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    Double edged sword of technology

    If you forgot when you came from, that's your problem.
    If your children don't know where they came from, that's your problem.
    Posted 07-08-2017 at 08:35 PM by Col_Klonk Col_Klonk is offline
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    Double edged sword of technology

    If there was a like button...
    Posted 05-16-2017 at 06:03 AM by Abloheet Abloheet is offline
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    Double edged sword of technology

    After antibiotics, I forgot how a simple scratch can be fatal.
    Because of flushing toilets and sewers, I forgot to die of dysentry and cholera.
    Posted 05-14-2017 at 07:17 AM by Xyon Xyon is offline
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    Double edged sword of technology

    When I finally had a choice, I forgot its value.
    Posted 05-03-2017 at 04:25 AM by Enjo Enjo is offline
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    Double edged sword of technology

    xD xD. Such beautiful comments....
    Posted 05-01-2017 at 05:13 PM by Abloheet Abloheet is offline
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    Double edged sword of technology

    Yeah, them bottles in the bathroom... As a westerner who worked in the Balkans, I pretty much had to ask the seashell question at some point...
    Posted 04-30-2017 at 07:55 PM by jedidia jedidia is offline
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    Double edged sword of technology

    When toilet paper was invented, I forgot the joy of wiping my ass with my finger. Oh, wait... this doesn't always work
    Posted 04-30-2017 at 07:22 PM by RisingFury RisingFury is offline
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    Double edged sword of technology

    ...And when I played Orbiter, I forgot how complex real rocket launches were.
    Posted 04-30-2017 at 04:09 AM by Nicholas Kang Nicholas Kang is offline
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    In The Beginning

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    Originally Posted by Face View Comment
    Nice story. Reminds me a bit of Asimov's "The Last Question" with that Multivac (later AC) computer.
    Glad you liked it.
    Still, it's mainly a dialogue of the evolution of the universe. And also of the role of the prime monitor in the evolution of life in the universe. And I think I made it a bit too dense with technical details...
    Posted 04-29-2017 at 04:32 PM by Abloheet Abloheet is offline
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    In The Beginning

    Yeah. It is inspired in bit from that story. And a few more. Still, humanity doesn't get to interact or ask questions to the prime monitor. And the prime monitor isn't of this universe
    Posted 04-29-2017 at 04:29 PM by Abloheet Abloheet is offline
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    In The Beginning

    Indeed, great short story - I first read it in my teens in the early '70s. and his work, along with stories by Sheckley, Robinson, Clarke, Blish,Heinlein, Anderson and Bester, formed the basis for my lifelong love of speculative fiction. Great reference, Face - brought back so many memories....
    Posted 04-28-2017 at 08:14 AM by ZCochrane ZCochrane is offline
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    In The Beginning

    Nice story. Reminds me a bit of Asimov's "The Last Question" with that Multivac (later AC) computer.
    Posted 03-20-2017 at 07:25 AM by Face Face is offline
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    ICBM ADDONS

    There was also a Minuteman II somewhere. I had made a crude Trident D5 missile sometime early in the past for Orbiter 2006 (Though I had the through-deck third stage motor wrong then.)
    Posted 10-13-2016 at 11:32 AM by Urwumpe Urwumpe is offline
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    ICBM ADDONS

    There ARE ICBM addons... Igel's R-7 pack, for starters. However, I am unsure whether they have been tested in 2016 yet or not. Give it a try... what's the worst thing that could happen?
    Posted 10-13-2016 at 03:51 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 4 - technicalities and gameplay

    Yeah, I suspected something along those lines.
    Posted 08-26-2016 at 01:25 PM by jedidia jedidia is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 4 - technicalities and gameplay

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    And floating islands and boulders. I'm not sure whether that was hard to optimise out of the engine and they decided to like it rather than trying to get on top of it, or if they genuinely liked and wanted them.
    My bet is the former.
    It looks like they are slicing a 4D function, which would inevitably produce both closed off caves and floating pieces of land. The latter are nearly impossible to get rid of with anything less that a regression to a 3D slice (the kind i have in Spaceway).
    Posted 08-26-2016 at 01:04 PM by Artlav Artlav is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 1: Overhyped, underdelivering, game of my dreams.

    Thanks for the clarification! Goes to show that I really am not familiar with the genre, apparently!
    Posted 08-20-2016 at 05:35 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 1: Overhyped, underdelivering, game of my dreams.

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    As far as I know that series would indeed be part of the "space exploration" genre, but I see it's missing from your list.
    That's kind of why I go into that much detail with this stuff: No, neither Elite nor any of its successors including Dangerous, are space exploration games in the sense of the old genre, they are generally considerd "Space trading games". In fact, the original elite predates the birth of the genre in Starflight by 2 years, and it is doubtful that it has influenced starflight very much, considering it was in development for 6 years.

    Basically, the space trading genre can be summed up as "Flying between the stars making money following some kind of vocation, traditionally trading, but more likely by blowing stuff up". The genre employs various degrees of exploration, but it's not the core gameplay.

    The space exploration genre, on the other hand, is perfectly summarised by the Mission assignement you get in Starflight:

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    1. Seek out and explore strange new worlds
    2. Boldly go where no man has gone before
    3. Establish contact with any sentients
    4. Capture and bring back non-sentient lifeforms
    5. Record alien lifeform data
    6. Bring back alien artifacts
    7. Bring back any valuable minerals
    8. Keep from getting brutally killed
    Space exploration games have emphasised these aspects differently, but they were all in there in one way or another. I'll go into more details on how No Mans Sky is distributed over these aspects.
    Posted 08-20-2016 at 02:54 PM by jedidia jedidia is offline
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    No Man's Sky Part 1: Overhyped, underdelivering, game of my dreams.

    Looking forward to the following parts of this post.

    My only contact with this genre, at least until a possible future sale where I might get NMS, has been Elite, specifically Elite: Dangerous.
    As far as I know that series would indeed be part of the "space exploration" genre, but I see it's missing from your list. Have you had any experience with them?
    Posted 08-20-2016 at 02:26 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    A Saga Ends; An Adventure Begins

    Congratulations! A new pilot is Orbinaut!
    Remind to the crew to worship the Probe.
    Posted 06-22-2016 at 06:41 PM by Matias Saibene Matias Saibene is offline

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