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First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - New FPS Allows Players To Kill for Real Money

Submitted by
Caydel
Caydel writes "Blood Toll is the first First Person Shooter game allowing players to earn money with every kill. The concept is simple: for every match, there is a price set on each player's head. For every kill, you collect money. For every death, you lose money. Matches can range from $0.01 per life to $500 per life.

Currently, the game is in its first beta phase. All matches are currently played with 'play money', although real money arenas will be opening soon. Until the 28th of Februrary, there is a contest running: whoever can earn the most play money will win a Playstation PSP.

There are three game modes currently offered in both 'Real Money' and 'Play Money' variants: 'Normal', 'Sniper' and 'Efficiency'. Normal is your stereotypical deathmatch, similar in feel to any of the Quake or Unreal variants. In Sniper mode, you start with a rifle and 1 health; every hit is a kill shot. In efficiency mode, you start with all the pickups, but only a limited amount of ammunition, with no pickups on the ground. Once you are out of ammo, you are merely a moving target.

So far, the game seems to be quite stable. While the current version is running on a highly modified version of the older GPL'ed 'Cube' game engine, the devs report that they will be moving to a newer engine yet prior to the full release of the game.

This sounds like an interesting concept, and is likely to draw a number of the more hard-core gamers out there. Unfortunately, this means that the competition will be very stiff in the real money arenas. For those elite gamers out there, this could pay more than a day job; for those not so skilled, this could cost more than a drug habit.

More beta testers are highly encouraged to join in the game."
Biotech

+ - Runner-Up of Man of the Year Jailed For Pedophilia

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Acclaimed geneticist William French Anderson, who was runner-up for Time Magazine's Man of the Year in 1995, was sentenced to a 14 year jail term for molesting his assistant's daughter. Prosecutors argued that Anderson began molesting the girl when she was 10. She has since suffered depression and considered suicide. Anderson's lawyers argued that he is too valuable to science and medical research to be put in jail. Many of Anderson's colleagues, including a Nobel Prize winner, have sent letters to the court in support of him. His lawyers will appeal the sentence."
Internet Explorer

+ - Making a case to ditch IE?

Submitted by
Mattcelt
Mattcelt writes "I've had it with Internet Explorer-only sites. (And to be fair, I've even had it with "IE- and Netscape-only" sites too.) In my company (an international firm with 5000+ users), the rollout of IE7 is being delayed because so many of our "IE-only" internal sites won't even work with the new version. It seems to me that if that much re-coding has to be done anyway, why not change the corporate standard to embrace Firefox, Opera, Safari, and, oh, maybe the W3C guidelines? I am in a position to make the suggestion on a wide-enough scale to have a reasonable chance of success, if I can make a strong enough case. So my question to the Slashdot crowd is this: How do I, with facts and figures, make the strongest case to move away from IE as the default and get our developers to adopt a more open strategy?"

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