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+ - Halo 3 Killer Daniel Petric Gets 23 Year Sentence-> 1

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larsoncc
larsoncc writes "17 year-old Daniel Petric was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for killing his mother and injuring his father after Halo 3 was taken away from him. The prosecution had asked for the maximum sentence in the case, but Petric avoided a life term. This one isn't "the parents' fault" — not only did the parents understand the ESRB rating on Halo, they expressly forbade Petric to purchase the game. Daniel Petric snuck out of his house to buy the game. When it was discovered that he purchased the game against his parents wishes, the game was taken away from the boy. This caused Daniel to snap."
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Comment: Unfortunately, not all these changes are good! (Score 4, Interesting) 302

by larsoncc (#26270699) Attached to: Breaking Down the Dropping Parts Cost for Sony's PS3

I'm all for a cheaper PS3, which apparently can only happen with a bit of "wow" taken out of the box, but for a bit of history:

*The original 20 and 60 GB models of the PS3 supported full hardware backwards compatibility for the PS2 (with the notable exception of the Guitar Hero controllers). The 60GB had a lot of extras, like card slots.

*The 80GB unit without FULL backward compatibility still supports 80% of PS2 titles, and retains the memory card slots.

The way I see it, you shouldn't degrade a tech product over its life cycle, you should add features to it. Or failing that, it should get VERY cheap, and super small.

PS3 isn't doing either. I'm glad I own the 80GB model.

Comment: $4,700 later, you can play a $40, year-old game (Score 5, Insightful) 171

by larsoncc (#26205663) Attached to: Dell's XPS 730x Core I7 Gaming System Reviewed

I think it's funny that we're using Crysis as a benchmark, rather than an object-lesson in "what not to do in game development."

The only reason why Crysis is being chosen here is because it's notoriously difficult to get it running on any system maxed out. The article's graph notes that the test was run without adding in anti-aliasing, and it manages to barely squeak out a playable frame rate (on a 22" widescreen lcd resolution).

Crysis looks good, sure, but so do most games at this point. It can scale down to run OK on lower machines, but again, so do most games at this point.

Benchmarking aside, I think it's beyond ridiculous that anyone would buy a $4,500+ PC for home / game use. What could possibly justify that? I have a year old system (quad core, 8800GT) that can literally play every game on the market at max settings... at 1920x1600! Oh, I guess with the singular exception of Crysis, which I haven't bothered with.

I wouldn't dream of spending that much cash on a game system. Think about it this way: You can buy this PC, -or- a used Audi. Or... a well-equipped gaming PC, a Sony XBR TV, a PS3, 360, AND Wii, and still have money left over for games.

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+ - FASA Studio has closed its doors

Submitted by PhoenixOne
PhoenixOne (674466) writes "In another chapter in its long (an often frustrating) history, FASA Studio has closed its doors.

It is my sad duty to announce that FASA Studio has officially closed its doors. Today was the official last day of employment for those of us who had not moved on to other positions within Microsoft Game Studios. While the rumors have been circulating forever, we chose to wait on an official announcement because we didn't want people's attention distracted from our last product, Shadowrun, a game we love.
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+ - Google to Announce $30,000,000 Lunar X-Prize

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chroma
chroma writes "News has been leaked of the Google Lunar Prize. This new X-Prize contest is expected to be announced today at 2 PM Eastern Time. The news was leaked on a Huffington Post blog posting, though it was later redacted, presumably because the official announcement has yet to happen. You can still see the remnants of the original post on Google. The scoop: $30 million to the first private organization to put a rover on the moon."

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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