Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

posted by Fnord666 on Friday July 05 2019, @04:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the enough-to-make-even-a-Thargoid-well-up dept.

As a fan of the Elite series (although I don't dare start playing Elite: Dangerous) I was drawn to this story, but wasn't expecting to be moved quite as much as I was. Well worth a read.

https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/jul/04/how-a-video-game-community-filled-my-nephews-final-days-with-happiness-elite-dangerous


Original Submission

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
(1)
  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday July 05 2019, @04:33AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday July 05 2019, @04:33AM (#863359) Homepage

    We will purge ourselves of the Jewish fifth-columnists, Antifa poseur globalist useful idiots, leeching Latinos and other migrant hordes. So be it! AMEN.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Friday July 05 2019, @04:53AM (3 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Friday July 05 2019, @04:53AM (#863364)

    I'm terminally ill.

    Hint hint...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:24AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:24AM (#863369)

      I'm terminally ill.

      Then don't waste your time, go dogging now.

      Yours,

      pornhub community

      PS don't forget to submit the v-clips, we'll remember you and cherish them (naah, not really)

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Runaway1956 on Friday July 05 2019, @07:21AM (1 child)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 05 2019, @07:21AM (#863393) Journal

      We all are, of course. Living is dying, and you have been dying since the day you were conceived. Some of us are just slower than others.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 06 2019, @03:38AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 06 2019, @03:38AM (#863732)

        Some have the opinion that most humans only start dying in their 20s since before that they are growing more than dying.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:18AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:18AM (#863367)

    by the time I reached the end, I had trouble seeing too.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:21AM (9 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:21AM (#863368)

    I wish I knew what this shit is about. Back in the late 90's, I was a hip computer programmer. Now... what was I saying?

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:27AM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:27AM (#863370)

      Now... what was I saying?

      Something about hips?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:30AM (4 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:30AM (#863372)

        What about hips?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:37AM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:37AM (#863376)

          I don' know, what about them?
          Anyway, who cares about late '90-ies hits?

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:40AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @05:40AM (#863377)

            dang good rave parties, crazy tunes, good drugs, and ... yeah. them girls are crazy.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @06:01AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @06:01AM (#863380)

              Naaah, that was happening in the '60-'70ies, man. Those were the times.

          • (Score: 2) by kazzie on Friday July 05 2019, @05:49AM

            by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 05 2019, @05:49AM (#863379)

            Anyway, who cares about late '90-ies hits?

            Not me.

            Elite was a hit in 1984.

    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Friday July 05 2019, @05:01PM (2 children)

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Friday July 05 2019, @05:01PM (#863536) Journal

      I never saw the need for Elite. I always used Pica. 80 characters per line are sufficient, aren't they? :-)

      --
      The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
      • (Score: 2) by Fnord666 on Friday July 05 2019, @06:49PM (1 child)

        by Fnord666 (652) on Friday July 05 2019, @06:49PM (#863576) Homepage

        I never saw the need for Elite. I always used Pica. 80 characters per line are sufficient, aren't they? :-)

        80 columns should be enough for anyone.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 06 2019, @02:07PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 06 2019, @02:07PM (#863809)

          There was never a need to advance beyond the 32 column TV Typewriter. Other than the occasionaly need to jiggle the prom after some of the characters morphed into “@“s.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @06:59AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 05 2019, @06:59AM (#863390)

    I always had my suspicions about the elite. Good to know they are a dangerous community that rallies around terminally ill teenagers.

    • (Score: 2) by pkrasimirov on Friday July 05 2019, @02:44PM (1 child)

      by pkrasimirov (3358) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 05 2019, @02:44PM (#863489)

      I too had troubles understanding the word groups in the title.

      Elite:
      Dangerous Community
      Rallies
      Around
      Terminally Ill Teenager

      Perhaps quotes would help?

      "Elite: Dangerous" Community Rallies Around Terminally Ill Teenager

      Not sure about the English syntax. In Wikipedia they do it in italics:

      Elite: Dangerous Community Rallies Around Terminally Ill Teenager

      • (Score: 2) by Fnord666 on Friday July 05 2019, @06:53PM

        by Fnord666 (652) on Friday July 05 2019, @06:53PM (#863581) Homepage
        Thanks for the feedback! Unfortunately even SN does not allow HTML in the title to an article. I have added quotes to help clarify things.
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Friday July 05 2019, @07:24AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 05 2019, @07:24AM (#863394) Journal

    There really is nothing more to say. Salutes to some fine human beings for doing their best to alleviate suffering when they find it.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by c0lo on Friday July 05 2019, @07:31AM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 05 2019, @07:31AM (#863395) Journal

    Feb 2018
    Elite: Dangerous Players Band Together To Save Cancer Patient's Expedition From Griefers [kotaku.com.au]

    Since January 13, a group of Elite: Dangerous players has been journeying across the galaxy to reach Dove Enigma station, named for a member of the expedition, Brandon "DoveEnigma13" Keith. Keith is fighting terminal cancer.

    The trip, a relatively leisurely sightseeing tour and charity drive assembled for the benefit of both Keith and his five-year-old daughter, seemed to be going smoothly enough until this week, when griefers struck. Still a ways out from Dove Enigma, members of the expedition discovered that the station had been taken offline by some enigmatic arseholes.
    ...
    At the time, players weren't entirely sure what happened, but they suspected that griefers employed an exploit that makes it possible to shut down stations by overloading them with items called Unknown Artefacts. The net effect is akin to what would happen if a Thargoid alien attacked that station.
    ...
    The developer added, however, that there's no need for major changes now, because players have already rallied to reverse the station shutdown. Hearing of the Enigma expedition's plight, another group of players banded together to collect and deliver mass amounts of Meta Alloys, an item that can counteract the effects of Unknown Artefacts on stations.

    --
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
    • (Score: 3, Informative) by pkrasimirov on Friday July 05 2019, @03:08PM

      by pkrasimirov (3358) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 05 2019, @03:08PM (#863500)

      Thank you, GreatAuntAnesthesia and c0lo for sharing these stories.

  • (Score: 2) by Rupert Pupnick on Saturday July 06 2019, @02:12PM

    by Rupert Pupnick (7277) on Saturday July 06 2019, @02:12PM (#863810) Journal
(1)