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'A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online' Book Crowdfunding Campaign Off to a Rousing Start

Game Politics - 50 min 34 sec ago

Games journalist Andrew Groen launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for his book project, "A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online." Within hours of its launch, the crowd-funding campaign for the book, which will explain in plain English the in-game history of CCP's popular space MMO universe, has already garnered well over half of its goal.

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'Papers, Please' Wins Big at Games For Change Awards

Game Politics - 1 hour 3 min ago

Lucas Pope's popular indie game Papers, Please won the Most Innovative and Best Gameplay categories at the 11th Annual Games for Change Awards. The annual awards honors games that show creativity and aspire ideas. In Papers, Please players take on the role of an agent at a border crossing who is charged with approving or rejecting entry into their country.

The Fullbright Company's popular hit Gone Home won the Game of the Year category.

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Omni VR Treadmill Makers Raise $3 Million in Seed Funding

Game Politics - 1 hour 14 min ago

Virtuix has completed a $3 million round of seed investment that it says it will use to complete its Omni VR treadmill. You may remember the virtual reality treadmill from last year when its Kickstarter crowd funding campaign sought to raise $150,000 but ended up raising a whopping $1,109,351. The technology works with VR headsets to let players move around inside virtual environments. At present Virtuix has more than 3,000 preorders for the $500 Omni treadmills.

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Sweeney: Epic won't return to game development -- it never left

Gamasutra - News - 1 hour 19 min ago

Speaking to Edge, Epic founder Tim Sweeney reveals two new games in development and explains how his company balances between developing games and game engines for a rapidly-evolving industry. ...

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Women increasing representation among US gamers - ESA news - 1 hour 40 min ago
Trade group finds 48 percent of players are female, largest share in over a decade
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TheECADigital's Weekly Wrap Up

Game Politics - 1 hour 49 min ago

This week's Weekly Wrap Up from TheECADigital channel on YouTube tackles the newest version of the PS Vita quietly released by Sony, formal rules for console games released in China, and other wacky and wild stuff happening this week.

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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 9 min ago
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Putting a 3D printer beside the coffee maker in every home, as some manufacturers hope will happen someday, is a long ways from reality as consumers today still don't understand how the technology will benefit them, according to a new study. The study, by Juniper Research, states that part of the problem is that killer applications with the appropriate eco-system of software, apps and materials have yet to be identified and communicated to potential users. And, even though HP has announced its intention to enter the 3D printing space (possibly this fall) a massive, mainstream corporation isn't likely to change the market."

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FCC Chairman Details New 'Open Internet' Proposal

Game Politics - 2 hours 17 min ago

After releasing a brief statement to news outlets about the FCC's plan to change rules related to net neutrality that seemed to be favorable to broadband internet providers, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler decided that a more robust statement was needed today.

On the official FCC blog, Chairman Wheeler tried to explain how the new proposals for Net Neutrality would work and how it would contain safeguards to protect both content providers and consumers from “commercially unreasonable” practices by ISPs.

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Rocketcat's Wayward Souls gets more expensive after every update

Gamasutra - News - 2 hours 22 min ago

Punch Quest creator Rocketcat Games launches Wayward Souls on iOS for $5 today, but there's a catch -- the price increases by $1 every time the developer releases a major content update for the game. ...

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New Shape Born From Rubber Bands

Slashdot Updates - 2 hours 46 min ago
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Physicists playing with rubber bands have discovered a new shape. In an attempt to create a spring that replicates the light-bending properties of cuttlefish ink sacs, a team of researchers suspended two rubber strips of different lengths. Connecting the bottoms of the two strips to a cup of water, the shorter band stretched to the same length as the longer one. After gluing the two stretched strips together, the researchers gradually drained the water from the cup. As the bands retracted and twisted from the reduced strain, the researchers were shocked to see the formation of a hemihelix with multiple rainbow-shaped boundaries called perversions. The team hopes their work inspires nanodevices and molecules that twist and transform from flat strips into predetermined 3D shapes on demand." There are several videos attached to the original paper, and all can be viewed without flash.

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Game CoLab and the City of Phoenix Team Up for Studio Incubator Program

Game Politics - 2 hours 51 min ago

Game CoLab, a community advocate for video game developers in Arizona, has launched a new game studio incubator program established with the help of an economic development grant from the City of Phoenix. The incubator program will run through 2014, with Game CoLab bringing in four teams for the first year of the program.

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Blog: The design process of going from prototype to game

Gamasutra - News - 2 hours 55 min ago

How do you take a game that "played super-nice already in its prototype form" to execution? This post outlines one developer's journey there. ...

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Big Viking buys YoVille back from Zynga in a bid to keep it alive

Gamasutra - News - 3 hours 17 min ago

By reassuming control of a game they sold to Zynga in the face of its impending demise, Big Viking seems to be mirroring RockYou's "rerun" strategy of rescuing games that other publishers don't want. ...

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Astronomers Discover Pair of Black Holes In Inactive Galaxy

Slashdot Updates - 3 hours 30 min ago
William Robinson (875390) writes "The Astronomers at XMM-Newton have detected a pair of supermassive black holes at the center of an inactive galaxy. Most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center. And a pair of black holes is indication of strong possibility that the galaxies have merged. Finding black holes in quiescent galaxies is difficult because there are no gas clouds feeding the black holes, so the cores of these galaxies are truly dark. It can be only detected by this 'tidal disruption event'."

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Kickstarter challenges: A candid look at a struggling campaign

Gamasutra - News - 3 hours 50 min ago

A rocky launch, with a good chance it might not hit the goal. What went wrong? Tristan Moore offers a candid, thoughtful postmortem of a Kickstarter in progress. ...

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WildStar Developer Carbine Games Donates Gigantic LEGO Sculpture, $10K to Child's Play

Game Politics - 4 hours 8 min ago

During PAX East 2014, Carbine Studios donated $10,000 to the Child's Play charity, to benefit the Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Massachusetts Children's Medical Center.

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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 10 min ago
First time accepted submitter Dr.Potato (247646) writes "After more than three years being discussed, Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights was approved on April 22nd (and in Portuguese). It was rushed through the senate in order that president Dilma Roussef could sign it during the meeting on internet governance that occurs in São Paulo this week. In the bill of rights, among other things, net neutrality was maintained, providers will not be legally responsible for content published by users (but are forced to take it down when legally requested) and internet providers are obliged to keep records of users' access for six months and can't pass this responsibility to other companies." Brazilian internet users may continue to have the right to be surveilled on social media, too.

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Using Scrum in real-world game production

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 34 min ago

Veteran triple-A producer Harvard Bonin (God of War: Ascension) shares insights into scrum methodologies from the real world: Their advantages and their drawbacks. ...

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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 51 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"

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GDC Europe welcomes new board members from Rovio, DeNA and more

Gamasutra - News - 5 hours 23 sec ago

GDC Europe organizers add 3 experienced game developers to the event's advisory board, where they will help program lectures, panels and sessions taking place at August's conference in Germany. ...

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