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The Case For Surrealism In Games

Adkins1984 Re:Suits are to blame! (186 comments)

Actually I know a great many devs that are still passionate about playing games. They are active reviewers, critics of games (both theirs and others), as well as rabid players for the sake of playing. I was not talking about the devs though. I was talking about upper management. The people who set the deadlines and make the broad overall decisions.

about 3 years ago
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The Case For Surrealism In Games

Adkins1984 Suits are to blame! (186 comments)

The sad reallity is that hardly any of the people that I read about who are leading the big game studios ever talk about what games they play. They don't mention their childhood favorites, and they don't say that they did [blank] in a game cause they used to love that. They really don't seem like gamers at all. They do however seem to realize that if one game does really good and they can copy it fast enough, their next title might stand a chance. It is truly sad...

about 3 years ago
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Treasure Hunter Wants To Find Bin Laden's Body With ROV

Adkins1984 Reward? (257 comments)

I thought they removed the bounty on his head once the Seals got him? I am not 100% sure this guy is working with a full deck of cards...

more than 3 years ago
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The FSF's Campaign Against the Nintendo 3DS

Adkins1984 Re:Cannot know for sure (187 comments)

The fact that no other site has anything about this could also be an indicator.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Adkins1984 Re:publicity stunt, plain and simple (450 comments)

I think you completely misunderstand my point. I have nothing against MS or Mr. Gates. Actually I have the utmost respect for him and what he has made out of his dream for a company. I realize the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is run transparently as well. My problem is with this particular pledge is the fact that (as you mentioned) not all charitable programs are open source it is possible for people pledge whatever they want, and I am a pessimist when it comes to the generosity of the ultra rich. If I had $40bil and wanted to donate half or more, why would I wait for a website to come along and post my name before doing so? Also the pledge states that the people will do this pledge in their life time. That is a bit on the vague side as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Adkins1984 Re:publicity stunt, plain and simple (450 comments)

I might agree with this if it weren't for the fact that there is no way to keep track of whether or not these Billionaires are giving the money they promise. I can promise to donate $300bn, doesn't mean it is likely to happen. That also might be true about the administrative costs, if this Give Pledge was taking the donations themselves, but it is nothing more than a list of people. Not a lot of overhead there.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Adkins1984 publicity stunt, plain and simple (450 comments)

If they really cared about giving and helping people, and not just about patting themselves on the back for the world to see, they would make this a legal contract, monitor how much is given, and open it to anyone that wants to give. If some homeless guy wants to give 20 of his last $30 why should it matter that he isn't ultra-rich socialite? Nice sentiment, but (hopefully) anyone can see it for what it is...

more than 3 years ago
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Laptop Heat May Cause 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'

Adkins1984 The real interesting part of this article (195 comments)

"He recognized that the laptop got hot on the left side; however, regardless of that, he did not change its position," the report says. I think we found the problem. Why say your kid is dumb when you can blame his laptop that he never puts down?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Should Dump Middlemen, Build Own Phones

Adkins1984 car companies don't pave roads (262 comments)

The cell phone market is essentially closed to anyone that is trying to break in in a huge way. Without something big, and I mean BIG, to offer Microsoft is just better off to rest on it's laurels and stick to what it does at the moment. I refrain from saying what it does best, cause I think it could do better with some effort, but I digress. You know what I mean. Just cause a company makes good cars, doesn't mean it should build roads.

more than 4 years ago
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Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

Adkins1984 What is so wrong with Single Player (362 comments)

I may be alone in this, but some of the top games on my list of favorites don't even have a multiplayer mode available. Don't get me wrong, I am not some shut-in that believes human contact would be paramount to signing my soul away. I actually really enjoy mulitplayer when it is done properly and played with people capable of using words of a length greater than 4, but I also really enjoy (and get more into) a single player game with a story that is more than just an after thought.

more than 4 years ago

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Chinese forced labor in WoW

Adkins1984 Adkins1984 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Adkins1984 writes "As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.

Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money."

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Cell phone takes the witness stand

Adkins1984 Adkins1984 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Adkins1984 (1845316) writes "The outcome of a dramatic murder trial underway in San Jose, Calif., may hinge on the prosecution’s cellphone evidence. And, while calling a “cellphone witness” may seem just so Silicon Valley, it’s likely to become commonplace, now that so many people take and use their cell phones everywhere, and police departments are learning how to properly handle cell phone evidence."
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