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  • Dec 14th, 2015 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Osram invented "planned obsolescence"

    (Because I Googled, and you shouldn't have to.)

  • May 11th, 2012 @ 6:22am


    Here in the Iron Islands, we pay the Iron Price for everything. Just this morning I paid the Iron Price for breakfast, then paid for cigarettes, then I paid a toll on the turnpike! YARRR!!

  • May 7th, 2012 @ 7:51am

    Re: Band-Aids

    Well, the straw man that the **AA would set up to oppose you would be super-sampling; where I take your song in it's entirety, and play it as a 'sample' between my very artistic one second of silence at beginning and end.

  • Apr 30th, 2012 @ 7:35am

    Stardock also gives negative examples: (as Forge)

    Here's how NOT to do it, also from Stardock;

    1. Sell game in stores (Sins of a Solar Empire).
    2. Lock game updates to online service (Impulse).
    3. Sell expansions only via online service.
    4. Sell online service to a whole other company (Gamestop).
    5. Re-release game on service fans always desired but were forbidden due to exclusive in-house online distribution (Steam).
    6. Charge full price for original game on desired service, tell fans that's just too bad.

    So now, about 100$ later, I have a game I can't play, on an online service I can't stand, which is rapidly circling the bowl. I've been told I'll have to throw out 30$+ to get back to where I started, but on an online distributor which doesn't blow goats.

    Thanks for nothing, Stardock. You slowly turned me from someone who bought your game and expansions to someone who skipped your new game, despite it looking quite interesting.

  • Jan 28th, 2011 @ 7:54am

    I remember. (as Forge)

    My dad worked for RCA Astro-electronics at the time, and I was a huge NASA/Shuttle nut. We had cable TV (NEW and EXCITING) and he used to get me up early to watch the shuttle launches, I think they were on CSPAN. I remember seeing the cloud billow out, and pieces flying forward and to the sides, and turning to my dad, to ask what had happened. He had left when I wasn't paying attention, and missed it. I was quite upset, though more about the lost Orbiter than the people who died (I was four, perspective wasn't strong).