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Comment Replayability (Score 1) 188

How long am I going to play this game for? Is it going to pull me back in at some point in the future? How much thought will I put into playing this game? (The more the better)

Replayability is usually determined by the level of customization offered. Being able to play the game in a different way usually changes a mediocre experience into a fantastic one.

A good example of a game I come back to often is Civilization 4. It has lots of fantastic mods, is fairly open ended and allows you to play the game in many different ways without forcing you into a single strategy or objective. RPGs usually have a fairly high replay value as well.

Comment Da Da Dum Da Dum! (Score 1) 820

The Artificial Meat Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. The Artificial Meat begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

The Artificial Meat fights back!

The Internet

Submission + - Mininova limits its activities (

dazaris writes: "Complying with court order Mininova a popular bittorrent search engine has taken it's services offline except as a Content Distribution service. According to the verdict they would have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. They had tested some different filtering systems in the last couple of months, but had found that it’s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, they decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. They are still considering an appeal."

Comment Re:Why are there still game retailers? (Score 1) 155

It's nice to have a tangible product to go with your purchase, but it seems that most games are tending to go towards the console standard of a single disc and paper thin manual in a tiny DVD case. When that's the case there's very little incentive to pay the extra amount of money as well as take time out of your day to drive to the store (When you don't live in a city center).

I don't see digital distribution replacing the corner store in the near future though. Consoles will ensure that (until they get a widely used and reliable form of digital distribution for big name titles), as will the games you can't purchase off steam or similar services.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Should I care if my credit gets ruined? 1

100k-in-the-hole writes: I have been having some financial trouble lately, and have for the first time stopped paying some of my bills (mostly credit cards). I already have a fixed rate mortgage, and have no intention of using a credit card ever again. Has anyone else here stopped paying their bills? What kind of experience can I expect? I sort of feel like a low credit score will help me to avoid this problem in the future.

Submission + - Music Rights Holders Sue Youtube Again (

bennyboy64 writes: NewTeeVee reports on a criminal investigation that has been launched against senior executives of YouTube and parent company Google in Hamburg, Germany, over allegations of copyright infringement. The case started after a complaint by German music rights holders. Hamburg's prosecutor has formally requested assistance from U.S. colleagues to compel YouTube to produce log files identifying who uploaded as well as who viewed 500 specific videos.

Submission + - What is Slashdot Popular?

bam13 writes: I am presenting a Master of IT level project on 'Effective Online Communities', and am using Slashdot as one of my case studies. I personally visit Slashdot (as an AC) almost every day, and I am sure many other readers do too. I know that Slashdot has had several interface redesigns, and features (such as tagging) added along the way, and I was hoping to get insights from readers on why they continue to visit Slashdot, what features would make it better, and what features they could do without.

Submission + - McCain Introduces Bill to Block Net Neutrality (

Adrian Lopez writes: PC World reports that US Senator John McCain has recently introduced legislation that "would keep the FCC from enacting rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Internet content and applications."

"McCain, an Arizona Republican, called the proposed net neutrality rules a 'government takeover' of the Internet that will stifle innovation and depress an 'already anemic' job market in the U.S. McCain was the Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in the 2008 election, and Obama has said net neutrality rules are among his top tech priorities."


Submission + - Evolution May Lead to Shorter, Heavier Women 2

Hugh Pickens writes: "Yale University researchers report that while survival to reproductive age is no longer such a hurdle for humans, other evolutionary pressures – including sexual selection and reproductive fitness – are still working away in full force and if the trends detected in their study are representative and continue for another 10 generations, the average woman in 2409 AD will be 2 cm shorter, 1 kg heavier, will bear her first child five months earlier, and enter the menopause 10 months later. "There is this idea that because medicine has been so good at reducing mortality rates, that means that natural selection is no longer operating in humans," said Stephen Stearns of Yale University. "That's just plain false." Stearns and his team studied the medical histories of 14,000 residents of the Massachusetts town of Framingham, using medical data from a study going back to 1948 spanning three generations and found that shorter, heavier women had more children than lighter, taller ones. Women with lower blood pressure and cholesterol were also more likely to have large families as were women who gave birth early or had a late menopause. More importantly these traits are then passed on to their daughters, who also, on average, had more children. The study has not determined why these factors are linked to reproductive success, but it is likely that they indicate genetic, rather than environmental, effects. "The evolution that's going on in the Framingham women is like average rates of evolution measured in other plants and animals," said Stearns. ""These results place humans in the medium-to-slow end of the range of rates observed for other living things.""

Submission + - Chinese 'cat-girl' baffles doctors (

dazaris writes: "A six-year-old Chinese girl has doctors puzzled after thick grey hair started growing all over her body, earning her the nickname "cat-girl". Li Xiaoyuan, from Fengkai in southern China, had a small birthmark on her back just months ago, which has since grown to cover her entire back and parts of her arms and face. "Doctors told us it was just how a birthmark even when it started spreading but now it covers half her body," her father Li Yan was quoted as saying."

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