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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 368

See World of Warcraft, see puzzle games, see online mini-games.

The problem with your argument is that you are basing it off inept data collecting, like NPD stats, that DOES NOT account for MOST OF THE revenue in PC gaming (MMO subscriptions, game advertising, website games, etc.)

Graphics sell BOX copies of games, and I don't know if you noticed, but box sales have been on a decline for years.

Seriously how many more major development houses and games do we need to see fail before people understand that expensive, top-of-the-line graphics do not sell games.
The Internet

Submission + - New Jersey Denies Internet from Sex Offenders ( 3

eldavojohn writes: "New Jersey just passed legislation making it illegal for sex offenders to use the internet. NJ congresswoman Linda D. Greenstein said, "When Megan's Law was enacted, few could envision a day when a sex offender hiding behind a fake screen name would be a mouse-click away from new and unwitting victims. Sex offenders cannot be given an opportunity to abuse the anonymity the Internet can provide as a means of opening a door to countless new potential victims." While they still can search for jobs, this is a major expansion over the prior legislation which barred them from social networking sites like facebook or myspace."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - 2007: PC Gaming Hardware Wrap-up (

Heartless Gamer writes: " has a wrap-up of the year that was in PC gaming hardware (captured via 3DMark06). Not surprising, Nvidia's 8800 series of cards leads the pack, while ATI lags behind significantly. A little surprising, Microsoft Vista and DX10 has had a steady year of growth. In a year of cheaper-than-normal memory, the average amount of RAM per PC is up. Overall, a great analysis of the PC gaming platform."

PC Mag Slams Cheap Wal-Mart Linux Desktop 671

An anonymous reader writes "PC Magazine reviews the $200 Linux desktop wonder sold by Wal-Mart. This desktop sold out quickly and has been cited as proof that consumers are tired of the Windows tax and ready for Linux. Not so according to PC Magazine, which gave the gPC a 1.5 star rating." Previous discussions we've had about system reviews were realistic but not quite so harsh; is this just nitpicking or is the 'shiny' starting to wear off of the cheap Linux PC concept?
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Zapak set to buy Sony Online Entertainment? (

Heartless Gamer writes: "Zapak Digital entertainment, the online gaming company promoted by Anil Ambani-led ADAG group, is all set to buy out Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) for around $300 million. This acquisition is in line with the future plans of Zapak Digital, which is planning to enter the gaming space in China by early next year. "This makes perfect sense for us, as around 80% of content in the gaming industry is manufactured internationally. Buying out Sony, will not only give us access but also expand our reach in the global market," said a senior Zapak Official."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Valve: New Maps, Fixes, Machinima Tool for TF2 (

Heartless Gamer writes: "In emails sent to individual fans, Valve employees have given clues as to what new content Team Fortress 2 owners can expect in the near and more distant future. New maps are in the works, as is an imminent Xbox 360 patch and, surprisingly, the tools Valve uses to create its lauded character class videos."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - WAR Beta hits 500,000 sign-ups (

Heartless Gamer writes: "The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) beta sign-up counter reached the half-million mark today and with the talk lately of "beta invites as an advertisement" I wanted to make sure one of 2008's most anticipated titles doesn't get left out of the mix."
PlayStation (Games)

LittleBigPlanet Demo Not Coming This Year 62

The MTV Multiplayer site has the saddening news that the LittleBigPlanet demo, probably one of the most-anticipated PlayStation offerings for this year, has slipped to 2008. Not terribly surprising given the time of the year. "'I can officially confirm that there won't be a demo this year,' Ron Eagle, senior manager of PR for Sony Computer Entertainment America told me. But he did say he's played 30 of the games 50 planned developer-made levels and that it's a lot of fun. He seemed genuinely pleased about his time with the game, but his company won't be showing more 'LBP' at least until next month. Eagle could only add that the full game is set for a 2008 release. And with that, the video game release calendar for 2007 is complete. No more delays. No more surprises. Right?"

Ohio Plans To Encrypt After Data Breach 237

Lucas123 writes "After a backup tape containing sensitive information on 130,000 Ohio residents, current and former employees, and businesses was stolen from the car of a government intern in June, the state government just announced it has purchased 60,000 licenses of encryption software — McAfee's SafeBoot — for state offices to use to protect data. It's estimated that the missing backup tape will cost Ohio $3 million. In September, the state docked a government official about a week of future vacation time for not ensuring that the data would be protected."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Digital Distribution Woes (

Heartless Gamer writes: "Digital distribution is the the future for gaming. Ten years from now, players won't go to a store to buy their games, they will just download them. The process will be simple, clean, and help to cut the rising cost of games.

Unfortunately, if the Call of Duty 4 launch via Steam is any indication, digital distribution has a long ways to go. The Steam launch has been littered with show-stopping bugs and regional pricing differences, not to mention being launched nearly a week after the box versions hit store shelves. All of this for a game that has Game of the Year written all over it, and that is saying a lot in a period seeing the launch of a ton of AAA games."

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Game, The Operating System? (

Heartless Gamer writes: "Citing a c|net news article, Heartless Gamer examines the possibility of a Linux-based operating system dedicated to gaming. From the article: "The ability to 're-spin' Fedora is attracting some interest. Among the Fedora-based variations that will be available are one for gaming, one for designing microprocessors, and one for programmers." Jeff Freeman, declared to have at one point lost his mind while developing games, has also chimed in."

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