SHARE Although studying creativity is considered a legitimate scientific discipline nowadays, it is still a very young one. In the early s, a psychologist named J. Guilford was one of the first academic researchers who dared to conduct a study of creativity. He challenged research subjects to connect all nine dots using just four straight lines without lifting their pencils from the page. Today many people are familiar with this puzzle and its solution. In the s, however, very few were even aware of its existence, even though it had been around for almost a century.
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It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year. So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections. Change It wasn’t trendy , funny, nor was it coined on Twitter , but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined Unlike in , change was no longer a campaign slogan.
However, sometimes, this isn’t the case. Software may be rushed for any number of reasons, which may include: A holiday release, desire to compete with another company’s product, a studio’s closing, or outright this happens, testing can be shortened or outright skipped.
First, in an attempt to distance themselves from The Great Video Game Crash of , Nintendo of America ditched the traditional top-loading cartridge mechanism used by the NES’s Japanese counterpart, the Family Computer, for a “zero insertion force” slot: The cartridge is slid into the front of the system and then pressed down, similar to a VCR. Unfortunately, this mechanism was infamous for being unreliable and constantly causing the infamous “flashing screen of death”, as well as gradually bending the pins in the cartridge.
It gets even worse today considering the system’s been long out of production and many functioning NESes are in fairly worn states today, with all official repair services for them having been discontinued a long time ago. On games with battery-backed saves, when you power the system off, you must hold down the reset button while shutting the system off, or else your saved changes will be discarded. Presumably common practice back in the system’s age, but nowadays, most players used to just turning the system off normally after saving their game may not know to do this or forget to do so.
Two pins used for hardware expansion in the Famicom’s cartridge slot were removed from the cartridge slot of the NES, resulting in an inferior audiovisual game experience for some games compared to the Japanese version such as Castlevania III:
Gameplay[ edit ] In Splatoon, players control characters referred to as Inklings. Here, the player uses an Inkling in humanoid form to shoot colored ink across the game environment. Splatoon is primarily a team-based third-person shooter which is playable by up to eight players in online four-versus-four matches, although the game also features local one-versus-one multiplayer matches and a single player campaign. Players control characters called Inklings, who have the ability to shapeshift between human and squid forms.
In humanoid form, Inklings can shoot ink in their team’s color, which can be used to cover the environment or “splat” opposing players or enemies.
It will bring some pretty substantial back-end changes to the game.
Gameplay[ edit ] Destiny gameplay Destiny’s style has been described as a first-person shooter that incorporates role-playing and MMO elements, but Bungie has avoided describing Destiny as a traditional MMO game. For instance, rather than players being able to communicate with all other players in the game or on a particular server — as is the case in many conventional MMO games — Destiny includes on-the-fly matchmaking that allows players to communicate only with other players with whom they are “matched” by the game.
To communicate with other players in the game world, players must use their respective console’s messaging system. A social space on Mercury was added with the House of Wolves expansion, but requires players to go undefeated in the Trials of Osiris Crucible mode in order to access it. Character progression and classes[ edit ] Players are able to improve their characters, referred to as Guardians, by gaining experience points EXP — when a set number of experience points are accumulated, the player’s character will “level up” and gain improved statistics which further enhance performance in battle.
Quests , including the “main scenario” quest line, are specific tasks given to the player by non-player characters which reward items and EXP.
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Gameplay[ edit ] In Splatoon, players control characters referred to as Inklings. Here, the player uses an Inkling in humanoid form to shoot colored ink across the game environment. Splatoon is primarily a team-based third-person shooter which is playable by up to eight players in online four-versus-four matches, although the game also features local one-versus-one multiplayer matches and a single player campaign.
Players control characters called Inklings, who have the ability to shapeshift between human and squid forms. In humanoid form, Inklings can shoot ink in their team’s color, which can be used to cover the environment or “splat” opposing players or enemies.
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It also puts a checkpoint right before every Press X to Not Die moment so that, even if you fail the quicktime event, you don’t lose more than a few seconds of progress. Arkham Series has a few. Several times in predator encounters, enemies that should notice Batman don’t, either because he’s too far away, or in the middle of a special takedown. Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins , after using a gadget to create a platform in the water, Batman will automatically aim straight for it if you glide at it.
City featured Riddler informants that could tell Batman where Riddler trophies were hidden, as long as the informant was the last enemy taken out in any encounter. This made battles with the informants frustrating, since the player would have to avoid targeting them until they were done. Origins fixed this problem by making the informants surrender when beaten as opposed to being knocked out, so the player no longer has to beat them last.
Also, informants in City would respawn later if you screwed up and didn’t interrogate them. And since it’s easy to lose track while battling a bunch of Mooks , the informant glows green to make him stand out. Typically, if Batman falls into any pool of water, he’ll just grapple gun right back to a safe platform. Arkham Knight , even if Batman is too far away for the grapple gun to work, he’ll instantly reappear back on a platform anyway.
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The battery issues caused Consumer Reports to decline recommending them, the first time it had done so for an Apple laptop. Arcade The arcade version of beatmania IIDX ran on a custom-made and very complicated PCB it actually used a consumer DVD player controlled via a serial port to create video overlays, amongst other things , until the ninth version, where it was dragged kicking and screaming onto a Windows XP-based PC platform.
The transition was anything but smooth; as well as the general bugginess of the code, the game’s timing measurement and response speed were extremely bad, two things which are critical in a music-based video game. One song, the One More Extra Stage song “quasar”, periodically crashed the entire game , forcing the player to get arcade staff’s attention to reset the machine.
Destiny is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by was released worldwide on September 9, , for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox , and Xbox One consoles. Destiny marked Bungie’s first new console franchise since the Halo series, and it was the first game in a ten-year agreement between Bungie and Activision.
In these situations, we must emulate the Prime Minister. What, cock it up and then blame someone else? We may blame others even when we know deep down in our hearts that it is our fault. Due to the Rule of Drama , fictional characters will blame themselves for things going south most of the time, but there are some cases where, just like in Real Life , the character who really is to blame will blame everyone else instead.
The person stuck with the blame fails to defend himself, perhaps out of sheer dumbfoundedness at the other person’s gall. The character does this all the time The person can’t comprehend what they did is wrong because how innocently they did it. Sub-Trope of Psychological Projection.
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