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Censorship

Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China 165

Posted by Soulskill
from the mourn-the-farmers dept.
The Opposable Thumbs blog reports that World of Warcraft's most recent expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, is not being allowed into the Chinese market. The Escapist brings further details, saying, "According to an insider, two specific shortcomings included the presence of skeleton characters and a 'city raid.' Nor did the submitted version contain the starting area for the game's new Death Knight class." The Chinese version of World of Warcraft has been modified in the past to remove skeletons and zombies.
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Examining the Beginnings of the RTS Genre 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-vespene-gas dept.
Edge Magazine is running a story about the development of the real-time strategy genre. They credit Dune II: the Building of a Dynasty with establishing the basic concepts that led to more popular titles like Command & Conquer and the original Warcraft. "[Westwood Studios co-founder Brett] Sperry describes Dune II's core challenge as 'combining combat, exploration and production at a particular pace and rhythm to make it all exciting and almost out of control. That was a key part of what made it so addictive.' Indeed, the experience was quite unlike more staid turnbased strategies, where success or failure rolled in slowly rather than rushing over sand dunes at the speed of an action game. 'You had to think and respond fairly quickly, and in realtime, or else your base and forces would all be overrun. And as we developed the game further, it became clearer how the pacing and battle scenario design were all a delicate balance.'"
Microsoft

Obama's "ZuneGate" 608

Posted by kdawson
from the et-tu-barack dept.
theodp writes "Barack Obama supporters were left shaking their heads after a report surfaced that the president-elect was using a Zune at the gym instead of an iPod. So why would Mac-user Obama be Zune-ing out? Could be one of those special-edition preloaded Zunes that Microsoft bestowed on Democratic National Convention attendees, suggests TechFlash, nixing the idea that the soon-to-be Leader of the Free World would waste time loading Parallels or Boot Camp in OS X just to use a Zune."
Sci-Fi

Surviving in Space Without a Spacesuit 481

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i'll-just-wear-a-nice-sweater dept.
Geoffrey writes "The recent movie Sunshine features a scene (echoing the famous scene in 2001: a Space Odyssey) in which two astronauts have to cross from one ship to another without spacesuits. But, can you survive in space without a spacesuit? Morgan Smith, writing in Slate, asks whether this is realistic, and concludes: "Yes, for a very short time.""
Communications

+ - AT&T Union Workers Slamming Time Warner

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BarneyRabble
BarneyRabble writes "According to this article from this morning's Broadband Reports, http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Unions-Pitch-UV erse-86413 the CWA workers of AT&T here in Milwaukee are slamming Time Warner Cable for their anti-union practices and are asking customers to jump ship and move from cable to AT&T's U-Verse, stating that their service is far superior than Time Warner. They have gone as far to create their own website, http://www.getuniontv.org/ defending their position."

Remember, UNIX spelled backwards is XINU. -- Mt.

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