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It's no wonder HMV are going out of business...


Corrosive

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Look what they have just 'recommended' to me!

Experience Justin Bieber's world with 'Never Say Never', the story of his journey from average teen to pop superstar. Our exclusive copy of the DVD also comes with a free poster, perfect for all the Beliebers out there.
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Paul Murray

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And I thought it was the fact that they're still expecting people to pay £16+ for some DVDs.

Haven't his 15 minutes run out yet? What's he gonna do when his balls finally drop?
 

Paul Murray

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I'd like to book him for Download, not tell him what kind of festival it is and let the metal heads throw bottles of p*ss at him.
I wholeheartedly agree with this plan! He'd probably believe it if you told him it was to celebrate 'musicians' with the most downloads :)
 
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Why buy a DVD when you can get a blu-ray for pretty much the same price, I got Season of the Witch for £11 only a pound more expensive than the DVD it's crazy.
 

Paul Murray

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I don't have a blu-ray player and don't really feel the need to own one. Plus I have probably 200+ DVDs that I don't fancy re-buying :)
 

Corrosive

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I don't have a blu-ray player and don't really feel the need to own one. Plus I have probably 200+ DVDs that I don't fancy re-buying :)
Bit OT but don't know if anyone saw the BBC Three series about 'Superbrands'. the technology one covered the PS3 and how the composite parts of the PS3 actually cost more than Sony sell it for. The reason being that they don't want to lose the new 'format war' in the same way they did with Betamax. So they 'sneak' a Blu-Ray player into as many homes as they can, at a loss, so that PS3 owners buy Blu-Rays. I must admit... It has worked on me.

They also refused to let porn on to Betamax which (apparently) is what finally killed it. They refused for Blu-Ray as well, for all of about six months, until someone pointed out what happened last time and that people watch porn.

Very interesting series and there were some eye-openers for Apple fans as well.
 

Paul Murray

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Yeah I saw that program. Very interesting and their tactic appears to have worked. I own an Xbox 360 though since pretty much everybody I know with a console also owns one, which is the reason I went for it as opposed to a PS3.
 

Corrosive

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Yeah I saw that program. Very interesting and their tactic appears to have worked. I own an Xbox 360 though since pretty much everybody I know with a console also owns one, which is the reason I went for it as opposed to a PS3.
Console choice seems to be the Mac vs PC debate for gamers. I have always had Playstations since the PS1 (oh, and a SEGA Megadrive years ago - Pit Fighter anyone?). Also have a friend who owned one of the first XBoxes and it just kept on breaking down. Eventually, after going back to the workshop 6 or 7 times, it finally keeled over for good and we annoyed him intensely by using it to prop his lounge door open.

Having said that his 360 hasn't ever broken down, the Kinect is just awesome in comparison to the terrible Playstation 'Move' (which is frankly a poor relation to the Wii) and there are some cracking games on it. I have been thinking long and hard about getting a 360 and completing the holy trinity of PS3, Wii (for the Mrs of course) and a 360 with Kintect. Just need some spare ££s and a larger TV & Gaming Stand...
 

Paul Murray

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Yeah, Playstation and PS2 used to be my personal favourites. They had a great range of games and whilst the PS2 was technically inferior to the first Xbox, it still held it's own. How the tables have turned :p

Xbox suits me fine, decent graphics (unless you compare them to PC or PS3 :p ), as mentioned, I'm never short of friends to play online with or trade games with. Having to pay a subscription for playing online whilst PS3 owners get it for free is a bit of a kick in the nuts, but the Live is a better service and so far hasn't been hacked!

This new fad of bringing out a game then a few months later adding extra downloadable content (DLC) which you have to buy points to own annoys me though, mainly because you always end up having to pay for a larger amount of points because the content you want is 200 pts more than the bundle you wanted to buy. Then, you're left with points you can't spend on anything. It's a great moneymaking idea but I can't believe people fall for it.
 

Dave L

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I always understood Betamax lost out to VHS because it was too expensive (albeit because it was better quality) at a time when VCRs were properly expensive in the first place?
 

Dave L

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Why buy a DVD when you can get a blu-ray for pretty much the same price, I got Season of the Witch for £11 only a pound more expensive than the DVD it's crazy.
In my case, probably because I'm as willfully low-tech as availability allows when it comes to home entertainment: my heart genuinely sinks when I walk into a room dominated by a 50" screen (usually with a dozen boxes feeding various signals into it) and I'm not sure the full rewards of the Blu-Ray format (whatever they are) would shine through on my 15-year-old 28" cathode ray tellybox
 
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Corrosive

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I always understood Betamax lost out to VHS because it was too expensive (albeit because it was better quality) at a time when VCRs were properly expensive in the first place?
Well, only going by what the programme said, refusing to accommodate the porn industry played a massive part in it. Just think about how much there is online so there is a huge demand for it.

Home video was really the first way people could get 'live action' pornography into their homes so thinking their format was 'above that kind of thing' drove people to buy VHS players. Once they have them then that's how they'll also get their mainstream entertainment as well.

Price may well have been a contributing factor alongside it.
 

Corrosive

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Having to pay a subscription for playing online whilst PS3 owners get it for free is a bit of a kick in the nuts, but the Live is a better service and so far hasn't been hacked!
Got to agree with that. Thankfully never put my CC details into Playstation Network and I got three free (and decent) games for the 'trouble' of not having the network available. Still, you'd like to think that Sony wouldn't be so stupid as to get hacked...
 
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There were a few good games with the "welcome back package" although allowing Infamous to be part pf that was a ploy for people to buy the second game which was annoying as I had already bought it