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Mainstream Coverage of Manhunt 2

Phoenix00017 Re:I don't care how many Manhunt stories... (39 comments)

The problem is that you're missing the point entirely. This has little to do with Manhunt, and has far more to do with censorship, violence in games, and main-stream portrayal of video games. This is what we call "precedence setting". While you might not care if they decide to ban Manhunt based on violence, something tells me you might care if they then decide that the upcoming Halo 4 (or God of War 3, or [insert bad-ass violent game sequel here]) game is excessively violent as well.

And before you come back telling me you never play violent games, it isn't so far to reach and say that Super Mario Bros., despite the lack of blood, still has the main character killing tons of seemingly-innocent wildlife. Sure, it seems like an incredible stretch, but you have to ask "where does it stop" once you start villainizing games and ignoring the fact that some games are made for adults as well.

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Bizarre Windows File Name Sorting

Phoenix00017 Phoenix00017 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Phoenix00017 (1017168) writes "This is not a question of dire importance, but I'm becoming intensely curious about it. I've asked this question in a couple of forums on some tech-savvy websites and have gotten no answer. I've done some Googling and have yet to find a satisfactory response. So now I'm asking Slashdot if they have any insight on this phenomenon.

The question is simply this: if you create 4 files in a folder with names "a000.txt, 0a00.txt, 00a0.txt, and 000a.txt" (the extensions are required — if no extension is given my sort works fine for some odd reason) and then sort them by name, what order do you get and why?

In Windows XP Pro SP2, I get:





When posting in forums, I have seen at least 4 distinct sort orders for these files from other people's computers. I know that Windows XP and later use a different file name sort algorithm than Windows 2000 did. Is it this algorithm that's causing the problem? And how could that account for people getting so many variations of the sort? Do Linux and Mac OSX fall prey to similar oddities?"

(Man) Hunting Season Is Open with "M" Rati

Phoenix00017 Phoenix00017 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Phoenix00017 (1017168) writes "Take-Two announced today that Manhunt 2 has been granted an "M" rating in the US, paving the way to a wide scale release. This is after working on creating a "modified" version of the game to satisfy the ESRB and drop the rating from the original "AO" rating it received.

"Manhunt 2 is important to us, and we're glad it can finally be appreciated as a gaming experience," said Sam Houser, founder and executive producer of Rockstar Games. "We love the horror genre. Manhunt 2 is a powerful piece of interactive story telling that is a unique video game experience. We think horror fans will love it."
Of course, one has to wonder what exactly drew the line between "M" and "AO" for this piece of software. And let's hope Rockstar didn't include any "special features" to be unlocked with any patches this time."

Phoenix00017 Phoenix00017 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Phoenix00017 (1017168) writes "This question originally started as frustration about the fact that I can't calibrate my aim for the Wiimote (which is very annoying for any lightgun-like games). I know there are some clever physical hacks that allow you to do this, but why not just put it into software? But then this opened up a second question — since we have 3D accelerometer data, if we are given a calibrated "starting point", can we not know the exact 3D orientation and position of the Wiimote at any point in time? If, say, Wii Baseball told you to hold the bat straight in front of you and hit "A", would we then be able to track exactly when you swing, as opposed to just flicking your wrist in any direction? Would this not allow for much more immersive gameplay? Are there any games doing this? Or is there a flaw in my logic?"


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