Category Archives: Opinions

My opinions on matters of less importance

Dead Space 3 + The Awakening (an update)

Dead_space_3_awakenedI just replayed Dead Space 3 (plus the DLC) in classic mode.. it was quite fun, but I suddenly remembered one of the biggest disappointments I had with the game, there is no scary song… in the first game (which is brilliant even after all these years) had a haunting cover of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Dead Space 2 had Ring around the Rosie However Both Dead Space 1 & 2 were horror survival games whereas Dead Space 3 is more of an action survival game. This may have made it more difficult to incorporate such a song as there is no longer a true feeling of isolation during the gameplay. Nor any sort of long scary stretches where a song might be played to in the background and give the same chilling experience.

There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it feel like a natural progression of the story line, which is a good one..

But I miss the feeling of horror and terror I had when first playing through Dead Space 1… but the rule of diminishing returns applies, and so in my mind progressing over to an action segment in the third game is a good way of keeping the game experience “fresh” in this franchise, had they attempted to make it a horror game it would, I think, only be a horror game to those who had not played the previous games.

So if you have not yet, I recommend playing Dead Space 1 & 2 & 3 + Dead Space 3: The Awakening… the latter a DLC which most definitely should not have been a DLC but rather included in the game as it is the “true” ending of this story arc.

My original review of Dead Space 3


Opinion: Skype on Android (Open Letter to Skype)

One of my favorite apps on any device is Skype. I am a paying customer, so why then am I affected by the deal Skype has made with Verizon in the US and other parts of the word. A deal that precludes me from getting one of the “killer app feature” video calling.*

Now the iPhone 4 has it, across the globe but android devices, nope. Why not ? I have not found a reason behind it, *though from what I’ve read it seems to stem from some deal Skype made with Verizon Networks.

edit 08.03.2011: Skype Videocalling on Verizon LTE Android devices, comments on the entry while somewhat flammatory has recieved no response from Skype.

Now if this is true, then it is what one could call consumer unfriendly. I suppose it made some sense to the bean counters, a company needs to make money. And such a deal if it exists probably made good sense at the time.

But when Skype made video calling available on iPhone4 handsets regardless of the carrier I am left with a sour taste in my mouth, perhaps Apple made a deal with Skype as well. A deal (again if it exists) that then competes with Apples own Facetime feature.

Now Skype is a company like any other, it needs to make money to make things go round. But please do not alienate your customers by treating them differently based on what network or mobile manufacturer they choose to use. You offer free VoIP (Skype-to-Skype service), registration is free and Video calling is free, so far so good, excellent. You charge for things like having a phone number others can call you on even if they don’t use skype themselves, a service I gladly pay for, and you offer a Skype Out service allowing me to call from skype to people who for some reason doesn’t use skype, or are without a network connection perhaps. Again a service I pay for since I have friends in multiple time zones spread across the globe.l And you provide me with a cheaper alternative to call them.

So why then as a paying customer am I not able to make video calls from my mobile phone (a Galaxy Tab for those interested)  ?

Why would you force me to choose between buying a mobile phone (iPhone4) that supports video calling and buying the one I wanted which you have not enabled to make video calls to ?

If revenue/making money is whats stopping you why not release two clients for android devices; and possibly for the iPhone as well, but I guess that particular cat is out of the bag. One free client which supports the usual VoIP and IM’ing and one, which I would gladly pay for, that supports video calling ?

Surely this would be the better option given that you then do not alienate you customers and generate revenue at the same time ?

So for whatever reason you currently do not, I ask that you give me video calling on the handset of my choice regardless of carrier or manufacturer (preferably to the android devices first though, priorities and all that)

best wishes

Sindre Sandvik

a disgruntled Skype user.