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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

mwvdlee Re:Missing the point (279 comments)

If that was the parents' point, then why didn't he say so?
Not all door can be locked in real life (indoor doors), but if they look the same, I agree they should behave the same. That doesn't mean that all locked doors need to have a key that opens it in the game. It's perfectly okay to have a street of locked houses where only one house (the one that's part of the script) has a matching key.

Also, neither of us were talking about blocking/non-blocking doors; that would obviously be inconsistant physical behaviour.

IMHO, a locked door that has no key in the game, is perfectly consistant. The problem is not so much the individual door, but rather that the world (i.e. the "room") behind the door should be modeled as well. Would you rather have a cheat like F.E.A.R., where the room is filled with boxes? How realistic is it to have a room that is filled upto the doorway with impossible to move boxes? It's trading a minor inconsistancy (a locked door for which you can't obtain the key for a variety of reasons) for a major inconsistancy (a street with all box-filled houses).

If the demand is for every room behind every door to be accessible and fully modelled (no silly cheats), then that practically prohibits large scale city scenes, simpy because of the practical limitations of developing such a world.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

mwvdlee Re:How many? (299 comments)

The buggy whips are the business model.
People want content, not the outdated business model that comes bundled with it.

yesterday
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

mwvdlee Re:About time! (258 comments)

I know from research papers that both the USA, Germany and Canada's mobile networks are NAT too (USA seems to be split in east/west NAT's for some providers).
From personal tests, the Netherlands are NAT too.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

mwvdlee Re:Easy answers (279 comments)

But did the boxes behind the door behave like boxes? Could the boxes be opened, or shoved aside?
I'm perfectly used to encountering doors that I will never be able to unlock in real life.
When I walk to my own frontdoor (to which I do have the key) I encounter dozens of doors for which I have no key and which will remain forever locked to me.
Why couldn't this be true for a game as well?

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

mwvdlee Re:Easy answers (279 comments)

3. Learn how to posit valid arguments.

Implied ad hominem attacks are not valid.

Why do you think I'm wrong and why do you feel my argument are incorrect?
I thought I made a decent case, using mild sarcasm, for not having every door be openable.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

mwvdlee Re:Easy answers (279 comments)

I like your world where no locked doors exist; it's so very much like reality where I also need no keys to unlock doors.
Also in reality nobody can ever block a door. If somebody else (let's call him "player 2") blocks the door from opening, I'm still able to open the door. Because "It's a door. It opens", the door will magically pass right through the other person.
Also; what is behind every opened door? If there are doors behind an opened door, they should open too, right?

In my world, a locked door is normal. How can I see if a door is locked in real life? If it has a hole for a key and closed, it's probably locked.

yesterday
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

mwvdlee Re:And the horses? (204 comments)

So what happens to the rabbits then?

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

mwvdlee Re:Animal rights? (204 comments)

They just want less animals to be born.

2 days ago
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

mwvdlee Re:Maybe... (80 comments)

http://opensource.org/osd, criteria 6
Ofcourse, there's no legally official definition of the words "open source", but that's pretty much the definition the whole world uses.

2 days ago
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

mwvdlee Re:Maybe... (80 comments)

You could create a source code license to do that, but it wouldn't be an open source license.

2 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

mwvdlee Economics != English (351 comments)

[...] who was thinking of shifting to an economics major [...]. I told that student they are much better off being a B student in computer science than an A+ student in English

Except being a B student in economics is probably better than being an A+ student in English as well.
But is being a B student in economics better than being a B student in English?

Also, wanting to not be rigorous is apparently better than wanting to be rigorous, seeing as this student has gotten an internship.

3 days ago
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

mwvdlee Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (250 comments)

Paper mache vulcanos are the only science high school students will ever need to know. That and intelligent design.

Also; nukular.

3 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

mwvdlee Re:Sunk Costs (285 comments)

Mod parent "+1 attention whoring crybaby".

3 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

mwvdlee Re:Sunk Costs (285 comments)

That's the exact thought I had when I saw the video.
The "human-like" hand is dead in the middle of the uncanny valley.
In fact, the 3D printed hand had motion which looked far more "natural", despite looking nothing like a natural object.

IMHO, trying to make a prostethic look human is like saying "I'm ashamed of not having a hand".
Adults will stare uncomfortably at both. With the printed hand I think most people will just think "well, he doesn't have a problem with it, why should I?".
And children will be exclaiming "cool" because... well... it is cool. Guy doesn't have a hand but he's got a machine as a hand. What's not cool about that? You'd rather children be exclaiming "creepy"?

3 days ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

mwvdlee Re:But is their criticism of Psychiatry wrong? (185 comments)

Scientology's beliefs are idiotic, but not much more idiotic than believing in some guy walking up a hill and coming back down with slates with "commandments" apparently handed to him by some deity.

The problem with scientology is the frequent intimidation, their extremely litigious habits, the abusive behaviour towards members, the rampant commercialism, the indocrtination techniques and a bunch of other things that are decidedly evil and beyond the comprehension of any decent human being.

Scientology isn't a church, nor is it a cult. Scientology is a corporation. And whereas most corporations are just greedy and soulless, scientology doesn't stop at mere ruthless money grabbing; scientology seems to want to actively hurt it's victims as well.

3 days ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

mwvdlee Re:Credible Source? (185 comments)

Mod parent "+1 informative and no further discussion required".

3 days ago
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Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

mwvdlee Re:This does not seem to be news (80 comments)

This.
Every single site that was vulnerable to heardbleed should be resetting all passwords.
There are a LOT sites that were vulnerable, but very few have done large scale password resets.
The only bad thing Healthcare.gov is doing, is letting people choose to change passwords; they should do like Yahoo did.

4 days ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

mwvdlee Re:No Good Solution. (188 comments)

So the solution to competing interrests and mutually exclussive valid concerns is to always pick only one concern/interrest and always ingore the others?
Good luck with that.

5 days ago

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mwvdlee mwvdlee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mwvdlee writes "I have a small site selling selfmade software. Obviously this software has been cracked and is now distributed on warez sites. These warez site often refer to the original site and my statistics show a significant amount of traffic from them. I've set up a number of rules using mod_rewrite which currently redirect such warez sites to their local Business Software Alliance sites, which is kinda funny. But I'd like to do something more "creative" with redirecting such users. Can anybody think of fun things to do with redirecting warez visitors?"

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