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  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 9:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Deja Vu

    DLC is fine. Just do it right. Don't rip off the users.

    Flight Simulator and Train Simulator demonstrate DLC done right. Deliver a FULL-FEATURED game, and then have DLC for people who want customization. In the case of both simulators, local scenery, local airports, local airlines and railways.

    Microsoft Flight (as opposed to Flight Simulator) shows the opposite. A stripped down to bare bones game, little more than a demo, and everything else as DLC. And then the DLC being unfinished products where it existed at all. A bigger train wreck than anything in Train Simulator.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 6:00am

    Re: Re: Deja Vu

    No, he's quite right.

    The article's premise, "Yes, that's over $3,000 if you were to buy all of the game's DLC when most of it is on sale", is utterly ridiculous. No-one is buying all the DLC. No-one is interested in buying all the DLC.

    This ain't Destiny, fantasy weapons on fantasy planets. People are buying replicas of real-world planes/trains and real-world scenery. They're buying the trains and scenery that they encounter in real life in their local area, with much less interest in what's elsewhere.

    You claim that "We're already being nickel and dimed or forced to buy premium content that 10 years ago would have been included in the standard game." This is the company that's been updating Microsoft's Flight Simulator X. 10 and even 20 years ago, this is exactly what people were doing. The market for Flight Simulator add-on scenery and aircraft was already around. Like with Train Simulator, some of it paid, and some of it free.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 4:02am

    Not Dumb

    Microsoft Flight Simulator over the years has built up an enormous following of modders. People make add-on scenery, aircraft, individual cockpit instruments and more.
    Much of it is freely shared by those who make the add-ons.
    But this only encourages more people to join in, and has led to a large and successful market for paid add-ons. This was all blessed by Microsoft, with an SDK for developers.

    That market is still going strong despite the last version being Flight Simulator X back in 2006.

    Flight Simulator 2 - released on a floppy in 1983 - had crude but location-accurate runways all over the world. The world's airports and scenery improved with every release. With Microsoft now having an internet-connected global database of high resolution scenery and buildings for Bing Maps, the next version of Flight Simulator was obviously going to be amazing even without add-on scenery.

    Instead, in 2012 Microsoft released Microsoft Flight. None of the old add-ons worked. The only scenery: The Big Island of Hawaii. JUST the Big Island of Hawaii. Only one aircraft. (Plus the incomplete Stearman - no cockpit view.) The program made it clear that it was all about Paid Downloadable Content.

    The only downloadable scenery - released months later: More Hawaiian islands and then part of Alaska. That's it. That's all. And some unfinished aircraft. External view only. No cockpit views.

    Apparently Microsoft had approached many of those producing Flight Simulator add-ons, "offered" to let them develop add-ons for Flight. That is, they dictated policy with very restrictive and one-sided terms. And the developers all stayed with Flight Simulator X.

    Nor would people spend money on it. Not without their local scenery and airports, or the aircraft they might fly in real life, or the aircraft they dreamed of flying.

    And so Microsoft Flight is dead. Flight Simulator X and its add-on market lives on. There's even a new revision: 2006's Flight Simulator X recompiled in newer tools to work better on newer Windows versions. Produced by Dovetail Games, maker of the above-mentioned Train Simulator.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 3:33pm

    Not a David Cameron Reference

    Despite all the problems with their business model and litigation history, I have no doubt they'll find some way to put lipstick on the pig.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 10:59am


    The point of revenge porn isn't sexual gratification. It's to cause embarrassment and shame, to isolate someone from those normally around them, and by sending it to their coworkers, to destroy their careers.

    All of which would be the case here. Nor just for the pig, but for Cameron.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 10:51am

    (untitled comment)

    If PETA can defend the selfie-taking monkey in court, then surely it can argue for the pig's right to be forgotten.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 @ 11:17am

    Re: Not as basic concept as you would think

    Don't worry; that's changing. The trend is to go after people who don't have the money. They can't afford to fight your bogus patent or copyright lawsuit, often filed in a different state. While the settlements are smaller - often the result of default judgements followed by garnisheed wages - they arrive in larger numbers.

    Hope This Helps!

  • Sep 30th, 2015 @ 11:09am

    Re: First Quarterly Report 3:12

    Google "Supply-Side Jesus."

  • Sep 30th, 2015 @ 6:32am


    There's also the Pope's visit, TPP talks, US special forces fighting again in Afghanistan, a federal election, Trump's antics, Russia starting airstrikes in Syria, The Who launching a North American tour, the Yankees losing to the Blue Jays and countless other equally high profile current events.

    Something happened at the same time as something else. What a coincidence indeed.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 10:39pm

    (untitled comment)

    NASA is planning an asteroid mission because that's the corner they've been painted into by Congress.

    They're getting the Space Launch System - AKA the Senate Launch System - and Orion because Congress wanted to keep the standing army of Shuttle engineers, technicians and SRB/external tank factory workers employed.

    But with even that underfunded, there's no hope of funding for a lander for the foreseeable future. Nor any habitat module or Mars Transfer Vehicle needed for a long duration mission to Mars. Should any lunar or Mars mission be approved in a few years, there's a decade wait time for a lander and other hardware to be designed, contracted out and built while SLS and it's engineers and technicians are mothballed.

    And so NASA's mission is to figure out "What can we do with SLS and Orion, but no lander or long-duration human flight."

    Even the asteroid retrieval mission ain't happening. Consider the lead time needed to design the retrieval spacecraft, contract it out, build it, launch it, wait for it to arrive at the asteroid and wait for it to bring back the asteroid to the earth/moon system. That project needed to start years ago.

    SLS will launch a test flight or two, and then the program will shut down for lack of a mission. But that's some other Congress's fiasco, a few years in the future.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 1:43pm


    The swastika is not banned in Europe. There was a proposal to ban the swastika in EU wide anti-racism laws, but there was enough opposition that it was dropped.

    It's banned in Germany and a couple other individual countries within Europe.

    In any case how do you equate the Nazi symbol, under which millions were killed, with an icon of a same-sex couple? It's like claiming "As long as slavery is banned in the US I cant really argue against banning encryption."

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 12:23pm

    Protecting the Sanctity of Traditional Bigotry

    Mike Huckabee should be along any moment now to tell us which emojis violate the Constitution.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 @ 1:08pm


    "Police always observe that criminals prosper. It takes a pretty dull policeman to miss the fact that the position of authority is the most prosperous criminal position available."
    - Frank Herbert

  • Sep 28th, 2015 @ 11:26am

    (untitled comment)

    When Techdirt posted a story about "Tumblr Complies With DMCA Takedown Requests From A Self-Proclaimed Future-Alien From Another Planet", I responded with "Still more credible than Rightscorp."

    This was "deemed funny by the community", and made it into the Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week.

    I don't get it; that wasn't a joke.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 @ 8:32am

    Re: Invoke Reagan

    That might not go over well with the Department of Justice.

    Or maybe it would:

    I can't remember.
    I can't remember.
    I can't remember.
    - Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General, head of the Department of Justice

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 3:37pm

    Re: Should someone phone Lamborghini?

    In that case they should also Ferrari.

    One trait of all Batmobiles is the flames shooting out the back. The Ferrari 458 Italia often infringes big-time.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 3:21pm

    Trolling, Anyone?

    I have a sudden urge to walk into the theatre with a late-1800s bellows-design wet plate camera, massive wooden tripod, and a pan of flash powder.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 1:57pm

    Up Next...

    Universal Pictures sues the Chicago police force for violating its copyright on the Bluesmobile.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 11:43am

    Re: Re: Thin skinned? No. Pragmatic? Certainly.

    Define "center."

    If Reagan ran today as a Republican he'd be tarred and feathered as left-wing lib'rul. It's questionable which side of "center" Obama is on, having stuck almost entirely to pre-2009 Republican policies. Even ObamaCare is best described as "15 years of Republican policy until the moment Obama adopted it."

    And Hillary Clinton should be the Republican candidate running against Bernie Sanders.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 11:00am


    Just blocking someone on Twitter is the adult thing to do. Unlike threatening a lawsuit.

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