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A whole new battlefield: Why Creative Assembly wanted to make Halo Wars 2

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 7:48am
UK studio targeted console development to win over a new generation of RTS players
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Krebs Pinpoints the Likely Author of the Mirai Botnet

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 7:20am
The Mirai botnet caused serious trouble last fall, first hijacking numerous IoT devices to make a historically massive Distributed Denial-Of-Service (DDoS) attack on KrebsOnSecurity's site in September before taking down a big chunk of the internet a month later. But who's responsible for making the malware? From a report on Engadget: After his site went dark, security researcher Brian Krebs went on a mission to identify its creator, and he thinks he has the answer: Several sources and corroborating evidence point to Paras Jha, a Rutgers University student and owner of DDoS protection provider Protraf Solutions. About a week after attacking the security site, the individual who supposedly launched the attack, going by the username Anna Senpai, released the source code for the Mirai botnet, which spurred other copycat assaults. But it also gave Krebs the first clue in their long road to uncover Anna Senpai's real-life identity -- an investigation so exhaustive, the Krebs made a glossary of cross-referenced names and terms along with an incomplete relational map.

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Fig secures $7.84m in Series A financing

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 7:00am
Investors led by Spark Capital and Greycroft, funds will increase the number of projects the crowdfunding platform can host
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Resisting Trump: How his chaotic nuclear policy might play out

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 7:00am
The red “button” might not be safe under Trump's finger – but the new presidency brings some strange and surprising silver linings for disarmament
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HTC pledges $10 million to VR projects that affect positive change

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:58am

Virtual reality heavyweight HTC has set aside $10 million to create new VR tech and experiences that will "create positive impact and change." ...

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Fox creates new video games division: FoxNext

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:49am
New division will also handle location-based entertainment, VR and AR
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Amazon, Apple To End Audiobook Exclusivity: EU

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:40am
European Union antitrust regulators on Thursday said they welcomed a move by Amazon.com to end exclusivity obligations for the supply and distribution of audiobooks between the e-commerce giant and Apple. From a report: The European Commission, the EU's antitrust watchdog, said the exclusivity obligations required Apple to source only from Amazon's unit Audible and also required Audible not to supply other music digital platforms besides Apple's iTunes store. The agreement between the two companies, which was struck Jan. 5 2017, will improve competition in downloadable audiobook distribution in Europe, the EU said.

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How Skyward Sword inspired Breath of the Wild's vast open-world

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:30am

The scale of Breath of the Wild's expansive map has been a huge talking point among fans, and now game producer Eiji Aonuma has explained why the team decided to open up Hyrule like never before.  ...

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Foxes may confuse predators by rubbing themselves in puma scent

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:25am
Gray foxes in the mountains of California rub in the scent of pumas, possibly to absorb their smell and confuse predators to give themselves a chance to run
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Blog: Video game canon - How to deal with over 40 years of backlog?

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:13am

What to do when you want to delve into the history of video games, but there's over 40 years of releases to learn about? ...

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Sitting Too Much Ages You By 8 Years

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am
Sitting too much during the day has been linked to a host of diseases, from obesity to heart problems and diabetes, as well as early death. It's not hard to understand why: being inactive can contribute to weight gain, which in turn is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, hypertension and unhealthy blood sugar levels. On top of everything else, sitting has detrimental effects on cells at the biological level, according to a new report published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. From a report on Time: In the new study, scientists led by Aladdin Shadyab, a post-doctoral fellow in family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego, traced sitting's impact on the chromosomes. They took blood samples from nearly 1,500 older women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, a long-term study of chronic diseases in post-menopausal women, and focused on the telomeres: the tips of the tightly packed DNA in every cell. Previous studies have found that as cells divide and age, they lose bits of the telomeres, so the length of this region can be a marker for how old a cell (and indirectly the person the cells belong to) is. The researchers compared telomere length to how much the women exercised, to see if physical activity affected aging.

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Details emerge of Playdead split

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:53am
Dispute between founders lead to payout of €7.2m for departing Dino Patti
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How the Human Brain Decides What Is Important and What's Not

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:00am
New submitter baalcat writes: A new study reported by Neuroscience News sheds light on how we learn to pay attention in order to make the most of our life experiences. From the report: "The Wizard of Oz told Dorothy to 'pay no attention to that man behind the curtain' in an effort to distract her, but a new Princeton University study sheds light on how people learn and make decisions in real-world situations. The findings could eventually contribute to improved teaching and learning and the treatment of mental and addiction disorders in which people's perspectives are dysfunctional or fractured. Participants in the study performed a multidimensional trial-and-error learning task, while researchers scanned their brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The researchers found that selective attention is used to determine the value of different options. The results also showed that selective attention shapes what we learn when something unexpected happens. For example, if your pizza is better or worse than expected, you attribute the learning to whatever your attention was focused on and not to features you decided to ignore. Finally, the researchers found that what we learn through this process teaches us what to pay attention to, creating a feedback cycle -- we learn about what we attend to, and we attend to what we learned high values for. 'If we want to understand learning, we can't ignore the fact that learning is almost always done in a multidimensional 'cluttered' environment,' says senior author Yael Niv, an associate professor in psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. 'We want kids to listen to the teacher, but a lot is going on in the classroom -- there is so much to look at inside it and out the window. So, it's important to understand how exactly attention and learning interact and how they shape each other.'" The study has been published in the journal Neuron.

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Blog: How to do Early Access the right way

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:15am

This article explores how Hive Jump did Steam Early Access the right way, and how your game can too. ...

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“The Global Game Jam is a counter-movement to increased nationalistic tendencies”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:13am
President and co-founder Gorm Lai discusses through the rise of GGJ, the benefits for participants and the need for better worldwide collaboration
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Brainwaves could act as your password – but not if you’re drunk

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:33am
EEG authentication is touted as a potential biometric alternative to passwords, but a test involving shots of whisky suggests it won’t work if you’re tipsy
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HTC Vive pledges $10m to VR projects that “create positive impact and change”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:17am
Platform holder will support developers working on virtual reality games designed to raise awareness of poverty, famine, gender equality and more
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China Cancels Over 100 Coal-Fired Power Plants

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:00am
In an effort to improve air quality, the Chinese government has canceled over 100 coal-fired power plants in 11 provinces -- totaling a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts. Reuters reports: In a document issued on Jan. 14, financial media group Caixin reported, the National Energy Administration (NEA) suspended the coal projects, some of which were already under construction. The projects worth some 430 billion yuan ($62 billion) were to have been spread across provinces and autonomous regions including Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi and other northwestern areas. Putting the power projects on hold is a major step towards the government's effort to produce power from renewable sources such as solar and wind, and wean the country off coal, which accounts for the majority of the nation's power supply. To put it in perspective, some 130 GW of additional solar and wind power will be installed by 2020, equal to France's total renewable power generation capacity, said Frank Yu, principal consultant at Wood Mackenzie. "This shows the government is keeping its promise in curbing supplies of coal power," Yu said. Some of the projects will still go ahead, but not until 2025 and will likely replace outdated technology, he said.

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What Theresa May's Brexit speech means for the UK games industry

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:15am
Dr Jo Twist discusses what comes next for games as UKIE embarks on data gathering mission
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William Pugh's journey from The Stanley Parable into Crows Crows Crows

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:00am

William Pugh of Crows Crows Crows talks about life afterThe Stanley Parable, establishing himself separate of Davey Wreden, and building a wave of good will that he hopes to translate into success. ...

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