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Revisiting the "Holy Trinity" of MMORPG Classes 362

A feature at Gamasutra examines one of the foundations of many MMORPGs — the idea that class roles within such a game fall into three basic categories: tank, healer, and damage dealer. The article evaluates the pros and cons of such an arrangement and takes a look at some alternatives. "Eliminating specialized roles means that we do away with boxing a class into a single role. Without Tanks, each class would have features that would help them participate in and survive many different encounters like heavy armor, strong avoidance, or some class or magical abilities that allow them to disengage from direct combat. Without specialized DPS, all classes should be able to do damage in order to defeat enemies. Some classes might specialize in damage type, like area of effect (AoE) damage; others might be able to exploit enemy weaknesses, and some might just be good at swinging a sharpened bit of metal in the right direction at a rapid rate. This design isn't just about having each class able to fill any trinity role. MMO combat would feel more dynamic in this system. Every player would have to react to combat events and defend against attacks."
Censorship

Australian AvP Ban Reversed 71

Earlier this month, we discussed news that Sega's new Aliens vs. Predator video game had been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it. After a scathing response from the developer saying they wouldn't censor the game, and later news that the classification scheme may be updated to include an R18+ rating, it now seems that the Classification Board has seen fit to give the game a green light after all. Sega's Darren Macbeth told Kotaku, "We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians."

Comment I can't believe its ever cost effective (Score 1) 837

to make your own cables, since factory cables can be obtained pretty cheaply. I used to try making my own, and it's not worth it even at home anymore. You just need to shop and not by cables from Monster.

I will pull my own through walls and punch down jack panels, but crimping RJ45s is a loser.

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Comment Re:Screen (Score 1) 2362

I usually just setup a persistant vnc server on the host in question, and attach to it. I suppose it depends on the capacity of the target system, and the available bandwidth to it. Neither of these is usually an issue for me. I can imagine those with embedded targets and slow modems being concerned, but I still remain amazed that anyone uses this feature of the knife very often. Next thing I'll hear about is someone using "cu" or "tip".

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The Internet

Nationwide Domain Name/Yard Sign Conspiracy 324

robertjmoore writes "Everywhere I go lately, I see these lawn signs that say "Single?" and then give a URL with my town's name in it. Being a huge business intelligence geek with too much time on my hands, I decided to track down who was behind them and wound up uncovering ten thousand domain names, a massively coordinated and well-funded guerilla marketing machine, and the $45 Million revenue business hiding behind it all. Hot off the presses, these are my findings."

Comment Re:Screen (Score 1) 2362

I stopped using screen when I turned in my vt220 for something that had multiple windows and the ability to start more than one xterm.

Why would anyone want to use screen?

puzzled,

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Journal Journal: why would i blog here?

i mean, isn't the point to have a vanity domain containing my very own, oh so precious thoughts?

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