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Comment: Re:Parents (Score 1) 784

by Tempest_2084 (#48829161) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
At seven I was allowed to go up to the corner store (about a mile) by myself as long as I was careful and looked both ways before crossing the street (a mildly busy four lane road). This was a privilege and I was extra careful to make sure I didn't get into trouble or my parents would revoke that right. I wasn't aware I was endangering myself. The closest I ever came to harm was stuffing my face with too much candy.

The way things are going kids are going to either have to be placed in protective bubbles or have an appointed minder with them at all times to 'keep them safe'.

Comment: Re:the good old days... (Score 2) 784

by Tempest_2084 (#48829111) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
Ditto. I was given the standard lectures about not talking to strangers, staying away from dogs, etc. and told to 'go out and play for the day'. I think I turned out just fine. Did I do some stupid stuff that was in hindsight a little dangerous? Sure, but that's part of growing up. I pity today's kids. Sure they have cool stuff that we didn't have like the internet and cell phones, but they also can't just be kids. Playing by yourself without distractions or constant monitoring is something they'll never get to experience. I find that sad. Even now I cherish those times I can 'go off the grid' and be alone with my own thoughts even though that's basically impossible now.

Comment: Re:Any chance of a non Chrome linux version? (Score 1) 95

by Tempest_2084 (#48818957) Attached to: Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash
I had trouble with my version of Flash not working with some sites but found a website describing how to make use of Pepper Flash (part of Chrome) with Firefox and it worked for me. I forget the details but it involved using some free flash player and linking to the Pepper Flash files in the Chrome directory.

Comment: Re:Store Returns (Score 1) 107

by Tempest_2084 (#48326415) Attached to: Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

To clarify things even more, the game was not any good. Some people list it as one of the worst games ever, but that's probably extreme. After paying $50 for this, do not expect you will enjoy playing it. It's like paying $50 to buy the Star Wars Christmas Special.

Actually I think ET gets a bad rap. The game itself is decidedly average, but it's fun in short spurts and has some amazing graphics (for the 2600 anyway). The problem is that it's also buggy as hell due to its rushed development cycle (6 weeks from start to finish when most games took 3-5 months) to meet the Christmas buying season. The biggest issue is that the collision detection with the pits is wonky and it's too difficult to tell what parts of ET can touch the pit without falling in and what parts can't. Add to this a nasty bug that makes falling back into pits after you levitate out a very common occurrence (you need to move down after levitating not left or right which would make sense) and you've got a very frustrating game.

If you've got a 2600 handy or an emulator, I suggest giving ET a chance. If you look here ( http://www.neocomputer.org/pro...) you can find an explanation of all the bugs in the game and download a bug free version of the game which makes it much more enjoyable (although it's still an average game).

Comment: Re:Store Returns (Score 1) 107

by Tempest_2084 (#48326179) Attached to: Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay
A good source of info on this comes from Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel. They've been researching all Atari history including the 'ET Dig' by talking to the actual employees and reviewing internal documents. Their book contains a details on what was sent to the dump, and even though the book came out before the dig it turns out they were 100% correct: http://www.amazon.com/dp/09855...

Comment: Store Returns (Score 4, Informative) 107

by Tempest_2084 (#48325699) Attached to: Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay
Just to clarify things, the cartridges dumped at Alamogordo were returns from retail stores not excess inventory from Atari. Many of them still have store stickers on them. There were never millions of ET cartridges dumped at Alamogordo, they were a mix of titles (2600 and 5200) and not in the millions.

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