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Apr 29th 2013 11:36PM I don't know, of the ones I've seen, they're pretty impressive. The Mona Lisa, White House, Rushmore, are all pretty awesome site. Fisherman's Wharf was fun, but I didn't really know about it before I got there.
Jan 26th 2013 9:29PM Yeah, I don't mean to HATE on Milwaukee (if I really hated it, I wouldn't be here).
Milwaukee is a good place to live, but I can't imagine, from a tourist perspective, that it would be worth spending your week of vacation here (unless you're into drinking - which seems to be central to the culture, or you're visiting family/friends). If you're looking for a party town (especially during the summer) that otherwise has a relative slow pace, Milwaukee is perfect.
There's a good point about the natives though. I don't find most Milwaukee denizens all that friendly - I've actually seen friendlier people in NYC, DC, and San Fran (they ARE more friendly than folks in Chicago though...).
How about "It's a nice place to live, I just wouldn't want to visit"?
Jan 26th 2013 12:32AM As a Milwaukee Native, I think you're romanticizing our fair city.
Unless you're into drinking/bars.
We do have a very nice lakefront area, but if you're that rare person that isn't into the bar scene, then Milwaukee is pretty boring.
The art scene is a joke - most of the artists are more pretentious than NYC artists (but not nearly as talented or varied). We have our Gallery Night four times a year (hardly a happening scene - hardly anyone shows up for the January event and the only reason people come to the warmer weather events is to drink).
We do have a film festival once a year and that is pretty cool.
The museums are nice for a one-time visit, but the MPM will keep you interested for, at most, an afternoon. Shopping is nearly non-exsistant. The park system is in desperate need of maintenance (and security). We have no consistent intellectual entertainment (speakers, lecturers, forums, etc.).
There are a couple of good music venues that occasionally hit something interesting. Of course, for most people, it's just another opportunity to drink. Seriously, have you ever tried attending Summerfest sober?
We also seem to have a city government that likes to chase away revenue streams that come in the form of hosted conventions. Anybody remember Gen Con? Sure it was a bunch of weird people, but it brought a TON of money into the city. Over the years, Milwaukee has managed to be incompetent enough to chase away TONS of revenue-producing events.
There are some nice dining options in town, but many of them are over-priced and don't do very well unless there's a bar attached. One of my pet peeves about this city is the lack of social graces. Try going to a nice restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night - there will be screaming kids, and a lot of people dressed like slobs. If you're going to a restaurant where the entree costs more than $20, put on something nicer than ripped jeans and a t-shirt and find a babysitter for the kids (or go to Chili's).
About the ONLY really positive thing I can say is that we have an incredibly awesome independent radio station (WMSE).
Milwaukee has enough entertainment to keep someone busy for a two or three days (without bars) if they're up here to visit family. As a tourist destination? I don't think we have anything to worry about.
Any weekend that I'm not busy with friends or work, I hop the Amtrak and head to Chicago.
Jan 31st 2012 11:39PM @Teeree
I'm not worried about that as much as future playability. Every once-in-a-while I like to break out an old game that I played so many years ago (mostly PC games). Quake, Quake II, Episode 1 Pod Racer, Age of Empires 2, Mech Assault. Imagine 15 years from now and I want to break out Fallout New Vegas just for laughs. Wait... Steam doesn't exist anymore? But... I don' have a physical install disc and it requires server authentication from a non-exsistant server! Oh the humanity!
Jan 31st 2012 11:30PM @Apakal
Not necessarily. Remember, game companies are out to make money from the deal so selling the digital copy at MSRP...
1) Means higher profit for them
2) Won't tick off Retail distributors (which are still VERY important to game sales)
3) Will still go toward paying distribution costs - just because it's digital, doesn't mean it's free to distribute. You still need artwork (be it a full website or Steam), storage/bandwidth costs, Tech Support (digital downloads cause more headaches when the user downloads it and can't open it for one reason or another), etc, etc.
There's still a lot of cost, even in digital distribution.
Jan 31st 2012 11:24PM @Camel Carcass
I know it's different by city/country, but I've NEVER had to "panic around town" to find a game. There's about 20 Gamestops within 15 minutes of my house, not to mention the Targets, Walmarts, BestBuys, etc. Even super-rare, highly sought-after special editions take a few days to completely clear shelves.
Oct 26th 2011 8:51AM @Warlock234
In my opinion, Steam is the biggest pile of junk ever heaped on the gaming industry. I HATE Steam! There are a ton of reasons why, not the least of which is "Offline Mode" never works and it locks you into a system that may, or may not, be around in another 10 years. Yes, I still like playing my old games - but if Steam's not around in 10 years (or they change their system - which they obviously would) we'll be screwed.
Oct 26th 2011 8:47AM @Colin
Steam is a one-time activation? Where on EARTH did you get that idea! I really wish that was true, but it's not. I can't tell you how many times I've been playing Fallout New Vegas on my laptop where I don't have a WiFi connection and New Vegas wouldn't start because Steam couldn't connect to the verification servers. Sure they have a "Start in Offline Mode" but that 'feature' never works - Steam just says "Nope, can't start in Offline mode."
May 30th 2011 10:47AM Wait! No! Don't renew, it's going to be FREE this year! For sure this time! Oh yeah, and they're going to upgrade the service and do more with it!! For reals!
This is the same thing I hear EVERY year. Give it up. Find value in MobileMe or don't use it. Personally, I love it - but I'm not sitting on pins and needles waiting for them to make it free or waiting for them to 'upgrade' the service.
May 17th 2011 11:33AM You're partially right and partially wrong.
You're right that it's not just Steve Jobs, that it takes a lot of smart people for Apple to be where it is today.
You're wrong that it's just Apple's Marketing Department. True, marketing is a big part of Apple's push, but you still have to have a good product to market (Apple does) as well as a good CEO to make correct decisions and steer the company. If Steve Jobs let through every product that people brought to him, it would drain Apple of cash, they wouldn't spend as much time as they do on perfecting a product and quality would suffer (as would Apple's reputation to the consumer). Steve Jobs is the one that has to say "Yes, this is something consumers will want" or "No, people won't buy this" or "this doesn't fit into our company vision."
To say there is any one thing that makes Apple a success is putting it way too simply. You can't worship Steve alone, but you also can't take him out of the equation.