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#1 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

@nasher27 said:

@djames216 said:

@hassun said:
I do wonder if this is another case of MS threading a fine line of illegal practices (certainly in Europe) by packing in stuff that connects to their other stuff. They have been charged for packaging Internet Explorer before.

I hadn't thought of that. Microsoft were forced to include a "Browser choice" shortcut for European copies of Windows. It was deemed unfair from a market standpoint for them to include Internet Explorer in Windows without any mention of other browser competitors. So would you say that this Xbox app is a competitor to Steam for example?

Maybe i'm missing more information, but they really think it's illegal that Microsoft packages it's own browser in it's OS? That sounds odd. Almost like villainizing Google for not allowing another browser on ChromeOS.

Anyway, a new Xbox App would be neat on Windows 10. Their current integration isn't really that great, and I would guess that Xbox One having a more robust system probably allowed them to have the room for this on the new OS.

The European powers-that-be basically thought that Microsoft was monopolising the browser market by including IE in the Windows install. They also thought that this gave Microsoft an unfair advantage over their competitors. Not everyone who uses a PC is tech savvy and will just use whatever they are presented with without shopping around. I kind of understand where they are coming from but it's a complicated subject when you start digging.

#2 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

@hassun said:
I do wonder if this is another case of MS threading a fine line of illegal practices (certainly in Europe) by packing in stuff that connects to their other stuff. They have been charged for packaging Internet Explorer before.

I hadn't thought of that. Microsoft were forced to include a "Browser choice" shortcut for European copies of Windows. It was deemed unfair from a market standpoint for them to include Internet Explorer in Windows without any mention of other browser competitors. So would you say that this Xbox app is a competitor to Steam for example?

#3 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

http://www.pcgamer.com/windows-10-leaked-build-reveals-new-xbox-app/

Some outlets are reporting a leak that informs us that Windows 10 will feature an Xbox app which allow users to log in to the entire "Xbox ecosystem" (achievements, friends lists, activity feeds, etc.). Do you think that this will be genuinely useful or just some gimmick to help sell Windows 10? There may be more about this that we don't know yet but what's your first reaction? Have Microsoft released Xbox apps on Windows before? I don't remember. I've never had an Xbox so find it difficult to make a judgment on this so I would be interested what others have to say on this.

P.S. I searched the forums before posting this to check if anyone else had already posted about this. I couldn't find anything but apologies in advance if they have.

#4 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

I was unaware of the existence of Raspberry Pi until it was mentioned in this thread.

#5 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

@corevi said:

I would get one as a novelty but not at that price. 100 bones for what is basically a Raspberry Pi is outrageous.

I agree, that was my initial reaction too. But having read through the indiegogo page, £100 is just the initial price for early adopters that donate to the campaign. After that, they foresee selling them at a lower price but haven't disclosed what that lower price will be yet.

#6 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

@humanity said:

I'm curious to see the sale numbers for Vib Ribbon. Many people were so excited to get this amazing Classic and a week later we all forgot about it.

Likewise I think this will be a cool nostalgia shot for like a day or two but seriously why would anyone want it apart from the novelty factor.

Good point. This isn't something with long term appeal. It's to indulge in a nostalgia trip. There are thousands of titles though.

I've started watching the videos on the indiegogo page but couldn't finish them. If you're going to watch them, be prepared to see people uncomfortable in front of a camera giving a stiff and awkward presentation.

#7 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-12-02-sir-clive-sinclair-crowdfunding-new-zx-spectrum-computer

Reading the above article was a bit of a surreal moment for me. I never thought we would ever see anything of the Spectrum ever again. I grew up in the 80s with the Spectrum being my main outlet for video games. Anyone else old enough to remember the Spectrum? If this campaign is successful, would you get one? I must admit I might be tempted to get one if I could afford it. I like the idea of a Spectrum containing thousands of titles. Then again, there's a lively emulator scene which makes me wonder if this project would garner enough interest.

#8 Edited by djames216 (398 posts) -

I'm currently watching the below video while writing this post. I'm a big fan of Thief: The Dark Project and Thief 2 The Metal Age. The Youtuber doing the below Let's Play is also a big fan of the early Thief Games. He's done full let's plays of Thief: The Dark Project, Thief 2: The Metal Age and System Shock 2. He was also unimpressed with the new Thief game and briefly alludes to that in this video. Anyway, hopefully you may find this video useful in getting a better impression of the game. I hadn't heard of this game at all until I saw this video pop up in my subscription feed.

#9 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -

I was living in a different city and had a job in the civil service. They'd put a TV on in a break room for anyone to watch the news about the horrible event if they so desired. I live in the UK but I'll never forget seeing the live TV feed. One plane had already crashed. I watched with horror as the other plane crashed into the second tower on live television.

#10 Posted by djames216 (398 posts) -