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Classic Games (Games)

Video Game Legends To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the fierce-competition-between-tetrominoes dept.
killdashnine writes "Last year we discussed the creation of the International Video Game Hall of Fame and Museum in Ottumwa, Iowa, and a first event in 2009 which brought 3,500 people to witness it. Since then, there's been much progress toward creation of the museum, including the upcoming 'Big Bang 2010' exhibition. Their first event kicks off with formal induction ceremonies, tournaments, record-setting attempts, and an array of concerts from 8-bit music to modern rock. This serves as the first official fundraiser for this new non-profit. Iowa is positioning itself as the Video Game Capital of the World. While some sneer and scoff at this, pointing to LA or Seattle as gaming giants and rightful heirs to the title, the real goal is not to glorify software developers but rather to memorialize the 'heroes of video games,' from the iconic Pac Man to pioneers such as Ralph Baer." Here's a list of this year's inductees. Who gets your vote for next year?
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Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You 458

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-start-anything-but-always-finish-it dept.
It will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever talked to my grandpa, but a recent study has shown that standing up to a bully is good for you. Although being bullied can be stressful and lead to depression, children who returned hostility were found more likely to develop healthy social and emotional skills. From the article: "In a study of American children aged 11 and 12, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, compared those who stood up to aggressors with those who did not. Children who returned hostility with hostility appeared to be the most mature, the researchers found. Boys who stood up to bullies and schoolyard enemies were judged more socially competent by their teachers. Girls who did the same were more popular and more admired by teachers and peers, the researchers found."
Media

1/3 of People Can't Tell 48Kbps Audio From 160Kbps 567

Posted by timothy
from the might-include-yours-truly dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Results of a blind listening test show that a third of people can't tell the difference between music encoded at 48Kbps and the same music encoded at 160Kbps. The test was conducted by CNet to find out whether streaming music service Spotify sounded better than new rival Sky Songs. Spotify uses 160Kbps OGG compression for its free service, whereas Sky Songs uses 48Kbps AAC+ compression. Over a third of participants thought the lower bit rate sounded better."
The Almighty Buck

Will Your Credit Report Disqualify You For a Job? 513

Posted by kdawson
from the permission-to-google-you-sir dept.
coondoggie writes "Two companies that fired workers and rejected job applicants based on background checks, without informing those people of their rights, have settled with the FTC for $77,000 in civil penalties. Most experts we talked to think this case is just the tip of the iceberg. The companies — Quality Terminal Services and Rail Terminal Services — were charged with violating provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which requires employers to get permission to look at individual credit reports. If you don't get a job because of information in your report, the employer must show you the report and tell you how to get a copy from the consumer reporting company. There is no charge for the report if you request it within 60 days of getting notice that you did not get a job."

Comment: Re:Marathon (Score 1) 1120

by Arakun (#28857741) Attached to: Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

That'd be amazing. I've seldom felt as immersed in a game – I loved the story and the atmosphere. The story of Marathon: Infinity was so mind-bogglingly complex that fans were still discussing and trying to figure it out ten years later. I don't believe there'll be another Marathon game though. However, the fans have done an amazing work keeping the story and universe alive through scenarios (mods/conversions, whatever you call them) such as Rubicon and Eternal.

Oh, and it's a shame Double Aught never managed to release it's game Duality.

Comment: What's the need? (Score 1) 275

by Arakun (#28387665) Attached to: <em>New Super Mario Bros. Wii</em> To Include Official "Cheat"
I never beat most of the NES games I owned. The exception was the Super Mario games where you could skip most of the game by warping. Did this bother me? No. Did this frustrate me? Not much. I didn't have to beat them, I enjoyed just playing them. Sometimes I made it to a new area and I'd feel the adrenalin start flowing.
I don't get people playing through a computer game with an invincibility code - and doing it over and over. I'm no hardcore gamer (I'm on a Mac Mini dammit!), but I grew up with hard games and enjoyed the challenge. I also believe many of today's games are too easy with their infinite lives and checkpoints/respawn points once every minute. I don't get the same adrenaline kicks anymore since I don't need to be afraid of dying.
Security

Secret US List of Civil Nuclear Sites Released 167

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-harm-no-foul-right dept.
eldavojohn writes "Someone accidentally released a 266-page report on hundreds of sites in the US for stockpiling and storing hazardous nuclear materials for civilian use. While some ex-officials and experts don't find it to be a serious breach, the Federation of American Scientists are calling it a 'a one-stop shop for information on US nuclear programs.' The document contains information about Los Alamos, Livermore and Sandia, and opinions seem to be split on whether it's a harmless list or terrorist risk. One thing is for sure: it was taken down after the New York Times inquired to the Government Accountability Office about it."

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