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Comment: Re:The unfortunate state of gaming (Score 4, Informative) 247

The level-cap was quite a challenge in Everquest. Which is also _the_ hardcore PvE MMO. Maybe start playing that one, it is free2play now. Vanilla WoW is child's play compared to EQ.

Besides I just remembered that there are vanilla WoW servers, so if you love it so much, why don't you play vanilla? But as GP said, vanilla WoW wasn't very hard. The endgame content basically only needed tons of grinding (and an immense pain-tolerance because of all the bugs). Scholo, strat etc. hard? Only if you have terrible equipment, but that.. again.. can be fixed by just grinding.

In the end all "challenges" in WoW can easily be beaten by investing more time, and it has been that way since launch.

Comment: This is not neuro-science (Score 5, Informative) 254

by LittleImp (#40746457) Attached to: Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns
All people want is some false sense of achievement. There are literally thousands of games that do this without guns. And do so successfully.

"no mean feat in a mass-market games industry currently obsessed with the crude dopamine-triggering effects of simulated weaponry" -- This quote just shows another person knowing absolutely nothing about the gaming market, but having an opinion on how to "improve" it anyway.

Comment: Solve it with Machine Learning (Score 2) 131

by LittleImp (#40683115) Attached to: The Problem With Metacritic
This would be perfect for machine learning. Just analyze _all_ the scores from a certain source and calculate a most probable score with a standard deviation. Then assign a score from 0-100 accordingly. I don't know that much about machine learning so I'm sure an expert could find a way better algorithm for that.

"Trying to compensate for these variations is a nigh-impossible task" - definitely not.

Comment: Re:Butterfly effect. (Score 1) 291

by LittleImp (#40682831) Attached to: Asimov's Psychohistory Becoming a Reality?
That story is ridiculous. I'm no psychohistorian but I saw that war coming without ever knowing that the lance corporal was a dumbass. Everything ever is done by single persons in the end. They still act according to statistics. Seldon's plan obviously broke because the plan goes on for so long and the chance for deviation increases.

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