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Virtual Reality: Purpose Beyond Gaming

Alzheimers Re:Nice summary. (72 comments)

It wasn't least I'm pretty sure it wasn't.

Then again, I am quite interested in VR tech.

about 5 months ago

Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?

Alzheimers Nintendo's Biggest Weakness - ONLINE (277 comments)

Nintendo's biggest weakness is clearly their complete distain and disregard for supporting online play. From tedious friend codes, to a lack of headset/mic support, to their stubborn insistence in "going their own way" with an online marketplace, their online/connectivity factor is woefully neglected and abused.

How can Nintendo make a billion dollars tomorrow? A Pokemon MMO.

How can Nintendo sell a million Wii U consoles? Give Smash Brothers, Mario Cart, Mario Party, and Starfox the same kind of online matchmaking that you would find in CoD or MoH from any LAST GENERATION console.

Will they? Who knows. But the market for a console that doesn't extend past the living room is drying up, and while there will always be a dedicated band of single player or local multiplayer based fans eager for whatever remake from ten years ago Nintendo wants to produce, the rest of the market has expanded their horizon beyond the four walls of their living room, and demands their console do the same.

about a year ago

Ben Heck's Plan To Make Gaming Open To All

Alzheimers Re:Go home samzenpus (33 comments)

Ben Heck's Plan is the subject. Not "Ben Heck" + "Plans"

about a year ago

Ben Heck's Plan To Make Gaming Open To All

Alzheimers Bringing Games to the Gamers (33 comments)

I think it's awesome that he's willing to put his time, energy and ingenuity towards those less fortunate in the gaming community. Ben has a reputation for some awe-inspiring feats of engineering, and if he's able to use those talents to enable more gamers to enjoy the art and science of Video Games, then good on him.

The world needs more people like Ben Heck.

about a year ago

Unnecessary Medical Procedures and the Dangers of Robot Surgery

Alzheimers Know your fractions! (130 comments)

The United States spends more than $2.5 trillion a year on healthcare, or more than $8,000 per person. That is 21/2 times as much as the average spent by other industrialized nations, according to data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose members include the richest nations.

So is that...
...21 / 2 = 10.5 times as much?
...2 + 1/2 = 2.5 times a much?
...a Kingdom Hearts Sequel?

about a year and a half ago

Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

Alzheimers Re:Won't promote RT apps? (308 comments)

How many people are jumping at the bit to buy them again for another platform?

I've bought and paid for Minecraft three separate platforms so far (PC/Mac, Xbox, iOS).

I might make it four, if I get a Nexus 7 for Christmas (I've been good this year!)

about 2 years ago

Cheap Indie Games Make Wii U a Better Value

Alzheimers Re:Well and good for them. (109 comments)

Same here.

I saw XNA as a great opportunity to teach myself C# and have some fun in the process, and I'm still working on a pet project that's probably too ambitious for it's own good.

I would certainly love to take a hobbyist's journey through coding some Pong or Breakout clones with the Wii U hardware, and possibly go even further, but not if the barrier to entry is too high.

about 2 years ago

Cheap Indie Games Make Wii U a Better Value

Alzheimers Re:Well and good for them. (109 comments)

This. Until it's as easy as downloading XNA, I don't want to hear about how "Indie Friendly" the Wii-U is.

Sorry, Unity doesn't count. That's like saying I can program in Linux because I know Flash and Flash runs Everywhere, right?

about 2 years ago

Nintendo's Wii U Will Be Sold At a Loss

Alzheimers Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (188 comments)

Because many of us bought into the Wii hype, were bitten by poorly implemented controls and worse 3rd Party support, a flood of shovelware, plus the fact that many of us already own a console that will feature many of the games we want ported over without any loss of quality, better online support, and doesn't require us to switch HDMI cables to support another box.

Enough reasons?

How about ... it could also be the $299/349 pricetag and the raise of game prices to $59.99 in a bad economy, not having as much time to spend on games, the rise of Steam and iOS, Microsoft SmartGlass which does much of the same thing as the Wii U controller so it's not so 'revolutionary', and the lack of a new Mario (a sequel to a game on the 3DS or Wii isn't going to cut it), Zelda, Metroid, SSB, MarioKart or any other core franchise at launch.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Rescuing a PC That's Been Hit By Scammers?

Alzheimers Disconnect PC from the internet, get him an iPad (320 comments)

Disconnect the PC from the internet, so it's only useful for Word/Excel and maybe Turbotax.

Get him an iPad for day-to-day web surfing.

Unless he's a real gamer or his bank is from the 19th century, this should solve most of his problems.

about 2 years ago

A Call For Science Policy Debate Among Presidential Candidates

Alzheimers Re:The first question I want asked of any candidat (375 comments)

I expect a more open-minded reply than "And I don't wanna talk to a scientist, Y'all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed"

about 2 years ago

A Call For Science Policy Debate Among Presidential Candidates

Alzheimers The first question I want asked of any candidate (375 comments)

The first question that needs to be asked in any science policy among presidental candidates is,

What is your stance on Miracles as relates to the overall state of American science education?

about 2 years ago

GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

Alzheimers Re:GEOS! (654 comments)

I remember seeing GEOS and thinking I had seen the future.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Releases Batch of Windows 8 Input Devices

Alzheimers Just bring back the Trackball Explorer! (156 comments)

The single most perfect input device ever created was made by Microsoft: the Trackball Explorer. With a futuristic, ergonomic shape (it's the navigation control for Moya) that's comfortable to use all day, I can't believe they still stopped producing them.

All they need to do is bring this back with Bluetooth a few other touch-sensitive features, and I would be estatic. Not having to pay $400 for a replacement when my current one eventually dies would be nice, too.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

Alzheimers Well, they picked the most ironic place to do so (331 comments)

'Speaking at the J.P Morgan Technology Media and Telecom conference today,

At least the picked the most ironic place to announce their plans to lose two billion dollars the honest way - by screwing their customers into cancellations.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

Alzheimers Re:Micro Adventures (525 comments)

This, along with the type-in programs in the back of Family Computing Magazine, helped fuel my enthusiasm for programming at an early age.

more than 2 years ago

Minecraft Wins Gaming Arts Award

Alzheimers I have to disagree with something (87 comments)

Not everyone was convinced of Minecraft's merits at first. The composer, Nitin Sawhney, who was also on the panel, was critical of its soundtrack.

Really? The subtle, subdued nature of Minecraft's soundtrack perfectly matches it's visual aesthetic: silence interrupted by brief punctuations of tension.

You find yourself deep underground, alone but for a single torch lighting a dim hallway, and suddenly out of the silence erupts a sharp note of dischord? You will shit your pants.

more than 2 years ago

Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music

Alzheimers Any more TV theme songs on the way? (188 comments)

Now that you've done the theme songs for both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, are you looking to do any more TV work?

more than 2 years ago

German Court Upholds Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab

Alzheimers Damn German Capitalists! (314 comments)

Who would have thought that, in 2011, we would be complaining about the damn German Capitalists ruining Europe?

I guess the old motto still holds true: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

about 3 years ago



CCP Closes EVE Official OOG Trading forums

Alzheimers Alzheimers writes  |  about 7 years ago

Alzheimers (467217) writes "In a stunning twist of irony, on the heels of CCP announces the hiring of a New Chief Economist for Eve Online, the decision has been made to close their official moderated and enforced market trading forums and with the suggestion to move such activity to an unofficial third party forum.

According to the announcement:
"With the contract system and market in game we have decided to close down the trading forums. They were created as a solution to a problem which is now resolved with the contracts system and it is now time to take all trading back in game. These forums have been locked for new threads but you will be able to finish the current trades. The market forums (Sell Orders, Want Ads and Trades, trades and more trades) will be completely removed on Monday two weeks from now, 2007.09.03, giving everyone enough time to finish existing trades.

Such a move might have been predicated on a possible CCP announcement eliminating the volunteer Forum moderators for a smaller-scale in-house group. Such a move could be to try and reduce the image of past volunteer abuse-of-power scandals but eliminating the trusted forums and forcing everyone to use an unpopular in-game mechanic seems like a huge SOE-like step backwards for what is an otherwise vibrant economic resource."

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