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Role Playing (Games)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Announced 152

An anonymous reader writes "Square-Enix has announced Final Fantasy XIII-2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. According to Gamespot, 'The newly christened Final Fantasy XIII-2 continues the adventures of Lightning and her team of RPG vagabonds in a brand new adventure, utilizing the long-in-development engine (and, probably, some of the art assets) that powered the original game. And because Square doesn't have to spend all of that extra time developing the engine, players won’t have to wait nearly as long to get their hands on this newest iteration of the game. According to Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII-2 (which, in case you haven't guessed, is a game title that is just as terrible to type out as it is to say with your mouth) is on track for release in Japan this year. [The game] should be available in English-speaking territories by "next winter."'"

Feeling Upset? Look At Some Meat 155

Meshach writes "A study out of Canada claims that seeing meat actually calms a person down. From the article: 'Contrary to expectations, a McGill University researcher has discovered that seeing meat makes people significantly less aggressive. Frank Kachanoff, who studies evolution at the university’s department of psychology, had initially thought the presence of meat would provoke bloodlust, believing the response would have helped our primate ancestors hunt. But in fact, his research showed the reverse is true.'" I can see all the "Make Steak, Not War!" protest signs already.

FBI and NYPD Officers Sent On Museum Field Trip 70

In an attempt to "refresh their sense of inquiry" FBI agents, and NYPD officers are being sent to a course at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art of Perception hopes to improve an officers' ability to accurately describe what they see during an investigation by studying art. From the article: "Amy Herman, the course leader, said: 'We're getting them off the streets and out of the precincts, and it refreshes their sense of inquiry. They're thinking, "Oh, how am I doing my job," and it forces them to think about how they communicate, and how they see the world around them.' Ms Herman, an art historian, originally developed the course for medical students, but successfully pitched it as a training course to the New York Police Academy."

Comment Re:memories... (Score 1) 266

I was in college, and I found out about it on the way back from class. I skipped the rest of my classes that day, and just kept the TV on, watching in shock.

My dad worked for IBM doing contract work for NASA through the Apollo missions and SkyLab (we have all the patches at home), but he wasn't involved in the shuttle at all. But I still wanted to go to space. Still do.

Comment Re:The IT manager is praising them (Score 1) 244

For one, randomly not allowing Mac users to get/send their mail. They did some upgrade on the Exchange end that broke the SMTP sending, which it shouldn't have, since they don't auth. This lasted a few days, and kept recurring at random intervals. I have no idea whether it was the fault of Exchange or the admins, honestly. I just had angry users (and was one myself). I'm not privy to CIS's inner workings; just a tech geek in a non-teaching department here.

Comment Re:The IT manager is praising them (Score 3, Interesting) 244

This will make me unable to moderate, but what the hell?

Brown had a unix based backend for years. A few years back, they got a new IT head, who insisted on off-the-shelf packages for everything. So out went postoffice, and in came Exchange. It's been running Exchange since then, and yes, untold numbers of problems (though nothing like this). We're not even on the most recent version of Exchange, which will make my office's future transition to Snow Leopard problematic since afaik the native Mail interoperability with Exchange that comes in 10.6 won't work with anything but the latest.

AFAIK, the plan is to move everyone to Google eventually, departments too. Once they get all the security figured out. This isn't helping, of course.


Star Trek Game To Launch Alongside New Movie 82

Paramount announced yesterday that Star Trek D-A-C will be available for download for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC when the movie is released on May 8th. The acronym in the title stands for different types of gameplay: Deathmatch, Assault, and Conquest. It's an arcade-style game, with a solo mode as well as multiplayer modes that handle up to 12 players. According to Joystiq, "It's a top-down 3D space shooter that doesn't require a lot of hardcore gameplay experience to jump into, but it features a large amount of strategic gameplay that'll please hardcore gamers." Several screenshots have been released.

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