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Comment: Re:Gaming as a whole... (Score 1) 272

by c9brown (#45188135) Attached to: The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

What's a fake choice? Do you mean the outcomes are not different enough? Or that you don't care about the stories enough in the first place? Is your problem that you just don't like stories in general? What is your problem?

Maybe your problem is that you haven't played the Mass Effect series? Or maybe you are just curmudgeonly?

there have been a few 'pick your ending' movies before.... That's about the same level of interactivity as most games these days.

Really? What about, you know, the actual game part where you control a person, their actions and solve puzzles and perform tasks? What more do you want?

I hear people bitching without any constructive criticism.

Comment: Re:Gaming as a whole... (Score 1) 272

by c9brown (#45182015) Attached to: The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

In movies I can't choose if the main character will save the day as a paragon or a renegade, nor can I choose who the main character will pursue a romance with. In a movie I can't explore new places nor spend down time geeking out on stats. And I don't think that my options in these matters have been systematically curtailed since early games. If anything, game freedom and interactivity has progressed as quickly as graphics technology.

While I understand the argument that some AAA games are becoming Hollywoodized, we should all keep in mind that stories with characters are very fundamental to human art and entertainment. It is very natural that artists in a new medium would want to try to tell stories in it. Also, I think that in the last decade, there have been some monumental achievements on this front; games with great mechanics, stories too rich for a film and full of beautiful art, music and writing. Why are we complaining about this?

And, if someone has the next direction for video games in their back pocket, they aren't bitching here, they are making it.

Comment: Re:He said "up to 4,000 MPH" (Score 2, Insightful) 533

by c9brown (#44547799) Attached to: Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

People like him are the reason the middle class no longer exists.

...They all got up and made successful internet startups or car companies or space companies? Is that where the middle class went?

Or do you mean they no longer exist because they all stopped working at North American factories like Tesla or SpaceX?

Or do you mean they went somewhere else because they were no longer were inspired to be entrepreneurial because no-one had the spirit anymore or could prove it was possible to grow a successful business?

Comment: Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (Score 1) 782

by c9brown (#43789839) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

Actually, this is nothing new. Most consoles, at launch, would lose on paper to their counter-part mid-range PC at launch. So what?

1.) There's more to hardware than the listed specs. For instance, Xbox360 had lots of architectural features that made it a poor choice for general computing but excellent for a typical gaming load. One example was a cache architecture tuned for streaming data (i.e. reading of a disc or streaming in geometry and textures). Also, consoles typically require less overhead in terms of things like OS footprint, etc. than PCs. Thus, despite the numbers, consoles are typically able to keep up with PCs that out match them in terms of specs alone.

2.) Developers can focus their efforts on a single architecture when developing for consoles. This entails huge performance gains from various optimizations that would not be feasible when developing for the heterogeneous PC architecture landscape. (Certainly there are exceptions to this i.e. Game A gets optimized code for GPU B, but this is certainly not a guarantee when buying the game). Furthermore, developers have much longer to find particular optimizations for the hardware given that the console life-cycle is typically 5 - 10 years. Notice how much better the last titles in a console generation look compared to those at launch.

Finally, $300 to $400 doesn't buy you much in terms of a gaming rig. I know, I just tried to build one on that budget.

Comment: Re:Gun control however... (Score 1) 856

by c9brown (#43703137) Attached to: California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Mexican criminals have guns because they so easy to obtain in the US.

If it were more difficult to buy, sell and trade guns in the US you can be sure that there would be a lot less gun violence in Mexico.

If you instead had used European countries as examples of the effectiveness of gun control, your argument would be much harder to make.

Comment: Re:You start by acknowledging Islam as a threat (Score 1) 564

by c9brown (#42660673) Attached to: Islamist Hackers Shut Down Egyptology Research Journal

How do you define mainstream ideology? Views held by a majority of said population? How would you determine this? With polls? Where are the numbers to back this statement? What is the distribution among nations and other demographics? I can't believe that Slashdot, a community that champions science, would hold this statement up as insightful.

Everyone should be critical of your statement because it is generalizing, not supported with accompanying facts, and potentially damning to hundreds of millions of people. Bold statements require significant, scientifically sound evidence.

Furthermore, this argument is contrary to what I know from my daily life. All of the Muslims I know are very tolerant, peaceful people. Thus, I would need very compelling evidence to convince me that their world view was a threat. (A threat to who, by the way?)

Comment: Minor second order effect? (Score 2) 379

by c9brown (#42564855) Attached to: Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

If you read one of the papers, from Florida Atlantic University, referenced on the site, the author claims that the advantage comes from an 'intrinsic favorable flexure mode." Basically, he is saying that the flex at the joint of the Z shape creates a smoother ride and higher torque at specific angles (not peak torque however).

While I find it unlikely that the effect is as positive as stated in the article, it is plausible that there is a small second-order effect due to non-rigid behavior of the crank. It is claimed in the article that this effect was tested independently, however I can't see how a flex in the pedal would produce any other effect than to steal energy away from the peddler.

Besides, if you want more torque while biking, just use clip-ins.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo