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#1 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -

1. With them so specifically mentioning the "activation" mechanism, I suspect that even if someone from the outside gifted the game to you, you'd still have trouble getting the uncut version. That said, maybe you can use a proxy when you go through the activation process? 
 
2. I think it kind of sucks, but if importing is out the question and only stuff like blood, gore, Nazi symbols, mushroom clouds, sports licenses... etc. are cut, I would most likely still buy the game. 
 
What exactly is cut in the German version?

#2 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -

Hm... I don't have any problem accessing Whiskey Media sites when I'm in Shanghai. Sometimes I even watch the Daily Show and Colbert Report streams online when I have the time. Unless my apartment there is using some sort of proxy that I don't know about, I haven't been doing anything special to circumvent the great firewall. So perhaps it is your internet? 
 
As for the games: the reason why real copies of games are expensive is because video game consoles and their games are, for the most part, officially banned in China. Whether or not that ban is effectively enforced is a completely separate issue. This means that there are no local distributors. This means real copies are actually much harder to obtain... which leads to higher "import" prices.
 
Games are legal in Hong Kong, and they are manufactured in Singapore and then officially distributed by either licensed third party distributors or the publishers themselves. So they are much, much cheaper. Xbox games are usually around $40-$50 new, PS3 usually around $60. Activision-published and Japanese import titles are the only two type of games I know of that don't follow this pricing scheme.

#3 Edited by skadbob (230 posts) -
@KaosAngel: I think that the name matters depending on what you want to do. Like you, I'm not sure why I didn't go for the MBA instead, but after getting my degree I did zero legal work, went into business and was tasked with taking care of investors and venture capitalists. Having a brand name degree definitely, definitely helped... so much so that not even a year later, the VC guys offered me a job. Then a year later I'm in another financial firm where everyone has a degree (mostly not law) from Harvard, Yale or Princeton. I don't think anyone anywhere is actively comparing their dick sizes, but at some places, everyone knows everyone else has to be packing. 

I doubt my education/career path is the norm-- I know a lot of people who're still kind of struggling-- but I'm certain that I would not be where I am today* without the name of my school. 
 
*Working my ass off on Halloween
#4 Edited by skadbob (230 posts) -

I'm surprised no one has said motion control yet. 
 
EDIT: someone said it!

#5 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -

Congrats!!! 
 
@SuicidalSnowman makes some really good points if you want to get into a firm, which I suppose most people who take the LSAT want to do. Just remember that law is an incredibly flexible degree. I got my degree and then jumped into business and then switched to finance... and I don't think I could've done that if I went to a lower-ranked school. Just my two cents!
 
Good luck to you!

#6 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -
@Ahmad_Metallic: Pretty much what @Buck_Sexington said. Plus, we're not most people. Most link their Facebook accounts with Zynga, and play their games which pretty much force you to click on ads and/or sponsored links. Zynga makes money when you click. It doesn't matter to them if you buy or use their advertised products. 
 
Add micro-transactions to the mix (which probably is around 50% of their revenue stream) and you got a self-sufficient company that's a market research firm, a game publisher, and a content delivery network all rolled into one. You know... kind of like Comcast... but with a market size bigger than the population of the United States and certainly bigger than people who buy EA games. That's very, very attractive to investors.
#7 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -
@Ahmad_Metallic: The exact same way TV networks make money: by wholesaling eyeballs to advertisers.
#8 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -

JUST got my shirt! Yay! 
 
The design really looks even better in person.

#9 Edited by skadbob (230 posts) -

I agree with most of that list. If Steam is around in 40 years I would add Half-Life 2... specifically for being the title that launched Steam and partly pioneered PC digital distribution. Halo 2 is not a great, but it's the game that shaped Xbox Live (and other competing services) into what we know today. I think it also kind of pioneered the concept of console DLC... or at least popularized it. I would add those 2 games to the list purely from a business perspective.

#10 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -

I think basil is more amazing. 
 
Everything parsley does, basil can do better. And after a long day, basil can even make a fucking amazing martini.