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Comment: Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (Score 1) 171

by ndrw (#47947693) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

One other thing I liked about Minecraft for my kids was that it's not as polished and easy to use as most modern games (and console games especially). The players actually have to struggle and figure it out and tune their settings and figure out how it works behind the scenes a bit. This is so much better and they learn so much more than just sticking in a disc and having the game run!

Comment: Re:For mixed-age crowd: Pictionary, Bananagrams, S (Score 1) 382

by ndrw (#47777317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Bananagrams is the most age-independent word game I know;

We have a good time with bananagrams as well, I just have to remember not to be too happy when I do better than my kids.

Set: as above.

I absolutely loved it when my 9 year old daughter would beat me at set. Well, after the initial pain of losing went away.

Anyone else like Rummikub? Similar to these games, anyone can play and do well, it just takes a little bit of a different way of looking at games when you can re-arrange the tiles to suit your needs...

Comment: Re:Dominion & Munchkin (Score 1) 382

by ndrw (#47777255) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

My family and friends have had quite a bit of fun with pandemic. It's nice not to have only 1 winner (when you win), it can reduce the stress imparted by games like settlers of catan (which we love so much it gets hyper-competitive). Agricola is almost a middle ground, there's slightly less direct competition, so it doesn't get quite as heated.

We've only played the base version of Pandemic. I would appreciate feedback on the expansions. Has anyone played those? Are they worthwhile?

Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 1) 643

by ndrw (#47768195) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

This may sound odd, but that's actually a good thing. In short: If laws are enforced consistently, then bad laws are eventually removed. If laws are enforced selectively, they are used to punish those who don't have the political power to change them.

Which is why tax rates on the wealthy are dropping, but not so much for everyone else. Those with the political power to get things changed, tend to make changes that favor themselves. Currently, financial power is strongly correlated with political power, ergo, the financially wealth pay less taxes.

Comment: Re:The theoretical & practical hurdles of 3D p (Score 1) 143

by ndrw (#46687943) Attached to: A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

I'm not sure you're entirely correct here. I think you're right that "average" people won't be able to do good 3D design, but I'm seeing more and more gallery sites open with very interesting 3D models available for free. I think there's a good analogy to the early computer industry. We had very few users that weren't power users, because it was a pain to learn. But then, more and more people created interesting software and the hardware advanced and it became cheaper and easier to get involved (thanks to shareware, freeware, hardware clones, etc.), and now we've got these crazy pocket computers with amazing apps for $.99. I think 3D printing and production may follow a similar adoption model, we're just in the early-adopter, hobbyist, hardcore geek phase now.

"If there isn't a population problem, why is the government putting cancer in the cigarettes?" -- the elder Steptoe, c. 1970