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The Best Achievements 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the collecting-nerd-points dept.
Like them or not, achievements have become a staple of modern gaming, giving players goals to strive for and a measuring stick with which they can compare themselves to random strangers on the internet. Eurogamer discusses why they've become so popular, and takes a look at some of the most entertaining examples. Quoting: "... we mock Achievement points because they spell out in large numbers what is so pathetic about video games. But we also celebrate them, because, when used in funny, creative or interesting ways, they also spell out what is so compelling and wonderful about video games. Because for every Achievement in which you have to do nothing more than play through a tutorial there's another that subverts convention, rewarding you for skipping it instead. For every fetch quest that has you collecting dogtags for the millionth time, there's another that makes you fight the baddy with your arms tied behind your back. And for every Achievement you earn in jest for pressing the start button, there's another that only rewards the single best player in the world."

Comment: Memory Management (Score 3, Insightful) 731

by Rob Riepel (#27768407) Attached to: Old-School Coding Techniques You May Not Miss

Try overlays...

Back in the day we had do all the memory management by hand. Programs (FORTRAN) had a basic main "kernel" that controlled the overall flow and we grouped subprograms (subroutines and functions) into "overlays" that were swapped in as needed. I spent hours grouping subprograms into roughly equal sized chunks just to fit into core, all the while trying to minimize the number of swaps necessary. All the data was stored in huge COMMON blocks so it was available to the subprograms in every overlay. You'd be fired if you produced such code today.

Virtual memory is more valuable than full screen editors and garbage collection is just icing on a very tall layer cake...

Government

Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition? 1367

Posted by kdawson
from the with-your-remaining-brain-cells dept.
gplus writes "December 5th was the 75th anniversary of the end of alcohol prohibition in the US. The Wall Street Journal has an op-ed which argues that now may be the time to discuss our war on drugs and the drug prohibition currently in place. The article argues that the harm caused by the banned substance must be balanced against the harms caused by the prohibition. As to why Americans in 1933 finally voted to end prohibition, while we barely even discuss it: 'Most Americans in 1933 could recall a time before prohibition, which tempered their fears. But few Americans now can recall the decades when the illicit drugs of today were sold and consumed legally. If they could, a post-prohibition future might prove less alarming.'"

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