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Comment Re:"Venmo" defined for the lazy (Score 1) 48

I was a naysayer as well, but it's actually incredibly useful in real life. Going out with friends and need to split the bill? Have one person put it on their card and everyone else VenMo them. Much easier to than cash (3 people owe $11, who has change?), no IOUs needed. Someone I don't see often just brought tickets for me? VenMo them now so they're not in the hole for the time being. Wait, did I Bill back for when he spotted me parking 2 weeks ago? If I paid cash, I have no idea with my lousy memory. If only I had paid VenMo, then I'd know for sure. Etc etc.

Comment Pre-orders backlash + Amazon Prime discount (Score 1) 119

A combination of two major factors. First off is the major pre-order backlash that's growing, which was further fueled this year by disappointing releases like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, No Man's Sky, Street Fighter V, and others I'm sure I'm forgetting. The other factor is the Amazon Prime 20% discount for pre-orders AND newly released (within 2 weeks) games. Yes, that's right -- I can NOT pre-order, wait for the reviews to come out, then decide a week later, and STILL pay 20% than someone who ordered from GameStop. There's no drawbacks because the chance they'll "out of stock" (Ha! in this digital age?) is pretty unlikely because they're Amazon. So, unless I'm some fiddly obsessive who cares about collecting the special pre-order skins or starter gear that won't even matter after level 6, why would I pre-order from GameStop?

Comment Waze (Score 1) 359

Makes sense, left turns "cost" more than right ones is pretty common sense. Waze got on-board with this recently as well, with an option to "avoid difficult left turns". Before that, it would sometimes make the frustrating decision to send you on a route that has a left turn into 4 lane, no-light intersection because it was 1000 ft shorter. Of course, it's not perfect yet, but I've definitely seen an improvement.

Comment Re:/r/nottheonion (Score 2) 333

NotTheOnion is all true news stories. The general gist is that the headline/premise is so ludicrous that one's first thought is "It must be The Onion", but then it's not. In reference to GP's headlines, I've heard at least 4 of them, but the Venezuela one threw me for loop. Here's the article, if anyone is interested:

Comment Re:Good riddance. (Score 1) 91

I feel like many fad technologies, most of it's market isn't people buying them for themselves, but as gifts. With birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, Valentine's, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc etc etc, it's a huge pain to get a gift that the average adult: doesn't already have, hasn't already received, and haven't bought for themselves by spending 5 seconds on Amazon. With fad technologies, at least there's less of a chance they already one. (Or even if they do, it's OK, because you're buying them the newest, shiniest one!!!)

Comment Re:Tell that to (Score 1) 88

Game design-wise, co-op 3D is a different beast. 2D allows multiple players to share the same screen, therefore "share the experience". In a full 3D game, you have to do split screen. Which is possible and has been done -- but it's very hard to make those games foster the same feeling of cooperation. You pay more attention to your own side/corner of your screen, instead of the big picture. Everyone's free to wonder off and do their own thing -- and so, they do. The only way 3D co-op is done well if when players are FORCED to work together, which generally requires puzzles. That's why Portal 2 could work in this environment. But other genres? I haven't seen it figured out yet.

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