EU slaps a record fine on Intel

"After an official ruling the European Commision has handed a hefty fine to Intel for breaching antitrust laws in Europe. "

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EU slaps a record fine on Intel
 
Earlier in the week we told you how Intel were on the verge of receiving a huge fine from the European Commision. Well today the world's leader in silicon innovation received a staggering 1.06bn euros ($1.45bn; £948m) fine for anti-competitive practices. The fine overshadows that of Microsoft's 497m euro fine in 2004 for abusing its dominant market position.
 
The investigation dates back to 2000 when AMD alleged that Intel had paid computer manufacturers including Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC not to use AMD chips in Europe. The Ruling declared that Intel had indeed been giving hidden rebates to manufacturers who chose to use only Intel processors in their systems, and a retailer had also been paid off to sell computers containing Intel chips only.
 
"Intel has harmed millions of European consumers by deliberately acting to keep competitors out of the market for computer chips for many years," said Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes."

Such a serious and sustained violation of the EU's antitrust rules cannot be tolerated."
 
 
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23-09-2009, 15:57:57

zak4994
Now give me a game that you consider equal to CoD4/5 in terms of gameplay/game modes that does not have this problem.

23-09-2009, 16:13:32

Youngie1337

Now give me a game that you consider equal to CoD4/5 in terms of gameplay/game modes that does not have this problem.



Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory - much better than COD, you have classes, everyone has a role rather than the just spray and pray. The game requires engineers, field-ops, covert-ops, medics and even soldiers for heavy weapons etc...
Medal of Honor - objective based game play, game modes similar to COD.

Halo 2 - game modes similar in some ways.

all have none of the problems I stated above.

23-09-2009, 16:20:16

zak4994
And now for million pound question.
Which of these games actually hold up to Cal of Duty 4 in the form of popularity?

lol Chris Tarrant

23-09-2009, 17:09:08

Youngie1337

And now for million pound question.
Which of these games actually hold up to Cal of Duty 4 in the form of popularity?

lol Chris Tarrant



Enemy Territory at the release and launch did outrun COD4 during it's first months of opening. Wolfenstein was released early 2000's and apparently reached over 100 million plays, and that was when I used to play in 2005-2006.

Call of Duty is a spawn off other games which have already came up with the ideas. I hate copycat games that seem to become popular because ones friend have the game. Come to think of it, I wouldn't of played COD4 if it wasn't for my friend.

COD is and always will be another copycat game, and I use copycat loosely. Got to admit COD is a boring genre and the graphics haven't improved from number 2.

23-09-2009, 17:15:30

zak4994

Enemy Territory at the release and launch did outrun COD4 during it's first months of opening. Wolfenstein was released early 2000's and apparently reached over 100 million plays, and that was when I used to play in 2005-2006.

Call of Duty is a spawn off other games which have already came up with the ideas. I have copycat games that seem to become popular because ones friend have the game. Come to think of it, I wouldn't of played COD4 if it wasn't for my friend.

COD is and always will be another copycat game, and I use copycat loosely. Got to admit COD is a boring genre and the graphics haven't improved from number 2.



Hmm... didn't know a lot of that. Guess it has to do with me getting into this stuff recently.

Your last sentence is what really intrigues me.
How can you say such a question?
Hundreds of people have stated how this sequel has had major graphical updates thanks to the new engine and such.
I was quite literally shocked when I read that last sentence.

24-09-2009, 08:18:20

Freak
graphics are definately better. I agree with the camping. but use a pc where you can have direct control over people and then stop the camping by kicking having rules. I have played some of the best matches on cod4.

24-09-2009, 11:10:06

Youngie1337

Hmm... didn't know a lot of that. Guess it has to do with me getting into this stuff recently.

Your last sentence is what really intrigues me.
How can you say such a question?
Hundreds of people have stated how this sequel has had major graphical updates thanks to the new engine and such.
I was quite literally shocked when I read that last sentence.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxjYHlCz5A0

Well I've been playing for years on PC and console. Now a big improvement in which I was shocked at was Halo 1 to Halo 2. The Xbox was used to it's full potential in Halo 1, then they released Halo 2 and everyone was blown away.

Watch the video I posted. Think that's 2 whole games before number 4 and then look at number 5 where can you see improvements?:(.

Yeah some of the textures are higher res of course but come on that's years apart, the lines and engine is exactly the same. Believe it or not the engine of all the COD use similar to quake, if it's not the same.

Wolfenstein is based off this and I think COD1 was, it's not even a new engine afaik.

24-09-2009, 11:13:36

zak4994
Where the hell did motion blur come from in that video?
CoD4 doesn't have motion blur. Neither does CoD5.
Only Crysis has that kind of motion blur...

24-09-2009, 11:16:08

Youngie1337

Where the hell did motion blur come from in that video?
CoD4 doesn't have motion blur. Neither does CoD5.
Only Crysis has that kind of motion blur...



:) I think it's because of high FPS, do 1000fps in a game and it looks weird.

16-11-2009, 10:48:43

lifesuckstr

both totally suckage tbh.



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