Troll Control

The problem with the gaming community as a whole is that hell is often other people. One nasty player can ruin an entire game for the other nine. Even if it’s just a small percentage of the community, they’re consistently loud, irritating, abrasive and ban-proof, as they simply make new accounts in these free-to-play games. I’m willing to give up my freedom of speech if it means I don’t have to deal with players like that. Obviously, this doesn’t translate across all games, but there are certainly times I wish League of Legends restricted players to Smart Pings, and Call of Duty would auto-mute everyone I play with until the end of time.

It’s not censorship, it’s good game design, and I’m appreciative for it.

via Why Silence Isn’t Censorship In Games Like ‘Hearthstone’.

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New Games Debuting at VGAs

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Blockbuster Global Premieres of Medal of Honor, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten:

“The biggest night of the year for the video game industry just got bigger! Today Spike TV confirmed that three highly-anticipated new games – Electronic Arts Medal of Honor, Ubisoft‘s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Microsoft‘s Crackdown 2will premiere LIVE at Spike TV’s ‘Video Game Awards 2009,’ Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM ET.”

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Spike TV Announces 2008 ‘Video Game Awards’ Winners

Spike TV Announces 2008 ‘Video Game Awards’ Winners:

“Presented by the red hot Megan Fox, Rockstar Games record-breaking title Grand Theft Auto IV was crowned Best Game of the Year. The award marked the titles’ second Vector Monkey of the night. Other two-time winners on this evening include Microsoft Game Studios Gears of War 2, MTV Games’ Rock Band and Konami Digital Entertainment‘s Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Keifer Sutherland, star of the FOX network hit 24, was on-hand to receive the Big Name In The Game Male award for his role as Sgt. Roebuck in Call of Duty: World at War. In addition, the genius behind The Sims and Spore, Will Wright, was presented with the first-ever Gamer God honor.”

— from the PRNewswire press release

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From TrekToday: Despite Uniting Captains, ‘Legacy’ Gets Mixed Reviews

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Despite Uniting Captains, ‘Legacy’ Gets Mixed Reviews

“Users lodge complaints about lack of innovation in new Bethesda Softworks title; bug fix now available.

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XGameStation Pico Edition 2.0 – Try your hands at the nitty-gritty,low-level world of hardcore game development


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“Try your hands at the nitty-gritty, low-level world of hardcore game development with a new kit we’re carrying in the MAKE store. Twenty years ago, says André LaMothe, game programming was a real art. LaMothe, programmer extraordinaire and probably the best known author in the field of game programming, remembers when 32 kilobytes on machines with clock speeds of 1 MHz, was state of the art. The game programmers of the 1980s created classic video games with perfectly tuned mechanics and unbelievable details. Using ingenuity and elegance, not to mention myriad hacks and tricks, they routinely created wonderful games and gave early gamers every reason to stay glued to their joysticks.

“Today, because of improvements in hardware and software, the quality and overall richness of computer gaming has increased by orders of magnitude. But, says LaMothe, with that has come a decline in programming skill; the power of the machines allows game programmers to get away with inefficient, poorly organized, and generally non-optimized coding.

“Enter LaMothe’s XGameStation, a hardware platform developed exclusively for the purpose of educating a new generation of hardware and software hackers in the nitty-gritty, low-level world of hardcore game development. Combining modern technology with the bedrock-solid design philosophies of the past, XGameStation opens a window into history’s most important gaming hardware, systems such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, and Atari 800 to create a tight integration of past, present and future.

“The XGameStation Pico Edition 2.0 is a build-it-yourself game development kit based on the technologies of its bigger brother, the XGameStation Micro Edition. The XGS Pico Edition 2.0 comes with a solderless breadboard and parts as well as the Pico PCB Add-On Kit.

“After you build the breadboard version you can solder your unit together and have a completely portable and reprogramable embedded game system. Complete instructions covering assembly, architecture, and programming of the Pico Edition comes with the kit on CD.

“The Pico Edition may be simple, but it packs a punch with a Ubicom SX28 microcontroller running at a blazing 80.000MHz. It comes with a 7-Segment readout, 15-pin interface, A/V jacks, and a built in directional game pad for a completely portable mini-game console.”

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