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Submission + - Starcraft II getting panned by users (product-reviews.net) 5

blackholepcs writes: A story over at product-reviews.net shows that not everyone is happy with their shiny new Starcraft II game. Here is an excerpt :

The biggest problem that users can’t seem to get over, is the fact that they consider Starcraft II to be an ‘incomplete game’. A lot of user reviews have scored the game just one star out of five, stating that they shouldn’t have to pay $60 for 1/3 of the full game.

Have you played the game yet? Is the negative feedback justified for Starcraft II or not?

Space

Simulation Predicts Clumps of Dark Matter Within Galaxies 131

A team of researchers has simulated the gravitational interaction of dark matter particles over the course of a hypothetical 13.7 billion years. They found that the particles tended to form clumps large enough to assist in the formation of galaxies. The results contradicted observations from previous, smaller studies, but they lent support to an unrelated simulation of how the Milky Way formed. UCSC's press release is also available. Quoting ScienceNews: "The clumps of dark matter in the simulation have densities that are remarkably similar to densities that a University of California, Irvine research group found when simulating the formation of the Milky Way and its satellite dwarf galaxies, says James Bullock, the astrophysicist who leads the UC-Irvine group and was not involved in the new study. 'This is a remarkable success of the particular model simulated and adds strong support to the idea that the dark matter is made up of particles that are "cold." There are a number of planned experiments aimed at detecting the dark matter that are betting on it being cold, so this is generally good news for the community,' Bullock says. And, [study co-author Piero Madau] notes, larger simulations that might help constrain the nature of dark matter even more are already in the works."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Ubisoft's Mislabeling Frustrates Gamers--Lawsuit 1

An anonymous reader writes: It appears someone on Ubisoft's forums has created a post to explore the possibility of a class-action lawsuit against the publisher for misrepresenting the maximum resolution of a game. Ubisoft has also publicly acknowledged the issue in a support article at http://ubisoft.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ubisoft.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=11934&p_created=1183071491&p_sid=AZn3tcSi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9MTQ4MywxNTM4JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0yLjE1MzgmcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MSZwX3NlYXJjaF90ZXh0PTEwODA*&p_li=&p_topview=1. Has a video game publisher ever been sued for mislabeling a game? Granted, it's only a game, but what resource does a gamer/the consumer have when a publisher misleads their customers? Could this be a catalyst the video game industry in paying more attention to the defect levels of their products? The post is at http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8971060175/m/2961038316.

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