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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:06PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-was-wondering-what-to-do-next dept.

Anonymous Coward writes:

"2048, the most addictive game since Tetris, was recently released. Its origin has been traced back as far as Threes!, which inspired 1024, which inspired 2048. Finally, an improved version, with animations, was written by Gabriele Cirulli, 19 year old from Italy.

The game has enthralled many, and led directly to the waste of countless potentially productive hours. A variety of permutations have since surfaced: 2048 in 3D, 2048 in 4D, and 9007199254740992.

Some ask why it's so addictive. I say, it attacks our pleasure centers in ways that Wesley Crusher already warned us about."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by MrGuy on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:13PM

    by MrGuy (1007) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:13PM (#18219)

    Congratulations on your successful slashvertizement! You've successfully gotten a blog to post a link to your "improved" version of an existing game, and in a way that makes it seem like some random stranger did it!

    Or, at least, that's what I assume happened. Seriously, editors? Where's the news here? That someone skinned an existing game to add animations? There's not even a TFA here. There's no one citing a launch announcement. This IS the launch announcement. Even the "why I find the game addictive..." article isn't referencing the "new" version. Just the existing version.

    Oh, and it's by an AC. So well done there as well.

    Yes, I get it - editors are all new, we're still learning. Please, please take this as an object lesson in what NOT to do. You let some AC submit content, including a breathless headline, didn't really read it or check it, didn't realize this is basically just a plug of someone's pet project (quite probably the submitters), and posted it anyways. What effort was put in by the editor here?

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  • (Score: 1) by janrinok on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:26PM

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:26PM (#18223) Journal

    I didn't (and still don't) see it that way, but you could be right - so I'll hold my hands up and apologise.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by JeanCroix on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:28PM

      by JeanCroix (573) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:28PM (#18224)
      I have to agree with MrGuy. I did a mental doubletake on the blatant soyvertisement.
      • (Score: 3, Funny) by Dunbal on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:52PM

        by Dunbal (3515) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:52PM (#18232)

        They mix in some soylent red with the soylent green nowadays.

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by JeanCroix on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:24PM

          by JeanCroix (573) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:24PM (#18272)
          Makes it taste a bit spammy...
    • (Score: 2, Funny) by xyzzyyzzyx on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:29PM

      by xyzzyyzzyx (3799) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:29PM (#18225)

      Just say 'No!' to AC submitted content, folks....

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:34PM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:34PM (#18228) Homepage

      MrGuy is just buttmad that he Googled "Gabriele Cirulli" expecting to find a young, foreign, hot nerdchick like LadyAda to beat off to and found a dude instead.

      Meanwhile, Gabriele takes pleasure in that fact and backs away slowly into the shadows grinning, his nose being the last part of him to fade into the darkness.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:47PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:47PM (#18230)

        expecting to find a young, foreign, h̶o̶t̶ n̶e̶r̶dc̶h̶ick like LadyAda to beat off to and found a dude instead

        So he found what he was looking for.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by cwix on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:26PM

      by cwix (873) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:26PM (#18273)

      I have to agree with the parent poster here, this is not news. It reads like an advertisement, it also does not explain in the summary why this is such a great game.
       
      In fact I just went and played the game and if this level of game gets a front page article, then I can think of a hundred games that should get the same treatment. Should I start to post articles about my favorite games, even if there is nothing new or ground breaking in them?

      • (Score: 2) by Geotti on Wednesday March 19 2014, @02:09AM

        by Geotti (1146) on Wednesday March 19 2014, @02:09AM (#18355) Journal

        Should I start to post articles about my favorite games, even if there is nothing new or ground breaking in them?

        SCNR, but look, we've all played our share of Larry, no need to get all upset about it.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by bucc5062 on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:33PM

    by bucc5062 (699) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:33PM (#18227)

    Wow, dude, where's all the negative energy coming from. Like chill and just play the game. it is really cool, I mean addictive man.

    In one way I don't see the complaint. There are links to other games, there is no payment required and the game, while not so addictive (yet) is fun to play (okay I played it just once, but it kept my interest). I don't mind having SN articles be fun, humorous; light shall we say mixed in with the mind bending stuff (still trying to grok gravity waves) or the economic trolling from Bill Gates.

    Back in the old country we use to say, you don't have to read the summary, the links or the comments. For some it is "Nothing to see here, move along". Chill bra /grin

    In my first playing I could not figure out the end game (d'oh) till the end when it became clear...2048. Here's my geek card (sigh)

    --
    The more things change, the more they look the same
    • (Score: 1) by SleazyRidr on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:59PM

      by SleazyRidr (882) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:59PM (#18239)

      I guess we don't need every article to be something ground breaking, but there are things like this happening every day. This is really just a slight change to an old game. They come about every 20 minutes or so.

    • (Score: 1) by ticho on Tuesday March 18 2014, @09:35PM

      by ticho (89) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @09:35PM (#18254) Homepage Journal

      As soon as the RSS feed will contain something more than just a bare link to the article, you will have a point. Until then, it can be hard to decide whether an article is worth reading.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Blackmoore on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:56PM

    by Blackmoore (57) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @08:56PM (#18235) Journal

    then get off your ass and locate some real content.

    • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday March 18 2014, @09:54PM

      by VLM (445) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @09:54PM (#18260)

      OK, how about we hijack this thread and its now a complain (sometimes) about "addictive games" thread.

      Dwarf Fortress, Minecraft, TOME, Don't Starve, FTL

      If someone wants to advertise their game, well, I'd rather talk about currently playing Avadon II and that TOME port to steam (aka Tales Of M-something E-something).

      Avadon 2 is pretty awesome, like all zillion previous Spiderweb games. Still haven't figured out what happened to that scout that got knocked out at the start. Will get there eventually.

      I played minecraft mods until I got tired of "scheme #24312 to turn ore into more metal than default" and once it becomes a game of what boils down to material transport systems it gets dull. Too flexible. Oh, you can "draw" anything now? Well, just use a real CAD program. I had a lot of fun experiences along the way, building power stations (that are meaningless once you make solar panels) and giant railroad empires (meaningless once you have teleports)

      DF is epic although too frustrating. "Oh its so fun to watch the dorfs fail" no it isn't its Fing annoying to have to go all that grunt work slightly better this time. Just got sick of architecting apartment buildings for whiney dorfs.

      FTL was fun till I beat it a couple times and ... now what? Well heres a mod (essentially) that forces you to change your play style. But I liked my play style, and it worked! Bye. Some storyline is amusing.

      Same fail mechanic with don't starve other than my play style sucking in the opinion of the authors so I continually wiped out before I could do something "cool". So DS got old real fast. Really, I have to click my mouse a million times to chop enough wood to get back to where I was before I wiped out? F that.

      TOME is pretty awesome but being a roguelike its super frustrating once you get into a cool position and then ... oh no, now I have to go thru all THAT again? I appreciate the steam port has a mode to abstract away the roguelike aspect by providing infinite lives. The story and gameplay is pretty good, not seeing the point of grinding to get there over and over.

      • (Score: 2) by tibman on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:29PM

        by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:29PM (#18276)

        Is the TOME you're talking about called Tales of Maj'Eyal? I'll check it out. Here are some of my current favorite but under-appreciated games.

        FPS: Natural Selection 2
        4X: StarDrive
        RTS-like: Majesty 2
        Rogue-like: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space
        Masochism/Sadism: Rust and DayZ

        It sounds like you enjoy painful games but don't like the complete restart on death. Rust might be fun for you there. You lose all your possessions on death however you still retain all the knowledge needed to build them. I'm a fan of DF as well. Really excited for this new version : )

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        • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday March 19 2014, @01:04PM

          by VLM (445) on Wednesday March 19 2014, @01:04PM (#18519)

          Yes Tales of Maj'Eyal

          They're not painful until you have to retrace steps one thru one million.

          the first time I set up a dorf apartment building with about a hundred little rooms I thought it was awesome... the first time...

      • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Wednesday March 19 2014, @03:54AM

        by mhajicek (51) on Wednesday March 19 2014, @03:54AM (#18393)

        I recently got addicted to Kerbal Space Program...

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        The spacelike surfaces of time foliations can have a cusp at the surface of discontinuity. - P. Hajicek
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by cwix on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:34PM

      by cwix (873) on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:34PM (#18277)

      Maybe I have submitted better content in the past just to have it denied and then see it posted the next day by another user. Maybe you can get off your ass and fix that. In the mean time I'd rather see nothing then this advertisement.

      • (Score: 2) by Blackmoore on Thursday March 20 2014, @01:48AM

        by Blackmoore (57) on Thursday March 20 2014, @01:48AM (#18750) Journal

        it happens, 3 of my submissions so far were accepted when offered by someone else.
        frankly - i'm not the least bit surprised my writeup was awful - i'm no journalist

        but i'll keep trying

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 18 2014, @10:51PM (#18282)

    I wrote the story and I have no connection to the game other than playing it and seeing it on other news sites. Get off your idiotic high horse you dimwit.

    Ad for a money- and ad- free game? That mentions earlier games and later games based on the same design? What nefarious plan did you see in my blatant attempt to bring a little culture to your sad little life?