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At GDC 2017, Sony digs into how to design games for the PSVR Aim controller

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:16am

At GDC 2017, Sony's Richard Marks and Tom Bruckbock will join the devs of VR shooter Farpoint to dive into the world of VR game development utilizing the gun-shaped PS VR Aim Controller. ...

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Hens that can lay eggs from other species could save rare birds

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:00am
Like a seed bank for poultry, a 'frozen aviary' will store primordial stem cells for rare breeds of birds so they can be saved
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Valve patches major Team Fortress 2 bug after a decade

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:51am

Valve has finally patched a 10-yea-old Team Fortress 2 bug that caused client and server hitboxes to fall out of sync.  ...

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Blog: How 'games as service' delayed Owlboy for nearly a year

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:23am

In this post, Jo-Remi Madsen of D-Pad Studio (Owlboy, Savant - Ascent) writes how 'games as service' ended up delaying Owlboy for a long period of time, due to maintaining their first minor title. ...

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Microsoft app helps people with ALS speak using just their eyes

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:17am
A smartphone app called GazeSpeak uses eye movements to predict the words you want to say, allowing people with motor disabilities to communicate faster
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Finding the fun when developing licensed games

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 7:49am

"My whole philosophy when it comes to working on projects is to find something you enjoy about the project you're working on and make it great." ...

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What developers can learn from PewDiePie

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:47am
Weekly Recap: YouTube star's explanation for anti-Semitic jokes may be familiar to those who follow the AAA scene
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Blog: Dissecting the horror of Far Cry 2

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:43am

Some thoughts on how narrative and design elements in Far Cry 2 come together to create a very powerful experience. ...

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BFI Certification Unit joins Game Republic

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:27am
Closer ties with North of England will help developers gain access to games tax breaks
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Road to the IGF: The Molasses Flood's The Flame in the Flood

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:16am

The Flame in the Flood takes players on a river raft journey across the backwaters of a post-societal USA, tasking them with surviving the wildlife, natural disasters, and rapids of their journey. ...

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Keywords drops $1.49M on visual effects studio, Spov

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:10am

Video game tech service provider Keywords Studios has acquired visual effects and graphics outfit Spov for $1.49 million.  ...

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Zuckerberg Shares Facebook's Plan to Bring Community Together, Edits Out a Questionable Sentence Minutes Later

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:00am
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring people closer together. He published a 6,000-word letter on his Facebook page Thursday to outline his vision for the kind of world he thinks Facebook can help create. The free-wielding note included few specifics, but offered a number of broad, ambitious goals for how the tech giant can contribute to a better understanding of everything from terrorism to fake news. Interestingly, minutes after the post was published, Zuckerberg edited out a sentence from the letter. Mashable adds: In the post, Zuckerberg briefly touches on how artificial intelligence can be used to detect terrorist propaganda. "Right now, we're starting to explore ways to use AI to tell the difference between news stories about terrorism and actual terrorist propaganda so we can quickly remove anyone trying to use our services to recruit for a terrorist organization," he wrote in the post published Thursday. That sounds like a straightforward enough application of AI -- one that's in line with what Zuckerberg and other executives have discussed in the past -- but it's different from what the CEO had originally written. In an earlier version of the missive, which was shared with a number of news outlets in advance of its publication on Facebook, Zuckerberg took the idea farther. The "long-term promise of AI," he wrote, is that it can be used used to "identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all, including terrorists planning attacks using private channels." Here's an expanded version of the quote from the Associated Press (emphasis ours). "The long term promise of AI is that in addition to identifying risks more quickly and accurately than would have already happened, it may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all â" including terrorists planning attacks using private channels, people bullying someone too afraid to report it themselves, and other issues both local and global. It will take many years to develop these systems." That's different from what was described in the final version that was shared Thursday, which made no mention of private communication in relation to AI and terrorism.

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Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Studio Bruyant's Super Brin

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:18am

Super Brin will have the player throwing a ball to hit targets. That throw begins in the real world, and the properties of that throw then shift into the digital space of the game.  ...

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Blog: Keeping horror gaming fresh

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:17am

Frictional Games' low-combat stealth model permeates contemporary horror, but what's next for the genre? ...

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Trump may be very flawed but that doesn’t make him mentally ill

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:04am
Calls from psychiatrists for Donald Trump to be declared unfit to be US president on mental health grounds are misguided, says Dr Allen Frances
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99.6 Percent of New Smartphones Run Android or iOS

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:00am
The latest smartphone figures from Gartner show how much iOS and Android are dominating the smartphone market. According to the report, Android and iOS accounted for 99.6 percent of all smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. For comparison, this figure was 96.8 percent in the second quarter of 2015. The Verge reports: Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent), but what happened to the other players? Well, in the same quarter, Windows Phone managed to round up 0.3 percent of the market, while BlackBerry was reduced to a rounding error. The once-great firm sold just over 200,000 units, amounting to 0.0 percent market share. It's worth noting that although, in retrospect, this state of affairs seems inescapable, for years analysts were predicting otherwise. Three years ago, Gartner said that Microsoft's mobile OS would overtake iOS for market share in 2017, while BlackBerry would still be hanging around as sizable (if small) player.

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Whatever happened to GameStop.co.uk?

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:34am
Website disappears, so now is the time to speak to them
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London Games Festival unveils events line-up

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:32am
eSports tournament, parade and the return of Dear Esther Live
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Pokémon Go Valentine's event fails to match Halloween boost

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:32am
Latest promotion generates less than half the revenue, indicating continued decline
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PewDiePie dropped by Maker & YouTube ad platform over antisemitic content

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:27am
Update: PewDiePie calls out "old school media" for attempt to "decrease my influence and my economic worth"
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