I've been saying for donkeys that HL3 is the obvious exclusive to pull people onto SteamBox (and possibly even Linux by extension - wouldn't that be interesting?). Remains to be seen how bold Valve decide to be with this.
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You think we're joining the gang because we hope it will make us more popular and better liked? Or that we believe that MS and Nokia really don't deserve to succeed in the light of crimes past?
So in your head downvoting anyone who likes a product simply because the company that made it were once dicks and you don't like them....isn't OTT? MS aren't my favourite company in the world, but I evaluate their products individually, almost like I'm a rational person. I'd much prefer it if Nokia had been allowed to continue their Maemo/MeeGo/Linux nuttery alongside Windows, because that line of phones was superb for me, but none of that makes Windows Phone a bad product, so I'm not going to say that it is.
Re: Here we go again
The rest of the day, many more phones on display in larger places. Still didn't see that flash of bright plastic. Still haven't seen one anywhere but TV and the web.
You know you can get them in plain black, right? Mine is.
Re: Doing well?
So let me get this right. In the market where it has the best showing, it has just under 10% market share. Therefore in other markets it has a lot less, so overall it's share is less than 10%. This is good?
Are you under the impression that market domination is the only way to be successful?
Ah, why bother? I'd only be arguing with a brick wall. Looking at the number of downvotes I got for saying "Windows Phone is actually alright", the tribalism in the commentard section only ever increases...
Glad to hear it's doing well. Competition in the space is always a good thing, and Windows Phone is very usable, especially for smartphone newcomers. Never mind that, like its desktop compatriot, Windows Phone is bloody fast.
Re: Don't believe it has fanboys
I do not believe anyone likes Windows 8, or more specifically the Metro crap.
On certain devices (not necessarily desktops) Metro is great. You need to get over that.
This just seems like a backward step as a consumer. Ever since I started buying smartphones 10 years ago, one of the things I've loved about them is their ability to go anywhere, do anything - surely that's the point?
Re: Steam DRM luv?
Steam doesn't require DRM, genius.
Re: OpenGL is now reportedly faster than DirectX
As long as they are not fake improvements. Seen companies "manage" and "massage" figures and systems to give the desired, though not practical, results.
Valve have no interest in doing that, far as I can see. Why piss off your majority Windows base? They did the port of L4D2, optimised it, and it turned out to be 15% faster on Linux.
Re: wtf is my cs go
Great Steam but first how about releasing some of your own titles on Linux first like frigging CS GO.
Come on now, that "some of" is unfair and you know it. So far, on my Steam Linux client, I have:
Day of Defeat
Half Life: Blue Shift
Half Life: Opposing Force
Half Life 2
Half Life 2: Deathmatch
Half Life 2: Lost Coast
Half Life 2: Episode 1
Half Life 2: Episode 2
Left 4 Dead 2 (The latest port/current beta project)
Team Fortress Classic
Team Fortress 2
Are you really going to sit there and tell me they're not putting the effort in?
Re: In addition to Steam it's also Linux
Personally I use Windows where appropriate and non-Ubuntu flavours of Linux where appropriate. No need for the raving extreme fanboism.
I use non-Unity flavours of Ubuntu. All of the benefits, none of the crap.
Re: Happy Windows 8 user here
The usual commentard herd mentality, I see. Downvoted simply for preferring something. OK, whatever rocks your cocks.
People like you are pathetic. I have loads of tech friends and none of them (none of them) would even consider using LINUX in any real capacity.
Programmer over here, real name included. I use Linux every single day for the vast majority of that day. I'm typing from Kubuntu right now. Wouldn't use anything else for my work, and especially not Windows (unless you don't consider working a "real capacity"). I do have Windows on here - Windows 8 in fact - but that's for other uses.
I like the way you put "none of them" in brackets a second time, like on a lyric sheet. Is that an instruction for your backing singers?
Happy Windows 8 user here
Even happier that my upgrade to 8.1 will be free. Metro? Barely see it, doesn't bother me. When I'm in Windows it's because there's something there that the Kubuntu installation can't do, and the upgrades in 8 over 7 are worth it for me.
Re: Samsung processor
Yeah, that's probably why Apple are being aggressive patent trolls, to give Samsung free advertising. That, and in an attempt to legally injunct sales of Samsung phone in the USA...but probably more to give them 'free' (as in expensive international lawyer time) advertising, sure.
I don't think he implied that it was intentional on Apple's part...
Re: Try and not to be so negative ..
Been meaning to play with WebRTC, and now it's in Firefox I think I might!
I'm sensing a lot of butthurt over the notion that wealthy people in capitalist nations might be regarded as successful, rather than scumbags.
FTR, not exactly wealthy myself, but I see that as one more challenge among many, not a perpetual state.
If the old saw, "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" * comes to mind as you read this, your observation is well substantiated by Forbes' survey.
Apart from the second part of it, of course, which isn't substantiated at all.
Congrats to those who mastered the system the rest of us set up. I aspire to your position, rather than merely envy it over a pint glass.
Change processor architectures again? Aren't there still Mac fans out there pissed off about the move to Intel? That's not that long since.
Re: My only worry...
My concern is centred on the well known inability of the male of the species to actually undo the average brastrap.
Speak for yourself, I had that down to a fine one-handed art by the time I got to college. :-p
Something about that picture makes me think of Ghostbusters.
For the next photo shoot boys, stand the short one on a box, get his hair cut, and look serious.
Does he not look a bit like Elliot Gould did in Friends?
No tabs? No dice. Sounds like they stripped it back a bit too far if you ask me.
"By removing modern society's amazingly convenient methods of contacting anyone, anywhere, at any time, we're going to make you reconnect with people."
Riiiight. Sounds like another case of Grumpy Old Parents. Woe is me, the world isn't how it was when I was a kid. Nothing should ever change.
Re: How much does it cost?
Once again, allow me to point out Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Whistler, Project Natal, etc...
I went for BRASTRAP because it just works so well in a sentence.
"LOHAN's lost the plot again."
"OK, pull the BRASTRAP."
The way I see the progression, Mozzy restarted the browser wars, aiming for useful and easy-to-extend functionality that was missing from the market leader, and forcing the rendering engines to advance along open standards.
Chrome then came along and started a whole new war, based almost entirely around two things: speed, and bleeding-edge support. If nothing else, Chrome made Firefox, IE and every other browser faster. It's not my browser of choice, but you can't deny its impact. Happy birthday, Chrome. You're a buggy little sod, and in your pure Google form I think you're actually rather evil, but I suppose you did some good too. :-p
Re: Usual Microsoft BS.
Ah, of course, you know better. It's all a conspiracy, clearly.
Incidentally, Penello and the Major have both stated that the Xbox was FCC approved earlier this year. It might have been under a different name, perhaps. Either way, the red label says "do not sell or display before November 22nd 2013". Wanna know how I know that? I clicked the link, genius.
Out of interest, how does one inline-replace images on a Whosay update?
Answer me this, can you do any of that with Steam?
Actually, similar things have been proposed and rumbled around Steam for a while now. In fact, people digging around in a recent beta found this:
It seems inevitable that they will arrive, especially with other marketplaces starting to provide real competition. Which neatly leads me to...
A purely digital market place would hopefully see game prices come down significantly much like they did on Steam and have on Origin!
Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnope. Think about it. Xbox would have one marketplace, and you'd be tied to it. What in ten hells is the incentive to reduce prices? Steam, Origin, GoG, GMG, etc reduce prices and flash sale products because they have to compete with each other for your dollar. Steam used to be way more expensive than it is now, but the emergence of other marketplaces led to their aggressive pricing. Now, what competition is there for that on Xbox?
Don't know what it's like elsewhere, but here in BC launch orders for the PS4 are just gone, everywhere. Back when the two systems were both detailed at E3, the pre-order slips in Best Buy were nearly full for the Xbox, and nearly gone for the PS4. It's been selling absolute gangbusters, to the point where EB are telling me I might not even get my PS4 in the second batch, let alone the first.
Re: Usual Microsoft BS.
1/ PS4 isn'tt hot in it's heels, it launches the week before, so it's actually the other way round. And the PS4 has full functionality in ALL launch teriroties, (Many of the XBox One features are not available in many regions, voice control for instance).
El Reg is based in the UK. The PS4 comes out two weeks later in the UK. Keep up.
2/ It isn't in manufacturing yet. no company would be stupid or desperate enough to start full production without FCC approval. Sony got approved on 22nd July.
Might wanna tell Major Nelson that, because he's posting pics of the things being shipped:
Re: 8 years
I just wonder how Sony are paying for all the advertising they get on EVERY SINGLE XBOX ARTICLE the Reg decides is anti-Microsoft enough to publish.
Oh look, another fanboy accusing El Reg of hating their favourite corporate overlords. Because El Reg never laid into Sony after that whole hacking business, or when Other OS was removed, nooooooooo.
Shame they turned round on the always online thing,
was looking forward to being able to digitally sell games
Not anywhere near launch you wouldn't.
and borrow digital games from friends.
For an hour.
Seriously, the original plans were some straight up anti-consumer bullshit. Ask yourself this: why would either of the features you've mentioned as benefits (dubious as their apparent implementations were going to be) require the console to constantly check in with MS?
Copy and paste? Seriously? Even Virtualbox has had that since forever.
$300 is too high, unless you're Apple and people expect it to be that high. I like the idea of a "smartwatch" (but not the name), and I wouldn't pay for one that expensive.
Doesn't surprise me in the least that Windows Phone is on the rise. It's pretty slick, and I think it's really good for people who are new to smartphones, or would use them as feature phones anyway. Wouldn't have one myself, but then as I've said before, I hate pretty much all the currently available glossy candybar crap.
Props to El Reg for referring to Chelsea Manning by her name, rather than other rags who have either added a million qualifiers to point out the ooh-err-missus transgender person, or simply refused to call her by her real name.
It'll be the feckin' watch, and everyone will fall over themselves to ignore anyone who has ever made one previously.
Odd coincidence. Just installed this from GoG last night. Works fine, except the scene transitions don't work, which can be quite disorientating. Wondering if I should just skip to realMyst. Any opinions?
Not normally one to have a thin skin, and I'm certainly not offended, but El Reg, perhaps the flippant slang and such isn't appropriate when discussing the executions of innocent people by a tyrant.
Open source Tool invented by the American security services, do you really think that you are safe?
Fixed that for you.
Re: Looks like it was designed by
Because Nintendo were never a toy company?
Because that DS can't play 3DS games, and this can?
I like it
No, really, I do. The 3DS was way too expensive at launch (the same as a Vita...really?), especially for such pointless gimmickery, but as usual for Nintendo, in amongst the avalanches of shovelware there were some games I fancied playing. Being able to get this for much less and still play 3DS games with it sounds great to me.
Wish it hinged though. Sure, the ergonomics on Nintendo handhelds are the worst, but the static design doesn't make this the most portable system ever.
BTW, is Nintendo making a 2D console that's compatible with all 3DS games basically an admission that the 3D stuff is totally pointless?
Re: Finally, the bloody Vita!
Not arguing on technical merits but simply with what the market has said. When a console sells less than 6 million units in it's first 18 months it safe to say it will finish the generation as disappointing no matter how it finishes.
So it's bad because it's not as popular as something else? Errr....OK, good luck with that. I just want to enjoy good games on a good system. Couldn't give a shit how many other people join me.
Re: Finally, the bloody Vita!
Give it up the Vita is an epic fail
Actually, it's a rather cracking piece of hardware, and the games that I've played on it were pretty enjoyable. Dear sweet mercy, I do love me some Super Stardust. And as a machine it kicks the shit out of the 3DS in my opinion. Sony just completely dropped the ball on marketing, and with those stupid, stupid memory cards.
You make a console that's a comparable price to the 3DS, is way more powerful, has better games (again, for my preference), has some seriously sweet hardware and features, and you can't capitalise on that? Even accounting for Nintendo's somewhat rabid core fanbase, that's still ridiculous.
By the way, I fully intend to buy a Vita over a 3DS. As an owner/previous owner of two PSPs and two DSs, my PSP library was at least 100% larger for a long long time. Sure, the PSP had fewer games, but a far higher percentage of them were of a high quality. The DS has suffered from the same shovelware problem the Wii had. The Vita/3DS battle will turn out the same, I reckon. Being popular doesn't make the 3DS a better machine, after all.
I already own several games for the Vita (cross-purchase FTW), and I have numerous more lined up thanks to my excellent PS+ subscription, which Nintendo has no answer to. I've just been waiting for the right moment.
TL;DR - dual thumbsticks. Vita wins. ;-)
Finally, the bloody Vita!
Pleeeeeaaasseee, Sony, put the effort into the Vita now that you should have put in when it launched. Remote play is a good start, but come on, the real benefit is continuation play, and damned if you didn't fuck that up. It'll be harder to do with PS4 games, true, but it's a huge benefit, as is buying a multiple-platform release as I did with Sly 4.
Really glad to hear that the memory card prices are coming down. Does anyone know when this price cut comes in? Been waiting for the right moment to buy a Vita and I think now is a good one.
So at ~20% sales tax $399 becomes $480 which is ~£305. So yes we pay more in the UK, but it's around £50 not £100
You think US sales tax is anywhere near UK sales tax? Ummmm....no. Even here in one of the more expensive parts of Canuckland it tops out at 12% max.
Re: >I'm thinking these Safari 6 results might be from a Mac
Upvote from me. And regarding your downvote - leave it to a fanboi to downvote a simple statement of facts.
I was wondering about that... Oh well, that's the reality distortion field for you.
While we're discussing Safari features that make my piss boil - how about not only blocking popups by default, but not informing the user in any way that you've blocked something? There's a section of our site that has a popup by necessity, and we had to add a blurb for Safari users telling them that yes, the site is in fact working.
Interesting that Safari and Opera have such high error rates while Chrome is so low, considering that all three use the Webkit engine as their foundation (ISTR Opera switched to Webkit a while back didn't they?)
Chrome are switching off to their own fork of Webkit, and I think Opera are following them onto it. The name of the new engine escapes me.
I knew a dev who did this. Literally shed loads of tabs open.
When I asked him how that helped him in his role, he said it did. So I asked him what he was working on, and he spent 10 minutes trying to find it.
I'm a dev myself. I normally have around 10-15 tabs open, which breaks nothing. I might have more if I'm searching for something, but usually if I'm above 15 I decide that I must be getting distracted, and force myself to close anything irrelevant.