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Comment Re:What does this even mean? (Score 1) 296

Honestly, serious question. Is this asking me how much time I spend on my own machines vs. those at work? Is it asking how much computation is local vs. in the cloud? Is it asking how much is laptop vs. cell phone or tablet? Impossible to answer this.

THANK YOU! I was about to ask the same question. Took me a while to find it after seeing all of these off-topic comments.

Businesses

Submission + - Valve Switching Team Fortress 2 to Free-to-play Increased Revenue Twelvefold (gamasutra.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We've frequently discussed the growing trend among video game publishers to adopt a business model in which downloading and playing the game is free, but part of the gameplay is supported by microtransactions. There have been a number of success stories, such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online. During a talk at the Game Developers Conference this week, Valve's Joe Ludwig officially added Team Fortress 2 to that list, revealing that the game has seen a 12-fold increase in revenue since the switch. He said, 'The trouble is, when you're a AAA box game, the only people who can earn you new revenue are the people who haven't bought your game. This drives you to build new content to attract new people. There's a fundamental tension between building the game to satisfy existing players and attract new players.' He also explained how they tried to do right by their existing playerbase: 'We dealt with the pay-to-win concern in a few ways. The first was to make items involve tradeoffs, so there's no clear winner between two items. But by far the biggest thing we did to change this perception was to make all the items that change the game free. You can get them from item drops, or from the crafting system. It might be a little easier to buy them in the store, but you can get them without paying.'
Graphics

Submission + - Tim Sweeney Claims 2000x GPU Performance Needed (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: In a talk earlier this year at DICE, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney discussed the state of computing hardware as it relates to gaming. While there is a rising sentiment in the gaming world that the current generation consoles are "good enough" and that the next generation of consoles might be the last, Sweeney thinks that is way off base. He debates that claim though with some interesting numbers including the amount of processing and triangle power required to match human anatomical peaks. While we are only a factor of 50x from the necessary level of triangle processing, there is 2000x increase required to meet the 5000 TFLOPS Sweeney thinks will be need for the 8000x4000 resolution screens of the future. It would seem that the "good enough" sentiment is still a long way off for developers.
AI

Submission + - Angelina: An AI that makes computer games from scratch (extremetech.com) 1

MrSeb writes: "A PhD student at Imperial College London has created a computer AI, called Angelina, that can create computer games from scratch. In a process called “cooperative co-evolution,” which is an emerging field of evolutionary computation, each aspect of the game is broken down into “species” — level layout, enemy behavior, and power-ups are all species. Angelina takes a random selection of species and throws them together to create a game. Then, Angelina simulates a human playing through this random game 400 times. Levels that are too hard to complete are softened. Maps that are completely impossible are thrown out entirely. Power-ups are added, removed, and tweaked. Enemy behavior is changed. After each of these changes, another 400 iterations are played. Each time, Angelina breeds together fun designs, while bad designs are left out of the gene pool. The end result, which you can experience for yourself on the Games By Angelina website or on New Scientist, is surprisingly good."
Advertising

Submission + - Proceeds from Vita ad donated to Anonymous (playerattack.com)

dotarray writes: German band Atari Teenage Riot was recently featured in the "Never Stop Playing" ad campaign for PlayStation Vita — today founding member Alec Empire has announced that all royalties and other money arising from the ad will be donated to a website supporting hacktivist group Anonymous.

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