March 08, 2013

EA's stock price tanks as gamers get their hate on

Electronic Arts' stock price tanks as gamers get their hate on

Rob Fahey at gamesindustry.biz on how the mighty have fallen:

"Electronic Arts' stock has lost almost 40 per cent of its value since the start of this calendar year - and in fact, since the middle of last holiday season (around November 2011) the company's stock has been in a steady decline which has now wiped close to 50 per cent off EA's valuation."

Other video game studios & publishers take note: in a tight consumer economy, you can't afford lackluster game development (SWTOR) or failure to meet service delivery requirements because of an insane DRM policy (SimCity). Gamers will hate you, they will stop buying your games, and investors will follow.

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March 05, 2013

Monkeys Reject Food From People Who Are Mean To Fellow Humans

Monkeys Reject Food From People Who Are Mean To Fellow Humans:
The recent study "Third-party social evaluation of humans by monkeys" published in Nature Communications by James Anderson and colleagues staged interactions with human actors in front of tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). The researchers found that the monkeys indeed evaluate humans after witnessing third-party interactions involving either helpful interventions or a failure to help fellow humans.
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February 21, 2013

Spanish firefighters refuse to be ‘puppets of the banks’ « Revolting Europe

Spanish firefighters refuse to be ‘puppets of the banks’ « Revolting Europe:

Spanish firefighters are refusing orders to participate in evictions because their duty is to “serve the public ” and intervene in “emergencies” and not to be “puppets of the bank or its servants in the government”. 
Firefighters in Galicia, Catalonia and the Madrid region have rejected any action that “contributes to inequalities and miseries suffered by the working class,” said the CCOO union. 
Galician fire crews “have proven to be on the side of social justice” by refusing to participate in the eviction of Aurelia Rey, an 85 year-old woman.

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February 19, 2013

Report: Chinese army tied to widespread US hacking - Behind The Wall

Report: Chinese army tied to widespread US hacking - Behind The Wall:

BEIJING – A group of hackers linked to the Chinese military has stolen reams of sensitive data from more than 100 prominent American companies and organizations, according to an explosive new report. 
“The details we have analyzed during hundreds of investigations convince us that the groups conducting these activities are based primarily in China and that the Chinese Government is aware of them,” U.S. computer-security firm Mandiant Corp. said in a 74-page report released on Tuesday.
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February 15, 2013

Roman Nose

One of the newer additions to downtown Jersey City's eateries is Roman Nose, an "authentic Italian kitchen" just a short half block from the Grove St PATH, and by far, my new favorite.
Prices range from $7 to $14 dollars for most entrees, but well worth it -- this is not your basic pizza & pasta place.


January 17, 2013

Fallout: Big Apple Wasteland Sneak Peek

Retro inspirational art from 1964 World's Fair

Welcome to the Big Apple Wasteland!

A while back, I started off on a project to revamp the community pen & paper RPG rules for Fallout. As the story goes, Jason Mical wrote down the Fallout PNP 2.0 rules and posted them to No Mutants Allowed. Since then, others have been working on a Fallout PNP 3.0 Wiki, which I plan on contributing to, but have not had the best of luck getting free time to do so.

Also, I decided to completely break with canon. I'm impatient and live in the NYC area, so I wanted to explore and guide players through the Big Apple Wasteland, not somewhere I had already been in other Fallout computer games. Not everyone might appreciate this. I'm ok with that.

Here are some sneak peeks at the mock-up images I've created so far...