46: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 13, 2012

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45: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 2, 2012In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the MainGear SHIFT do-it-yourself case kit and the recently released Intel SSD 520 series solid state drive built on SandForce controller technology. The guys also discuss the used game debate and game devs locking down DLC content for new game buyers only, and ask the question, “Should next-gen consoles be upgradeable?” Finally, Dave hints at an upcoming contest and a whole lot more!

Show Notes:
00:50 - Maingear Shift DIY Sneak Peek
06:12 - Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive Review
10:14 - The Other Side Of The Used Games Debate: Gamestop Manager Responds
10:15 - Outrage Over Kingdoms of Amalur Content Lock Brings Studio Head Out To Debate
18:34 - Should Next-Gen Consoles Be Upgradeable? The Pros and Cons
25:35 - Upcoming contest / giveaway hints.

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omegadraco replied on Mon, Feb 13 2012 11:02 AM

On the USED game debate you notice that there are very few PC games sold used. Plus I would never buy a used copy from Gamestop for a $5 savings. Now if the used game was $35 dollars and then you have to pay $10 for the DLC that would be more reasonable at a savings of $10 to $15 dollars on a used game and everyone gets their cut.

Upgradable consoles are silly besides components like hard drives etc. The cloud is ultimately where it is going but the world does not have anywhere near enough bandwidth to support that model yet.

By the way the lighting seemed to be very good in this broadcast :P

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Great webcast guys. I have to say the maingear case is awesome but $899 is crazy. It really is a tank of a case and there is absolutely no noise when it's running at full. I'd really like to get my hands on the epic cooler. I'm not okay with having to pay for the extra media if you buy the game used, that just sucks. Just like the car reference, when I buy anything else used, I except a full working product, so why is a video game different? PS....sell your books on Amazon. I said this in the thread but I think ram/hhd upgrades only. Keep everything else locked down. I agree with Marco, lets see some backwards compatibility with games and better console upgrade cycles. Tegra 3 tablet maybe????? Looking forward to the next contest.

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MainGear SHIFT is just impressive, quiet, sexy, and awesome thermal performance, quality. The vent at the back helps with the graphics cards heat dissipation + the 90 degrees angle is just crazy.The liquid cooler is helps a lot too we are talking about Maingear right here, these guys are serious in computers parts customization.In other words this chasis is "Unique" for me it's not worth the 900 dollars.People who can afford it good look.

I'd rather get Kingston HyperX 240GB instead of intel 520 series. We know intel is fast but pricey so I'm not surprised with its price.

That was a very detailed and understandable explanation from your part Dave on the "Content Lock " article

YAAAAY A new contest /giveaway plan shhh no details about it!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's why It's called Hothardware hehhehehehe

Nice Webcast, we always enjoy watching you guys discussing and going deeper on articles, and your sense of humor which makes it more fun :)

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LBowen replied on Mon, Feb 13 2012 11:45 AM

Another good webcast :) $900 for a case for me would have to include a number of parts to justify the cost' there are some cases of a different style that have the same flipped motherboard design. The one I found out about on this website was the Raven-03.

Kingdoms of Amalur has been fantastic so far. For them to have "DLC" available for new users or for an additional cost will be like sour grapes to a lot of gamers. A very good topic that has been debated before and still lights some fires in hearts around the world.

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eunoia replied on Mon, Feb 13 2012 12:48 PM



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Inspector replied on Mon, Feb 13 2012 5:01 PM

We missed you guys! :D, its been awhile. I would wonder on the used games thing, does gamestop get a discount when they order the original new batch... Maybe charged more? :D

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Feb 13 2012 5:34 PM

From the murmurs of it, this contest is going to be pretty big...


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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Feb 13 2012 9:52 PM

Sorry about the random technical difficulties, all. We've been working with some new Logitech C920 high def cams and we're trying to nail down the mojo again.

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The colors and lighting were very good this time around :) The only one who seemed to have a freezing problem when I watched the video was Marco's feed. It was bearable and I am sure you will get it nailed down again :)

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Feb 14 2012 4:29 PM

No biggie, still enjoyed the webcast. The only thing I noticed was that Marco's audio seemed a little out of sync.

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