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Intel Shows Off Quake Wars, Ray Traced

heartless_ Re:Why? (368 comments)

See World of Warcraft, see puzzle games, see online mini-games.

The problem with your argument is that you are basing it off inept data collecting, like NPD stats, that DOES NOT account for MOST OF THE revenue in PC gaming (MMO subscriptions, game advertising, website games, etc.)

Graphics sell BOX copies of games, and I don't know if you noticed, but box sales have been on a decline for years.

Seriously how many more major development houses and games do we need to see fail before people understand that expensive, top-of-the-line graphics do not sell games.

more than 6 years ago

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Acer plans to join the console market

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "The taiwanese Notebook manufacturer Acer plans to enter into the console market. This communicated the senior Vice President, James T. Wong, on a press conference. Most current consoles are closed and proprietaere systems, which machine" on PC technology based "game machine"; from Acer is to set against it on open standards. This could mean that game developers would not have to pay license fees for the publication of plays on this system."
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Portal 2 Confirmed!

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Portal 2 has been confirmed. Valve's acclaimed puzzle-action hybrid Portal will be given a sequel, according to the game's lead designer Kimberly Swift. "Well, I believe Doug Lombardi who is our lead marketing director at Valve, has announced Portal 2," said Swift in an interview with G4TV. Lombardi had previously stated that more Portal was on the way, but Swift's comment is the first mention of a true sequel to be made thus far."
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Noah Webster, Benjamin Franklin, owning IM speak

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "I expect that in some cozy coffee-house in heaven, Noah Webster and Benjamin Franklin are having a good laugh together over this. From Noah's Dissertations on the English Language: With Notes, Historical and Critical, to Which is Added, by Way of Appendix, an Essay on a Reformed Mode of Spelling, with Dr. Franklin's Arguments on That Subject (Boston. 1789), pp. 393-98:

2. A substitution of a character that has a certain definite sound, for one that is more vague and indeterminate. Thus by putting ee instead of ea or ie, the words mean, near, speak grieve, zeal, would become meen, neer, speek, greev, zeel.

Noah Webster and Benjamin Franklin, owning IM speak since 1789."

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Valve Release: Steamworks

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Valve are rocking the boat in a really big way, especially for PC gaming piracy. They have just announced the release of a complete collection of publisher power, called Steamworks, available to developers and publishers completely free. Valve describe it as, "A complete suite of publishing and development tools — ranging from copy protection to social networking services to server browsing — now available free of charge to developers and publishers worldwide.""
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2007: PC Gaming Hardware Wrap-up

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "YouGamers.com has a wrap-up of the year that was in PC gaming hardware (captured via 3DMark06). Not surprising, Nvidia's 8800 series of cards leads the pack, while ATI lags behind significantly. A little surprising, Microsoft Vista and DX10 has had a steady year of growth. In a year of cheaper-than-normal memory, the average amount of RAM per PC is up. Overall, a great analysis of the PC gaming platform."
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Zapak set to buy Sony Online Entertainment?

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Zapak Digital entertainment, the online gaming company promoted by Anil Ambani-led ADAG group, is all set to buy out Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) for around $300 million. This acquisition is in line with the future plans of Zapak Digital, which is planning to enter the gaming space in China by early next year. "This makes perfect sense for us, as around 80% of content in the gaming industry is manufactured internationally. Buying out Sony, will not only give us access but also expand our reach in the global market," said a senior Zapak Official."
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Valve: New Maps, Fixes, Machinima Tool for TF2

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "In emails sent to individual fans, Valve employees have given clues as to what new content Team Fortress 2 owners can expect in the near and more distant future. New maps are in the works, as is an imminent Xbox 360 patch and, surprisingly, the tools Valve uses to create its lauded character class videos."
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WAR Beta hits 500,000 sign-ups

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) beta sign-up counter reached the half-million mark today and with the talk lately of "beta invites as an advertisement" I wanted to make sure one of 2008's most anticipated titles doesn't get left out of the mix."
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Digital Distribution Woes

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  about 7 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Digital distribution is the the future for gaming. Ten years from now, players won't go to a store to buy their games, they will just download them. The process will be simple, clean, and help to cut the rising cost of games.

Unfortunately, if the Call of Duty 4 launch via Steam is any indication, digital distribution has a long ways to go. The Steam launch has been littered with show-stopping bugs and regional pricing differences, not to mention being launched nearly a week after the box versions hit store shelves. All of this for a game that has Game of the Year written all over it, and that is saying a lot in a period seeing the launch of a ton of AAA games."

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Game, The Operating System?

heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  about 7 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Citing a c|net news article, Heartless Gamer examines the possibility of a Linux-based operating system dedicated to gaming. From the article: "The ability to 're-spin' Fedora is attracting some interest. Among the Fedora-based variations that will be available are one for gaming, one for designing microprocessors, and one for programmers." Jeff Freeman, declared to have at one point lost his mind while developing games, has also chimed in."
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heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "SOE Poised to Purchase Vanguard? The evidence points towards the latter: a new acquisition. SOE is definitely ramping up it's business operations globally. They have recently modified the Station Exchange service. Plus, SOE is certainly not afraid to snatch up flailing, on the verge of death MMOGs, like The Matrix Online. Also, they have shown the ability to keep low-population games going. For example, Planetside. It just so happens that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes isn't doing very well."
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heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "A great preview for the upcoming MMORPG, Pirates of the Burning Sea. A robust avatar combat system, amazing animations, diversity in character appearance, ship-to-ship broadsides, boarding actions at sea, missions galore, interesting NPCs that can become sidekicks, and of course, the main thing that's cool about Pirates of the Burning Sea ....

..... Pirates, ye scurvy dog, Pirates!"
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heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Gamers Set to Battle Their Way to Worldwide Domination in the Gears of War(TM) 2007 Global Xbox LIVE® Tournament. Gears of War players across the globe will have the opportunity to compete in ranked matches on Xbox LIVE for four weeks of leaderboard play. The top 11 finalists in the world with the highest individual scores will receive the grand prize, a trip for two to Prague — the setting that influenced the game's "Destroyed Beauty" scenic imagery — to compete in the Grand Final in July. The grand prize includes a four-day, three-night trip to Prague with round-trip coach air transportation for the winner and a guest, standard hotel accommodations, basic ground transportation in Prague, and a $200 Visa gift card."
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heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Forbes.com has an interesting article detailing what goes into the $60 price tag for next generation games. The remaining $59 per game goes into many hands. The biggest portion — nearly 45% — goes toward simply programming and designing the game itself. Then the console maker, retailer and marketers each get a cut. Add in manufacturing and management costs, and depending on the type of game, a license fee. Some gamemakers also have to pay a distributor to help get their titles in stores."
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heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes ""The tech reporters who flack for Second Life" is a blog post by CLAY SHIRKY detailing how the media is being fed false information from Linden Labs in regards to how many "residents" inhabit the virtual world of 2nd Life. Unfortunately the "residents" number reported by Linden Labs is no where near the number of actual paying subscribers, but the mainstream media is too stupid to realize the difference. Fro mthe article; "The basic trick is to make it hard to remember that Linden's definition of Resident has nothing to do with the plain meaning of the word resident. My dictionary says a resident is a person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long term basis. Linden's definition of Residents, however, has nothing to do with users at all — it measures signups for an avatar. (Get it? The avatar, not the user, is the resident of Second Life.)""
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heartless_ heartless_ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Heartless Gamer writes "Why benchmark a mouse? From ESReality; "In this environment where performance is king, it's ludicrous to think that mouse performance has never been measured for reviewing the products. Imagine reviewing the latest graphics card in the same way. Without benchmarks, reviewers would have to resort to loading up their favourite game and commenting on how their frag count improved. You would have no way to compare NVIDIA and ATI cards apart from the quality of the packaging. Without benchmarking, graphics card reviews would be almost entirely useless. So why do we put up with mouse reviews that are just as useless?""

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