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Comment: Prefer gamepad (Score 0) 244

by rxan (#36958588) Attached to: How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port

Meh, I prefer a gamepad.

I feel that mouse/keyboard is a hack that only works for certain types of games. Games aren't meant to be played with mouse/keyboard, it just happens to be what everyone had laying around. It's also less comfortable.

I can understand certain types of games converging to a mouse-like control. However the keyboard is a joke for gaming. At least drop the keyboard and give me a real gaming tool for my left hand.

Comment: Re:I have to nitpcik TFA: (Score 1) 394

by rxan (#35914496) Attached to: Why People Should Stop Being Duped By the 3D Scam

3D can be more immersive than non-3D, especially for action/B/popcorn movies, and TFA completely misses this point. It may have some negative effects, but these will be minimized just like with any other evolving technology.

The major gripe seems to be that the movie industry will make us pay more for 3D. Meh. This was the case when movies went from mute->sound, B/W->colour, VHS->DVD, DVD->HD, not smelly->smelly vision. As a tech writer, he should already be comfortable with paying more for useless flashy features.

So yeah, another tech writer crying for attention

Comment: The reviewers are right though... (Score 1) 429

by rxan (#34690306) Attached to: <em>Tron: Legacy</em> &mdash; Too Much Imagination Required?

While they all agreed the CG and 3D was amazing, they felt the story was 'unimaginative' or 'run-of-the-mill.' Also, many people born later, such as my younger sister, who is very tech savvy herself, seemed to dismiss the plot and characters completely, instead speaking only of the quality of the graphics and the music.

The story was run of the mill. It was a 'get in and get out' story that we've seen a million times.

The characters were hollow and made no progression whatsoever through the story. Tron can be dismissed as an unfamiliar robot who makes a complete reversal for no reason whatsoever at the end of the story. Clue (not sure about the spelling) is a copy-and-paste villain :P. When the guy first meets his father living with the chick, the kid doesn't even ask who she is or why she is there. She's a glaring hole missing that you know will inevitably be explained, but when it is explained you feel completely cheated because he would have immediately been like "Who is this chick?" Even if you accept the sci-fantasy premise, the dialog is ridiculous at times.

So, what else is there to talk about? The visuals and sound were amazing. I give it 3.5/5

Comment: Re:does not compute (Score 1) 449

by rxan (#34295372) Attached to: Why Tablets Haven't Taken Off In Business

Email clients are easily tabletized.

Lets be honest though. Would you really want to do excel sheets on a tablet? I mean, to bring an acceptable level of excel functionality to a tablet you'd need an insane amount of gestures/menus to compensate for the desktop interface. By that point it doesn't seem worthwhile. How many unrecognized gestures would it take before you hurled the thing across the room?

Comment: You learn better, but for how long? (Score 1) 175

by rxan (#33998618) Attached to: Hard-to-Read Fonts Improve Learning
I'd like to see a study that tests learning via hard-to-read fonts over a long period of time. My hypothesis? The learning decreases as the person gets used to reading said fonts. After all. You might find a font hard to read initially. But it will become easier to read as you get used to the font's patterns.

Comment: Re:What are the negative consequences? (Score 1) 436

by rxan (#33998522) Attached to: Gosling Reacts To Apple's Java Deprecation

Lets feed the troll.

I'm a geek and I've never had any problems with runtime updates like Flash or Java. I've never heard any non-geeks complain about them either. Never needed to download any codecs. Never needed to think about updating. Never needed to use multiple browsers.

So lets get this straight. Having a customer go to a website an have a box saying "missing plug-in" is more customer friendly than the box actually work. Seamlessly. Without the user ever thinking about it. Right on.

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