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Comment: First publication (Score 1) 47

by tepples (#47928621) Attached to: Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

But why (c) 2014? I hope that does not mean that the 75+ year long copyright length restarts from then, does it?

For a work made for hire, the clock starts at the first publication of a particular work. Whether the 2014 is appropriate depends on whether the changes are not substantial enough to form a new work. If the alleged infringer can prove not, then the clock starts from the old copyright date.

Comment: Re:Any indy computer shop (Score 1) 418

by tepples (#47920271) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Pretty much any independent computer shop will toss together an OS-less machine upon request

I'm aware of independent computer shops that build desktops, but none that build laptops. And the problem with mail-ordering a laptop is the risk of having to deal with a screen and keyboard that look and feel unergonomic.

Comment: Elo rating (Score 1) 278

by tepples (#47918699) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Multiplayer, on the other hand, is a spastic experience which seems to be dominated by obsessive players with endless time to practice. The reward for the average player is not mastery, but rather learning to die a little less often.

Then your game's matchmaking is poorly designed. Tetris DS, at least, used to use something similar to Elo rating to separate the casuals from the hardcores.

Comment: Game development apprenticeships (Score 1) 278

by tepples (#47918653) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Fortunately, the "indie" game developer is reinvigorating the market, and these days there seems to be more excitement about the indie games than big-name titles like Destiny or Call of Duty XXIV.

But without some well-known studios, where are developers going to earn their experience and "pay their dues," to to speak, so that they can start a competent indie studio?

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)