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'Star Citizen' Hits $55 Million Funding Milestone

Game Politics - 31 min 24 sec ago

In his latest note to the Star Citizen community, Cloud Imperium Games founder Chris Roberts reveals that public funding for the space simulation game has reached a staggering $55 million.

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Report: South African PlayStation Plus Subscribers See Substantial Rate Increase

Game Politics - 1 hour 44 min ago

Game Informer has an interesting report on how some consumers in regions such as South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey are seeing rate increases for their PlayStation Plus subscriptions. While some of this is based on currency conversion rates, it looks like South African customers are simply getting a major rate increase.

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Analysis: Kickstarter and video games, the first half of 2014

Gamasutra - News - 2 hours 30 min ago

A decline, but not a collapse: A look at the number of projects funded in the first half of this year, the money they made, and what it means for the Kickstarter landscape. ...

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Ubisoft now has a Russian office

GamesIndustry.biz news - 3 hours 29 min ago
Moscow presence is in recognition of growing community within the country
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Microsoft comments on poor Xbox One sales in Japan

Gamasutra - News - 3 hours 29 min ago

The Xbox One hasn't been selling all that well in Japan, and Microsoft isn't exactly happy about it -- although the game says it is looking at the long-term. ...

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Ubisoft takes aim at emerging markets with new office in Russia

Gamasutra - News - 3 hours 41 min ago

Ubisoft has opened a new office in Moscow, Russia, as the company looks to provide better community management and support to its Russian customers. ...

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Appeals Court divided in Trip Hawkins tax case

GamesIndustry.biz news - 4 hours 24 sec ago
Panel of judges demands more evidence that EA founder went bankrupt to avoid millions in tax debt
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Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On Space Station

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 33 min ago
SternisheFan writes Canada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves. Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) to add to the two they already have on the Russian Zvezda module. Technical problems with the cameras forced the Russians to do an extra spacewalk to complete the work earlier this year.

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The challenges of making a satirical mobile game about cloning

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 43 min ago

"Many people were discouraged by the game's tagline, 'a satire on the mobile game market.' ... for the purpose of marketing this game, this was a poor, poor idea." ...

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Snowkit: A collection of libraries and tools for the Haxe toolkit

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 4 min ago

A group of developers have put together snowkit, a collection of libraries and tools for the Haxe programming language. ...

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Rovio admits it's not seeing fast enough growth, plans to lay off 16% of staff

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 46 min ago

Angry Birds studio Rovio today stated that it is looking to simplify its organization, and may cut up to 130 people from its workforce as part of that process. ...

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Cygames hires Square Enix veteran Akihiko Yoshida

GamesIndustry.biz news - 5 hours 59 min ago
Yoshida joins production subsidiary as company director, will also work with creative teams
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Humble Bundle names Yogscast as first curation partner

GamesIndustry.biz news - 6 hours 9 min ago
Yogscast Game Store will benefit War Child, give devs better cut than Steam
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The science of eSports performance

Gamasutra - News - 6 hours 29 min ago

PhD researcher Amine Issa studied pro League of Legends players to find out what makes them tick -- and shares the fruits of his labor with Gamasutra's readers in this post. ...

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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 58 min ago
An anonymous reader writes When you pay the tax on a road vehicle in the UK, you used to get a paper "tax disk" to affix to the inside of your car windshield. However the relevant records are documented electronically anyway, inspiring the government to replace the paper system with a purely online one. Unfortunately said system was still in beta when it launched today and predictably, it has broken under user demand. No alternative system is available. (The licensing agency actually ran out of the paper disks more than a month ago, and has been printing them out on normal office paper and asking vehicle owners to cut out the circle themselves.) The initiative is part of a larger "digital-first", restructuring of how the government provides services aimed at "meeting user needs".

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Life-extending drugs take humanity into new territory

New Scientist - Breaking news - 7 hours 1 min ago
The reasons to be cautious about taking longevity drugs probably won't hold us back. They will just be too tempting to turn down






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Character Artist-Vicarious Visions: Activision

Gamasutra - Jobs - 8 hours 1 min ago
Character Artist   Vicarious Visions is looking for talented and creative character artists to join our studio in creating the next generation of award-winning games for current and next gen platforms.   The ideal candidate will demonstrate exceptional artistic and technical production skills through the development of high resolution character sculpts that aid in the development of advanced texture and material applications for use with in-game characters.  The Character Artist will collaborate directly with concept and animation artists to ensure the quality of the content capitalizes on new industry trends and techniques and delivers characters that are both distinctive and memorable.   Your responsibilities will include: ·        Work closely with the Art Director and team leads to sculpt characters which enhance narrative arcs and complement the global aesthetic of the game. ·        Meet established quality standards by creating visually stunning character models which are balanced against runtime performance. ·        Construct meshes which effectively develop and communicate the persona of the character and develop a foundation for animation. ·        Ability to stay current with the latest tools, technologies, and techniques to help shape our pipelines. ·        Balance quality with efficiency when working under tight deadlines. ·        Follow and maintain pipelines and technical requirements.   The skills and experience we’re looking for: ·        3+ years of character modeling experience for Game, Film or TV/Commercial production. ·        Bachelor's degree or diploma with an emphasis on Art. ·        Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. ·        Ability to work collaboratively and succeed in a diverse work environment. ·        Self-motivated team player who proactively seeks feedback and communication. ·        Must possess a keen understanding of form and a critical eye for proportions and silhouettes and an understanding of fabric, drape and texture. ·        Knowledge of technical sculpture techniques and terminology. ·        Ability to quickly learn new software and adapt to company proprietary software. ·        Technical problem solving is a must.   You’ll really get our attention: ·        Applicable video game experience. ·        Passion for making games and storytelling. ·        Relevant 2D and 3D software experience - Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, ZBrush, Topogun, etc… .
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Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:34pm
An anonymous reader writes with news about a government plan to build a Tier IV data center in an earthquake prone district of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Ministry of Information is considering the establishment of a Tier 4 data centre in Kaliakair, in the Gazipur region, an ambitious build which would constitute the fifth largest data centre in the world, if completed. And if it survives – the site planned for the project is prone to earthquakes. Earthquake activity in the environs is discouraging, with one nearby earthquake seven months ago in Ranir Bazar (3.8), and no less than ten within the same tectonic zone over the last three years, the largest of which measured 4.5 on the Richter scale.

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Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:34pm
An anonymous reader writes with news about a government plan to build a Tier IV data center in an earthquake prone district of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Ministry of Information is considering the establishment of a Tier 4 data centre in Kaliakair, in the Gazipur region, an ambitious build which would constitute the fifth largest data centre in the world, if completed. And if it survives – the site planned for the project is prone to earthquakes. Earthquake activity in the environs is discouraging, with one nearby earthquake seven months ago in Ranir Bazar (3.8), and no less than ten within the same tectonic zone over the last three years, the largest of which measured 4.5 on the Richter scale.

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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:52pm
the eric conspiracy writes "Lack of sea ice in the Arctic has forced record numbers of walrus to come ashore in Alaska. The walrus, looking for a place to rest have come ashore in Point Lay Alaska. The walrus normally rest on floating ice. "We are witnessing a slow-motion catastrophe in the Arctic," Lou Leonard, vice president for climate change at the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement that was reported by CNN. "As this ice dwindles, the Arctic will experience some of the most dramatic changes our generation has ever witnessed. This loss will impact the annual migration of wildlife through the region, threaten the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations, and change the lives of those who rely on the Arctic ecosystem for their way of life."

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