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Steam passes 30 million accounts, maintains strong growth {Joystiq}

Oct 18th 2010 5:01PM @InkSix
There are a bunch of MMO's available through Steam as it is.

Though really, an MMO seems like the least sensible kind of game for a retail box in the first place. They're tied to an online service by their nature, so you probably can't come back to it many years down the road, so the longevity of physical media is moot. And besides, they're constantly patched, so if it's more than a few months past launch, chances are you're going to redownload a huge chunk of data to replace most of what you've got on the disc, anyway.

Namco welcomes back Chilean miners with Mr. Driller image, apologizes {Joystiq}

Oct 15th 2010 5:07PM What's the problem, exactly? Mr. Driller is certainly no stranger to digging accidents.

OnLive ditching monthly charge, goes free; MicroConsole in manufacturing {Joystiq}

Oct 4th 2010 4:32PM It's certainly much more reasonable now. I still don't think I'm a fan of the model, though. I'm not really interested in paying near full-price for games that are held somewhere else. If I can't mod them or make my own backups, I'm out.

I'd be slightly more interested if it were the other way around: A somewhat higher monthly charge but play any game you want as long as you keep the subscription. That would at least be different enough for me to want to try it out.

Retro City Rampage trailer should not be used as medical advice {Joystiq}

Oct 2nd 2010 4:48PM Looking forward to a PC release if they ever smarten up an make one.

For a game that amounts to a love letter to games from 20+ years ago, it'd be nice to expect to be able to still play it years down the road. I just don't expect modern consoles or their associated online networks to have that kind of staying power.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood PC delayed until 2011, Euro beta on Oct. 4 {Joystiq}

Sep 9th 2010 11:39AM Nonissue for me. Ubisoft has already made it clear that they don't want me buying their games.

GPUs democratize brute force password hacking {Engadget}

Aug 16th 2010 4:31PM Unnecessary fear spreading here. Who cares if your GPU can check 100,000 passwords per minute when a sensible password checkpoint will only allow a few tries per minute at best?

RUSE won't use Ubisoft's controversial DRM {Joystiq}

Aug 12th 2010 1:44PM @Ballistic H

In the Steam client menu, go to Steam and pick Go Offline...

That'll save a copy of your profile locally. If you shut it down while in offline mode, it'll ask if you want to connect the next time it starts up. You can tell it to stay offline for as long as you want. Also, I believe once you run it in offline mode once, if it can't get a connection when trying to start in online mode, it'll offer to start in offline mode, instead.

RUSE won't use Ubisoft's controversial DRM {Joystiq}

Aug 12th 2010 1:38PM Well, if they like Steam, I might be comfortable giving them ten dollars if they release that new Scott Pilgrim joint on it.

RUSE won't use Ubisoft's controversial DRM {Joystiq}

Aug 12th 2010 1:36PM @Ballistic H Steam has a competent offline mode. The last time I actually connected to Steam on my laptop was like six months ago and my games still work fine in offline mode.

Clear iSpot review {Engadget}

Aug 10th 2010 1:23PM So I don't think I understand the point of this thing. It's primarily for connecting Apple mobile devices, yes? But the iPhone and iPad already have a cellular data connection (albeit as an option on the iPad, but if you want cellular coverage on your iPad, you probably got the one with it built in). I guess it's useful for the iPod Touch, but why would you get a new device with dedicated service just for that?

I don't understand the (marketed) appeal of this device.