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Is This the End of Splitscreen Multiplayer, Or the Start of Its Rebirth?

rykin Riptide (126 comments)

A new game was recently announced on the Xbox that will provide 6-player split-screen running at 60fps. I'm really excited for this because I am hoping it will spark other developers to emulate it. I'd settle for less visuals if the game is fun and can incorporate more players. Sadly, more players per game can mean less copies sold, so I suspect that will hold back any possible adoption.

about 6 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

rykin Durablity (559 comments)

As it is commonly known, the Wii seems to be a great system for children. I have many extended family members who bought the Wii just for their kids. While most of my family knows the difference between the Wii and Wii U, they refuse to upgrade. The biggest reason? The tablet screen. The screen appears frail and prone to braking. It gives the Wii U an anti-child accessory attached to a system whose biggest market is for children.

about 8 months ago

Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

rykin ..Again. (199 comments)

Yet another reason why the TSA is useless.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Quietly Updates iPad 2's Processor

rykin Re:Well, I just checked... (127 comments)

Don't confuse this with the 4G update. This requires new hardware!

more than 2 years ago

Gaming Clichés That Need To Die

rykin Re:And I'd like a pony (416 comments)

From my experience, the unskippable logos at the beginning are actually there because the game is loading and they're nicer to look at than a progress bar. For example, Halo 1 for the Xbox: if you deleted the opening.bik it would display a Loading #% screen instead of the openng video.

more than 2 years ago

What's Not To Like About New iPad?

rykin Re:Best Part is.. (617 comments)

Why get a refurb? Because, as other users have mentioned, the refurb isn't too bad. Look at this snippet from the Apple Store:
Apple Certified Refurbished
We test and certify all Apple refurbished products and include a 1-year warranty.
All refurbished iPad models also include a brand new battery and outer shell.

Plus, you can add AppleCare if you wish. To me, this makes getting the refurb as good as a new unit, but you save $50.

more than 2 years ago

What's Not To Like About New iPad?

rykin Best Part is.. (617 comments)

The best part about the new iPad is that the previous versions have gotten cheaper. So if you really want a iPad 2, you can pickup a refurb from Apple for as low as $350 (or $400 new) which makes it more competitive with some of the Android tablets out there.

Note: I am not a tablet user.

more than 2 years ago

Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong

rykin Geometry Wars Pong! (180 comments)

I imagine something like Geometry Wars. You have a grid with trippy graphics and a bunch of stuff flying around that you need to destroy, but also you must prevent your weapon (ball, rocket, ect) from leaving the grid with the paddles. You could even play it single player with an Xbox controller by allowing each thumbstick to operate a paddle.

more than 2 years ago

Western Digital's Hitachi Storage Takeover Approved With Restrictions

rykin Oh no! (156 comments)

Does this mean no more amusing flash videos to announce new technological breakthroughs?! Okay, so it didn't happen all that often, but I still can't forget Hitachi's "Get Perpendicular" video from 2005 Like others, I'm surprised they aren't the ones consuming WD.

more than 2 years ago

Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

rykin Not the best analogy. (805 comments)

That happened in my neighborhood, so they added speed bumps in the road.

more than 2 years ago

Chrome Users Are Best With Numbers, IE Users Worst

rykin Re:Wrong conclusions (203 comments)

Interesting. Could this be because Google tends to favor results that link to google products? I ask this because I've been using Chrome at home for a while now and have never experienced a single crash, yet I still use IE at work and it tends to have issues/crash frequently enough for me to notice (it is not the latest IE though).

more than 2 years ago

World's Tallest Free-Standing Broadcast Tower Completed

rykin Re:So ugly (65 comments)

If they made it more modern, people would say "They don't build'em like they used to!".

more than 2 years ago

Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

rykin Cars? The real danger LURKS IN YOUR HOME! (652 comments)

Only 17,000 injuries? I think we're missing the real epidemic here: toilets. There are approximately 40,000 toilet related injuries that occur each year (supposedly), and much like the example in the summary it's mostly children and the elderly at risk.

more than 2 years ago

Cars Emit More Black Carbon Than Previously Thought

rykin Only cars? (292 comments)

Does this mean that the massive polluters, such as airplanes and very large cargo boats are also giving out twice as much black carbon?

more than 2 years ago

Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

rykin This sounds like something made for TV.. (284 comments)

Peer review? This is a job for the Mythbusters!
Let's see, we have a fridge, now we just need a nuclear testing facility!

about 2 years ago

How Google Is Remapping Public Transportation

rykin Re:Would be great... if it worked (187 comments)

In my experience, the bus is never on time. However, because I am in a city, it tends to run every 10-15 minutes, so missing one bus isn't that big of a deal. Google has been nice for helping me get places in which I didn't know how or if I needed to transfer. It will give you directions such as "Ride bus 1 to this street, walk a block, then wait for bus 2". It has simplified the Public Transit process about as much as Mapquest* simplified getting from point A to point B in your car (before GPS was common). Sure, it can have errors, but more often than not, it's good.

more than 2 years ago

Stealing Laptops For Class Credit

rykin The gateway experiment. (138 comments)

Interestingly enough, many of these students may never have attempted to steal a laptop because of the legal consequences. Now that they were given permission to become comfortable with the idea, it is more possible that one of them would be inclined to steal a laptop at a later point. After all, they now know how to get past security (assuming nothing is beefed up after the experiment).

more than 2 years ago

Nevada Approves Rules For Self-Driving Cars

rykin Re:One could, and one would be wrong (307 comments)

My comment was meant to be more entertaining than anything else. Growing up, my parents used to tell me that I wasn't really "driving" because I had power steering, power breaks, and an automatic transmission. You know, the whole "back in my day...." commentary. ;) Though, I will say that many manuals now have a lock that prevents you from shifting into reverse while moving forward.

more than 2 years ago

Obama Budget Asks For 1% Boost In Research

rykin Re:2.4% is not an increase (351 comments)

I would say the probability is higher than if we invested nothing.

more than 2 years ago


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