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    posted a message on Xbox One Announced
    Quote from MaGicBush

    Ever heard of an emulator?
    Ever heard of an emulator for current-gen games that work? Me neither.

    The only reason 2013 PCs can emulate games from, say, the PS2 is that current technology is immensely more powerful than the ones we had in 2000. Even so, many modern emulators will still have problems with some of the more advanced PS2 games, such as Shadow of the Colossus. This is the same reason that certain consoles are capable of playing a selection of games from the previous generation. Either the console didn't change enough in architecture from its previous generation, or the game being played is not so demanding that emulation is impossible.

    Emulation isn't simply making a program and bam, software from other machines work. It requires similarity of hardware and significant technological advances. Hardware is also notoriously... painful to emulate properly. There's a reason that even N64 Emulators aren't perfect right now.

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    posted a message on Xbox One Announced
    Quote from Metadigital

    - Not backwards compatible.
    Which was inevitable for both consoles. Like I said on the first page - being backwards compatible is not just a choice developers make. It is EXTREMELY difficult to keep supporting an old architecture, and the games that were built for it. This is why the PS3 was so expensive at first. It literally had an almost complete PS2 inside it.

    To put it simply, the technological advances in between console generations are so large that it's financially impossible to try to revamp your old hardware. This is especially true with this generation. Being that both Sony and Microsoft have decided this time around to switch to more dev friendly architectures (the Cell in the PS3 was just dysfunctional, and both new consoles are running on x86 processors) you can expect much better quality at a much faster pace.

    Bottom line, lack of reverse compatibility is absolutely not a valid cricticism to either the Xbox One or the PS4.
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    posted a message on Xbox One Announced

    So...Were they trying to get us to want it? Because they didnt really announce any good games. Would say they should take a note from sony, but uh... microsoft I guess doesnt really have anything to announce, or show. I mean why show destiny? Not like people wanted to see it or anything.
    You can understand why they're focusing on technical features - let's look at this from a business standpoint for a second. This presentation is all about hardware. Both Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft consoles will play games, what they have beyond that is what will sell. The PS4 had plenty of games right up, but when you consider that E3 is just a few weeks away, you can understand why the technology is more prevalent in Microsoft's presentation.


    My impressions? From everything that was announced, I loved the controller the most. Reminds me the Dreamcast, and it seems both comfortable and aesthetically appealing.
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    posted a message on PC vs. Console gaming
    To put it in a blunt, but honest and true manner: Every platform has its ups and downs for everything, and none is truly superior to another. Console wars are nothing but people trying convince themselves that they're making a sound purchase in order to avoid buyer's regret.

    Bottom line: Any game platform is good for you.
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    posted a message on What do you think is the most realistic racing simulator?
    Mario Kart. I have problems with blue shells on the road all the time, man. The game replicates real driving perfectly.
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    posted a message on Cispa
    Quote from JohnTheRipper

    I don't care either way, the government is more than welcome to spy on what I do online, I already operate under the assumption they see everything that I do.
    The problem with the "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about" argument is the underlying assumption that privacy is about hiding bad things.

    Agreeing with this assumption concedes far too much ground and leads to an unproductive discussion of information people would likely want or not want to hide.

    Government institutions are, in fact, flawed institutions made of flawed individuals. Because governments have long been known to overstep their bounds, flout their own rules, persecute the innocent, and essentially to let their own institutional interests outweigh the interests of the people they purport to represent, it is vitally important that they are not given unrestricted access to the private lives of their own citizens.
    Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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    posted a message on Should the USA switch to the metric system?
    If it's going to be done, it should be as soon as possible. As the population grows it becomes harder and harder.
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    posted a message on Cispa
    Remember this, people: if passed, CISPA is going to kill all privacy on the net. It's far worse than the already-horrible SOPA, which was meant to stop piracy. It could allow any private company to share vast amounts of sensitive, private data about its customers with the government. It does not require that data shared with the government be stripped of unnecessary personally-identifiable information. It would allow the government to use collected private information for reasons other than cybersecurity.

    Every goddamn year they try and pass some ­ like this and every goddamn year we have to fire up the base and show them that 90% of America (as well as pretty much the whole rest of the world) doesn't want PIPA/COICA/CISPA etc. Do we really need any more proof that congress is in the hands of the rich and powerful? Not by votes, but by influence. There's a reason they're all millionaires or extremely wealthy, and more importantly, that their campaigns are funded by rich people who they later grant favors. America needs to change our legislative process from its core. Campaign finance reform should be the #1 issue for everyone - not abortion, not immigration, not guns, not the environment, not the national debt. It's the only way that filthy House can start to be cleaned.
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    posted a message on Why is Valve holding back Half Life 2 Episode: 3? "Source 2?"
    As a large fan of the Half-Life series, I'll say this: they're digging themselves into a hole with this. If they continue delaying and delaying, when they release the game it'll be another Duke Nukem Forever case - the time built too much hype and the game will fail the expectations set by all those years.

    I'm hoping for the best, of course, but it's an horrible business strategy that they're doing. They need to finish the project soon if they want it to be successful.
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