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Comment: Amazing that they can pull off the complete 180... (Score 1) 108 108

LEGO Universe died because it was everything about LEGO except building.

Here it's going to be about building, but no one to play with. Genius.

Hopefully they're serious about that "yet", and multiplayer will be added sooner rather than later. Then it's just a matter of getting the building part right. Interacting with other people will just happen on its own. Of course, I don't see this making the smart move of full open world MMO with no instancing. Without that, it can capture a decent audience for a long time, but it won't have quite the same broad appeal.

Comment: Re:How is this specific to Selfie Sticks? (Score 1) 111 111

That's why the first article we saw a few weeks ago was "South Korean hospitals and air traffic control plagued by Bluetooth interference from selfie-sticks!"

Oh, wait, we didn't see that, and never will. You can file this one in the same folder with taxi medallions and Uber - regulation to protect a taxed industry from an untaxed competitor under the guise of "public benefit."

Comment: Re:Selfie Stick? (Score 1) 111 111

Because you can't get one of those extend-y grabby arm toys at Target or Walmart for $10? Some of those can take decades of abuse and still work. Hell, you could probably build the thing yourself using those parts, but I'd rather pay someone else to do it.

Far more likely that it's been patented, not in production from the holder of said patent, and no one wants to pay the licensing.

Comment: Re:To be expected (Score 1) 473 473

That analogy just seems off to me. Maybe "ordering a luxury four wheel drive vehicle that has deployable rails, and upon delivery it doesn't have the rails." You can still drive it straight, but it's no longer built it. (Yes, I'm implying that anyone that wanted a single player version without MMO was asking for a game on rails.)

Comment: They seem to be asking the wrong people... (Score 1) 338 338

Pick any random university and go ask its foreign students how hard it is to get a green card. We don't just have skilled workers wanting in, they're already here and were trained here, and we send them back. It's really not worth the concession for access to their schools for our students (the government where the students are from want them to come home and "impart their knowledge to their countrymen"), the end result is that their best students come here and stay, and our best students stay here too.

Comment: Obvious things are obvious? (Score 1) 481 481

"It's unlikely that a high school student would come away with any other conclusion than the police are a fearful group to be avoided at all costs"

Wouldn't the most effective way to prevent that conclusion be to not be "a fearful group to be avoid at all costs"? Not every police department is that way. I'd go so far to say that most aren't. Even if you can make a somewhat logical claim that yours needs to be, you're already doing something wrong to get to that point.

Comment: This study feels like it misses the mark for me... (Score 1) 273 273

Ask any student or teacher that knew me in junior high or high school and they'd have thought I'd be some mathematician or engineer or programmer making millions while receiving a pile of awards. They'd tell me I was smart, my grades would tell me the same, and any testing they did for placement into advanced programs would tell me the same. I didn't lose interest because I didn't think I could do it - I could then and still could. I lost interest because I also had potential as a pro athlete or musician, and actually wanted to do those, but no one gave the same encouragement there. (Also, the latter had more screaming female fans and tend to date more models and actresses.)

Surely I couldn't be the only one - yeah, I'm good at science, but I don't *want* to do science. It's hard to get behind a study that claims someone loses self-confidence for being praised for something they know they're good at.

Comment: Re:Non-comprehensive list (Score 1) 555 555

Agreed with Icebalm. It's not an opinion, it's a flat out lie at this point. If you bother to reply to someone, and don't edit or post a correction, your disclaimer doesn't mean dick, and you really don't have room to claim that anyone "respect" anything about you. As much as I like someone putting together a list like you did, claiming to "have played them all" should not count uninstalling it after 30 minutes.

Planetside 2 is "pay to have sooner." Anything you can buy other than visual fluff is available for free through play, and you can't even buy the upgrades to the weapons in the shop - you have to earn those just like you can earn any of the weapons.

Comment: Re:How many knew that it was a global release? (Score 1) 443 443

Let's keep going with that football analogy, shall we? The game isn't always in overtime. When you score, you get back on the field and try to score again. If this analogy is going to be NFL football, people will pay you to go out there and keep scoring, and they'll stop paying if the players are visibly not trying.

In the football analogy, the entertainment industry is trying to say "that touchdown we scored in 1982 should still count today!" Markets change. Consumer demands change. Technology changes. Put on the latest and greatest helmet, get back on the field, and keep scoring.

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