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The Almighty Buck

Worldwide Gaming Market Hits $91 Billion In 2016, Says Report (venturebeat.com) 76

According to a new SuperData Research report, the worldwide gaming market was worth a whopping $91 billion this year, with mobile gaming leading the way with a total estimated market value of $41 billion. The PC gaming market did very well too, as it pulled in nearly $36 billion over the year. PC Gamer reports: The mobile game segment was the largest at $41 billion (up 18 percent), followed by $26 billion for retail games and $19 billion for free-to-play online games. New categories such as virtual reality, esports, and gaming video content were small in size, but they are growing fast and holding promise for 2017, SuperData said. Mobile gaming was driven by blockbuster hits like Pokemon Go and Clash Royale. The mobile games market has started to mature and now more closely resembles traditional games publishing, requiring ever higher production values and marketing spend. Monster Strike was the No. 1 mobile game, with $1.3 billion in revenue. VR grew to $2.7 billion in 2016. Gaming video reached $4.4 billion, up 34 percent. Consumers increasingly download games directly to their consoles, spending $6.6 billion on digital downloads in 2016. PC gaming continues to do well, earning $34 billion (up 6.7 percent) and driven largely by free-to-play online titles and downloadable games. Incumbents like League of Legends together with newcomers like Overwatch are driving the growth in PC games. PC gamers also saw a big improvement with the release of a new generation of graphics cards, offering a 40 percent increase in graphics power and a 20 percent reduction of power consumption.

Comment Re:Or course not. (Score 1) 406

Ever felt guilty about not doing anything on a lazy Sunday

Um, no? On the rare occasions that I get a lazy Sunday where I don't have to work and I don't have a bunch of chores back-logged from not being able to do them when I was working, the thoughts I usually have are "why can't every day be like this?" and "Damn, it's over already?"

Comment Re:One reason: (Score 1) 406

It makes a cute quote, but it's not really the type of activity that makes work suck. What I "love doing" is not dealing with deadlines, stress, or the responsibilities of other people depending on my work.

Take away those pressures and even stuff like digging holes or cleaning is fun. Because as soon as it stops being fun you move on to something else.

So really the only way to "love what I'm doing" is to not "have to" do it, and be able to stop doing it and move on to something else whenever I want. Which describes no job ever, pretty much by definition.

Comment Re:The Ghost of Ned Ludd (Score 1) 414

There is clearly something wrong with that article's math. There are about 300,000,000 Americans, out of about 7 billion people on Earth. Which means Americans are over 4% of the world's population. So even if the poorest American is richer than the richest non-American (obviously false) you would still have to be in the top 25% of Americans to be in the world's top 1%. So do you honestly think $33k per year puts you in the top quartile of Americans?

Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 5, Informative) 471

Allow a business to invest all its money in itself and it's employees.

Any money they invest in themselves (as capital expenditure or R&D) or employees is already not taxed, since those are expenses. Only profits (going either to shareholders or sitting in reserve), after all the expenses are paid, get taxed.

Comment Re:Just what the world needs (Score 1) 202

As a frequent business traveler, I have to ask: where do I move my house to? The reason I have to fly for work is because my customers are scattered around the world, I'm not flying to any one particular place. There is no one place on Earth that has enough customers to keep me employed full-time throughout the year. And as work gets more and more specialized, I think this will increasingly become the norm.

Comment Re:I need to see more (Score 1) 711

Something is wrong with your argument, as it would apply to any constant-force producing device, like say a jet engine producing constant thrust. And obviously you can attach a 1.8 micro newton jet engine to a wheel without violating the laws of physics. (It's a little harder to see how you generate new jet fuel by spinning a wheel, but in principle energy is energy)

Comment Re:Will it be region-aware? (Score 2) 156

Ok super curious now. I'm guessing "honk" means something else in your dialect? I tried the usual "British English to American English" searches and got nothing.
In American English, "Honk" is an onomatopoeia of the sound car horns make (comparing them to the sound geese make). "To honk" is the verbing of that word. One honks a horn by pushing the center of the steering wheel causing the car horn to make the honk sound. This is done to alert other drivers, get their attention, or express road rage.

Comment Re:Camera outside my apartment? (Score 1) 117

I figured they might mean entrances and lobbies of high-rise type buildings where everyone enters the same door and goes to their unit via internal hallways.
I thought I was poking fun at the writer who assumed that (nearly) all the readers lived in such buildings, as I have only seen such things in movies and TV shows (usually NYC based). I don't live in an apartment at all now, and the ones I did live in in my youth were all small buildings with each unit having an individual external door, and I was trying to imagine the obsurd idea of hundred of cams sitting outside on the walkway, each pointed at one renter's private doorway.
But as the other replies to me have pointed out, apartment complexes and even detached house neighborhoods may well have privately owned cams cooperating voluntarily with the police.

Comment Re:Camera outside my apartment? (Score 1) 117

Ah, I forgot about parking lots and other common areas like the pool, and maybe entrances gates if the apartment is in a gated complex. Also didn't really realize wifi with default connection to the Internet is now the standard way to connect cams (but it's obvious in hindsight that that's what cheap consumer stuff uses these days).

Comment Camera outside my apartment? (Score 1) 117

The summary says there's a public camera outside my apartment. Really? That's weird, I don't even live in an apartment.
But seriously, it seems a strange thing to say. Why would most apartments have public cameras outside? I'm not even sure what that means? 'Public' as in government funded? (Then wouldn't the police have direct access anyway?) Or are they just meaning publicly accessible, as in webcam available on the Internet? But then, who is installing all these cameras outside everyone's apartments? Seems pretty creepy, or are these outward facing cameras from everyone's apartment? But how many people would install such cameras and make them public (certainly not enough to assume everyone has one outside their apartment)?
I could see maybe high-rise type apartments having a cam at the entrance, but that's a pretty rare type of apartment to live in, and I still would think the feed would be private, not on the internet.

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