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  • Pat 10:47 pm on 30 April 2008 Permalink  

    It sounds like CryTek is a highly appropriate name. (I guess WhineTek was already taken.)

  • Hober Short 5:06 pm on 30 April 2008 Permalink  

    I was absolutely astounded to find that CryTek, the developers behind the super-high end PC shooters Crysis and Far Cry have decided that the reason that their game crashed and burned was because of piracy.

    We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis. We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable. I believe that’s the core problem of PC Gaming, piracy. To the degree PC gamers that pirate games inherently destroy the platform. Similar games on consoles sell factors of 4-5 more. It was a big lesson for us and I believe we wont have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future. We are going to support PC, but not exclusive anymore.

    Uhh, people steal your game when they don’t feel its worth paying money for. It’s that simple. And given that Crysis was essentially a playable graphics engine tech demo (You walked around in a MacGuffin suit that allowed you to do superhuman things while shooting people with an assortment of guns) with a forgettable plot, maybe the lesson is this: people don’t want to buy boring games that look fantastic and require cutting edge machines to run on medium. (They like to call it “future-proofing” their games.)

    Penny Arcade from 15 October 2007

    But the thing that flattened me is that this guy had the cojones to put out this statement after Brad Wardell, successful game developer, indicted the argument as a cop-out a few months ago.

    The reason why we don’t put CD copy protection on our games isn’t because we’re nice guys. We do it because the people who actually buy games don’t like to mess with it. Our customers make the rules, not the pirates. Pirates don’t count. We know our customers could pirate our games if they want but choose to support our efforts. So we return the favor – we make the games they want and deliver them how they want it. This is also known as operating like every other industry outside the PC game industry.

  • Hober Short 10:37 pm on 29 April 2008 Permalink  

    Hippasus of Metapontum was a Greek philosopher. He was a disciple of Pythagoras. To Hippasus is attributed the discovery of the existence of irrational numbers. More specifically, he is credited with the discovery that the square root of 2 is irrational.

    Up until Hippasus’ discovery, the Pythagoreans preached that all numbers could be expressed as the ratio of integers. Despite the validity of his discovery, the Pythagoreans initially treated it as a kind of religious heresy and they either exiled or murdered Hippasus. Legend has it that the discovery was made at sea and that Hippasus’ fellow Pythagoreans threw him overboard.

  • Hober Short 11:49 pm on 28 April 2008 Permalink  

    This guy sat his girlfriend down in front of a fresh Ubuntu install and asked her to complete twelve tasks, including finding out the capital of Bosnia and downloading a Spice Girls album.

    This right here is what we need to see more of from the open-source community. Taking average Windows users and watching them struggle. It worked for Valve when they were playtesting Half Life 2 (which won 35 Game of the Year awards).

    But there’s also something to be said that tasks six through nine (change the speed of the mouse, change the theme of the computer, find a picture on the Intenet and set it as the desktop background, change screen resolution.) were the most straightforward ones. They are also the ones that required interacting with GNOME, whose mission is usability.

    The rest range from annoyances caused by Ubuntu’s “no closed-source software” zealotry to confusing interfaces on individual apps. The fact that the second task, to be successful in this scenario, would have required opening up a command line is utterly inexcusable.

  • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 4:34 pm on 26 April 2008 Permalink  

    It’s just possible that your sample audience was not representative of the general public, but I’m not inclined to question your result. Take that, Lars Ulrich!

  • Hober Short 3:04 pm on 26 April 2008 Permalink  

    Bob: I brought my guitar home this weekend, and conducted an experiment on my family members. While having a conversation with one, I would surreptitiously begin playing some random notes on the guitar. Mixed in would be both the fragment of the “Pointless” riff I sent you, as well as the rather distinct opening riff to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”. “Pointless” always provoked a comment or raised eyebrow, whereas “Enter Sandman” never did.

    I’m forced to conclude that you’re now more popular than Metallica. Well done!

  • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 6:33 pm on 25 April 2008 Permalink  

    I can understand how the Rev. Wright commercial might be “racially divisive.” Those of us who were there for the 1988 presidential race remember what we learned from the Willie Horton controversy: just showing a picture of a black man on TV is, by definition, racist.

  • Hober Short 4:28 pm on 25 April 2008 Permalink  

    And one more thing: big ups to USA. Burn Notice Season 1 is coming out on DVD 17 June, with Season 2 starting 10 July.

    Let’s just hope they realize that the viewership will be somewhat diminished by no new episodes for 9 months.

  • Hober Short 4:14 pm on 25 April 2008 Permalink  

    I couldn’t help but laugh at this one. The topic is the ad that has had McCain in overdrive trying to get it off the air here in NC.

    NAACP Says GOP Ad Inserts ‘Racist Sentiments’ Into Election
    RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina branch of the NAACP said Friday a Republican advertisement that includes a clip of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s former pastor is racially divisive.

    I find it utterly ironic that quoting him is considered racially divisive. Where does the division come from? Wright’s racially divisive comments.

    But it’s the Republicans’ fault.

    Edit: More laughing, this time at dumb crooks.

    Kieta said Castro told him he was looking for his cat.

    “I go, ‘Your cat? You’re in my house!'” Kieta recalled.

  • Pat 4:02 pm on 25 April 2008 Permalink  

    The change at 35 seems a little easier to understand, because you could easily lose your shirt on an all-you-can-eat buffet if you set your price too low (or underestimate how much people will eat). But it’s hard to argue with Bob’s point: if your restaurant is deserted during what should be the peak of dinnertime, you are doing something wrong.

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