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Comment Re:I hope this fucking fails (Score 1) 116

There's no reason the subscription has to be tied into DLCs. They're already separate and very merchant-dependent.

Depending on who makes and/or publishes the game, there is already (in the current market) some combination of:
1) Purchase price
2) DLCs that add more playable content
3) DLCs that basically add cheats (better weapons, more skills, powerups, etc.)
4) In-game microtransactions to speed up some part of the gameplay
5) Cosmetic add-ons
6) Full-fledged expansions
7) Deluxe editions, gold editions, yearly passes, Game of the Year editions, etc. that combine some or all of the above

Really a subscription system would just replace #1, which is for many people the largest barrier to entry anyway. It basically continues down the path towards F2P games, which personally I would love to see because now we don't really have demos anymore, and it's not easy to see how much you'd like a game before purchasing anymore. There's gameplay videos and the Steam refund system, but neither is a full substitute for a free playable demo.

In my teens and 20s I was a hardcore gamer, but now I don't have the time to try out every new AAA title and certainly don't want to pay full price for them just to maybe like it enough to play for an hour or two of Sequel Syndrome (Call of Duty/Titanfalls/Civilizations, looking at you...). If I could try all the games (or at least very many of them) for free and then only pay to enhance the ones I truly love, I would save both time and money.

And this isn't some weird experimental model either. Pioneered by OnLive and then expanded by nVidia and eventually Xbox and PSN both started doing this. In those cases, they're streamed over the Internet to you, but I'd be fine with them downloading to my machine (in chunks, encrypted and DRMed) too.

I also hope you can still buy games the "traditional" route, just for people like you, but they can coexist. Maybe $20/mo gets you 50 hours of play, split up among the games you play, and then you can also purchase any title for a full subscription + DLCs?

Comment Re:The Widow (Score 1) 183

I'm still trying to figure out how I didn't know about it until just recently.

Oh, I'll tell you why. Because season one only recently came to Netflix. It's the same as with Preacher, and Hap & Leonard and other cool shows. The target demographic (idiots like me) don't watch cable TV, but when it comes to Netflix, we're all over it.

Comment Image processing (Score 1) 89

When I started my PhD in image processing, I was given an 80-column, 24-line text terminal to the department microVax (approximately 1 MIP, shared between about 40 people). I was lucky, and got one of the good ones, it had an amber phospher :)

Seriously, the only place to see the results of the algorithm was on a shared display downstairs in the lab - which was in high demand. I ended up doing a lot of terminal-style graphs (mine wasn't a tektronix terminal, so I only had text-like characters) to prove an algorithm worked before actually seeing it.

And now I look at the technological ability of my freaking phone, and I wonder at just how far things have come in 30 years or so...

Comment No problem (Score 2) 41

You can have that however you have to accept a few things:

1) Costs are going to go way up. You aren't going to pay $50 or $100 for a software package, it'll be 5 or 6 figures. You'll be paying for all the additional testing, certification, and risk.

2) You won't get new stuff. Everything you use will be old tech. You'll be 5-10 years out of date because of the additional time needed to test and prove things. When a new chip or whatever comes on the market it'll be a good bit of time before it has undergone all the validation it needs to be ready for such a critical use.

3) You will not be permitted to modify anything. You will sign a contract (a real paper one) up front that will specify what you can do with the solution, and what environment it must be run in. Every component will have to be certified, all software on the system, the system itself, any systems it connects to, etc. No changes on your part will be permitted, everything will have to be regression tested and verified before any change is made.

If you are ok with that, then off you go! The way I know this is how it goes is that we have shit like this, we have critical systems out there and this is the kind of shit they go through. They are expensive, inflexible, and out of date compared to the latest mass market shit. If you look at the computers that control a fighter plane or the like you'll be amazed at how "dated" they are. Well they are that way because development took a long time and once they are developed, they continue to be used, they aren't changed often.

Now if that's not ok, if you want the free wheeling environment we have now where you can buy new tech when you like, put things together in any configuration, and run whatever you want that's cool, but accept that means problems will happen. You cannot have it both ways.

Oh and also with that critical stuff:

4) There will be no FOSS. If there's liability for losses, nobody will be willing to freely distribute their work. They aren't going to accept liability for no payment, and aren't going to accept that if their code was used by someone else they might be liable.

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