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'This Spartan Life' Meets NPR 10

Posted by Zonk
from the good-looking-interviewers dept.
Via Joystiq, an edition of the in-game talk show This Spartan Life combined with the NPR program Studio 360 The weekly arts and culture program went behind the scenes of the Halo 2 based show to give non-gamers a sense of what gaming culture is like. From the Joystiq article: "On this weekend's episode of Studio 360, host Kurt Andersen suited up and interviewed Damian in the game for National Public Radio, and This Spartan Life has in turn published video of the segment on their site. What's pretty impressive to learn is that all of the hours of Halo 2 played online cumulatively add up to more then 10,000 years worth of Spartan living, all without any apparent evolution."
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'This Spartan Life' Meets NPR

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  • Evolution? (Score:5, Funny)

    by hmccabe (465882) on Monday November 27, 2006 @07:01PM (#17009580)
    What's pretty impressive to learn is that all of the hours of Halo 2 played online cumulatively add up to more then 10,000 years worth of Spartan living, all without any apparent evolution.

    I haven't played Halo 2, but I assume that there is no evolution because there is no breeding. That would, however, explain Halo's popularity amongst frat boys.

    • by yerM)M (720808)
      I could say something about the pleasures of breeding being replaced with the pleasures of digital manipulation but it turns out that, apparently, there is evolution [].
  • "Don't you hate that, when you're trying to impress your guest and your vehicle spontaneously explodes behind you?"
  • Since when has there been no evolution? One could argue that all the mods, the new hacks and cheats are all evolution.
  • Not NPR (Score:4, Interesting)

    by iriefrank (41550) on Monday November 27, 2006 @08:08PM (#17010242) Homepage
    Studio 360 is produced by the radio station WNYC in New York, and distributed by Public Radio International. NPR has nothing to do with it, you insensitive clod.
  • no evolution?! (Score:1, Interesting)

    by ILuvRamen (1026668)
    what about inventions such as Tower of Power style advanced games. They're doing things more complicated and advanced than the game's original scope was intended for. New game types like swat are the same way. Also, sniping perfect head shots at respawn points is the equivalent of cheetahs getting better at gazelle hunting (except cheetahs aren't cheap ass modders, I doubt anyone does the aforementioned technique naturally)
  • Humanity hasn't evolved significantly in the last 10,000 years either...
  • So, it's 10,000 years between all the gamers? To fairly compare them, because you added up each gamer's game hours, then you should also add up each person's lifetime - instead of the amount of time elapsed? So it should be (lifespan of first human+lifespan of second human+lifespan of third human....lifespan of newest human).. which by my reckonings, maybe 50 billion*50 year average lifespan? I don't know the actual numbers, but I know it would be A LOT MORE than 10,000.

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