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Comment Re:Steambox (Score 1) 263

Best part is, GGP was most likely a sarcastic remark. A tongue in cheek reference to the fact that valve has talked about a mass-produced Steambox for years now, yet nothing has hit the market.

And isn't likely to happen in the near future, either, considering that they basically canned their entire hardware department for over a corporate culture conflict.

Comment Re:I used to block ads (Score 1) 978

I am not an economist so I may be missing something obvious, but it sounds like your model has two possible economic models: 1) Take large personal losses for what is essentially a "labor of love" and shows you no return on your time... OR 2) Magic. I would actually love to be corrected here. What community are you speaking of and where do the funds to support it come from?

Comment Re:Short games are fine, but... (Score 1) 342

If you want to make a damned movie, get in the movie business! If you want to make GAMES then make them FUN!

There's nothing inherently wrong with cinematic games, though. Compare a snore-fest like LA Noire to the Mass Effect series. Both are very cinematic, but in Mass Effect, what you're doing feels like it matters. you're having fun because you're playing it. LA Noire was a barely-interactive 20 hour movie which ground onward inevitably with or without you.

Comment Re:You mean the entirety of the concept? (Score 1) 147

This can easily be extended - with just as much basis in reality - that profit corrupts, regardless of the source. Or, to put it in a more classic phrasing, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." Microtransactions are just the latest variety of profit that can be turned to profiteering.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 1) 445

Chance+opportunity+rationalization-risk = criminal action. Even a weak rationale is better than none. "I deserve this more than they do" "It's a big business, they won't miss a little profit" "I'm not actually hurting anyone" See: Software piracy on that last point. And yes, I'm referencing personal experience.

Comment Re:Games Console Plays Games Shocker (Score 1) 332

I have absolutely no problem with a console that just plays games. Indeed, I say "good for them" in this decision, especially if it actually lowers end cost to consumers.

The problem with the Wii was never that it didn't play DVDs. The problem was that its catalog of games was lousy. Seriously, look at which games are still selling at full price, and which dropped like a rock two weeks after release. Hint: Twilight Princess is still one of the top-selling Wii games... and it was a GameCube game. They won't get anywhere without developer support.

Okay, I will admit, they rewrote the book on hype and mass-marketing, this generation. That, combined with actually making a profit on hardware sales, put them solidly in the black. I'm not sure the "Nintendo iPad" will manage the same feat, though. That controller is going to cost a pretty penny.

Comment Re:Might as well get in on the action (Score 1) 437

The problem is that the intimidation tactics are working. It's getting more difficult to find a copy of the hack. Out of curiosity (I don't even own a PS3), I started looking for a copy of the file. It took me a good 10 minutes to locate a link to a good download. Now, you can say I suck at searching, and that may have some truth, but it means that Sony has made strides in preventing Average Joe Luser from jailbreaking his or her console.

It occurs to me after the fact that I should have probably been searching torrents instead of looking for a download from a website. Indeed, that search takes all of five seconds to bear fruit.

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