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Don't Miss: Evaluating game mechanics for depth

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:19am

Ratchet and Skylanders designer Mike Stout writes on depth: "To me, it describes a sweet spot -- that point during a game where the player can repeatedly display his mastery of a game mechanic." ...

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Nintendo gears up for indie support with Nindies Summer Jam

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 9:48am

Nintendo's getting in on the seasonal indie promotion game, and seems to be opening up opportunities for developers to promote themselves, not just their games. ...

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Kojima joins Prologue Immersive advisory board

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 9:32am
New post at VR startup sees designer reunite with collaborator from Metal Gear Solid cinematics
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Attend VRDC for expert advice on tackling VR's usability challenges

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 9:16am

Game designer, researcher and XEODesign founder Nicole Lazzaro will explore the 5 most challenging usability obstacles game developers (and film makers) face in VR at VRDC this November! ...

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Monster slugs are devouring defenceless baby birds in nests

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 9:00am
Nestlings are sitting ducks for giant slugs – some of them invasive ­– that have been recorded feeding on the chicks of several birds species
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A journey of 4,500 days: The making of N++

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:29am

In this retrospective, N++ creators Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns reflect on the game's 12 year journey that began with the release of a free Flash game in 2004. ...

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Failure of fake babies: Why it doesn’t pay to go with your gut

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:19am
Many schools give dolls that cry and need changing to teen girls to reduce pregnancy rates. It’s no surprise they seem to have the opposite effect, says Sally Adee
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Use Optical Media?

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:19am
The other day at an event, public relation officials were handing out press kit (it usually contains everything the company announced, photos from the event, and contact information of the company) to journalists. When I reached office and opened the kit, I found a CD in it. Which was weird because it's been two to three years since I had a computer with an optical drive. And all these years I didn't need one. Which begs a question: Does your work require dealing with CDs and DVDs anymore? An anonymous reader asks the same question: I still use optical discs for various backup purposes, but recently I developed doubts as to the reliability of the media to last a reasonable amount of time. I have read a review on Amazon of the TDK DVDs, in which somebody described losing 8000 (sic!) DVDs of data after 4 years of storage. I promptly canceled my purchase of TDKs. So, do you still use opticals for back-up -- Blu-Rays, DVDs, CDs? -- and if so, how do you go about it?I do buy Blu-Ray discs of movies, though. So my life isn't optical disc free yet. What about yours?

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Proxima b’s star could be blasting away the planet’s atmosphere

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:00am
We’ve just found a potentially habitable exoplanet nearby, but monthly violent outbursts from the star Proxima Centauri could be bad news for life
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Semen reshapes immune system to boost chances of pregnancy

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:46am
As well as fertilising the egg, semen seems to dampen a female's immune system, making it more likely that an embryo will survive
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Second Confirmed Death In Japan Involving Pokemon Go

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:45am
An anonymous reader writes: The Japan Times reports another death. This time a 20 year old woman has died after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The man driving the car claimed he was distracted changing the battery because it was nearly flat from playing Pokemon Go. Police have already charged him with negligence resulting in injury. The penalty for causing death is a maximum 7 years jail. The Japanese National Police agency said there have been 79 bicycle and car accidents linked to the game. Another death was reported yesterday

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What Nintendo needs to do better with NX

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:14am
Reggie Fils-Aime identifies "traditional lessons" the company took from the Wii U's struggles
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Andrew Sheppard made CEO of rebranded Gree International Entertainment

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:06am

Mobile social giant Gree has had an internal reshuffle, with Andrew Sheppard being appointed CEO of the Japanese firm's rebranded Western subsidiary, Gree International Entertainment. ...

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Facebook's WhatsApp Data Gambit Faces Federal Privacy Complaint

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:05am
Sam Gustin, writing for Motherboard: Facebook's decision to begin harvesting data from its popular WhatsApp messaging service provoked a social media uproar on Thursday, and prompted leading privacy advocates to prepare a federal complaint accusing the tech titan of violating US law. On Thursday morning, WhatsApp, which for years has dined out on its reputation for privacy and security, announced that it would begin sharing user phone numbers with its Menlo Park-based parent company in an effort "to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences." Consumer privacy advocates denounced the move as a betrayal of WhatsApp's one billion users -- users who had been assured by the two companies that "nothing would change" about the messaging service's privacy practices after Facebook snapped up the startup for a whopping $19 billion in 2014. "WhatsApp users should be shocked and upset," Claire Gartland, Consumer Protection Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a leading US consumer advocacy group, told Motherboard. "WhatsApp obtained one billion users by promising that it would protect user privacy. Both Facebook and WhatsApp made very public promises that the companies would maintain a separation. Those were the key selling points of the deal."

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Kojima exploring virtual and augmented reality at Prologue Immersive

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:40am

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has joined the advisory board of California-based virtual and augmented reality company, Prologue Immersive. ...

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Ukie Careers Bar and GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair return to EGX

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:00am
Your industry journey starts here
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Amazon, NVIDIA and The CIA Want To Teach AI To Watch Us From Space

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Satellite operator DigitalGlobe is teaming up with Amazon, the venture arm of the CIA, and NVIDIA to make computers watch the Earth from above and automatically map our roads, buildings, and piles of trash. MIT Technology Review reports: "In a joint project, DigitalGlobe today released satellite imagery depicting the whole of Rio de Janeiro to a resolution of 50 centimeters. The outlines of 200,000 buildings inside the city's roughly 1,900 square kilometers have been manually marked on the photos. The SpaceNet data set, as it is called, is intended to spark efforts to train machine-learning algorithms to interpret high-resolution satellite photos by themselves. DigitalGlobe says the SpaceNet data set should eventually include high-resolution images of half a million square kilometers of Earth, and that it will add annotations beyond just buildings. DigitalGlobe's data is much more detailed than publicly available satellite data such as NASA's, which typically has a resolution of tens of meters. Amazon will make the SpaceNet data available via its cloud computing service. Nvidia will provide tools to help machine-learning researchers train and test algorithms on the data, and CosmiQ Works, a division of the CIA's venture arm In-Q-Tel focused on space, is also supporting the project." "We need to develop new algorithms for this data," says senior vice president at DigitalGlobe, Tony Frazier. He goes on to say that health and aid programs are to benefit from software that is able to map roads, bridges and various other infrastructure. The CEO of Descartes Labs, Mark Johnson, a "startup that predicts crop yields from public satellite images," says the data that is collected "should be welcome to startups and researchers," according to MIT Technology Review. "Potential applications could include estimated economic output from activity in urban areas, or guiding city governments on how to improve services such as trash collections, he says."

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Italy to test earthquake predictor to reduce deaths and damage

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:53am
A national earthquake forecasting system combined with data on building vulnerability may help communicate risk of shocks happening – but uncertainties remain
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'Twas the week after Gamescom, and all through the house...

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:23am
Weekly Roundup: PS Slim leaks, EA considers HD remasters and the UK booms
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Steam Spy will now refuse all requests for removal of data

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:35am
Techland prompted a change in policy - and a reversal of prior decisions - at Steam Spy
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