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Screen Yorkshire awarded lottery funding by BFI

GamesIndustry.biz news - 3 hours 8 min ago
£127,000 to boost growth of local TV, film and games
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Solid year for Nexon sees net income up by 88%

GamesIndustry.biz news - 4 hours 24 min ago
North American growth pushes publisher forward
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Sweden's Stugan accelerator publishes first mobile title

GamesIndustry.biz news - 4 hours 35 min ago
Prism hits iOS as applications open for 2016 camp
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14 predictions for China's game industry in 2016

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 12 min ago

"2016 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the games market in China, with revenue from PC online, mobile and console games rising to more than $26 billion." ...

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Sony's Dr Dave Ranyard leaving to independently pursue VR

GamesIndustry.biz news - 5 hours 13 min ago
Head of Sony London looking forward to working on PSVR under own terms
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Tim Schafer on the future of crowdfunding and publishing, post-Psychonauts 2

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 13 min ago

Psychonauts 2 has been successfully crowdfunded, to the tune of nearly four million dollars. 49 percent of that came from investment. Here, Double Fine's Tim Schafer talks about the future of crowdfunded games. ...

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Study Finds You Can Grow Brain Cells Through Exercise

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 55 min ago
phantomfive writes: Researchers have discovered that aerobic exercise may increase neurogenesis. Based on the results, rats that were put on a treadmill grew more brain cells than rats that didn't. Resistance training seemed to have no effect. This is significant, because the neuron reserve of the hippocampus can be increased, thus preconditions for learning for humans could be improved simply through aerobic exercise.

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‘Dark sunshine’ could illuminate the search for dark matter

New Scientist - Breaking news - 7 hours 13 min ago
If there’s dark matter hiding in our sun, it could be giving off dark photons. The best part is we already have a detector in space that could spot them









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French Gov't Gives Facebook 3 Months To Stop Tracking Non-User Browsers

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 50 min ago
Reader iamthecheese writes RT reports that France's National Commission of Information and Freedoms found Facebook tracking of non-user browsers to be illegal. Facebook has three months to stop doing it. The ruling points to violations of members and non-members privacy in violation of an earlier ruling. The guidance, published last October, invalidates safe harbor provisions. If Facebook fails to comply the French authority will appoint someone to decide upon a sanction. Related: A copy of the TPP leaked last year no longer requires signing countries to have a safe harbor provision.

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Scientists Turn Paper Waste Into Aerogel

Slashdot Updates - 11 hours 18 min ago
Kristine Lofgren writes: A team of scientists have successfully turned paper waste into aerogel. Aerogels are used in insulation, and they are usually made out of polymers and silica. But a research team at the National University of Singapore managed to make the highly sought-after product using recycled paper, which could have huge implications not only for the rate at which we are filling up our landfills, but also for the amount of chemicals that we are producing and releasing into the environment.

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SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program

Slashdot Updates - 12 hours 12 min ago
SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We are more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. This is just the first step in a number of improvements we will outline in the coming weeks. SourceForge and Slashdot were acquired in late January by BIZX.

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Hearthstone Cheats and Tools Spiked With Malware

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 8 min ago
itwbennett writes: Cheating at the online card game Hearthstone (which is based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft) can get you banned from the game, but now it also puts you at risk of 'financial losses and system ruin,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. Symantec is warning Hearthstone players about add-on tools and cheat scripts that are spiked with malware. 'In one example, Hearth Buddy, a tool that allows bots to play the game instead of a human player (which is supposed to help with rank earnings and gold earning) compromises the entire system,' says Ragan. 'Another example, are the dust and gold hacking tools (Hearthstone Hack Tool), which install malware that targets Bitcoin wallets.'

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Nintendo's new president Kimishima takes the reins in a new Q& A

Gamasutra - News - 14 hours 4 min ago

In its latest investor Q& A, the newest president of the storied Kyoto game company pointed toward a future of smartphone games and the NX platform to bring Nintendo forward. ...

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User Acquisition Manager: Trion Redwood City

Gamasutra - Jobs - 14 hours 13 min ago
As a US employer, Trion is required to verify all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are eligible to work in the United States.   The Marketing team at Trion seeks a User Acquisition Manager to manage large-scale advertising campaigns for our PC Online and Console games. You bring a unique blend of creativity and analytical number-crunching, brilliantly blended with a passion for your work. You can independently manage multiple advertising campaigns as well as coordinating creative development and program execution. You possess strong analytical skills and are results orientated – more than anything, you want to make a huge impact on the growth of our business.   Responsibilities: Develop mid-to-long term business and technical ad product strategy for the next generation of player acquisition at Trion. This is serious business, and serious gaming. Lead and oversee development of performance plans for newly launched games and help the team execute to make Trion Worlds proud, as well as profitable. Work with new and existing Game Teams to build advertising plans, performance metrics, and budgets that align with product goals and schedules – and be prepared to wheel about and adjust everything as priorities shift. We’re an agile company, seeking highly adaptable people. Monitor, optimize and report performance of campaigns on an ongoing basis. Number-crunching is FUN for you, and you make amazing graphs. No one has ever fallen asleep during your PowerPoint presentations. Identify new partner, platform, and optimization opportunities to drive campaign performance. You’re always looking for the latest iteration on software and best tactics to win at gaming. Develop test plans, measure performance, and make recommendations based on testing. You know that one size does not fit all, and you’re committed to finding the best options. Identify the highest impact multi-variate testing opportunities, prioritize, execute, track results and communicate to game and marketing teams. You even understand what this line means, which is important when you explain it to your internal partners in other departments. Partner with Localization teams to support International advertising as appropriate, because you know how important our overseas opportunities are. We’re good, but we could be great! Daily, weekly, and quarterly budget forecasting and reporting of results. You’re SO ready for this and have a spreadsheet or six in mind already. Required Skills: Extensive hands on experience  - Display, SEM, Affiliate, Facebook, Twitter 3+yrs of consumer advertising or media buying experience with a strong track record of measurable results Strong analytical skills and experience working in metrics based companies. Intuitive grasp of data and strong with Excel Genuine interest in social, gaming, analytics, and advertising a must. Passion for problem solving: You must be able to tackle new, unfamiliar, and possibly daunting problems--to break them down into manageable bits and solve them. Experience building and managing relationships with third party media partners Experience working in a metric-driven role focused on ROI Excellent negotiation skills Experience – and a desire – to do both strategic planning and daily execution/optimization. Proven ability to effectively influence others without directly managing them. Experience building and managing relationships with third party media partners Experience working in a metric-driven role focused on ROI Excellent negotiation skills Outstanding communication skills – both written and spoken. Experience working in fast-paced environments, preferably in an internet, financial, or consulting industries SQL and/or Programming Experience a plus. BS/BA degree in math, science, or marketing, or proven track record in a quantitative/problem solving environment(or equivalent training and experience, MS encouraged but not required Managerial experience preferred, but not required. APPLY ONLINE http://www.trionworlds.com/en/careers/     Please note: All job inquiries and résumés submitted to Trion Worlds, Inc. will be treated in confidence, provided that Trion Worlds, Inc. shall have the right to use the personal information contained therein to contact you and for internal evaluation purposes.
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Java Engineer: Vrse

Gamasutra - Jobs - 14 hours 13 min ago
We're looking for people to join our growing team who: Seek out challenges and are comfortable with the unknown Thrive in fast-paced, innovative, creative environments Are expert communicators and collaborate well with others Take initiative to solve tough problems Are passionate about revolutionizing storytelling through virtual reality Most importantly, have got grit Responsibilities Design and develop large scale API’s for various clients including mobile, PC, and console Develop innovative ways for people to understand user behavior around VR content Design, implement and launch highly-visible, user and partner-facing features Build robust, highly scalable back-end systems Qualifications BS in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent practical experience Excellent coding skills in Java Must be highly motivated and fast learner Optional, but a major plus Experience with Spring, JPA, Postgres, Redis, Elasticsearch, REST Experience with Javascript Experience with Amazon Web Services API and integrations Experience with video and/or video serving  
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Senior Game Designer: Phaser Lock Interactive

Gamasutra - Jobs - 14 hours 13 min ago
Phaser Lock Interactive is a virtual reality game studio located in Austin Tx. Our first title is FINAL APPROACH, a launch title for both the Oculus and Vive systems. Phaser Lock Interactive is looking for a Senior Game Designer for our upcoming Virtual Reality game titles. In this position you'll have the opportunity to play a key role in building the next generation of VR games on multiple platforms including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear. We want you if you are passionate about games and even more excited about the Virtual Reality revolution that is taking place. Help define the landscape of the Virtual Reality Gaming World. As a Senior Game Designer you’ll work closely with the studio leadership team in realizing the creative vision for the games. You’ll be responsible for key components of the game from design through execution, working collaboratively with all other departments to deliver an amazing product. And, as a senior member of the team, you will help define the direction of the Design department and mentor younger designers. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Create clear and concise, visually oriented design materials that explain mechanics, systems and features Develop and communicate layout, content, or system designs through written documentation, visual design materials, and verbal presentations Work with the Programming team to deliver content that meets each discipline's goals and deadlines Design, own, and prototype key gameplay systems; collaborate with the Design, Art and Programming teams to ensure that goals are achievable within the given time restraints Help assess the progress, quality and user friendliness of the project via methods such as usability testing, focus tests and in-house play tests Provide constructive feedback on all aspects of the game to the Lead Designer; find opportunities to increase the entertainment value of the project and advise on how that information may be implemented, or held for future projects Help create consistent implementation of gameplay by working to define best working practices, processes, standards and conventions, for the design team Other duties may be assigned as needed   Desired Skills and Experience Five to seven years experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have shipped at least three titles credited as a designer or lead designer Advanced knowledge and experience with level editing tools and scripting (Unity, Unreal Engine or similar editors). Have an awareness of emerging virtual reality trends that inform modern game design. Ability to analyze those mechanics and apply them to current game designs as appropriate. Strong communication skills including verbal and written skills are required. Must be able to both give and receive critical feedback regarding various aspects of the project. Requirements: 5+ years of experience in game design including senior or lead design experience on a shipped product Ability to conceptualize, prototype, iterate and balance features Strong design mentality and intuition for game mechanics and game flow Avid gamer across multiple platforms/genres Ability to communicate clearly and work effectively with others Self-organized and self-motivated Excellent communication and problem solving skills Absolute passion for Virtual Reality and computer games Knowledge and understanding of Maya or other major 3D modeling program a plus
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Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:57pm
martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

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The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:15pm
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – "a long time coming," according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, "paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case." The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond's key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. "As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University]," Wood said, "I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard." In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

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Jeep/Chrysler's New Gearshift Appears To Be Causing Accidents

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:33pm
bartle writes: The new gearshift design for the Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be causing rollaway accidents: 121 crashes and 30 injuries so far. The gear shifter is designed to look and feel similar to a traditional automatic gear shift lever but it is meant to cycle through the gears rather than move directly to a certain gear. A driver who is used to placing their vehicle in park by pressing the shifter all the way forward may instead be setting it to neutral before exiting the vehicle. The NHTSA is investigating.

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Layoffs at Gigantic developer Motiga

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:08pm

The development of the upcoming MOBA, currently in beta, appears to be in danger -- as the developer lays off staff and seeks funding to complete the game. ...

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