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How Do You Measure a Game's Worth?

dazaris Replayability (188 comments)

How long am I going to play this game for? Is it going to pull me back in at some point in the future? How much thought will I put into playing this game? (The more the better)

Replayability is usually determined by the level of customization offered. Being able to play the game in a different way usually changes a mediocre experience into a fantastic one.

A good example of a game I come back to often is Civilization 4. It has lots of fantastic mods, is fairly open ended and allows you to play the game in many different ways without forcing you into a single strategy or objective. RPGs usually have a fairly high replay value as well.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Create Artificial Meat

dazaris Da Da Dum Da Dum! (820 comments)

The Artificial Meat Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. The Artificial Meat begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

The Artificial Meat fights back!

more than 4 years ago

Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

dazaris Save the children? (434 comments)

I wasn't aware that they were an endangered species.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

dazaris Show me on the doll where the bad man touched you (434 comments)

They should make it a big red button. Preferably one that takes up 2/3s of the screen and says "RAPE!" in flashing letters.

more than 4 years ago

Gamer Sues WoW Maker for Ruining His Life

dazaris The Blizzard made me do it! (2 comments)

Hope Blizzard takes this guy to the cleaners on this one. Seriously, does no-one take responsibility for their own behaviour these days?

more than 4 years ago

Game Retailers Facing Digital Distribution Transition

dazaris Re:Why are there still game retailers? (155 comments)

It's nice to have a tangible product to go with your purchase, but it seems that most games are tending to go towards the console standard of a single disc and paper thin manual in a tiny DVD case. When that's the case there's very little incentive to pay the extra amount of money as well as take time out of your day to drive to the store (When you don't live in a city center).

I don't see digital distribution replacing the corner store in the near future though. Consoles will ensure that (until they get a widely used and reliable form of digital distribution for big name titles), as will the games you can't purchase off steam or similar services.

about 5 years ago

App Store Developer Speaks Out On Game Piracy

dazaris On the plus side... (762 comments)

You 're going to get a huge amount of publicity for your new game by having your article posted on Slashdot.

more than 5 years ago

How much mail do you reject/auto-delete?

dazaris I reject 150% (495 comments)

It's easy, you just go around and delete other people's mail.

more than 10 years ago



Mininova limits its activities

dazaris dazaris writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dazaris writes "Complying with court order Mininova a popular bittorrent search engine has taken it's services offline except as a Content Distribution service. According to the verdict they would have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. They had tested some different filtering systems in the last couple of months, but had found that it’s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, they decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. They are still considering an appeal."
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Chinese 'cat-girl' baffles doctors

dazaris dazaris writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dazaris writes "A six-year-old Chinese girl has doctors puzzled after thick grey hair started growing all over her body, earning her the nickname "cat-girl". Li Xiaoyuan, from Fengkai in southern China, had a small birthmark on her back just months ago, which has since grown to cover her entire back and parts of her arms and face. "Doctors told us it was just how a birthmark even when it started spreading but now it covers half her body," her father Li Yan was quoted as saying."
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