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Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games? 362

hornedrat writes "Gamepro discusses the idea that modern games put too much emphasis on multiplayer, and that players aren't as concerned about it as developers think. 'The current environment encourages developers to unnecessarily toss multiplayer into their games without caring about it — or even considering whether anyone will bother playing it. It’s like they're checking an invisible quota box that demands multiplayer's inclusion.' Personally I agree that too much emphasis is placed on competitive multiplayer. I play online, but only with my brother in games that allow co-operative modes, like Rainbow Six: Vegas and ARMA 2. 'My point isn't that developers shouldn't try and conquer Halo or Call of Duty. We'd never have any progress in this industry if developers didn't compete. Game companies, however, should think carefully about what they want their games to be, and more important, gamers should consider what they want. If a developer wants to eclipse Halo, then by all means, pour that effort into a multiplayer mode that's different.' I would be interested to know how many gamers really care about the multiplayer components of the games they buy."

Comment Re:Inside the (Corp.) Firewall no one can ... (Score 1) 374

Sometimes when on break, I boot a live Ubuntu distro. It runs in memory. I set the networking in Firefox to use the default proxy, load flashplayer from Adobe, and enjoy the break with tabs and no worries. Some who think they are stuck with IE simply don't know they have an option.

IE 6 at work badly scrambles Slashdot pages with text running over text. I use Firefox to check my user page and see replies. The page is unusable in the corporate IE 6 default browser.

As an intern (QA Tester) at a company which runs MS products exclusively I was forced to use IE6 (newer machines w/Vista got IE7). I did my testing and work related activities in IE6 and on break did personal browsing activities using FirefoxPortable (on local HDD since USB port was slow). When my internship was over I deleted FirefoxPortable and all was good. Much better than booting a livecd to do some browsing.

Just my 2 cents...

Comment Re:Welcome to a harsh world (Score 1) 1251

Somehow, many students have the illusion that a degree will bring them to the top automagically. It doesn't work that way. Getting a degree is a good step forward... If they work hard in the university and actually learn. Then they will have to start 3 (or 5) years later in the job market, meaning they will lack many important skills no university teaches and therefor earn less. Even if they learn quickly it takes years to catch up (both in attractiveness on the job market and salary) with those that got into the same field without an university education.

This is true in most fields (including Engineering), but especially true in business administration and management.

The true value of the university education comes after a few years, because many companies have internal rules about giving priority to educated workers. Often there is a hard celing on how far you can get without a master, and it's not unusual for people to go back and get a MBA not only because they need the skills, but also because they need the diploma to continue their career. Some companies even pays for those MBA's to their management.

I agree...

I'm 23 and attending a 2 year associates college while working fulltime, and sometimes attending class fulltime with no job. I have also gone to a 4 year college in upstate NY (depressing) but never finished. I intend to finish my 2 year associates degree. Since I've built up my resume while at school I know that I stand a better chance at getting a career. However, I'm well aware that it is no guarantee. I would certainly not sue either as it only makes you look real bad in the face of future employers and others who may matter. This chick reminds me of some people I've seen attending college who think a job is guaranteed after graduation. The way the colleges speak to you during orientation and tours it seems as though jobs are guaranteed. They speak of all those statistics of people who didn't go to college and work vs college graduates who work and how quickly they find the jobs they want. Yes, a college degree is great to have but without the motive to seek out jobs yourself your pretty much on your own.

Comment Re:26 years (Score 1) 921

I'm 23 years old and learned to write cursive. But when I started to use computers my usage of cursive began to decline and as a result became bad enough to avoid using it all together. Its just so much easier to type things on the computer like many others I know do. When I do write I utilize print writing.

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 373

I do not like Microsoft and its business practices. I do not think forcing them to bundle competing browsers in the OS and having the user choose which one to use is right. At first I was excited to see another case against them but then you have Distributions with Mozilla Firefox bundled. What are you going to force distributions such as Ubuntu to include Opera? I think Firefox is making some great gains in its userbase. In a few years we may see Mozilla with 50% market share?

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