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Comment: Re:Is it just me or..... (Score 1) 154

by sho222 (#29217657) Attached to: Database Records and "In Plain Sight" Searches
The supreme court granted MLB an exemption from anti-trust laws. The court then said that only congress can undo the exemption. Therefore congress meddles in baseball to make sure that it's still for the public good (and therefore can keep its monopoly). That's why they have the power to ensure the integrity of MLB. Like many things congress engages in, it's not in the constitution explicitly, but rather an interpreted power. Don't get me wrong. I agree it's a waste of their time and they have better things to do. But, that's why they're involved.

Duke Nukem Forever Reviewed 80

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the future-of-gaming dept.
Aranth writes "The staff at Ars Technica has gotten its hands on a demo of Duke Nukem Forever, and has written up a review. It seems the game is near ready for release! As the article explains, the reason it has taken so long to develop is because this is the first real Web 3.0 application- it has 'been rewritten as an Ajax application written using the Ruby on Rails framework' and runs in any web browser, although some seem to have difficulties." Sadly, the game looks to be deficient in the area of ponies. :(((( But, it's playable from my hiptop!! :))))

PlayStation 3 Delay Official 322

Posted by Zonk
from the you-owe-me-five-bucks dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It's official! PS3 has been delayed until November in Japan. Apparently, it's because of copy protection technology issues associated with Blu-ray." From the article: "Today, Sony officially conceded defeat to the recent flurry of rumors and speculation, with Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun reporting the machine has been pushed back until November. There aren't many details out right now, but Sony says issues over the finalization of copy protection technology related to their Blu-ray disc drive is the cause of the delay. As the news is coming out of Japan, that creates a worrisome scenario for America and Europe."

When Work is a Game 45

Posted by Zonk
from the hi-ho-hi-ho-it's-off-to-wow-we-go dept.
Ever willing to explore the hidey-holes of thought, the Terra Nova blog has a discussion up this week talking about play as production. IE: What makes people willing to engage in 'productive play', like the crafting mini-games of Star Wars Galaxies or A Tale in the Desert? They also touch on the more pragmatic 'productive play', gold farming. From the article: "The outsourcing of labor is another interesting trajectory. We know that people outsource, for instance, 'Adena farmers' in Lineage, low-wage workers who farm for game currency to sell on the 'black market.' This creates interesting class and even race tensions, such as the Lineage 2 scenario described at State of Play 2004 by Constance Steinkhueler. Here, Adena farmers typically took the roles of female elf warriors (primarily for farming efficiency reasons); as a result, this race/class in the game began experiencing racial slurs and attacks by players who associated it with Adena farming."

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