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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

sheehaje Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (280 comments)

This nice thing is there have been so many single players made that I can go back and play the slew of ones I missed. Just finished up Batman: Arkham City ... going to try the Metro series next... I have 150 steam games and I've played through maybe 20 of them.

I've been playing Destiny. I noticed it's made in a way that the multiplayer functionality is just there, but can be ignored for much of the game. I've found that jumping in and out of multiplayer as I desire has made me more likely to join quick co-op matches as I don't feel it's a burden because I can leave them at any point. For all the negative press the game has gotten - I feel like they hit my demographic - aging gamers that can't spend hours on end in a game anymore...


Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

sheehaje Re:Identifiers (113 comments)

That's like saying I "own" the variable "x", and that all graphics programmers now need to pay me to lease use of that variable name.

Next story: "Some idiot tries to patent the variable "x" and USPTO obliges."

about a month and a half ago

Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

sheehaje Re:No story here, move along (208 comments)

I don't think the amazing thing is what he can see or can't so, or even what is math skills are or aren't.

The intriguing part (to me) is the mechanics of the brain changing so drastically after an injury. From the little information I've read - his injuries weren't much more than a concussion - yet it's completely changed some functions of how his brain processes information. That's truly amazing to me - and leads me to more questions but mainly these two: Was this ability there all along and somehow was unlocked? Did the injury change the brain in some way to produce an ability that wasn't there already?

While this case may have no significance to mathematics or mathematicians it certainly does to anyone in the cognitive sciences.

about 4 months ago

Valve Joins the Linux Foundation

sheehaje Re:Better late than never (108 comments)

Sega (I know it's a publisher) has a few of there titles either all ready ported to Linux or is going to port to SteamOS (Total War: Rome III)

The Metro series is being ported - which while 4A Studios isn't a huge name, their publisher (Deep Silver) definitely has some AAA titles under belt (Saints Row to name the top one).

Of course Valve has ported some of their titles, and more importantly the Source Engine. I'm sure their full catalogue will be ready to go soon. Don't underestimate that - Counter Strike is still one of the most played online games going, and so it DotA now.

One last one I'll include is Brutal Legend - yes it's old. Yes it's wasn't wildly popular - but it's another engine successfully ported.

Yes - I know this is a small sample. And like I said in an earlier post - I wonder about critical mass. If anyone can pull it off though, it is Steam. I remember Loki Games trying to achieve critical mass - they ported games like Myth and Railroad Tycoon and Heretic. I still have about 10 of their ports. Unfortunately - they didn't get critical mass - and most importantly they didn't get first day titles to release. The back library will be important for SteamOS/Machines - but even more important will be the ability to get AAA titles released on par with the big 3 (Sony, MS, Nintendo).

about 9 months ago

Valve Joins the Linux Foundation

sheehaje Re:Not a kernel problem (108 comments)

They did port there own Source Engine with great success. While Source isn't the latest and greatest - they did at least show it was possible without reinventing the wheel. Also, there are a ton of titles on Steam based on Valves own source engine.

I don't think the hoops they have to jump through are as small as they used to be - especially now that the driver situation is starting to be ironed out.

about 9 months ago

Valve Joins the Linux Foundation

sheehaje Re:Better late than never (108 comments)

I don't really fully get your gripe. Why would Valve release SteamOS/Machines with just their games in mind? This is not what they've stated at all - and besides games they say there will be streaming media services available too (Maybe Netflix for Linux is finally coming)... There are already some developers lining up to produce triple A titles on the console - I'm just wondering how many.

While Valve has dragged their feet on their games they haven't done so with the Steam platform. In fact, just this past year they've introduced Big Picture, Steam for Linux, Family Sharing (in beta) and a slew of updates. They definitely aren't standing still and making empty announcements.

about 9 months ago

Valve Joins the Linux Foundation

sheehaje Re:Better late than never (108 comments)

I hope Steam Machines take enough of a foothold to attract the major studios for developing native Linux games. Right now what is missing is a critical mass. You say you have 88 titles working on Linux - most of them are indie - which is great, but I want 90%+ of my current library to be natively supported. It's going to be an issue if I buy a steam machine and can only get a handful of the titles I play the most working. While streaming may be nice, I will be purposely buying a steam machine so my kids aren't taking over my gaming rig anymore - or just the opposite, so I can play while they are on my gaming rig. So streaming, while a nice option, isn't always going to be of use because you can stream and play from the same machine.

With that said - I have great hope this will work. Valve will take it's time - and a $700 steam machine in 2014 will cost half that in 2016. So if Valve is willing to stick it out for the long haul - this can really cut into Microsoft and Sony (and Nintendo to a lesser degree)... I'm also eagerly awaiting their controller.

Now - as far as Valve on the LF - that's just icing on the cake. Any wins for Valve at this point will be wins for Linux in general. And if anyone has used Microsoft's lastest abominations of OS's, that's a win for the PC. Funny thing is, a console may be the best thing for finally seeing Linux on the Desktop.

about 9 months ago

With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes

sheehaje Fire vs. Potential Fire (293 comments)

Maybe the media scrutiny is that Tesla's actually caught fire, and Ford is proactively recalling because there is a potential fire?

about 10 months ago

PlayStation 4 Released

sheehaje Re:Not this time, Sony (294 comments)

This again for me. I will never buy Sony Products again. They aren't the only company out there that makes mistakes, but the track record speaks volumes of why I won't do anything Sony.

Just some of the things at the top of the list:

Rootkits part of game installations
PSN Got hacked and didn't immediately disclose the accounts that got hacked, and tried to cover up the extent of it.
and yes - removing functionality from the PS3 (OtherOS) against customer wishes

Granted - Microsoft isn't exactly high on my list either - I do own an Xbox 360, but probably won't own an XBone

I'm saving my money for a Steam Machine - whether Valve succeeds or flops with it, I'd rather support them - and the streaming feature alone is a huge win for anyone with a large Steam collection anyway.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

sheehaje Re:For me - yes (348 comments)

I'm neither Unemployed or a Kid - I have a family of 4 on 1 paycheck... So staying on budget is almost an art.

We are very much into computer entertainment and my kids and myself are into gaming. I don't probably need a bunch of different titles - but I happen to like variety. I've been gaming for over 30 years - and while I don't play nearly as much as I used to - my style of play isn't to play one game to unlock every nook and cranny of it. I like playing a game - spending 40 or so hours with it at most, and moving on to the next title. My 4 year old seems to like variety too - racing, lego games, and a few of the indy titles. If I buy an xbox one - it will sit in the living room hardly used for months - because even with $20 off it will take a long time to actually afford enough variety to be useful across my family. I went through this with the Wii U - it was a decent enough system... but it just didn't get used - and didn't have enough variety for our tastes at the time we had it.

If I buy a Steam Machine - I already have a library of 100's of games, and can keep expanding at the deals I'm used to (which is usually even better than the $10 - 15 deals on amazon)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

sheehaje Re:For me - yes (348 comments)

I think initially - any steam machine will play any title - but the Video Quality will be scaled to the price. I can't imagine releasing hardware that doesn't play anything in the steam library. Even a cheap PC these days with integrated GPU to the CPU plays most titles at lower graphics settings.

I had a friend just switch back to PC gaming after years dedicated to the XBox -- a HUGE halo fan that was involved in that community... But he was also off put with the recent announcements from Sony and Xbox - with Steam and the Humble Bundles - he is now entrenched into PC gaming after only starting back to it a few months ago... He tells me he only occasionally uses the Xbox - probably to play Halo. His PC is a run of the mill consumer build with a $100 APU ... Probably at most a $350 PC setup. Manufactures SHOULD be able to put together similar specs for at or under this price point.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

sheehaje For me - yes (348 comments)

I own an Xbox 360, a Wii, I owned a Wii U (but was so underwhelmed I brought it back).

I've had several consoles over the years, but I keep going back to PC gaming. My 360 collects dust - it's not worth paying the online tax to even watch netflix on it. The Wii is used for Wii Fit only. My 4 year old son prefers the games on the computer. I don't know why - he just does - with one caveat - they work with a controller.

I was looking at possibly the XBone for the living room - but it won't play 360 titles - and the entry price is very high considering I'd have to restock the titles at ~$60 a pop.

Now that Steam has announced SteamOS, Steam Machines and the Controller - I can kill many birds with one stone. I can buy a modern console for the living room. I can keep my current library of titles (that I've been building since 2006). My son can have a controller that's the same for both devices. I can stream old games, hopefully though there will be enough native releases - because that will be a key point to most people. Now that Steam will offer Family Sharing/Controls, I can finally stop buying for 2 accounts and just focus on building one library. For myself, this is a great solution.

Now, will people who exclusive use PS/Xbox switch? I don't think so easily. First, you have the Madden crowd - good luck getting EA to budge on releasing sports games for the PC again. Then there are the exclusives and the kinect. I know Kinect is a failure to a lot - but it is a great family device and one of the only things I fire the Xbox up for all anymore is stuff like Sesame Kinect...

But - as these machines proliferate - I can see more and more people picking them up. This is pure speculation - but I imagine they will refresh the hardware frequently - like phones and tablets. Being and Open System - I can see many of it's own exclusives - whether whole titles or features in a title. The idea of being able to self-upgrade is phenomenal. I imagine over time these machines will become more than just different form factor PC's - and may offer some sorely needed innovation in the market... SteamOS makes that possible - kind of like an Android for Consoles - just even more open.

The worse case scenario is it doesn't pan out great, and not a lot of manufacturers fizzle out on the idea and SteamOS/Machines become a footnote - but the damage is already done - because a game optimized kernel will exist with opitmized graphics drivers - something sorely lacking for Linux for many years... So even a short term failure could lead to greater things down the road.

about a year ago

Valve Announces Steam Controller

sheehaje Re:Today's Slashvertisement brought to you by... (317 comments)

And a collective sigh from millions of gamers expect the big announcement would be "Half-Life 3"

Although - you know it's coming... and you know it will be a SteamOS exclusive (at least initially)...

about a year ago

Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

sheehaje Re:Overstepping your jurisdiction much? (243 comments)

You know, maybe Google should offer this guy a job to delete the video himself AND he will be able to afford cab fare. Kill 2 birds with one blarney stone.

about a year ago

IRS Can Read Your Email Without Warrant

sheehaje Re:No expectation (332 comments)

How does anyone expect email to be private? I still scratch my head at how many times emails have been used for indictments, yet people feel it is a reasonable secure mechanism - and this is internal email....

Use encryption for sensitive data. We have a secure email system. It's reasonably protected. Sending plain email to the wild isn't.

The simple of it - if you are putting stuff in unsecured email that can be used against you for tax evasion - you're doing it wrong.

about a year and a half ago

Radio Shack TRS-80 Vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans

sheehaje Re:TRS-80 all the way, baby! (135 comments)

I wanted an Atari - my father got me a CoCo 1 with 16KB of memory... I was so mad - how was I going to play missile command on this!

Anyways, what a great starting machine for the day. It forced me to program, as I didn't have the recorder to save my work or load other peoples programs. A little later on, as I moved up in models, I was introduced to OS-9 and one of its programming languages Basic09. There was some jealousy over some of my friends with C64 - they had a way better game catalog. In the end though, the CoCo I think fostered a better learning experience, at least for myself. Plus Dungeons of Daggorath still has to be one of the best games I ever played back then... I even ran my first BBS off a CoCo. When I did finally get my first IBM compatible (another Tandy) - I was a little dismayed at the assembly language being "broken" and how hard it was to multi-task with MS-DOS (unless something like deskview was installed, and that was unstable at best)...

I still have a CoCo 3 laying around... I should replace my wifes computer with it as an April Fool.....

about a year and a half ago

Wayland/Weston Gets Forked As Northfield/Norwood

sheehaje Re:Just what we need... (252 comments)

Umm, how is a display server and compositing window manager a flavor of Linux?

about a year and a half ago

Kali Linux, Successor of the BackTrack Penetration Testing Distro, Launched

sheehaje Re:Sounds like a movie (59 comments)

or a youporn description

about a year and a half ago

Trisquel 6.0 'Toutatis' Is Now Available

sheehaje Why not just base it off Debian? (109 comments)

I don't get all the Ubuntu spin-offs. Canonical is obviously going far, far away from what these spinoffs are doing - why not just use Debian as the base distribution instead of Ubuntu, which is based on Debian itself?

about a year and a half ago

Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

sheehaje Re:Not true. (984 comments)

sounds good - but sometimes people don't see ice. Sometimes traffic backs up in front of you and you end up further in the intersection then you'd like to be. Sometimes there are utility workers working at an intersection temporarily and they flag you to stop when you are already crossing the white line. Sometimes there are lousy road markings and you can't always tell where the white line is.

I guess those are all exotic reasons for getting a ticket when maybe you shouldn't... But the biggest thing I can think of is people often just cross the white line a little, and even if there is a Cop right there, they aren't getting a ticket for human error. There are instances where human error needs to be punished - but this is a fucking annoyance and a scam as the judge said. People sometimes go slightly over the speed limit --- cops wouldn't necessarily just pull you over for that either (unless they were really looking for a reason to pull you over). There are times when human judgment is necessitated so the rules of society (and in this case traffic) isn't overbearing to the point it hinders the public rather then help it. In this case, technology is taking over that judgment and it is overbearing. People can end up with a ticket or two to remind them to follow the rules closer. They can afford to pay for a few mistakes... But if the system becomes rigged to the point were every mistake is now instantly a fine this will go from just being an annoyance to financially burdening the public.. Kudos to the Judge for calling bullshit on this and stopping it - it will get out of hand, and before you know it, something put in with maybe some iota of good intentions will eventually become a norm and there is already enough of government micro managing peoples lives.

about a year and a half ago



Infowars Activists Run Into Airport Security and Have Their Rights Upheld

sheehaje sheehaje writes  |  about 2 years ago

sheehaje (240093) writes "A pair of activists came out on top in a free-speech debate with officials at Albany International Airport, captured on an edited video that as of midday Wednesday had garnered more than 38,000 views."

The activists were filming for Infowars. A rare display of law enforcement restraint while dealing with airport security."

Why can't Netflix support Linux?

sheehaje sheehaje writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sheehaje writes "I've been trying for almost 2 years to find a way to get Netflix to run on Linux. Avoiding the usual "Just run it on XP under VirtualBox" workarounds, I have even tried to write my own Silverlight wrap arounds. It hasn't worked, mainly because I am substandard coder. But I know there are a lot that are up to the challenge. Why doesn't Linux have support for Netflix instant streaming yet? Netflix isn't worth the hack? Netflix doesn't exactly want to look at the issue; if you search for "linux" in their knowledge base, it does not even show a get well sympathy message. Where have all the rebels gone?"

Cut and Paste Child Porn

sheehaje sheehaje writes  |  about 5 years ago

sheehaje writes "A Gallupville, NY man has been sentenced to 78 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography in February. The images, which Hotaling altered, contained photos of the heads of six underaged girls digitally pasted onto adult women performing sex acts. The images of the adults were found using the Internet, and the photos from which Hotaling cropped the young girls' faces were obtained from digital cameras and computers, including the computer of one of the girls' families that Hotaling was repairing at the time.... Add a new sterotype to the computer repair technician: creepy."
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