David Braben Kickstarts an Elite Reboot
OK, that's very true but it's also kind of a vague statement.
Ignore the idiots in the comments below equating money-input with quality and for the moment, forget about the technical aspects (Graphic resolution, detail, 'AI', etc.)
Braben made the original game 30 years ago so he needs to carry the game mechanics we loved so much, into a modern 2012 framework.
That's to say, he can now fulfill the implied promises of Elite. But will he do so?
Well for example; X, X2 and X3 are moronically simple buy-sell space games featuring muppets and Lucasfilm space-combat physics, and EVE Online is a ruthlessly capitalistic pan-stellar universe you play by clicking your cursor on things.
(Seriously, why CAN'T I fly my Tristan like a Tie-Fighter??? I could fly a goddamn Tie-Fighter in 1996, with a joystick!)
But neither of those games needed to be Kickstarted. And they've made healthy profits regardless. More relevantly; they've become gaming standards. It's more likely that a game like 'Elite' will be marketed as being like the 'X' series because contemporary gamers will never have played Elite.
The technology exists for Braben to make Elite (2012?) into a game that fucking feels like you're piloting the Millenium Falcon. Force-Feedback joysticks, Track-IR, superighresolutionplasmascreenswith7-pointsurroundsoundohmygoditsanepiphany!!!!11!1
But can he make a GAME universe I would want to go to? If I could meet him I'd suggest he sits down with some science-fiction authors (Alastair Renolds or Ian M. Banks, for example) and build a cohesive and credible system we would want to be in.
Making the plan is easy. Actually going on the journey.....
I hope this works out.
Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?
...because if I had personally launched a business and suddenly a super behemoth of the internet wanted to buy me... I think I'd want to hold out and find out why.
And as someone much older than being a teenager; I'd advise caution and multiple advice. Who are they (Facebook) and why do they suddenly want you? (Ask yourself that question, slowly and carefully.)
Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015
...can anyone who has a good quality VHS of the original, unfucked-up-with copies of Star Wars (Episodes 1 to 3 - note how I use the ORIGINAL number system, you dorks) please for the love of geekdom, upload to http://thepiratebay.se/ right now.
Slashdotters with original copies - you are our only hope!
Irked By Cyberspying, Georgia Outs Russia-based Hacker
My Dad was reading some of those old 1990's cyber-spy-crime-somethinginternet novels recently (think 'Len Deighton' approved, etc.).
He put down one of the books one day and asked me: "How the hell could someone hack into the CIA??" and I said, "Dad, that was like, 30 years ago. Facebook knows more about your life now than the KGB could ever have."
He acted like he knew what I was talking about and continued reading. Later on, he asked me why Virtual Reality hadn't been used in the Gulf War because that would surely have saved lives.
What tech would you un-invent?
- Ubiquitous video cameras = ubiquitous surveillance society. *UN-INVENTED
- Nuclear Bombs: AK-47s have killed more people than nuclear weapons and if it hadn't been for Mutually Assured Destruction, they'd have killed many many more. Besides, we need nukes for when the alien zombies show up.
- The internet: Only an evil madman would un-invent the net.
- Cell phones: If you have a problem with these, you don't know how to use them properly.
- Computer mouse: Just try using a PC without one, smartguy.
- Social media: Can just be ignored.
- Physical media: I'm betting that all those 'cloud solution' outfits, the authorities at large, the MAFIAA and everyone who wants to rent you your music wishes they could un-invent this. Me, I'm sticking with my DVDs.
Student Publishes Extensive Statistics On the Population of Middle-Earth
And now, The Voice Of Sir David Attenborough In Your Mind reads:
'NERD is the Genus.
Geek, Dork and Dweeb are the Species.'
Part 1. (In a series of 1)
"Despite their close common ancestry, the individual species remain aloof from each other. Perhaps it is the ability of Geeks to relate to members of the opposite sex and reproduce, or their superiority in conquering internet territory. Perhaps it is the rapidly-spawning presence of the Dorks in the ecosystems of religious and rightwing political movements. Possibly it could also be the persistence of the Dweeb - forever in possession of the market value of an unopened bubblegum pack of 'Starsky & Hutch - Season 1' cards.
It remains clear that the Nerd kingdom will prevail. Simply due to lack of sufficiently smart predators, if little else."
(Footnote: Despite, or inspite of, evidence to support this assertion, I should state that a depressing majority of Slashdot commenters have sunk to the levels of random trolling YouTube commenters. An execrable and parlous situation, most certainly!)
Have Walled Gardens Killed the Personal Computer?
I would say: It's about the greed stampede reducing the landspace for trampling over the potential richness. Look at America. How much of it was lost to rigid Christian capitalist thinking?
Oh wait, sorry. Just watch "A Man Called Horse" followed by "Deadwood" - Seasons 1 to 2.
Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack
I met a Russian woman once in Germany (nice woman, very smart) and I cracked a joke about Russian corruption.
She spent the next half-hour ranting about corruption in Russia and how while Europeans are shocked by a corruption scandal, Russians simply think: "Fuck I wish I thought of that first".
She *hates* Russians. Can you blame her?
The Real Job Threat
Back when they invented steampower, what happened wasn't that the aristocrats partied joyously with the peasants and everyone had easier, richer lives. What happened was the immediate discarding of tens of thousands from the employment markets, followed by economic migrancy, social and political unrest, the rise of communism, and a lot more besides.
Clearly a dumb move, but when have greedy power-elites ever been any different?
Now I for one would welcome our new robot overlords, if I could only be sure that the vampires (like, the IMF) overseeing the new order would just share the wealth and let people get on with the things they really want to do with their lives. Travelling, art, education, exploring inner and outer space, a lot more besides.
Why should anyone have to work for a decent standard of living anymore? It's the goddamn 21st century already!
(Hmm... just realised that we could be looking at a robot-apocalypse engineered by vampires. I gotta go talk to a publisher.)
Anyway look, go and read this guy.
Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting
I've seen for a while now how optical media is dying. For years we've had double-layer drives in our machines (another feature for the salesman to pitch) but the price of double-layer discs has always been kept artificially high. So high, that no-one reaIly uses that function. In a store near me I can buy 25 DVD-Rs for €15, or 5 double-layer DVD-Rs for €30. Clearly, a last gasp attempt by big media to stave off DVD movie copying. But at least I can still do that. Physical copies are always better than the cloud and walled garden approved software but try telling that to someone who only sees in "new shiny-vision" and treats hardware releases like new season fashion collections.
I had a massive rant one night at a party at a developer from an Irish 'app' (totally totally hate that term but anyway) studio who kept gushing on and on about Apple's App Store. I swear, I wanted to punch him.
Only a moron would go into business with Apple, who control everything that goes through their store like the Stasi approving your grocery shopping. Their business rates are completely locked in and totally uncompetitive but guys like him are in a trance because they think they're in some kind of special club.
Bollox. It's a cult. Call the Germans and tell them to shut it down.
Well I know most Slashdotters know this already. The thing is, while walled gardens have been around for a long time (ISPs are notorious for using them), Apple's Sith Empire-like success has legitimised the practice in the eyes of many businesses and politicians. It's an extension of the evil safety culture that wants us to remain indoors, and keep shopping.
Support free, open software and look into buying a DVD pressing machine.
Why Nobody Wants You On OKCupid
...not online. Not an agency or just through friends. I turned around to ask a girl if she knew of a cigarette machine and 2 hours later, we were still talking. 4 hours later, we were weaving our way up Camden Street groping each other and giving tongue.
3 months later, I still love this gal. Our texts to each other are like this:
Me: Hey, how was your day in the foreign intelligence agency? I'm going to pick you up outside the embassy (when are you going to tell me what you really do there? :) ) and take you to a nice restaurant. Sorry, I'll be wearing an expensive suit and tie again (had another presentation - work's a bitch, eh?) but I don't care how you are. I'm sure you'll be fabulous. Later on let's walk along the beach. It's a full moon tonight! I love you.
Her: Ya had nice day all went well wit sbjct X actualy hav evening 2 mself, tidying! lol. Hav 2 meet boss contct 2m so hav 2 prtend am tidy no strngs etc. PsykWrfr101. Will B @ rndvu usual plce. XXX
Guys (and girls), how could I resist a woman with such sweet charms? She texts like a poetess.
Should I ask her to marry me now or when we meet her parents in Tel Aviv?
id Software's RAGE To Ship With Mod Tools
It's a poor argument to make if you're implying that people just want a box that works the magic stuff, as an example of tech success.
Anyone who bought Ultima Underworld or Ultima VII back in the early 1990s got specific instructions on dealing with memory allocation issues and boot-sequence protocols in the in-game manual. Along with game instructions and a fairly detailed world history.
That's an education, my friend.
These days, manuals (pamphlets!) spend more text reinforcing your legal obligations pertaining to epilepsy, obesity and the concerns of religious puritans than they do on the fucking controls!
Consoles haven't dumbed down gaming (buy an old Megadrive for proof) - console MAKERS have dumbed down gaming!
I'd like to add: Come On Down Sony! - content with spending millions of their shareholders' profits on persecuting emulator engineers than on.... preserving the media those shareholders' dividends depend on.
id Software's RAGE To Ship With Mod Tools
You haven't been around before the days of 'Unreal' and 'Quake' have you?
Map editors and modelling tools were common back then.
Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?
Has anyone beaten this program?
I tried it and managed to reach an uncomfortable draw of: 6 Wins, 7 Draws, 6 Losses.
I haven't played it since and wonder if my chances against the Skynet armies are better than most of ye.
How the PC Is Making Consoles Look Out of Date
Anyone who tells you that playing a computer game with a radically different control peripheral is like, no big deal, because at the end of the day it's all the same fun experience, is a marketer or a seller. By the time you've figured out how much these people lie for a living, you should still have time to get a refund.
With a mouse you can sweep across the screen and stop dead on a point.
No-one can do the same with any single controller that's been made for consoles to date - and there've been many peripherals over the years for PC displaying enough sensitivity and accessibility to name that pixel every time.
For the record; I have an N64, Gamecube, Playstation, Xbox, PS2 and PS3.
I enjoy my library of games for these machines but for the most part, those games are made for the machines they run on. It's part of the experience of playing them.
However lately, I can really tell when a game was developed for a particular console or developed for PC first and then clunkily ported to a console and I really can tell when a game would die miserably online if it allowed PC gamers to play in its network.
Come on down, Killzones 1 to 3..
Mirror's Edge Sequel On Hold
Looking at EA over the years, it seems they're not in the business of making games either.
Rather, they believe their business is in making entertainment product labelled 'games'.
Let's not forget either that it was EA executives who tried to strongarm DICE into making Mirror's Edge a shooter, but DICE quietly refused to comply.
DARPA Wants To Know How Stories Influence People
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New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor
I buy nothing new from Sony. All my PS 2 gear and games are secondhand and I don't play online.
At least this way they make no money from me.
Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games
I'm seeing an awful lot of comments about games that were obviously badly written and badly thought through.
What about when game designers make a conscious decision to make the player responsible for his/her failures without making the cause of failure something needlessly beyond the player's control?
Alien VS Predator had a mechanism by which the player was allowed only three saves per level. Three. No more. The player was never told how long the missions were going to be or what kind of enemy he/she was up against. If the player died on the last save - tough. Game over, man. Game over.
Naturally, gamers whined and whined until Rebellion caved and released a patch allowing unlimited saves.
Ironically, years later gamers would whine and whine about games like Bioshock removing all consequences of failure entirely.
Fuck the whiners. Take responsibility for your actions (good or bad) and prepare yourself for the consequences. That's what real heroes and heroines do.
Ubisoft's Draconian DRM Patched?
I've been a PC gamer since the early '90s and I've lived through all the years when PC gamers became ever more reliant on hackers to defend their rights to make backups and sell to a third-party.
When Ubisoft announced this last DRM scheme of theirs, I simply boycotted them. Why should they get a cent of my hard earned money if they're going to treat me like a criminal before the shrinkwrap has even been removed the box?
Well you all know that Ubisoft aren't the first to treat us this way but in my case, I also had a dodgy unreliable internet connection. So it occurred to me that Ubisoft had invented another way to victimise me and blame me for it in the process.
So I said: 'Fuck Them'. The rest was easy.
I don't care how 'awesome' anyone thinks their games are. I couldn't give a flying fuck how many webcomics are being so topical about their games.
I could possibly piss on the reviewers who've stopped trying to be objective and factual.
If Ubisoft want another cent from me, they must reveal the names of those who came up with this idea in the first place, sack their entire upper management and publicly pledge to abandon all forms of DRM while the company exists.
Repeat this statement 1000 times and you know they'll start listening.
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