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Comment: Crazy? or Absolute? its to hard to tell (Score 1) 450

by VegetaFH1 (#32824864) Attached to: Prince Says Internet Is Over
Ok this guy could be talking about several differant things Taking into account that most business's now rely on the internet for income, i give you newegg and websites that sell replacement parts for computers as an example And throwing into the mix the growing number of online games, such as Halo:Reach Warhammer40k MMO and so on, these games are yet released but i can bet a tenner saying these games will be huge Now, stepping back abit, MTV, For those that dont know, MTV used to be full of music instead of crap, now thinking that the internet is going the way of MTV is totaly nuts to begin with but lets say for example that the US government actually gets through that digital bill through congress and the house, which basicly enables the US to turn off the internet like its a kitchen light switch, then he would infact be right in his statments However taking out the fact that the US will have a kill switch for the internet, looking at how it is now, the internet is only growing, faster and faster, day by day, second by second and is infact increasing its growth world wide So, depending on your view point, this guy is eather A) completely and utterly crazy or B) knows something that others dont and is infact voicing his opinion of the future, rather then right now Its up you guys in the US to keep our internet free, i and everybody else on the planet will not tollerate failure, make it happen and then make it disappear or we will all be cast into the shadow of history Enjoy your days ladies and gentlemen

Foldit Player May Have Created a Useful Protein 144

Posted by kdawson
from the know-when-to-hold-'em dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The organizers of the game Foldit, where you fold proteins for scientific research, announced that a user has found a protein that may be able to bind influenza viruses. Researchers plan to test the protein in a lab over the next few weeks to see if it might be medically useful."

Mega Man 10 Confirmed For WiiWare 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the with-new-bosses-chair-man-and-bread-man dept.
The upcoming issue of Nintendo Power revealed that Capcom is working on Mega Man 10 for a release via WiiWare sometime in the future. "Like Mega Man 9 (released for WiiWare in 2008), Mega Man 10 remains true to the series's roots with 8-bit-style graphics and sound, and tried-and-true Mega Man gameplay." According to the early look at Nintendo Power's article, the game may include an easier difficulty mode, likely inspired by complaints that the previous game was too hard. It also previews one of the new bosses, who is apparently called "Sheep Man." Make of that what you wool.

AbleGamers Reviews Games From a Disability Standpoint 125

Posted by Soulskill
from the gaming-for-all dept.
eldavojohn writes "Early last month a visually impaired gamer sued Sony under the Americans with Disabilities Act (and if you think that people with disabilities don't play games, think again). The AbleGamers Foundation has decided to step forward and provide a rating system for games that blends together a number of factors to determine a score with regard to accessibility. Visual, hearing, motion, closed captioning, speed settings, difficulty settings and even colorblindness options are all taken into account when compiling these scores and reviewing these games."

Review Scores the "Least Important Factor" When Buying Games 169

Posted by Soulskill
from the arbitrary-numbers-are-arbitrary dept.
A recent report from a games industry analyst suggests that among a number of factors leading to the purchase of a video game — such as price, graphics and word of mouth — the game's aggregated review score is the least important measure. Analyst Doug Creutz said, "We believe that while Metacritic scores may be correlated to game quality and word of mouth, and thus somewhat predictive of title performance, they are unlikely in and of themselves to drive or undermine the success of a game. We note this, in part, because of persistent rumors that some game developers have been jawboning game reviewers into giving their games higher critical review scores. We believe the publishers are better served by spending their time on the development process than by 'grade-grubbing' after the fact."

Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-the-thought-that-counts dept.
thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Comment: Re:Played for along time (Score 1) 473

by VegetaFH1 (#28540131) Attached to: On Realism and Virtual Murder

Killing human beings and killing pixels ARE NOT THE SAME in any way shape or form

Right, that's why the pixels are arranged in the shape of humans when you kill them :-P

No, pixels are pixels Its a piece of code transfered to a monitor which tells the monitor itself to SHAPE the pixels in a specific way to "LOOK LIKE" a human being or charactor of some describtion The pixels themselves that make up the shape arent the shape Its like saying "You cant complete a rubix cube with only one block"

Comment: Played for along time (Score 1) 473

by VegetaFH1 (#28539013) Attached to: On Realism and Virtual Murder
Ive been playing games since i was a 1 year old, im a perfectly normal human being (other then having A.S and Dyslexiea) Killing human beings and killing pixels ARE NOT THE SAME in any way shape or form, infact you could narrow it down to killing electricity, becuase quite honestly, what powers your computer? HOWEVER: I do notice and accept that preforming these acts in/on the computer screen does stimulate your brain as to say "This is a possible outcome, I shall prepare myself for it" it is then barried into your sub-concenious, you dont think of it like that but that is the way your brain handles it On top of that i do have to notice the crimes commited by "so called" GTA players (now we all know its BS that its just GTA, thats just aload of mass media ass-hattery) I am a good human being, ive done nothing wrong and i sware, the day the government tells me what i can and cannot do on the net or in/on games is infact the fact i eather die or take up arms again those that will suromvent my RIGHT to view stuff that i wish to view (or do) As to where i draw the line: anything that deals with rape or anything of the forceful nature done on human beings OR pixels that is not wished to be done to them, and no that does not mean i wont kill you in team fortress 2 if you ask me not to, ill still gladly flame your ass from here to timbukto and back again :D

On Realism and Virtual Murder 473

Posted by Soulskill
from the joyride-down-a-slippery-slope dept.
Gamasutra has an interesting article about how the push toward realistic graphics and extremely lifelike characters in modern games is making the term "murder simulator" — once laughed off for referring to pixelated dying Nazis — a concept to take more seriously. The author is careful to simply explore the issue, and not come to a specific conclusion; he doesn't say that we should or shouldn't prevent it from happening, only that it's worth consideration. (One section is even titled "Forget the kids," saying that decisions for what children play fall under parental responsibility.) Quoting: "We should start rethinking these issues now before we all slide down the slope together and can't pull ourselves back up again. Or, even worse, before governments step in and dictate what can and can't be depicted or simulated in video games via legislation. ... Obviously, what makes an acceptable game play experience for each player is a personal choice that should be judged on a person-by-person basis (or on a parent to child basis), and I believe it should stay that way. As for me, I'm already drawing the line at BioShock — I can barely stomach the game as it is. Sure, I could play it more and desensitize myself, but I don't want to. And that's just me. It's up to you and a million other adult gamers to decide what's best for yourselves and to draw the line on virtual violence where you feel most comfortable."

Comment: Alteration in pictures leads to fake person (Score 2, Insightful) 639

by VegetaFH1 (#28477493) Attached to: Tennesee Man Charged In "Virtual Pornography" Case
Heres what it boils down to folks. Real picture of a minor's face Real picture of a adult or an appropriate age body = not real pornographic. If ANY alteration of a picture/video has taken place then it is not in the original makers name a.k.a photoshoped. If the picture is not real then it is plainly not real, therefore the person in the picture is not real which leads to the pornographic picture in question being not real. EVEN IF you take the face of a minor and add it to the body of the exact same person 20 years ago it is still considered alteration and therefore the person is not real. There is no differance between this so called pornographic picture and japanesse cartoon pornography of minors becuase it is as simple as this, the person is the picture IS NOT REAL.

Comment: Cola and Aspartame (98.6 ÂF (37.0 ÂC)) (Score 1) 420

by VegetaFH1 (#28036751) Attached to: Cola Consumption Can Lead To Muscle Problems
Excuse me but Cola has always been bad for you Infact ill tell you why, Cola, Coke, Diet-Coke and all those "Fizzy" drinks contain an ingredient known as Aspartame (Artificial Sweeteners) When Aspartame is heated to 86 degrees (F) is becomes more toxin then a fire-ants sting, with the human body temp being 98.6 ÂF (37.0 ÂC) you can count on side effects coming from these drinks containing Aspartame Muscle Retractions and Muscle Spasums are two examples of these side effects, it has also been known to cuase alot of headache's and/or migrains and can even cuase MS So folks, the next time you want to drink a "fizzy" drink, read the ingredients, if it lists Aspartame, then put it down and get something that wont actually kill you

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