'm not a big fan of the game or genre) and DOOM (also on the SNES and PSone)

Playing both Pokemon and DOOM is not a zero sum game, one can like them both. Though the last Pokemon I played was Gold/Silver/Crystal. The combination of the in-game clock tied with events, and the whole trading thing designed around the schoolyard made the games not very adult friendly even if you DID have two GBC's.

Comment Who Cares? (Score 2) 566

Seriously, who cares if it was going over by 9 mph? How does that significantly impact anything (other than the car and the trailer)? This is red herring that is being chummed right now. This is not a significant data point, or shouldn't be. They should just shut the fuck up until the report is complete.

Comment Re:Horse Shit (Score 4, Insightful) 399

Valve quit crying because they got bored with SteamOS. A major problem with Valve's "flat" model of no bosses and no structure is that they only work on something if they find it interesting. Once they get bored, it languishes. Half Life 3 is a great example. There was clearly more story to tell, they left it unfinished, and there is clearly market demand for a sequel to the point it would be virtually assured to make money. So why hasn't it happened? Because they aren't interested in it right now. It's not a business or creative decision, it is that people are playing with other shit.

Valve is now fascinated with VR and eSports so that is where most of their energy is going. They are the shiny new toys they like, until they change their mind and chase something else. So SteamOS is in the same general boat as Steam itself in that they work on it a bit and maintain it, but there isn't a lot going on because there are few people interested in it.

Also I think they thought that SteamOS and Steam Machines would be like Steam itself: minimal effort on their part and people would just flock to them and use them in droves. Instead the market has responded with a resounding "meh". They'd need to put in a lot more effort to have a chance of making it happen and they don't want to do that.

Comment There is no, it is doomsaying (Score 3, Insightful) 399

Maybe it'll end up being true, but so far there is zero evidence. The only thing so far they've done that would in any way limit Steam is that their universal applications (what used to be called Metro) are Windows Store only. So you can't sell those on Steam. Ok, except nobody but MS makes those because nobody gives a shit. The "universal" part doesn't matter, MS's phones and tablets are in their final dying moments so there's no need to make something that runs both on real Windows and Windows RT/Phone.

At this point Win32/64 programs run better and have less limitations, and also have the advantage of running on all versions of Windows not just 10, so that is what people keep making. MS themselves are releasing their games using their new UWP format, of course, but nobody else seems to give a shit.

So it is a meaningless limitation for now. Programs using an API nobody uses won't work with Steam. Who cares? Other than that, nothing has changed or been limited. Steam runs great on Windows 10.

Will something change in the future? We'll have to wait and see. There's no evidence now though, because it hasn't happened. This is a doomsday prediction, and like most doomsday predictions it is based on what the predictor feels to be true, not actual evidence.

Comment Ummm... no (Score 2) 399

For one, they haven't done anything yet. This is Tim Sweeny doomsaying. Now maybe his predictions will be accurate but they are false right now. Presently, Steam works excellent in Windows 10. You download it, install it, and it just works as it does on any other platform. They have done nothing to stop it from working.

You can't scream about "abuse" when nothing has happened. That is like claiming someone robbed you when they didn't actually take anything from you or even say anything to you they just "look sketchy, like they might rob you."

Second, all the monopoly stuff has gone out the windows with Apple around now. You can't argue MS is a monopoly in the desktop arena with Apple selling tons of their products. Macbooks are trendy as hell and all kinds of people buy them. Having a major, viable, competitor defacto makes someone not a monopoly. Same deal in servers to an even larger extent as Linux is huge in the server market. And in phones? Shit MS is hardly a player.

They aren't in a monopoly position anymore, so anti-monopoly arguments don't work.

Comment Re:Gaben Ain't Dumb (Score 0, Troll) 399

No, Valve IS stupid. Gaben used to go on and on about how open source was the future, but kept his focus on Windows when another company was ALREADY using open source with their gaming hardware.

That company was Sony. If Gabe Newell dislikes MIcrosoft so much, why didn't he form a joint venture with Sony, which has been using open source software longer than Valve has! Essentially, the PS3/PS4 OS's are what SteamOS wants to be.

The reason is that while Gabe rants against walled gardens, the truth is he just wants gamers to use his OWN walled garden.

Comment Re:WASD is digital; left stick is analog (Score 1) 137

And I'm told most of these exceptions are on PlayStation 2, 3, and 4.

As far as I know, yes. If there are Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One games with such support, I'd like to know about them.

Some people like using a mouse in one hand and half of a DualShock in the other because unlike WASD, an analog stick offers analog control of the speed and direction of your movement, not just your aiming.

Yep, I prefer that method if I can get it. I know one player of War Thunder on PC who uses that method for tanks. I've also read of PC gamers buying up Playstation Move Navigation controllers (that's the one with the analog stick, not the glowy ball on the end of it) and using them with mice.

Comment Re:Consoles are too limiting (Score 1) 137

Just a reminder that FPS's aren't the only genre but every console since the PS2 has USB ports for a reason. It's not a case of "allow" but rather "do the developers want to take the time and effort to implement/test/troubleshoot a keyboard + mouse control system alongside the standard controller"

And often they don't bother to...but....sometimes they do. And I have console games within 10 feet of me with keyboard and/or mouse support. Sometimes the support won't be listed on the box, you have to check.

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