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Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

ucblockhead Re:Has anyone considered... (185 comments)

"casual" is no fad. It's older than hardcore gaming. The first games were all casual games. PacMan is a casual game, as is Pong.

more than 4 years ago
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Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

ucblockhead Re:"bridging the gap" (185 comments)

That's my point. You can't mix to entirely different things and expect to get something that appeals to people who like both. More likely, you're going to get something that appeals to an even smaller niche market.

more than 4 years ago
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Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

ucblockhead "bridging the gap" (185 comments)

That's like bridging the gap between coffee and coke. It's like bridging the gap between whiskey and wine. You are only going to create some crap that no one likes.

What needs to die is this attitude that what we need to do is make games that appeal to everyone, so that every person in the population buys it. That's stupid. It's chasing an impossible dream. You are far better off just making a good game that a certain set of people like. You can't appeal to everyone, so pick a genre, "casual", "hardcore" or whatever, and make something good in that genre. You aren't going to make a game that appeals to both grandma and Twitchy McFragerton, so stop trying. You're just going to end up with some crap that both grandma and Twitchy agree is worthless.

more than 4 years ago
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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

ucblockhead Re:Languages Change (821 comments)

No frakkin' way that would happen!

more than 4 years ago
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I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

ucblockhead Re:More than 10 years ago? (505 comments)

I was using scp mostly. Even ten years ago, I think I only ever used floppies for the stupid firmware update boot thing.

more than 4 years ago
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I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

ucblockhead Re:More than 10 years ago? (505 comments)

Yeah...when I cleaned out my attic five years ago, I tossed a bunch of never used 3.5 floppies.

more than 4 years ago
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The End of the PC Era and Apple's Plan To Survive

ucblockhead Re:It's not ending... (549 comments)

The engine doesn't fall off of a plane of Boeing's colo burns down.

more than 4 years ago
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How Many Hours a Week Can You Program?

ucblockhead Age (547 comments)

When I was 20, I would program 8-10 hours a day, then go home and code for 4-6 hours into the night.

Now I get distracted before an hour's coding is up. That's why I moved into management.

more than 4 years ago
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Please Do Not Change Your Password

ucblockhead Re:Please let me use the same password (497 comments)

Personally, I use lastpass to do most of my logging in so I rarely type passwords. I have a screensaver set so that I never leave my machine unlocked. I use a Das Keyboard, which makes shoulder surfing difficult as does the fact that my password is well ingrained in finger memory, which means I can type it extremely quickly. And yes, I am very cognizant of who is around me when typing passwords...

Expiring a password in 30 days does fuck all for over the shoulder attacks because anyone who wants to do that is going to compromise your machine at the first opportunity. It's like assuming that sending people a new credit card every 30 days will somehow prevent identity theft.

more than 4 years ago
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Please Do Not Change Your Password

ucblockhead Re:Please let me use the same password (497 comments)

So you are safe, unless the former coworker is quick enough to do his damage before the password expires. Fortunately, he wouldn't know when that is. Oh wait...he would.

The question should be asked: *How* did that former coworker get the password? From a sticky note on someone's computer because they kept forgetting their latest password, perhaps?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils 'Pink' Phones As Kin One and Two

ucblockhead Re:Designed to Fail (278 comments)

They don't. What they give a damn about is Microsoft's reputation as a lame, stodgy computer company that looks like that dork John Hodgeman. (As opposed to that other, cool company.)

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Turn T-Shirts Into Body Armor

ucblockhead Re:How elastic? (213 comments)

Won't knock you over, assuming you're braced to take the impact.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Weighs In On iPhone Programming Language Mandate

ucblockhead Re:They want devs to choose (711 comments)

Your analogy isn't quite right. It's more liking that you aren't allowed to use any cross-platform development tools when creating XBox games. If XBox had the requirement that Apple is attempting here, it would be impossible to develop a cross-platform game.

more than 4 years ago
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Kojima Predicts the End of the Console

ucblockhead Re:Doubtful (195 comments)

FYI: IL*Surmovik is available for the PS3, and you can get a USB flight stick control. It's not perfect, but it does mostly work. (It's unplayable without the flight stick.)

more than 4 years ago
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Kojima Predicts the End of the Console

ucblockhead Re:PSP is not the same thing... (195 comments)

1) You can hook up a PSP to a television.

2) You can play all large number of PS One games on the PSP.

3) Some PSP games (Like "God of War: Chains of Olympus" or "Super Stardust HD") are very close to their console equivalents, differing mostly in handling the lack of a second analog stick.

more than 4 years ago
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Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi

ucblockhead Re:North Americans? What, like the Sioux? (309 comments)

They are talking about genetic differences in gut bacteria, not genetic differences in people. This has nothing at all to do with genetic differences between Europeans, Native Americans and Japanese. It has to do with the bacteria currently living in the guts of those born in Japan vs. those born in the US. Thus they really do mean "North Americans" as in "people currently living in North America", a set that includes people of European, Native American, African and presumably even Japanese ancestry.

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C Programming Language Back At Number 1

ucblockhead Re:Why C? (535 comments)

The point, other then to be snarky, is that while C and C++ aren't as transparently portable out of the box, they are available on far more platforms than Java. Too many people throw out "Java is more portable than C", which is only really the case if you are porting between PC platforms.

In many ways, Java's "portability" is overblown as pretty much any VM based or interpreted language is equally portable. I'd be willing to bet that JavaScript is available on more platforms.

more than 4 years ago
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C Programming Language Back At Number 1

ucblockhead Re:Why C? (535 comments)

Java is extremely portable. A Java application can be run anywhere someone wrote a VM for it in C or C++.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

ucblockhead You added a link? (441 comments)

Well...I'd say step one would be to stop publicly referring to putting a link in an HTML form as "programming".

more than 4 years ago

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