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+ - Know your (gaming) onions->

Submitted by basscomm
basscomm writes: Take your average 'hardcore gamer' and ask him about the current Call of Duty or Madden, and he will probably be able to rattle off more than you ever thought was possible to know about it. Ask about games that came out five or ten years, or even longer ago, and you'll probably get a blank stare. A lot of 'hardcore gamers' today don't know or care about gaming history other than the NES was a thing, and Pong is old. We're already seeing the effects of forgetting our recent history, we don't know the date Super Mario Bros, one of the most well-known games of all time, was released, for example.
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Comment: Re:Sony playing catchup with Microsoft (Score 1) 277

by basscomm (#47471857) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

How on earth do you figure this is a "blow" in the console war? Are you suggest that Microsoft was somehow behind this? Or is everything that gets reported on and is related to Playstation\Xbox now some sort of insidious plot to discredit one or the other console?

In reality it sounds like pure incompetence at Sony (and the same in the story you link about Microsoft) and I think when many people are affected by this sort of thing it's fair enough that it's covered on tech sites. It doesn't have to be part of some 'console war' that you parenthesize with apparent disdain while at the same time perpetuating the idea.

Or, it could have been that I was making a terrible joke.

+ - GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: For over a decade, GameSpy has provided and hosted multiplayer services for a variety of video games. GameSpy was purchased in 2012, and there were some worrying shutdowns of older servers, disabled multiplayer capabilities for a number of games. Now, the whole service is going offline on May 31. Some publishers are scrambling to move to other platforms, while others are simply giving up. Nintendo's recent abandonment of Wi-Fi games was a result of their reliance on GameSpy's servers. Bohemia Interactive, developers of the Arma series, said the GameSpy closure will affect matchmaking and CD-key authentication.
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Comment: Some more headaches (Score 1) 237

by basscomm (#46178515) Attached to: Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Well, lets see here. In addition to that, I've noticed:

I can't alter my relationship with other posters (fan, friend, foe, freak) any more, so posters I like won't get that auto karma-boost as I'm reading.
I can't find any way to customize the layout of Slashdot at all. So, no more hiding stories/subjects/authors I don't like for whatever reason. Or adding custom slashboxes.
There's an astronaut next to the 'comment' field that I don't know what it does.
Metamoderation appears dead (and it no longer made any sense, anyway)
I used to have the option of adding a sweet +1 to all my posts for having good karma that apparently went away.
There's no option to post anonymously if I'm logged in.
The 'reply' function doesn't fill in my subject with Re: Parent
Links in posts no longer show the real url so this can happen again: http://slashdot.org
Fonts are a disaster
I was going to make this a snazzy bulleted list, but I have no idea what HTML is allowed

And so on, and on, and on.

Comment: Re:The good ol' days (Score 1) 272

by basscomm (#45180745) Attached to: The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

Many of the games that come out now have really amazing visuals/graphics/etc, but they all lack something the old classics had. What that something is, I'm not sure. I miss Sierra games with things like Police Quest, Kings Quest, The Island of Dr. Brain. Then you had other games like Hugo: House of horrors and Hugo 2: Who done it? Dune and Dune 2. Their graphics where horrid, but those games were a blast to play. I don't know why, but those older games just seem to have more character and spirit then the games that come out now. Don't get me wrong, there are good games that come out every year, but it seems like a majority of the games coming out now are just the same things rehashed over and over with better graphics and slight variations in the story line. It's almost like the gaming industry has homogenized somewhat. Want to make a FPS, just remake Halo or CoD. Want to make an open world game, just remake GTA,. What to make an RPG, remake Final Fantasy, Kings Quest or Elder Scrolls. Again, don't misunderstand, there are games that come out that do not follow this form such as Dear Esther or Portals and are awesome. I am simply talking the gaming industry as a whole, it way different then what it used to be. The indie game scene, however, seems to be pumping out some pretty awesome stuff these days.

A lot of modern games (especially the so-called 'AAA' games) are missing a soul. They're paint-by-numbers rehashes of what's worked before (shameless plug).

Comment: Re:Need a classic option for seasoned users (Score 1) 1191

by basscomm (#45008779) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Why would you want to read part of a lengthy discussion, maybe even participate, and then come back to the discussion a few minutes or hours later and easily be able to check new comments or even replies to your comments? That's crazy talk.

No, no. When you get to a busy discussion, clicking "Load more comments" and praying that it loaded the comment you replied to, or your own comments. That feels right. Slashdot should feel like work, since we're all browsing it from work anyway.

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