Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:00 UTC
Microsoft Well, paint me red and call me a girl scout, I totally did not see this one coming at all. This is so utterly surprising it made my brain explode. Hold on to your panties, because this will rock your world. After pressuring several smaller Android vendors into submission (and yes, HTC is still relatively small compared to other players), Microsoft is now moving on to the big one: Redmond is demanding $15 for every Samsung Android device sold. Samsung's choices are simple: pay up, or face another epic lawsuit.
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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Any XBOX fanboys care to share a word or two? I know you are out there. For some reason, you've gravitated towards a plush, cuddly version of Microsoft that you imagined in order to spite evil Sony, without realising how stupid you have been by allowing your purchasing decisions to be influenced by your flawed personification of a tried monopolist.


I bought an Xbox because it was the cheapest of the two at the time (1999, I think) (I don't care about motion controls). In addition, I bought it specifically for Fallout 3, and at the time, only the Xbox360 version was supposed to get all the promised DLC (the PS3 only got the DLC much later).

Turns out this was a lucky choice, since the Xbox got a few exclusives the PS3 didn't get (Mass Effect and Left 4 Dead 1/2) which became my favourite games (still play L4D 1/2 a few times a week). I only missed God of War 3 on the PS3, but I borrowed someone's PS3 for that while they were on vacation.

I just got lucky there.

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RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by zetsurin on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
zetsurin Member since:
2006-06-13

Thom, buying the XBOX because it was the cheaper of the two doesn't make you a fanboy, so my comment wasn't really aimed at you per se ;) I just find it fascinating that people will still blindly defend Microsoft as being some kind of noble entity despite their actions over the years, simply because they secured the rights to Gears of War. I also find it equally fascinating that Sony Computer Entertainment (ie. Completely distinct from the rootkit entity) gets a much harsher rap.

Edited 2011-07-06 14:45 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by Shannara on Wed 6th Jul 2011 18:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
Shannara Member since:
2005-07-06

Exactly, there are fanboys in all walks of life. Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Linux, etc.

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RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by JThelen on Wed 6th Jul 2011 23:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
JThelen Member since:
2011-02-02

I'm a 360 owner and love the console & love the XBL service, but in no way am I so disillusioned as to not see Microsoft for the giant, hulking extortionist monopoly seeker that it is.

Edited 2011-07-06 23:19 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by Gooberslot on Thu 7th Jul 2011 06:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
Gooberslot Member since:
2006-08-02

You could have played those games on a pc and not bought an Xbox at all.

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RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 7th Jul 2011 06:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You could have played those games on a pc and not bought an Xbox at all.


My PC is for work, not for play. I play games to unwind and relax, and I can't unwind behind a desk with a chronic WASD-claw. On top of that, gaming on the PC is a mess. You never know if stuff will run, lots of debugging and driver issues, the endless upgrade treadmill, mucking about with settings, and so on, and so forth.

I'm sure some people have the time for all that, but I don't.

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