Gaming’s most important multi-player games

Gamasutra polled people in the gaming industry what the most important multi-player games of all time are.  I was all ready to protest the article before I even read it, because one of my favorite games was sure to be missing, I thought.  Well, looks like my personal number one game for the list made it:

tribes-screenshot.jpgDynamix created the template for both team-based gameplay and “kit selection” that have been iterated on by every multiplayer-focused FPS since its release way back in 1998. Despite having a steep learning curve that scared off more than a few potential players, Tribes still managed to find a strong following that progressed the game to an ultra-competitive artform of teamplay.

Tribes‘ focus on playing as a team, filling roles, seperating offensive and defensive units, supporting flag carriers, etc, etc. pushed the future of FPS multiplayer gaming from pure deathmatch/”cowboy” gaming to one where squad play and team focus is just as important as “point and click” kills. Tribes represents a significant quantum leap in FPS multiplayer gaming…and sucked away five years of my life!

I played that game for 3 years before moving on to my current game of choice (City of Heroes).  And I kicked all kinds of ass on the map pictured above.  The other two games I felt HAD to make the list, Bomberman and Quake, did make the list.  I could go on for a long time about the multi-player games I played the most, but this short article highlights very well some of the most important.  I might consider Unreal Tournament for the list, as well, but I realize that some games have to get left off in the interest of brevity (not one of my strong points, admittedly).

Also missing is any mention of Massively Multiplayer gaming, of which perhaps Ultima Online and World of Warcraft are most important.  Yes, there were other MMOs before Ultima Online, and there have certainly been more successful ones than UO, but it made MMOs acceptable to many.  And there is no questioning the importance of the 1200 ton beast that is World of Warcraft.  It’s Ginormous.  I think at least one of these should be on the list.

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Government approves new mileage ratings standard

This article at Consumer Reports caught my eye, as it says that the Environmental Protection Agency has updated its fuel-economy tests to better reflect modern driving habits. This change is the first real change since the fuel-economy tests were set in the 1970s. The outdated standard is the reason almost all drivers get lower actual mileage results than the advertised efficiency rating on cars.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to change the way it estimates the fuel economy published on vehicle window stickers in order to make the estimates more consistent with real-world driving. The new proposal would reduce the city mileage estimates for most vehicles, starting in the 2008 model year, by 10 to 20 percent. Highway mileage estimates would drop 5 to 15 percent.

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Amazing news on the cancer research front

If you spend a lot of the time reading news on the web, keep up with the newspaper, or watch the news regularly on television, you have probably already heard some about the potential new cancer treatment via dichloroacetate (DCA). DCA is a long used compound previously known for combating mitochondrial diseases. It also is known to have very few and mild side-effects. This could be huge in treating cancer.

dichloroacetate.jpgDr. Evangelos Michelakis, a professor at the U of A Department of Medicine, has shown that dichloroacetate (DCA) causes regression in several cancers, including lung, breast and brain tumors.

Michelakis and his colleagues, including post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sebastian Bonnet, have published the results of their research in the journal Cancer Cell.

DCA functions by normalizing the behavior of mitochondria. Cancer has been known to alter the effects of mitochondria, and the belief has long been that this damage was permanent. The testing Dr. Michelakis has done shows that at least for some cancers, this is not true.


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