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Re: Morning Consolidation
Dec 29, 2020, 08:05
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Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 29, 2020, 08:05
Dec 29, 2020, 08:05
 
jacobvandy wrote on Dec 28, 2020, 22:13:
It's okay to be bitter, but the PS5 still set the all-time record for most hardware sales in a console's first month... At least in the US. Not sure if that other report is true, about them selling something like 2.5m units worldwide in the first couple days, but I reckon it's safe to say they've blown past that by now. Regardless, we're going to find out the official numbers at Sony's next quarterly financial release.

It's passed time reality finally set in, folks -- these products are not sold out everywhere because tHeY aReN't MaKiNg AnY, they're sold out because everyone wants them. COVID has made hundreds of millions of people suddenly a lot more interested in this hobby of ours, and that means shortages.

Nobody is disputing that they are popular and highly desired consumer products, but what you are ignoring is that MOST of them have been sold to script kiddies who have used script bots (more than likely Selenium scripts) to automatically buy up all available online inventory whenever they are available, in order to resell them for a 200-500% markup. Those vultures aren't actually PLAYING them, they're just acquiring them, so that they can prey on people's desperation. And online retailers aren't doing anything to stop them, because to them a sale is a sale.

Now if you happen to be one of those vultures, or sympathize with them, I'm sure you justify that predation with "hey, capitalism". But I wonder if you felt the same way when those same vultures were buying up and hoarding all the masks, paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water, sanitizing wipes and even some kinds of foods with a long shelf life, at the height of the quarantine. Did you think that was right? Did you think it was funny?

I don't care what your justification is at the end of the day. Preying on people's desperation, whether it's for a gadget that their kid wants for Christmas or a box of masks that a doctor needs in order to avoid getting infected by the patients he's trying to help, does NOT make you a "good guy". You are no Robin Hood. You are just guilty of grabbing whatever you can during a time of desperate shortages, and you're just slightly more clever about it than most people are, that's all. And whoever does it should be ashamed of themselves. I doubt they will be, but they should be. If this were still 1942 they wouldn't just be ashamed, they would be arrested. At that time, hoarding and black marketeering became serious crimes, with severe penalties (fines, confiscation of inventory, prison time).

You don't really see any of the worst offenders bragging about their "prowess" at bilking people anywhere except online, behind a shield of anonymity, do you? Because they know that if they did it in the middle of a Walmart or a Target store they wouldn't make it out of there alive. People like that tend to have far more victims than they do advocates, and victims have no sense of humor about their own victimhood.

If you think that people who play by the rules and color inside the lines are just sheep who are there to be taken advantage of, maybe it's actually YOU that has the problem.
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Re: etc., etc.
May 11, 2019, 11:46
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Re: etc., etc. May 11, 2019, 11:46
May 11, 2019, 11:46
 
You know a game is bad when you have to eat your own to survive.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Apr 29, 2019, 11:59
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Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 29, 2019, 11:59
Apr 29, 2019, 11:59
 
Free PS Classic huh. Shows how badly they screwed up when they have to give those away.
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Re: Star Citizen Passes $200M
Nov 18, 2018, 10:19
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Re: Star Citizen Passes $200M Nov 18, 2018, 10:19
Nov 18, 2018, 10:19
 
Meanwhile Elite Dangerous actually released to retail and was playable in 2014.
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Re: Evening Metaverse
Oct 8, 2018, 20:37
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Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 8, 2018, 20:37
Oct 8, 2018, 20:37
 
Google+ actually had 500,000 users.

A much bigger story IMO.
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Re: No Man's Sky Next This Summer
Mar 29, 2018, 10:38
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Re: No Man's Sky Next This Summer Mar 29, 2018, 10:38
Mar 29, 2018, 10:38
 
Sorry Murray. You fooled us once, not again.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Jan 3, 2018, 11:06
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Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 3, 2018, 11:06
Jan 3, 2018, 11:06
 
Let me get this straight. A currency that is based literally on nothing, a currency that few understand, a currency that is hardly accepted anywhere, a currency that can fluctuate by hundreds of dollars from one hour to the next, and as a result is impractical to use for the purchase of goods and services anyway.

Maybe I'm just not seeing the bigger appeal?
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Re: Plutocracy Announced
Oct 31, 2017, 12:09
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Re: Plutocracy Announced Oct 31, 2017, 12:09
Oct 31, 2017, 12:09
 
I thought we were already living in a plutocracy...
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Re: Evening Mobilization
Aug 9, 2017, 20:37
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Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 9, 2017, 20:37
Aug 9, 2017, 20:37
 
Soccer moms.
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Re: No Man's Sky Patch Plans
Aug 9, 2017, 12:29
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Re: No Man's Sky Patch Plans Aug 9, 2017, 12:29
Aug 9, 2017, 12:29
 
It focuses on improving the central story of No Man’s Sky...

Wait, there was a story??
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Jun 2, 2017, 19:10
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 2, 2017, 19:10
Jun 2, 2017, 19:10
 
It only bricks Windows phones, so that should only inconvenience like 17 people.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Apr 25, 2017, 14:42
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Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 25, 2017, 14:42
Apr 25, 2017, 14:42
 
The HBO news was bogus. Their shows aren't being pulled from Prime. That Uproxx link has a correction now.
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Re: This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air
Apr 14, 2017, 11:22
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Re: This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air Apr 14, 2017, 11:22
Apr 14, 2017, 11:22
 

I have no need for a protocol droid. What is need is somebody who understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.
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Re: BANDAI NAMCO Warns:
Apr 13, 2017, 10:00
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Re: BANDAI NAMCO Warns: Apr 13, 2017, 10:00
Apr 13, 2017, 10:00
 
If the announcement is on 4/20, shouldn't the tagline have been "Prepare to Snack"?

Just saying.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Apr 3, 2017, 17:36
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Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 3, 2017, 17:36
Apr 3, 2017, 17:36
 
The XBox One actually does have somewhat of an equivalent, at least as space exploration games go: Elite: Dangerous. Some even consider it a superior game.

Totally agreed on what a massive disappointment No Man's Sky was though.
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Re: Windows 10 as an ad platform
Mar 13, 2017, 12:17
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Re: Windows 10 as an ad platform Mar 13, 2017, 12:17
Mar 13, 2017, 12:17
 
No kidding, says anyone who has owned an XBox360 or XBox One, or used Windows 8 or later.
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Re: Evening Consolidation
Nov 24, 2016, 09:35
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Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 24, 2016, 09:35
Nov 24, 2016, 09:35
 
Yes Microsoft, please remove Snap mode and bring back the guide. You had it right on the 360 to begin with; there was no reason to change other than being different.

Thank you come again.
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs
Oct 7, 2016, 19:27
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 7, 2016, 19:27
Oct 7, 2016, 19:27
 
Dang, missed the opportunity for the joke. Oh well, I'll let Big Daddy Kane break it down...

https://youtu.be/KGRoEfRJSGs
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Oct 6, 2016, 11:12
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Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 6, 2016, 11:12
Oct 6, 2016, 11:12
 
Prepare to Job with Job Simulator, Out October 13 on PS VR

Because if you're too lazy to go out and look for a real job, you can always sit at home and pretend you have one.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Oct 3, 2016, 11:07
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2016, 11:07
Oct 3, 2016, 11:07
 
Amazon's $2.5M 'Alexa Prize' seeks chatbot that can converse intelligently for 20 minutes.

No way that's getting used for porn...

Pimp
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