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Will Consoles Merge Back Into PCs?

azuredrake Re:No.... (356 comments)

It is a fairly common feature on ps3 games, actually, if they use the unreal engine - as an above poster noted. It's not common on 360 games because of the proprietary USB format MS uses on their controller cables.

more than 5 years ago
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Left 4 Dead Bug Patched Quickly, EVE Exploit Takes 4 Years

azuredrake Re:What about Castle Crashers? (157 comments)

If Castle Crashers is trying to patch anything else besides these bugs, they may be trying to roll those all into one. Also, the approval process for XBLA games might be slower - since they're lower demand/lower userbase.

The way xbox patches work in general is that the developer only gets one patch for free. After the first patch, you have to pay MS a fee if you want to patch the game again, as a disincentive to release sloppily coded games on consoles. Thus, Castle Crashers' producers may have decided to wait and use their one free patch when they have substantive content to update as well as the bug fix, whereas valve probably figured this issue was glaring enough that it needed to be fixed right away.

more than 5 years ago
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Players Furious Over Buggy GTA IV PC Release

azuredrake Re:I'm slightly astonished (384 comments)

Windows XP game development and xbox 360 game development are virtually identical, if you go from console to PC. If the PC is your primary platform, you have to be careful that nothing you did on the game is above the capabilities of the console.

more than 5 years ago
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Worm Attack Prompts DoD To Ban Use of External Media

azuredrake Re:This isn't alarming... (295 comments)

Yeah, it's pretty ridiculous that DoD is only now banning external media on their premises, when that's been standard operating procedure in the video game industry for years. Let's see, what matters more... the next year's copy of Madden, or the next Patriot missile specs?

*facepalm*

about 6 years ago
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Stardock Evaluates DRM Complaints, Updates Gamer's Bill of Rights

azuredrake Re:So... (279 comments)

Stardock started not as a game publisher but as a Windows Application publisher. They have some desktop productivity products or something... but have become more famous for their consumer-friendly approach to PC gaming. Brad Wardell is taking advantage of the anti-DRM hype going on post-spore to build up a lot of respect for himself in the hardcore gamer community.

I suspect that this heiritage of developing for Windows only, as well as their relatively small scale as a publisher, leads them to a.) keep the people they have hired already and b.) not want to hire more people if at all possible. These two concerns definitely lead to publishing only for Windows in the foreseeable future.

Though I would argue that it's getting sillier and sillier to stick to one platform, especially with the addition of discrete graphics cards to entry level Macbooks as well as the Pros and the proliferation of Apple marketshare. Put simply, people who are writing apps from the ground up should be doing it in an environment where porting between Mac, PC, and Linux is easy, or they're not being responsible to their duty to maximize returns on their investment, especially given the relative dirth of good game titles on Mac and native Linux.

more than 6 years ago
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Stardock Evaluates DRM Complaints, Updates Gamer's Bill of Rights

azuredrake Re:Embarrassed? (279 comments)

No, what bothers me is that I intimately understand the direct connection between piracy of a PC title en masse and the ensuing lack of employment of people who worked on said title if it underperforms "as a result". I'm not saying I agree with that proposed causal relationship, and I certainly understand that not every stolen copy is a lost sale - actually, almost everyone I've talked to in the business agrees - but piracy does hurt real people who make games, and therefore also dampens the quality of PC titles and the enthusiasm for the platform across the board.

It's a real problem out there.

more than 6 years ago
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Obama Significantly Revises Technology Positions

azuredrake Re:All hail the new king, same as the old king. (940 comments)

The immunity is not ex post facto. Ex post facto only applies to laws which criminalize something after it was done, increase the penalty to a crime after it was committed, or make it harder to obtain an 'innocent' verdict by raising the burden of proof after the date of commission.

Since the Telecom Immunity provision makes something NOT a crime after the date, it is not technically ex post facto law. Here is the relevant quote from Calder v. Bull, the US Supreme Court case which, in current case law, defines Ex Post Facto in the United States:

In my opinion, the true distinction is between ex post facto laws and retrospective laws. Every ex post facto law must necessarily be retrospective, but every retrospective law is not an ex post facto law. The former only are prohibited. Every law that takes away or impairs rights vested agreeably to existing laws is retrospective, and is generally unjust and may be oppressive, and it is a good general rule that a law should have no retrospect; but there are cases in which laws may justly, and for the benefit of the community and also of individuals, relate to a time antecedent to their commencement, as statutes of oblivion or of pardon. They are certainly retrospective, and literally both concerning and after the facts committed. But I do not consider any law ex post facto within the prohibition that mollifies the rigor of the criminal law, but only those that create or aggravate the crime or increase the punishment or change the rules of evidence for the purpose of conviction.

more than 6 years ago
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Tufts Tells Judge, We Can't Tie IP To MAC Addresses

azuredrake Re:Be honest (419 comments)

It's actually very commonly done at Tufts. We're only allowed one connection to the network per person, because the wires were run prior to online console gaming being a common thing on college campuses. The easiest way to get your wii or 360 online simultaneously is to change its MAC address to clone your PC's, so that the network doesn't question its presence.

more than 6 years ago

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SpaceX launch fails to reach space!

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "The New York Times reports that the third SpaceX launch has failed following the second-stage ignition of the Falcon 1 rocket. The SpaceX launch had three satellites on board, all of which were presumably destroyed in the incident. This marks the third failed launch for SpaceX — twice they failed to reach orbit, and once the Falcon 1 rocket was lost 5 minutes after launch. While the company vows to carry on, this certainly raises some questions about the likelihood of successful privatization of the Space industry."
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Spore prototypes put up by Maxis for free download

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "According to GameDaily, EA today released a free download of a Spore prototype known as "Biome". The download site describes BIOME as a program that "uses a language based on chemical stoichiometry." It goes on to note that "cells in a BIOME simulation change state the same way that chemicals change when exposed to other chemicals. Systems such as this can be used to simulate phenomena such as forest fires, disease epidemics, animal migration patterns and crystallization"

Note that the link provided in the linked article is, in fact, incorrect. The right URL from which to download BIOME and any upcoming Spore prototypes is here. Apparently, many more prototypes giving insight into the dev process of one of the PC world's most hyped games will be posted in the future, so keep an eye on it."

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Facebook sues ripoff German company

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "Facebook, the largest social networking site in the US, has sued German social networking site studiVZ on the grounds that studiVZ has copied the look and feel of Facebook in order to piggyback off their success. According to the article, "The German company sued by Facebook for running a "knockoff" of the social networking Web site said on Sunday it asked a German court to declare that Facebook's claims are without merit." However, a simple glance at the two sites' homepages seems to tell a different story — studiVZ copies many things from Facebook, from their button layout down to the font they're using."
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Diablo III Announced?

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "While there's no press release or subsection of the Blizzard site dedicated to it, the current splash page for Blizzard's homepage indicates that Diablo III is, in fact, on its way! Will it be the second MMO Blizzard has been working on? Or will it simply pick up where D2 left off with hack and slash action? More details are sure to be forthcoming, though perhaps the Blizzard splash page should not be publicly visible yet — since the D3 logo it displays results in a 404 error when clicked upon."
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BioShock Movie to be made by Universal

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake writes "Gamasutra reports that Universal Pictures has just announced a completion of licensing negotiations to bring the game BioShock to the silver screen. For those unfamiliar with the property, it was the much lauded Game of the Year contender praised for its storyline which emerged through gameplay, not just cutscenes. The director for the project is to be Gore Verbinski, who proved himself on the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, and the current writer for the screenplay is John Logan, who is recently known for the also-creepy Sweeny Todd."
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City of Heroes adds In-game ads

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake writes "NCSoft's City of Heroes has just announced that In-Game Ads are being added to the game, provided by an advertising firm Double Fusion. However, unlike in many games, the ads being brought to CoH have been defined as "always optional" and as a purely additional revenue stream, not as something that will ever allow advertisers to affect game content. City of Heroes General Manager Brian Clayton commented recently on IGN that "The first thing to make very clear is that Double Fusion was the one partner who was willing to work with us on making this optional. We didn't have that flexibility with a lot of advertisers and we feel that we owe it to our community, that this is something they really want to participate in. Opt-out was definitely a big issue for us." Additional commentary is available at Gamasutra, as per usual, as well as player reactions on the game's official forums; though you need a game account to comment, you can still read player reactions and developer comments at the provided link."
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Mitt Romney drops out of Presidential race

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake writes "CNN, among other news sites, is reporting that Mitt Romney has officially ended his campaign for the Republican nomination. In states whose delegates he had won, the state's Republican Party rules will determine who is the beneficiary of his delegates' votes. While he has been generally unpopular with slashdotters, Romney's move means the only two Republican candidates still campaigning are McCain, Huckabee, and Paul."
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Microsoft announces new content for Mass Effect

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake writes "Gamasutra has the scoop that Microsoft will be delivering a downloadable content infusion into Mass Effect, adding a new planet, a completely new species with which to interact, a single 50 point achievement, and around 90 minutes of gameplay. The download will be for 400 Microsoft points, which is about five dollars. This is of special note because no plans were previously revealed to add to Mass Effect via DLC, as the game was designed from the beginning to be a trilogy, so it's a surprise add on to what many consider to be one of the best western RPGs ever made."
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Myst Online going offline within 60 days

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake writes "Gamasutra reports that Gametap, the company known best for their on-demand game subscription service, is pulling the plug on Myst Online: Uru Live. Within sixty days, the world will be turned off. This is the second time that Myst Online has been dropped by a publisher — it was previously published by Ubisoft, and was offline from 2004 to 2006. Whether or not Cyan Worlds will find another company to run Uru Live is not clear, but this much is for sure: On April 4th, the servers are going down."
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First ever "Bionic Eye" contact lens creat

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake writes "Discovery News reports that, for the first time, researchers have fitted a contact lens with an imprinted circuit and lights. This could be used to overlay electronic information on natural vision, essentially providing a hassle-free heads-up-display. The device receives power from radio signals presumably emitted by a carried device. While practical implementations are still probably years away, the significant technological hurdle of crafting a safe LCD inside a contact lens has now been cleared."
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Nvidia to purchase AGEIA, makers of PhysX

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake writes "Nvidia, currently the only ultra-high-end graphics card manufacturer, has just made a deal to purchase AEGIA, manufacturers of the PhysX PPUs, the world's first commercial physics processing units. According to the story at Gamasutra, AMD passed up a similar deal a year ago, and it's not clear if NVIDIA plans to continue manufacturing separate PPUs or integrate the physics processing technology into their new GPUs."
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NASA, Russia test sex in space

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "According to The Guardian, both NASA and the Russian space agency have tested the feasibility of sex in space with human astronauts as the so-called "guinea pigs". While the purpose behind this research was to ascertain whether families could be sent on colonization missions together in zero-g, it's still amusing to think that two humans were sent up into space with government funding to copulate repeatedly on video. Of course, leave it up to the American government to come up with a mission codename like "STS:XX"."
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Japan to fingerprint all foreign visitors

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  about 7 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "According to the BBC, Japan's government is planning to fingerprint and photograph all visiting foreigners beginning on November 20th of this year. As support for the controversial programs, the country's justice minister has said "a friend of a friend" was a member of al-Qaeda who had visited the country illegally several times and had been involved in one of the bombings in Bali. While this seems more like political suicide than a convincing argument to violate the privacy of all visiting foreigners, the program itself is interesting. If it succeeds, other countries would surely follow suit, leading to a vast national database of fingerprints and photographs of travelers."
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Robotics goes open source

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 7 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "ZDNet reports on a Silicon Valley company named Willow Garage which is attempting to foster an open-source community to advance the field of robotics. Among other projects, the company is working on an autonomous, solar-powered boat for ocean research, and a car capable of driving itself through traffic situations and self-parking. The novel aspect to this company, however, is that it's a privately owned company which seems more interested in advancing its field of study than in turning a quick profit. Whether or not this proves a viable business model remains to be seen, but they seem to have the potential to revolutionize the field of personal robotics."
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Madonna signs on to new distribution paradeigm

azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 7 years ago

azuredrake (1069906) writes "Following Radiohead's recent departure from traditional music distribution, as well as Trent Rezner's escape from his label, Madonna has just signed on to "all-in-one" publishing deal with underdog label Live Nation. Under this novel contract, Madonna will leave the record company which she has been with for the entirety of her 25 year career in the music industry after the publication of her final record for Warner Music in 2008. Says Madonna, "The paradigm in the music business has shifted and...I have to move with that shift."
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azuredrake azuredrake writes  |  more than 7 years ago

azuredrake writes ""Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection," writes Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. in a case striking down a 1998 internet porn law. He goes on to say that there are easier ways for parents to protect their children, such as cheap and omnipresent parental access control software, than chipping away at fundamental rights. The whole story is available from the AP at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070322/ap_on_hi_te/in ternet_blocking (Sorry for the proprietary link, but I couldn't find it on the AP's own site.)"

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