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First Person Shooters (Games)

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-is-relative dept.
sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"
Microsoft

Free Remote Access Tools For Windows and Mac Compared 152

Posted by timothy
from the wish-you-were-here-printing dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Keith Schultz provides an in-depth comparison of seven free remote access tools for Windows, four of which offer compatibility with the Mac. 'As you read about each tool, you'll notice that I put a lot of emphasis on remote printing. I rely on remote access tools on a daily basis, and in most cases I need to be able to print to my remote PC. For someone that just wants to check their home/office email account or view documents from outside the office, all of the utilities here will work fine. But for those trying to get some serious work done, remote printing may be the deal breaker.' Many of the free tools under review offer paid or licensed versions for access to additional features."
Movies

Future Blu-ray Movies To Come With Playable Game Demos 170

Posted by Soulskill
from the confluence-of-media dept.
Audiofan writes "Enthusiasts have long suggested the PlayStation 3 to their family and friends as one of the better and most affordable Blu-ray players. Lately, prices of Blu-ray players have been coming down, but the PS3 is still one of the better options out there. Sony is taking advantage of this by starting to offer game demos on their Blu-ray offerings. While these demos will only be playable on the PS3, they hope the extra value will help drive sales."
Security

'Cybot' Development For Network Defense 51

Posted by Soulskill
from the paging-bill-adama-to-oak-ridge dept.
lwbrown writes with this excerpt from Government Computer News about a concept being explored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: "UNTAME is the product of a long-term program by the division's Cyber Security and Information Intelligence Research Group to develop futuristic security functionality for increasingly large, complex environments. The cybots differ from traditional software agents in that they form a collective and are aware of the condition and activities of other cybots in the collective. 'You give it a mission and tools to work with, such as mobility and intrusion sensors, and it uses those tools and cooperates with other cybots to accomplish the mission," said Lawrence MacIntyre, one of the project's developers.'"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Early Killzone 2 Reviews Looking Good 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the console-exclusivity-wars dept.
Reviews are beginning to appear for Guerrilla Games' upcoming first-person shooter, Killzone 2, a PS3 exclusive that has received a great deal of hype over the past several months. The reviews are mostly complimentary, but not overwhelmingly so; Ars Technica says it has "some of the best graphics yet seen on the PS3," and is a "solid take on the war-gaming genre." They also acknowledge that this is the latest game being held up as a standard for how good PS3 games can be, though the PS3 may not need such validation anymore. Edge Magazine is critical of the story, saying, "you could play the levels in random order to little ill-effect," but found the gameplay redeeming enough to warrant a 7/10. Concerns were raised early about the quality of the controls, but Guerrilla Games has affirmed that no changes will be made. Though the game won't be out for about a week yet, rumors of some fairly typical DLC plans are already cropping up. Giant Bomb recorded some video showcasing Killzone 2's multiplayer a while back.
United States

Researcher Finds No Link Between Violent Games and School Shootings 116

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-i'll-stab-anyone-who-disagrees dept.
GamePolitics writes "A researcher at Texas A&M International University has found no link between playing violent video games and school shootings. Prof. Christopher Ferguson cites 'moral panic' and criticizes politicians, the news media and some social scientists for playing up what he believes is a false connection between video games and school shooting incidents. Quoting: 'Actual causes of violent crime, such as family environment, genetics, poverty, and inequality, are oftentimes difficult, controversial, and intractable problems. By contrast, video games present something of a "straw man" by which politicians can create an appearance of taking action against crime.'"

Comment: Re:It's not the first time, it won't be the last. (Score 4, Insightful) 62

by playerone (#26443417) Attached to: Taxpayer Data At IRS Remains Vulnerable

The minister responsible was never held accountable. That's why these security breaches keep on happening over here.

GrpA

I am so angry that politicians are not accountable for their actions. It makes the implementation of democracy a farce because the people in power voted in by the public can basically do whatever the hell they want and walk away with a fat paycheck and pension without having to worry that if they do something seriously wrong they can be punished somehow.

Such a rort.

All it would take is some simple bad behavior = punishment laws for politicians but oh hold on its those same politicians that vote on the laws so of course they won't do that.
Don't even get me started on being able to give yourself a payrise.

P1

Earth

Oil Exploration Leads To Video of a Mysterious Elbowed Squid 256

Posted by timothy
from the that-is-one-freaky-cephalopod dept.
eldavojohn writes "A rare glimpse from Shell Oil of a giant squid brings to light the strange relationships some deep sea marine biologists have with drilling companies. The video of the squid (Magnapinna) is very rare as this creature remains largely a mystery to science. While some are concerned of a conflict of interest, biologists and big oil sure make for strange bedfellows. The video is from 200 miles off the coast of Houston, TX and about 4,000 feet down." Looking at this creature gives me the willies, frankly.
Games

Getting Started In Android Game Development 43

Posted by Soulskill
from the android-needs-tetris-too dept.
rbgrn writes "If you're interested in developing a game for the Android platform, there is a lot you need to know. If you have previous experience with game development, moving over to the Android platform won't be all that difficult. You will mostly just need to learn the architecture and API. If you're new to game development, here is a list of must-knows for getting started in Android game development. This is a good starting point for developers seeking to write any type of mobile game."

Comment: Re:Just using VIM (Score 1) 702

by playerone (#25668561) Attached to: (Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?
Because if you do a lot of text editing they are much quicker and more efficient to use. The biggest thing I notice on a day to day basis is with a "mode" editor such as vi you can block comment out 20 lines of code with a single command rather than comment down across comment down across comment... Syntax highlighting is also a huge bonus. I know that some other "gui" editors have this sort of thing now as well but its pretty standard on vi/emacs style editors. The power you refer to is what makes them more useful than your standard gui modeless editor.

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