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Comment: Re:YAY I'm so glad!! (Score 3, Informative) 511

by Omega Xi (#42350231) Attached to: New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks
I logged in pretty much to say this but you beat me to it. Also not every pervert you bump into in WOW is a sex offender, desperate and lonely or perhaps just immature. Sadly there are all kinds of guys who think it's okay to treat girls like this online. These bans won't have any effect on that kind of behavior whatsoever though.

Comment: Re:Xbox360 network and openness (Score 1) 168

by Omega Xi (#37222970) Attached to: PS3 <em>Counter-Strike</em> To Support Keyboard and Mouse
Sort of but not really, it's just a money grab by Microsoft. As I understand it most multiplayer games on xbox live are peer to peer and as such do not require dedicated servers, all that is required are matchmaking servers (which are what gets pulled down when a developer/publisher 'gives up' on that game's multiplayer).
PC Games (Games)

Does Professional Gaming Have a Future? 116

Posted by Soulskill
from the fatal-one-thank-you dept.
mr_sifter writes "Three years ago, celebrity gamers such as Fatal1ty were bagging millions in prizes, and TV channels were queuing up to broadcast games on TV. Professional gaming looked set for the big time. It never happened, and in the current economic crisis, sponsors and media organizations are cutting costs, resulting in the closure of many pro gaming competitions (as we recently discussed) and a down-scaling in prize money. This feature looks at whether pro gaming can bounce back, and whether it will always be a PC sport, or if pro gaming on consoles is the future."
Music

Alpine Legend Revolutionizes Music Game Genre 45

Posted by Soulskill
from the haven't-the-foggiest dept.
Microsoft has announced the upcoming release of Alpine Legend for the Xbox 360. Building upon the established titles of the music game genre, Alpine Legend takes you to the Swiss mountaintops, where you and your friends play up to three Alpenhorns at a time while a fourth yodels along. When you're done playing, you can disassemble the 8-foot horns for easy storage. "Jam with alpine legends like Franz 'The Manz' Lang and Johann Hornbostel. Shake the mountain tops with 100 classic Alphorn tracks including, 'Whose spit is in my horn?' and 'More goat bell (It needs).'"

Comment: Re:Really bad review (Score 1) 523

by Omega Xi (#26262771) Attached to: The Best Keyboards For Every Occasion
I had the Saitek Eclipse for quite some time and I was really happy with it, I recently replaced it with the Cyborg mostly because I was liked the Eclipse so much. Same as yourself, my Eclipse is still fully functional, I just needed another keyboard. I really like the Cyborg, the function to turn off the windows key is handy, the backlight is even better than that of the Eclipse and the keys feel awesome. The coating on the WSAD keys and the space bar is a little odd but nothing really worth making any fuss over, also the 'touch screen' media keys can be a little akward (at least the ones for volume are and they are about the only ones I use) but other than that It's a really nice keyboard.
Games

Activision Blizzard Announces Guitar Hero 5, New Call of Duty 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the axes-and-guns dept.
MTV's Multiplayer Blog reports on recent announcements from Activision Blizzard which confirm that sequels to several popular franchises are on the way. The games include a new Guitar Hero, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and a new Tony Hawk, which will use some kind of non-standard controller. "At the meeting, Activision Blizzard showcased new games that would make sense for in-game ads, including the vaguely titled "Guitar Hero 5," which included a screen shot of gameplay with a Burger King ad to the right of the note highway."
Biotech

The Unforgettable Amnesiac 120

Posted by kdawson
from the every-20-seconds-a-new-day dept.
jamie found an account in the NYTimes of the life and death of one of the most important figures in modern neuroscience, Henry Gustav Molaison — a man who could not form memories. Molaison became an amnesiac after a brain operation in 1953. Known worldwide as H.M., Molaison was studied intensively for 55 years. Dr. Brenda Milner, a psychologist from Montreal, was the first researcher to visit Molaison. In 1962 she authored a landmark study demonstrating that a part of Molaison's memory was fully intact. "The implications were enormous. Scientists saw that there were at least two systems in the brain for creating new memories. One, known as declarative memory, records names, faces and new experiences and stores them until they are consciously retrieved. ... Another system, commonly known as motor learning, is subconscious and depends on other brain systems. This explains why people can jump on a bike after years away from one and take the thing for a ride, or why they can pick up a guitar that they have not played in years and still remember how to strum it. Soon 'everyone wanted an amnesic to study,' Dr. Milner said..."

Comment: Re:mmhm... (Score 1) 519

by Omega Xi (#19468735) Attached to: The Sopranos Ends With a ...
Can't everyone evaluate art based on what appeals to them? I like to think that while some things are universally popular that doesn't mean popular opinion is the only one that is "right". It's impossible to make something everyone finds asthetically pleasing no matter what disipline you are working in. For some art is about emotion, for others it can be about abstraction. //Xi

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