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Buy The World's Only 'Sony GayStation'

Game Politics - 1 hour 48 min ago

Stockholm, Sweden's week-long Stockholm Pride Festival kicks off today, and to celebrate Swedish retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a custom rainbow flag colored PS4 which it is calling the "Sony GayStation." Proceeds raised from this auction will go to the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

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Video: How to make your games more inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly

Gamasutra - News - 1 hour 59 min ago

Developers and scholars Zoe Quinn, Samantha Allen, Mattie Brice, Todd Harper and Christine Love offer friendly, practical advice on how you can make your games more inclusive in this GDC 2014 talk. ...

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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 2 min ago
Bennett Haselton writes: I can't stand switching from a slideout-keyboard phone to a touchscreen phone, and my own informal online survey found a slight majority of people who prefer slideout keyboards even more than I do. Why will no carrier make them available, at any price, except occasionally as the crummiest low-end phones in the store? Bennett's been asking around, of store managers and users, and arrives at even more perplexing questions. Read on, below.

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Glowstick Games and Rocket 5 Studios are Indie Prize USA Best In Show

GamesIndustry.biz news - 2 hours 9 min ago
Winners announced for USA round of indie development awards
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ESPN to expand eSports coverage - Report

GamesIndustry.biz news - 2 hours 27 min ago
Cable sports network in talks to bring MLG competitions to TV and online audiences
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A parent's guide to reading a baby's mind

New Scientist - Breaking news - 2 hours 28 min ago
The Psychology of Babies by Lynne Murray is a fascinating insight into infant minds – but don't be surprised if it turns you into a worried armchair expert






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Why game testers should be integrated into development teams

Gamasutra - News - 2 hours 33 min ago

"Why should almost all game testers be integrated into the development teams, and part of the development process? The short answer is 'complexity' and 'combinatorial explosion.'" ...

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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 43 min ago
SonicSpike points out an article from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Research & Analysis department on the legislation and regulation schemes emerging in at least a few states in reaction to the increasing use of digital currencies like Bitcoin. A working group called the Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ Emerging Payments Task Force has been surveying the current landscape of state rules and approaches to digital currencies, a topic on which state laws are typically silent. In April, the task force presented a model consumer guidance to help states provide consumers with information about digital currencies. A number of states, including California, Massachusetts and Texas, have issued warnings to consumers that virtual currencies are not subject to “traditional regulation or monetary policy,” including insurance, bonding and other security measures, and that values can fluctuate dramatically. ... The article focuses on the high-population, big-economy states of New York, California and Texas, with a touch of Kansas -- but other states are sure to follow. Whether you live in the U.S. or not, are there government regulations that you think would actually make sense for digital currencies?

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In-game video streaming and capture come to Raptr

Gamasutra - News - 2 hours 56 min ago

As video becomes the lingua franca of game communities, Raptr users can now livestream to Twitch and capture video of themselves playing your PC games from within the client. ...

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PSA: 'Love Child' Premieres Tonight on HBO

Game Politics - 3 hours 12 min ago

HBO's documentary film about game addiction in South Korea will premiere tonight at 9:00 PM ET. The film, "Love Child," tells the story of two South Korean parents who were so addicted to the Korean MMO Prius that they neglected their three-month-old child to the point that he died. They were later charged by police.

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Games With Gold Freebies for August Revealed

Game Politics - 3 hours 19 min ago

Microsoft has announced which games it will be giving away for free on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as part of its Games With Gold program. Starting August 1 and running until the 15th, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Motocross Madness for free, while Xbox One owners can grab Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut for the entire month.

On August 15, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Bethesda's hit stealthy action game, Dishonored for free. They will have until August 31 to grab the game.

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Internet Census 2012 Data Examined: Authentic, But Chaotic and Unethical

Slashdot Updates - 3 hours 25 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers at the TU Berlin and RWTH Aachen presented an analysis of the Internet Census 2012 data set (here's the PDF) in the July edition of the ACM Sigcomm Computer Communication Review journal. After its release on March 17, 2013 by an anonymous author, the Internet Census data created an immediate media buzz, mainly due to its unethical data collection methodology that exploited default passwords to form the Carna botnet. The now published analysis suggests that the released data set is authentic and not faked, but also reveals a rather chaotic picture. The Census suffers from a number of methodological flaws and also lacks meta-data information, which renders the data unusable for many further analyses. As a result, the researchers have not been able to verify several claims that the anonymous author(s) made in the published Internet Census report. The researchers also point to similar but legal efforts measuring the Internet and remark that the illegally measured Internet Census 2012 is not only unethical but might have been overrated by the press."

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Don't Miss: The 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey

Gamasutra - News - 3 hours 36 min ago

Make sure to check out our dedicated page highlighting key stories from Gamasutra's 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, then download the whole report! ...

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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - Breaking news - 3 hours 58 min ago
All the latest on newscientist.com: tech for your tongue, fossils on the moon, the intelligence of flocks, nothing spooky about genetic modification and more






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UK failing to protect bees from pesticides, say MPs

New Scientist - Breaking news - 4 hours 5 min ago
A report by the Environmental Audit Committee says the UK's coalition government is too soft on neonicotinoid pesticides that harm pollinating insects






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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 6 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "For some time, Intel has been offering custom-tweaked chips to big customers. While most of the companies that have taken them up on this offer, like Facebook and eBay, put the chips into servers meant for internal use, Oracle will now be selling systems running on custom Xeons directly to end users. Those customers need to be careful about how they configure those systems, though: in the new Oracle 12c, the in-memory database option, which costs $23,000 per processor, is turned on by default."

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Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection'

Game Politics - 4 hours 12 min ago

An investigation by Reclaim Your Game reveals that the new version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contains SecuROM, the notorious DRM. But the worst part is the fact that, while EA was giving away the game for free (because it is ending support for it) to anyone with an Origin account, it didn't bother telling anyone that the game contained this DRM scheme.

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Introduction to steering behaviors for AI

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 28 min ago

"'What is this entity thinking?' I was always fascinated with this question, and I loved how some triple-A game AIs were able to avoid obstacles... So I began to learn everything about complex AI." ...

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Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 48 min ago
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch to install DDoS malware on Amazon and possibly other cloud servers. Last week security researchers from Kaspersky Lab found new variants of Mayday, a Trojan program for Linux that's used to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The malware supports several DDoS techniques, including DNS amplification. One of the new Mayday variants was found running on compromised Amazon EC2 server instances, but this is not the only platform being misused, said Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner Friday in a blog post."

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Report: Most Developers Don't Pay For Coverage From YouTubers, But They Are Considering It

Game Politics - 5 hours 21 min ago

Continuing its series of reports on popular YouTube personalities taking money to promote games, Gamasutra offers details of a recent survey that shows how developers feel about the whole issue. In its survey of developers Gamasutra asked a handful of questions about paying for coverage, if they would consider paying for coverage in the future, and if any traditional media outlets had ever asked them for money.

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