Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"


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For about the last five years, Wikipedia has had trouble getting and keeping new volunteer editors. The foundation behind Wikipedia has made building up the editor base a major goal, and is attacking it from all angles, such as encouraging...

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Wikipedia's 'editing process' stunted it's growth because anyone over 40 with something to contribute saw the BB code and clicked "back".


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Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

I can't tell you how many times I've clicked the Weekend tech reading link expecting to go straight to the article mentioned in the title. For some reason it always slips my mind that the Weekend tech reading, will take me to a list of articles not just the one mentioned. I'm not sure if I will ever get used to this and expect to go straight to the article mentioned.
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Person of interest! Swipe this idea from J.J. ? :):)


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The console is dead? Man my buddies just brought me an Xbox 360 after I got out of the hospital and I've been having a blast shooting monsters in Gears of War 3. Sad to think it's dead.


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The console will never die, they are just old and will be replaced likely in the next 2 years with newer ones


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Per Hansson, ScummVM only helps run the games, it doesn't make them available. Many old adventure games aren't available for sale, the article is right about that. If I want to play Grim Fandango, and I've been wanting to since the Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter, I can't. Same thing for Full Throttle. Sure ScummVM supports it, so someone like me who owns the game can play it, but someone who doesn't can't buy it anywhere.

The article lists quite a few games which I agree should be sold, and I'm sure a lot of people are missing. As another example the recent Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall Kickstarter made me want to play Wizardry 8, but it's impossible to buy.

Overall, a good article I can only agree with.


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Regarding consoles, I agree, they are going to die. They aren't dead yet, but they're getting there. The mobile versions are already dying. There are enough mobile devices with decent gaming capabilities that the need for a pure mobile gaming device is severely reduced.

This is also what's happening with home consoles. They are moving towards becoming entertainment centres, and as such they are vulnerable from the other directions, from entertainment centres, tablets and phones offering console functionality. ARM CPU's are still a little too weak to provide a hardcore gaming experience, but that will change in a couple of years. Dedicated consoles will still be able to offer a lot more power, but the experience won't be so totally different that most people will want a dedicated console if their phone or tablet can connect to their TV and a controller and offer a varied library of games which then can then take with them elsewhere.

I think what will happen is that the current trend will continue, consoles will add more media centre functionality, more tablet connectivity (or a built in tablet like the Wii U), and will try to keep their place as gaming devices on the strength of exclusives. That would probably carry them for a while. How far I don't know, but I think that a mobile console has a distinct advantage over a stationary one, which is why this won't last forever.

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ET3D Both games are available via eBay, but I get where you are coming from.
It's much easier to get them via Good old Games or Steam


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I'd rather have a combo box than anything proprietary. I was wondering how the idea of a Steam Box was coming along last night. If I'm gonna buy a game I'd like for the game to be playable on both PC and console for a single price. Otherwise I have no need in a console.