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Comment Are custom engines dead for 'normal' developers? (Score 2) 727 727

More and more developers seem to be using the existing engines (i know you used Unreal 3 for Rev 60, Unity, UbiArt, etc) which makes sense given the huge number of features they provide with little initial development cost and common tool sets/plugins used by other developers. Do you think there is much future in developers using custom engines for games (both indie and non-AAA) or do you think it will continue to become more uncommon for common genre games as you start at a larger and larger feature 'deficit' by having to redevelop the features on your custom engine, let alone porting issues, leaving only vert large/profitable houses (Naughty Dog, Insomniac, EA, etc) to be able to bear the time/$ costs?

Comment Re:There's no debate (Score 1) 267 267

I agree, though sadly I'm not happy with either KDE or Gnome (or even XFCE) recently. Hence why I'm typing this post on Mac OS X Yosemite. I've been using Linux for almost two decades now (I'm running OS X on one laptop, Mint on the other), and while the desktop situation has improved, the Linux desktop as a whole has always felt stuck in a two steps forward, one step back routine.

Comment Re:the good old days... (Score 1) 784 784

Fellow Virginian here (hello from Buchanan Co!), and it was much the same for me. Many, many days were spent exploring the mountains behind our house, and we even had this really fantastic vine swing that we used to swing back and forth across the stream that ran down the mountain. We would've been around 10 years old ourselves, and while our parents knew where we were and we were expected to check in regularly, I can't imagine being told that we weren't allowed to do something as simple as walk home from the store (which we also did on many occasions, but that was closer to two miles than one).

Comment Re:Boys are naturally curious... (Score 1) 608 608

I would say it's not so much feminist theory as it is the simple fact is that we don't know how much culture and stereotypes are skewing the actual data. In my CS classes, the ratio of men to women was something like 8 to 1, and a disproportiate amount of the latter were Asian-American.

Comment Re:The point? (Score 1) 57 57

Who says it always works flawlessly? have they played through the entire game several times? maybe there is crash code or places where you can literally get stuck in a wall.

Very unlikely. Most Oculus integration is little more than a camera mod; it isn't going to integrate to the point where it can cause the types of issues you're describing.

Comment Re:Whenever I read stuff like this (Score 2) 223 223

It changed it because the 9/11 attacks targets the two pillars of American power: the banks and the government. It scared them shitless that may actual be attacked (oh, wow, apparently they have a much different reaction when it's not other people they're sending to die). At which point they said screw everything in order to give themselves the illusion of their old safety.

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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