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Comment Re:Forget emulation (Score 1) 227

No, the problem is there's no such thing as "perfect" emulation. The same way music from phonographs won't be exactly the same when they're converted to MP3s, by definition emulation will never be the same as the real thing. From differences in how the game is emulated, to using different controllers or different display technology, there is no perfect emulation. It can come close though, and in that respect emulation has succeeded.

Comment Forget emulation (Score 0) 227

If you want perfection, use the real games and the actual hardware, preferably with an RGB mod and a CRT display:

To play rare or impossible to find titles, just download the ROMs and use something like this to play it on the actual hardware:

But if you want portability and don't care about accuracy, you go with emulation.

Submission + - Predictions of the Future...From The 1960s (

kkleiner writes: "Jetpacks, flying cars, death rays — the future isn’t quite what the past hoped it would be. Of course, when predictions do come true it can be really shocking. Check out some of the more entertaining and eye-opening videos that show classic predictions from the 1960s. The Jet Age couldn’t imagine the Age of Social Media clearly, but they got a few things right. And many more hilariously wrong."

Submission + - Dell, Torvalds among Google+ early adopters (

alphadogg writes: Part of the buzz this week about Google+ is that Google is reportedly working to lure celebrities such as Lady Gaga to its new social network service with verified accounts. Not sure if tech big shots beyond Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg count as celebrities, but the list of the technology industry’s biggest names using Google+ is on the rise. Dell chief Michael Dell – yes, the real Michael Dell — has grabbed headlines for his early enthusiasm for Google+ and interest in using it as a newfangled customer support and interaction tool. Open source movers and shakers like Linus Torvalds, Miguel de Icaza are also posting away.

Comment Bad metric (Score 5, Insightful) 342

Length is a pretty dumb metric for value in video games any way. I find that games these days take many hours to complete, but there's little to no desire to going through them again. Dumb things like unlockables and achievements artificially add replay value, but don't make the game any more fun to play multiple times.

I think the success of games like Angry Birds are showing developers that they don't need to make an overbudget game that takes 20 hours to complete. Even games that can be played through in an hour or less can have great longevity on multiple playthroughs. Look at the Cave shooters - deep scoring systems and challenging mechanics keep players coming back for more. And linearity and repetition have nothing to do with it either - every game (even real life sports) has both, what's important is that the game is fun to play over and over.

Comment EFF? (Score 5, Insightful) 376

So he's consulting the EFF (not working as a consultant for them like someone else though). I'd be very disappointed at the EFF if they side with this guy. He installed software that most of the passerbys didn't know about. The software was used to take pictures of them, most of whom did not give their explicit permission. And he published the pictures on an Internet site for the whole world to see. Given how the EFF takes the bigs to task for their written license agreements and violations of privacy, taking this guy's side would make no sense.

Comment Hardware acceleration (Score 1) 129

Too bad hardware acceleration didn't make the cut yet. It was available in a test build though. I'm looking forward to their implementation of hardware acceleration - it uses OpenGL instead of Direct2D on Windows. I've had all kind of problems with Direct2D (namely, it doesn't seem to accelerate much of anything - not even supposedly basic stuff like scrolling).

Comment Saved? (Score 1) 160

I hardly think his album would have been in trouble had that single song not made the cut. As worst, they would have had to remove the track from the album. He went through a similar situation with James Blunt's "You're Beautiful." In the end, the song ("You're Pitiful") didn't make the album but Weird Al released it for free download on his website.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 228

If you haven't the time to watch the video (or maybe you're using elinks or something), they specifically cite the fact that police in Travis County, Texas have willingly supplied checkpoint data to Trapster developers.

And anyway, I don't see how these apps would help people avoid DUI checkpoints. If you're sufficiently wasted, then you probably don't have the judgment skills to use the app and avoid the checkpoint in the first place.

Comment Torin's Passage (Score 1) 480

If you're looking for a good old school point-and-click adventure game, I highly recommend hunting down a copy of Torin's Passage:

Lowe designed the game so he could play it with his daughter - he's most famous for working on the baudy Leisure Suit Larry titles. That having been said, there's some sly humor there that only adults will understand. But at heart, it's a fun family game - there's even a hint system so little kids don't get too frustrated with it.

The Windows version never worked well even on Windows 95, but the DOS version should run perfectly in DosBox.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"