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This is funny. The case of the 500-mile email. Link of the Day on User Friendly last week sometime.

News relating to video games I like:
Guitar Hero Comes to DS. This is either going to be the most awesome DS game of all time, or it's going to fail horribly. There is no middle ground.

Europe Totally Fucked Over On Rock Band Pricing, and Harmonix blames VAT. Er, yes, that 120% VAT. Y'know, I am pretty much the biggest Harmonix fangirl of all time (I liked them before Guitar Hero! And I got into Freezepop because of Frequency instead of the other way round!), but even I think that's pretty lame. Yes, we in Europe know that it costs money to translate the game into whatever billion languages the EU stipulates games must be sold in, and we also know that for some reason it costs money to do PAL to NTSC conversion... but why forgodsake can't North America subsidise us? Why do we get to pay more in pounds than the US does in dollars? I know several people who actually can't afford to buy Rock Band now. Grrrr.

Sony Wants To Know Why You're Hacking Your PSP. *snicker*. Personally, I'd go with "Hacking is a fun and creative way to play with my PSP". Though the last time I actually did any hacking was on the BBC B (I'm so not a coding geek).

Retro Sabotage. Old-school video games "remixed" as Flash. Of course there is sound! The Pong remix Vectrexoscope must be what playing on the Virtual Boy was like. The PacMan remixes True Self and What Next aren't particularly well Photoshopped (and you have to play quite a lot of PacMan before you get to the funny part), but made me laugh when I did get there. The Space Invaders remix Happy New Year and Breakout remix Balance are hilarious. Photosensitive epileptics may need to beware PacMan: The Morning After. The Space Invaders remix Invasion and Xevious remix Autopsy of a Battlefield are thought-provoking, while the Tetris remix Compromise is actually philosophical. Both Compromise and the Breakout remix Build On are remarkably playable as games in their own right.

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redbird From: redbird Date: 17th April 2008 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
The US consumer is already subsidizing you on everything from lots of other software to large numbers of medications. How about we subsidize you on Rock Band, and you subsidize us on life-saving drugs for a while?
baratron From: baratron Date: 17th April 2008 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
I can't parse your tone of voice in this comment. Are you angry at what I said? Or just providing data?

Seriously, I'd be happy to subsidise life-saving drugs, because they are Important. I am totally happy to live in a country where my tax money subsidises everyone else's healthcare; and most people who are healthier than me are also happy with this situation, because they know the NHS is there when they or their loved ones do need it. What bugs me is having to wait 6 months to 2 years longer than North America and having to pay more than double the price for something that isn't important. It's the dual whammy of the wait and the extra cost that gets to me. Plus the fact that gamers are treated like criminals if they decide they can't stand waiting and import a legally-purchased copy of the game instead.

I can explain the politics & business issues of video game regionalisation if you or anyone else is interested.

Edited at 2008-04-17 17:02 (UTC)
hiddenpaw From: hiddenpaw Date: 17th April 2008 07:38 (UTC) (Link)
Guitar Hero DS? Do you not get a free Ukalaly with it?

PS: The freaky thing is when I try to spell check the work Ukalaly the spell checker suggests Balalaika.
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