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Comment: Re:WoW sucks. (Score 1) 129

by Kirin Fenrir (#36585212) Attached to: Why Classic Video Game Revamps Must Disappoint
Not to sound like an advert, but you might wan to look at Guild Wars 2:

- No "holy trinity", dedicated tanks and healers forcibly removed to focus on tactics rather than roles.
- No WoW-style quests, entire overworld is dynamic events that have different outcomes in the persistent world based on if you succeed or fail.
-Buy to play, with no monthly fee.

Comment: Misconceptions (Score 1) 150

by Kirin Fenrir (#35600090) Attached to: <em>Guild Wars 2</em> Devs Aiming For the Top
Guild wars 2 is NOT a PVP-based MMO. The majority of the content is PvE. There is no ganking or open-world PvP, all PvP is in seperate PVP-only areas.

Guilds Wars 2 is a western MMO from a WESTERN developer. I'm not sure why everyone thinks it's an asian MMO. GW1 was most popular in Europe and the US.

Comment: How easy? (Score 5, Informative) 774

by Kirin Fenrir (#33163258) Attached to: Child Porn As a Weapon
EXTREMELY easy. I'm surprised it hasn't started happening frequently already. As much as we (as a society) demonize people for even being suspected of this crime, I'd hesitantly say it does happen frequently already.

It would not be easily discovered as everyone in the chain of justice is quick to assume the defendants are guilty, and may not do as thorough a job as they should looking for evidence of a setup. Easier to parade around your captured "predator" and get good press, then to search for the truth.

I've seen it firsthand; an old buddy of mine admitted one day that when he was 19, he got drunk at a party and slept with a girl who lied about her age by a single year. She was 17, not 18, which is under the legal age in my state. Today, he is a registered sex offender, cannot vote, has trouble finding work, and cannot live in most communities. He has to inform the communities he is allowed to live in, which makes everyone immediately assume he's some kind of monster after their children.

Was my friend kind of an idiot at 19? Absolutely. But does he deserve to become a lower class of society for the rest of his life over his (ultimately harmless) mistake?

+ - Microsoft Wanted Seperate Servers for FFXIV on 360->

Submitted by Kirin Fenrir
Kirin Fenrir (1001780) writes "Ever wondered why MMOs seem to never appear on consoles? Part of the reason for this seems to now be clear, thanks to FFXIV producer Hiromichi Tanaka: "The main reason why we couldn't go with Xbox 360 was the Xbox Live system. [Live is] different to the normal internet environment, so when we wanted to introduce this game in the same environment as Windows PC it had to be PS3, so that was our choice. Microsoft has a different point of view: they want to have a closed environment for Xbox Live. We're still talking to... We couldn't come to an agreement on Xbox Live."

Combined with the PS3 version delayed due to issues with it's 256mb of system RAM, it's no wonder MMO developers seem to consider consoles more trouble than they're worth."

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+ - Pacific Vortex to become habitable island? 4

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "The Pacific Ocean trash dump is twice the size of Texas, or the size of Spain combined with France. The Pacific Vortex as it is sometimes called, is made up of four million tons of Plastic. Now there's a proposal to turn this dump into "Recycled Island". The Netherlands Architecture Fund has provided the grant money for the project, and the WHIM architecture firm is conducting the research and design of Recycled Island. One of the three major aims of the project is to clean up the floating trash by recycling it on site. Two, the project would create new land for sustainable habitation complete with its own food sources and energy sources. Lastly, Recycled Island is to be a sea worthy island. While at the moment the project is still more or less a pipe dream, it's great that someone is trying to work out what to do with one of humanity's most bizarre environmental slip ups."
Media

+ - US court strikes down media swearing ban->

Submitted by mysidia
mysidia (191772) writes "A federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down a policy of the FCC which banned broadcasters from allowing curse words on live TV. The court concluded the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters. In the 2 to 1 ruling, the court found that policy was "arbitrary and capricious", but that the FCC might be able to craft a policy that does not violate the First Amendment.

"'By prohibiting all `patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive,' the appeals court wrote."

Fox Stations, owned by News Corp., and other networks had brought suit in 2006 after the FCC cited use of profanity during the airing of awards programs."
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