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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2009, 13:50 DG
Championship Manager are doing a Radiohead with pre-orders of the game (ends 11 Sept)

(there is a minimum "transaction fee", though it's only 2.50 in UK.)

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Britain Gets A 360 Price Increase. Aug 17, 2009, 13:34 DG
02/12/05: In US $299.99, in UK 178.71=$307.38. P= 02%. [IR 1.72/1] (Core 360)
06/11/08: In US $199.99, in UK 110.63=$175.90. P=-12%. [IR 1.59/1] (Arcade 360)
17/08/09: In US $199.99, in UK 113.03=$186.50. P=-07%. [IR 1.65/1] (Arcade 360)
01/09/09: In US $199.99, in UK 139.12=$229.55. P= 15%. [IR 1.65/1] (Arcade 360)
IR = interbank exchange rate (01/09/08 uses 17/08/09 rate)
P = % markup applied to UK price after allowing for the prevailing exchange rate.

UK prices are net of VAT, which is collected and paid within the UK therefore the exchange rate does not apply to it.

The figures suggest only 1/3 of the price increase is accounted for by currency fluctuation.

However it would be much less than that. A significant portion of MS' UK sales will also be expended in the UK, with only profits being turned into US dollars.
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Aug 16, 2009, 11:55 DG
Consoles didn't "ruin" DLC, they brought it about.

Previously what we had on PC was sizeable expansion packs at retail, and the occasional free map or whatever with a patch. Consoles didn't have anything.

Now on PC we have... Exactly the same thing plus some paid-for "DLC". Consoles now have some DLC.

The points are (IMHO) correct about console-makers failing to encourage the best use of DLC, and how MS seems to completely fail to see the approach Valve takes with TF2 and L4D, and is obsessed that everything should be paid for (even bloody themes). As are points about publishers failing to produce valuable and timely DLC.

But "ruining" implies taking something good and making it bad. All they have done is introduce poor DLC and not made it much better.
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News Comments > Serious Sam HD Trailer
18. Re: Serious Sam HD Trailer Aug 16, 2009, 06:57 DG
I wonder what price point they'll release this at. I'd buy it for 10 or 15 dollars, but if they're going to release this as a full priced game, then it's going to have to wait until it's in the dollar bin at Steam.
The closing screen shows XBLA which may be a good sign, though not sure if it could fit into the 1600msp size cap and I don't know if/how MS are branding the full downloadable games they recently introduced
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Aug 15, 2009, 07:00 DG
16.99 Orange Box
3.05 HL 1 Anthology
26.99 L4D (23 on Play)
5.99 DOD:S

Valve complete 47.69

Still 10% off but I can't image it's worth buying DOD:S now (good as it was back in the day) so bit of a dull sale, especially since L4D is overpriced (I say that as a big L4D fan, it should be 14 like TF2).

Orange Box + HL1 Anthology is an obvious better bargain over the HL pack, for the trivial difference.
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 and Crash Course Movies
3. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 and Crash Course Movies Aug 14, 2009, 13:37 DG
GT asks him about Portal 2, Ep 3 and CS 2 buy Newell wasn't answering - he did confirm Ep 3 still being worked on, but not really in a way that suggested the other two weren't.  
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News Comments > Dragon Rising LAN [Updated]
41. Re: No Dragon Rising LAN Aug 14, 2009, 13:03 DG
I'm feeling a bit smug right now. Thought I would share that.  
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News Comments > Dragon Rising LAN [Updated]
26. Re: 100 guys Aug 13, 2009, 14:50 DG
Not sure how clear this guy is being,
Just to clarify, the 4v4 MP is for the consoles and it's 16v16 on the PC.
There will be no offline multiplayer, nor an offline co-op mode. Online you can play the co-op mode with up to four friends.
small possibility he is thinking about consoles and means no split-screen mode.

For sake of completeness the 4v4 means each side has 4 players each having a squad of 3 AI, so there's 32 things shooting at each other.

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News Comments > Samsung Wants To Do Gamers a Solid
14. Re: Samsung Wants To Do Gamers a Solid Aug 12, 2009, 17:44 DG
Seems everyone buying SSD's raves about them, and I'm looking forward to getting one. But the price still has a ways to come down - and they keep adding new tech to the biggest drives so the price is staying above mainstream even if they are "better value". I'm quite happy putting OS and games on one drive and media etc on a HDD.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 12, 2009, 13:22 DG
I'd value a short paragraph in a review saying that they had the product working fine in linux using supplied drivers.

I had a go booting Ubuntu but dropped it when the wireless adapter didn't even have hacked drivers, and even the Nvidia driver linux instructions bore no resemblance to what was needed to install them. If I was choosing between two products, all else being equal I'd choose the one that works easily in linux.
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News Comments > Section 8 on Sept 1; PC & 360 Server Plans
3. Re: Section 8 PC & 360 Server Plans Aug 12, 2009, 13:05 DG
I've ran servers (full server, not just a process), wrote a couple of guides with probably a million hits by now, and own an xbox.

I bet I'd still need to pay for Gold subs to play on it though

'Course, the whole server thing is far more complicated than it needs to be. I don't know why they can't ship games with a detailed guide and at least some well-thought out default configs with maybe a HTML form to fill in the more customised options.

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News Comments > Safety Dance
Perhaps it's time to start blocking Windows PCs from the Internet.
Evidently he doesn't feel strongly enough about it to block Windows PCs from his website.

Anyway, I not inclined to assume the problem is going to go away if we have the same dumb people using Linux.
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Magazine publisher serves up porno t Aug 8, 2009, 20:09 DG
The title Don't let your child be a victim is half way to being a good one in that it successfully indicates quite a lot about the article's perspective, but forgets the subject at hand.

The factual content is interesting, it's quite right to query whether adverts for pornographic material is appropriate for a video games magazine. I'm not exactly prudish but there's a place and that probably isn't it. It's a shame he didn't simply write a couple of factual sentences and a pic or two though.

The rest of it is... He starts off making assertions about money in making video games, which has no relevance to the article. Then there's all the crap about warping the minds of children. Reasonable to include example of an 8 year old being able to walk in and buy it, to show how it is a magazine deemed appropriate for kids.

But why give the staff a hard time? He was surprised about the contents, you think the teller is better informed? What's wrong about the manager having to go to head office with this, in fact isn't that a good thing, if this is going to go up to HO who might action to all their stores and put pressure on the magazine itself? Why does it suggest that people "ask for the contact details of their head quarters" and not report about him having done so? Why not contact the "bad guy" in the story, the publisher?

That's not just bad writing.
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News Comments > DoubleBear's Zombie RPG
16. Re: DoubleBear's Zombie RPG Aug 8, 2009, 06:35 DG
Fast zombies are much more fashionable than shufflers since 28 Days Later. For a game I'd want a mix - there's only so much bad guy variety you can get from zombies unless you do the L4D mutation thing, though you can have bad guy survivors (which this game seems to be concentrating on).  
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News Comments > Metaverse
6. Re: Metaverse Aug 7, 2009, 13:14 DG
The FT, and WSJ (and Economist, etc) have substantial premium content but it's suited to their market - relatively wealthy people to whom good reporting on that type of content is important, and not just to their interests but to their jobs too. They can't just switch to an alternate source. And the price is insignificant (most will have the subscription paid for by their company).

But I can't see Murdoch being successful, not for general news. For too many people there's too many good-enough alternate sources online, and website content generally just does not feel premium unless there's real data and analysis there (like say, the FT). I used to sub to the Economist but only for the newspaper, it felt like a product. The website, despite having the same and more content available sooner than print, felt like a byproduct - convenient for searching out old content, but not something to be paid for in itself. Same goes for the FT, my firm has a sub and the bosses read the physical paper and the online access is useful for reference whilst working.

I could actually see premium newspapers being a possibility if everyone had a Kindle and they sent a newspaper in PDF. PDF's have that quality about them, it feels like a publication where the layout and everything has been carefully chosen and put together. Every headline is worth reading because an editor felt the article was important enough to enough people to use up valuable space with it, while online news often seems regurgitated. There's a start and a finish and I can put it down and pick up where I left off at any time.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Wipeout HD Ads Aug 6, 2009, 13:59 DG
Yeah I'm kind of surprised that the prices are reasonable, though I assume games like Burnout Paradise and Mass Effect will be at the higher price, making them about 1/3 more than what I can get them online for. Though TBF I'm looking at the best price I can get them new for at an online store...

That Activision CEO apprently knows even less about PR than he does about economics.

And yeah those Wipeouts ads are an absolute pisstake, they're at or maybe even over the limit of what I'd put up with on a free game. Having them on a paid-for game is very poor but putting them on there AFTER the game's been paid for?

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News Comments > New Left 4 Dead DLC Next Month
47. Re: New L4D DLC Nears Aug 5, 2009, 18:05 DG
I'd settle for stopping them from using my medpack on anybody with less than half HP just because I went idle.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Re:Mom in U.K. Fined for Grieving Too Lo Aug 5, 2009, 15:07 DG
Well yes, but Fox's website there nicely cuts and pastes everything except for the council's response:
A council spokesman apologised for making the extra fee.

"We understand that sometimes more time may be preferred and so families are offered the chance to book extra time if they need it, he said.

"This means when funerals that have not taken up this option over-run, a fee is automatically charged.

"However, when we learned that there were extenuating circumstances we, of course, refunded the extra charge."
Not that I agree with that either, but the Fox half of the article gives you the impression that there's some funeral-equivalent of a traffic warden or something.

A Fox article referencing a Daily Mail article. You get more facts and less bias at The Onion.

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News Comments > New Left 4 Dead DLC Next Month
42. Re: New L4D DLC Nears Aug 5, 2009, 14:48 DG
Also curious as to why 360 players have to pay for it. PC player here... just curious.
Valve have moaned before about how MS wants them to charge for everything they release. I think there's some kind of size limitation, like if you release a game you get (say) 50mb for patches, for 1600 point DLC you get 500mb, 800p = 250mb, and so on.

560p is an unusual figure for DLC (usually multiples of 400) so I'm guessing they've been negotiating with MS on this. I expect this isn't 100% MS's cut though, given the amount of content you can get for 1600p (and I guess MS takes anywhere 1/4 to 1/2).
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 5, 2009, 14:28 DG
300 get's me a notebook with 1gb, Atom N270 and a 10.2"; while for the same money a laptop has 2gb & T5670 with 15.4" oh and a DVD writer (it weighs 2 lbs more).

When they first appeared they had the right idea, very cheap and very portable with minimal specs that still did basic tasks plenty fast on linux. While for some people that 2lbs still makes a difference, generally netbooks have become nothing more than a poor-value, below low-end laptop.
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