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Comment I always thought Solaris was the sequel? (Score 1) 33

Back in the Atari 2600 days, Star Raiders was an incredible game for the system. A few years later, a game called Solaris appeared on shelves with similar box art to Star Raiders. The comparisons didn't end there. Solaris featured enemy ships from Star Raiders, the map grid, the hyperwarping between quadrants now had an interactive "focus" element to it to determine fuel usage, the visiting of Federation (was it the same Federation as Star Raiders) planets to refuel (versus the star base) and so on.

Although information was scarce in that era, all signs pointed to Solaris being a superior sequel to Star Raiders.

Comment Let this be a lesson (Score 2) 75

I've been a fan of physical game carts/discs that are 100% playable offline. Getting a new PS4 or Xbox One that "bundles" a download code for a game is a rip off if you have to download the game and have it call home every time you want to play. So when the online component is down, you can't download or play the downloaded game since it can't phone home. That's ridiculous. I skipped the Xbox One and PS4 for reasons like this. Even more so: 10 years from now when the authentication server goes offline, your Xbox One or PS4 game is dead. Whereas, I can still pop in my favorite NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, PSOne, Saturn, DreamCast, GCN, and PS2 games without any worry for an internet connection. (And select PS3 and Xbox 360 games.) Vote with your money, people.

Comment Remember: Space is hard (Score 1) 140

The miracle and wonder behind celebrating successful space missions is realizing that going to space is hard and a lot had to go well to get things to turn out right. Even with decades of satellite launches under humanity's belt, each launch is a challenge and a learning opportunity...

...some more costly than others.

Comment 3D Blu-Ray Player (Score 4, Interesting) 99

I lost interest in mainstream console gaming after the SNES/Genesis and the Saturn/PS1 eras. The way gaming was going on consoles (Xbox, PS2, GCN) just turned me off and I spent more time playing MMOs on PCs. So when the 360 and PS3 came out, I bought a PS3 only to serve as an easy-to-firmware-update Blu-Ray player that can play my PS1 games and, perhaps, any PS3 game that catches my eye (SF4 for example) and retro collection discs.

The killer app for me was when 3D Blu-Ray capability was added. For me, the PS3 will continue to have it's honorary position in my entertainment scenario, so long as it can play Blu-Ray movies and allow me to play Symphony of the Night on the big screen.

If my PS3 breaks while they're still making them? I'm not sure I'd buy another. I'd just get a cheap 3D-capable Blu-Ray player and play SotN by other means.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.