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Submission + - Game DLC pricing: Letting customers decide pricing (

An anonymous reader writes: How much should game developers be charging for DLC? It seems that one indie dev has decided to carry out a unique experiment. The latest expansion pack for Gratuitous Space Battles is priced at $5.99, or is it? It turns out there is both a standard ($.5.99) version and a discount version ($2.99). And the difference betwen them is.... nothing. The buyer has been left to make their own decision on whether or not they should pay full price, and send more money to the developer, or treat themselves to a deserved discount. The buy page even lists comparisons of national incomes, average salaries and even the price of sausages to help buyers make up their mind. Will this catch on? Will microsoft start asking us whether or not we should get a discount and trust us to answer honestly?
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Submission + - Experimental Video Game Evolves Its Own Content (

Ken Stanley writes: "Just as interest in user-generated content in video games is heating up, a team of researchers at the University of Central Florida has released an experimental multiplayer game in which content items compete with each other in an evolutionary arms race to satisfy the players. As a result, particle system-based weapons, which are the evolving class of content, continually invent their own new behaviors based on what users liked in the past. Does the resulting experience in this game, called Galactic Arms Race, suggest that evolutionary algorithms may be the key to automated content generation in future multiplayer gaming and MMOs?"

Comment Re:Useful! (Score 1) 250

Why stop there? Why not have a machine that you plug into that extracts calories from your body at night? You could effectively just sleep away your weight. Why not trickle this energy you are generating into battery cells that work to power your home in tangent with a solar panel array? hmmm...

Comment Re:Cue the following: (Score 1) 1306

Using this logic, couldn't you then concede that both the theory of evolution and ID are not necessarily mutually exclusive? Evolution can explain how life forms that already exist are changing overtime into new classifications, and ID can explain how those original life forms came into existence. Biblical scholars have been debating the actual timeline of the genesis creation as described in the Bible for many years (uncited due to work firewall). Given that the Bible is a collection of stories and teachings that were written and told for the audience of the day, it isn't a far fetch possibility that the actual timeline was masked due to the inability of the target audience to grasp the complexities of the actual creation. Just some food for thought, can't we all just get along?

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