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tstrimple

Member Since 16 Oct 2002
Offline Last Active May 01 2015 02:38 PM

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In Topic: Why Was Minecraft So Successful?

22 April 2015 - 10:47 PM

In Notches case, that guy needed much more than just well running code. I don't know details about his success story, but either he, or one of his co-founders needed some art, marketing and game design skills, or MineCraft wouldn't have grown as large as it is today.

 

I don't think this is true. Minecraft succeeded despite not having art, marketing or game design skills. It's clearly programmer art, and anyone who has played survival mode for any length of time can tell that there is little to no intelligent design in the gameplay. It's a sandbox, period. It also exploded virally through the player base. Not through some clever marketing strategy that Mojang put together. Basically the stars aligned for Minecraft and it was successful despite anything Mojang was actually doing to the game. 


In Topic: Windows PowerShell is the greatest ever

18 November 2014 - 11:28 PM

 

ctrl-v & ctrl-p support has (finally) been added to command prompt in the Windows 10 preview.

 

Wow finally! What about having the width of the console changes as you resize the window?  And actually enable more font styles and sizes, other than the Fixedsys and Lucida?

 

 

Mostly. It's clearly still being worked on.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUL-fHOdarou-CR2XUmK48Og&feature=player_detailpage&v=_zwW5Kdn4Os#t=349


In Topic: Does Valve have a good working methodology?

16 November 2014 - 08:46 PM

I don't think Valve's model can scale, and I think we're seeing the effects of that. There hasn't been a significant game release from Valve in seven years. They are just iterating on existing titles and adding hats to everything. On top of that, their customer support is quite possibly the worst in the industry. It feels like the company lacks vision and leadership.


In Topic: Microsoft release free Community Edition of VS 2013

16 November 2014 - 08:40 PM

 

It's three years and you don't have to shell out anything at all. You get discounts on msdn subscriptions on graduation, but there are no requirements for purchases. If you have servers in production, then those licenses will no longer be free, but you'll pay from that point on and only the regular fee. So yeah, it's pretty much the best thing ever.

 

On top of that, you keep the licenses for the software you already have. See this:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/about/graduation.aspx

 

Keep, at no charge, all the software you downloaded during the three years you were in the BizSpark program. If you have servers in production, you will get licenses to continue to use up to 4 Windows Servers (Standard Edition) and 2 SQL Servers (Standard Edition). The BizSpark team will review requests for startups who need a different configuration.

 

There really is no downside or risk. While you're in BizSpark, you'll also get $150 / month of Azure usage which can be used for production hosting. Normal MSDN Azure usage is for dev/test only.

 


In Topic: Windows PowerShell is the greatest ever

16 November 2014 - 08:36 PM

ctrl-v & ctrl-p support has (finally) been added to command prompt in the Windows 10 preview.


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