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I don't support Blizzard on this at all.
Originally Posted by ars technica
StarCraft 2 comes with a powerful set of tools for making your own maps and game modifications, but there is no local storage; you have to upload your content to Battle.net and let users grab that content from Blizzard's servers.
I don't like the idea of giving players access to map editors, scenario editors, and mod tools, but then gimping the programs so that the only way they will work is if the files are uploaded to official servers. Publishers already hold almost all the cards, but this gives them 100 percent control
Another few hours of working on the British campaign order of battles yesterday. I should be able to complete them today.
I'd like to hear thoughts on how games can be used to teach history and other subjects in a typical classroom environment. I have used games for that purpose myself. I would also like to hear any thoughts on whether and/or how publishers and designers of wargames and other historically based games could produce games that are more conducive to educational purposes and methods.
According to a recent BBC report, scientists claim that machines will reach human-level artificial intelligence by 2029. The article goes on to predict that humans are on the brink of huge scientific breakthroughs that will see tiny robots implanted into the human brain to increase intelligence.
This led me to reflect on the staggering implications for the human race and civilization as a whole. Oh alright, I was really just thinking of what kind of kick-ass gaming goodness we'll have access to. Supreme Commander 2029 anyone?
But seriously, would you really want an
I have recently been following some discussion threads on both GameSquad and a few other game sites dealing with the issue of how “idiot” developers interact with the their fans on forums and message boards. Opinions are all over the place, which is to be expected since most message boards can count healthy populations of attention-seeking trolls and sycophantic fan boys among the membership ranks. More reasonable gamers have to compete with these hotheads to get a word in edgewise. All of this simply reinforces a view that I have stated multiple times in the past: In the vast majority of cases,