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What Made Those Old, 2D Platformers So Great? 249

TheManagement writes "Many current developers of web games seem to have a fondness for 2D platformers. However, their desire to capture what made Sonic and Mario games so great is rarely achieved. In an attempt to breach that gap, Significant Bits takes a look at three common design principles that made those classic titles so enjoyable. 'To start off, the interface needs to be quick and responsive. Input should have an immediate effect on the character in order to foster a sense of full control. Granularity and different control techniques, i.e., pressing, tapping and holding, are also important as they provide a level of precision to the movement. ... Now, as far as the environments themselves, it's not a coincidence that they're often filled with all sorts of slides, bridges, trampolines, ladders, etc. In a way, they're simply playgrounds for the player, both literally and figuratively. They're catered to the moveset, and they enhance the flow of the game.'"

Comment Re:Sad code, sad article (Score 1) 465

or at least it would be if it was "==" instead of "=" so next time I should double check before pointing problems in somebody else's code...

In any case, as others have posted, the loop termination is not correctly implemented but pointing out the weird termination because of a missing '<' is not as funny.

Comment Re:Sad code, sad article (Score 5, Funny) 465

for (;;) {
        int daysInYear = IsLeapYear (year) ? 366 : 365;
        if (day = daysInYear) break;
        day -= daysInYear; year += 1;
}

This is what Knuth called an "N + 1/2" loop

No, this is what Knuth would call an infinite loop as there's no way to terminate the loop except on the last day of each year...

Portables

Submission + - OpenMoko - Not Only an Open Phone Platform

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenMoko open phone project has announced the release dates of not only their first hardware releases (October for $450 for the public release), but also that they will be forming a company which designs and sells hardware and Free software in conjunction with FIC and the Open Source community. It appears that hackers will get first crack at the Neo1973, with widespread release before the end of the year including Wi-Fi and accelerometers. 'Hacker Lunchboxes' will be available for those hardcore projects that need a bit more access to the hardware inside.

With the Neo1973's release, other, more iexpensive, iclosed, itouchscreen phones will have some competition. My bet is on the ilocked phone to win... initially.

OpenMoko wiki http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Main_Page
Announcement http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/announce/2007- June/000013.html
Power

Submission + - Scientist: Feds are blocking hydrogen fuel

Lucas123 writes: "A Purdue University engineer and National Medal of Technology winner says the federal government is blocking development of a new method of creating hydrogen fuel as a clean energy alternative to gasoline. The professor is claiming the government won't fund the research of a process already proven to work. '"Egos" at the U.S. Department of Energy, a key funding source for energy research, "are holding up the revolution,"' Professor Jerry Woodall said. The method uses an aluminum alloy to extract hydrogen from water — a process that he thinks could replace gasoline as well as its pollutants and emissions tied to global warming. The hydrogen is generated on demand, so you only produce as much as you need when you need it.'"
Space

Submission + - French Space Agency to Post UFO Database Online

An anonymous reader writes: According to an article at ZDNet, The French Space Agency, or Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), is planning to post a database of approximately 1,600 UFO incidents in late January / early February 2007.

From the headline:
"[the database]...consists of about 6,000 reports, many relating to the same incident, filed by the public and airline professionals. Their names would not be published to protect their privacy..."

Is this the start of major governments opening up about UFO's?

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