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Tools Programmer-Central Team: Activision

Gamasutra - Jobs - 3 hours 28 min ago
Tools Programmer Activision Publishing is currently seeking a Tools Programmer for the Central Technology team. This role involves working with both the core central team and with external studios. Responsibilities might include: optimizing existing tools for memory, performance, and pipeline efficiency; architecting new content creation or pipeline tools; observing content creators' workflow and gathering requirements for long-term feature improvements. Strong candidates care deeply about the quality of the user experience and users’ ability to iterate, and are eager to keep an open dialog with all customers in inviting feedback and in looking for areas of improvement. The Central Technology team is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, and Activision is the premier worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Activision Blizzard's portfolio includes such best-selling video game franchises as Activision Publishing's Call of Duty, Spider-Man, X-Men, James Bond, and Transformers, in addition to Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft, Diablo, Warcraft and the #1 subscription based massively multi-player online role-playing game, World of Warcraft.   Necessary: • Minimum five years programming experience • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent experience • Must be self-driven, and a team player with a solid work ethic • Strong verbal and written communication skills • Excellent C/C++ skills with ability to write efficient, robust, and well-architected code • Comfortable working within established code frameworks • Commitment to code quality, documentation and sound testing procedures   Desirable: • Experience with any digital content creation tools (MAX, Maya, Unity, GtkRadiant, etc.) • Proven record of designing tools for non-technical customers • Solid understanding of good user interface design principles • Solid knowledge of 3D Math • Experience with C#/.NET and Python or other scripting languages • Experience with Perforce (or other SCM) • Experience with build and build deployment systems (Jenkins, SN-DBS), databases and key-value data stores (SQL, Redis)     .
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Senior/Lead VFX Artist: Crystal Dynamics

Gamasutra - Jobs - 3 hours 28 min ago
Crystal Dynamics, a part of the Square-Enix family, is constantly on the hunt for top-tier gaming talent worldwide. We pride ourselves on attracting and developing the best talent available to concept, create, and contribute to the most exciting projects in gaming today. 20+ years of history creating fun and exciting titles for the world to enjoy as well as our studio’s 1000+ years of combined game industry experience provides a rich tapestry of tested and new ideas to draw from as have established us as one of the best studios in the world to work for. Join now to be part of the formative stages of a new, original AAA game being built in our Redwood City studio, just south of San Francisco. This position will be onsite; temporary, hourly positions pay competitive rates and are eligible for overtime and other studio perks. Position Summary: Crystal Dynamics is looking for an outstanding and talented Senior to Lead level VFX Artist to work with our development team on creating world class action adventure games, such as the latest in the award winning Tomb Raider franchise. Successful candidates must have worked on several AAA games of the highest quality and visual bar, with a skew towards realism. Candidates must have both a strong creative and technical background and be able to conceptualize, present, and execute ideas within a deadline. He or she must be able to partner with multiple disciplines to meet project specific needs and quickly deliver assets at quality using proprietary and industry standard toolsets. Primary Duties: Lead the visual effects team in managing expectations, setting goals, and reviewing progress Collaborate with the Art Director to establish the visual look and quality bar for effects Oversee all VFX shots from early animatic phase through completion Work with Artists and Designers to create stunning environments and experiential moments Generate high quality textures, materials and meshes using industry standard tools Create real time particle effects via proprietary software Simulate baked and dynamic rigid body destruction for use in a real time environment Create game logic via proprietary visual scripting tools Work with production to accurately schedule and prioritize tasks Help develop and implement new visual effect workflows Essential Requirements: At least 5+ years of visual effects development on console hardware Shipped at least 2 AAA Titles Strong understanding of physical dynamics and natural phenomena Working knowledge of limitations and expectations for next generation hardware Strong technical skills to help optimize and trouble shoot particle systems while maintaining quality Advanced understanding of the limitations of real time effects and how to get the best results Production experience using Maya or Houdini Pluses: Familiarity with scripting/programming languages (Python/C++) Knowledge of HLSL material creation Experience in fluid dynamic simulations
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:32pm
An anonymous reader writes An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It's the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. From the article: "The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea about 10 days ago, and developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night. The physician, employed at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, has been in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday morning, the official said."

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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:04pm
An anonymous reader writes A small group of researchers were able to publish an investigative report on the hacking of a popular Bitcoin exchange earlier this year by the name of CryptoRush.in. Close to a million dollars stolen in crypto currency lead the group to discover evidence, track down the attacker and put together a timeline of what exactly happened. A captivating read for a community desensitized by thefts, hackings and lack of reporting. With pictures, and logs to prove it all.

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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:10pm
smaxp writes In 2007, Sony's supply chain lessons, the network effect from the shift to Intel architecture, and a better OS X for developers combined to renew the Mac's growth. The network effects of the Microsoft Wintel ecosystem that Rappaport explained 20 years ago in the Harvard Business Review are no longer a big advantage. By turning itself into a premium PC company with a proprietary OS, Apple has taken the best of PC ecosystem, but avoided taking on the disadvantages.

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SMART Begins Live Public Robocar Tests In Singapore

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:09pm
Hallie Siegel writes Robocar R&D is moving fast in Singapore, and this week, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced they will be doing a live public demo of their autonomous golf carts over a course with 10 stops in the Singapore Chinese and Japanese Gardens. The public will be able to book rides online, and then summon and direct the vehicles with their phones. The vehicles will have a touch tablet where the steering wheel will go. Rides will be free, and will take place Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1.

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TestFlight is changing in iOS 8, under Apple's watch

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:03pm

The popular testing tool, which Apple acquired in February, is making some changes under iOS 8 -- including iTunes Connect integration. ...

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New Unity CEO Riccitiello takes to forums to soothe devs' fears

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:44pm

The new CEO waded into the discussion to offer his views on how he views the company and address the concerns of Unity developers who weren't too keen on the announcement. ...

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Microsoft Exec Opens Up About Research Lab Closure, Layoffs

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:28pm
alphadogg writes It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research, posted what he termed an "open letter to the academic research community" on the company's research blog. In the post, Shum is suitably contrite about the painful job cut decisions that were made in closing the lab, which opened in 2001. He also stresses that Microsoft will continue to invest in and value "fundamental research".

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Google now embeds information about games in search results

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:16pm

The dominant search company has expanded its "Knowledge Graph" program to serve up info on games from a simple search. ...

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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:44pm
An anonymous reader sends in news about a company that was fined for flying in "about eight employees" from India to work 120-hour weeks for $1.21 per hour. Electronics for Imaging paid several employees from India as little as $1.21 an hour to help install computer systems at the company's Fremont headquarters, federal labor officials said Wednesday. "We are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior from employers," said Susana Blanco, district director of the U.S. Labor Department's wage and hour division in San Francisco.... An anonymous tip prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate the case, which resulted in more than $40,000 in back wages paid to the eight employees and a fine of $3,500 for Electronics for Imaging.

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Curt Schilling Lobbying Hearing Scheduled For Oct. 31

Game Politics - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:03pm

According to the Providence Journal, a hearing set up by Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis hopes to get answers from former Red Sox pitcher and 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling about his lobbying efforts in the state prior to the RI government green lighting a $75 million loan deal for his company.

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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:00pm
HughPickens.com writes Abby Phillip reports at the Washington Post that that Mark Zuckerberg just posted a 30-minute Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing in which he answered every question exclusively in Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to learn and particularly, to speak. "It isn't just Zuckerberg's linguistic acrobatics that make this a notable moment," writes Philip. "This small gesture — although some would argue that it is a huge moment — is perhaps his strongest foray into the battle for hearts and minds in China." Zuckerberg and Facebook have been aggressively courting Chinese users for years and the potential financial upside for the business. Although Beijing has mostly banned Facebook, the company signed a contract for its first ever office in China earlier this year. A Westerner speaking Mandarin in China — at any level — tends to elicit joy from average Chinese, who seem to appreciate the effort and respect they feel learning Mandarin demonstrates. So how well did he actually do? One Mandarin speaker rates Zuckerberg's language skills at a seventh grader's speech: "It's hard not see a patronizing note in the Chinese audience's reaction to Zuckerberg's Mandarin. To borrow from Samuel Johnson's quip, he was like a dog walking on its hind legs: It wasn't done well, but it was a surprise to see it done at all."

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UKIE Details Video Game Mentoring Network

Game Politics - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:38pm

UK video games industry trade group UKIE has launched the Video Game Mentoring Network through a partnership with NESTA, the group announced today. The Video Game Mentoring Network gives video games companies the opportunity to have one-to-one mentoring with some of the most successful business people from the games and interactive media sector.

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Felicia Day Shares Feelings on GamerGate, Gets Doxxed

Game Politics - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:23pm

Yesterday The Guild creator and TV star Felicia Day published a moving Tumblr post ("The Only Thing I Have to Say About Gamergate") expressing her fears about certain aspects of the GamerGate movement - accusations of engaging in harassing, threatening and doxxing women. In her post, Day urges those who love gaming not to let other people drive them away:

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Xbox console sales up, but third-party game sales down

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:15pm

The Xbox One has driven up both Microsoft's revenue and costs year-on-year -- and its hardware division made gains of over a billion from the comparable quarter, the latest results reveal. ...

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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:15pm
oxide7 (1013325) writes "In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with U.S. foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to Western companies and markets. These differences embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet's future that has only gathered force subsequently. Assange describes his encounter with Schmidt and how he came to conclude that it was far from an innocent exchange of views."

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Get a job: Zenimax's Battlecry Studios seeks a Senior VFX Artist

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:46pm

Zenimax Media's Austin-based Battlecry Studios seeks an experienced visual effects artist to "develop stylistically consistent, visually impactful VFX assets" for its debut title. ...

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Xbox console sales jump 102% in Q1

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:46pm
Microsoft's revenue during the first quarter increased 25% to $23.2 billion
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:33pm
sciencehabit writes Extensive background documents from a meeting that took place today at the World Health Organization (WHO) have provided new details about exactly what it will take to test, produce, and bankroll Ebola vaccines, which could be a potential game changer in the epidemic. ScienceInsider obtained materials that vaccinemakers, governments, and WHO provided to the 100 or so participants at a meeting on 'access and financing' of Ebola vaccines. The documents put hard numbers on what until now have been somewhat fuzzy academic discussions. And they make clear to the attendees—who include representatives from governments, industry, philanthropies, and nongovernmental organizations—that although testing and production are moving forward at record speed, knotty issues remain.

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