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First Person Shooters (Games)

Modern Warfare 3 Released 201

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-with-gunnier-guns dept.
Activision released the latest iteration of their blockbuster first-person shooter franchise yesterday, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, narrowly avoiding a whole year-long gap between this one and the last Call of Duty game. Still, analysts estimated pre-orders at 9 million worldwide, and expect the game to generate another billion dollars in sales, give or take. Reviews for the game range from "amazing" to "slightly less than amazing." Eurogamer sums it up simply: "Modern Warfare 3 is exactly the game you expect. It's conservative in every sense of the word, a paean to military superiority which never ventures far beyond gameplay parameters that were set in stone in 2007. ... With such a well-rehearsed recipe to follow, there's more room here for innovation than there is for improvement. There are plenty who would love to see Call of Duty dragged through the mud for its lack of new ideas, but the game itself is too confidently constructed, too generous with its pleasures, to deserve any lasting vitriol. This is a ferocious and satisfying game that knows exactly what players expect, and delivers on that promise with bullish confidence."
Hardware

+ - Nvidia reveals 5th core in upcoming Kal-El SoC->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Nvidia today revealed some interesting new details about Tegra 2's much-anticipated successor. As it turns out Kal-El will include a fifth core, or companion core, built using a "special low power silicone process" which works on tasks at a low frequency. Each of these cores is an ARM Cortex A9 CPU that's individually enabled and disabled based on workload, but all five can't run at once."
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+ - Scientists on trial ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Italy puts scientists on trial for failure to advise on earthquake. Possibly guilty of manslaughter. Trial ongoing."
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NASA

+ - NASA: Asteroid did not kill the dinosaurs->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "NASA is now saying that the dinosaurs were not killed by a giant asteroid. Turns out that the asteroid impact suspected to be the culprit hit the Earth 20 million years earlier then previously thought meaning that its consequences were long gone when the extinction took place. This news makes the ultimate reason behind the dinosaur's demise unknown."
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Android

+ - Stallman's Attack On Open Source->

Submitted by
itwbennett
itwbennett writes "In a very lengthy article in The Guardian, Richard Stallman answered the burning question of whether Android is free software. The short answer: no. So why did it take Stallman 1,439 words to point out the obvious? One reason may be that 'this was yet another in a long line of recent attacks by the free software leadership on the concept of open source software,' writes Brian Proffitt. 'Not only does Stallman drag out the old Linux would be better if it used the GPLv3 argument,' says Proffitt. 'He also brings out the scary bugaboo the FSF loves to trot out about the Apache Software License:"

The non-release of two versions' source code raises concern that Google might intend to turn Android proprietary permanently; that the release of some Android versions as free software may have been a temporary ploy to get community assistance in improving a proprietary software product. Let us hope does not happen.

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Comment: Re:Excellent! While they're at it... (Score 1) 212

by Kalroth (#35058306) Attached to: Sandy Bridge Chipset Shipments Halted Due To Bug

I believe this won't be possible before Intel releases their Z68 chipset, so you're out of luck if your motherboard got a P67 chipset.

It is possible to do it with software on motherboards with the H67 chipset: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4113/lucid-enables-quick-sync-with-discrete-graphics-on-sandy-bridge

Comment: Re:Doesn't everybody do that? (Score 2, Informative) 397

by Kalroth (#34172444) Attached to: Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

When game developers can see that people are willing to pay for beta access to games, what is their incentive to ship a polished game? Most consoles have online connectivity as well, so patching up later is usually not a problem either. I don't see this changing anytime soon, with quarterly budgets being more important than quality.

As for Fallout: New Vegas; the bugs were totally expected from anyone that played Fallout 3, which was also full of bugs. And it is not just gameplay bugs, the entire engine is extremely buggy and the game was neigh unplayable for a lot of PC players, but thankfully a very clever developer at http://www.transgaming.com/business/swiftshader made a custom D3D9.dll which corrects some of the engine bugs (like NOP all debug calls, ignore some buggy shaders, etc.):
http://www.newvegasnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=34778 for the nVidia version.
http://www.newvegasnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=34970 for the ATI version.
(The custom dll was made for Fallout 3 and not Fallout: New Vegas. Yet it fixes the same issues in both games.)

Note: the game is very, very good -- without the bugs. Too bad that it is the community that has to fix the bugs.

+ - Apple Sues Maker Of Cables, Batteries->

Submitted by Hkibtimes
Hkibtimes (1925918) writes "Apple is cracking down on third-party accessories, filing a patent-infringement lawsuit against TKT, a California company that makes external batteries.

The suit, originally filed last month, accuses Sanho of violating a set of six patents that cover the magnetic connector, called MagSafe, for power cables that Apple introduced for its Macintosh laptop computers in 2006, as well as the 30-pin connector used on iPods and the associated power cables."

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+ - The global church under attack

Submitted by berbmit
berbmit (1150557) writes ""... the widest gathering of Christians in the history of the Church, today announced that their internet communication to the outside world had been hacked"

I guess a high concentration of Christians is not enough to prevent attack (http://www.lausanne.org/news-releases/cyber-attack-hits-global-church-gathering.html). The 2010 Lausanne conference, the largest gathering of church leaders, had their ability to stream the conference to other centers around the world compromised by hacking. Initial suspicions are directed at China (http://www.outreachmagazine.com/blogs/lausanne/3864-Lausanne-Congress-Cyber-Attack.html), who also denied their national delegates permission to attend (http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2010/10/lausanne_delega.html).

Apparently two Indian IT support staff from Bangelore, managed to sort it out after two days."
PC Games (Games)

Future Ubisoft Games To Require Constant Internet Access 497

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-will-go-over-well dept.
Following up on our discussion yesterday of annoying game distribution platforms, Ubisoft has announced the details of their Online Services Platform, which they will use to distribute and administer future PC game releases. The platform will require internet access in order to play installed games, saved games will be stored remotely, and the game you're playing will even pause and try to reconnect if your connection is lost during play. Quoting Rock, Paper, Shotgun: "This seems like such a bizarre, bewildering backward step. Of course we haven't experienced it yet, but based on Ubi’s own description of the system so many concerns arise. Yes, certainly, most people have the internet all the time on their PCs. But not all people. So already a percentage of the audience is lost. Then comes those who own gaming laptops, who now will not be able to play games on trains, buses, in the park, or anywhere they may not be able to find a WiFi connection (something that’s rarely free in the UK, of course – fancy paying the £10/hour in the airport to play your Ubisoft game?). Then there's the day your internet is down, and the engineers can’t come out to fix it until tomorrow. No game for you. Or any of the dozens of other situations when the internet is not available to a player. But further, there are people who do not wish to let a publisher know their private gaming habits. People who do not wish to report in to a company they’ve no affiliation with, nor accountability to, whenever they play a game they’ve legally bought. People who don’t want their save data stored remotely. This new system renders all customers beholden to Ubisoft in perpetuity whenever they buy their games."
Games

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers) 308

Posted by Soulskill
from the blame-it-on-the-torrents dept.
captainktainer writes "In one of the largest tests of EVE Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, 'Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded,' meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance expressed disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, EVE Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised 'large fleet battles' that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions."

+ - Russia's New Holiday: Programmer's Day -> 1

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Glyn Moody
Glyn Moody writes "Russia's President Medvedev has decreed a new holiday for his country: Programmer's Day. Appropriately enough, it will be celebrated on the 256th day of the year: September 13th (September 12th for a leap year). Do programmers deserve their own holiday ahead of other professions? Should the rest of the world follow suit?"
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+ - Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Open Source Guru Moving On->

Submitted by
barking_at_airplanes
barking_at_airplanes writes "Some called him crazy 3-1/2 years ago when he joined Microsoft to run the Open Source Software Lab but he endured and made real differences to how Microsoft treats Open Source and how open source people now view Microsoft. Sam Ramji is now heading back to Silicon Valley to join a Cloud Computing startup. Sam comments in his announcement:
46 months later, I am amazed at the changes that have occurred for the company, for the team I belonged to, and the sentiments of the industry.
It's a statement that 46 months ago few Slashdotters would have thought could come true! With Sam leaving, can Microsoft's positive momentum into Open Source continue successfully?"

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