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New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

ildon Re:This happens every so often. (74 comments)

You could also just describe the controller sequence here in text rather than link to it in a Youtube video.

about two weeks ago
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Simple Hack Enables VR Mode For Oculus Rift In Alien: Isolation

ildon Re:The point? (57 comments)

Because when you include something in a menu or even advertise to users that it exists, it becomes an officially supported feature, and you have to pay Quality Assurance to test it, then Customer Service has to support it after release. Cheaper to just disable it and let people find it for themselves.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

ildon Re:So Intel pulled out (724 comments)

You do realize that URLs can't contain quotation marks.

about a month ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

ildon Re:Dear Intel (724 comments)

They don't have contempt for gamers. They have contempt for "gamers," by which they mean the exact same juvenile assholes you get pissed off about having to mute on voice chat when you play online games. If you'd actually read the article, and aren't being purposefully intellectually dishonest, you'd realize this.

about a month ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

ildon Re:So Intel pulled out (724 comments)

You are deliberately misrepresenting the article.

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/...

"Gamer" is in quotes because she's not talking about "people who play games" but adolescent boys or emotionally stunted man-children that have typically been the prime target audience for video games since marketers in the early 1990s arbitrarily decided video games were "for boys." The "gamers" she is referring to are the same people who shout racist and misogynistic garbage over voice chat on Xbox Live, and are the very reason many Slashdot posters either only play single player games or disable voice chat the second they enter an online game. This is pretty clearly spelled out in her article, and is obvious to anyone with half a brain.

Her article is about how gaming has finally grown and evolved to the point where the audience is large enough and diverse enough that game companies no longer have to make games specifically designed to appeal to this small niche group of men physically or mentally aged between 10 and 18. Games no longer have to be about the adolescent male fantasy of murdering all of their foes and rescuing the large breasted, scantily clad woman. We can still have those games, just like we still have those books, those comics, those movies, etc. But those experiences no longer have to be the primary focus of the industry. There are other gamers aching to be catered to that don't fit into that classical "gamer" demographic box the marketers constructed 20 years ago.

about a month ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

ildon Re:Inflammatory description of article. (724 comments)

You didn't read the article, or are purposefully misrepresenting its contents. She put "gamer" in quotes in her headline and "gamer culture" in quotes in the second sentence of her article because she was specifically calling out the negative stereotype of "gamers" that people external to the industry often have. Of 12-18 year-olds on Xbox Live calling people "faggot" and "nigger" and sexually harassing name or voice that's vaguely feminine that crosses their path within the game. The article was about how the audience had already become so diverse that continuing to pander to the adolescent male power fantasy that most popular games are built around was probably no longer necessary to sell products.

You're the one choosing to lump yourself in with those degenerates by claiming you think she was talking about you. I consider myself a gamer because I play games. Not because of some trumped up cultural identity that I feel the need to latch myself onto like a high school kid trying to choose between hanging out with the goths or the skaters or the jocks.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

ildon Re:I'm happy about it (155 comments)

SC2 is only about timed pushes and static strategies at the lower to middle levels. At higher levels, there is a lot of thinking on your feet and directly reacting to what information you can obtain from your opponent, and actively denying them information about your strategy or even purposefully feeding them disinformation (although that gamble is usually considered dangerous/expensive).

You can get to Diamond with a static timed strategy, but (unless there's a specific cheese or imbalance in your favor during that patch) you will never get any higher than that until you branch out into more complex strategies and learn to actively read and respond to your opponent.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

ildon Re:Should have called it Zeus (155 comments)

For your analogy to be correct, they'd have had to call the project Olympian. The project was not called Cronus (Zeus's father).

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

ildon Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (174 comments)

You create your own homes and monuments. It's almost literally digital Lego. Most kids seem to disable or ignore most of the "gameplay" stuff like the monsters and fighting and just build stuff. A lot of the blocks have interesting interactive elements as well, with buttons, triggers, and the functional equivalent of conditional statements. You can literally build a digital computer (but it will be quite large).

about a month and a half ago
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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

ildon Re:Copyright seems weird (72 comments)

He is the person who bought the copyright from the company that got it from Softdisk. He still has the right to produce non-GPL works from the source and the right to sell copies of the game that include the game assets, much the way Zenimax still has the right to do the same for Doom, Quake, Quake 2, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

ildon Re:Why not a comparison to Defiance? (93 comments)

Because not enough people have played Defiance for them to get that reference/analogy.

about a month and a half ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

ildon Re:"console shooter" (93 comments)

Destiny's problems have nothing to do with it being on a console. If this exact game were released as a PC exclusive, all of its problems with gameplay, story, and end game content would be identical.

about a month and a half ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

ildon Re:Doom by boredom (170 comments)

The highest levels of PvE and PvP content in WoW are more difficult than they've ever been. Heroic Paragons and Heroic Blackfuse are some of the most difficult raid encounters ever released (excepting M'uru or pre-nerf C'thun, the latter of which was mathematically proven to be impossible to kill). Accessible on the low end != easy on the top end. The difficulty is there for those who seek it.

about 2 months ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

ildon Re: It ain't no Team Fortress Classic (170 comments)

QWTF was the originator of Birthday Mode. From the TF 2.8 QWSERVER.TXT file:

"localinfo birthday on"
"localinfo bd on" // Abbreviation
                Turn ON Birthday Mode.
                This was a hidden mode of TF coded in for TF's first birthday.
                It changes a lot of the death messages, sounds, models, etc.

about 2 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

ildon Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (579 comments)

That's not the end of the argument. That's the beginning. Why are they choosing not to participate? Can they be encouraged to participate? Will that net a positive result? (It seems likely that it would. More varied input and points of view would likely make a site like Wikipedia better).

about 2 months ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

ildon Re:Still (122 comments)

> Needs more random CAPITALIZATION to make A POINT, though.

No need for the strawman. Random pointless capitalization knows no political affiliation.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

ildon All it took... (126 comments)

All it took for them to do this was a half dozen articles about how the entire store is infested with scams and fake apps. This is something they should have done a year and a half ago.

about 2 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

ildon Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

As a matter of fact, you live in a country where a large percentage of the population still thinks some invisble man in the sky has created the entire Uinverse

So do you.

about 2 months ago

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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Released

ildon ildon writes  |  about a month and a half ago

ildon (413912) writes "Recently, the rights holder of former game publisher Softdisk's game library put the rights to some of their old titles up for sale, including Commander Keen: Keen Dreams, one of the few games in the series not to be published by Apogee. A group of fans created an Indiegogo campaign to purchase those rights. We are just now seeing the fruits of that effort with the full source code of the game being published to GitHub. About a year ago, Tom Hall found the sources to episodes 4-6, but it's not clear what, if any, progress has been made on getting Bethesda to allow that code to be released."
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bing stealing google search results

ildon ildon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ildon (413912) writes "look, you know the story, it's been around all day, you pick a link to talk about it. you're an editor i'm sure you can figure it out. I just want to read other slashdot readers' comments on it. thanks."

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