rodrigoandrade writes "CrossFire, a South Korean first person shooter by SmileGate, took in nearly $1 billion in revenue last year, making it the most lucrative free-to-play game online, according to Super Data Research. Runner-up League of Legends earned "only" US$624 million. CrossFire is heavily based on Counter Strike, but implements a clear pay-to-win strategy that prioritizes money over skill. Players must pay to even equip body armor, for instance.
rodrigoandrade writes "Are there any tech websites nowadays that aren't run by Apple fanboys (or any fanboys in general)? I just read a screen comparison (link below) between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5 on PhoneArena, and it's pretty obviously written by an Apple fanboy. They only tested the strengths of the iPhone 5's IPS display, and not the weaknesses. For instance, nowhere does the article mention the Note 3's AMOLED display's low power consumption compared to IPS.
But I digress. Lately, it's become increasingly harder to find objective tech websites that are not biased towards Apple (and Sony Playstation 4, to a lesser degree--hello, IGN)
rodrigoandrade writes "In a day and age where all MMOs are going fom subscriptions to free to play in order to stay afloat and turn a profit, The Elder Scrolls Online will go against the tide and charge monthly $15 subscriptions along with a $60 pricetag. All recent games that tried this approach recently failed, and eventually went free to play with cash shop, for better or worse. TESO will probably follow suit and go free to play when the novelty factor wears thin and people start quitting over the new shiny game in the future. Even if the Elder Scrolls series has a loyal fanbase, I'm afraid it won't be enough, since een the MMO wth the STAR WARS brand couldn't keep the subscription model alive." Link to Original Source top
rodrigoandrade writes "I'm almost 36 and, as I grow older, I no longer feel passionate about my current hobbies (mainly listening to heavy metal and playing video games--on a PC). Leaving aside the ideological discussion on the current state of the gaming industry, and the fact that new heavy metal bands really suck, I've come to accept the fact that I'm just getting old. I don't want to be 50 and still be listening to Motorhead or playing Doom. The burning desire to download Far Cry 3 or the new Helloween album just isn't there anymore.
Over the past 35 years, I've had several hobbies. Otherwise, I'd have gone crazy just studying and working all the tim. I've done a lot, from backgammon to amateur bodybuilding, including playing the bass, watching NHRA, and building model trains. I don't feel like going back to any of them, as I like trying new things (I'll watch Daytona 500 this Sunday, though).
So, I'm looking for suggestions for a new hobby. Here are a few guidelines so you're not completely in the dark.
1. I hate outdoors and nature stuff, so mountain biking, rock climbing and such are out of the question. 2. Money isn't (much of) an issue. Any money-intensive hobby (flying real airplanes, offshore racing) are out of the picture. 3. It doesn't snow where I live, so winter sports are a no-no. 4. It'd be nice if it didn't require a huge time commitment, a lot of analytical thinking and math. I need a hobby, not a second job. 5. Low tech would be nice, too, but not required.
rodrigoandrade writes "Ouya is a new Android-based home console that promises to bring to the living room the $0.99 games business model that has worked so well for Apple. Admittedly, its vaporware so far, but it could turn the industry on its head, effectively putting an end to the things we all hate about modern console gaming ($60 games, DLC, DRM, endless sequels, movie tie-ins, etc.)" Link to Original Source top
rodrigoandrade writes "I have a 1 TB external harddrive (Toshiba Canvio USB 2.0) that crashed on me. It's for personal use, so no trade secrets or FBI data were compromised. Aside from my encrypted financial data, my life doesn't depend on any of the files in the drive but I'd really like to get that data back, since I've spend so many years collecting it. It's about 550GB worth of investment, fitness, dieting, e-books (plus more crazy shit that interests me); DVD rock concerts (my vice); some old pictures etc.
I did all troubleshooting short of cracking the shell open, but it was a no go. I tried using tools like Easy Recovery and others to no avail. So I took it to a specialist. He gave me an estimate of U$200,00 to recover the data, which I thought was a major rip off. The tech eve had the audacity of telling me that my harddrive is physically OK, and it'd be even more expensve if there was physical damage to the unit. I looked around other places (both brick and mortar shops and services online), and found some even more expensive shops.
Then again, if I were to buy all the DVDs (not including out of print and imported ones) and dead-tree version of the e-books (obviously not including the online-only ones), I'd be out of a lot more than US$200.
I'd like some expert opinions from the/. crowd: should I just cough up the $200 or is this really too much for this type of service?? TYIA!!!" top
rodrigoandrade writes "I've been invited to participate in the beta testing program for SW:TOR. However, EA's giving out 3-day passes to most testers. A few people are receiving passes for longer periods.
Mine will be from Friday 5am through Monday 12am (CST) (i.e. Sunday evening)
Since it's a frakking 10GB download (amost 2GB for video alone) I'll use for only 3 days, I'd like to make the most out of it. If you're an experienced beta tester, please post some tips travel-guide style on what I should do, quests I should take, places to visit, etc. TYIA. May the Force be with you!" top
rodrigoandrade writes "Maintenance worker was attacked by a robot. The robo-assault reportedly took place in 2007, when a man attempted to repair a defective machine used to lift rocks without properly checking the power supply beforehand. And unfortunately, the human head isn't all that different than a big juicy rock to such a robot." Link to Original Source top
rodrigoandrade writes "Hello folks, am I the only one who gets upset about the "Games" section being blocked at my workplace's firewall?? I'm pretty sure many geeks here have the same problem, and/. won't accept my proxy connections, so I'm SOL. Well, I suggest changing the section name to something else, like, oh, "Mario" or something that reminds people of games." top