The Virtual Console is taking this website full circle. I reviewed Pokemon Snap (N64) over eight years ago. Today, it is released to the Wii. Ghost’n Goblins (NES) and Baseball Stars 2 (NEOGEO) are also included in this week’s Virtual Console releases.
At this very moment, computers all around the world are calculating protein folding simulations. By better understanding this process, it is hoped that cures to deadly diseases can be found. The Photics Team has been exceptional in this endeavor. Out of 84,000+ teams, the Photics Team is in the top 5000 and climbing.
As you might have noticed, I’m changing things up at Photics.com. It was a great run with Guild Wars, but three years is a long time. A man should be faithful to a woman, but not a video game. I’m reverting things back to the way they were. Photics.com is now a general gaming website.
In the video game world, we fight as heroes. What if you could be a hero in real life, without having to do a lot of work? Here’s an opportunity to make that fantasy a reality. I started a Folding@home team for Photics.com. Stamford University is using distributed computing to better understand protein folding. This knowledge could lead to cures for Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases.
It sounds technical, but setting it up is pretty easy.
Here’s how you join the Photics Team…
- Download the software
- Install the software
- Pick a name or nickname to represent yourself
- Enter the Photics Team Number in Team Number field ( 60254 )
- Watch the team statistics page
If you are interested in donating your computer’s idle time, quite possibility for the greater good of humanity, just download the software from the Stamford website… http://folding.stanford.edu/download.html. You can use a Mac, a PC or even a PS3. Once you have the software installed, you will be given the option to join a team. If you want to join the Photics.com team, just put the number 60254 in the Team number field. Your stats will appear on the Team Page. If you have a newer NVIDIA graphics card, with CUDA support, you might want to check out the high performance clients.
GO PHOTICS TEAM!
You’ll show up on the team page once you’ve successfully completed a Work Unit. Depending on the speed of the computer, and how long you leave your computer running, it could take a few days. I hardly notice the program running. It just puts a little icon in my system tray.
As I write this, the FahCore_78.exe is using as much as 98% of my CPU usage. (You can monitor CPU usage via the Windows Task Manager.) If I was doing something more processor intensive, like playing Guild Wars, the Folding software drops down. That’s because it’s set to Low Priority.
Windows Task Manager, while running the Folding sofware and Guild Wars.
Windows Task Manager, after quitting Guild Wars. The Folding@Home software was designed to be unintrusive. I can’t think of an easier way to help humanity.
Photics.com is reborn, with a great new look and a return to a familiar system. Photics.com is going back to the blog format, to focus on what this site does best – delivering entertaining and informative Guild Wars content. There’s still a lot of work to be done, so expect some more changes to the site. With the imminent launch of Guild Wars: Eye of the North, exciting times are on the way.