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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

Mike Mentalist Re:Buyer's Remorse (140 comments)

It happens a lot here in Germany, people ordering e.g. clothing (several trousers, shirt, etc.) and only keeping the ones they like, sending the rest back again. It really is pretty common, people use the right to return merchandise bought online as a replacement for trying out various items at a shop.

That's not an example of abuse of the system, it's an example of the system working in just about the only way it can work.

People wouldn't be willing to buy clothes online if they couldn't send back what didn't fit or look good on them.

about 5 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

Mike Mentalist Re: Commentator's Remorse (140 comments)

No, "This product doesn't look as good as it did in the airbrushed picture on your website."

about 5 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

Mike Mentalist Re:Buyer's Remorse (140 comments)

I've never heard of it happening either.

The article states that customised items aren't covered by this law and I'd have thought that laptops with optional extras like an SSD would be in that category.

about 5 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

Mike Mentalist Re:Commentator's Remorse (140 comments)

It's specifically to cover buyer's who are purchasing items that they cannot physically see at the point of sale.

about 5 months ago
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QuakeCon 2013: Carmack On Next-Gen Console Hardware

Mike Mentalist Re:Call me when... (136 comments)

Many people don't need choices and features like those things.

about a year ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Mike Mentalist Re:Did they break any laws? (716 comments)

A company is doing its shareholders a dis-service if they pay more tax than legally required.

Contributing towards the infrastructure that allowed the company and the shareholders to get to their positions of wealth in the first place is doing them a dis-service...? If you don't like the amount of tax a corporation pays, due to their corporate structure, petition your government to close the loophole.

You seem oddly concerned with stopping people from criticising what Apple are doing here.

If I slept with your wife, would you listen to those who told you to stop moaning about it and begin petitioning for adultery to be made illegal?

about a year and a half ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

Mike Mentalist Re:Hyperbole (435 comments)

No, it's what some people have taken it to mean.

And what public statements are you referring to? All I've seen is computer game journos writing articles about something they heard on Twitter.

about a year and a half ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

Mike Mentalist Re:Whats the point? (435 comments)

Whats the point of consoles again? Its not like any next gen console have any chance in hell of being more powerful than my PC. Why should I spend money on a separate box?

The 'point' of a console is that it allows you to shove a small, simple device under your TV and play games.

And a controller is fine for FPS games. I can play Halo as easily as I can play BF3 on the PC with a mouse and keyboard.

about a year and a half ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

Mike Mentalist Hyperbole (435 comments)

The new Xbox is almost here and the details appear to strongly suggest 'always on' is the way forward.

There's too much hysteria about this. I've not seen anything that suggests 'always on' is 'your console won't work if it isn't connected all the time'.

about a year and a half ago
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GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June

Mike Mentalist Re:Controller (57 comments)

The Dualshock is an awful controller, and the sticks are in an unnatural place.

I don't really understand what you mean about flipping the sticks around - I've never had a problem changing the controls over.

about a year and a half ago
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Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam

Mike Mentalist Exaggeration (253 comments)

Um, it's a bit of an exaggeration to say that the crash was caught on camera.

about 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Mike Mentalist Re:Who would buy a system without games? (368 comments)

So on the issue of whether splitscreen gaming is fun or not, you're willing to speak on behalf of developers, publishers, and Cronocloud, but not yourself.

about 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Mike Mentalist Re:Who would buy a system without games? (368 comments)

Who would buy a system without games? If there aren't enough developers making worthwhile split-screen games, then gamers won't feel willing to buy the hardware needed for split-screen games, such as multiple gamepads or a separate gaming PC for the TV room.

So despite millions of people spending millions of hours playing games split screen, they should all base their opinion on what the developers/publishers think about it...?

If you couldn't find any real-life friends to play a particular FPS with you, then what would you do next?

What does that have to do with it? I said that splitscreen works fine for FPS games, not that it is the perfect panacea for all possible scenarios.

If my Internet went down, I wouldn't be able to play online. That doesn't mean online gaming is crap.

about 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Mike Mentalist Re:Shared screen sucks just enough (368 comments)

In this world, a video game with production values competitive with commercial console or PC games isn't practical to make on a hobby budget. So considering why commercial developers or publishers reject an idea is valid.

Why would base your own opinion of something like splitscreen gaming, on what the developers/publishers think?

Then let me reword it a bit: Shared screen sucks just enough that publishers don't consider it a selling point when competing games have online. It's not very useful for genres that rely on hiding information from your opponents, such as FPS, RTS, and many card and tile games. Nor is it useful when a game isn't already popular enough to have several players within a 2 mile radius

Split screen works fine for FPS games, I've spent God knows how many hours playing them that way.

about 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Mike Mentalist Re:Why zero-sum (368 comments)

None of us on here are developers or publishers, though.

That's not the reason why the OP said "Because shared screen sucks".

about 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Mike Mentalist Re:Different multiplayer model (368 comments)

How old were you? Below 21? That's part of my point..even kids don't need same screen as much because they can play Halo (which is the Goldeneye of the masses today) with an almost infinite number of people and not have just a tiny square on the screen....same goes for Kart rading.

Online mutliplayer is better because I'm not 13 years old...I can play on MY schedule and not have to work around others schedules.

I was below 21 for Goldeneye, but over 21 for Halo. However, even when I was playing Goldeneye splitscreen, I was also playing Doom deathmatch on my college network.

To be honest, I'm not really sure what your point is here. Your original post said "Because shared screen sucks," and I responded with examples of where I've had great fun with both.

Online multiplayer is better in some circumstances, but not others. If a friend comes round, we can play splitscreen rather him/her going home.

I don't quite understand this zero sum attitude towards it, where only one type can exist at once.

about 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Mike Mentalist Re:Game Controls (368 comments)

Since when it choice a bad thing? Unless you're Apple, I guess.

I quite agree, which is why I like having the choice of playing on my PC, and playing on a console.

With regards to updates... I've had far more problems with Battlefield 3 on the PC alone, than I've had with my entire Xbox 360 library.

about 2 years ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Mike Mentalist Re:Different multiplayer model (368 comments)

Shared screen is fine.

Years ago, me and three friends would often play four-player Goldeneye on a 14-inch portable TV. It was great fun.

Likewise with Mario Kart 64, Halo co-op, etc.

Of course, playing online and having a screen to yourself is also great fun. I co-own a 32-player BF3 server, and have lots of fun on Team Speak.

Each method has its pros and cons.

about 2 years ago

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