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Is gaming on console dying?

30 October 2013 - 02:31 PM

Ok, apologies for the overly hyperbolic title, but there's precedent :)


So for the last two nights, I decided that the best way to play Arkham Origins would be on my couch in front of my TV.

So I set Win7 to autologon and Steam to start in Big Picture mode. After plugging a grand total of 4 cables (power, network, hdmi and xbox controller), I sat down and was soon striking terror in fluid 1080p on a big screen.


Over the last few days it's been revealed that even the so-called "next gen" consoles will be upscaling 720p content for some of their big titles. The consoles aren't even out yet and they're already underpowered.


I get the idea behind a console. Consoles served a dual purpose of simplification (no visible OS, filesystem, drivers, etc) and also they provided economies of scale (the manufacturers had enough buying power to deliver a machine that would probably cost you a lot more to build as a PC).


It seems that neither of these things are true anymore. I've demonstrated that setting up a PC as a living room box is trivially easy (and with the advent of steam machines, it's only going to get easier), and cost wise? Well, rock paper shotgun ran an articlethat showed how to build a PC that was more powerful than either console for pretty much the same money. And that was nearly 5 months ago now. As time passes, a similar or even better spec'd PC will just get cheaper.


So my question is, why would anyone buy an xbox one / ps4?

Accidental Downvotes

19 August 2013 - 05:34 PM

Today, I accidentally clicked down vote on a post when I actually wanted to upvote it.


Should users be able to change their minds? If I up/downvote a post, shouldn't I be able to change that (even if only within a time frame and even if it cost your own rep)

What's the best option for new applications?

12 August 2013 - 03:25 PM

So, I'm looking at doing some new work and it's completely green fields, blue sky and whatever other metaphor you want. There's no legacy code to be leveraged and no specific requirements about what frontend to use.


So what would you choose for the frontend? 

Game Closure releases mobile HTML5 Gaming DevKit

14 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

Pretty nice looking tool kit


I wonder if this will finally mean the death of flash.



Source control - branching strategies

20 December 2012 - 03:08 PM

I'm looking into changing source control providers at work. Currently we're using a source safe style exclusive locking system with all the problems that incurs. It hasn't been a big deal up to this point but the lack of good branching is really starting to bite us.

Does anyone have any good recommendations for modern best practice with branching strategies (i.e. branch by purpose, is trunk stable, etc)?

Would appreciate any good articles or thoughts.