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How Game Gimmicks Break Immersion

aafiske Re:Minigames (228 comments)

I always thought the ME2 minigames were pretty well designed. (The hacking & bypass). They felt thematically related to what you were actually trying to accomplish, they required a modicum of effort (that could be reduced by in-game purchases), and they generally provided a nice reward for doing them.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Places To Work In IT 2010

aafiske Re:Bad places to work (205 comments)

Actually, Salesforce donates worker's hours. (i.e., you can go volunteer, fully paid, during 9-5 mon-fri). Dunno about other places.

more than 4 years ago
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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

aafiske Me too (821 comments)

I have a rich contempt for families and the public too, where do I sign up to show my support?

more than 4 years ago
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Roger Ebert On Why Video Games Can Never Be Art

aafiske Re:Is it me or is he sounding more desperate? (733 comments)

Actually, it sounds a lot like gamers (note: I game, a lot) are desperate to associate games as art. He has a point, at the end of his article: why exactly are people insisting games are art? Does it make them better? Does it make you feel like less of a nerd, if it's artistic? Why is an aimless, goal-less pretty-picture-and-motion collection more art than something engaging and fun like Deus Ex (picked from a hat, replace with your game of choice.)

It seems like gamers & developers are creating a kind of cargo cult art. We don't know what art is, but if we make something kind of weird and meandering and clumsily insert some emotive cues, that's art, right? Lots of movies are odd, abstract explorations of who-knows-what, so if we do that, we're doing art.

I don't think it works like that.

more than 4 years ago
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Crowdsourcing the Department of Public Works

aafiske Re:How is this news? Oh, its on the web!!! (143 comments)

Yeah, stop using technology to make it easier to get involved. That would be wrong, for some reason.

more than 4 years ago
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XKCD Deploys Command Line Interface

aafiske Text adventure! (sorta) (288 comments)

Try looking around. Then try going west, young man.

more than 4 years ago
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How Smart Are You?

aafiske Re:Define Smart. (584 comments)

Also, define the population against which we are being compared to.

more than 4 years ago
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Users Rejecting Security Advice Considered Rational

aafiske Re:Windows Joke (389 comments)

Yeah, linux is some magical fairyland where everything works and the computers never need to be rebooted or even upgraded as often because it's just so fast.

Honestly, "new versions quietly installing themselves while all the software keeps working" the hugest crock of shit I've heard in a long, long time. New kernels constantly break existing software, especially graphics drivers and virtual machines. No one wants to walk into work and find out all their virtual machines were magically broken overnight and IT is looking into it. Or better yet, three weeks later when they restart they're stuck at a commandline with some cryptic error messages and need to learn to browse the web in lynx while they google for what the hell is going wrong.

I'm not saying Windows is all kittens and puppies and sugar either. But linux is hardly as wonderful as everyone makes it out to be.

more than 4 years ago
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BioShock 2's First DLC Already On Disc

aafiske Re:5 dollar patch (466 comments)

There's a remarkable new way of dealing with things like this.

Don't buy it. $180 too much for starcraft 2? Don't spend it. Problem solved! $5 dlc a rip off? You know what to do!

Or just wait 6 months until it drops in price, that works too. (not so much on DLC because they don't seem to put that on sale, but really. Either it's worth a piddling $5 or not.)

more than 4 years ago
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Distance, in multiples of my height, from my birthplace:

aafiske Re:Ridiculous (465 comments)

Maybe the 'my' refers to the submitter's height, and the submitter happens to be a mile tall.

Or maybe they just suck at math.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Forget Privacy

aafiske Re:Better ads (415 comments)

It's also a lot easier to say 'You don't actually want privacy' than fix the security and sharing model of facebook. If you don't expect privacy, all the various holes and dirty tricks no longer matter.

more than 4 years ago
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Between last big computer upgrade and the next ...

aafiske Re:In this economy? (408 comments)

Yeah, when you someone eat it.

more than 4 years ago
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Decline In US Newspaper Readership Accelerates

aafiske Re:Evolve or die..... (420 comments)

Huh? The larger kindle is out now. I saw someone on the train with it. Woudln't get the large one myself, but it's there if you want it.

more than 4 years ago
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Decline In US Newspaper Readership Accelerates

aafiske Re:It's their own fault (420 comments)

"I think that no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, the Internet has allowed you to broaden your horizons"

Or more likely the internet provides a convenient place to get opinions that agree perfectly with mine, so why should I read a newspaper that I sometimes disagree with and that is therefore stupid and wrong and biased?

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s

aafiske Re:When are people going to learn to NOT buy Sony? (438 comments)

"They also run what I believe is an illegal international lottery with respect to their "trading" card games in their MMOs."

Wait, what? When did a magic the gathering clone become a way of winning money? Why is trading in quotes?

Helpful hint: your argumentative points have more weight when you don't sound like a complete loon trying to make sinister conspiracies out of mundane card games.

more than 4 years ago
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Slow Oracle Merger Leads To Outflow of Sun Projects, Coders

aafiske Re:Oracle is OK (409 comments)

I suspect the issue is that it's a large company. There are bound to be areas that are exciting and interesting and filled with motivated people, and there are going to be areas of the company that ... aren't. That feel like people just show up to get the paycheck and go home.

more than 4 years ago
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Slow Oracle Merger Leads To Outflow of Sun Projects, Coders

aafiske Two different things (409 comments)

There seem to be two points in the article and summary. The one that makes sense is that the slowness of the merger is murdering Sun's business. The other is that the slowness is causing people to leave. I doubt the latter is true. People do not want to work for Oracle, fast merge or slow merge.

more than 4 years ago
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CCP Announces Console MMO Tie-In To the EVE Universe

aafiske Re:I've recently started playing EVE (89 comments)

Huh, did you join the goons or their subsidiaries or something? (somethingawful regulars). I've been in a number of corps and no one expects me to help them build their ship, or steals stuff. Most money-making enterprises are beneficial for everyone involved, and there are plenty of basic things you can do to secure guild assets.

more than 4 years ago
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BringIt.com Allows Players to Bet On Console Game Matches

aafiske Re:Cheating (112 comments)

"... you suspect that your opponents cheat ... "

In other words, they won.

Go on, try to find an online game where when you win, you aren't accused of cheating.

This site will never work without owning nearly everything about the game experience. And even then it's tricky.

more than 4 years ago
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Could the Cloud Derail a $300 Million Data Center?

aafiske Re:And here I was ... (109 comments)

It is, they're saying they should use the $300 million data center that already exists instead of buying a new one.

Why is a basic reading comprehension failure modded insightful?

about 5 years ago

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