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Apogee Suing Gearbox Over Unpaid Royalties For Duke Nukem Forever

antek9 Re:DIE GAME DIE (88 comments)

This is not console design, it is lazy design. They just couldn't bother to add a backpack mechanism like in Borderlands, which is a console game all the same and it lets the player hot swap four weapons at a time. Every (major) console controller has more than enough buttons to allow for a well designed interface.

Previous comments tell me that Bungie introduced this with the Halo series (I never played Halo, so I wouldn't know), Insomniac's Resistance does this as well, so I guess somebody who makes these kinda decisions thought that both these series sold as well as they did BECAUSE of this 'feature', and not in spite of it. My point: if FPS/RPG hybrids like Borderlands and the Fallout series allow you to carry guns, lots of guns with you at all times within a console game, there is no plausible reason why aforementioned generic FPS games shouldn't. I'm playing both DNF and Resistance 2 right now, and this unnecessary restriction annoys the poo out of me.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

antek9 Re:Why do they call it the Xbox One? (581 comments)

What do they teach you in schools nowadays, folks? If you turn 360 degrees and walk, you'll run straight into it, sheesh! ;)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

antek9 Re:"Family" Sharing (581 comments)

[...] for me the ability to buy a single copy of a game and share it between all ~5 xbox users I know will be a lot more useful.

My guess is you're reading too much into that feature, that won't be how it is going to work. No more than one person will be able to play a shared game at any given moment, so no multiplayer co-op or combat, and no achievements for anyone but the owner, scrap that, the licensee, plus a lot more of similarly arbitrary restrictions.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

antek9 Re:Thanks for making it easy MS. (581 comments)

Still, the WiiU is current gen, not next gen, and I'm not interested in the Nintendo games portfolio, like, at all. If Sony pulls another Microsoft with the PS4, I'll stick with my PS3 and the already huge stack of games I still haven't played, most of which I happily *own* (the rest being lots of freebies via Playstation Plus). Even if I'd stop buying games right now, I'd be good for at least two more years.

I might make use of those years by carefully judging what system to get next. What with the next gen of consoles being highly specialized gaming PCs anyway, it's all converging on the return of PC gaming, or at least it looks that way at the moment.

about a year ago
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Google Reportedly Making a Smartwatch, Too

antek9 Re:The average Slashdotter . . . (196 comments)

Is everyone forgetting that Sony has had Android powered smartwatches available for quite some time now? It's not exactly rocket science, and anyway, who on earth wants to do smart things on a 1" screen? ;) Wake me as soon as someone starts selling a wrist-holder for my Galaxy Note II, so that I can turn it into a Pipboy 3000...

about a year and a half ago
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Official: Playstation 4 Will Play Used Games

antek9 Re:So? The games suck anyway (221 comments)

I tried it, and yes, it sucked, mainly due to the lack of RAM in the PS3, or at least that was my impression. The new console with 8GB of memory would be an altogether different story, though, read: beast. And still, there were several universities and businesses using clusters of PS3 for some serious calculations, which is obviously much more feasible since in that case you would dispose of all the linux UI overhead.

about a year and a half ago
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MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

antek9 Re:Saw an ad on ABC last night with my wife (513 comments)

If you were posting it under the name of a rival company, your comparison/critique/review would be considered a misconduct, and you would get fined by some trade commission, yes. The original poster clearly meant negative or comparative advertising, but chose the wrong term for it. Ease up already.

about a year and a half ago
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German Science Minister Stripped of Her PhD

antek9 Re:someone had to say it (123 comments)

Oh my, that depends entirely on context. Dunno if it will make you happy, but do a search on 'Doktorspiele'.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Claims Archaeologists Have Found 'Unicorn Lair' In Pyongyang

antek9 Re:Best Korea... (182 comments)

So what? He would ride the unicorn like the elevator guy rides Oppa, then.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Claims Archaeologists Have Found 'Unicorn Lair' In Pyongyang

antek9 Re:Best Korea... (182 comments)

So the next war is going to be Unicorns vs Gangnam Style? Where can I buy a seat?

about a year and a half ago
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BlackBerry 10 Preview Looks Positive

antek9 Re:The App Dilemma (122 comments)

Not so much of a dilemma. They could adopt Android, and port their own apps to it. In exchange, it will mean they'll have access to, not just the Android on their hardware, but Android phones all over the world, a market hundreds of times bigger. This way, they can make their own hardware and software, two sources of money, which they can bundle for a reduced cost and rejuvenate the BlackBerry brand.

This. They could even make it go both ways, still release dedicated Blackberry phones, running latest Android versions plus their own UI on top of that. Have their own phones run premium versions of their apps, and sell basic versions on Google Play that run on all Android devices. Call it Business Android, or whatever.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft-Built Smartphone Could Irritate Hardware Partners, Harm Nokia

antek9 Re:I can see it now ... (100 comments)

You all too happily forget that Microsoft already had their own line of phones (yah, well, sorta...), the Kin! In order to re-invigorate that great tradition of (iirc) two weeks, the new MS phone should carry that name on to the future. May I suggest the KIN-KON, the DUN-KIN, and last but not least, the pumped up eight core cpu version, the PUMP-KIN (available in one color, and one color only).

about 2 years ago
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Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

antek9 Re:Considering this is Windows... (471 comments)

13GB is bad enough because that is the OS footprint even *before* the /winsxs/ folder starts going berserk, assuming there is such a thing within the RT version as well. It should be avoidable, though. Apps don't hook so deeply into the system that you would need to cache all drivers and file versions all the time. But considering Microsoft's track record, I'd wager 64GB to be the absolute minimum.

about 2 years ago
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Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things For Windows 8 Tablets

antek9 Re:so? (200 comments)

the magic of those extra 0.85 inches.

That's what she said!

about 2 years ago
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Apple Reportedly Luring Ex-Google Mappers With Jobs

antek9 Re:No thanks (334 comments)

No, that is Bouncing Steve. He was thinking of Rotten Steve.

about 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

antek9 Re:To what end? (266 comments)

I'm fine with your 'middle of the road' selection, and yes, founding fathers and original trekkers sure relied on their faith a lot to help them endure whatever crossed their way. But each trek shared the same faith, while a modern, multinational trek to Mars would have to have quotas on how many of each faith were allowed on board, and automatically you would just export all the trouble that implies. Second or third generation might be in full fanatic mode once again (and one last time, most likely).

By the way, the absence of religion is not necessarily /nihilism/, it might just be /science/.

about 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

antek9 Re:To what end? (266 comments)

Just the contrary, it's a very /concrete/ idea about preserving the human race. Considering how many tax dollars are being wasted year after year on stuff like saving private enterprises from going bankrupt, I figure some of that /abstract/ money might just as well be redirected towards this useful purpose. But that's just me then, and folks like Branson.

about 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

antek9 Re:To what end? (266 comments)

Ultimately this is the problem with most Mars or Moonbase plans: there needs to be a compelling reason to be there. Something you can't do on Earth or in Earth orbit.

Surviving an impact that kills all sentient life on earth is all the reason I need. Earth orbit or a sprawling Moon base might serve that purpose just as well, but the existing ISS is far too small and way to fragile to ensure our species' survival. And while it's unthinkable right now, Mars shows at least some promise of eventually enjoying some degree of terraforming. Until then, set up domes and indoor greenhouses to nurture the colonists, don't forget to send all the heavy machinery needed for exploring and mining the natural resources of the planet so that they can survive and thrive on their own, and, most important of all, ban all (Terran) religion. Let them have a fresh start.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Unveils New iPad

antek9 Re:Quad core (989 comments)

You obviously misread that info, it's a retina *burning* display (that's why you are supposed to read the manual *before* switching on the device, ...). On a more serious note: speaking as an e-ink display device owner, I just don't get why people would buy iPads or other tablets specifically for reading ebooks. I get tired easily after reading more than a few pages of text on a LCD display, whereas I can consume some 200 pages a night on my Sony Reader.

But then, maybe the Retina display will read the books for me, who knows? ;)

more than 2 years ago

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A year in Xbox 360 failures: 2007 Edition - Joysti

antek9 antek9 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antek9 writes "The failure rate of Xbox360 consoles amongst the editorial team of Joystiq has almost hit 100%, just one last box remains standing. From the article: "A few of us experienced issues back in 2006, but almost every person on staff (including those who've left for other opportunities) — with the exception of The One — have experienced a Red Ring of Death, disc drive failure, or other non-user-error console bricking incident. There's no denying at this point that as much as we love the games, the Xbox 360 is the most defective console ever manufactured.""
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Unforgiven: Metallica sues Red Octane, Activision,

antek9 antek9 writes  |  about 7 years ago

antek9 (305362) writes "Remember Metallica? Those hairy guys that wanted to sue everyone who obtained their music minus an appropriate license? They're at it again, suing even those video game makers who legitimately licensed their music for music-centered franchises.

From the article: "[...] the counsel for Red Octane and Activision had this to say:
Our company paid a licensing fee to feature the track 'One' by Metallica in Guitar Hero III. We don't understand why Metallica would turn around and sue us, unless they've gone from insane to completely batshit insane since 2001, but we're confident that the law and our contracts will be enough to have this thrown out.

Metallica's counsel, on the other hand, explained that the band is fearful that album sales will decline because consumers can easily get hold of their songs just by purchasing video game titles. The lawyer added, "The band learned its lesson the hard way with file sharing in the late 90s. This time they want to do a pre-emptive strike before the music gets out there"."

Any lawyer using the expression 'batshit insane' is a good lawyer by default, so this should be fun."

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