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College students in Sheffield, UK gain access to dozens of PS4 dev kits

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:23am

Sheffield Hallam University has opened the world's largest PlayStation educational facility, complete with 34 PS4 dev kits, adding to their existing suite of PS3 and PS Vita dev kits. ...

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Rockstar Will Support Last-Gen Consoles With New 'GTA V' Content.. For Now

Game Politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:20am

While Rockstar Games promises to release the Online Heists and other updates that are in the works for Grand Theft Auto V to Xbox 360 and PS3 owners of the game, the company admits that it may - at some point - be forced to abandon support for new content on last-generation platforms.

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Space Rhino Games is First Company To Get Puerto Rico's Game Development Tax Incentive

Game Politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:15am

Puerto Rico has implemented a tax incentive plan which gives a 40 percent tax credit on salaries and production costs on projects with budgets of $100,000 or higher, and the first company to take advantage of it is an Juan-based Space Rhino Games The company is currently hard at work on Breach TD, a tower defense game that was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in June.

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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:12am
In June of 1962, three prisoners escaped the penitentary on Alcatraz, in an elaborate plot that was dramatized in a Clint Eastwood movie. A question that has long puzzled the public is whether these men ever made it to shore; the many factors that made Alcatraz a secure prison include sharks, cold water, and contrary currents. Still, some artifacts from the attempt, and perhaps the appeal of stories about survival against high odds, have led many people to believe that the men actually landed safely and faded into society. coondoggie writes This week Dutch scientists from Delft University of Technology presented findings from a computer modeling program they were working on, unrelated to the mystery, that demonstrated the escapees could have survived the journey. "In hindsight, the best time to launch a boat from Alcatraz was [11:30 am], one and a half hours later than has generally been assumed. A rubber boat leaving Alcatraz at [11:30 am] would most likely have landed just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The model also shows that debris in that scenario would be likely to wash up at Angel Island, exactly where one of the paddles and some personal belongings were found.

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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:12am
In June of 1962, three prisoners escaped the penitentary on Alcatraz, in an elaborate plot that was dramatized in a Clint Eastwood movie. A question that has long puzzled the public is whether these men ever made it to shore; the many factors that made Alcatraz a secure prison include sharks, cold water, and contrary currents. Still, some artifacts from the attempt, and perhaps the appeal of stories about survival against high odds, have led many people to believe that the men actually landed safely and faded into society. coondoggie writes This week Dutch scientists from Delft University of Technology presented findings from a computer modeling program they were working on, unrelated to the mystery, that demonstrated the escapees could have survived the journey. "In hindsight, the best time to launch a boat from Alcatraz was [11:30 am], one and a half hours later than has generally been assumed. A rubber boat leaving Alcatraz at [11:30 am] would most likely have landed just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The model also shows that debris in that scenario would be likely to wash up at Angel Island, exactly where one of the paddles and some personal belongings were found.

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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:12am
In June of 1962, three prisoners escaped the penitentary on Alcatraz, in an elaborate plot that was dramatized in a Clint Eastwood movie. A question that has long puzzled the public is whether these men ever made it to shore; the many factors that made Alcatraz a secure prison include sharks, cold water, and contrary currents. Still, some artifacts from the attempt, and perhaps the appeal of stories about survival against high odds, have led many people to believe that the men actually landed safely and faded into society. coondoggie writes This week Dutch scientists from Delft University of Technology presented findings from a computer modeling program they were working on, unrelated to the mystery, that demonstrated the escapees could have survived the journey. "In hindsight, the best time to launch a boat from Alcatraz was [11:30 am], one and a half hours later than has generally been assumed. A rubber boat leaving Alcatraz at [11:30 am] would most likely have landed just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The model also shows that debris in that scenario would be likely to wash up at Angel Island, exactly where one of the paddles and some personal belongings were found.

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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:12am
In June of 1962, three prisoners escaped the penitentary on Alcatraz, in an elaborate plot that was dramatized in a Clint Eastwood movie. A question that has long puzzled the public is whether these men ever made it to shore; the many factors that made Alcatraz a secure prison include sharks, cold water, and contrary currents. Still, some artifacts from the attempt, and perhaps the appeal of stories about survival against high odds, have led many people to believe that the men actually landed safely and faded into society. coondoggie writes This week Dutch scientists from Delft University of Technology presented findings from a computer modeling program they were working on, unrelated to the mystery, that demonstrated the escapees could have survived the journey. "In hindsight, the best time to launch a boat from Alcatraz was [11:30 am], one and a half hours later than has generally been assumed. A rubber boat leaving Alcatraz at [11:30 am] would most likely have landed just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The model also shows that debris in that scenario would be likely to wash up at Angel Island, exactly where one of the paddles and some personal belongings were found.

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New Minecraft game a Telltale, Mojang collaboration

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:10am

Telltale Games has landed yet another partnership with a major property -- this time with Mojang's Minecraft. ...

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#Rosettawatch: first snaps of Philae's arrival on 67P

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:57am
This first photo by ESA's Philae lander after its touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a warning sign that things hadn't gone to plan






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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:57am
In June of 1962, three prisoners escaped the penitentary on Alcatraz, in an elaborate plot that was dramatized in a Clint Eastwood movie. A question that has long puzzled the public is whether these men ever made it to shore; the many factors that made Alcatraz a secure prison include sharks, cold water, and contrary currents. Still, some artifacts from the attempt, and perhaps the appeal of stories about survival against high odds, have led many people to believe that the men actually landed safely and faded into society. coondoggie writes This week Dutch scientists from Delft University of Technology presented findings from a computer modeling program they were working on, unrelated to the mystery, that demonstrated the escapees could have survived the journey. "In hindsight, the best time to launch a boat from Alcatraz was [11:30 am], one and a half hours later than has generally been assumed. A rubber boat leaving Alcatraz at [11:30 am] would most likely have landed just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The model also shows that debris in that scenario would be likely to wash up at Angel Island, exactly where one of the paddles and some personal belongings were found.

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Plant extract trumps nicotine patches to quit smoking

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:52am
For decades, smokers in eastern Europe have used cytisine from laburnum trees to help them quit. Good results in a new trial could make cytisine much more popular






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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:52am
Trailrunner7 writes with this news from ThreatPost: Unknown hackers were able to compromise vital systems belonging to ICANN, the organization that manages the global top-level domain system, and had access to the system that manages the files with data on resolving specific domain names. The attack apparently took place in November and ICANN officials discovered it earlier this month. The intrusion started with a spear phishing campaign that targeted ICANN staffers and the email credentials of several staff members were compromised. The attackers then were able to gain access to the Centralized Zone Data System, the system that allows people to manage zone files. The zone files contain quite bit of valuable information, including domain names, the name server names associated with those domains and the IP addresses for the name servers. CANN officials said they are notifying any users whose zone data might have been compromised." (Here's ICANN's public note on the compromise.)

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SCE France announces 1M PS4s sold in territory

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:24am
Milestone passed in record time, making PS4 country's fastest selling console
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Communication for the win: Helping teams work together

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:22am

Good communication: "From AAA teams to little indie outfits like us, nearly every developer has to confront this reality at some point. Still, I have seen firsthand that this can make or break a project." ...

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

Game Politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:17am

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 - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:10am
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 - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:10am
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 - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:07am

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 - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:56am
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 - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:47am
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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