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Apple Claims 91% of $1000+ PC Market

While Apple’s overall share of the PC market remains below %10, their standing in the $1000 or more market is extremely high, enabling them to be the leaders of the “premium” market.

“According to NPD, in June, average selling prices for all PCs sold at US retail was $701, or $690 for desktops and $703 for notebooks. But the ASPs get more interesting when comparing Macs to Windows PCs. For all Windows PCs, ASP was $515 in June. For Macs: $1,400. Desktop Windows PC ASP: $489. Mac desktops: $1,398. Windows notebook ASP was $520, or $569 when removing all those nasty, margin-sucking netbooks. Mac laptops: $1,400.

Mac ASPs have been higher for a long time, because Apple chooses not to compete at lower prices. The real entry price for Apple computers is $999 for the white MacBook and $1,199 for either the low-end iMac or MacBook Pro. By comparison, Windows netbooks sell for as little as $199, unsubsidized, and even some fuller-sized laptops don’t cost much more. For example, HP laptops start at $349.99 after rebate.”

Thanks to MacRumors

Command & Conquer 4 ALWAYS Needs to Be Online: Even in Single Player

Command and Conquer, the popular military based strategic game for PC, is nearing its fourth release, and fans are all over it [that being myself as well]. However, one new enhancement in the game is causing a lot of worry and outcry.

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It seems that the game will use a World of Warcraft-like scorecard. That is, everything you do is tracked, monitored, and recorded. The only problem is that this is done even throughout single player mode, and that means you HAVE to be connected to the internet to play this game. I know people [including I] usually play PC games around the house, but that PC [really a MacBook here] is all I have, and a lot of people carry laptops as their main computers now. That means you can’t go anywhere that doesn’t have internet, and attempt to play the game. Want to use LAN? (local area network) Too bad, because you need some internet to go with that. Essentially, the game is never really yours and yours alone. Here’s what EA (Electronic Arts, the developer of the Command and Conquer series) had to say:

“As of right now, you need to be online all the time to play C&C 4. This is primarily due to our ‘player progression’ feature so everything can be tracked. C&C 4 is not an MMO in the sense of World of Warcraft, but conceptually it has similar principles for being online all the time,” Community Leader APOC wrote. No matter what mode you’re playing, no matter what you’re doing, if you want to play Command and Conquer 4, you’re going to need to have a working Internet connection.”

Music is done with DRM, it’s time for games to be too. It’s comparable to this: if I buy a song on iTunes, then it’s mine, and I can do what I want with it short of profiting from it or making it available illegally. That means I can use it on however many iPods, computers, whatever.

Or if I buy a sofa, it’s mine, and I can do anything with it, short of copying it to make profit.

So why is it when I buy a PC game I have to always keep connected, and only install it on so many machines? Why not offer a digital download FOR FREE? FOR BOTH PLATFORMS? (Mac and PC, if available). I just don’t understand. Especially considering how much games are now. I just can’t afford to shell out $50 or $6o for every new game!

And don’t even get me started on companies who force developers to charge store price for a digital download (a.k.a Wall-mart against Sony on digital downloads of full console games)

Tomb Raider “Reboot” – First Images Leaked?

Thanks to fourplayercoop.com and some of his “spies”, it seems like a new Tomb Raider is in the works for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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It looks like Lara may be taking a Silent Hill-like approach on her next game.

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It defiantly looks wicked.

Apple with 3 new MAC Commercials!

It looks like Apple is trying to counter Microsoft’s Laptop Hunter commercials. They seem to be successful so far with these new commercials. The video below has all three comercials in one. Great Thanks to TheMightyM94 for uploading it.

Myst now on iPhone

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Remember the beautiful PC Adventure Game “Myst.” You should since it was the best selling game of 2002. Yeah, well its now on iPhone. 

Cyan, the developers of Myst, had been working on this since August 2008 and Myst was just released on the App Store May 2nd. It is available for $5.99. Before you download it, take into consideration that the game is 700MB! This game is possible one of the largest games on iPhone. But off course Cyan wants you to have the same experience on the iPhone as on the PC, and it is guaranteed you will get similar graphics and sound. This is a must download since it is such a great deal.

NCsoft MMO on Steam

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NCsoft’s popular MMOs: Guild Wars, Lineage, and City of Heroes are now available to play on Steam. Steam is an online game platform which basically let’s you play any PC game on any computer with a great experience. It has a lot more so visit Steam for more info.