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Dysfunctional Console Industry Struggles For New Profit Centers

tecnico.hitos Re:Higher profits (351 comments)

No. I never said that. That also doesn't change a thing about what I said.

If they aren't aren't buying new consoles, nor new games, the money of the budget gamers never reaches the industry. They might as well not exist to the industry. Only the retailers make any profit from them and they aren't responsible for the development of new games.

more than 2 years ago
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Dysfunctional Console Industry Struggles For New Profit Centers

tecnico.hitos Re:Higher profits (351 comments)

It doesn't matter to the publishers whether the gamers that spend $20 a month on used games will only buy a new game every 3 months. For them, that is profit already. Not a cent spent on used games goes to the publishers and studios. It all goes to Gamestop and other retailers.

Even if people buy 1 new game every six months rather than 10 used games a month, it's more beneficial for the publishers that way.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Releases Flash 11 and AIR 3

tecnico.hitos Not dying, yet (174 comments)

As long as content creators support Flash, it will still exist. Newgrounds, as an example, still has a large community of flash artists and programmers, which regularly provide animations and games for free.

When these sites make the transition, Flash may die. Until then, it may be used significantly less, but it will still be there.

more than 3 years ago
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Diablo III Beta Begins

tecnico.hitos Deal breaker (102 comments)

The game looks good, but I can't buy it. I travel regularly and I don't always have an internet connection available. Always on connection for single player is a deal breaker.

I will wait for Torchlight 2

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 Won't Support Plug-Ins; the End of Flash?

tecnico.hitos Re:Microsoft (661 comments)

This announcement sounds perfectly reasonable to me--not having plugins in the Metro browser closes a lot of security holes and eliminates crap like Flash that's proprietary, hurts performance, etc. It's a competitive move that raises the bar for other browsers to become more secure and stop supporting things that people don't want.

Emphasis mine.

Speak for yourself. I regularly watch flash animations, play flash games and use web apps made in flash. If I were one of the creators, I wouldn't be very happy either. It should be my choice to make, not Microsoft's. Limiting my choice is not a benefit.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Bans Game App That Criticizes Smartphone Production

tecnico.hitos Re:No win, really (213 comments)

Would it really? Foxconn has been target of controversy for quite some time, but iPhones still sell very well.

By censoring this game, not only they triggered Streisand effect and brought the problems about iPhone production to attention just the same, but also made the iPhone look like a restrictive platform for developers once again.

Besides, do you really think iPhone buyers really actually care about it's production problems enough to not to buy them?

more than 3 years ago
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Russia Wanted To Shut YouTube Down For Piracy

tecnico.hitos Re:Meanwhile in Russia... (122 comments)

But then again, I don't know a single person that has original Photoshop, because the price is absurd. How is it acceptable that an image editing software costs almost as much as an entire computer?

more than 3 years ago
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Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Unofficially On Linux

tecnico.hitos Re:Cloud = For Suckers (206 comments)

I regularly use "cloud stuff" like Google Docs and the Aviary apps, as well as Dropbox. That means I can access and edit my documents everywhere I can find a barely decent computer with internet connection. As well as download them everytime I need.

So, no. Using the "cloud" has saved me a lot of hassle.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuffing a PS3 and an Xbox 360 Into a PC Case

tecnico.hitos Re:Complete and utter garbage (96 comments)

We used to drive excellence through insults.

No, you used to drive away poor quality jobs through insults. Don't fool yourself into thinking you are responsible for someone else's success.

Besides, when the internet was younger, it's users were far more likely to be technologically adept.

more than 3 years ago
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Cornell's Creative Machines Lab Lets Chatbots Interact

tecnico.hitos Re:Not impressed (106 comments)

Which is odd, as I expect a machine to be more logical than a human.

And that's the point. Since they aren't all that logical, they are more easily perceived as humans.

more than 3 years ago
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Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

tecnico.hitos Re:The length of time? (637 comments)

What is boring for some people is fun for other people. Wandering around, exploring the game world, hunting and such is what made RDR interesting for so many people. It wasn't just a western game, it was a full blown wild west world. In it's particular case, I think there is a considerable amount of people that didn't buy it for the story, but for the sandbox world. So, it doesn't matter whether they finish the game, because it doesn't mean they didn't enjoy it.

While I do believe there is a lot of unnecessary padding in games, not everything would be benefited by being cut shorter. Hell, there are even people that like grinding, so it's really something to be thought in a case by case basis.

more than 3 years ago
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Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

tecnico.hitos Re:WHAT!?!?!?! (637 comments)

If I'm not mistaken, Alan Wake does that, downright to mimicking the TV series intro format. A few games also display story summaries as text in the loading screens, but I agree that it is missing from most of them.

more than 3 years ago
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Notch Asks For Trial By Combat

tecnico.hitos Re:What a bunch of pricks. (205 comments)

Their trademark is "Elder Scrolls". While I think Mojang's "Scrolls", even as a fantasy game, is too generic to be trademarked, it is not violating Bethesda's trademark. They are claiming they own the individual words of their trademark, even though they are common english words, and that's clearly absurd.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Spoilers Ruin a Good Story? No, Say Researchers

tecnico.hitos Even then (238 comments)

Spoilers may not ruin the story, but having a surprise every now and then is nice. Besides, for genres like detective stories, part of the fun for some people is in figuring out who is the criminal before it's revealed.

more than 3 years ago
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3DS and Vita Face Tough Battle Against Smartphones

tecnico.hitos Re:Oblig Penny Arcade (138 comments)

Fun is not an absolute concept quantifiable by value that adds up that way. Mario, Zelda and Metroid, as well as Metal Gear, God of War and Uncharted are fun in different ways among themselves and than Angry Birds. A significant amount of people is not gaming just for killing time and even if there cheap smart games that are fun, they sometimes they can't provide the same value as a $40 game.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Adds Games To Google+

tecnico.hitos Re:Oh no, there goes the neighborhood (161 comments)

In case you haven't read, games and game notifications will be placed on it's own, entirely separate, area. But don't let that stop you from being bitter and grumpy, if that's what you want.

more than 3 years ago
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Right-Wing German Extremists Tricked By Trojan Shirts

tecnico.hitos Re:Kind of a stretch to say they were "tricked" (457 comments)

But they were tricked. The fact that they didn't pay anything doesn't change the fact that they were misled.

Another thing about the free shirts is that at the same time you didn't pay for the shirt, they didn't pay you for the free advertisement. They had the cost of producing the shirts, but they reap the benefits indirectly.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case For Surrealism In Games

tecnico.hitos Re:It's only a game, for crying out loud ! (186 comments)

The solution is simple: don't buy games that are not fun, do buy games that are fun.

So, how do I know a game is fun? What makes a game fun? How can I define fun? And so it goes...

more than 3 years ago

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