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Comment: Elo rating (Score 1) 230

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) 230

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?

Comment: We can do this the easy way or the hard way (Score 1) 81

by tepples (#47918387) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Why would Netflix voluntarily give up its customers to a competitor?

Because it's the easy way, compared to the hard way of QF pressuring the movie studios to withdraw NF's streaming licenses altogether if NF doesn't improve enforcement of territory limits in the existing contracts with the movie studios.

Comment: Re:You mean... (Score 1) 191

by tepples (#47917537) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

They can't simply trust users to appropriately mark packets - you'd have some who simply marked everything as high priority.

Then run the meter only for packets marked high priority. "You get 50 GB/mo for high priority, after which point we start demoting all your packets to bulk." That's similar to the shaping that cellular ISPs perform on "unlimited" data plans: the first few GB at "blazing 4G speed" (actually LTE which is 4G-Lite) and the rest at near dial-up speed.

This might require rearchitecting applications to split their communication into interactive and bulk streams. For example, Netflix could encrypt each shot* in a movie with a separate key, send the entire encrypted movie in large chunks over a high-throughput, high-latency connection, and stream the decryption keys over a high-priority connection.

* Actually each MPEG group of pictures.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS