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Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 2) 46

by mcgrew (#47935755) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

You can get your old account back if you can remember what your email address was. Send a note to help@slashdot.org.

I'd lost my account and they were very helpful about it.

As to your surgery, LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR!!! Helping that one person could prevent you from helping others in the future. Oh, and I empathize; I had a vitrectomy in 2008. Not the least bit fun.

Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 926

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 926

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Re:Got Burned by Titanfall (Score 1) 291

by CronoCloud (#47925389) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

but again it begs the question why you're not researching at all before you drop 60 - 100 on a plastic circle, or worse yet why you don't take 5 minutes to do a thorough Googling before you drop 600 dollars on the game and console to play it - which would make more sense in this scenario if you aren't familiar with what the back of the box terms mean.

I've got no problem with box information myself, I may not read IGN daily, but in general I know what's going on. (I didn't know that Warframe was PvE centric though) I was playing devils advocate for the more casual gamers and non-gamers who buy games as gifts.

Judging by how horrendously people bitch about the creep AI, would you actually still want an offline campaign?

Maybe not a campaign, but I think a skirmish/practice mode would be nice for that sort of game.

Comment: Re:Got Burned by Titanfall (Score 1) 291

by CronoCloud (#47925379) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

I've actually heard of people who got games for the wrong system as gifts from non-gamer relatives.

Picture of the boxart in question

That's pretty darn explicit there. PS3/PS4 games aren't quite as explicit nowadays with requirements except with Move/uDraw games, though in the PS2 days they were.

I've got no problem with box information, but I was playing devils advocate for the more casual gamers and non-gamers who buy games as gifts.

Comment: Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (Score 2) 291

by CronoCloud (#47916359) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Diablo 3 is basically single player now. Other players don't really affect your game in any way, all the good drops are stupidly account bound.

That doesn't apply to the console versions which don't have bind on account and never had the auction house. Not only that, but it has:

1. Gifts: Whenever you get a legendary or set item there's a chance a gift for one of the people in your friends list comes along with it. It looks like a little wrapped present. Send it along and when they open it they get a legendary.

2. Nemesis: If you die to a regular non-elite monster, there's a chance that it will become a Nemesis and level up. You will know it happens when you see it quickly enter a red portal when you die. Then later on that nemesis can re-enter your game (With an awesome horn announcing that he's coming) or one of your friends games with a "shadow" of yourself tagging along with him. Kill the nemesis, and he can drop nice loot, and a gift for the person he originally killed. Die to him and he levels up again, and goes to find another game to enter.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/gam...

Comment: Re: Got Burned by Titanfall (Score 1) 291

by CronoCloud (#47916217) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

I don't understand why anyone would play an online game, especially on a console.
The very idea of having to pay a monthly subscription to play the game is problematic to me.

Because until recently in the PlayStation eco-system, you didn't have to. And you still don't for certain games.

PS2 games never had an online fee, except for the two MMO's.

PS3/Vita games didn't and still don't require PS+ for online play, The 3 PS3 MMO's "could" have additional fees but two of them were F2P.

PS4 games DO require PS+ for online play, unless it's one of the following:

1. an MMO
2. a F2P title like Warframe.
3. A non-synchronous game, an example being a chess game where you can send turns a la play-by-mail.

You also get other benefits with PS+, "freebies", discounts, etc etc.

With XBox Live, they basically ask you to pay to have the right to use your Internet connection.

No you're paying for the right to use their servers and service

Comment: Re:Got Burned by Titanfall (Score 1) 291

by CronoCloud (#47916167) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Sometimes those requirement descriptions can be vague, especially for those who might not be familiar with the Playstation or Xbox eco-systems.

For example Defiance on the PS3 says "Network Players 2 - Unlimited" and "Broadband Required" but someone unfamiliar with PS2/PS3/Ps4 back-of-the-box terminology might not realize that means it's an online only game. A game with offline AND online would say something like "Number of players 1 -2 (Online 2-4)"

Comment: Re:Linden Labs. A warning of what's to come? (Score 1) 182

by CronoCloud (#47907819) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Linden Labs said the exact same thing about second life.

Zing!

Did you know there's an Oculus enabled SL beta available?

http://wiki.secondlife.com/wik...

I'm pretty sure the only thing left keeping SL alive these days is the furries that have sex on the network.

There never were actually that many furries in SL. What's keeping SL alive are the 25-55 year old women.

 

If I'm not mistaken, even they don't like SL much anymore.

I really don't know why people associate furries with SL, since they are HUGELY outnumbered by every other demographic. Personally I think the association exists because a bunch of slashdotter-nerds, entering SL to check it out, headed to the more nerdy spots in SL: scripter/builder hangouts/sandboxes...and thusly ran into SL's heavily furry scripter/builder/aspie crowd. They're not furry because of the sex, they're furry because they feel alienated from real-world social culture and the average SL social culture too. Their furry form is a "take that" to the "barbie's and kens"

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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