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Comment Wat? (Score 1) 82

At one base, soldiers preferred to play mouse-and-keyboard games over a more "realistic" virtual room.

"Preferred"? I'm not sure the author of this article really understands how the military works.

Comment Re: Stealth (Score 1) 117

We didn't even have to win to win. If the US was willing to pay the price Vietnam would be partitioned to this day. There's no way they could have defeated us militarily even if we didn't invade the North. But the public wasn't willing to pay the price. I suspect we wouldn't even have needed troops on the ground - the South Vietnamese destroyed a large invasion force with the help of US air power in 1973 and might have been able to hold indefinitely if we had continued to provide air support.

It sucked for the people in the South, but I wonder if the country isn't better off today. Like China, Vietnam only pays the barest lip service to communism these days. They have more economic freedom than Americans. If we had forced a partition maybe Vietnam would be like Korea, with both armies on a hair trigger and Ho Jon Un building nuclear weapons to intimidate the neighbors.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 1) 264

I had to install DOSBox to play Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares, which was released twenty years ago. It took about fifteen minutes of fiddling.

On the other hand, I accidentally bought a brand new Xbox 360 game for my Xbox-One-owning nephew and had to return it. So explain to me again why I would want a console if backwards compatibility matters to me?

Sure, the old console is in the closet somewhere, and someday you'll hook it up and play one of your old games, for nostalgia's sake. If you can find a television with the right kind of inputs.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 1) 264

It seems like every few years another layer of abstraction is added that makes things easier. I play games exclusively on the PC and haven't had a problem in ages. The only real advantage to consoles these days is cost, and that's only up-front cost since the games themselves are quite a bit more expensive.

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