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Comment Top 10 of the top 20 console games... (Score 3, Informative) 496

...are recent games! Mario Kart for Wii and New Super Mario for DS has sold very well.
Top 20 console games of all time
1. Wii Play (Wii – 24.43 million)[68]
2. Wii Fit (Wii – 22.5 million)[68]
3. Nintendogs (DS – 22.27 million, all five versions combined)[69]
4. Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green (Game Boy – 20.08 million approximately: 10.23 million in Japan,[45] 9.85 million in US)[19]
5. New Super Mario Bros. (DS – 19.94 million)[68]
6. Mario Kart Wii (Wii – 18.36 million)[68]
7. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES – 18 million)[108]
8. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (DS – 17.41 million)[69]
9. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2 - 17.33 million)[114]
10. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (DS – 16.81 million)[70]

Except for the single PS2 game and Super Mario Brothers 3, DS and Wii games seem to be selling very well. It will be very interesting to see how well New Super Mario Wii sells. It has been out for three weeks and is currently clocking in near 2 million units.

Comment Re:Ooh, that reminds me... (Score 1) 560

Hmm, why didn't I assume I'd have to defend myself from Mr/Ms Literal... Let me explain: They are forcing me to not watch it earlier, by disallowing UK access to the videos on Comedy Central's site. So I have to watch it according to their schedules if I want to watch it at all. It also means UK viewers don't have access to the archive that goes back 10 years, or any of the extended interviews. Clear enough?

Comment Re:Teach them something useful (Score 2, Insightful) 256

I strongly disagree. I think too many people are put off electronics by the utilitarianism, maths and feeling like they need to know something before they start. I would suggest circuit-bending, the skills can be picked up along the way and there isn't really knowledge threshold for starting. I think it's far better to teach people the principles of reverse engineering and give them an idea that they can just do things. Take away the scariness of opening the lids on stuff and it could lead to all sorts of creativity, ingenuity and so on - broader skills than repairing toasters.

Comment Re:bad idea... (Score 2, Insightful) 504

That study compared the result of watching a rom-com with watching a David Lynch movie and their conclusion was that the rom-coms fucked you up more than David Lynch? I totally call Bullshit! on that.

Why? Lynch's films often leave a lot open to the viewer to conclude, allowing people to think for themselves and make their own judgements. Your typical rom-com practically forces an emotional response out of the viewer - usually based on a (noxious?) set of ideals that are hard to live up to. Eraserhead may be scary, but not as much as the idea that your real life isn't as good as the ones in heightened emotional world that is a hollywood rom-com.

Comment Procedural Sound (Score 1) 104

No evidence of any sound yet, I really hope he uses similar principles for generating audio as the game seems to for other content. I'm really looking forward to games taking up a more dynamic approach to audio, synthesis could be so much more fluid and immersive than samples. And this looks like the perfect opportunity for showing people it could work especially as visually its quite stylised, so people might not expect such a 'realistic' sound world.

Submission + - Open Source Computer Literacy Textbook?

dcollins writes: "The college where I work has decided to forego ordering a textbook for the computer class that I teach this fall. Does anyone know of a free, open-source textbook for basic computer literacy concepts (overview of hardware, software, operating systems, and file systems)?"

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354