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  1. Brief article here What a glorious early Christmas present after a solid decade of Eidos claiming they lost the code, getting the code handed to them by TTLG member, and then sitting on it in silence for over a year! Members are already tearing through it and identifying limitations that can be quickly and easily removed. Looks like the engine with the longest running and most productive mod scene in gaming history just got a second lease on life! ;)
  2. Quote:Original post by LessBread What would it mean to American domestic politics if corporate journalists made a big story out of the news that sites in Russia were considered vital to US national security interests? That hits the nail perfectly on the head right there. Given the somewhat confusing and entirely troubling rise of neo-McCarthyism in recent years, can you imagine how the "Communist-hating" wing of general Americans would react if this tidbit became widely known? On the other hand, this particular leak reinforces how weak a position the US find itself in these days. With its obsessive interest in globalization it's stretched itself all too thin around the globe while its contemporaries have focused on strengthening internally, a good parallel would be the former British Empire I suppose.
  3. Well, part of the issue Bethesda had with it was they bought the engine back when it was Netimmerse in the late 90's and branched the code for TES. By the time Oblivion had rolled around, they had a heavily customized version and were having issues integrating some of the newer gamebryo features into their branched copy. Least, that's the way I heard it. Either way, the engine is pretty aweful for any intensive games. Hopefully this marks the end of it being used as a middleware solution.
  4. To be fair, there are numerous models the industry could have followed as it matured that did not necessarily involve copying verbatim the Hollywood model. For example, just throwing it out there, why not create your own industry model? What's so wrong with that? Why the need to follow a model that is disastrous for creativity and unsustainable in the long term? Sure, we're seeing a shift to a unique model with situations like Steam and the growing popularity of Indie games. In the meantime, however, we're stuck in a rut where the best commercial games came out almost ten years ago, and everything since then has been a watered-down mass market rehash with very little to differentiate between different titles. Heck, we've even seen entire genre's disappear, or have their top titles shoe-horned into other genre's that they fit poorly *cough* X-com *cough*.
  5. Edited. [Edited by - rian carnarvon on June 29, 2010 2:46:33 PM]
  6. I suggest Detroit. Lovely city, beautiful architecture, plenty of green space. Especially check out the 8 Mile area, it's got some of the most amazing heritage destinations in the entire region. Truly, not to be missed if you are headed to the USA.
  7. Quote:Original post by Hodgman Quote:Original post by rian carnarvon I took issue with it, pointed out it was ... As a result, Chen decided to ban me. This also banned my star commenter account on i09 & Kotaku. What exactly did you say? And what makes you sure some particular staff member made that decision? Almost word for word what I said here. I know who it was because it tells you who you were banned by, as a little parting gift. After looking into the comment rules, it seems that they are of the opinion that as they are a blog, they can ban whomever they wish if they do not want to hear them or simply dislike what that person has said. As such, Gawker media employees are not journalists. They are opinion bloggers, running a closed forum with tight censorship.
  8. Well, I'll be perfectly honest here. I got pretty disgusted with the entire article Gizmodo ran on the guy who lost it. I mean, they even published snapshots of his facebook. I took issue with it, pointed out it was yellow journalism at best, gossip rag tripe at worst, and by the 6th article being condescending as hell towards the guy would they stop already? I mean, destroying someones reputation as thoroughly as you can is not exemplary of Journalistic integrity in any stretch of the imagination. As a result, Chen decided to ban me. This also banned my star commenter account on i09 & Kotaku. Thus, I sincerely hope Chen is found guilty and either fined heavily or convicted of the felony of trading in stolen goods. Some sweet, sweet Karma. (I no longer visit any gawker sites, as any platform that censors those who question its integrity is not worth my patronage, no matter how good its "reporting" may be).
  9. I really have to say, I have no clue where the "Camp" and "Wacky" opinions of Red Alert came from. I mean, did the people saying this even play Red Alert? The Soviet campaign is full of murder, intrigue, and Stalin boning a chick. The Allied campaign, well, I'll let you judge for yourself :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnwKNynuqYw. Yup, that sure was a barrel of laughs!
  10. That depends on what you consider "good". Assuming the site manages to get a $1 CPM on its ads, that would mean you would make $1 per every thousand visitors your site gets. Extrapolating, you would need 300,000 visitors to make $300.
  11. Interesting. Thank you very much for the advice about Temping, I'll keep that in consideration. Glad to know I'm not entirely screwed ;)
  12. you could add Dawntide to the list as well, i suppose.
  13. I'm shopping for advice and GameDev has always been good to me, so here goes. In the modern workplace, how important would you say Education is Vs. Experience. For example, is a startup more likely to hire someone with a proven track record but only a Highschool diploma, or a person who meets all of the requirements on their job posting? A little over a year ago, I got hired on to help build an online destination from nothing. In the past year I, among other things, grew that destination to 1.2B annual views. I also helped with technology development, worked as a liaison between various other entities and the start-up, and ran numerous statistical analysis on content. A glorious mixture of grunt work, office work, technical details, and a ton of other stuff. Things have changed in the past few months however, and the majority of the team (including myself) are bugging out sooner rather than later. Mainly because the boss is killing the company (but that's a whole other story). The question that is plaguing me, is: Am I going to end up working Starbucks/Retail again because most companies are unwilling to take on an unskilled & uneducated yet incredibly bright young man, or are there other start-ups out there who are willing to take that risk? I'd love to go to University, but due to personal reasons that isn't an option. Period. Any advice from the usually sage and amicable gents here?
  14. Lessbread: Somewhat, it is a confusing situation. The health insurance is socialized, but the hospitals are owned and run by the government as well. Doctors are employed by the socialized model. Private clinics exist, but are forced to operate under the socialized insurance model, they are paid by the government. The situation of truly private clinics where you can pay to get faster and better treatment is still illegal in some provinces, or at least heavily penalized. I am unsure which, as I haven't followed the specifics recently. I find it an ironic point, that the very situation the US is trying to get away from is something that many Canadians are fighting FOR up here. I mean, sure, it's terrible if you go bankrupt to pay for an operation in the US. In Canada, that option simply doesn't exist, so you are faced with waiting in lines until you die or shelling out MORE money to go to another country and have the operation performed. In the end, sure, the system is great if you have the sniffles a few times a year and need to see a doctor. If you need a vein repaired or anything else slightly intensive and life threatening, you're headed south of the border to the good old US of A. Then again, this explains why somehow Columbia, Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia have better health care than Canada does...
  15. Quote:Original post by Moe Quote:Original post by rian carnarvon The system in the states may be bad, but please don't paint Canada's system with a pair of rose tinted glasses. The two are completely incomparable due to the population issue alone. Canada's system is straining with 30M people using it, can you imagine the hell hole yours will be with 300M? You certainly are right - we do have issues. So does the US (like having 1/10th of it's population not covered by medical insurance). How do countries like Denmark and Sweden fare in healthcare? Again, incomparable: Denmark: Total population 5M people Sweden: Total population 9M people You could possibly use the UK with its population of 60M, but that's still less than 1/3rd the population of the US, and again, the UK has a healthcare system strained to the edges by its population. Also: [url]http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/03/22/us/AP-US-Democrats-Offices-Damaged.html?_r=2[/url] [url]http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gcjZtRmovjWgMk7ejIoMmap6aN-AD9EL64EO0[/url] Not looking good for people just accepting the health care referendum. Sure, it's a great thing in theory, but the USA simply cannot afford it at this time.