Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs
Ridiculous summary with regards to the $500 million dollar figure. It includes the development AND MARKETING budgets!
Basically this. Destiny spent an estimate $360 million in Marketing and $140 million in Development, which is over a 2:1 ratio. CoD2:Modern Warfare 2 has a respective $150:$50 million or 3:1 split (Source). When game companies are spending a small relative fraction on the actual development, there's a problem.
NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"
You want private enterprise to own celestial objects? Because that's what would happen.
"Welcome to Mars, brought to you by AT&T"
Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming
While I applaud the idea, it's as unrealistic as "Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia out of the Internet" or "Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia out of books".
Games are not like TV Shows, in that there is not a single channel in which consumers get it (like TV Stations). A single person can make a game that becomes popular with tens or hundreds of thousands of people. Combine this with the fact that one group can find content as offensive (She's has a character flaw... misogyny!) while another of the same group can find the alternative equally offensive (All the females in this game are one-dimensional... misogyny!).
I also don't see how creativity will flow if all content needs to be impossibly 'appropriate' for all people. For big companies, it's self-correcting anyway: If it's offensive to too many people, the game won't be successful... so at least big companies have interest to make games that sell on the mass market.
4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television
Actual 1080p isn't even here yet for a lot of media. Most games and TV stations still only use 720p, and there are quite a few movies in that mode as well. It's no surprise that no major content provider is considering 4K at this point.
SDL 2.0 Release Improves 2D/3D Rendering, Better Audio & New Features
One of the more interesting changes is the license switch from LGPL to zlib.
I suspect this was done due to the rise of SFML (Simple and Fast Multimedia Library).
Hackers Stole Information From IAEA Servers
I'm seeing a huge inconsistency between data 'theft' or 'stealing' and 'pirating' here on Slashdot. I read the article and didn't see any reference to the original data being deleted. Was it just copied or "pirated", or was it actually taken off the machine with the original data removed?
ITC Judge Calls For US Xbox Import Ban
Seriously, why would anyone play games on a console anymore? You can do so much more to your games on the PC.
That wasn't directed at me, but here are my reasons:
1) I don't want to have to dual boot so that I can play AAA games. It saves me a Windows license, the hard drive space, the annoyance of multi-booting, etc.
2) Being able to just sit down on the couch with a beer, pop in a game, and play it lounging back without having a keyboard/mouse spread is relaxing. I do love playing PC games as well, but sometimes I just want to be sprawled. If I played competitively, I'd probably only play on PC.
3) I'm growing older and don't have the time or energy to upgrade my hardware in bits. I'd rather buy a new console for a few hundred dollars every 5-7 years instead of component upgrades every 0.5-1 years.
It also helps that my gaming isn't mostly twitch-shooters. If it was, that would also change how I probably played games.
Valve Announces Massive Steam Server Intrusion
Let's face it, there's no shortage of places that have some, part or all of your personal information these days; Steam is just one of many.
People or companies doing stupid or restrictive things en mass does not somehow make it right.
Purchasing a single-player game and having to tether it to a registration system is idiotic for the reason in the main article here. This continuing push to centralize all data in these private hubs is starting to show the flaws.
Why the New Guy Can't Code
We’ve all lived the nightmare. A new developer shows up at work, and you try to be welcoming, but he1 can’t seem to get up to speed; the questions he asks reveal basic ignorance; and his work, when it finally emerges, is so kludgey that it ultimately must be rewritten from scratch by more competent people. And yet his interviewers—and/or the HR department, if your company has been infested by that bureaucratic parasite—swear that they only hire above-average/A-level/top-1% people. ....
1 - Yes, I am being deliberately sexist here, because in my experience those women who write code are consistently good at it.
I know it's socially cool to be anti-male, but come on.
Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
I kind of regret using a Blu-ray player at times, because I'm nagged to be online to "Experience all the content" any time I want to watch a friggen movie.
Gearbox Boss Bemoans Superfluous Multiplayer Modes
Purely conjecture, but I believe it's less to do with "checking off a feature" and more to do with the following:
- Save time & money on content generation, since people who play multiplayer will use the same map over and over.
- Form of DRM / Piracy Protection, if there is 'server validation' then there's an indirect 'purchase validation'
Personally, I don't buy a game for multiplayer unless it's split screen, and those are few and far between. I'd play an older game like Goldeneye 64 with 3 buds long before playing any shooter over xbox live.
Piracy Boosts Anime Sales, Says Japanese Government Study
Perhaps it's an age or regional thing then. The last fansub circle I was in was in the mid-20's to mid-30's demographic which had a pretty stout "Buy it when it comes out in the states" stance.
Piracy Boosts Anime Sales, Says Japanese Government Study
Which largely amounts to nothing. The number of fansub viewers so wildly outweighs the number of buyers it's ridiculous and shows keep getting distributed no matter what.
Really? Source? That's almost shocking to hear, as my experiences have been so drastically different. I'd be interested to see that survey or study. Additionally, it would go pretty counter to the article above as well.
The Matrix Re-Reloaded
Why is this trash marked "Informative". It's clear that the parent has no idea who "Mr. Reeves" is.
This man gives most of his money to Charity / the staff that helps during the movie shoots / or to other actors. He's given 90%~ of his salary so that another actor could join the set that he felt 'fit the role' on more than one occasion. He lives like a real person (takes the bus, eats at local shops)..
He is one of the very few actors that actually does it because he loves it.
Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates
Yup, I could really care less about the games.
I'm confused, so you do care and are interested in piracy? Or do you mean "I couldn't care less".
To the GP, game publishers only look at / care about the piracy angle. Even if no one admitted that they wanted to pirate, these companies have a vested interest in keeping the game system 'locked down' and will see any openness on it as a threat.
Supreme Court Hears Violent Video Game Case Tomorrow
The difference in this example is that you're not paying for the enforcement of my parenting.
72% of US Adults Support Violent-Game Ban For Minors
Then 72% of US Adults shouldn't buy the games for their children.
Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year
Live is a portal that provides the following:
- Targeted Advertising, which makes Microsoft money
- Media purchasing avenue (Games, Videos, Add-ons, etc), which makes Microsoft money
- Multiplayer functionality around games which make Microsoft Money
- Subscription Fee, which makes Microsoft money
Only cost that has no/little return is from people who play multilayer constantly and somehow avoids seeing any of the advertisements.
This is really just a profit grab. I can't really blame them since they don't have to compete with anyone for their existing install base, but it does irk me.
Nanoresonators Create Ultra-High-Res Displays
Perhaps I'm understanding this wrong, but wouldn't "One Eight the Size" make a lot more sense? Having something 'times smaller' would suggest a difference in size being multiplied, and not fixed size.
Making Ubuntu Look Like Windows 7
Tell me about it. "I couldn't care less" and "I could care less" is a perfect example of this. It sounds simply moronic to use "I could care less" at the times that people do, but people do so often and don't even realize what's wrong.
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