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Comment: There is no such thing as Authentic Thai (Score 1) 103

by Botched (#48027633) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'
There is a meme tied up with Thai food, that there is OneTrue way of doing it, and all other ways are wrong. All my life I've heard Thai food, good or bad, insulted by being called inauthentic. It's done by people all over the world, all you have to do is take a single trip to Thailand, or even meet someone who once went, and you too can be the judge of what is and what is not Authentic. I eat at restaurants with thai chefs, cooking thai recipes, that are delicious. If someone thinks that the ratio of lime to salt to sugar is off, or they did not cook the coconut milk until it cracked, or the lime leaves were added to early, great, you don't like the food. But say you don't like it, don't say it's Not Authentic, that's silly. If there were OneTrue way of cooking it, it might even make sense. But you seriously think you are going to go to Thailand and have every bowl of curry taste exactly the same?

Comment: Re:Someone finally got it right (Score 1) 178

by Botched (#32021066) Attached to: ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto
See, that could be fun! And props to Guild Wars for trying something at least a little different.

online RPGs are in a rut right now, directly comparable to 70s american board games to the euro-boardgames of today. If there is one piece of advice I could give to every game developer, it would be to go over to boardgamegeek and see what the word 'game' means, vs dicefests and timesinks. It's the difference between Go and Monopoly, between 'Tigris and Euphrates' and Risk.

Now that I've gone way off topic... pah, my point is that it's a lot of work for little reward to change basic, working game mechanics that have been tried and true since EQ introduced them. If you are going to make radical, sweeping changes, what about

-auction off extreme powers weekly, with a week's durration.
-introduce more NPC action ala auction houses. Pay-for services. Set NPC bounty hunters after people you don't like. Hire goblin laywers and sue a player who ripped you off in-game.
-Build power sets ala magic the gathering card game, instead of talent trees.

Comment: Re:Someone finally got it right (Score 1) 178

by Botched (#32019892) Attached to: ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto
It is not happening in the game's I'm playing or have played, because monsters weak enough to be killed by mindless AE macroing give close to zero XP. Seriously, not worth setting up a macro, you would spend 2 weeks to go up a single level. I contest that that's completly false.

If you share XP equally without a party you can then mindless grind monsters that give you a signifant amount of XP. That's a huge difference. Seriously, pick a popular game and try leveling by AE grinding alone and see where it gets you.

Restricting XP from a single source- now you are making decisions for how someone can and can't level up, what about the people who want to grind? What's the number you have to kill before you have to pick some other monster? Am I going ot have to move once an hour, or if I'm a grinder am I going to have to start questing and give up that playstyle?

I don't get what a straight player is. All games have rules, all players are forced to follow them. If a game lets you do something, it is straight and part of the game. That includes using the best method of progressing in a game.

Comment: Re:Someone finally got it right (Score 1) 178

by Botched (#32018746) Attached to: ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto
Because of exploits.

Here's one, how do you deal with this: You have an area effect spell. You find a spot with a good spawn rate. You broadcast on zone chat "AE Farming -coods-" You stand there and spam your spell. Maybe go to sleep for the night, maybe wedge a coin into your keyboard under your fireball macro and watch a movie keeping an eye on the computer screen in case a GM accuses you of macroing.

some other people come along and do the same. AE spells overlap. Maybe someone is at their keyboard and nicely brings some monsters over into the AE. Whatever, some are gonna spawn. Everyone gets 100% xp. Sooner or later you have to move to the next zone and find the next spot to stand.

Bingo, one game change and you completly destroy all leveling content.

Comment: Re:Someone finally got it right (Score 1) 178

by Botched (#32015978) Attached to: ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto
Maybe, but it all comes down to implementation. The reasons that party, xp, and loot systems are as they are in many MMORPGs is that they are the lesser of 2 evils. On one hand you have someone being happier because their kill was not stollen. On the other hand, you have a boatload of exploits to deal with that make it much harder to balance encounters for fun/loot/xp.

If you have problems with kill stealing, you can also increase the spawn rate of monsters- fixed. Breaking the xp/loot system is a much more serious issue, and it will reduce the feeling of accomplishment you get from playing a game.

I'm eager to see what becomes of guild wars 2, but I have to admit, I bought GW1 and played it for one day. When I learned I could just start at level 20 and skip all that leveling stuff, I quit. I'm of the opinion that if you don't like leveling/gold/loot gathering in a game then don't pretend otherwise, leave it out completly!

That is what the mmorpg genera is really missing, and maybe what GW2 could be, a different form of progression/power accumilation.
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the onwards-and-upwards dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."

Comment: Not to be insulting (Score 1) 922

by Botched (#30727998) Attached to: What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?
But to say every story is a rehash of another story is just silly. Here are some examples of original stories:

Blood Music - Greg Bear
A Fire Upon the Deep - Verner Vinge
Singularity - Charles Stross
Dragon's Egg - Robert Forward
Candle - John Barnes
Spin - Robert Wilson

And many more. To compare them to cowboys and smurfs in space is insulting.

Comment: Re:Lords of Light (Score 1) 922

by Botched (#30727886) Attached to: What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?
It also makes sense if you have intrest in and knowledge of religions. A better mash-up of hinduism, buddhism, and christianity has not been done, and it's facinating from that standpoint.

Though I'm biased, I want to see the amber series released as a five part movie (I can pass on the second 5 novels, I liked them but they drifted).

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- The Wizard Of Oz