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Comment Whatever you think you know is probably wrong (Score 1) 153

It's funny that so many people are writing about the Sega CD, the Saturn, the 32X ... as if those products were yesterday, not 20 years ago. The modern Sega is a different beast. The real question is, why does anyone care what Tom Kalinske thinks? Isn't it enough that he starred in the biggest hero-worshipping book every written about any game executive, past, present, or future? I'm surprised "Console Wars" didn't have a centerfold pullout pictorial of him with six-pack abs and flowing locks of hair like Fabio.

Comment Of course it's fragmented (Score 1) 96

They want you to buy from Amazon. All my iThings are the same way -- Siri is great for interacting with the built-in Apple apps and services, but if I want to listen to something from Spotify, all it can do is launch the app. The AppleTV, the Chromecast, and the Roku are no better, each of them live in their own little universe. The XBONE and PS4 are the same way, too. It's the future kid, get used to it.

Comment Because no one wants to be responsible for failure (Score 1) 175

Skype doesn't support 911 calls because they can't be reliably traced ...and because they don't want to be held to collecting fees to pay for 911. There's nothing to be gained by playing this game, only losses. If your service connects 99% of the time, the media will descend like a pack of starving hyenas when (not if) a vulnerable person is let down by an imperfect system.

This is why we have inherently governmental functions, to do the unpopular/unprofitable things that the private sector won't take on.

Comment You know what upgrade this needs? (Score 1) 57

A $100 price cut. I'm old, I like mobile games, I like emulators, but this is just too dear for me. The Nexus 7 does more for less money (books, magazines, videos, on a screen I'd like to look at for a while, with more storage space) and Chinese tablets like the JXD S7800B add gaming controls to Google Play games.

Comment Who cares what the EFF said? (Score 1) 520

Why should anyone run and do this just because the EFF told them to?

I live in a relatively densely settled suburban area, but it's all single-family houses. I believe that anyone who wants a wireless connection either already has one at his/her house, or has a smartphone or tablet with a decent 3G signal. Why should I open an access point to very likely nobody? The only thing I have to gain is risk of someone doing harm to me, just to meet some imaginary goal of "sending a message."

If this is a political issue for you, start an internet petition (similarly useless) or buy a Fonera (which is not exactly setting the world on fire with its popularity either). This geek crusade is attempting to right a purely imaginary wrong.

Role Playing (Games)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Announced 152

An anonymous reader writes "Square-Enix has announced Final Fantasy XIII-2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. According to Gamespot, 'The newly christened Final Fantasy XIII-2 continues the adventures of Lightning and her team of RPG vagabonds in a brand new adventure, utilizing the long-in-development engine (and, probably, some of the art assets) that powered the original game. And because Square doesn't have to spend all of that extra time developing the engine, players won’t have to wait nearly as long to get their hands on this newest iteration of the game. According to Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII-2 (which, in case you haven't guessed, is a game title that is just as terrible to type out as it is to say with your mouth) is on track for release in Japan this year. [The game] should be available in English-speaking territories by "next winter."'"
Input Devices

Microsoft Kinect With World of Warcraft 80

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have developed software that enables control of PC video games using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Their toolkit, known as the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), emulates custom-configured keyboard controls triggered by body posture and specific gestures. This video shows a user playing the online game World of Warcraft using the Kinect. Potential applications of this technology include video games for motor rehabilitation after stroke and reducing childhood obesity through healthy gaming."

Comment Re:APB, Fallen Earth... (Score 1) 157

There have been a few MMO attempts on consoles. Final Fantasy XI and Phantasy Star Online come to mind. Both are very Japanese, not very well suited to interaction, and otherwise built for a niche audience. Blizzard so totally owns the MMO mindshare that no one wants to make a subscription game for console players, who in my opinion are notorious cheapskates, children, or both. I've been meaning to set aside some time to get into the iPhone MMO "Pocket Legends" from Spacetime Studios, but haven't quite gotten the courage to plunge into that kind of time sink.

Comment Why is this "news"? (Score 2, Insightful) 209

It's not a hack, it's only indirectly related to Apple (despite Gawker's attempts to paint it otherwise), and the government email addresses that were "exposed" are public anyway. It's not difficult for me to send email to Rahm Emanuel. Goatse's brute force script isn't that interesting (see so why are we wasting so much time on this non-story?

Comment Re:Because... (Score 1) 303

I think this is an excellent point. Visit the forums on and you'll see legions of kids with iPod Touch devices (no phone contract, the other obstacle to a different widespread mobile platform), but no money to spend on games. There are literally thousands of neat pick-up-and-play games in the App Store for no more than $10, but a large portion of the potential market bitches and whines when anything costs more than 99 cents. I'm no kid and the money is not my primary concern, but the little microtransactions do add up!

Aside from the Sony/Nintendo duopoly, the iPod Touch and iPhone are as close as we get to a mainstream mobile platform. Personally, I'm fine with that, because each device has a distinct personality and unique games suited to its hardware.

Comment Re:Social Gaming (Score 1) 33

Clearly, you have never read any iTunes reviews for AppStore games. The amount of bitching over any program that costs more than 99 cents is eye-opening. There appear to be legions of whiny, broke kids using the iPhone (or perhaps more likely, iPod touch) as a game machine.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 503

They did. See

Bezos said âoeOur âsolutionâ(TM) to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism weâ(TM)ve received.â

Then they sent a legit copy of the affected books to everyone, along with a $30 gift certificate.

I think it's safe to assume they will never, ever do anything like this again.

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