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Blog: The mistake of chasing the king

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:53am

When an idea becomes big, you can bet that someone is going to try and make a game similar to cash in. But trying to emulate the king's success often doesn't work out. ...

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UK to trial HPV vaccine in gay men but no plans yet for all boys

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:23am
The HPV vaccine is to be offered to 40,000 men who have sex with men, but campaigners have repeated the call to offer the jab to all adolescent boys
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Come to GDC Europe for tips on coworking with devs to make better games

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:19am

Heads up, European devs: GDC Europe is just months away, and today conference organizers are pleased to debut an intriguing session on the growing popularity (and power!) of game hubs across Europe. ...

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Data shows Miitomo is in decline, suggests downloads alone aren't enough

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:05am

SurveyMonkey's data tracking arm, SurveyMonkey Intelligence, has taken an in-depth look at the performance of Miitomo one month after the game launched, and it's not exactly good news.  ...

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Blog: 5 reasons why you want to quit Clash Royale

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:29am

"I'm burned out by Clash Royale and it seems that so are the people around me. Where it previously felt strategic and fun, it now feels random and frustrating." ...

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Tencent wants to help Stellaris developer Paradox break into China

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:28am

"As China's game market further develops, players will advance to more sophisticated and complex genres such as grand strategy and simulation games." ...

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How streamers are impacting the video game market

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:02am

A survey of 800 video game players from the U.S. and UK reveals important insights as to how streaming is affecting the video game market. ...

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Supercell "printing money" with Clash games - SuperData

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:00am
Both Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are generating $100m a month as digital sales in April climbed 5% to $6.2 billion
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Facebook Begins Tracking Non-Users Around the Internet

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:50am
Amar Toor, reporting for The Verge: Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, "like" buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike (Editor's note: link swapped with a non-paywall source). The company says it will be able to better target non-Facebook users and serve relevant ads to them, though its practices have come under criticism from regulators in Europe over privacy concerns. Facebook began displaying a banner notification at the top of its News Feed for users in Europe today, alerting them to its use of cookies as mandated under an EU directive.Mark Wilson of BetaNews adds that Facebook has outlined these changes in its cookies policy page. As part of which, the company is now allowing Facebook users to opt-out of the ad scheme by making changes to their Facebook settings. For users that don't have a Facebook account, they can opt-out through Digital Advertising Alliance in the United States and Canada, and the European Interactive Digital Adverting Alliance in Europe.

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When the customer is always alt-right

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:48am
Weekly Recap: Stellaris publisher blocks a whites-only mod, E3 gets a side show for the public, and game-based movies continue
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Report: Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover after winning shareholder support

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:48am

Mobile game juggernaut Gameloft has ceded more ground in its fight to stop a hostile takeover by French media giant, Vivendi. ...

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Trump would deliver fatal blow to fight against climate change

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:20am
A Donald Trump presidency would disrupt the fight against climate change in a way that threatens to snuff out all hope, warns Matthew Nisbet
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China Unveils 'Straddling Bus' Design To Beat Traffic Jams

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:05am
An anonymous reader writes: A Beijing company has unveiled spectacularly futuristic designs for a pollution-busting, elevated bus capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious. The "straddling bus," which owes more to Blade Runner than China's car-clogged highways, is supported by two legs that run along rails laid along the roadside. Those legs allow the Transit Explore Bus, or TEB's giant frame to glide high above the gridlock at speeds of up to 60km per hour. Equally, vehicles that are less than two metres high will be able to drive freely underneath the bus, even when it is stationary. "The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space," Song Youzhou, the project's chief engineer, told Xinhua, China's official news agency. Song claimed his buses, capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters, could be produced for 20% of the price of an underground train and rolled out far more quickly since the supporting infrastructure was relatively simple. One TEB could replace 40 conventional buses, he said.You can watch the concept video here. Interestingly a very similar -- if not the exact same -- concept has come out of China before. Not sure what kind of developments have been made in the six years since then.

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Tencent acquiring 5% equity in Paradox

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:04am
Chinese online giant's investment puts Crusader Kings publisher's total value around $420 million
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HTC morphs into game developer for first VR title, Front Defense

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 5:42am

HTC is taking its first steps into the world of virtual reality game development with new VR title, Front Defence.  ...

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Controversial software claims to tell personality from your face

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 5:39am
A start-up says its face-recognition tech can identify people's personality type from photos – and spot terrorists, paedophiles and poker players in crowds
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Secret Text In Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access To Email Records

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 5:00am
mi quotes a report from The Intercept: A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate's annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals' email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers using those beloved 'National Security Letters' -- without a warrant and in complete secrecy. [The spy bill passed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, with the provision in it. The lone no vote came from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who wrote in a statement that one of the bill's provisions "would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers." If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI's already highly controversial national security letters. The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs -- most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account. The FBI's power to issue NSLs is actually derived from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act -- a 1986 law that Congress is currently working to update to incorporate more protections for electronic communications -- not fewer. The House unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act in late April, while the Senate is due to vote on its version this week. "NSLs have a sordid history. They've been abused in a number of ways, including targeting of journalists and use to collect an essentially unbounded amount of information," Andrew Crocker, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote. One thing that makes them particularly easy to abuse is that recipients of NSLs are subject to a gag order that forbids them from revealing the letters' existence to anyone, much less the public.]

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Overwatch and the death of the midnight launch

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:53am
"It's become more about when do the servers come on," says GameStop CEO as Overwatch ships two days ahead of midnight launch
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Blog: Why I want more politics and economy in RPGs

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:20am

"I'm here to defend the inclusion of explicit politics, of actively debating issues that we face daily in our democratic coexistence. Especially in RPGs." ...

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Mars Is Coming Out Of An Ice Age

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:00am
Taco Cowboy quotes a report from Reuters: An analysis of radar images that peered inside the polar ice caps of Mars shows that Earth's neighbor is coming out of an ice age that is part of an ongoing cycle of climate change, scientists said on Thursday. Using images taken by satellites orbiting Mars, the researchers determined that about 20,872 cubic miles (87,000 cubic km) of ice has accumulated at its poles since the end of the ice age, mostly in the northern polar cap. Scientists are keenly interested in piecing together the climate history of Mars, which contains strong evidence that oceans and lakes once pooled on its surface, bolstering the prospects for life. From the perspective of an Earthling, every day on Mars may feel like an ice age. According to NASA, temperatures on Mars may hit a high at noon at the equator in the summer of roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), or a low of about minus-225 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-153 degrees Celsius) at the poles. The Martian ice began its retreat about 370,000 years ago, marking the end of the last ice age, according to the research published in the journal Science

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