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Game Endings Going Out of Style? 190

An article in the Guardian asks whether the focus of modern games has shifted away from having a clear-cut ending and toward indefinite entertainment instead. With the rise of achievements, frequent content updates and open-ended worlds, it seems like publishers and developers are doing everything they can to help this trend. Quoting: "Particularly before the advent of 'saving,' the completion of even a simple game could take huge amounts of patience, effort and time. The ending, like those last pages of a book, was a key reason why we started playing in the first place. Sure, multiplayer and arcade style games still had their place, but fond 8, 16 and 32-bit memories consist more of completion and satisfaction than particular levels or tricky moments. Over the past few years, however, the idea of a game as simply something to 'finish' has shifted somewhat. For starters, the availability of downloadable content means no story need ever end, as long as the makers think there's a paying audience. Also, the ubiquity of broadband means multiplayer gaming is now the standard, not the exception it once was. There is no real 'finish' to most MMORPGs."

Comment The 'N' word : Nutrition (Score 1) 978

There's more than calories and exercise to losing weight.

High calcium is important while losing weight for instace, people often cut out dairy when dieting, and a lot of people don't eat enough calcium anyway. (studies have shown)

Less accessible energy sources are a good idea too, hydrophilic colloids can create a matrix through which your nutrients get absorbed. (In terms of what you eat this means stew/chilli/curry with flour in it, also cut out simple sugars)

Ticking all your mineral and vitamin intake boxes is a really good idea (a daily multi vitamin is a great way to do this).

I personally found I could lose a lot of previously very stubborn weight by doing the above and then running for an hour in the morning. (n=1 study and so totally worthless)..

A lot of the overweight people in the study may have been overweight partly because of their bad diets in the first place, without changing that you don't expect changes.

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