Rather Infrequent Open Thread
That’s what you call “regional stability”, I guess.
That’s a pittance, in online terms. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. In related news, Justin Timberlake was evidently one of the partners in the group that purchased the ailing social network.
Yeah, me neither. But thanks to the strange magic that is “Hollywood accounting”, even a billion-grossing film like the fifth Harry Potter movie can be made to look like a box-office loser.
Apple’s one great strength in the computing market — especially, perhaps, in the tablet market — is that they don’t just have a very sleek, functional operating system. They also impose very tight control over the hardware used in manufacturing their computers, and don’t tolerate much in the way of change to that hardware environment. If you’ve ever tried to “hackintosh” OS X onto a non-Apple computer, you will probably have come to realize that OS X only supports a very limited range of drivers for an equally limited range of hardware.
It’s nigh-impossible to heavily upgrade a Mac, but the OS is phenomenally stable as a result of it.
HP wants their revamp of Palm’s WebOS to succeed in the market. I, for one, think they’re making the right move by committing to exercising control over the hardware side of the platform, then; it will mean a more limited range of WebOS devices, but it will mean that those WebOS devices are always able to take full advantage of the mobile OS.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of Android. But Google’s OS, despite its large market share, is hampered by the fact that there are a lot of different manufacturers producing tablets intended to run Android, and Android is thus being expected to support a very wide range of hardware environments, not all of which it fully does. This also makes upgrading Android a pain in the ass on some devices.
If you’re like me, your first thought was: they’re still making Tribes games?
Well, there is a certain aesthetic connection, I suppose. The battle armour of the Deep Eyes does look rather like some of the battle armour available in the first Mass Effect game.
Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D will be playable…once. The save game cannot be wiped, evidently, meaning that the first owner can play it through once, and that anyone who buys the game used can only pick up and resume play from where the first owner left off.
You may need to update your online safety knowledge.
EA Games’ president Frank Gibeau has come right out and stated that so-called free-to-play games can, in fact, be as profitable for a company as mainline console releases, and he affirmed that “F2P” titles are now a definite part of EA’s business strategy.
And frankly, I think that’s a good thing. Yes, actually playing such games for free means accepting certain limitations in one form or another (usually something which limits play duration), but I would argue that being limited to an hour of play a day by some sort of artificial “food” system is still vastly preferable to paying a subscription fee for a game that one might not have more than a few hours a week to play anyway. That’s my circumstance, at least.
In related news, World of Warcraft is now free until you hit level 20. Because whoever got hooked on crack from just one little hit?
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Bonus: Royal Photoshop fail!