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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-10-23 15:39:51

More Sony Bashing

The Playstation 3 controller's rechargable lithium battery cannot be replaced by the consumer. Sony claims that the battery should have a lifespan of "several years", which translates to about 18 months for your hardcore gamer. The other part of the strip refers to their recent laptop battery recall.

Over the years, I've happily spent thousands of dollars on Sony merchandise, but they are simply frustrating me with their business strategies. I can see people simply buying a new PS3 controller, to replace their dead one, as opposed to dealing with the hassle of sending it back to the factory. I can't quite decide if this is simply bungling or a deliberately nefarious money grubbing tactic.

I'll also take one last shot at the PS3's ridiculous cost and miniscule availability. If they had simply shipped it with a regular DVD drive, it would've launched shortly after the 360 at a similar price. Instead, they decided to use their popular game platform to push their Blu-Ray system into homes. This worked fine for the PS2 and the DVD format, because a DVD player instantly upgraded the movie watching experience on any television. But with the small market penetration of the HDTV sets required to make use of Blu-Ray, Sony's forcibly shoving a technology onto a market that's simply not ready for it.

Finally, I do want to give Sony credit where it's due. The PS3's online component looks solid. First, it's free. Second, it uses real money for online transactions, as opposed to Xbox Live's goofy points system. It doesn't appear to have the same rich matchmaking and gamer community, but does look to offer much more in the way of Sony's huge library of media and downloadable PS1 and 2 games.

David Vargas David Vargas: (dave-deleteme[at]-deleteme-squishycomics [dot] com) 2006-10-23 15:52:31

Scum of the Earth

I need to be careful of what I wish for.

I wanted the forums to have more activity, to have people use them on a daily basis. I got my wish. But oh how perverted that wish has become.

Today I wanted to take a look to see if these people who think it a good idea to use our forums for their spam have let up. The fact that I can't sift through any of the crap to find an actual post makes me both sad and angry at the same time.

To those of you who come here to enjoy the strip, many thanks.

To those of you who've made a mockery of our fledgling forums, Die in a Fucking Fire.


Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-10-23 16:23:01


Success! Direman Press is finally carving out a tiny fiefdom on the periphery of the internet. Hits are slowly gaining. We're the first link to pop on a 'direman' search on Yahoo's engine. (Damn Google, we slip on and off their radar.) We've managed to get listed on a thorough directory of web comics:

And now...spam bots! Apparently our forums are worth the minimal hassle of assaulting. I manually removed their entries, but they still seem to have us targeted. If the spam continues, I'll have to manually block the numerous IPs they're using. But hey, Vargas! Someone's noticed us!

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