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A Brief History of Social Games 33

Tarinth writes "Social games (such as FarmVille, etc.) are hardly new, because games have been part of recorded history for thousands of years. An infographic has integrated many of the key games from history (starting with Egypt's Senet game from 3100 BC), showing major milestones along the way, such as play-by-mail, Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic: the Gathering. Today's cultural phenomenon of social games, which might better be better called 'social network games,' is the confluence of several trends ranging from asynchronous gameplay, social play, and virtual economies — all of which are shown within the infographic."

Comment Re:Good Fix... (Score 1) 460

And even once you hear about them you still have to analyze them.

Exactly. But that implies events don't have to be occurring at the rate of a million per second.

It's not just events that drive stock prices but also investors's perceptions of the likely future impact of those events. Events which, either directly or indirectly, have an impact on a companies' value are discrete, but the assessment of the magnitude of those impacts in terms of the company's stock price takes place virtually continuously. There's no known right answer when valuing the stock price impact of some event (or the value of the stock in the first place for that matter). The subjective element of valuation (arguably the largest determinant of a stock price) means a stock will continuously be repriced as new investors make judgements about a particular event's impact, or existing investors re-assess their earlier judgements.

Role Playing (Games)

Editor, DLC Coming To Fallout 3 98

Bethesda has announced that an editor for the Windows version of Fallout 3 will be coming in December. They also said the first additional downloadable content for the Windows and XBox 360 versions will follow in January. MTV's Multiplayer blog got a few more details from Bethesda's Pete Hines, who said additions to Fallout 3 will resemble the Oblivion expansion pack Knights of the Nine in size and scope. MTV then brought up the question of how early publishers should provide DLC, pointing to Fallout 3 and Fable II as examples of games for which the expansions were planned to go live only a few months after launch.

Comment Re:The majority of economists are Democrats? (Score 1) 939

I confess to being no more enlightened. Monetary policy instruments include not just setting of the interest rate (which is, admittedly, the usual mechanism) but also a range of other options, including open market operations and setting reserve requirements (which, if I interpret your comments correctly, you ascribe to Keynesianism).

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