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Ubisoft's Frag Dolls disband news - 3 hours 32 min ago
Female gaming team shuts down after almost 11 years
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Android, Chromecast To Get HBO Now

Slashdot Updates - 3 hours 51 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Google's I/O 2015 conference opened with a surprise announcement: that Chromecast, Android TV, and other Android devices will soon be able to offer HBO Now. "The announcement marks the end of a 7-week exclusive that Apple had on HBO's stand-alone streaming and on-demand video service," reports Digital Trends, and it also further weakens the exclusivity of cable TV packages. "Traditional TV subscriptions are slowly starting to slip," one newspaper reports, "as more people watch online video." Other online streaming sites are already confronting the popularity of HBO's "Game of Thrones" series, with Netflix already experiencing a 33% dip in their online traffic during the new season's online premiere and Amazon rushing to discount their "Game of Thrones" graphic novels, and the turmoil seems to be continuing in the online video space. "Shortly after the premier of the new season, HBO Now seems to have taken the top spot when it comes to internet traffic," reports one technology site, "causing a huge dent in Netflix's attempt to make it to the top."

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Nvidia offers AndroidWorks middleware for all Android devs

Gamasutra - News - 3 hours 56 min ago

Regardless of whether or not the device you're targeting includes an Nvidia Tegra chip, you can use the company's new suite of tools. ...

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Four-step puzzle design

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 15 min ago

"Good puzzle design gives a player that moment of epiphany, where suddenly all is clear, and the following satisfaction when your put your solution in place, and it works!" How do you achieve it? Here's a guide. ...

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Hacking Your Body Through a Nerve In Your Neck

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 32 min ago
agent elevator writes: IEEE Spectrum has a feature (part of its Hacking the Human OS issue) on the future of vagus nerve stimulation, a device-based therapy with the potential to treat a ridiculously wide variety of ailments: epilepsy, depression, stroke, tinnitus, heart failure, migraines, asthma, the list goes on. One problem is that, because it required an implant (a bit like a pacemaker), it was never anybody's first-choice therapy. But now there's a non-invasive version, a device you just hold to your neck twice a day for a few minutes. It's being trialed first for migraines and cluster headaches (which sound horrible). If it works, vagus nerve stimulation could compete directly with drug treatments on cost and convenience and it would let doctors find new ways to hack human physiology.

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Texas slashes government incentives for video games and film

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 40 min ago

As the two industries clash over who gets what, a lack of compromise and heightened scrutiny from politicians means that the latest subsidies are looking very lean by previous standards. ...

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MidBoss clarifies who is welcome at GX3: Everyone Games

Game Politics - 4 hours 41 min ago

Earlier this week, we reported on the Bosses of Honor attending the annual LGBTQ+ friendly gaming event, GX3: Everyone Games.

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Apple acquires augmented reality specialists news - 4 hours 52 min ago
Metaio offers solutions for smartphones, silent on deal
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Anti-TPP rally to be held at Rep. Jim Himes' office May 30th

Game Politics - 5 hours 4 min ago

"Progressive political advocacy group Democracy for America announced today that its chairman (and Connecticut resident) Jim Dean will be taking part in an anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership rally outside the Bridegport, Connecticut offices of Rep. Jim Himes on Saturday, May 30.

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The whole hog: Unpacking our love-hate relationship with the pig

New Scientist - Breaking news - 5 hours 9 min ago
Some people delight in them and prize their meat, others see them as practically taboo. Mark Essig's book explains why pigs inspire such divergent views

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Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 14 min ago
An anonymous reader sends an update on the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the Silk Road online black market. Sentencing is now complete, and Ulbricht has been given life in prison. He had been facing a 20-year minimum because of the charge of being a "drug kingpin," and prosecutors were asking for a sentence substantially higher than the minimum. Prior to the sentence being handed down today, Ulbricht spoke before the court for 20 minutes, asking for leniency and for the judge to leave him a "light at the end of the tunnel." The judge was unswayed, giving Ulbricht the most severe sentence possible. She said, "The stated purpose [of the silk road] was to be beyond the law. ... Silk Road's birth and presence asserted that its creator was better than the laws of this country. This is deeply troubling, terribly misguided, and very dangerous." Ulbricht's family plans to appeal.

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Sega, Daybreak no longer ESA members news - 5 hours 27 min ago
Publishers departed North American trade group after latest rounds of layoffs
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Get a job: Sucker Punch is hiring a Concept Artist

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 40 min ago

InFamous: Second Son studio Sucker Punch is after a full-time artist to work on crafting inspirational concepts and screenshot paint-overs to guide the team in the studio's Bellevue, WA office. ...

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More About Dan Shapiro and the Glowforge CNC Laser Cutter (Video #2)

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 56 min ago
Yesterday Glowforge Co-Founder and CEO Dan Shapiro told us that the Glowforge machine is a CNC laser cutter and engraver, not a 3-D Printer -- even though the first words on Glowforge's main page are, "The First 3D Laser Printer," a description Dan says is there for people not familiar with things like laser cutters and 3-D printers, who want to call the Glowforge a 3-D printer even though people who know about this stuff know what it is at first glance. He also talks about his previous startup, Robot Turtles; what it is, how it came to be, and why kids like it so much. This interview is worth watching (or reading) for the Robot Turtles section alone, especially if you have children or are thinking about designing board games for kids.

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Texas lawmakers slash $63 million from ' Texas Moving Image Industry Incentives Program'

Game Politics - 5 hours 57 min ago

The video games, television and film industries in Texas got a big shock this week when state lawmakers slashed $63 million from the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentives Program from the state’s budget. The program was created in 2008 to attract businesses to the state by providing grants and tax breaks for hiring Texas workers to develop entertainment products or video game projects in the state.

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Video: Designing cities for high-speed traversal in Sunset Overdrive

Gamasutra - News - 6 hours 6 min ago

At GDC 2015, Insomniac Games' Liz England deconstructs the design of Sunset Overdrive and the two scrapped cities that Insomniac built before arriving at the game's iconic Sunset City setting. ...

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Presidential-style politics meets gaming at E3

Game Politics - 6 hours 7 min ago

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) will host a an Iowa-style caucus vote for the best games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles next month.

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E3 2015 will be open to (some of) the public news - 6 hours 10 min ago
ESA allowing exhibitors to invite 5,000 of their most enthusiastic fans to trade show
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Turning a national election's results - and Twitter - into a game

Gamasutra - News - 6 hours 20 min ago

When you plug Twitter data from the UK's national elections into a game, what do you get? These devs experimented with turning results into realtime parliamentary fisticuffs. ...

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GameStop sees profits rise as it moves beyond retail games

Gamasutra - News - 6 hours 29 min ago

The retailer continues to expand beyond its core remit of selling physical copies of games to embrace digital distribution and test out physical storefronts dedicated to merchandise other than games. ...

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