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@retief94 @dmccloud Two problems here.  First, what's the difference between an Asian customer paying by the minute counting as a sub and an American player who only plays for a few minutes a month.  Other than what they're paying, there is no difference.  Blizzard (and other subscription based MMOs) make no distinction between so-called "Full Time" and "Part Time" subs, neither do the third party companies who compile the metrics of subscriber counts.  Blizzard counts "active subscriptions" as people who currently have active game time, like other MMOs do.  The amount of time or how they pay for the time is irrelevant.

Let's be honest here, when a game is bringing in over a billion dollars a year, it really doesn't matter how much time people spend actually playing the game. And when the nearest competitor has right around 1 million subs (using the same criteria Blizzard uses to arrive at the 10M number), that distinction becomes even more irrelevant.


3 weeks, 2 days ago on Breakfast Topic: Do subscription numbers matter?

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So you eliminate every nation other than the U.S., Canada, and the UK in your "analysis". What about the rest of the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, etc? China only accounts for about 3.2m subs, the rest of the world is about 6.8m combined.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Breakfast Topic: Do subscription numbers matter?

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Actually, the U.S./Canada and UK account for about 45% of subscribers, China just over 30%.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Breakfast Topic: Do subscription numbers matter?

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@hbare @sojourner Martin has pulled several big-time recruits at Tennessee (most notably Robert Hubbs), and that will only get better once the Nike contract kicks in next year and he isn't shut out on certain recruits.  Cuonzo's teams have finished no worse than 5th in the SEC regular season, including the #2 seed in the SEC Tournament in a year the Vols were picked to finish 11th in the conference, and he's won 60% of his games at Tennessee.  Seems like there's a lot of evidence that directly refutes your statement.

11 months ago on Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On

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@the_voice @SEC fan36,000 signed the petition, but a lot of those signatures were probably fans of other SEC schools trying to make matters worse.

11 months ago on Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On

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One other thing to add: Windows 8 now wants to install drivers for your hardware in the background, so when it was installing my videocard drivers (without any indication beforehand), I suddenly dropped to a black screen for about 3 minutes. If not for the "new hardware found" audio notification, I'd probably have thought the OS had crashed on me.

3 years, 5 months ago on Hands-On With Windows 8 on the Desktop: A Confusing Jumble of UIs

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I've noticed many of the same things that you mentioned in the article. One thing I don't like is that the Windows Key now cycles between the Metro UI (which can not be shut down as far as I can tell) and the last application. Also, some of the Metro apps have no clear way to quit them - you have to hit the Windows key again to toggle back to the Metro page. Alt-F4 does bring up the restart dialog from the Windows desktop (so there is at least one alternative to ctrl-alt-del), but it only works there.

3 years, 5 months ago on Hands-On With Windows 8 on the Desktop: A Confusing Jumble of UIs

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