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Signed On Jul 19, 2000, 18:39
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News Comments > More id on PC Gaming
111. Re: No subject Mar 21, 2008, 13:21 Fang
 
No one of importance who works in the business side of the video games industry is making platform target decisions based upon NPD numbers alone. They are just one part of the data available used to make such decisions.

Thanks for the insight, Jason. Is this merging of the PC and console gaming going to affect other traditional PC-focused developers/publishers? For example, do you think WBIE's Dirty Harry game will be featured on both platforms? Is there a danger of it being criticized as being "consolized" like Deus Ex:IW, or will it be able to handle it like CoD4?

 
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News Comments > More id on PC Gaming
59. Re: Sigh... Mar 20, 2008, 15:17 Fang
 
I mean come on, look at Halo games......anyone who says "best game ever" has a questionable idea (and IQ) about what games/gaming are/is.

I'll have to play devil's advocate and disagree.

Sure it had its flaws. (redundant levels eg. Library, limited customization in Matchmaking, etc.)

But if you are measuring the quality of a game in terms of "fun factor" then Halo ranks right up there with the best of them.

But what is "fun?" You can make all kinds of in depth analysis of challenge/reward scenarios that goes into the psychology of humans, but to cut to the chase, a large segment of our population finds Halo fun. Saying that they are stupid, doesn't change the fact that the game is still fun.

Personally, I consider it one of the great games solely for making FPS's accessible to many of my close friends, and allowing me to actually play FPS's with them in one room. That increases the fun factor for me immensely.

I enjoy gaming with friends, as in real life. Not just guys from a message board or IRC. Until Halo, when I played FPS's (CS, AQ2, Quake, HL, etc.) in real life, I was sitting by myself in front of a computer. Sure I was having a good time.

But if I had to choose between that and getting together with 3 other good buddies, eating pizza, drinking beers, and playing Halo, hands down, I would choose Halo every time.

Sure, I would rather use a Mouse, but it did help to even the playing field, as I had to learn to get used to the controller.

I should also say that if you haven't given Halo 3 a shot yet due to the flaws in Halo 1, you're missing out. They did fix a lot of the earlier flaws, though the story is still convoluted. And the fun factor is definitely there.

 
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News Comments > More id on PC Gaming
19. Re: No subject Mar 20, 2008, 10:34 Fang
 
When this is Valve saying this it would have some weight. Id is pretty much irrelevant these days.

All id is saying is that you can't ignore the console market. Valve doesn't have to say anything, just look at their actions.

PS2: Halflife
Xbox: Halflife 2, Halflife 2: Counter-Strike
Xbox 360/PS3: The Orange Box

Their actions line up with what id is saying. Don't ignore the console market.

 
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News Comments > More id on PC Gaming
14. Re: No subject Mar 20, 2008, 10:05 Fang
 
There is another category nobody is mentioning, the "Super Hardcore PC Gamer".

Yeah, and if you focus on that crowd, its a good way to go out of business. You can easily measure the size of this "Super Hardcore PC Gamer" crowd by looking at the sales of the top video cards. Knowing how much it costs to develop games that take advantage of these highest graphical settings, and what percentage of these "Super Hardcore PC Gamers" that you need to sell to just to break even, it can be company suicide to cater to them.

Did you read this article from a few days ago from one of the developers of Sins Of A Solar Empire? He has some great business analysis on the industry.

http://forums.sinsofasolarempire.com/post.aspx?postid=303512

 
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News Comments > More id on PC Gaming
11. Re: No subject Mar 20, 2008, 09:45 Fang
 
id say casual pc gamers have moved over, not hardcore gamers.

That may be what you say, but that isn't what id is seeing. Just read some of the discussions here on Blue's News. You'll see that more and more long time regulars are picking up a console.

Players have moved over. Now in your mind, that probably means means they are no longer "hardcore", whatever that label means.

IMHO, I would define it by how much money they spend on games, not whether or not they still live in their parent's basement. I know that anecdotal evidence is lame, but I know in my own case that I have purchased console games at an almost 10:1 ratio to PC games in the past few years (and I don't pirate). And I would consider myself "hardcore". (As a top AQ2 player, I've been a fan of Minh Le's work since before he created CS. While now retired, I've been playing CS since when you had to look at the shirt sleeves to tell what team each person was on.)

Through no intentional decision of my own, I've just ended up spending more money on actual games instead of the hardware to be able to play the games.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: No subject Mar 19, 2008, 12:31 Fang
 
I'm using AA rechargables, but those 360 rechargable packs are looking tempting. I know Amazon has the Play and Charge/Battery pack kit for pretty cheap.

Tempting, but I have a hard time spending any money just for convenience.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Bear Stearns failure Mar 17, 2008, 16:40 Fang
 
The thing was that they weren't even in the subprime market. They were in something called "Alt A". These are similar to prime rate mortgages (applicants have to have good credit), but due to some technicality miss the standard prime rate mortgage rules.

They are a far cry from subprime.

But the market is scared of anything in the mortgage market so are fleeing even these good credit mortgages.

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News Comments > Boston Goes After Games
28. Re: No subject Mar 17, 2008, 16:32 Fang
 
And just who are these guys on the ESRB who rate all these games as "M"?

Part of the issue is that so many games are given an M that really have no business with that rating. Is there truly any material in Halo where any reasonable person would not want their kids to view? And contrast that to the Call of Duty 3 which got a T.

Stuff like this would be more reasonable (not saying I would support it, but its at least more reasonable) if M rated games were truly limited to games that deserve the label.

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News Comments > New EA Prez
5. Re: No subject Mar 17, 2008, 11:42 Fang
 
Yes, selling video games is like selling potato chips. Make sure you get good placement at 7-11!

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Steve Ballmer... Mar 8, 2008, 13:56 Fang
 
Anyone know if Sony can stick it to Microsoft through Blu-Ray?

As in Sony saying something like "Sure, we can license Blu-Ray for the 360 to you, Microsoft... But it will cost you... $200 per device :)"

Or because its a standard, does everyone get the same license price? Can they refuse to license it to some people like they refuse to most Chinese manufacturers? (so they can maximize their profit from early adopters)

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News Comments > More on the State of PC Gaming
24. Re: No subject Mar 7, 2008, 10:46 Fang
 
I thought the 9800 wasn't supposed to be better than the 8800, wasn't it going to be a cheap mid-step? Guess I missed the boat on that one...

You're getting the 9600 and the 9800 confused. The 9600 is the cheap midstep. Just like the 8600 and the 8800.

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News Comments > More on the State of PC Gaming
23. Re: 100% Console Mar 7, 2008, 10:45 Fang
 
Where do you shop for your console games?

No place that I know of in the US will accept an opened console game or DVD for a full or partial refund. They will only do exchanges. And don't tell me about the one sales clerk who is your buddy who let's you do it on the side.

And if you think Gamestop's policy of buying it from you used after you open it, in any way counts as a "return", well, they're laughing all the way to the bank at your expense. There are much cheaper ways of renting games (console and PC) than Gamestop's used game business.

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News Comments > The Three Most Important Moments In Gaming?
18. Re: No subject Mar 5, 2008, 13:53 Fang
 
Ah, Duke Nukem's pipe bombs, oh, how I loved thee.

I wish they would pull a Valve and release a remade Duke Nukem Classic while they work on the next Duke Nukem. Though, I don't want to distract them from ever finishing. So maybe they should just outsource it to someone.

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: sad Feb 27, 2008, 02:11 Fang
 
Because up to now, the majority of what we consider "gamers" have been raised on the movie equivalent of Dawn of the Dead and Rambo. Someone who has never played a game probably are not interested in those type of movies either. Yet branching out into new game types would be more like making a movie that is interesting to someone besides 12-30 year old males.

Mozart was criticized for making music that appealed to the masses, yet today, we don't discount his artistic appeal.

This is where artistic innovation lies, by thinking outside the box instead of making the same old stuff that is consumed by the current industry.

Would today's gamers be interested in a movie like "An American in Paris"? Games are just a medium and should be able to appeal to the same audience and invoke as strong an emotional reaction as "Schindler's List". We aren't there yet, but I applaud the efforts of those who are working down this path.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2008, 17:27 Fang
 
And his whole argument is that AMD is going to fail because they have delayed their drivers by a month.

It sounds more like a guy whining that he can't get a new driver feature leaked to him.

AMD/ATI have a lot of challenges facing them, since they play second fiddle to Intel and Nvidia. But not getting pre-release drivers out a month early is the least of them.

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News Comments > Portal 2 Revealed
25. >U Feb 22, 2008, 12:27 Fang
 
I'm surprised that >U (aka. Riley) hasn't already come on here to tell us how evil Valve is for unleashing Portal on us.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. No subject Feb 16, 2008, 17:52 Fang
 
What do you mean by storytelling aspect of it?

Do you mean that you didn't understand what happened, or that you didn't understand what they were trying to do with how the story played out?

If you didn't understand what happened, you could try reading the spoilers for it.

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News Comments > Apple Got Game
15. Re: So what Feb 11, 2008, 20:00 Fang
 
My point was that you can keep registering a domain name perpetually even though you never use it. However, trademarks are not forever. If you do not use it for three years, it has been abandoned.

http://www.ohiobar.org/pub/lycu/index.asp?articleid=251

Q.: How is a trademark abandoned?
A.: A trademark is abandoned, and the owner no longer has exclusive trademark protection, if the owner of the mark deliberately stops using the mark in commerce, makes no attempt to preserve the mark, or fails to monitor proper use of the mark for a continuous period of three years or more.



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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Blockbuster Feb 11, 2008, 15:02 Fang
 
With my free in-store game/movie coupon from Blockbuster online, I was hoping to catch up on some Xbox originals. But it seems they are already getting rid of a bunch of them. It's down to one shelf now for the original Xbox. And just a month ago, they had at least three shelves

I wish they would at least carry the ones that are featured in Arcade.

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News Comments > Apple Got Game
9. Re: So what Feb 11, 2008, 14:55 Fang
 
If you don't actively use the trademark, then it becomes available for anyone to use. It's not like a domain name where its your's forever.

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