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Comment Board games are forever... (Score 5, Interesting) 171

About 10 years ago or so, I started diverting my gaming money from video games to board games.
Here are some reasons off the top of my head why board games are better.

#1 - Buy one copy of the game, good for as many players as it supports, no need for each player to buy a copy

#2 - Very portable - toss it on the back seat - and you're good to go anywhere there is enough light and a table.

#3 - Longevity - my 10 year old copy of Robo Rally is just as fun now as it was 10 years ago when I bought it. And I fully expect to be able to play it in 10 years from now, and it will be just as much fun.
Good luck doing that with a video game.

#4 - No DRM preventing me from buying or selling used games - if for some reason I tired of a board game, I can easily put it on eBay and the buyer is guaranteed to be able to play the game - assuming they can read the language the directions are in.

#5 - Home rules - don't like the way a video game plays? tough - unless you can find a mod that changes it. With a board game - just home rule what your group doesn't enjoy - and you're golden.

#6 - and finally - the social element.
Video games tend to physically isolate people from each other, board games have you all around the same table socializing, imbibing your beverages of choice and having a grand old time. Oh yeah, and getting some quality gaming in too.

Comment Re:81-100% ??? (Score 1) 336

Personal email accounts became feasible in the late 80s.

Says you - my first email account was on CompuServe which I joined around 1981.

Dialup - 300 baud - at some ungodly rate per hour...
They also offered 1200 baud - at twice the hourly rate of 300 baud. What a deal!

The Courts

Judge Berates Prosecutors In Xbox Modding Trial 285

mrbongo writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Opening statements in the first-of-its-kind Xbox 360 criminal hacking trial were delayed here Wednesday after a federal judge unleashed a 30-minute tirade at prosecutors in open court, saying he had 'serious concerns about the government's case.' ... Gutierrez slammed the prosecution over everything from alleged unlawful behavior by government witnesses, to proposed jury instructions harmful to the defense. When the verbal assault finally subsided, federal prosecutors asked for a recess to determine whether they would offer the defendant a deal, dismiss or move forward with the case that was slated to become the first jury trial of its type. A jury was seated Tuesday."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple May Track IPod Thieves & You (

Ryan N. Kamfolt - ClickAway writes: "Apple may begin implementing software in its I-Tunes suite to track serial numbers of I-Pods and compare them to a stolen I-Pod database. Due to the worlds most successful and popular product being on the #1 most stolen items list. This may alert the local police to come knocking on your door, if "Your" I-Pod is in question. Weather it be stolen or legit, people are not taking this to heart kindly at all. With the right to privacy walls closing in on us ever so fast, this seems to be another push to take our privacy rights away even more, or is it? Those who have had their I-Pods stolen love the idea. Others are not so happy about the idea. Some privacy right advocates have suggested implementing I-Pods or I-Phones with owner ID verification, such as a password or other forms of verification that must be entered into the devices before they will take a charge or allow you to place songs on the device. Or offer a service that is apart of Apple iCare, which allows users who feel they may become a victim of theft, to join this database, to further protect them in the even their I-Pod is stolen."

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