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Comment Home Gold sounds similar (Score 1) 135

I'm not sure what you're getting at? Do you mean 3 adults or what? If it is a shared household of 3 adults then they can pay for their OWN PS+. If it is an adult and kids, then the adult can decided if they want their kids to have online multiplayer, or not.

I meant either way. A lot of people quote the raw sticker price of a console in arguments but fail to take into account the additional price of online multiplayer, especially in the era of a TV in every bedroom. Do games on either current console even support LAN multiplayer?

But PS+ accounts are per user [etc.]

tl;dr: PS+ on PlayStation 4 covers the user's primary console and other consoles that the user logs in to. Thank you for the explanation. After a bit of research, it appears Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One works the same way, and they call it "Home Gold".

Comment ACA subsidy phases out gradually (Score 1) 284

The Affordable Care Act lacks hard "maximums" for precisely this reason. It has a cutover from Medicaid to the Marketplace between 100% and 137% of the poverty level, and then the premium subsidy has a sliding scale that phases out gradually between 100% and 400% of the poverty level.

Comment WASD is digital; left stick is analog (Score 1) 135

Current consoles don't allow KB/M (minus rare exceptions or using an adapter)

And I'm told most of these exceptions are on PlayStation 2, 3, and 4. Some people like using a mouse in one hand and half of a DualShock in the other because unlike WASD, an analog stick offers analog control of the speed and direction of your movement, not just your aiming.

Comment Re:Why would I buy a computer FOR Microsoft? (Score 1) 135

Buy a computer that only some people (those who pay extra) are allowed to program? That's totally absurd.

The standard answer is that developer qualifications improve the median quality of games. The last time everybody was allowed to program a console was the Atari 2600. The flood of crap during 1983, led by rushed licenses such as E.T. and Pac-Man as well as blatant cash-ins such as Chase the Chuck Wagon, almost brought down the North American video game industry. (Distributors going bankrupt to avoid honoring their return policies didn't help either.) It took the NES's lockout chip to revive retailers' and users' interest in video games.

But both Microsoft and Nintendo have opened their developer programs dramatically during this console generation. Xbox One runs UWP apps with an developer mode enabler app available at no additional charge to Dev Center members, and Nintendo recently allowed individuals to become developers regardless of "industry experience". I'm guessing it's a response to the comparative openness of Apple's App Store and Google Play Store, along with the realization that reviews by third parties can filter out the crap.

Comment Re:What a bargain (Score 1) 135

When you have to pay $10/mo for Xbox Live, you're out another $120/year.

Both Xbox Live and PS+ are available for $50/yr, and you can find it them on sale for $35-40/yr.

When you have three people in the house and have to pay $40/yr for PS+ or Live on each of their consoles, you're out another $120/year.

Comment Re:Still a proprietary, DRM'd piece of shit. (Score 1) 135

- Play CDs, DVDs & Blu-ray

CD what? Xbox One can't rip CDs, and neither the PlayStation 4 nor the Wii U can even play CDs.

- Connect to video and audio content libraries in your home

How-To Geek's article claims that this happens through DLNA. I seem to remember certain PlayStation products in the past being very picky about DLNA implementation, not giving the user much useful troubleshooting information. How picky is the Xbox One's DLNA client, compared to (say) a living room PC? Does it support things like WebM (MKV container, VP8 or VP9 video, and Vorbis or Opus audio)?

Comment Which genre do you play? (Score 1) 135

It's still a Microsoft product. It still mostly plays games of a genre that I don't care about (doom clones).

As of the anniversary update, Xbox One runs Windows apps. What genre of game would you like to see developed as a Windows app, other than perhaps "fighting game with classic Nintendo IP"?

Comment Re: What "minimal functionality" for a browser gam (Score 1) 117

It seems to be a NES emulator.

As I wrote in this comment, I was hoping for a more general reply that didn't take advantage of the fact that this particular browser game operated by emulating an NES. For another browser game that does not operate by emulating a classic video game console, would I need to make three versions: one for Windows, one for macOS, and one for X11/Linux?

So, I actually meant "ROMs currently being played."

As I wrote in this comment, would you be fine with the following choices, or would you instead leave?

  • A. Play now without charge (requires JavaScript)
  • B. Purchase ROMs for use with emulator or PowerPak (requires PayPal or major credit card)

I've never been keen on running arbitrary code on my computer, even if it is sandboxed (build a perfect sandbox, and then, maybe).

If an application is available for download, it is also "arbitrary code". How do you run it?

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