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Comment: Quake 2 and Age of Empires I (Score 1) 550

by toofast (#42648933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

I've had good success with Quake II and Age of Empires -- the original one.

Quake II has a co-op mode, and my (girlfriend at the time) really got into it. Then I started on Age of Empires (the 1997 game) and since we can team up, we played that plenty.

But we haven't played other games, not from lack of trying. I think the success factors for those two games:
- Simple, Easy to play
- The game eventually ends
- Did I mention Simple?

When we got bored with AoE we eventually tried AoE II. The game was much more complex than the original AoE, and a game tended to "never end" -- you'd save and continue the same game forever, whereas AoE we had it down to a 45 minute to 1 hour game.

That being said, my wife got into the Sims, and I didn't, so a gamine duo we are not. And I don't push it either.

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NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the drop-the-cloud-anchor dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."
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Google Apps Leave Beta 116

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-so-soon dept.
Today Google announced that they're removing the "beta" label from Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk. They said, "We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase." Quoting the NYTimes: "'Obviously we haven't had a consistent set of policies or definitions around beta,' said Matt Glotzbach, a director of product management at Google. Mr. Glotzbach said that different teams at Google had different criteria for what beta meant, and that Google felt a need to standardize those. ... Practically speaking, the change will mean precious little to Gmail's millions of users. But it could help Google's efforts to get the paid version of its package of applications, which includes Gmail, Calendar, Docs and other products, adopted inside big companies."
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Incandescent Bulbs Return To the Cutting Edge 569

Posted by timothy
from the abstract-standards-mean-more-flexibility dept.
lee1 writes "A law in the US that is due to take effect in 2012 mandates such tough efficiency standards for lightbulbs that it has been assumed, until recently, that it would kill off the incandescent bulb. Instead, the law has become a case study of the way government regulation can inspire technical innovation. For example, new incandescent technology from Philips that seals the traditional filament inside a small capsule (which itself is contained within the familiar bulb). The capsule has a coating that reflects heat back to the filament, where it is partially converted to light. The sophisticated ($5.00) bulbs are about 30% more efficient than the old-fashioned ($0.25) kind, and should last about three times as long. So they are less economical than compact fluorescents, but should emit a more pleasing spectrum, not contain mercury, and, one supposes, present the utility company with a more desirable power factor."

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...

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