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Elite Creator David Braben: Games Like Elite 'Too Risky' For Publishers

gowen I see his point... (109 comments)

But I can't really agree with it.

As someone who played Elite on the BBC B in the 80s, let's look at the what made different:

i) massive, open ended universe and freedom to make one's way, within a convincing universe of varying dangerousness
ii) strong element on trading, and with combat as a means to grab extra goodies and facilitate profitable acquisition of cash
iii) missions, and a progression of deadliness - that unlocks cooler gear and more dangerous missions and story progression

Does that not sound like most MMORPG ever invented? Could that not be WoW, or Skyrim?

Games like Elite don't not-exist, they're practically the norm. It's just that they were groundbreaking in 1983, and now everyone's seen them 1000 times over.

about 2 years ago

Court Case To Test Legality of Recording the Police With Your Cell Phone

gowen Hello (384 comments)

I'm a slashdot editor, and I can't distinguish between the concepts of "secretly" and "non-consensually".

Please give generously, so further people don't have to suffer the consequences of my stupidity.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Reveals User Details In UK Libel Case

gowen Re:Freedom Of Speech, eh? (127 comments)

Except ... this judgement isn't related in any way to Ryan Giggs or superinjunctions. It's about revealing the source of very specific, possibly untrue, allegations of actual malfeasance in reference to the governance of Sunderland.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Reveals User Details In UK Libel Case

gowen Freedom Of Speech, eh? (127 comments)

Freedom of speech does not include the right to slander or libel people you don't like, and it absolutely does not include the right to do so anonymously. You have the right to free speech - but you also must obey the libel laws, and you must be prepared to take the legal consequences of your free speech.

more than 3 years ago

First Brit Prosecuted Over Twitter Libel

gowen Re:What is wrong with this picture? (116 comments)

Objection your honour: assumes a fact not in evidence. My client would like it stated that the £50,000 cost for legal fees is press conjecture, unsupported by citations.

more than 3 years ago

Episode I 3D Release Date Announced

gowen Re:For the record... (313 comments)

Actually, that list goes:

Star Wars Holiday Special
Caravan of Courage: The Ewok Movie
RotS ...
Care Bears the Movie
Sex and the City ...

more than 3 years ago

Apple App Store Hits 10B App Download Mark

gowen Re:Kids these days (195 comments)

Kids, eh. Many of them don't know the difference between "who's" and "whose".

more than 3 years ago

Hungarian Officials Can Now Censor the Media

gowen Caution: Unpopular Opinion (185 comments)

Seriously folks, no-one is looking at the free US Media and saying "That is the model to which we should all aspire". Would I rather have a democratic government or Rupert Murdoch controlling the media - well, I'd rather have neither - but at least I can vote out a democratic government.

Fox News or The BBC - no fucking contest....

more than 3 years ago

Fermilab Confirms Evidence of 4th Flavor Neutrino

gowen Re:Cool (122 comments)

You're left with nothing but dust...

more than 3 years ago

All Your Stonehenge Photos Are Belong To England

gowen Re:Sydney Opera House Too (347 comments)

Except Sydney Opera House was opened in 1973, so its completely reasonable that its design is subject to copyright. Stonehenge was completed sometime around 1500BC, so that copyright has probably lapsed by now.

more than 3 years ago

All Your Stonehenge Photos Are Belong To England

gowen Re:Any UK legal folk around? (347 comments)

That applies to things that are actually copyright already -- so if I make a NEW henge on public display somewhere, I get to restrict images of it, because its my artistic work.. But Stonehenge's design is out of copyright now.

more than 3 years ago

Silent, Easily Made Android Rootkit Released At DefCon

gowen Oh how clever... (133 comments)

I've noticed a 0-day vulnerability in old ladies in that I can hit them over the head with a cudgel and steal their handbags. I'm going to a black-hat muggers conference to hand out cudgels and more detailed instruction. But that doesn't make be an utter scumbag, oh no. I'm a "security researcher", that's what I am, only interested in increased security for old ladies.

more than 4 years ago

Rich Pretexter, Poor Pretexter

gowen Re:Can we please go back to calling it "LYING"? (121 comments)

Better yet, lets co-opt pretexting: How about "Today two men pretexted themselves into my grandma's house by claiming to be from the gas company, then stole all her valuables." What's the difference here?

more than 4 years ago

Is OS/2 Coming Back?

gowen New Tag... (432 comments)

Can we have a new tag: "Rhetorical questions to which the answer is 'No'"

more than 4 years ago

StarCraft Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea

gowen Re:A-list? What? (471 comments)

Oh, yeah? Then why is the first google hit for "Ja Me Yoon" a link back to this slashdot article?

more than 4 years ago

Digital Economy Bill Passed In the UK

gowen Re:It was a farce... (384 comments)

Everyone that watched the debate last night was pretty horrified at how broken the "wash up" process was,

Really? Everyone? How terribly precise you polling must be.

Support the Open Rights Group and also support the Pirate Party UK who are currently raising money to field candidates. You can donate to the Pirate Party here if you are so inclined:

Or, alternatively, fold your ballot paper and shove it up your arse. It's cheaper, and the overall effect will be precisely the same.

more than 4 years ago

Artwork Re-Sells Itself Weekly On eBay

gowen Re:Art? (372 comments)

Strange, isn't it, when you think about it.

Not when you consider the people who work in the media. Shock, novelty and outrage are their stock in trade. It's what they understand, so artists who provide these elements get written about. Aesthetic/decorative (for want of a better term) art is more difficult to write about -- there is a fundamental subjectivity involved that is very hard to get past -- and notions of beauty tend to be difficult to explain.

So art criticism, and music criticism, tends to focus on novelty and fashions If you're hip, it doesn't matter if your high concepts are dismally let down because you lack the talent to execute them very skillfully. So Tracy Emin and Animal Collective get on the front pages of the broadsheet culture sections, without very many people actually liking them, while high street art dealers sell local landscape watercolours in far greater quantities.

As the old saying goes: being difficult isn't difficult.

more than 4 years ago

Artwork Re-Sells Itself Weekly On eBay

gowen Re:Art? (372 comments)

That's a very good point. Turn any object into art merely by signing it and putting it in a gallery.

more than 4 years ago

Artwork Re-Sells Itself Weekly On eBay

gowen Re:Art? (372 comments)

Frank Zappa had a good point. He claimed that the only thing art required was a frame -- metaphorical or literal. To make something art, all one had to do was simply put it in a frame -- i.e. declare it to be art. Anything that was created with the purpose of being art is, intrinsically, art.

Of course, as Frank was quick to point out, that doesn't make it good art, or worthwhile art, or a good idea. Just that the artists intent is all that matters as to whether something is art or not.

more than 4 years ago


gowen hasn't submitted any stories.



Slashdot moves

gowen gowen writes  |  more than 11 years ago

And I can't post anymore. Is it because I is blocking the referrer? Well, I can apparently write in my journal.

Shame I've still got nothing to say...




gowen gowen writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Fans. I have fans. I am deeply, deeply concerned, that 10 (count 'em) people have decided they are my fans. Already, I fell the pressure ... what if one of them changes my mind?

Why are they my fans?

What motivated them?

These things keep me awake at night. Well, that and the World Series.


Post Christmas

gowen gowen writes  |  more than 12 years ago

... and with the eating, drinking and carousing, I should feel like shit except:
i) My lovely sister kept me on the straight and narrow re:food. Tortillas and salad are not really my cup of tea, but if the alternative is to make something myself, they'll do.

ii) I just ran quite well, despite my first real long Sunday run (only 10-11 miles, but you've gotta start somewhere). 54 minutes round the bakeries, feeling a little unsure around the middle but with a good strong finish. Dare I be confident? No. Theres too long to go now, and I know what a grind it can become.

Today, though, I'm positive.


Why am I doing this?

gowen gowen writes  |  more than 12 years ago

For my own personal perusal, when the dark and the rain makes the whole experience utterly miserable, here are the reasons why I'm determined to enjoy this marathon more than the others (not that they were, bad; or at least not in retrospect):

  1. My base level is higher. I'm quicker over one mile, and seven miles, so training will take less time/be more productive. Thats the theory.
  2. I've started training earlier (over a month earlier).
  3. Motivation to train. Lose weight, do a-lotta-great-work-for-charidee.
  4. Organised sessions, including a long run, three times a week.
  5. Its supposed to be fun, goddamn it.

Later: Yowsers, that last run was a beaut! Good pace, strong finish. If only they were all that good ... karmically, I guess I've a shocker or two to come.


I'll try and keep this up

gowen gowen writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I'm not much of a blogger. I've never kept a diary, its as much as I can do keep my address book and appointment list up to date... but, I am usually pretty good at keeping a running log as the training builds up before the couple of marathons I've run, so I'll try and steal some of slashdot's bandwidth make a few notes ... Theres every chance that this will die a death, though.

Some preliminaries:

  1. I've got a number for the 2002 London Marathon (thats April 14, fact fans). Its 26.2 miles, and I'm not in shape to do it. I'm not unfit, but I'm not eating very healthily, and I'm certainly not marathon fit.
  2. I'm running at least 4 times a week at the mo', with either a fifth (long) run or a game of rugby at the weekends.
  3. I'll try and make notes about how its going at least once a week, just so I can look back for motivation when the training gets soul destroying. Maybe, just maybe, I'll succeed.


Just playing

gowen gowen writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Its Friday, I've given my last class and wikipedia is not scaling too well. So, I'm sitting around waiting for ntk to come out when I found this journal thing. How long has it been here? I wonder if I'll ever use it again?

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