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Wired's 2007 Vaporware Awards

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the you-say-vapor-i-say-hot-air dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 195

Braedley sends word that Wired's annual vaporware list is up, and a number of products this community has discussed made the cut. The top spot, the position of most dishonor, was almost a foregone conclusion. "Another December, another list, another crowning achievement by the Emperor of the Ethereal, the Head Honcho of Hype, Duke Nukem Forever. We were going to disqualify him out of pity, but Sir Duke is back for 2007 thanks to a few leaked screenshots and an overwhelming number of votes. DNF creators 3D Realms even chose this week to debut a well-publicized video trailer for Duke's long-awaited return. Alas, a trailer is not a game, so — long live the king!"

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All I can say is (-1, Offtopic)

DeeQ (1194763) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765118)

If DNF is made they better get bruce to do the voice again. It would make me sad if they didn't. His voice was perfect in DN3D.

Re:All I can say is (1)

Zebadias (861722) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765164)

Steal you mean!

Last Line is wrong... (3, Informative)

Erioll (229536) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765292)

The last line in the summary should be "Hail to the King baby!"

C'mon! How could they do a homage and NOT have that line?

Re:Last Line is wrong... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766604)

How do they not have "What are you some bottom feeding scum sucking algae eater?"

Honestly, there are about 25 great one-liners in Duke. How do you pick one?

I'll call you later and we'll hook up at 14.4, unless I get my 1337 v34 19200 working!

Re:Last Line is wrong... (2, Insightful)

gid (5195) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766840)

Maybe they didn't want to piss off Sam and Ivan Raimi since that line was stolen from Army of Darkness.

Re:All I can say is (4, Insightful)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765586)

OK, I assume this has been pointed out before, but DNF also stands for "Did not finish", and is used in races to denote the place of a driver who never crossed the finish line.

When I saw DNF in your post and in a glance-through of the article, I thought you/they were using DNF to denote vaporware status to one of the products until I realized that you (and probably they) were specifically referring to Duke.

This makes me think that they never planned to finish DNF; this is all just a big joke, right from day one.

Re:All I can say is (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765658)

I was wondering that too just a few days ago.. :( bastards

Re:All I can say is (2, Funny)

jimbojw (1010949) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766198)

Sssssshhhhhhhhh, they might hear you.

TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765636)

a.k.a. The United Gulags of America, Inc. [whitehouse.org] .

List is dumb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765824)

But I guess that's what happens when you have to round out to a full 10.

First of all, why is XP Service Pack 3 on there? Everything it will include you can ALREADY get via Windows Update.

Second, as has been noted, Diablo 3 was never announced. So why didn't they just make the list 100 vaporwares, and put on stuff like a sequel to Pac-Man, a new Atari console, and a remake of "On the Waterfront"? If you don't need to ground your selections to reality, the sky's the limit baby!

Re:All I can say is (3, Funny)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765868)

You know it's a bad omen when the initials for your game "DNF" is construed as "Did Not Finish" in the racing world. Maybe it really should be DNS (duke nukem someday).

Re:All I can say is (2, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766056)

DNS already stands for something. It's to do with warehousing facilities for deceased persons of African origin, I think.

Re:All I can say is (1)

FJR1300 Rider (888176) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766446)

In the racing world, DNS means "Did not start". The plot thickens ;-)

Re:All I can say is (0, Redundant)

melodraama (782539) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766542)

So it would be -- Did Not Start?

Re:All I can say is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766104)

They didn't "Get" Bruce to do the vocals to begin with.

Re:All I can say is (5, Funny)

teknopurge (199509) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766334)

you mean Jon St. John [wikipedia.org] .

Kidding aside, everything from that trailer is using the in-game engine. Everything. zero CGI. I don't think people realize this.

You new fruity console lovers can keep your Master Chef and his queer-eye costume. His food sucks and the only thing he has is a decent story-line. I'll take Duke, a shotgun, pipe bombs and strippers any day of the week.

Jetpack with pipebombs - the absolute best way to make your opponents squeal like babies.

Run child, run for your life.....

He's coming in '08 to kick some ass and chew some bubblegum, and I took his last piece of gum.

Regards,

Re:All I can say is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766452)

balls balls balls balls of steel

Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765120)

I've been playing a beta of DNF for a few weeks now I got from an insider and it is fucking awesome. According to my sources, it will be ready to ship to stores in mid-February. Hail to the king baby!

Re:Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765576)

My GFs brothers mail carrier has a neighbor... Her nannies geeky half cousin (twice removed) says that his boy who is 'deep in the scene' (As he put it) talked to the aunt of one of the programmers mom who says that it won't be ready until at least December. Guess you need to recheck your insider.

Re:Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (1)

Library Spoff (582122) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766052)

Yeah but what scene?
Is that a DNF neckerchief he wears in his back left pocket?

Re:Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (1)

Pahroza (24427) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766100)

What're you waiting for? Christmas?

Re:Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766554)

Lair!! And I can prove it! You post on Slashdot AND say you got a GF! :)

Re:Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766862)

Economics Teacher: Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Simone: Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious. Economics Teacher: Thank you, Simone Simone: No problem whatsoever.

Re:Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765894)

Mid-February????

I thought it was common knowledge the ship date will be April 1st. We just don't know which year.

[And, wow, if they did ship April 1 it would be one damned confusing day!]

Re:Duke Nukem Forever is in beta (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766022)

The actual date will probably be late February, i suspect it will be February 30th.

Good marketing ploy? (5, Insightful)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766328)

1)Create Duke Nukem
2)Make big fuss over sequal
3)Don't deliver, but make big deal for next decade
4)Once DNF is a household name, deliver
5)Profit!!

Seriously though, 3D Realms has found a good formula to get its namebrand out. I mean, what gamer hasn't heard of Duke Nukem Forever? It's the most famous non-game in gaming history. Weight for weight, DNF has more name recognition than even probably Halo. It almost behooves them to release it. It will turn every gamer's head 180 with "WTF?! DNF is finally been released!". Even if the game is say 7/10, you can guerentee a lot of copies would be sold just out of name recognition alone.



Wrong direction... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765160)

Actually, 2007 saw a bunch of high-profile projects climb from "vaporware" to "disappointment": Vista was released widely, OLPC produced a couple of semi-solid deals out of their usual fog of hype, even that Chandler email/PIM thingy managed some sort of alpha release.

Re:Wrong direction... (4, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765234)

So, are you saying that by being true vaporware they can live on in glory in a fictional world? Such that, in non-existance we are spared from the crushing mediocrity of "meh"?

Truly philosophical.

Re:Wrong direction... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766260)

Absolutely, that was my point! Look at HURD/HIRD. It has a stupid geek-clever name, an ideologically pure license, an academically elegant design and no users. If it ever passed into use by anyone sane, it'd be just some other useless OS.

Re:Wrong direction... (1, Insightful)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765374)

It might have been better for Vista if it had remained vaporware.

Re:Wrong direction... (2, Interesting)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765460)

Don't leave out Barcelona and Phenom! They deserve a dishonorable mention here. Or maybe their own award. We could call it a "Hector."

Re:Wrong direction... (4, Insightful)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766496)

OLPC produced a couple of semi-solid deals out of their usual fog of hype

The project was only announced in 2005! How can they have a "usual fog of hype"? Isn't two years to bring something like that to fruition pretty damn reasonable?

On Purpose? (4, Insightful)

Vthornheart (745224) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765216)

Maybe they keep releasing Duke Nukem screenshots on occasion as some kind of a running gag? I guess the real joke's on Duke Nukem fans in that case. =)

Re:On Purpose? (2, Insightful)

Ngarrang (1023425) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765440)

Realistic Duke Nukem fans have long accepted that DNF is only theory. Crazy DN fans continue to believe that DNF will be released. I am happy with DN3D on DOS.

Re:On Purpose? (1)

DeeQ (1194763) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766074)

All I can say in reponse to this is thats the way I used to think. And then how many years later blizard annouces it actually is going to make sc2. It just goes to show you that it might happen.

Re:On Purpose? (1)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765570)

Maybe they keep releasing Duke Nukem screenshots on occasion as some kind of a running gag? I guess the real joke's on Duke Nukem fans in that case. =)
That's fine. The hardware that originally ran Duke Nuke'em is already fossilizing. The true fans will eventually die off in old age, as well.

Re:On Purpose? (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765676)

Yes, Right now we can see them reliving their DN3D glory days in the depends aisle at the grocery store.

Trust me - it's not something you want to see, or accidentally glance at.

Fortunately, not much longer to go.

Re:On Purpose? (4, Funny)

lonesome_coder (1166023) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765896)

It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum...but my dentures can't handle bubblegum.

Time to rename the product (1)

jlowery (47102) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765652)

Duke Nukem For Never?

Re:Time to rename the product (2, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765898)

I personally enjoy "Duke Nukem (Is Taking) Forever"

Re:Time to rename the product (1)

IdleTime (561841) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766122)

"Duke Nukem Never" is a much better name!

Wired?? Irrelevant Relic (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765220)

Who the hell still actually reads or cares what Wired has to say about anything?

Re:Wired?? Irrelevant Relic (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765628)

Why you dissing Wired??
Why, just the other day, they had a funny and well-written piece on alternative santas: http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/commentary/alttext/2007/12/alttext_1219 [wired.com]

Re:Wired?? Irrelevant Relic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765930)

Lore is a god.

Diablo III (5, Informative)

Uthic (931553) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765226)

I don't see how this is so much 'vaporware' as 'what people would really like'. Blizzard hasn't made an announcement or even a hint that they're making it, after all. And boy, do I hate seeing the list one item at a time.

Re:Diablo III (1)

Enry (630) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765264)

It was released. It got called 'Titan Quest'.

Re:Diablo III (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765938)

No kidding. Half the things on that list were only announced this year, and AFAIK the release was always 08. Why does that make it vaporware?

Re:Diablo III (1)

roadkill_cr (1155149) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765966)

It's legit, along with "the machine that prints gold" that I hear everyone wants. No one knows who is making it or if it even exists, but it's totally vaporware.

Diablo III? (5, Insightful)

cenice (42933) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765240)

How can an unannounced product be vaporware?

Re:Diablo III? (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765562)

But... but! Blizzard made a mysterious job posting!

Re:Diablo III? (1)

Teese (89081) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765936)

Don't you have work todo on your own vaporware?

Re:Diablo III? (1, Insightful)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766278)

When its released by a company that now relies almost solely on sequels and franchises to the extent that they need no announcement?

GNR? (5, Funny)

TofuMatt (1105351) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765250)

Chinese Democracy has been vaporware for what, eight years now? And is anyone really looking forward to it anyway?

Re:GNR? (1)

Uthic (931553) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765348)

I admit when I first saw that headline, I thought they were being cute about actual democracy in China or something.

Re:GNR? (5, Funny)

darkrowan (976992) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765982)

The way that album is going, China *WILL* be a democracy when it is finally released.

Re:GNR? (1)

catxk (1086945) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766036)

God, that joke seems older than my C64.

Re:GNR? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766180)

read the title again - it's for 2007.

Re:GNR? (1)

mewsenews (251487) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766190)

Axl has been touring in support of this album since approx 2003. Most people who have seen the shows will tell you the new songs are actually quite good.

I'd love to hear the album if it ever sees the light of day. It seems Axl has some bizarre legal issues keeping him from putting it out there.

Chinese Democracy (3, Funny)

SamP2 (1097897) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766194)

Chinese Democracy has been vaporware for 96 years and counting. The first beta was delivered [wikipedia.org] in 1911, but numerous bugs caused it to eventually crash. Then they shipped [wikipedia.org] another version for a completely different platform [wikipedia.org] in 1949, but critics complain that it doesn't really deliver what was promised, and thus is vaporware. They tried to apply [wikipedia.org] a major service pack in 1989, but it failed due to Insufficient Privileges error. Will the real version ever ship? Maybe, but I'm keeping my money on Duke.

DNF of course (2, Interesting)

justkarl (775856) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765258)

Why don't they just give the Duke the Vaporware Lifetime Achievement Award so we can carry on with our lives...

Re:DNF of course (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765282)

I thought that they already had [wikipedia.org] . That makes this most recent award all the more meaningful.

Re:DNF of course (3, Informative)

Tridus (79566) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765452)

They did. Unfortunately the list is decided by reader votes, and despite getting the lifetime achievement award in the hope that it'd stop getting reader votes, it still topped the list.

So its back.

Re:DNF of course (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766096)

Speaking of lifetime achievement awards... Isn't Wired a general geek rag?

I've been waiting a while for DNF, sure. I've been waiting my whole life for my flying car.

How about ubiquitous mobile Internet access? They're awarding 802.11n but not 802.16 WiMax? 802.16's been around since 1999 and had an approved standard in 2001. 802.11 already works, and most of the draft stuff for 802.11n already works together. 802.11a, b, and g are commonplace. The working group is only a couple of years older, yet we've been using the tech for years now. The 802.11n folks are getting shit for not having the fourth working tech standardized from the 802.11 line while we're still waiting for any semblance of penetration from anything 802.16 has done?

Realistic-looking VR?

DVD Audio? SuperAudio CD?

FTTH?

LEO satellite phone and internet service?

Sprayable solar cell arrays?

Politicians and bureaucrats who aren't complete tech outsiders?

Re:DNF of course (1)

nuzak (959558) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766678)

> How about ubiquitous mobile Internet access?

Show me a cell phone that doesn't have internet.

> DVD Audio? SuperAudio CD?

They shipped fine. Market failures are not vapor.

> FTTH?

FIOS ring a bell?

> LEO satellite phone and internet service?

A small fraction of Iridium might indeed become vapor as this spectacular market failure is de-orbited.

Medison???? (1)

m392 (1140081) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765288)

Where's Valdi?

What?? (1)

Ian McBeth (862517) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765308)

Where is the Ubisoft game Storm of War: Battle of Britain on that vaporware list?

It was originally supposed to ship in fall 06, and has been delayed at least 4 times that I know of.

I didn't see Vista onthe list (5, Funny)

richardkelleher (1184251) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765368)

Just because they shipped it, doesn't mean it is still not vapor. Microsoft has been proving this for years.

Re:I didn't see Vista onthe list (2, Interesting)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766672)

I'm surprised WinFS wasn't listed. But then again, why beat up on MS more (oh, yeah, because it's fun!).
Windows Future Storage... it's stored in the future, so you'll have it when you need it...?

Re:I didn't see Vista onthe list (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766792)

why beat up on MS more (oh, yeah, because it's fun!).

Actually, I always thought it was because the pizza delivery boys around here didn't know enough about other tech to have a conversation about anything else.

Just like that jerk off a few weeks back who got modded up (!!) claiming that Windows XP Pro was a server edition product and that XP Home was what everyone used on desktops.

There aren't enough people on Slashdot who have a clue about anything to have a full conversation over so we need to have memes to fill in the silence that would normally be time most people take to think before they open their traps and let some stupid shit fall out. This is the same reason the political section is in such high demand around here.

'Research' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765494)

How about a list of all the academic 'research' that pours more out of press releases than actual real-world implementations? How many 'breakthroughs' are we going to hear about before we actually see something in action?

Re:'Research' (1)

Edie O'Teditor (805662) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766178)

How about a list of all the academic 'research' that pours more out of press releases than actual real-world implementations?
Ah, i think you mean Roland Piquepaille's technology trends. It's over there somewhere --->

Neo1973? (1)

lol slashdot (1128487) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765514)

I was unaware of the voting process until after the list came out, but considering the list is comprised of devices that manufacturers and developers say will be coming out EVENTUALLY, what of the end-user version of the Neo1973? First promised in July, then October, then LATE December...and is anyone counting on it coming out late this month? I didn't think so. I wish I could've contributed my vote to the list when I had the chance...not that it may have made a difference.

Re:Neo1973? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21766256)

Earlier this year, one of the senior openmoko/neo1973 s/w devs posted to a forum and basically said that OpenMoko wouldn't be ready for consumer consumption "for some years" [oesf.org] , so I guess he meant at least until late 2008! One of the problems, IMHO, is that the same arguments and egotistical problems that beset OpenZaurus then propagated into Angstrom and then into OpenMoko, so that they've spent as much time arguing and upsetting key people as actually achieving things - that's not to say individuals haven't worked very hard, but the whole process hasn't been very efficient with duplicated efforts and undoing work done by the other teams.

As I see it, the only real open source mobile phone solution is the recently GPLd Trolltech product, and it's not a full-featured system (presumably because trolltech don't want to compete with their customers who are mobile manufacturers and want to differentiate their products). Android is only open as far as SDK is concerned, you can't get source code to their entire platform.

Do us a service, go after politicians instead (0, Offtopic)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765584)

I would love to see Wired and the likes list the top ten things promised by politicians and what actually occured.

Perhaps if people saw more of the crap that government politicians pulled they would stop being distracted by the nonsense crap like what company A or company B failed to deliver.

Priorities people. This whole Wired! list is like an exercise in futility, it has no effect on your life.

Going after Blizzard for an unknown game announcement? Why not beat on Warhammer Online? Where is it at?

Re:Do us a service, go after politicians instead (1)

heckler95 (1140369) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765682)

I could understand your complaint if this list were a headliner in Time, but this is Wired we're talking about here. That's like expecting Comedy Central to carry political news shows... oh wait. Nevermind.

Re:Do us a service, go after politicians instead (1)

TheLostSamurai (1051736) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765744)

I guess I must have missed it when Wired turned into a political blog rather than a technology news website.

Re:Do us a service, go after politicians instead (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765850)

If you want politics

Step 1) www.digg.com
Step 2) vote on Ron Paul
Step 3) Blame everything on Bush/Cheney and scream for impeachment
Step 4) ...
Step 5) Profit

This is a TECH site. NOT politics. There are plenty of places to bitch about the slime bag snakes that slither their way to the top. After politics, why not introduce a lolcats section, a sports section, etc. There are places elsewhere for that. I for one welcome one of the few communities that has stayed true to its roots and not caved in to crap like politics (Stories about how politics affects tech is a different subject than OMG THEY STOLE THE 2004 ELECTION!!! or Blood for oil bullshit)

Just as a summary: Fuck politics. Keep that shit outta my nerd paradise. /rant

Perpetual Motion Machines (1)

Ngarrang (1023425) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765590)

Have the criteria for vaporware sunken so low as to have to include quack technology? People have been hailing perpetual motion machines for centuries. Sure something of more substance could have been #10.

Re:Perpetual Motion Machines (2, Insightful)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766070)

Sure something of more substance could have been #10.

If it had substance, surely it wouldn't be vapour...

Re:Perpetual Motion Machines (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766480)

It's determined by reader votes.

Re:Perpetual Motion Machines (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766614)

I was going to post that, but you beat me to it. So I'll karma whore in the opposite direction.

The criteria for a project being vaporware is that it's highly hyped and way past any reasonable and/or announced release date. The fact that the project ignores the laws of physics is neither here nor there.

Did nobody vote for Last Dangerous Visions? Harlan must be crushed!

I for one (5, Funny)

edittard (805475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765610)

I nominate slashdot's new discussion system [slashdot.org] .

Rule of Charlatans (1)

aldheorte (162967) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765660)

Anytime someone is out going on about something that is not working through distribution channels already, it is almost certainly effectively vapor. The more vigorous their demonstration, the more probable the vapor.

It would be helpful if everyone operated under the rule of do not even tell me about it unless I can have it drop shipped today. Take away their audience, and these charlatans would go away quickly.

I said a long time ago that the guy making spore should work on his game instead of attending conferences. Guess he should read Slashdot more... oh wait.

Re:Rule of Charlatans (4, Insightful)

cowscows (103644) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765834)

Be fair. Will Wright has successfully produced plenty of excellent games. That's not to say that Spore will necessarily be the earth shattering game experience that same people are saying it will, but I think someone like Mr. Wright has at least earned the benefit of the doubt that he'll release a game, and that it'll likely be at least halfway decent.

For better or worse, you can't just secretly develop a product in a basement somewhere and then suddenly have them lining store shelves the next day. One company that tries really hard to do that is Apple, and they're constantly getting bashed from many directions due to their obsession with secrecy.

While I'm not making any judgements about you personally, the reality is that consumers as a whole seem to enjoy the hype just as much as the marketing departments do. There are piles of websites dedicated to finding and sharing advanced info, future product hints, and scheming up potential company directions. Any time there's a demand for such information, someone's going to provide it. The fact that that creates an opportunity for cranks and charlatans to scam a few bucks is just a side effect.

Re:Rule of Charlatans (1)

aldheorte (162967) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766016)

> One company that tries really hard to do that is Apple, and they're constantly getting bashed from many directions due to their obsession with secrecy.

Apple has more cash on hand than all but a few companies in the world and a loyal if difficult fan base. I would submit this means you can run a business responsibly in this fashion. If consumers want, they can create their own rumors for entertainment.

Good news....Bad News.... (3, Funny)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765792)


Good News: Duke Nukem Forever is finally released and, surprisingly, to overwhelming critical acclaim for innovative game design.

Bad News: It subsequently gets an "Adults Only" rating and is immediately pulled from the shelves until it can be re-worked into a "Mature" rating.

Seriously, I think 3D Realms should just admit defeat.....but I'm still holding out for "Redneck Rampage" forever.

Re:Good news....Bad News.... (1)

Anne Honime (828246) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766578)

I'm still holding out for "Redneck Rampage" forever.
OMG, this game was SO hilarious... thank you for bringing back those good memories, it's so old the name had slipped out of my mind.

Long live the king! (1)

edunbar93 (141167) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765802)

I think what they *meant* to say was "Hail to the king, baby!"

Horrible Article (3, Interesting)

Cornflake917 (515940) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765956)

I didn't know vaporware meant "software/hardware that has a delayed release date" or "software that will probably be made but hasn't been announced yet." I don't understand how you can mention Diablo III in a vaporware list and not mention Starcraft: Ghost.

The article was also way off on how the Spore multiplayer will supposedly work. You're not going to be able to directly compete with other people's races. The computer-controlled races will be based off a global database of races that other players upload their race information to. This is barely more "multiplayer" then a global high score list.

WM6 on the Blackjack (2, Informative)

bmfs (467488) | more than 6 years ago | (#21765994)

That's odd... in Europe I installed the WM6 upgrade for the Blackjack (SGH-i600 in these parts) ages ago.

http://www.samsungmobile.com/promotion/i600/index.jsp [samsungmobile.com]

Slingcatcher! (1)

SpzToid (869795) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766322)

The premise is simple: instead of streaming your TV across the 'net to PCs (as with the SlingBox), the SlingCatcher does the opposite by streaming your PC's videos to the TV. The SlingCatcher is expected to retail for under $200 some time in the middle of 2007; it will come with HDMI and component connectors and will feature both WiFi and Ethernet for connectivity.
--Ars Technica [arstechnica.com]

I voted at Wired for Slingcatcher, but I guess I'm the only one.

http://us.slingmedia.com/object/io_1168286861787.html [slingmedia.com] -- the original press release is still online.

Chevy Volt? (1)

JBMcB (73720) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766462)

Why was a concept car even in consideration for the list (referenced in the Tesla section.) GM says 2010 for production, there's a working prototype, what makes it vapor?

Re:Chevy Volt? (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766754)

For that matter why was the Tesla Roadster mentioned? It has a working model as well. In fact I think they have many working models. This is a startup car company so of course they want to get it right.

Misread (2, Funny)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766464)

Emperor of the Ethereal

Somehow (I only caught the last half, and am in the middle of a minor Civ4 obsession) I read that as Ethelred the Unready [wikipedia.org] . Appropriate enough, though.

Duke's photo (2, Funny)

EverythingDies (1198239) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766472)

Anybody notice the amount of weight on the bench behind Duke? I think Duke and Barry Bonds hang out. Obviously Duke slaps Barry around for fun, calling him 'Fairy Bonds'.

picture here [wired.com]

We don't BELIEVE... (2, Funny)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766638)

Maybe if we all got together and BELIEVED hard enough, DNF would appear and we could play it. It exists, we just don't believe in it.

Do they *really* want my opinion? (1)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766774)

Then there is that idiotic Your Opinion Matters popup that keeps coming up. I'm not sure they want to know what I think!

...laura

#1: Anything by Google (0, Flamebait)

Phylarr (981216) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766818)

I would like to nominate the release version of any product made by Google

Isn't Gmail still in Beta? And didn't it come out 4 years ago? They should be ashamed of the way they announce, release a Beta of, and then ignore and let stagnate every product that they make.

The Matrix Real World Mod (1)

end15 (607595) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766838)

I would like to ask that someone add The Matrix Real World mod for Max Payne. These guy's have to be in competition with Duke Nuke. The saving grace is that they don't get paid to do their work so they have an excuse. Still by the time it's released Max Payne engine will be so obsolete that operating systems of the future won't even run the game. Alas.

http://maxpayne.levels4you.com/forum.l4y?do=view&t=114649 [levels4you.com]

Cheers!

endxv
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