Stained Class King
Actually, I had an HD issue a couple years ago (mine crashed because the reader scratched the drive to shit) and my cdrom, cdrom fan, and CPU fan went at the same time. That was about the time was writing my old dehacked mod Firepower...Anyway, it wasn't the hard drive that did that. I think Railgunner's logic holds some water, unless the quality of computer components today truly is utter shyte.
What? So I see you to DooMboy employ railgunner logic; If your hardrive is screwed up, well, you need a new computer. WTF? That means you get a new HD, not a new computer.
No Gokuma, I agree with you whole heartedly with a lot of products today...except for books. Well, to an extent. A lot of NEW authors suck horribly. But the older more established ones only write better and better. Hell, look at Stephen King. Although he actually started off writing some really good stuff in the 70's, and his work under the Bachman pseudonym was just fantastic. And I'm not fan of Stephen King.
Movies I agree one hundred per cent. For instance, I have yet to see a comedy as well done as My Cousin Vinny.
Games, again...all they want to focus on is realism, but the majority of the market doesn't really want that...they just say they do until they play a "realistic" game (a game with uber-cheating AI is the best way to put it) and then say fuck it because it's too hard. Besides, realism is not an escape.
Although the cd cleaner stuff doesn't scratch until it gets dirt on it...then it rips the shit out of your cds. But most lenses can read past that. the worst it'll do for the most part is light surface scratching. Now, those cd cases that hold so many cd's, THOSE will fuck up your discs.
And in regards to music, I actually disagree. I find there's just as much shit and as much good stuff as there was before. The good stuff stays around behind the scenes while the shit gets a brief spotlight and then disappears. Take Vanilla Ice for example :P
And in regards to consoles...The only 3rd party stuff I buy is Interact, because it works. And even then, it's only for my N64. I'm not buying a new system, until I can afford an X-Box. And you're right, systems are also made shoddily. There is nothing, and I repeat NOTHING more durable than a Nintendo system. And I should know because I beat the shit outta mine. They go where I go. I doubt i could constantly do that with a PS1 or PS2 hauling around 30 or 40 games.
How'd you like to make fourteen bucks the hard way!