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First Person Shooters (Games)

Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

Comment Re:Is there anyone left on this planet ... (Score 1) 569

At the risk of being the pariah of the thread: me. I like Bono. I enjoyed U2's old work, I enjoy their new work. I appreciate that Bono postures his fame toward a positive cause. I'm sure it would be much more fun for Bono to stick to what other rockstars do: bedding countless droves of groupies while swimming in a Scrooge McDuck-esque pile of nose candy. That said, I firmly disagree with Bono's stance on the web tracking issue. But I honestly think this is a stance born more out of ignorance than malice. My best guess is that U2's 'charming' manager has been bending Bono's ear a bit on the piracy issue. I'd simply remember that Bono is a rock star, rather than anything resembling any form of IT professional. Respond in the same way you would respond to your grandmother telling you how the internet works: laugh at her with your friends on Slashdot.

Comment A modest proposal (Score 2, Funny) 569

"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

How unerringly true. Might I suggest that we take a new approach to the problem? Perhaps we can put our efforts toward removing the stigma attached to cannabalism. It seems to me that this could only result in a positive outcome for all parties involved. The hungry would be either fed or eaten and we would no longer have to be annoyed by Bono's calls for help.

Comment Don't play by their rules. (Score 5, Interesting) 800

My boss received an e-mail from a cybersquatter that sought to sell us a URL that was very similar to a URL we currently owned. My boss, being the URL hound he is asked me to purchase it. I offered the squatterâ(TM)s auto-bid website $50, which it automatically turned down and told me I had to offer a minimum of $500. I walked from the deal, only to receive an e-mail an hour later from the squatter, agreeing to my $50 bid.

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