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Comment: Drop to PS1/N64/DS graphics (Score 1) 222

by tepples (#46822409) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Budget problems? For parts of a map that need to look plausible but whose precise arrangement isn't critically important to the story, try something procedural. Don't design a hotel room; make a program that designs hotel rooms. It worked for the space trading sim Elite, the shooter .kkrieger, roguelikes, graphical dungeon crawlers inspired by roguelikes, and Orteil's Nested tech demo.

Tech limits? Why can't the game just drop everyone to 1997-class graphics when it detects that what the players have chosen to do has hit fundamental limits of popular video gaming platforms? If it was good enough for GoldenEye...

Comment: Re:Political reasons for URIs to change (Score 1) 72

by tepples (#46822065) Attached to: 404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

Or a site deciding to use a different URI schema because it it better for SEO and not caring about compatibility?

Search engines count inbound links as one of the factors in the rank of a particular document. Keeping old URIs working alongside your new URIs keeps your old inbound links working, which can only improve the placement of the documents on a site. When I moved Phil's Hobby Shop to a different shopping cart package, I had the 404 handler try to interpret the old cart's URI schema and route requests to product search.

Comment: Political reasons for URIs to change (Score 4, Interesting) 72

by tepples (#46810723) Attached to: 404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

I always thought that URIs were supposed to handle precisely this - that they were supposed to be unique, universally accessible identifiers for contents and resources - identifiers that, once assigned, wouldn't need to be changed to access the same contents or resources in the future.

That's the intent: cool URIs don't change. But in the real world, URIs disappear for political reasons. One is the change in organizational affiliation of an author. This happens fairly often to documents hosted "for free" on something like Tripod/Geocities, a home ISP's included web space, or a university's web space. Another is the sale of exclusive rights in a work, invention, or name to a third party. A third is the discovery of a third party's exclusive rights in a work, invention, or name that make it no longer possible to continue to offer a work at a given URI.

Comment: For how many is the phone primary? (Score 1) 50

by tepples (#46807267) Attached to: Apple, Google Vying For Mobile Game Exclusivity
Anonymous Coward wrote:

It's likely that their phone is going to be their primary handheld gaming console for the next couple of years at very least. Why on earth would you not consider how good the device is at carrying out one of your primary use cases when buying it?

Probably because a lot of Slashdot users doubt that "It's likely that their phone is going to be their primary handheld gaming console" will apply to a substantial number of paying customers. A lot of people have a Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita because directional controls and discrete buttons are better for the game genres that they prefer. Or is there a way to make the controls in a platformer like Mega Man acceptable without having to pay $40 extra for a clip-on Bluetooth gamepad?

Comment: Monthly cost of tethering upgrade (Score 1) 50

by tepples (#46807231) Attached to: Apple, Google Vying For Mobile Game Exclusivity

If you really want to play a game that's not available for your phone's OS, you can always get an iPad or Android tablet. No new phone needed.

But if it's inherently multiplayer, or if it uses always-connected DRM (such as LVL StrictPolicy), you're likely to need to upgrade your existing smartphone's plan to a plan that includes tethering.

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