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Star Wars: The Old Republic is free to play this weekend {Joystiq}

Mar 17th 2012 6:21AM The game is horrible. It's extremely sad that EA was a part of this. Had it been another publisher this MMO might have had a chance. I remember attending E3 last year and while I didn't get to attend the behind doors look, my friends brother who works in the industry did and over dinner he told us how Star Wars would go free within 6 months mostly because of EA. I remember him being pretty upset with EA back then. He understands what goes in with these games, dropped a few names with people at Bioware, even mentioned ME3 and said the goal is no longer the art of the game or the customer experience but the profit that can be made. He said that within the industry that EA is the most hated company. I believe it.

Final Fantasy XIV fatigue format fully put forward {Massively}

Aug 29th 2010 9:32AM Whoever this guy is that is even allowing this into the game should be fired. Plain and simple. Gone, good-bye, yes, please pack your desk up and when you're ready, these two nice security guards will escort you down to the lobby.

This is infuriating to say the least. When will these companies stop throwing their money away? There have only been a very small handful of MMO's that have been successful. Most, even from big companies like Sony ... fail. Why? In one form or another, they punish the paying customer via some horrible game mechanic, in most cases, SEVERAL horrible game mechanics.

Whatever their logic and reasoning might be, you just do not implement and force you're paying customer to suffer. So if I can only gain exp for a handful of hours, then I guess this is only going to cost me a few dollars a month? So, why not just have the game setup so you can only log in twice a week? I could care less any excuse, logic, reason or example given.

Make a game, make it fun, give it depth, the UI / Question system needs to be clean, clear and understandable. Most importantly, take care of your paying customer. This means you absolutely do not EVER do something like this.

Final Fantasy XIV fatigue format fully put forward {Massively}

Aug 29th 2010 8:11AM lol, your kidding?

I just found this out and canceled both my pre-orders.

VERY VERY lame. I hate the stupid "asian look" mmo's anyways.

Droid 2 looks confirmed for August 12, Best Buy pits it against the competition {Engadget}

Aug 6th 2010 3:59PM Does anyone here know what GPU the Droid 2 will have? Same one as the Galaxy?

I hate my touch typing on my Droid X ... just so many mistakes. I'm sure I will end up doing better over time BUT I really miss the slide out qwerty that I've used in the past.

I have 30 days to return my droid x and I'm thinking of getting the Droid 2.

Commodore Amiga celebrates its 25th birthday, Andy Warhol still dead {Engadget}

Jul 24th 2010 5:17AM The Amiga still lives on any many ways not apparent to most.

Ever hear of a game called Battlefield: Bad Company 2?

Those guys were originally in a demo group called the Silents that later went on to code Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies who went out to do a lot of PC stuff. Recently, Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

In fact, many PC industry veterans got their start on the Amiga.

Another little cool Amiga history tid-bit, ever hear of a company called Futuremark and their PC benchmark application 3dMark? Of course you have. Well, those guys use to be another Amiga demo group called Future Crew.

Commodore Amiga celebrates its 25th birthday, Andy Warhol still dead {Engadget}

Jul 23rd 2010 7:03PM @Bill Door

Yes exactly. Right there on the north west corner of High.

When my, at the time girlfriend bought that house and she got me to come over to check out the house and garage I was a little surprised at how the garage had been somewhat converted. What was really shocking was the story the Realtor had told her about the history of the former owner and the story behind the garage. I was over my Amiga days by then but I knew Newtek very well as they used the Amiga and they were all gods to me basically.

I used to know one or two of the Newtek guys. One guy, and his name escapes me used to be the tech guy at Thoroughbred Computers, oh I just remembered his name, Chuck! Last I heard he was having health issues but had lost a lot of weight. Very cool guy from what I remember. But yeah, very fond memories.

When I think about the Amiga and everything I could do with it it just really warms my soul. I doubt I will ever in my life time have that kind of experience again as far as computers go. About the best example I can give non-Amiga owners is, imagine where your PC will be in terms of performance and features 5 years from now. That's where we were back in the day and we knew it.

Had the Amiga brand not been mismanaged, we very well could all be using Amiga iPhone 4's right now and or running Amiga OS Ultimate 7 64bit. Not even kidding.

Commodore Amiga celebrates its 25th birthday, Andy Warhol still dead {Engadget}

Jul 23rd 2010 6:29PM @Dialog

Sounds like you might have had some faulty hardware. Shurg, dunno. From the late 80's until mid 90's I was on my Amiga, whatever model I happen to own at the time pretty hardcore 24/7. I can honestly say I used the hell out of my Amiga's. Demo's, BBS, game after game after game. All the PD stuff, etc etc. In fact, around 1991 when I was 21, I put down $750 dollars for the hard drive add-on for the Amiga. I think it might have been 20meg haha. I just never saw more than 10 - 15 MAYBE 20 crashes. I was also a "scener" and spent a great deal of time on BBS's grabbing all those beautiful *.DMS images. Anything that came out, I handled and again, just a handful of crashes. Nothing even remotely close to the PC.

Commodore Amiga celebrates its 25th birthday, Andy Warhol still dead {Engadget}

Jul 23rd 2010 6:10PM The Amiga did crash once in a great while but it was somewhat very uncommon. Now the PC? Yeah ... we all know about blue screen.

Commodore Amiga celebrates its 25th birthday, Andy Warhol still dead {Engadget}

Jul 23rd 2010 5:32PM This is very cool news indeed.

I loved my Amiga's back in the day. Started with a used Amiga 1000, then a new Amiga 500, then to the Amiga 1200. Last but not least, an Amiga 4000.

A cool little side note. Newtek and the Video Toaster started out in Topeka Kansas, where I'm at. Not sure where they are now but they are behind Lightwave 3D these days. A girl I dated maybe 10 years ago bought Tim Jenison's old house where rumor has it he coded Digipaint and or worked on the early hardware for the Video Toaster. I will say the garage in back of the house had several electrical outlets and phone lines added in as well as from what I remember, work benches. Not exactly Alexander Graham Bell Laboratory, but very cool nonetheless.

There was nothing ever like the Amiga and if you were young enough to own one during it's heyday then you will know exactly what I am talking about. I won;'t go into the specs now but it was years ahead of the PC.

Yes, the iPhone 4 is broken / No, the iPhone 4 is not broken {Engadget}

Jul 13th 2010 6:47PM I visited the ATT store today in Topeka to have a look at the new Droid ( Galaxy S ) phone they are getting the 18th and happened to have a brief chat with one of the girls there. She told me that iPhone 4 sales have actually slowed due to the broke iPhone 4 design and that they have seen a lot more returns than they expected. Not surprised.