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Blizzard Patches No-CD Support Into Warcraft III

Vacardo I beg to differ (198 comments)

"popup-heavy crack websites" www.megagames.com isn't too heavy on the pop-ups, and is a breeze to use if you're using Firefox with script-blockers

more than 6 years ago

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The Ageing Demographics Effect

Vacardo Vacardo writes  |  about 7 years ago

Vacardo writes "I have a theory.

It seems that when I was a kid, adverts for video games were, well, directed at kids (for those who don't want to click, it's that fantastic 80's Zelda rap). More recently I saw an advert for Mario Party 8 for the Wii — the demographic this intended this time around is your typical young adult, aged anywhere between 20-30.

I don't have a problem with this — hey, these commercials are still roughly reaching me with their more mature take on casual gaming. But I always have the need to stop and wonder — why are the demographics growing up with us?

Could anyone imagine the Mario Party 8 commercial being advertised like the first trailer? I know I wouldn't pay it any attention whatsoever.

This doesn't just apply to video games, of course. Look at comic books — they once started off clean and fresh, but most today are dark, mature and have a lot more depth.

But why the shift in demographics?

My theory is that when a genre, new idea or lifestyle reaches 'pop-culture' status, the age group that hooks into it and stays with it (through thick and thin) will always grow up with it.

I never imagined I'd see people like Kieren Perkins or Nicole Kidman selling video games. Honestly, I find that kind of lame — what kind of kid ever enjoyed their parents getting in on their game scene?

Displease your demographic, reap chaos

Some things really try their best to go against the grain and try to 'reset' the demographic. Often, this is a really poor (and even greedy) move and can cause many of the demographic to jump ship.

Star Wars, when it was first released in 1977, enamored and captivated the youth and their imaginations. Twenty odd years later, we're up to the prequels. The youth have grown up, have children and are ready to enjoy the magic all over again.

Instead they're faced with a defamation of what they once enjoyed so much. Why is this? The film is aimed at children. It lacks the mature gritty sci-fi and goes for a more politically correct 'fantasy' universe for kids where death is downplayed and fart jokes made into a more acceptable form of humor.

In other words, the demographic didn't age with its audience.

No matter how some may try, once something has earned its demographic, it sticks. Trying to capture an entirely new audience is like trying to get an adult to enjoy the wonder of processed baby-food all over again."
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Bioware and Sega team up on Sonic DS RPG

Vacardo Vacardo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vacardo (1048640) writes "Bioware and Sega are teaming up to create an RPG based on Sega's flagship mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, to be released in 2008 on the Nintendo DS.

'Said Sega of America president and COO Simon Jeffery, "BioWare is one of the hottest names in RPG development in the world. Everyone at Sega has huge confidence that Sonic is in the safest of hands, and that BioWare can create the ultimate handheld RPG experience for gamers of all ages."'"
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Vacardo Vacardo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vacardo (1048640) writes "Google is developing its own mobile phone, according to industry insiders and analysts.

The device described could handle voice over internet phone-calling. He said it is being developed within a 100-person mobile phone group at Google that includes Andy Rubin, the creator of Sidekick, a popular phone and internet device that he developed at a prior company he founded, Danger Inc.

"Mobile is an important area for Google," Google spokeswoman Erin Fors said on Friday. "We remain focused on creating applications and establishing and growing partnerships with industry leaders to develop innovative services for users worldwide. However, we have nothing further to announce.""
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Vacardo Vacardo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vacardo (1048640) writes "Google has issued a statement last Monday that a security vunerability in Google Desktop that may have allowed hackers access to your personal files has been resolved.

The flaw was discovered last November by a Rice University computer scientist and his two students.

"We were made aware of this vulnerability with the Google Desktop Search software and have since fixed the problem so that all current and future users are secure."

It has been nearly 3 months between the discovery of the exploit and its resolution. Do you think this is an adequate turn-around?"
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Vacardo Vacardo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vacardo writes "Interesting story over at Kotaku which details how a Swedish video game enthusiast has committed suicide over a $13,000 online gaming debt.

Christian "divino" Sellergren, the 21-year-old who led Team Eyeballers to the 2004 CPL Counter-Strike championship, transitioned from pro-gaming to online gambling eventually losing his job and $13,000 to his addiction.

Jack Thompson has yet to comment."

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