It's not a joke, it's dead serious. I'd guess it's a matter of time till we see the US Govt openly attacking journalists that criticize them. Of course that's one of the current issues and this regression concerning free speech is not exclusive to the US but I'd argue that it's happening at a faster and much more intense pace.
Not that the Germans probably don't do the same. And it really is only a diplomacy issue. The real problem is when the Govt starts using the intelligence apparatus against its own citizens. Everything else is noise. The fact that the US spies on other countries is mere noise in this specific case.
I'm baffled that shit didn't hit the fan when they were caught using that espionage to give American companies a competitive edge in the world (ie: commercial espionage).
I wonder... What if they had to undo the deal (or split in lesser companies) a few years ahead if their promises of improvements fail to materialize? You know, actual punishment for abusing their Govt granted monopolies?
Makes sense, if a man drugs a girl into oblivion and rapes her she was actually not violated since she didn't know the man raped her! Ok everybody, free rape pass! We can go further! Maddoff hasn't violated any laws or stolen any money because nobody knew what he was doing so he's all clear!
One has to question how this moron got to be a judge. Either you have your rights violated or not.
Poorly thought? Really? Environment is THE top priority nowadays. Forget global warming, this is but a hype. There are much deeper issues that need to be addressed and plastic polluting the oceans is one of them. The limitations of landfills is another.
In any case it doesn't matter if people don't take the environment into account. It will come back with the bill sooner or later. Either that or God is fooling around with the weather tab of His SimUniverse game...
Now that's more like it. When it runs PS and PS2 games it'll be of value (though I highly doubt they'll play backup copies and a lot of old titles can't be bought anymore which hinders how much value can be added to it).
Adding in the BC would only have raised the cost of the consoles.
And the availability of games thus making it worth the extra cash. And while you may be right for PS3 games any lousy computer can emulate PS2 already so there's no excuse for SOME backwards compatibility. In fact there's no excuse at all.
Agreed. I bought one power notebook too. Still doesn't deliver the experience when I'm in a group (which is the main reason I move my console around). PCs are not quite there yet but I believe they will be very soon!
Now that makes sense. Have an inventory and status screen without having to pause the game could be very useful indeed. I'm thinking RPG here. Suppose you have detailed info on status changes during fights (poison, sleep etc) and quick access to items for removal along with equipment change, upgrade and so on. Yeah, there are uses for it but you said again, the battery life sucks, the regular controller is simpler and most games will simply do it wrong without an opt-out. They could have enriched the gaming experience by actually connecting onto regular tablets as an optional perk that does not substitute ingame stuff. I"d surely accept the RPG solution I described early (specially for boss fights that require more brains).
All that is irrelevant (from my point of view) though since I'm not buying this console hahaha. If I ever buy a next gen console it will be the PS4. In like 3 or 4 years from now.
When you are talking about agreements that involve basic infra-structure that is widely used and mostly cannot be easily exchanged for other companies then it's a very problematic issue. Visa barred me from donating to Wikileaks a while back (despite what you think of Assange it was important), Paypal et al are interfering with our right to support sites that provide services we want and build a community around them (file sharing sites) instead of letting law enforcement do their job if it really is a problem (answer: it's not, it's manufactured by a obsolete industry). They shouldn't. It's not simple to replace those behemoths.
The bright side is that since those huge players started meddling where they shouldn't there has been a call to arms to got some competition up.
How long will the Governments keep pretending he's some sort of evil person and that the public is buying their bs? That Nobel Prize nomination will be incredibly sarcasm thrown all over the place too..
The support should be there so even if it works he still has a point. Maybe this will be the shot in the foot when stuff like Valve OS dedicated environment hit at full blown might at the petty console walled gardens. Still such new setup will have its own issues too.. But will add competition.
I would agree with you if the consoles were not practical for being smaller than a good computer and just as fast due to the dedicated environment. I am hoping Valve OS succeeds exactly because of it. It'll be a quite disruption to the console market especially if motion sensors and special controllers are added (or simply PS4/Xbone controllers compatibility including, say, Knect). For me the consoles have a huge edge over the PC when I need mobility. I'm constantly moving my consoles around.
If that scenario comes to reality there will still be the fact that major titles will still be under tight grip of the big console makers. But then it'll be a question of time till the hardware is split from the software and consoles will be actually built from scratch just like current computers. I like the idea, honestly.
The question is, as smooth as it is, you have to take your eyes off the screen into a smaller, useless one that needs to be recharged every once in a while (granted wireless controllers need a charge but less often and buying a spare controller that isn't a tablet for those times isn't nearly as expensive). Maybe they will find a better use to the tablet controller but I'm highly skeptical for very practical reasons. Dreamcast tried this gimmick and the only benefit was being annoying and using those tiny batteries a lot (read: no benefit at all).
I suppose both Sony and Microsoft would sell shitloads more if they were less worried about piracy and more worried about giving the customers a good experiences. Take Sony for an example. They have a goddamn titanic array of games available for the Playstation family. And no I'm not talking about porting games, I'm talking about running games from the previous consoles. Add PSX, PS2 and PS3 (ans possibly psp, psvita etc) support and BOOOM you have more entertainment than one can possible consume in a lifetime. Better yet, make the PSX and PS2 games free to play (as in, let the console run copies from the internet) as the games have made their money already. Suddenly I'd pay $2k for such console. Because it's damn worth it. Same with Nintendo (nes, super nes, n64, cube and Wii possibly along with the portables) and Microsoft (though tbh Microsoft would see less benefit as they still don't have that many games).
There are plenty of possibilities here. Charge a small monthly fee (say Netflix like) for full access for all online catalog of games and add a small fee to make the copy permanent on the account and possibly offer a physical media if needed. There is so much money being left on the table that it baffles me.