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Signed On Aug 16, 2005, 21:56
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News Comments > EA Layoffs?
11. Re: EA Layoffs? Nov 9, 2009, 16:36 ldonyo
 
This has been a pattern to EA for several years now. They buy a development outfit, churn out one good and two or three mediocre (at best) titles, bleed all of the passion from that game franchise and then lay off all of those developers to try and cut costs. The road through the gaming industry is strewn with the wreckage of EA acquisitions of the past and there will be plenty more in the future.  
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News Comments > Electronic Arts Hooks Playfish
3. Re: Electronic Arts Hooks Playfish Nov 9, 2009, 14:58 ldonyo
 
Where did EA find actual cash to use for this acquisition? They bleed red ink for more than two years running and someone still loans them hundreds of millions to buy someone?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2009, 10:40 ldonyo
 
The Ninja Lane piece reads like an Nvidia marketing brochure. It also has no ATI cards in the mix for a true comparison of PhysX-enabled versus non-PhysX-enabled gaming.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Nov 6, 2009, 10:35 ldonyo
 
The essay on Boing Boing paints a vastly different picture of life in Venezuela than the one Chavez puts forth. I hope Guido does not get jailed for writing such a critical piece.  
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News Comments > Legal Briefs
2. Re: MPAA Tells The FCC Nov 5, 2009, 13:45 ldonyo
 
If these clowns didn't own so many Congress critters, this would be hysterical. However, since these clowns do own enough Congress critters to cause serious trouble, we have to hope that the FCC will pay much more attention to people with a clue than to the MPAA.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Guitar Hero as respected as a Harley Nov 5, 2009, 13:23 ldonyo
 
Also : Activision, and Bobby Kotick, as respected as Al-Qaida.

I almost wet myself laughing at that! Thanks, Creston!
 
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News Comments > Digital Dragon Age Woes
12. Re: Digital Dragon Age Woes Nov 4, 2009, 18:08 ldonyo
 
I pre-ordered, pre-loaded, unlocked and installed the Digital Deluxe Edition from Direct2Drive with no trouble at all. Unlike most of the articles on Ars, this is just a collection of gripes Ben found in various forums across the 'Net and added about $0.005 worth of insight to them.

The Direct2Drive instructions were very clear with the download links and all codes on one page. The bonus content instructions are:

Bonus Items

Bonus items require a unique key to activate online. Please do not share this information!

Thank you for purchasing Dragon Age™: Origins. Please find instructions below on how to activate and redeem your codes.

Instructions on how to redeem

To redeem your exclusive items, follow the instructions below. Please note that you will require a Bioware or EA Online account to redeem your codes.
1. Launch Dragon Age™: Origins
2. From the Main Menu, select "Downloadable Content"
3. Log in with your BioWare/EA Online Account
4. Select "Redeem Code"
5. Enter the codes from the table above
6. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the redemption process.

If you have your DLC codes, these instructions should work for anyone, regardless of where you purchased your copy of DA:O.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Nov 2, 2009, 19:17 ldonyo
 
Fudge Pachter is flapping his gums again. He'll be wrong, ass always, but this does not seem to deter anyone from printing his babblings.

I think it would be hilarious if Uwe got just as many fans to show up as Spinal Tap did. Wouldn't Uwe's autograph make those movies worth less?

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Are music games ripping off artists Nov 2, 2009, 19:15 ldonyo
 
No, they're not. The royalty comparison of one song in a game to an entire CD is ludicrous because it is not explained at all. It just states, "...reveals that a sale of a music game featuring a musician’s track earns them just one tenth of what an equivalent music CD would generate." Is that one tenth of the whole CD or one tenth of one song on a whole CD?  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 2, 2009, 19:10 ldonyo
 
That just might pay for one semester. Not that the scholarship is bad, it isn't, just that USC is incredibly expensive.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Oct 31, 2009, 18:37 ldonyo
 
Kaplan's comments make it sound like no one on his staff has even attempted installing Windows 7 on a bare drive, let alone performed any kind of upgrade.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Oct 30, 2009, 12:40 ldonyo
 
SAG has a very inflated opinion of itself, especially with regard to video game work. Maybe they haven't noticed it yet, but no one buys video games for the voice actors involved.  
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News Comments > Metaverse
1. Re: Metaverse Oct 26, 2009, 11:23 ldonyo
 
Typical PC World drivel that doesn't do much explaining of anything.  
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News Comments > Pediatricians' Game Concerns
25. Re: Pediatricians' Game Concerns Oct 26, 2009, 10:22 ldonyo
 
There has not yet been a study published that shows a causal link between violence in media and violent behavior. The conclusions drawn are solely those of the AAP and whichever "family-based" organizations they are working with.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 22, 2009, 12:08 ldonyo
 
As long as the Dodgers aren't going, I don't care wh goes for the National League. I'd like to see the Angels keep the Yankees out, but they keep shooting themselves in the foot when the umps aren't napping on the job.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: 18 awesome games that died at retail Oct 22, 2009, 12:06 ldonyo
 
What is true for movies is also true for video games, awesome is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Just because a game received good reviews does not mean the game was good to most gamers, as these examples prove.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Windows 7: What Happened to Gaming? Oct 19, 2009, 20:25 ldonyo
 
I agree, the article is useless. Another plus for Win7 is the ability to run it smoothly on hardware that chokes on Vista.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 17, 2009, 13:51 ldonyo
 
Here in southern Arizona we're having a heatwave. Temps in Tucson are supposed to be near 100F today and 95F tomorrow.  
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News Comments > Slipgate Ironworks Pink Slips
1. Re: Slipgate Ironworks Pink Slips Oct 17, 2009, 13:43 ldonyo
 
Why anyone would work for John Romero is baffling to me. He clearly has no understanding of how to run a business or make a game of his own. His MMO will probably be just as good as Daikatana...  
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News Comments > Dragon Age Pre-Purchase [Updated]
9. Re: Dragon Age Pre-Purchase Oct 16, 2009, 10:48 ldonyo
 
Best Buy also has pre-ordering for the CE, but it runs $64.99. That same $64.99 will get you the Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes the Warden's Keep DLC that will run you $7 otherwise.  
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