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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Pluvius Re:A few other observations (275 comments)

I agree with your whole post except for the last paragraph. Guys who play Madden or Cawadoody all day are just as casual as women who play Candy Crush Saga or Farmville all day, they just have penises.

Rob

about a week ago
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Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

Pluvius I dunno Who asked for this (46 comments)

My wife has a desktop with Debian 6 installed and it's nothing but trouble, crashes, dropped Internet connection, etc. What really sucks about it is that she likes to stay up late playing Tux Racer and whenever something goes wrong she wakes me up out of a good rest to fix it!

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tl; dr: Momma's got a Squeeze box, Daddy never sleeps at night

about 5 months ago
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The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

Pluvius Re:Film Industry (272 comments)

A better comparison is not with the Hollywood model of today, but with the model that existed in the early days of cinema--studios "owned" actors, directors, etc. under contract so that they could only make pictures for that studio. This made a lot of money for the studios but everyone else got peanuts and had their creativity stifled, a natural oligopoly arose, and mediocrity ruled the day. The system eventually was broken up by the Supreme Court under antitrust law and the studios felt extreme competitive pressure from television, leading to the freelance system we have now where studios compete to get the best stars by sharing profit, granting creative ownership, and so forth. We wouldn't necessarily need another Supreme Court ruling or another entertainment medium to fix the video-game industry, but doing so would probably still require some sort of collective action (e.g. a general strike by top game designers and writers).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_system

Rob

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Pluvius Re: This actually looks really unusable (317 comments)

PC gamers aren't interested, they still need help from keyboard+mouse combinations to aid them in games that actually require precision to play well .

FTFY

Rob

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

Pluvius Re:An open system (271 comments)

No, the very nature of the PC ecosystem keeps you from reselling what you paid for. Bootlegging PC games has been trivial for well over a decade even if you're only looking at optical-disc-based games. There's also the fact that you could never trust any used game with both a multiplayer component and a CD key (because how do you know the original owner isn't still using the key?) Those trust issues (not to mention the ease of piracy) made the PC used-game market essentially nonviable for years before Steam came out, and would continue to do so if Steam didn't exist. Especially since the publishers that are currently using Steam to lock down their games would continue to do so through similar methods.

Rob

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Pluvius Re: The Romans found out about lead (780 comments)

Hell, the medical community puts mercury into injections, and expect you to inject it directly into your blood steam.

You couldn't have shown less of an understanding of basic chemistry even if you had instead posted that the copious amounts of hydrogen we ingest every day puts us all in danger of spontaneously combusting.

Rob

1 year,24 days
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Apogee Suing Gearbox Over Unpaid Royalties For Duke Nukem Forever

Pluvius Re: After Colonial Marines... (88 comments)

I think there's a difference here between "controversial" and "sucks". Colonial Marines was the latter.

Also the former.

Rob

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Accept 'Bitcoin-Ware' Apps?

Pluvius Oh for Christ's sake (232 comments)

Stop it with the Bitcoin articles. We're not interested in your Ponzi scheme.

Rob

about a year ago
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Explosions at the Boston Marathon

Pluvius Re:Well, crap (1105 comments)

You're roughly 11.5 years late.

Rob

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

Pluvius Re:Virtual Machine (572 comments)

If you have Windows 7 Pro or greater, you can get an instance of XP running on Virtual PC for free. It's called "Windows XP Mode."

Rob

about a year ago
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Scientists Create World's First 3D-Printed 3D Printer

Pluvius Would reverse psychology work? (71 comments)

I mean, if we all got together at the end of the day and declared that Slashdot has given us the best April Fools' Day celebration ever and that they could never possibly top it in a million lifetimes, would it convince them to stop?

Rob

about a year ago
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IBM Dipping Chips In 'Ionic Liquid' To Save Power

Pluvius Correct me if I'm wrong, but... (68 comments)

...wouldn't this lead to exploits that are currently considered impossible due to the volatile nature of RAM? I'm thinking of something along the lines of those guys who jailbroke a mobile phone by putting it in a freezer. Not that this would be an insurmountable problem, but it is something to think about.

Rob

about a year and a half ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

Pluvius Re:Get with the program! (684 comments)

Have you ever heard of the concept that the left-right spectrum is shaped like a horseshoe? That is, the further left a person goes the more he begins to look like an ultra-right-wing lunatic, and vice versa? I think that's what's going on here. The progressive attempt to give women equal rights under the law has mutated into the desire to protect them from everyone including themselves.

Rob

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

Pluvius Re:Yawn (656 comments)

Not true--just because both sides of an argument are honest and forthcoming doesn't mean that they're both right. They often have different understandings of a situation that come from their own unique perspectives and beliefs. Judges are useful arbiters for determining which side is correct.

Rob

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

Pluvius Re:Tax avoidance (592 comments)

And if there wasn't a large and powerful government, then corporations would suddenly have no power over the system? How does that work?

Rob

about a year and a half ago
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GOP Study Committee Director Disowns Brief Attacking Current IP Law

Pluvius Re:The GOP is very divided. (176 comments)

They're more than willing to admit that blacks are responsible for more crimes than other races, even when there are many more whites and Hispanics who are far worse off, economically and socially.

Er, either you're simply wrong about this or you're using the word "more" in two different ways in the same sentence. While it's true that there are more black criminals per capita, it's also true that there are more socioeconomically deprived black people per capita. And while there are more impoverished whites and Hispanics in an absolute number, there are also more white and Hispanic criminals in an absolute number.

That's not even getting into the fact that there's a systematic bias against blacks in our judicial system, or that most black criminals are considered criminals as a direct or indirect result of the War on Drugs which you yourself decried just a few sentences later...

Rob

about 2 years ago
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Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago

Pluvius Re:no (637 comments)

Your post is proof that if we based our view of the world and our policies on what is taught in an introductory class on any particular subject, we'd be totally screwed. Eradicating low intelligence, which is based on a whole host of genetic traits and environmental influences, would be orders of magnitude harder than eradicating mental retardation, which itself is already impossible to do through eugenics. (If you don't know why, read up on Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in relation to rare recessive traits.)

Rob

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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Nearly Entire id Back Catalog Now on Steam

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  about 7 years ago

Pluvius writes "The constantly growing list of games available on Valve's online-gaming network Steam has become even more impressive with a contribution from id software. With the exception of the relatively new Quake IV and a few early games, every PC game released by id is now available, including the first five Commander Keen episodes, the Wolfenstein games, the Doom series, most of the Quake series, Heretic and HeXen, and all of the addons and expansions thereof. Better yet, all of these games can be bought together at the low price of $70, minus a 10% discount if you buy before August 10. Other packages are also available."
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Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pluvius writes "To promote the upcoming launch of the Wii, Nintendo held an event called 'Wii.Play' last night with various celebrities and industry representatives attending. Among these was Netjak critic and Atlus employee Clayton 'Alkaiser' Chan, who wrote a report on the proceedings. How did things go? Well...
The place is dead. Super dead. I think the only time I've seen a dance floor this un-utilized is the time I went 'clubbing' in Vancouver, and there were literally 12 people in the entire place who weren't me, and they all came as a group. ... Nobody gave a crap about the Wii. At the beginning of the party, the PR guy and I wondered whether or not we were able to play the games, because only the people Nintendo hired were playing them.
The quick hands-on previews of the available games aren't exactly flattering, either."
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Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pluvius writes "Video games based on Christianity have always been less than stellar, but Left Behind: Eternal Forces, a real-time strategy game inspired by the infamous Left Behind series of novels detailing the story of Earth following the Rapture, is hoping to change that perception. The game, due out on November 7 according to its website, charges the player with control over the Tribulation Force which must convert the remnants of the world's population and fight against the minions of the Antichrist. Wired reporter Clive Thompson gets a hands-on look at the game and judges it positively. From the preview: 'Each of your team members has a "spirit" ranking. If you let them get too fatigued or hurt, their spirit drops into "neutral" territory and you lose them. You can sway enemies to your side by unleashing your "spirit warriors" or Christian-rock singers, whose joyful noises raise the spirit of anyone near them. (You can even convert evil forces if you're persuasive enough. Of course, the Antichrist has his own evil heavy-metal musicians who work precisely the opposite effect.)'"
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Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  about 8 years ago

Pluvius writes "The top-ten list of party schools published by the Princeton Review every year has always been a popular metric among prospective American college students for determining the 'most compatible' university to attend. Because of this, the Global Gaming League has come up with a more geek-oriented list: The First Annual Top Gaming Colleges Survey. The entries were selected based on such factors as proximity to gamer meccas such as Southern California, the frequency of LAN parties, and the existence and strength of a game design curriculum. Here's an excerpt from the number one entry, UT/Austin: 'Last, if you don't feel like leaving your dorm, there's nothing to worry about. A blistering Internet connection will give you LAN pings inside Texas, 30 milliseconds of latency to the East coast and 40 to the West coast. "The Internet connection at the dorms is ****ing amazing. I was [on it] freshman year; I miss that part about moving out of the dorms."'"

Journals

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Wii Launch Party a Disappointment

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 7 years ago To promote the upcoming launch of the Wii, Nintendo held an event called 'Wii.Play' last night with various celebrities and industry representatives attending. Among these was Netjak critic and Atlus employee Clayton 'Alkaiser' Chan, who wrote a report on the proceedings. How did things go? Well...

The place is dead. Super dead. I think the only time I've seen a dance floor this un-utilized is the time I went 'clubbing' in Vancouver, and there were literally 12 people in the entire place who weren't me, and they all came as a group. ... Nobody gave a crap about the Wii. At the beginning of the party, the PR guy and I wondered whether or not we were able to play the games, because only the people Nintendo hired were playing them.

The quick hands-on previews of the available games aren't exactly flattering, either.

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Left Behind RTS Due Out Tomorrow

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 7 years ago Video games based on Christianity have always been less than stellar, but Left Behind: Eternal Forces, a real-time strategy game inspired by the infamous Left Behind series of novels detailing the story of Earth following the Rapture, is hoping to change that perception. The game, due out on November 7 according to its website, charges the player with control over the Tribulation Force which must convert the remnants of the world's population and fight against the minions of the Antichrist. Wired reporter Clive Thompson gets a hands-on look at the game and judges it positively. From the preview: 'Each of your team members has a "spirit" ranking. If you let them get too fatigued or hurt, their spirit drops into "neutral" territory and you lose them. You can sway enemies to your side by unleashing your "spirit warriors" or Christian-rock singers, whose joyful noises raise the spirit of anyone near them. (You can even convert evil forces if you're persuasive enough. Of course, the Antichrist has his own evil heavy-metal musicians who work precisely the opposite effect.)'

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Something Awful Bemoans Video-Game Journalism

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 8 years ago

As a foil to all of the yearly 'Top 10' lists being created by the gaming media as well as the rise of New Games Journalism, Zack Parsons of the comedy website Something Awful has posted the first part of his list of the five worst gaming articles of 2005. Added bonus: The Escapist, "worst new gaming magazine of 2005," as Awful Link of the Day. From the article: 'Roger Ebert doesn't go to the set of "King Kong" and get the vapors over dolly shots. Leonard Maltin didn't ride a trained seal around the ocean during the filming of "Into the Blue" and start hooting "I smell Oscarrrrr!" over a bullhorn. Even cover articles full of huge pictures and adjective-laden text in Entertainment Weekly don't dare to claim that the movie is going to be great. Why does the gaming press think it's acceptable to prematurely ejaculate all over every major developer's upcoming games?'

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Kentucky Students Create Katamari-Playing Machine

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 8 years ago

IGN reports that three University of Kentucky students have found a way to automate the infamous rose-collecting quest in We Love Katamari by designing a device so ingenius that it could only be named "THE MACHINE" (capital letters required). The task in question requires players to collect a million roses with the katamari, something which normally means many weeks of tedium, but THE MACHINE managed to do it in roughly a hundred hours of near-continuous gameplay without causing the two PlayStation 2 consoles to explode. From the article: "At least according to Hickey, acquiring 1,000,000 roses just plays a new song that doesn't appear in the sound library and also swaps out We Love Katamari's loading screens with rose screens. That's terribly uninteresting. 'Basically the King just laughs at you and says it was pointless.'"

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Sony Ad Infuriates Catholics

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 8 years ago According to Reuters, a recent ad placed by Sony in Italian periodicals has raised the eyebrows of certain national Catholic groups, leading to Sony apologizing and stopping the campaign. The ad, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the PlayStation in Europe, featured a young man wearing a crown of thorns, where some of the thorns were shaped like the distinctive symbols of the PlayStation controller's face buttons. The caption for the ad states, "Ten years of passion." This is a reference to the Christian Passion, when a crown of thorns was placed on Jesus Christ's head before His crucifixion. From the article: "'This time they've gone too far,' said Antonio Sciortino, editor of Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family), a mass-circulation Catholic weekly. 'If this had concerned Islam there would have been a really strong reaction.'"

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FF7 Merchandise Reflects on Square's HR Practices

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 8 years ago There is currently an eBay auction for a leather jacket, one of less than a hundred which were given to Squaresoft employees to celebrate the release of the PC port of Final Fantasy VII, bearing the Squaresoft and FF7 logos. What's notable about this piece of memorabilia is not its rarity or subject matter, however, but the story behind it. From the auction description: "It is a physical representation of the HR/Marketing department at Squaresoft, Inc. deciding that the Quality Assurance team didn't count as actual employees of the company. ... Everyone who was an employee of the company who was NOT in Quality Assurance got one. This included the Quality Assurance Manager AND the temp receptionist who had been there a total of 3 months. ... The QA staff then asked for the manufacturer, so they could just order extra and pay for them out of their own pockets, and the QA staff was rebuffed a final time with the response, 'They're too expensive for you guys to pay for.'" With the North American release of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children looming, this is an interesting look at the developer back when FF7 was a relatively new game. One wonders if Square's treatment of QA engineers has changed since merging with Enix.

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Apogee Shoot-em-up Released as Freeware

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 9 years ago 3D Realms, the developer of Duke Nukem 3D and Max Payne, has released as freeware the full version of Stargunner, a side-scrolling shooter and the last game that the developer released when it was still known as Apogee Software, and consequently the last 2D game that it released. The gameplay is reminiscent of Apogee's earlier (and much more popular) Raptor, with the ability to buy power-ups for your ship using money earned by fighting through the levels. The front page of the 3D Realms site also notes comments by project leader David Pevreal and Apogee president Scott Miller regarding this release (look at the news item for June 22).

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Sam & Max 2 Resurrected?

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 9 years ago On the forums for online adventure gaming magazine The Inventory, Wolfgang Kierdorf, the director of adventure game developer Bad Brain Entertainment, stated, '[T]here are negotiations with LucasArts but I can't get into detail here. maybe this will be the surprise release of 2005. the game you all wanted but didn't get.' This is an obvious implication that Sam & Max 2, a highly anticipated game that was canceled earlier this year, is Bad Brain's target. (It's also possible that the company is seeking rights to Full Throttle 2, but that game was hardly something that we 'all wanted.')

[I dunno why this one didn't get posted, especially since this submission, which was basically the same thing except in reference to a possible developer instead of a possible publisher, did. Speaking of which, I made a mistake in referring to Big Brain as a developer. The fact that it is a publisher leads to interesting speculation that they may work with Telltale Games to make the Sam & Max sequel.]

[UPDATE: Zonk posted this story himself, with the only real difference being that it was based on a subsequent Adventure Games interview with Wolfgang Kierdorf instead of a forum post by him. Whatever.]

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Rejected Submissions

Pluvius Pluvius writes  |  more than 9 years ago I will use this journal from now on to post rejected submissions. I don't do this to stroke my ego (though maybe that's part of it), but because some of my rejected submissions may be of some interest in the /. community despite not being accepted by the editors.

I haven't archived most of my submissions up to this point, so for anyone who cares, a summary of those:

Sam & Max Sequel Canceled: This one was actually posted. On the front page, no less. Don't ask me why /. says that it was rejected.

Square-Enix Producer Reveals GBA Plans: I don't remember exactly what this one was about, but it probably had something to do with the possibility of an English version of Final Fantasy 3 being ported to the system. This could've been rejected for any number of reasons.

Braben Finally Reveals Details on Elite IV: Read here.

Link Between IQ and Voter Preference?: A submission about that state IQ hoax that came out soon after the election. This was rejected because it was an obvious joke/troll submission. I had to give it a try, though, since the Politics section has basically been dead since the Democrats gave up.

Broussard Asks for Duke Nukem Forever Ideas: George Broussard is asking fans for ideas to put into his game, even though said game has been in development for somewhere between seven and nine years. I guess making fun of DNF is too passe for Slashdot. Incidentally, this submission took around five days to be rejected.

So, uh, here we go then.

Rob

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