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Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March 80

ishanjain tipped news that BioWare has announced an expansion for Dragon Age: Origins, called Awakening, that is due out on March 16th. Awakening "is supposed to run about 15 hours and will allow for players to import and edit characters they've broken in from the core game," and it will take place "in the in the role of a Grey Warden Commander who's been tasked with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and finding out how the darkspawn survived following the death of the Archdemon dragon." A trailer is available at the official site, as well as some information on a new bit of DLC that will be out shortly, entitled Return to Ostagar. (It was originally due for release on January 5th, but was delayed.)

Comment Re:Eyecandy in cost of usability (Score 1) 1124

I don't know if you've ever actually used the ribbon, but every single button on the ribbon remains in the same place, it never changes. Static is in fact a big emphasis on the ribbon design you cannot move anything around.

The only 'context sensitive' part of it is that an additional tab opens up when you select a picture or table which gives you functionality for that table, but that tab always appears in the same place and the contents of that tab are also static.

Comment Re:PC gaming is dead. (Score 1) 554

Note that if you run as a non-administrator account in Vista and try to do something that requires privilege escalation you get a password prompt on the UAC alert (exactly like in Linux or OSX).

If you run on an administrator account UAC only requires a mouse click to escalate your privileges.

Personally I'm surprised at people who'd used Linux before complaining about UAC, you'd think working with Linux would have taught them, the benefits of escalation password prompts and being able to run with limited privileges and escalating only if necessary

Comment Re:Irresponsible headline, summary (Score 2, Insightful) 911

The soviet army didn't have medals or anything else during the early stages of WWII. You can do your own research on the topic, but overall it didn't work well for them (along with a lot of other things). It turns out people like being rewarded (even if it''s just a colorful emblem) for doing their job well. At the end of the war the Soviets had a whole bunch of different medals for their soldiers and realized that sometimes it's good to not treat everyone as equals. Anyway, just because others could have done what Sully had done doesn't mean Sully isn't a hero, Sully ACTUALLY did it, he actually saved hundreds of lives doing what he did and water landings are not a common occurrence at all. And just because I have the capability of pulling a little girl away from the train tracks doesn't mean I should get the same attention as the guy who actually pulled it off or that he should get less credit for doing a good deed.

Comment Re:Chinese puns (Score 1) 272

I think it may be more accurate to say that 'Kanji' is the japanese pronunciation of the chinese character which in mandarin is pronounced 'Han Zi' and in both languages mean: "Han Character". The characters are written exactly the same, it's meaning is unchanged between the two languages, but the pronunciation is different.

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