Evening Reading

I played Uncharted 2 as one of my catch-up-over-the-holidays games and finished it off the other night. After such a fun adventure--one of the best I've played--the last few combat encounters and then the boss fight felt like a tremendous punch to the gut. Someone on Twitter asked if I was suggesting that there shouldn't be boss fights at the end of games. Hell yes I am.

Boss fights grew as a logical extension of the control mechanic-heavy nature of video games in earlier generations. Since then, the content in and way we play games has dramatically evolved. In many games, like Uncharted 2, they no longer feel like an epic showcase and payoff for all the skills mastered in the game. Instead, they become a distracting--or often worse yet, annoying--anachronism. Sure, at the end of God of War III I wanted--nay, needed--a massive boss fight. But at the end of Uncharted 2, all I could think while running the patterns to beat that boss was "God, I wish this would end," and that's not the last feeling such a great game should leave.

No such suffering to get to chatty and the top video game news stories from today on Shack:

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    January 12, 2011 5:00 PM

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      January 12, 2011 5:07 PM

      So tomorrow is the day where we learn if hey0 is definitely over?

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      January 12, 2011 5:11 PM

      1,000,000 sold edition!

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      January 12, 2011 5:23 PM

      REMINDER: Back up you /bin directory.

      http://www.shacknews.com/laryn.x?id=24955171#itemanchor_24955171

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        January 12, 2011 5:28 PM

        Why again?

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          January 12, 2011 5:36 PM

          in case the update breaks all mods in the world and you still want to play on a modded server

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        January 12, 2011 5:40 PM

        I think I tried this wih the last update and didnt work :( But we will see....

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        January 12, 2011 8:17 PM

        Fuck that noise. m0rfs morgue will go vanilla until the next kewl thing comes out.

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            January 12, 2011 8:30 PM

            I'd restart it now on my phone, but the terminals I've seen can't support screens. :(

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                January 12, 2011 8:42 PM

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                January 12, 2011 9:06 PM

                details details details:

                * CentOS
                * learning as i go, never been exposed to this
                * screen is freezing
                * after re-attaching to screen session, "STOP" command does nothing
                * mixed errors about JAVA and Borderlands plugin
                * have to CTRL-C to kill screen
                * [this] time stop was accepted and i restarted it

                when it hard freezes like that i have to kill the session. the backup script im using sends messages to screen and i get you can send it the command to stop. since im running it in a screen session, how do you tell it to start a new one and you not be attached to it? remember, im a linux n00b and learning.

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                  January 12, 2011 11:10 PM

                  Blame Kaboomz, he was on the only one online when it crashed!

                  But seriously, could there be something corrupted?

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          January 12, 2011 8:19 PM

          Now I'm smoking hookah. WTF! I was monitoring that thing all gawd damn day and nee once had an issue. I log out, eat dinner and drink, and it's down?! WTF code?!?

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        January 12, 2011 9:13 PM

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