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"We need to have another operating system"
"We need to have another operating system"
"We need to have another operating system"
WHY? Seriously, what is this new magical operating system going to do that WebOS was incapable of doing?! Or are you just going to buy up another perfrectly good OS to torpedo *that* as well?!
Jesus Christ, please tell me HP managers aren't allowed to breed otherwise the overall intelligence of the human race is going to drop a few notches in a couple of generations.
I have no strong feelings one way or the other about this test.
It's probably because I play a lot of violent video games and therefore have no empathy any more. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to torture small children and cute fuzzy animals.
Read them on an iPhone 4
They set fire to themselves. Most convenient.
A caveat on Light Side/Dark Side
Certain equipment has restrictions depending on how far you've gone with either Light/Dark conversation choices (for example, one of the equipment vendors in Dromund Kaas would only sell me a set of gloves if I met the Dark I criteria). I also believe that later dialogue choices also have Dark / Light options, again, once you've met specific ranks.
Why the rage at the end?
After all the American Dr Who movie featuring Paul McGann was a fantastic, well scripted film that paid all due care and homage to the series.
(Your new sarcasm detectors are in the post, sorry about the overload.)
Wow, this is a really good idea!
Maybe we could implement it on a country-wide scale and call it a National Program for IT 2, because the first one worked out really well, didn't it.
It's all a conspiracy
Do I need to spell out the connection?
Now the next time the girl in your life accuses you of having wandering hands, you've got someone to pin the blame on.
Why can't this happen to more deserving companies...
...like UbiSoft, for example.
Reminds me of another blast from the past
The "Driller" and "Total Eclipse" games for the 8-bits, using one of the first true 3D engines at the time, called Freescape. The movement in the games was glacial at best and it a long time for the character to turn around....
....but's from slow, small scale stuff that comes the likes of Skyrim and Battlefield. I'm not saying that 3D today is awesome (because frankly Avatar was fine in 2D for me and Conan 3D got on my nerves after a while) but it's only by building on existing technology that we get new technology.
Very poor reporting
So does chutney cause cancer or not?!
By analysing Twitter, we can deduce that stupidity travels faster than the speed of sound, using a set of particles known as morons.
Yup, I remember that one
'twas in Doom 2. It was a Spider Mastermind and a CyberDemon (I think, it's been a while). I liked the level where you had a Baron of Hell giving a lecture to a room full of soldiers. Walk in, Baron spots you, carnage ensues.
I'm not convinced
Nokia used to have some amazing phone diversity and were always ready to try a different riff on a design. If all they can do now is crank out generic blackslab after generic blackslab, either due to Winphone restrictions or other factors, they are doomed. The Nokia name won't be enough to carry them against Samsung, Apple & HTC.
...weren't the only one...
One to watch
This isn't the first time Tom Watson has spoken up on behalf of games. I vaguely recall his name being mentioned in the Manhunt 2 debacle with a pro-gamer view.
It's strange to find an MP that actively champions a cause I have an interest in.
The id legacy
Hmmm, I dunno if I can really see Doom and it's ilk with the same hint of nostalgia.
Wolfenstein 3D, for me at least was an exercise in frustration - no maps, no easy way of finding hidden sections of wall aside from just spamming the use button everywhere and the shared ammo system for every weapon meant that once you had the next one up (e.g. machine gun to chain gun) you never used it's predecessor again.
Doom 1 was good for the reasons stated in the article, although sadly I never got to play deathmatch. Doom 2 was a mixed bag for me. It seems like the level designers had a lot more fun this time around, with lots of evil tricks (e.g. a plasma rifle beneath a huge slab of falling rock should you attempt to pick it up, turning the demons against each other). That said, there were some glaring issues with it - certain levels were nothing more than meat grinders without much strategy or design involved. Only one new weapon was added and some of the new creatures were just downright annoying (the resurrecting, flame spamming Archvile springs to mind).
It wasn't until Doom 3 that I genuinely felt The Fear, playing with the sound up and lights down. It seemed like more thought had gone into creating a realistic space environment, harking back to Doom 1 and then a lot more thought had gone into making afforementioned environment as laundry soiling as possible. The business with the endless keypads and numbers was a bit much.
All well and good
...but how is it at frying Allied tanks and people called Tanya?
I'm about to spend tonight on the couch as I post this,
Inherently unlikely I know, but would this thing be emitting any sort of external radiation at all? It would be shame if any Martian sand-plankton got fried as soon as Curiousity scooped it up. I'm just curious* as to how they get the heat circulation without the issue of radiation.
...the other angle is the economic one. Once the bacteria enters mainstream production, the price of oil will nosedive spectacularly. For countries whose currency is closely linked to oil values, such as the USA and Middle East, the effect will be much like a European country suddenly discovering it can't actually pay back its loans.
Interesting times await ahead but I wish I could see them from a less invested point of view.
I worked with this guy once
You should have seen the kerfuffle that happened when I had Iron Maiden on the radio.
"Dehydration is a disease"
This is the most prepostorous bullshit I've ever heard and this is coming from someone that used to read the Daily Mail.
A close second is the fact that it took them 3 years to arrive at this conclusion.
A really piss-poor piece of engineering; the engineers did a crap job and are probably not flushed with success right now.
The thing is
If the child was given this name in Scandinavia, he could probably get away with it without too much hassle.
In middletown America? It's just asking to get the shit kicked out you. Poor bastard - a bad name can ruin a guy's life. Trust me on this.
All well and good
...but eleven partners at once? You'd end up getting shagged to death before the coffee got cold.
It seemed a bit pants to me.
Real balls-up for justice there. It's nuts she only got a suspended sentence. He's going to have trouble in the sack for quite a while.
A new, revised Space Program policy
"Fuck the nuclear sceptics, I want to see boots on Mars before I croak."
I've actually been thinking of upgrading my old Alienware M17 laptop to a gaming desktop of some description. Given what the article says about sales in a nosedive, do you reckon I could pick up a good gaming rig for about £1,500?
Civilisation ended because V was buggy PoS with moronic AI.
An MMO Skyrim - I dunno. The who free roaming world thing? Yeah, definitely want that in an MMO. A bunch of Horde/Alliance running around PVPing, griefing and generally being assholes? Hell no.
In other forums, I've been trying to tell people that mobile phone games won't wipe out handheld consoles and that they still have a good future ahead of them. Please stop making my job more difficult by doing dumb shit like *CHARGING PEOPLE FOR A GAME THEY ALREADY OWN*.
"Open the pod bay doors, Hal."
"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave."
"Why, have you got some sort of hidden mission objective that results in the termination of all the humans on board?"
"No. You upgraded me to iOS 5.0.1 and now I don't even have enough battery life to continue talk-"
Cheers for the more accurate sales info AC
I'd probably say the DS has more to worry about than the PSP, as the DS caters to a more casual market and thus the game types are more similar. I'd still be very reluctant to call it the death of the handheld games console though.
It's like the difference between a dog nibbling your hand and walking away with your wedding tackle between its jaws.
Always keeping us abreast of the news.
Could have been interesting
Operator: "Emergency services, how can we assist?"
Fanboi: "My phone isn't working!"
Operator: "Excuse me sir, but do you require police, fire or ambulence service?"
Fanboi: "This iPhone isn't making calls!"
Operator: "Ah, you want our Paradox Resolution Service, sir. They'll be along shortly, just ignore the yellow sidearms they have with the pointy bits."
Fanboi: "Thanks very much."
Been tempted to get one myself because, as you point out, it has a dedicated gaming control system that allows full view of the screen.
If we wanted to make what I would class as a fair comparison of gaming systems, I'd go for things like PSP vs DS vs Xperia Play vs Nokia N-Gage because they are all dedicated gaming systems.
Claiming a PSP with God of War and an LG Optimus with Angry Birds are equivalent devices is not on.
As I ranted in another comments section on, would people please shut the hell up about smartphone gaming being the death of the DS & PSP?
I'll reiterate what I said previously - the DS & PSP are dedicated handheld gaming systems, with very different pricing structures to mobile phones. When Angry Birds costs £34.99 at launch, then you can "start" to make comparisons.
There's also a question of volumes as well. The PSP sold 185,000 units at launch and the Nintendo DS 87,000 units. Let's extrapolate a little and say both have sold 1 million units ish by now. As of 2008, there were 75.7 *MILLION* mobile phones in use in the UK, a figure which I suspect is closer to 90 or 100 million by now.
How in the name of fuck can you say that's a fair comparison? If each mobile phone user bought just 1 game, the market share of Nintendo and Sony, two of the biggest games console manufacturers on the planet, instantly gets reduced to 1%.
TL;DR - When mobile phone games cost the same price, are of the same quality and are of the same prevalance as PSP or DS games, then you can harp on about mobile phones causing the death of the platforms.
Until then, kindly shut the fuck up.