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Recettear: an Item Shop's Tale Localized 36

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-crazy-enough-to-work dept.
An anonymous reader writes "An indie-produced item-shop-sim-slash-RPG, Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, has been localized and a demo released by the equally indie startup Carpe Fulgur LLC. The game is equal parts item shop sim (as in, item shop like the kind you find in every RPG ever, except you're behind the counter now) with certain Zelda- or Diablo-esque elements also present in the form of randomly-generated dungeons that you can grab an adventurer friend to go tromping through for loot to sell. The response so far has been pretty positive and it seems like Carpe Fulgur is trying to make a business of taking (non-pornographic) unique indie titles from Japan and getting them into a state where the rest of the world can enjoy them."

Comment: Re:Article has interesting point, but is fallaciou (Score 1) 231

by pboyd2004 (#32664648) Attached to: Why Mobile Innovation Outpaces PC Innovation
Agreed. Dell doesn't manufacture motherboards. Dell designs motherboards and then gets other people to manufacture them. Trust me, I know several board layout people at Dell. I have a friend who was AMD's on site engineer for several years. On the lower end boxes you're probably right, I'm sure they just by components and slap them in a box. But on the higher end stuff, especially servers and workstations, Dell does do design work.

Comment: Re:Article has interesting point, but is fallaciou (Score 1) 231

by pboyd2004 (#32655774) Attached to: Why Mobile Innovation Outpaces PC Innovation
Actually Intel does have engineers on site at Dell. Just like they do at HP and others. You think developing a motherboard around a A0 stepping processor doesn't require some help from the processor vendor in a timely manner? I'd argue this is much harder than writing software on top of this proc...
PC Games (Games)

Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming 375

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-ubisoft-all-the-time dept.
Shacknews wraps up a developer panel at PAX East discussing the future of gaming on the PC. They cover topics including DRM, digital download platforms and cloud-based gaming services. "Joe Kreiner of Terminal Reality: 'If you look at it from a giant publisher perspective, then the numbers on the PC just really don't make financial sense for you to bother with it. But if you start out with the mindset — you know, you're targeting that group, you make a niched product that's going [to] do well, if you look at a lot of the titles on Steam, Torchlight's a really good example — as long as you know that's your audience to begin with, and you make something inside of a budget that you know you're going to be selling those kinds of numbers, you can be very successful. I think it just takes a targeted developer. ... There is no [PC] platform, really. It's just a mish-mosh of hardware, an operating system that kind of supports games. The problem with that platform is, there's no standards and piracy is rampant, so why would we want to make a video game for that platform unless you had some sort of draconian DRM thing to keep it from being stolen?"
PC Games (Games)

An Early Look At Civilization V 286

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
c0mpliant writes "IGN and Gamespot have each released a preview of the recently announced and eagerly awaited Civilization V. Apart from the obvious new hexagon shape of tiles and improved graphics, the articles go on to outline some of the major changes in the game, such as updated AI, new 'flavors' to world leaders, and a potentially game-changing, one-unit-per-tile system. No more will the stack of doom come to your city's doorsteps. Some features which will not be returning are religion and espionage. The removal of these two have sparked a frenzy of discussion on fan-related forums."

Comment: Re:Extra things you'll need (Score 1) 1713

by pboyd2004 (#30925232) Attached to: Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

... and so they didn't give this an OS X operating system, but if they had, then it would be the revolutionary device that all the hype was about.

I'm sure this will burn my karma... but how is a tablet form factor running the same OS as a desktop or laptop revolutionary? Didn't PC's do this years ago?

Games

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-ralph dept.
Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."
Google

Building Left 4 Dead Maps With Google Sketchup 44

Posted by Soulskill
from the always-best-to-face-zombies-on-familiar-turf dept.
notthatwillsmith writes "If you're a fan of Left 4 Dead and you've ever wanted to build a zombie-filled map of your hometown, office or grocery store, Maximum PC just posted a how-to that shows you how to convert photos of real-world locations into ready-to-play L4D 1 or 2 maps. It's everything you need to know in order to kill zombies with your friends — in the comfort of your own backyard."
Games

Mass Effect 2 Announced For Early 2010 72

Posted by Soulskill
from the allegedly-no-holds-barred dept.
Bioware has confirmed rumors that development for the sequel to Mass Effect is well under way, and they're planning on a release in early 2010. They mentioned PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game, but no information was given about a possible PS3 version. CVG has a write-up of what we know about Mass Effect 2 so far. Quoting: "In the shooting department the developer's official announcement promises 'intensified combat' and 'expanded weapon options.' We're hoping some of the work goes on improving the game's shooting mechanics, which were solid enough but could certainly do with some polishing to meet 2010 standards — especially in the cover system department. As for 'expanded weapon options,' we can only assume this refers to the in-depth gun tweaking and customisation options available in Mass Effect 1."

It seems that more and more mathematicians are using a new, high level language named "research student".

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