The point to the minigames in ME2 is to delay your gratification - you have a "lock" on a chest to stop you getting to it easily. If you want to rush though without doing the puzzle then you miss out on what is inside the box.
Poker isn't a game designed for that extra card to be in play. A lot of newer MMOs are.
I'm not saying you are wrong here, but you're pushing the kind of agenda that clogs the forums of many games I play - people whining because they want everything cheap - be that cheap in time or cheap in money.
Barny writes: "Actress Mia Rose (star of a few World of Whorecraft episodes) has found her gaming days ended in the MMOG WoW. Fans identified Ms Rose in-game and mentioned in a public chat channel her website, the usual Blizzard CS reaction, ban and ignore, then ensued and continues."
from the wont-last-after-WAR-is-released dept.
EikeHein writes "Made by dozens of fans over a period of several years and featuring impressive special effects, the feature-length Warhammer 40.000 epic DAMNATUS ranks among the most elaborate fan productions ever made — and yet may never see the light of day. Despite initially giving a go-ahead to the project, UK-based Warhammer franchise owner Games Workshop has come around to forbid distribution of the film just as it was being readied for release. What's more, they've amended their IP Policy to forbid any such projects in the future. At the heart of the matter appears to be Continental European copyright law, which grants the German film makers certain irrevocable rights to their creation which they cannot sign away. Given that the owners of the other two SF mega-franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars, have been able to come to terms with such issues and arguably benefit greatly from the media attention paid to popular fan productions, it would seem that Games Workshop still has to learn a thing or two about how to capture fan enthusiasm for their benefit."
(Reuters) [transcribed through CNN.com] — Scientists unveiled the discovery Wednesday of a baby mammoth found in the permafrost of north-west Siberia.
A reindeer herder found a 10,000-year-old frozen baby mammoth in Russia's Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.
The remains of the six-month-old female mammoth were discovered in a remarkable state of preservation on the Yamal peninsula of Russia in May, a Reuters report said. The specimen is believed to be the best of its kind to date.
A reindeer herder found the frozen animal in May near the Yuribei River, in Russia's Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.
Scientists hope the animal might yield DNA samples that could be used to clone and effectively resurrect the extinct members of the elephant family.
rnws writes: "The Scientific Activist blog is carrying comment on a New York times article on political pressure applied to the former US Surgeon General:
Yesterday, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona testified before congress that he was subjected to extensive and systematic political interference in his work by the Bush Administration. From Gardiner Harris of The New York Times:
"The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues."
"Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. He also said he was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings.
And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization's longtime ties to a "prominent family" that he refused to name.
"I was specifically told by a senior person, 'Why would you want to help those people?'""