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[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by Gooberslot on Thu 7th Jul 2011 06:38 UTC 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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RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by allanregistos on Thu 7th Jul 2011 08:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

"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.
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Let someone do it for you, or you can contact me. Gaming in PC is the best experience than with consoles. ;)

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RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by bassbeast on Sat 9th Jul 2011 01:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I don't know when the last time you PC gamed but you really don't need to do that now. In fact one of my biggest selling points ATM is that folks can use that nice widescreen TV as a monitor so they don't have to sit hunched over a desk for...well anything. 1080P is 1080P and HDMI makes it plug and play simple. as for drivers both Steam and AMD will happily take care of the updates FOR you and I haven't seen a driver borkage in ages except for Crossfire/SLI setups and that is a pretty small niche that most won't need.

So you really ought to give it another look. Tigerdirect sells AMD triple and quad kits for dirt cheap, no skills required other than looking at pictures in a manual and following what you see, if your TV is from the last 3 years it probably has HDMI and VGA, and you can even use an X360 wireless if you prefer that over a wireless keyboard/mouse combo.

Finally I'd add the games are MUCH cheaper, both at launch and down the road than they will ever be on consoles. heck they are so cheap I often throw in a couple of RPGs or shooters at Amazon just so I can get some $19 order up to $25 so I can get supersaver shipping. Between Amazon, GOG, and Steam the amount of cheap PC gaming is just unreal, and a good gamer box can easily be built for less than $400 and last you for a decade with nothing more than the occasional $60 GPU card. Myself and several of my customers are running HD4850 cards which cost a whole $60 and which crank out the purty at 1080p just fine Thom, you really ought to give it another go.

Oh and checking your email and chatting on a 37 inch after a hard day's work? Nice...The only problem my customers who've switched have now is fighting their GFs/wives for time on the machine because they LOVE playing FB games on the big screen,LOL!

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