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When PC Ports of Console Games Go Wrong 398

A post up at Gamasutra complains about the lack of effort put into the PC ports of some console games. The author picks on the unimpressively-reviewed Ninja Blade in particular: "Just as a quick guide to what we're dealing with here: when you create a new save file at the start of Ninja Blade on the PC, it warns you not to 'turn off your console.' Yes, Ninja Blade is one of those conversions: not so much converted as made to perfunctorily run on a different machine. In-game, you're asked to press A, B, X and Y in various sequences as part of Ninja Blade's extraordinary abundance of quick-time events. Whether you have an Xbox 360 pad plugged in or not, the game captions these button icons with text describing the PC equivalent controls. Only it doesn't always do that. Sometimes, you're left staring at a giant, pulsating, green letter A, and no idea what to do with it." What awful ports have you had the misfortune to experience?

Submission + - Gmail bumped to 9000MB+

morpheus83 writes: Many Gmail users are reporting that their storage has increased to 9GB, 9030 MB to be precise. It does not seem to be a glitch as Google might be trying to catch up with Yahoo which offers unlimited storage. For now only selected accounts are getting the upgrade.

Submission + - Google Joins the Open Invention Network (

apokryphos writes: "The Open Invention Network (OIN), the intellectual property company founded by IBM, Novell, Red Hat etc. to promote the Linux system, have released a press release announcing that Google have become its first end-user licensee. "Linux plays a vital role at Google, and we're strongly committed to supporting the Linux developer community," said Chris DiBona, Google open source programs manager.

"Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux — helping to fuel economic growth.""

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Submission + - Pool: You're most unlikely to believe in... writes: "You're most unlikely to believe in...

  • Aliens came/are on Earth
  • The water powered engine
  • Telepathy
  • Windows without bug
  • God
  • Linux on desktop market
  • Year -6001
  • CowboyNeal pool option success

Submission + - "All the World's Informaiton" a good thin

pcause writes: Google talks about its mission being making all the world's information available. While this sounds like a great goal, I got to thinking whether or not this is really such a good thing. For example, do we want terrorists and rogue to have easy access materials about how to make dirty bombs and nuclear weapons? Is it a good thing to make it easier for identity thieves to get the data they need? Do we want it to be easy for minors to have access to pornography that makes even worldly 40 year olds blush? You get the idea.

We often find that grand goals and plans have unintended consequences. Splitting the atom was a great scientific challenge, but gave us nuclear weapons. Is it irresponsible for Google and others to rush forward on this quest for universal access to all information without spending equal effort on understanding the consequences of the effort and mitigating some of the worst consequences? Isn't that your responsibility if you profess to "Do no evil"?
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Submission + - As the Starcraft 2 story unfolds ( 1

ccmunkey writes: "During the wait for Starcraft 2, some Korean fans have created origami representations of nearly every unit from the original Starcraft game as well as expansion pack units. They've actually used the color scheme for most of the units and some of them are eerily similar to the real thing. The Protoss carrier even has the small interceptors swarming out of it!"

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