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Role Playing (Games)

Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover 248

Phaethon360 writes "From Bioshock and Modern Warfare 2 to even Team Fortress 2, RPG elements are creeping into game genres that we never imagined they would. This change for the most part has managed to subtly improve upon genres that needed new life, but there's a cost that hasn't been tallied by the majority of game developers. 'The simple act of removing mod tools, along with the much discussed dedicated server issue, has made [MW2] a bit of a joke among competitive players. Gone are the days of "promod," and the only option you have is to play it their way. If Infinity Ward are so insistent on improving the variety of our experiences, they don’t have to do it at the expense of the experience that many of us already love. It really is that simple. If they don’t want to provide a good "back to basics experience," they could at least continue to provide the tools that allow us to do that for ourselves.'"
Role Playing (Games)

Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons 189

An anonymous reader sends in a nostalgic piece about Dungeons & Dragons and the influence it's had on games and gamers for the past 36 years. Quoting: "Maybe there was something in the air during the early '70s. Maybe it was historically inevitable. But it seems way more than convenient coincidence that Gygax and Arneson got their first packet of rules for D&D out the door in 1974, the same year Nolan Bushnell managed to cobble together a little arcade machine called Pong. We've never had fun quite the same way since. Looking back, these two events set today's world of gaming into motion — the Romulus and Remus of modern game civilization. For the rest of forever, we would sit around and argue whether games should let us do more or tell us better stories."

Comment It's not that new. (Score 1) 467

I think the main problem with peoples' view of CERN is that they think CERN is doing something completely new. The fact is, Fermilab has been doing the same thing for 30+ years. CERN is just going to slowly up the energy level to about 10x what Fermilab topped out at.

The other problem is that people don't understand the terms flying around. Words like tevatron, large hadron, high-energy particle accelerator and 'energy level of the Big Bang' lead people to think that this is the next step past nuclear bombs. What they really need to understand about colliding protons at energy levels of a trillion electron volts is that an electron volt is pretty much the smallest way to measure energy that we use, and the collisions only involve two protons. Seriously, you should be more worried every time you get your teeth x-rayed.

It's absurd to think that they'll hit a tipping point where the energy being put in will be enough to blow up the Earth. It's absurd to think that they could create a micro black hole that would engulf the Earth (if micro black holes are actually possible, AND could engulf a planet, then the universe would be dominated by them).
PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

Comment Re:Surprise? (Score 4, Insightful) 724

Or they're running crappy hardware. Most people blame Windows when their hardware is constantly running on the edge of failure. They have a computer that works fine out of the box, but crashes when the PSU can't keep up with the fifth USB device plugged in. Maybe some heat sinks are clogged with dust.

The OS running on the cheapest hardware with the most clueless user base has the highest failure rate? You don't say!

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