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F2P Summit returns to GDC with dev-focused talks from experts

Gamasutra - News - 12 hours 55 min ago

The field of free-to-play game design is here to stay, and GDC officials will once again host a series of frank talks on the topic from leading experts as part of the F2P Summit at GDC 2015. ...

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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 22 min ago
Beeftopia sends this excerpt from an article at BusinessWeek: "There’s no evidence of any way, shape, or form that there’s a shortage in the conventional sense," says Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University. "They may not be able to find them at the price they want. But I’m not sure that qualifies as a shortage, any more than my not being able to find a half-priced TV." ... The real issue, say Salzman and others, is the industry’s desire for lower-wage, more-exploitable guest workers, not a lack of available American staff. "It seems pretty clear that the industry just wants lower-cost labor," Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, wrote in an e-mail. A 2011 review (PDF) by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the H-1B visa program, which is what industry groups are lobbying to expand, had "fragmented and restricted" oversight that weakened its ostensible labor standards. "Many in the tech industry are using it for cheaper, indentured labor," says Rochester Institute of Technology public policy associate professor Ron Hira, an EPI research associate and co-author of the book Outsourcing America.

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343 Industries Apologizes for Problems With 'Halo: Master Chief Collection'

Game Politics - 14 hours 10 min ago

In a public letter to the Halo community, 343 Industries apologized for the ongoing problems with matchmaking online for its recently released Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.

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T-Mobile Adds More Music Services to 'Music Freedom' Program

Game Politics - 14 hours 12 min ago

U.S.-based mobile phone provider T-Mobile US announced that it has exempted 14 streaming music services from its data caps. Those services that are now getting an exemption include such notables as Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, RadioTunes, Digitally Imported, Fit Radio, Fresca Radio, JazzRadio, Live365, Mad Genius Radio, radioPup,, RockRadio, and Saavn. T-Mobile does not charge these services to avoid being part of its data caps unlike other mobile providers like AT&T.

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USC Creates Game To Teach Students The Process of Applying for College

Game Politics - 14 hours 13 min ago

The University of Southern California (USC) Pullias Center for Higher Education has developed a new Facebook game called Mission: Admission, which aims to encourage low-income students to attend college by teaching high school students the importance of meeting deadlines and learning the application process of the college.

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PSA: 'Dark Souls II' Coming to Xbox One and PS4

Game Politics - 14 hours 14 min ago

From Software and Bandai Namco will bring a refined version of their popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls II to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in April 2015, the companies announced this morning. The new game will be called Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and will offer the original game, all three of the DLC packs that have been released (the Lost Crown Trilogy), and more.

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CCP Games Shuts Down Fan-Made 'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' Project

Game Politics - 14 hours 17 min ago

A fan-made project to recreate the Troika Games-developed Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (originally published by Activision) using Unity has been shut down by CCP Games.

CCP Games owns the popular vampire-themed RPG world now, and according to the group behind Project Vaulderie, it has sent them a Cease and Desists letter. The non-commercial remake has been put on hold, but the developers are continue to explore ways to make the project a reality at some point.

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Our Kickstarter: Scraping by without a scam, just working with fans

Gamasutra - News - 14 hours 28 min ago

"Every active player (and many a past player returning) was compelled to pledge. Not because they wanted to support the game, but because the rewards were irresistible for a player." ...

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Hermit style: Meet the sea's most decorated animal

New Scientist - Breaking news - 14 hours 35 min ago
Hermit crabs upcycle shells from dead molluscs, hangers-on and all. This one is part of a huge collection of photos of invertebrates from the Pacific Ocean

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Super Mario Galaxy's planets wouldn't work so well in real life

Gamasutra - News - 14 hours 51 min ago

Students at a British university have put together a fun paper centered around the Super Mario Galaxy universe, stating that most of the planets presented in the game series would simply explode in real life. ...

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Pennsylvania colleges net $750k to nurture state game development news - 15 hours 10 min ago
A new game conference to bring in business is in the works
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Gamevil acquires Waplesoft news - 15 hours 30 min ago
South Korean mobile developer will focus on RPG titles
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Ex-Microsoft GM Rahul Sood's Unikrn raises $2.5m news - 15 hours 40 min ago
Mystery project has no problems attracting backers for Seattle venture
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Valve clamps down on Steam key resellers with new 30 day gift rule

Gamasutra - News - 15 hours 48 min ago

Valve has updated the rules behind trading games via the Steam platform, such that users must now own a newly-purchased gift for at least 30 days before they can trade it on. ...

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The science of low-polygon eyeballs

Gamasutra - News - 16 hours 1 min ago

"Whichever way an artist chooses she/he will have to ask themselves a question: 'How do I make the eyes look good from the side?'" ...

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KongZhong buoyed by Western titles in Q3 news - 16 hours 8 min ago
Chinese firm's Guild Wars 2 and World of Tanks publishing deals continue to pay off
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Slashdot Updates - 16 hours 21 min ago
MojoKid writes: It appears that Sony Pictures has become the victim of a massive ransomware hack, which has resulted in the company basically shutting down its IT infrastructure. According to an unnamed source, every computer in Sony's New York Office, and every Sony Pictures office across the nation, bears an image from the hacker with the headline "Hacked By #GOP" which is then followed by a warning. The hacker, or group, claims to have obtained corporate secrets and has threatened to reveal those secrets if Sony doesn't meet their demands.

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Quality of life for online game players: Ron Carmel on Subterfuge's design

Gamasutra - News - 17 hours 12 min ago

"One of our primary goals with Subterfuge is to Respect the player's time (with a capital R). We want every minute a player spends in the game to be meaningful and interesting." ...

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Girls Make Games: Educating the developers of tomorrow news - 17 hours 52 min ago
How Laila Shabir and LearnDistrict are getting a headstart on diversity in the industry
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

Slashdot Updates - 18 hours 26 min ago
itwbennett writes: Chat app maker Slack is hoping to make inroads in the enterprise with a new paid plan that will include an optional feature called Compliance Exports that will let administrators access their team's communications, encompassing public and private messages. The tool is far-reaching, potentially including the edit history for workers' messages as well as messages workers have marked for deletion, if the supervisor so desires.

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