To bad Sonys so fail the hackers are able to reset passwords with the info that was stolen. That is a pretty epic fail to force people to change a password only to have the hackers be able to change it back.
The diffrence is you walk out of Gamestop feeling good about yourself when you buy a used game and when you pirate a game you know you stole it. I know to a lot of people there isn't really a big diffrence but to others they would buy a used copy without thinking but never pirate a copy. So in a way you could say it is safer for developers to make games for the PC.
Who knows maybe when AMD and Intel hit CPU graphics that are able to do Xbox 360 and PS3 ports fine we might see a big change what developers are making games for since everyone it a PC in a few years can run the latest games.
I view it as a stumble which in turn I hope leads to NVIDIA looking at the future of the industry that they once where in control of and refocusing. Though if the next generation of consoles do for example use 3d then NVIDIA could be sitting pretty with focusing on things like 3d vision.
Tribes 3 just was not the same game. The maps where not the same and they messed with skiing and the physics of the jet pack. Also the whole grapling hook was lame since why would someone use that in a world with rechargable jet packs?
There are a few things that probably hurt NVIDIA here. First off intergrated graphics are getting a lot better than they once where to the point that they can run some mainstream games. Second off as we all know about 80% of the mainstream PC games now are also made to be playable on five year old consoles. With this trend it seems like in two years we could be talking about Intel having graphics on the CPU that can run almost any ported game.
Now I don't want to sound anti NVIDIA since I have met staff at the company and know they care about gaming and EVGA is pretty much one of the best companies in the hardware industry. Just think it's good to show where the threat really is coming from. Also I guess the fact that only NVIDIA uses PhysX and 3D Vision kind of hurts them since these are technology that only will catch on if they become an industry standard.
The buildings in Tribes and Tribes 2 where able to be very large if someone wanted them to be. In fact some of the Rabbit levels took place only in buildings which gave a nice change to the level and gameplay since while you could fly you had to watch out for slash damage when you got to close to a wall or celing. For it's time the engine was amazing for being able to handle both indoors and outdoors so well.
Have to wonder how this will work out without Mark "Got Milk?" Frohnmayer doing the physics engine behind the game and Rick Overman also involved since he is the father of the whole Star Siege line. Wonder if they also got the rights to the Star Siege/Earth Siege line in the deal since they are part of the same universe.
There have been integrated graphics for years. The difference is it used to be in the motherboard now it's on the CPU. Really it doesn't make that much of a difference other than money that mused to be going into Nvidia is now going into Intel or AMD since the in board graphics market is pretty much dead.
So as an investor how should people take news that the on board market is gone? Probably not well which the numbers show. Also with Intel using Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft as demos of games able to be played on the Sandy Bridge CPU graphics I can't say there us much for Nvidia investors to be happy about. Sure you would need a graphics add in card for Black Ops but intergrated graphics are hitting the point where they are playing mainstream games.
I still think it's because they put so much energy into technology that really has limited uses. PhsyX and 3d are great technology but being the only company that can use the technology it's like 3dfx and Glide. With a smaller market comes less developer/publisher intrest though if the technology was shared a d Nvidia is the best with the technology it could give reason to own Nvidia.