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'Assassin's Creed Unity' Season Pass Buyers Can Get One Free Game Starting Today

Game Politics - 8 hours 28 min ago

If you bought the Assassin's Creed Unity season pass, you can now claim your free game from publisher Ubisoft from this website. As of this writing connecting to the site is touch and go due to a heavy volume of traffic. Be patient. Those who ordered the season pass for the game can choose one game to get for free - The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends, or Just Dance 2015.

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The physical-digital turning point is right now - CI Games

GamesIndustry.biz news - 8 hours 35 min ago
Lords of the Fallen studio head Marek Tyminski says digital distribution is changing the way his company makes games
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 35 min ago
rossgneumann writes North Korea may really be behind the Sony hack, but we're still acting like idiots. Peter W. Singer, one of the nations foremost experts on cybersecurity, says Sony's reaction has been abysmal. "Here, we need to distinguish between threat and capability—the ability to steal gossipy emails from a not-so-great protected computer network is not the same thing as being able to carry out physical, 9/11-style attacks in 18,000 locations simultaneously. I can't believe I'm saying this. I can't believe I have to say this."

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Get coding advice from Insomniac, Riot and Ubisoft at GDC 2015

Gamasutra - News - 8 hours 38 min ago

Insomniac breaks down AI design for open-world games, Riot shows you how to scale like League of Legends and Ubisoft details Unity's trick of AI recycling at GDC 2015. ...

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People of the Year 2014

GamesIndustry.biz news - 8 hours 49 min ago
Celebrating six individuals who made their mark on games over the last 12 months
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 58 min ago
will_die writes Because of recent currency devaluation Steam has now added region locking for games sold in Russia and CIS. Brazil and local area and Indonesia and local area are also being locked. If you purchase a game from one of those regions you cannot gift it to somone outside of the area. So someone from Russia can gift a game to someone to Georgia [Note: This Georgia, rather than this one, that is.] but not to someone in the USA. You want to see the prices in the Russia store and compare them to the Steam Christmas Sale which should be starting in a few hours.

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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 58 min ago
will_die writes Because of recent currency devaluation Steam has now added region locking for games sold in Russia and CIS. Brazil and local area and Indonesia and local area are also being locked. If you purchase a game from one of those regions you cannot gift it to somone outside of the area. So someone from Russia can gift a game to someone to Georgia [Note: This Georgia, rather than this one, that is.] but not to someone in the USA. You want to see the prices in the Russia store and compare them to the Steam Christmas Sale which should be starting in a few hours.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 17 min ago
cartechboy writes The common assumption among Tesla fans seems to be that state auto-dealer lobbyists are working with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla's electric cars to retail buyers. Is it true? The New York Times published an article with some data points that assesses the supposition. While the article mainly focuses on the conflict between Uber and the Republican party, some quotes could be easily applied to Tesla. For instance, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus said, "It should be consumers, not government bureaucrats or legislators, that deicde what companies get our business." The author of the article, Josh Barro, wrote that 22 states permit direct sales of automobiles by Tesla to retail buyers, and of those the majority--14 of them-- voted for President Obama. He suggested that Democratic California, Illinois, and New York "have freer markets in auto retailing than Texas," which is presently Republican. When looking at a five-year-old article by Nate Silver that looked at political donations by car dealers, fully 88 percent of those donations went to Republican candidates, and just 12 percent to Democrats. That possibly suggests a propensity among Republican state legislators to support the interests for car dealers over those of electric-car buyers. Is the small bit of evidence enough to make a case? Good background on the current system of dealership sinecure can be found in this short 2009 Competition Advocacy Paper from the U.S. Department of Justice, which delves into the history and effects of the dealers-only system which still prevails.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 17 min ago
cartechboy writes The common assumption among Tesla fans seems to be that state auto-dealer lobbyists are working with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla's electric cars to retail buyers. Is it true? The New York Times published an article with some data points that assesses the supposition. While the article mainly focuses on the conflict between Uber and the Republican party, some quotes could be easily applied to Tesla. For instance, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus said, "It should be consumers, not government bureaucrats or legislators, that deicde what companies get our business." The author of the article, Josh Barro, wrote that 22 states permit direct sales of automobiles by Tesla to retail buyers, and of those the majority--14 of them-- voted for President Obama. He suggested that Democratic California, Illinois, and New York "have freer markets in auto retailing than Texas," which is presently Republican. When looking at a five-year-old article by Nate Silver that looked at political donations by car dealers, fully 88 percent of those donations went to Republican candidates, and just 12 percent to Democrats. That possibly suggests a propensity among Republican state legislators to support the interests for car dealers over those of electric-car buyers. Is the small bit of evidence enough to make a case? Good background on the current system of dealership sinecure can be found in this short 2009 Competition Advocacy Paper from the U.S. Department of Justice, which delves into the history and effects of the dealers-only system which still prevails.

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Valve Region Locks Steam Gifting in Some Territories

Game Politics - 9 hours 45 min ago

Those looking to take advantage of Steam due to currency differences to save a couple of books will have a harder time thanks to a change in police from Steam owner Valve Software.

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RI Secretary of State Loses in Court Over 38 Studios Lobbying Investigation

Game Politics - 9 hours 58 min ago

A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that secretary of state Ralph Mollis must pay attorney's fees and court costs for involving the court in a lobbying investigation related to Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.

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Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 58 min ago
SternisheFan passes on this excerpt from an Ars Technica article: On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. An all-out ban on drones within the metropolis would be a quite wide-reaching step, especially as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) seems poised to adopt more permissive rules, with respect to commercial interests in particular. Earlier this year, the FAA formally granted six Hollywood companies exemptions to drone ban rules. A couple of months later, the FAA granted similar exemptions for construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The article explains that Vallone's bill is less restrictive, and rather than propose an outright ban "lists 10 instances where operating a UAV would be illegal, including at night, out of the operator's eyesight, or above 400 ft high. Outside of those conditions, hobbyists and commercial interests would be free to fly drones."

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GameAnalytics raises $5.5m in Series A, appoints Luke Aviet CEO

GamesIndustry.biz news - 10 hours 9 min ago
Ex-MD of AOL joins analytics platform
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Slashdot Updates - 10 hours 40 min ago
schwit1 writes Speaking off the record, senior intelligence officials have told the New York Times, CNN, and other news agencies that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. It is not known how the US government has determined that North Korea is the culprit, though it is known that the NSA has in the past penetrated North Korean computer systems. Previous analysis of the malware that brought down Sony Pictures' network showed that there were marked similarities to the tools used in last year's cyber-attack on South Korean media companies and the 2012 "Shamoon" attack on Saudi Aramco. While there was speculation that the "DarkSeoul" attack in South Korea was somehow connected to the North Korean regime, a firm link was never published.

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Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence

New Scientist - Breaking news - 11 hours 28 min ago
Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world. We won't ever be silicon slaves, insists an AI expert






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The agile principles of game design and development

Gamasutra - News - 11 hours 39 min ago

"Let's face it -- the Agile Manifesto is very much Software Engineer focused. This redrafting is a bit of an experiment in changing the principles to make sense for game design/development." ...

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Developers' Top 5 games of 2014: Laralyn McWilliams

Gamasutra - News - 11 hours 39 min ago

"If it's mentioned, no matter how old it is, do I feel compelled to sit down, reinstall it, and play it right then? If the answer is yes, then I'll consider it a favorite." ...

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Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy

New Scientist - Breaking news - 12 hours 59 sec ago
The molluscs provide homes, safety, privacy and food to many creatures, which makes it all the more important to stop their decline






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Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 14 min ago
Zothecula writes A Glasgow-based startup is reducing the cost of access to space by offering "satellite kits" that make it easier for space enthusiasts, high schools and universities alike to build a small but functional satellite for as little as US$6,000 and then, thanks to its very small size, to launch for significantly less than the popular CubeSats.

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Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 14 min ago
Zothecula writes A Glasgow-based startup is reducing the cost of access to space by offering "satellite kits" that make it easier for space enthusiasts, high schools and universities alike to build a small but functional satellite for as little as US$6,000 and then, thanks to its very small size, to launch for significantly less than the popular CubeSats.

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