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Comment: Re:Number includes marketing budget (Score 5, Insightful) 111

by Necreia (#47004179) Attached to: Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

Ridiculous summary with regards to the $500 million dollar figure. It includes the development AND MARKETING budgets!

Basically this. Destiny spent an estimate $360 million in Marketing and $140 million in Development, which is over a 2:1 ratio. CoD2:Modern Warfare 2 has a respective $150:$50 million or 3:1 split (Source). When game companies are spending a small relative fraction on the actual development, there's a problem.

Comment: Possibly the wrong approach (Score 1) 704

by Necreia (#46547625) Attached to: Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

While I applaud the idea, it's as unrealistic as "Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia out of the Internet" or "Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia out of books".
 
Games are not like TV Shows, in that there is not a single channel in which consumers get it (like TV Stations). A single person can make a game that becomes popular with tens or hundreds of thousands of people. Combine this with the fact that one group can find content as offensive (She's has a character flaw... misogyny!) while another of the same group can find the alternative equally offensive (All the females in this game are one-dimensional... misogyny!).
 
I also don't see how creativity will flow if all content needs to be impossibly 'appropriate' for all people. For big companies, it's self-correcting anyway: If it's offensive to too many people, the game won't be successful... so at least big companies have interest to make games that sell on the mass market.

Input Devices

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass? 421

Posted by timothy
from the well-are-you-a-stone-thrower? dept.
lunatick writes "I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke. I never figured I would be selected. Well in less than one week I got my invite to buy Google Glass. My main hold back is the $1500 price tag for a device that just seems to be a camera and navigation aid. Does anyone in the /. community have Google Glass and can they give some advice to the rest of us considering it?"
Earth

Earthquakes Correlated With Texan Fracking Sites 259

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-your-fault dept.
eldavojohn writes "A recent peer reviewed paper and survey by Cliff Frohlich of the University of Texas' Institute for Geophysics reveals a correlation between an increase in earthquakes and the emergence of fracking sites in the Barnett Shale, Texas. To clarify, it is not the actual act of hydrofracking that induces earthquakes, but more likely the final process of injecting wastewater into the site, according to Oliver Boyd, a USGS seismologist. Boyd said, 'Most, if not all, geophysicists expect induced earthquakes to be more likely from wastewater injection rather than hydrofracking. This is because the wastewater injection tends to occur at greater depth, where earthquakes are more likely to nucleate. I also agree [with Frohlich] that induced earthquakes are likely to persist for some time (months to years) after wastewater injection has ceased.' Frohlich added, 'Faults are everywhere. A lot of them are stuck, but if you pump water in there, it reduces friction and the fault slips a little. I can't prove that that's what happened, but it's a plausible explanation.' In the U.S. alone this correlation has been noted several times."

Comment: Re:Ridiculous patent system (Score 1) 255

by Necreia (#40092179) Attached to: ITC Judge Calls For US Xbox Import Ban

Seriously, why would anyone play games on a console anymore? You can do so much more to your games on the PC.

That wasn't directed at me, but here are my reasons:
1) I don't want to have to dual boot so that I can play AAA games. It saves me a Windows license, the hard drive space, the annoyance of multi-booting, etc.
2) Being able to just sit down on the couch with a beer, pop in a game, and play it lounging back without having a keyboard/mouse spread is relaxing. I do love playing PC games as well, but sometimes I just want to be sprawled. If I played competitively, I'd probably only play on PC.
3) I'm growing older and don't have the time or energy to upgrade my hardware in bits. I'd rather buy a new console for a few hundred dollars every 5-7 years instead of component upgrades every 0.5-1 years.

It also helps that my gaming isn't mostly twitch-shooters. If it was, that would also change how I probably played games.

China

China's Parallel Online Universe 173

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-fight-the-media-when-you-can-fight-the-social dept.
An anonymous reader writes "China is increasingly operating an online parallel universe where social media clones 'mimic the functions of the most popular, internationally recognized social media applications, such as Facebook and Twitter. The replicas, however, come with a major catch: they systematically comply with the Chinese Communist Party’s strict censorship requirements.' They are satisfying the growing demand of hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens for social media tools, reducing incentives for them to circumvent the 'Great Firewall,' Freedom House warns. Testing by researchers found that a search for the names of seven prominent Chinese lawyers, activists, and journalists on Sina Weibo returned no results, only an Orwellian notice that 'According to related laws and policy, some of the results are not shown here.'"

Comment: Re:DRM rocks! (Score 1) 434

by Necreia (#38021182) Attached to: Valve Announces Massive Steam Server Intrusion

Let's face it, there's no shortage of places that have some, part or all of your personal information these days; Steam is just one of many.

People or companies doing stupid or restrictive things en mass does not somehow make it right.

Purchasing a single-player game and having to tether it to a registration system is idiotic for the reason in the main article here. This continuing push to centralize all data in these private hubs is starting to show the flaws.

Robotics

Hobby Inspired Electric Multicopter Makes Manned Flight 104

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-want-me-to-fly-in-what-now? dept.
garymortimer writes "A German team has managed to fly its super-sized hobby inspired platform with a man on-board! A one-hour flight would cost something near to 6 Euro for electricity. In addition, the device holds few parts that could wear out, making maintenance intervals and cost low and far between. The control firmware can be integrated with a sophisticated integrated GPS system or obstacle detection. As such, automated flight for predetermined points on a 3D map is possible."
Science

Researchers Say Dark Winters Led To Bigger Human Brains 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the head-in-the-clouds dept.
Brad1138 writes "Humans living at high latitude have bigger eyes and bigger brains to cope with poor light during long winters and cloudy days, UK scientists have said. from the article: 'The scientists measured the eye sockets and brain volumes of 55 skulls from 12 populations across the world, and plotted the results against latitude. Lead author Eiluned Pearce told BBC News: "We found a positive relationship between absolute latitude and both eye socket size and cranial capacity."'"

Comment: Move along, sexists writer. (Score 1) 948

by Necreia (#36061930) Attached to: Why the New Guy Can't Code

FTFA

We’ve all lived the nightmare. A new developer shows up at work, and you try to be welcoming, but he1 can’t seem to get up to speed; the questions he asks reveal basic ignorance; and his work, when it finally emerges, is so kludgey that it ultimately must be rewritten from scratch by more competent people. And yet his interviewers—and/or the HR department, if your company has been infested by that bureaucratic parasite—swear that they only hire above-average/A-level/top-1% people. ....

1 - Yes, I am being deliberately sexist here, because in my experience those women who write code are consistently good at it.

I know it's socially cool to be anti-male, but come on.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.

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