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The Escapist Staff | 12 Jul 2012 21:00
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"If you want something, the sales terminal is right there. Prices are non-negotiable. They're non-negotiable to the Volus, who think of haggling like a religious rite, they're non-negotiable to the politicians, who think they own this entire space station, and they're non-negotiable for you ... whoever you are." You look up from your arm and see the man's face for the first time. He looks haggard, like he's been alternating a good sleep and a good shave every other day.

"But," the man replies, confusion apparent in his eyes. "I'm Commander Shepard."
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Using the word "rape" in an online game is not some kind of longstanding tradition or a definitive part of the culture. I've been a gamer for well over two decades, and this term hasn't been around more than a handful of years. Good-natured trash talk is fine between friends, but that's not what this is. I've played basketball with at-risk youth from inner-city Chicago, and the things they said to me, even when I was being crowded and fouled and knocked to the pavement, were nothing compared to a single hour on Xbox Live.
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Remote-control robots are hardly anything new, but what made this interesting was that Mr. Duc is partially quadriplegic, having lost the use of his fingers and legs in a fall. Mr. Duc would think about moving the paralyzed fingers on his right hand, and the robot would turn right. He would think about moving the paralyzed fingers on his left hand, and his little mechanical avatar would turn left. On a good day, says Mr. Duc, controlling his robot buddy is easy - but too much pain or a wandering mind can cloud the signal.
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There are still a lot of bugs to work out. The exact design of the "shell" would need to be different for each object, and the technique won't work with light in the visual spectrum, only on a microwave level. Still, there is a lot to be excited about using a "plasmonic" approach to cloaking technology.
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