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There's a patent battle brewing between Capcom and Koei Tecmo

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:30am

The two Japanese game companies are gearing up for a legal battle over a 2002 Capcom technology patent that governs how game makers can distribute new content to people who own their games. ...

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The high-tech hunt for James Foley's killer

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:22am
Scotland Yard and the FBI are using voice-recognition technology and video analysis to identify the masked Islamic State member who killed a US journalist






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Cheap beer and the psychology of PlayStation Now pricing

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:19am

A look at why Sony's PlayStation Now pricing seems baffling: "For just two more dollars you can get the game for 7 days -- that's 164 additional hours. So why even have a 4 hour option that nobody is going to pick?" ...

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Diablo III Reaper Of Souls is UK #1

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:13am
47 per cent of purchasers snap up Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:12am
cartechboy writes Google showed us what it feels is the car of the future. It drives itself, it doesn't have a gas or brake pedal, and there's no steering wheel. But that last one might be an issue. Back in May California's Department of Motor Vehicles published safety guidelines aimed at manufacturers of self-driving vehicles. After seeing Google's self-driving car vision, the California DMV has told the company it needs to add all those things back to their traditional locations so that occupants can take "immediate physical control" of the vehicle if necessary. Don't for a second think this is a major setback for Google, as the prototypes unveiled weren't even close to production ready. While the DMV may loosen some of these restrictions in the future as well all become more comfortable with the idea of self-driving vehicles, there's no question when it comes down to the safety of those on the road.

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Designing and developing a location-based mobile RPG

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:44am

"While playing in the car, the game layers real-world data including weather, time of day, and everything you pass on the road -- like streets, schools, buildings, parks, lakes and popular locations -- on top of the fantasy world." ...

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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:31am
An anonymous reader writes "At TechCentral, we get on average called at least once a week — sometimes far more often — by a friendly sounding Indian national warning us that our Windows computer is infected with a virus. The call, which originates from a call centre, follows exactly the same script every time. Usually we shrug them off and put the phone down, but this week we thought we'd humour them to find out how they operate. As this week's call came in, the first thing the "operator" at the other end of the line tried to establish was who was owner of the Windows computer in the household. I'd taken the call. It was time to have some fun. I told the scammer that I was the PC owner. He proceeded to introduce himself as "John Connor." I laughed quietly as I imagined Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator hunting down this scamster in the streets of Calcutta. Perhaps he should have come up with a more convincing name."

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Five sites shortlisted for Rosetta's comet landing

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:30am
In orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has whittled down potential targets for its Philae lander






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:30am
All the latest on newscientist.com: wildlife in the great indoors, solar power from the ground, firstborn favouritism, Doctor Who, music and more






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PSN Continues To Suffer From Technical Issues

Game Politics - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:20am

The PlayStation Network continues to have connectivity problems today, but Sony says that it is working diligently to get the system back online and in working order.

Earlier today the official PlayStation Twitter account acknowledged that it was aware of issues with connecting to the PlayStation Network in North America and Europe and that it was working on it.

Sony did not explain what is causing the current issues that are causing problems for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita users trying to connect to PlayStation Network.

 

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Gamer Network and Gfinity bring eSports to EGX London

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:08am
"Everyone who visits EGX can game like a pro and talk to us about getting into eSports"
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GDC Next adds talks on Shroud of the Avatar, Wooga's 'Hit Filter'

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:06am

Shroud of the Avatar developer Starr Long gives crowdsharing advice and Wooga exec Sebastian Kriese reveals how his company's proven "Hit Filter" strategy works at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC in November. ...

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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:49am
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Now that IBM has sold off its x86 server business to Lenovo, it's full steam ahead for IBM's Power business. While Intel is ramping up its next generation of server silicon for a September launch, IBM has its next lineup of Power 8 servers set to be announced in October. "There is a larger than 4U, 2 socket system coming out," Doug Balog, General Manager of Power Systems within IBM's System and Technology Group said. Can IBM Power 8 actually take on x86? Or has that ship already sailed?" At last weekend's Linux Con in Chicago, IBM talked up the availability of the Power systems, and that they are working with several Linux vendors, including recently-added Ubuntu; watch for a video interview with Balog on how he's helping spend the billion dollars that IBM pledged last year on open source development.

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Amazon Promises 'No Change' In How Twitch Operates

Game Politics - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:18am

While it is the typical line for a company to use when buying out something so beloved by the community as Twitch is, Amazon said last night that it has no plans to make any changes to the popular community-driven video game streaming service. Amazon announced yesterday that it had acquired Twitch for an estimated $970 million. Michael Frazzini, vice of president of Amazon Games, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said during a "town hall meeting" last night that the deal shouldn't worry Twitch users.

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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:03am
An anonymous reader writes "Imagine a world where the book burners had won. A world where information is filtered and must be approved by governments before it can be accessed by their citizens. A world where people are held down and kept in line by oppressive regimes that restrict the free flow of information and bombard citizens with government-approved messages. Now stop imagining, because this horrifying world already exists..."

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Survey: Brand Loyalty Not A Factor in Current Console Cycle

Game Politics - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:47am

A new report from Re/code featuring data from a recent Nielsen study seems to indicate that console brand loyalty isn't all it's cracked up to be...

According to the Nielsen study, 31 percent of PlayStation 4 owners already owned an Xbox 360 or Wii, but not a PlayStation 3. Around 17 percent didn't have any of the last generation consoles.

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Capcom suing Koei Tecmo

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:39am
Resident Evil publisher accuses Dynasty Warriors firm of multiple patent infringement
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Former 38 Studios Developers Create 'Alien' CCG for Upper Deck

Game Politics - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:32am

At least one good thing came out of the state of Rhode Island losing $75 million dollars (plus an undetermined amount in related costs including penalties, etc.) from the failed loan deal with Curt Schilling's 38 Studios: the success story of Danny Mandel and Ben Chichoski.

When 38 Studios went bankrupt and left dozens of its employees unemployed and abandoned - including many who relocated to Providence and the surrounding area to work there - employees like Danny Mandel and Ben Chichoski had to find something else to do in order to survive.

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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:07am
snydeq (1272828) writes "Nobody seems to know for sure whether 'Threshold' and 'Windows 9' will be one and the same or separate operating systems, reports Woody Leonhard in his roundup of insights on Microsoft's forthcoming OS plans, expected September 30. 'Many people think the terms are synonymous, but longtime Chinese leaker Faikee continues to maintain that they are two separate products, possibly headed in different directions. Neowin Senior Editor and Columnist Brad Sams appears to have access to the most recent test builds, possibly on a daily basis. He doesn't talk about details, but the items he's let drop on the Neowin forum leave an interesting trail of crumbs.' Either way, the next iteration of Windows will have a lot to say about the kind of Microsoft to expect as Satya Nadella cements his leadership over the flagship OS."

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Google-Twitch deal nixed by antitrust concerns - Report

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:06am
Two companies could not agree on breakup fee if regulators struck down proposed acquisition
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