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Comment Re:Only? (Score 1) 133

$250k is an arbitrary cut-off. You may find that of those 30 games, some still lost money, some paid dev costs and made a profit, and some may be multi-million dollar success stories.

It's also tricky to properly account for VR revenues. Are Elite Dangerous sales VR sales if they're bought by someone with a VR headset, played on a VR headset or played once on a VR headset then not again?

Without the full sales picture for those games it's not sensible to assume they only barely cleared the $250k mark.

Comment Re:I was skeptical about VR (Score 1) 133

A film director has total control over the frame; a screen-game designer still has quite a bit. Not so in VR; people look wherever they want to.

A game designer - screen or otherwise - has complete and total control over what appears to the player. Far more control than a film director, and the choice to give an illusion of that control to the player (with FOV changes as well as just looking around) without losing any of it.

Shit, players looking wherever they want was a solved problem in 1984: Elite required you to move your whole ship but didn't constrain where you pointed it at all.

And then how to design for people of all sorts of different physiologies, heights, abilities, etc. etc. and make the experience compelling for each of them?

Possibly the very exactly same fucking way that game designers have been successfully handling this challenge in games over the past few decades. VR is a more immersive environment with head movement as a control rather than mouse-look but the player character in the game can be identical in either. VR doesn't introduce new problems unless a game designer explicitly chooses to constrain a character to the input range available to the player. They can easily choose not to too.

Comment Re:How do they compare? (Score 1) 133

The social dynamics for each are very different. PC gamers typically play either alone in the room they're in and/or wearing a headset that already socially isolates them.

Adding visual isolation wont make a drastic difference for much usage, and may increase the in-game social dynamics to compensate.

The issues with headaches, eye-strain and nausea remain barriers, but for some game genres (driving/flying type games) it's already far from a novelty.

Comment Re:Not obvious (Score 1) 133

You can move around a small room just fine, it works exactly as advertised and couldn't be more natural (assuming you are used to walking)

Sure, if you have enough room to set up a Vive. Nobody I know in the UK has that much space without seriously rearranging their house.

It's a broken concept and modern houses keep getting smaller so I don't see a future for room scale VR in the UK. That's likely to apply to most of Europe and a non-trivial proportion of the US too - e.g. everybody living in cheap apartments.

Comment Re:FINALLY! (Score 1, Interesting) 228

Yeah, I fell out of love with AMD due to their inability to compete on power/performance grounds but I'd very much welcome a serious competitor to Intel.

Similar to the AMD graphics cards. I'm unlikely to buy anything called 'Radeon' but I'm glad they exist and force Nvidia to continue to improve and innovate.

If these new AMD chips provide comparable performance at comparable heat levels (I don't care about the power used, I care about the noise needed to dissipate the heat generated) then I'm more than happy to switch back to AMD and save some cash.

Comment Re:Cake or death (Score 1) 891

Hmm. Try that in the UK and you'll be getting sued for constructive dismissal the moment you tried "put on administrative leave without pay".

No, you fucking pay me right up until the moment you sack me, and you'd better have fucking good cause. Let alone "because some cunt made a complaint".

And yes, I've been accused of harassment before. For holding a door open for someone. Interestingly I mentioned this to a colleague and he said that at another company he'd had a formal grievance against him for exactly that too.

Zero pay because you held a door open for someone? Where the fuck do you work, and in what imaginary world do you ask a 'prosecutor' to investigate workplace harassment?

Comment Re:Cake or death (Score 1) 891

Well, a manager/staff relationship isn't about being ordered around for money. Managers that think that's the case need educating and the staff that think that's the case need help too.

This isn't child abuse, employees can quit.

Many things aren't child abuse, that doesn't make them acceptable in a work environment. You want to fuck me, that costs substantially more than my current salary and I'm not going to do it as an employee.

Comment Re:Cake or death (Score 1) 891

Do you know anyone working in IT that does not know how to take a screenshot?

Yes. Sadly, yes.

Although.. I don't know how to take a screenshot on my phone. Never needed to, never bothered to learn how.

Hmm. Ok, I need to go find out. Ok, done. Turns out it's a non-standard approach on my phone, but one screenshot successfully taken.

Anyway, yes. Sadly I do know people working in IT that don't know how to take a screenshot - on any device.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 891

Yeah. I had an approach from a young attractive subordinate and immediately went to HR for their guidance on how to respond.

I want her to be happy in the office and feel wanted.. just not that wanted.

HR were (surprisingly) fucking useless. "How do you feel?" Well, I'm a single bloke in my 40s and she's an attractive intelligent woman in her 20s, I feel pretty fucking flattered. That's not really the point though is it.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 891

Then they compound the stupidity by telling her to expect a bad review from this guy because she brought this up. This pretty much is an admission that HR and management countenance unprofessionalism, allowing managers to use employee reviews to pursue personal issues rather than evaluating the employee's contribution to the company.

In the UK retributive action against someone for raising a grievance is illegal.

A proposition isn't illegal or even actionable. It's just crass, bad manners, stupid and fucking terrible management. Strange that HR think this guy is a high-flyer with a management style like that.

Comment Re: 3 years probation (Score 1) 198

You appear to have omitted alternative threat responses that don't require everybody in the house to be shot.

You know, basic shot like working out what the situation is before bursting in, shooting the dog, throwing grenades at the kids and risking the lives of everyone in the building.

I stand more chance of being shot by the US police than I do by a criminal and I don't even fucking live in the US

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