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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

samsmithnz Re:Faulty Reasoning (653 comments)

It's not because they suck, it's because they don't own the code. If you know you have to maintain a piece of software, you will spend extra time ensuring that it's maintainable and coded well. We have a large team in India and they are very successful, because they are part of the company and are building a career, not being a code monkey.

more than 3 years ago

First Person Dungeon Crawlers Making a Return

samsmithnz Re:Imo (163 comments)

Eye of the Beholder had nothing on Lands of Lore. It was the little stuff like auto mapping and a real story that made it that much better.

more than 3 years ago

Promotion Or Job Change: Which Is the Best Way To Advance In IT?

samsmithnz Re:Job Change (247 comments)

Everyone thinks they can earn double as a contractor, until they realize they have to pay taxes, benefits, 401K. Add to this the fact that you don't have work guaranteed, and suddenly you're about even with a salary worker. Yeh, there are benefits to working for yourself, and sometimes you make more, but I know that we outsource the really shitty projects to contractors and keep the 'good' ones for ourselves.

more than 3 years ago

An Early Look At Civilization V

samsmithnz Re:3D In Strategy Games (286 comments)

Except the campaign map AI is most retarded in the Total War series...

...The AI is even worse in the latest game, Empire; it's so bad that, until a patch, the AI could not invade over oceans, so you could never lose as Great Britain.

While it's true the AI in Empire was totally broken, I really think the last patch fixed it. The enemy doesn't declare war on you randomly and now invades properly over oceans.

more than 4 years ago

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision

samsmithnz Vaporware (265 comments)

8 Years without a final product?? Sounds like Vaporware to me.

more than 4 years ago

Is Valve's Steam Anti-Competitive?

samsmithnz Re:Expensive (286 comments)

I completely disagree. The prices are often cheaper - new releases often have specials (10-20% off), and they have specials all the time - specials I wouldn't normally see since I don't go to a gamestop/best buy every week. Add to that the ability to preinstall games and be available from any computer (you log into), I think it's brilliant.

more than 5 years ago

Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s

samsmithnz Re:Bricked Consoles? (438 comments)

That's why the Xbox360 is the superior console.

It bricks itself out of the box. No updates needed.

If I could mod you up further I would. Funniest comment of the week. :)

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo and the Decline of Hardcore Gaming

samsmithnz This article is terribly flawed (438 comments)

He doesn't get it. The hardcore gamers aren't gone, Nintendo has just tapped into a new market - parents, girlfriends, grandparents, young, old and everything in between.

From what I've seen about my friends and family that play wii (and have never played Playstation or XBOX), they get bored of wii sports/guitar hero/wii fit/etc. after 2 or 3 months and then never pick up their wii again. If anything, the hardcore gamers are the ones that are going to stick around and continue to buy new games

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Chided Over Exclusive Music Idea

samsmithnz Slightly reworded: (331 comments)

"Microsoft blamed the proposal on a newly FIRED, "lower-level business person" who did not understand the company's obligations under the antitrust settlement.""

more than 9 years ago


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