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'There are a lot of ways to chop off a head' - Double Fine's Tim Schafer on humor

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:07am

Tim Schafer discusses the challenges and triumphs of creating games with humor, as he illustrates his storied career. ...

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Using new buyer packs to enhance player experience and increase conversion

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 7:04am

"Games are hobbies, and all hobbies are more fun and engaging with a beginner pack. In games, these 'starter' packs have lasting value and can guide players in the right direction." ...

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ESA loses three members

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:40am
Mad Catz, Little Orbit, and Slang have parted ways with trade group as Pop Up Gaming signs on
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HP Announces All-Metal Chromebook 13: Thinner Than MacBook Pro, Costs $800 Less

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:40am
On Thursday, HP unveiled a new Chromebook 13. Designed in collaboration with Google, the Chromebook 13 sports an all-metal body and is merely 13mm thick while weighing 1.29kg. It sports a 13-inch display with 3200x1800 pixels resolution and is powered by Intel's sixth-gen Core M processor, which comes coupled with up to 16GB of RAM. There's a USB Type-C port as well, and the company is also promising up to 11.5 hours of battery life on a single charge. The retail price of the HP Chromebook starts at $499, and will launch in the US later this month.

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Blog: A filthy casual talks Clash Royale

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:20am

Love and frustration mingle in the mind of this filthy, filthy casual when it comes to Clash Royale. ...

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"The roadmap for a successful Nintendo console is unclear"

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:19am
Launching the NX and delaying Zelda is the right call, analysts say, but Nintendo's place in the modern console market is not assured
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Cisco Finds Backdoor Installed On 12 Million PCs

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:00am
Reader wiredmikey writes: Security researchers at Cisco have come across a piece of software that installed backdoors on 12 million computers around the world. Researchers determined that the application, installed with administrator rights, was capable not only of downloading and installing other tools, such as a known scareware called System Healer, but also of harvesting personal information. The software, which exhibits adware and spyware capabilities, was developed by a French online advertising company called Tuto4PC. The "features" have led Cisco Talos to classify the Tuto4PC software as a "full backdoor capable of a multitude of undesirable functions on the victim machine." Tuto4PC said its network consisted of nearly 12 million PCs in 2014, which could explain why Cisco's systems detected the backdoor on 12 million devices. An analysis of a sample set revealed infections in the United States, Australia, Japan, Spain, the UK, France and New Zealand.Tuto4PC has received flak from many over the years, including French regulators.

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Sony's games business bolstered by rising PS4 sales

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:49am

It's been a good year for Sony's Game and Network Services division, with sales, operating revenue, and operating income all growing year-over-year.  ...

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Are behavior trees a thing of the past?

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:01am

Behavior trees, the dominating technique used by the game development industry currently, are showing their age, argues developer Jakob Rasmussen. ...

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American Samoa Domain Registry Was Exposing Client Data Since the Mid-1990s

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:01am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: A British security researcher that goes online only by the name of InfoSec Guy revealed today that American Samoa domain registry ASNIC was using an outdated domain name management system that contained a bug allowing anyone to view the personal details of any .as domain owner. The researcher also claims that anyone knowing of this bug would have been able to edit and delete any .as domain, just by altering the ASNIC domain info URL. Some of the big brands that own .as domains include Opera, Flickr, Twitter, McDonald's, British Gas, Bose, Adidas, the University of Texas, and many link shortening services. This flawed system has been online since the mid-1990s. The researcher contacted ASNIC after discovering the flaw at the end of January 2016, but email exchanges with the domain registry were scarce and confusing, with the registry issuing a statement today denying the incident and calling the allegations "inaccurate, misleading and sexed-up to the max," after previously acknowledging and fixing the security flaws.

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Nolan Bushnell inks three game deal with Spil Games

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:00am
The Atari founder's first game is expected to launch in early 2017
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SpaceX says it will fly to Mars in 2018 – what are its chances?

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:06am
The timeline could slip, but industry experts are remarkably optimistic about Elon Musk's company's chances of landing a craft on Mars in the next few years
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Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And Replace It With USB-C

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:02am
An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the transition from analog to digital will be expensive as the headphones have to include amplifiers and DACs, but scale will offset the early costs over time.

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Processed food bad, natural food good? We’ve got it so wrong

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:46am
The trend of demonising all processed food is misguided and will only doom attempts to persuade busy consumers to eat a balanced diet, says Anthony Warner
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Upgrading history: How M2 created 3D versions of classic Sega games.

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:32am

How Sega and specialist emulation developer M2 created a new package of classic arcade, Master System, and Genesis titles for that take advantage of the 3DS handheld's three-dimensional screen. ...

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Minecraft makes its VR debut

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:10am
The game John Carmack called his "grail" is now available for Samsung Gear VR
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From browser to mobile games: An InnoGames retrospective

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:01am

Within the last five years, we at InnoGames faced the challenge of a transition from pure browser based development to efficient mobile development teams working with Unity, Unreal 4 and Java. ...

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Nintendo to sell majority stake in Seattle Mariners

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:43pm
Initial $125 million deal was struck in 1992 by legendary president Hiroshi Yamauchi
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Sony shipped 17.7 million PS4s in the last fiscal year

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:06pm
Operating profit for games up 84 per cent, while Network revenue doubled year-on-year
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Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Refusing To Decrypt Hard Drives

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives. The suspect, a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has not been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead, he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apple's FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with the decryption order. The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to compel (PDF) the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same law the Justice Department asserted in its legal battle with Apple.

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