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#1 Edited by Trylks (961 posts) -

At this point in my life I'm not a gamer, I'm not overweight and I'm very very weak.

Thanks for sharing, hopefully I'll have time for gaming and exercise soon.

PhD, bad decision. Good thing is: I don't need to buy Dark Souls to try to "achieve the impossible"...

#2 Posted by Trylks (961 posts) -


Let me see if I got this right.

  1. Microsoft makes the primary operating system for PC gaming, Windows.
  2. Alienware makes gaming PCs, for gaming.
  3. Valve makes PC games (and some console games).
  4. Microsoft releases a games console, the XBox, creating a profitable division/sector/whatever of the company.
  5. Valve gets tired of conventional distribution and makes a distribution platform on the internet (Steam).
  6. Dell buys Alienware.
  7. Microsoft goes let's-play-monopoly and decides to add an store in their latest windows (8) and some other things that piss off Valve
  8. Valve paints half of its face in blue and starts fighting for freedom, working on a SteamOS not to depend on Windows, an OS that is open and free, etc.
  9. Valve decides to move to the living room as well, with their SteamOS and the Steam Machines, competing more directly with game consoles, like XBox.
  10. A number of companies think Steam Machines are cool enough to make prototypes and see a potential market there.
  11. Microsoft buys Dell.
  12. Alienware starts making a Steam Machine.

So, Microsoft is making a Steam Machine?

I'm a bit confused.

  • I herd you like games, will you buy my new XBox?
  • No!, I want to be free, I'm moving to PC gaming.
  • OK, I make the operating system for PCs as well, buy Windows :] (in an alienware PC!)
  • Jezz, no, I'll buy a Steam Machine, with SteamOS.
  • Oh, I make some of those too =D, wanna play some Halo?
#3 Posted by Trylks (961 posts) -

Thank you all for your answers.

The last games I played on DS (I think the only games) were Luminous Arc and Puzzle Quest. I was hoping for something like that. I've just seen that Puzzle Quest 2 is available, but the reviews list many problems. Magic 2014 looks fine as well.

The 2D requirement is not crucial, but I don't like how games look on 3D. Huge polygons when it should look much better with pre-rendered images. I don't understand this trend with the 3DS either... the polygons look huge and ugly, from 2D it's a change for the worse.

It's still disappointing to compare this with the DS, and I have remembered that I was not able to finish Luminous Arc because I would fall asleep in the middle of a combat, so I may as well simply forget about all games in tablets.

Thank you again for all your answers.

#4 Posted by Trylks (961 posts) -

I have been checking the games that are available and they all look awful.

I have a tablet with a screen way bigger than the two screens of the DS put together, and probably more powerful, is there anything good available?

#5 Posted by Trylks (961 posts) -

@jay_ray: that's kind of sad. I'm not in the average use case, in the past I could simply wait and get more power for the same price. Now if I want 16GB in my laptop I should spend 1000+€, and waiting will not help.

First normal applications were driving the hardware evolution, then games were driving the hardware evolution, now nothing is driving the hardware evolution and it is not evolving (not as fast as before), and that is sad, no evolution is very sad.

@asberg: Actually I don't want it for gaming, but I'm noticing that years ago it would increase faster than now, doubling every year. Now it's been steady at 4-8GB for 2-3 years.

@hunkulese: basically what can be found with 600€, up to 600€ the price increases steadily from 300 to 600. After 600 there is a step curve and before you realise you are on top-tier PCs that are over 1000€.

#6 Edited by Trylks (961 posts) -

Years ago the RAM memory of average PCs would increase wildly, maybe doubling every year and consoles were way behind.

This (new) generation we see consoles that have more RAM than an average PC and the RAM memory of an average PC seems not to increase at all.

Are we at the end of the road for the RAM?

#7 Posted by Trylks (961 posts) -

I have a windows 8 PC with windows in German, which is great to practice (by reading) the language on the go. German, as a beautiful language it is, is quite annoying (to me) when playing games, it's specially confusing when fighting against Nazis.

I didn't try to download and play a game (yet) and I would like to ask beforehand because maybe I should change something on the settings (or do anything, I have no idea).

I would like to know, basically, if I download and install a game (e.g. saints row the third) whether I will be able to configure the language from the menu inside the game (or any other place).

I'm asking this because the last time I tried to change the language of a windows 7 machine I was unable to do so (windows 7 was sold in one language and just one, you could choose which one to buy, but other languages were sold separately AFAIK), and last time I tried to configure the language in a XBox360 this was impossible, it was system-level setting for the whole XBox.

Thank you.

#8 Posted by Trylks (961 posts) -
#9 Edited by Trylks (961 posts) -

If you are moving between only two houses, probably you can buy two desktops for about the same price of a laptop. That won't be any annoying after you sync your saved games with something or decide to play different games at different places.

If you are moving between more houses, then a laptop is the way to go because a desktop is going to be utterly annoying about two times a week, carrying a desktop may make sense about once in a month at most, for me.

#10 Edited by Trylks (961 posts) -

@brendan said:

Honestly we kind of got more than we deserved last gen. We got machines that cost hundreds more to build than we bought them for, and the huge gap in technology actually priced many mid-tier developers out of the market. This may seem like a crazy opinion to many but I believe the gap was too large last gen.

That's a very good point. Not only they were losing hundreds on each sale, in the previous generation we saw horrible failure rates and very high prices in what was a strong fight between Microsoft and Sony to become the leader. Meanwhile the Wii was selling millions with a better profit margin due to different ideas.

In this case, they seem to be taking it easy on the technology and trying to add some ideas to make a difference, like kinect and integration as a very smart TV for Microsoft and a stronger focus on the social and online aspect for Sony.

IMHO, they will need to get some momentum (i.e. AAA exclusives) fast, before the steam machines arrive, or we will see a strong pricefight (I really hope to see it).