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Blog: The divide between consumers and game designers

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 8 min ago

Today's post looks at the knowledge gap between consumers and designers, and asks if there is an easy way to close it. ...

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Apple Co-founder Thinks Apple Is Now Too Big a Company To Come Up With the Next Big Thing

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 29 min ago
When it comes to the next great tech breakthroughs, Steve Wozniak isn't betting on the company he founded. Instead, he believes Tesla is at the forefront of anticipating the world to come. From a report: Interviewed by Bloomberg on what are likely to be the biggest tech breakthroughs in the coming years, and which companies are likely to make them, Woz didn't list Apple as a contender. He said, "look at the companies like Google and Facebook and Apple and Microsoft that changed the world -- and Tesla included. They usually came from young people. They didn't spring out of big businesses." Small businesses, he argued, take bigger risks -- and their founders create the products they really want, without the dilution that occurs with multiple decision-makers. "I think Tesla is on the best direction right now. They've put an awful lot of effort into very risky things. I'm going to bet on Tesla," he added.

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Groundhog Day meets Shakespeare in Elsinore

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 41 min ago

Elsinore, whose elevator pitch is "Groundhog Day meets Shakespeare," is a time-looping isometric RPG take on Hamlet. You play as Ophelia. ...

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Blog: Livestreaming your way to a better game

Gamasutra - News - 4 hours 42 min ago

Livestreaming is a great new tool, allowing developers unprecedented opportunities to connect with their fans. It also offers a while new way to playtest indie games. Here's how it could help you. ...

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UK Tech Visas Quadruple After Applications Soar

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 29 min ago
James Timcomb, writing for The Telegraph: Technology industry demands for special measures to let companies hire foreign workers after Brexit have been boosted by a surge in demand for technology visas. Tech City UK, the government organisation that processes applications for the dedicated "Tier 1 Exceptional Talent" visa, said successful applications had more than quadrupled in the last 12 months, with 260 endorsed in the last fiscal year. It follows fears in the British tech community that access to skilled computer coders would be hit by restrictions to freedom of movement when the UK leaves the EU. David Cameron introduced the tech visa scheme in 2014 in a bid to make London the technology capital of Europe and rival Silicon Valley as a destination for start-ups, and amid fears of a shortage of skilled coders in the UK. The "Tech Nation" visa scheme allows Tech City UK to endorse applications from non-EU workers, and lets successful applicants stay in the country for five years, after which they can apply to settle. Just a handful of visas were granted in its first few months, due to what were seen as onerous requirements, and the rules were relaxed in 2015. Applications have soared since then, and rose again after the Brexit vote.

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Asus Goes Big On Slim Laptops at Computex

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 29 min ago
At Computex, Asus announced a range of new laptops. From a report: The new ZenBook Pro takes center stage, featuring powerful hardware in a slim form factor -- an Intel Core i7-7700HQ as well as a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, while the world's thinnest convertible ZenBook Flip S lets you play around with its 4K display. But it's not all just flagship products, Asus also announced new VivoBooks meant for the mainstream market. The new VivoBook Pro packs Intel's seventh-generation processors and comes loaded with discrete graphics in the form of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050. The VivoBook S15 features more modest specs but still packs Nvidia GeForce GTX 940 discrete graphics. You can real the full-specifications of aforementioned laptops here.

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British Airways CEO Won't Resign, Says Outsourcing Not To Blame For IT Failure

Slashdot Updates - 7 hours 29 min ago
British Airways CEO Alex Cruz insisted he would not resign on Monday as he sought to draw a line under three days of chaos at the UK flag carrier after IT problems left tens of thousands of passenger stranded. In an interview -- the first since a global computer outage all but shut the airline down -- Cruz said he doesn't think "it would make much of use for me to resign." Separately, he also denied an outsourcing deal was to blame for the IT problems that hit on Saturday, causing the airline to cancel almost all its services over the weekend. From a report: A leaked staff email revealed Mr Cruz had told staff not to comment on the system failure. When asked about the email he told the BBC the tone was clear: "Stop moaning and come and help us." The airline is now close to full operational capacity after the problems resulted in mass flight cancellations at Heathrow and Gatwick over the bank holiday weekend. Questions remain about how a power problem could have had such impact, said the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. One theory was that returning systems were unusable as the data had become unsynchronised. [...] Cruz told the BBC a power surge, had "only lasted a few minutes," but the back-up system had not worked properly. He said the IT failure was not due to technical staff being outsourced from the UK to India.

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Robotic turtles can be used to detect landmines in the desert

New Scientist - Breaking news - 7 hours 29 min ago
The artificially intelligent turtles can be printed out of cardboard and folded into shape, making them a cheaper alternative to existing minesweeping robots
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US Might Ban Laptops On All Flights Into And Out of the Country

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 29 min ago
The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday. From a report:In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Kelly said the United States planned to "raise the bar" on airline security, including tightening screening of carry-on items. "That's the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it's a U.S. carrier, particularly if it's full of U.S. people." In March, the government imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from 10 airports, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey. Kelly said the move would be part of a broader airline security effort to combat what he called "a real sophisticated threat." He said no decision had been made as to the timing of any ban. "We are still following the intelligence," he said, "and are in the process of defining this, but we're going to raise the bar generally speaking for aviation much higher than it is now."

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Learning to read and write rewires adult brain in six months

New Scientist - Breaking news - 8 hours 29 min ago
Illiterate adults who have learned to read and write over half a year show brain changes – even in regions not obviously linked to reading, writing or learning
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See-through frog has heart you can see beating through its chest

New Scientist - Breaking news - 9 hours 29 min ago
The beautiful Hyalinobatrachium yaku is a previously unknown glass frog from Ecuador, but its habitat is threatened by oil exploitation
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Blog: Implementing a build system in Band of Defenders

Gamasutra - News - 10 hours 36 min ago

We use a building system as one of our core mechanics in our upcoming FPS, Band of Defenders. And it wasn't easy to make it as simple and fun as possible. ...

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Report: Nintendo significantly ramps up Switch production

GamesIndustry.biz news - 10 hours 42 min ago
Company now expects to manufacture 18m consoles this financial year
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Are There More Developers Than We Think?

Slashdot Updates - 10 hours 59 min ago
JavaScript's npm package manager reports 4 million users, doubling every year, leading to an interesting question from tech industry analyst James Governor: Just how many developers are there out there? GitHub is very well placed to know, given it's where (so much) of that development happens today. It has telemetry-based numbers, with their own skew of course, but based on usage rather than surveys or estimates. According to GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath, "We see 20 million professional devs in the world as an estimate, from research companies. Well we have 21 million [active] users -- we can't have more users than the entire industry"... If Github has 21 million active users, Wanstrath is right that current estimates of the size of the developer population must be far too low... Are we under-counting China, for example, given its firewalls? India continues to crank out developers at an astonishing rate. Meanwhile Africa is set for crazy growth too... You certainly can't just count computer science graduates or software industry employees anymore. These days you can't even be an astronomer without learning code, and that's going to be true of all scientific disciplines. The analyst attributes the increasing number of developers to "the availability, accessibility and affordability of tools and learning," adding "It's pretty amazing to think that GitHub hit 5 million users in 2012, and is now at 20 million." As for the total number of all developers, he offers his own estimate at the end of the essay. "My wild assed guess would be more like 35 million."

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Overwatch jumps 16 places to No.2 in UK retail charts

GamesIndustry.biz news - 11 hours 21 min ago
Injustice 2 remains at No.1
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6 technology pledges that should be in every political manifesto

New Scientist - Breaking news - 11 hours 29 min ago
From a digital Geneva Convention to taking down big data firms, these proposals should be required by any political party that wants your vote on 8 June
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Politicians must get a grip on tech if they want a great Britain

New Scientist - Breaking news - 12 hours 29 min ago
Technology will be key to the future UK economy, but in the run up to the general election, political parties don’t exactly seem to be embracing it
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Why doesn’t the UK government understand technology?

New Scientist - Breaking news - 13 hours 29 min ago
The UK needs more than a chief technology officer - we need to change the whole anti-technological culture  
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Q& A: Creating Horizon: Zero Dawn's neo-prehistoric soundtrack

Gamasutra - News - 14 hours 55 min ago

"We talked at length about the overall world, Aloy's surroundings, her personal journey, and the tribes she meets along the way." ...

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ESR Announces The Open Sourcing Of The World's First Text Adventure

Slashdot Updates - 14 hours 59 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Open source guru Eric S. Raymond added something special to his GitHub page: an open source version of the world's first text adventure. "Colossal Cave Adventure" was first written in 1977, and Raymond remembers it as "the origin of many things; the text adventure game, the dungeon-crawling D&D (computer) game, the MOO, the roguelike genre. Computer gaming as we know it would not exist without ADVENT (as it was known in its original PDP-10 incarnation...because PDP-10 filenames were limited to six characters of uppercase)... "Though there's a C port of the original 1977 game in the BSD game package, and the original FORTRAN sources could be found if you knew where to dig, Crowther & Woods's final version -- Adventure 2.5 from 1995 -- has never been packaged for modern systems and distributed under an open-source license. Until now, that is. With the approval of its authors, I bring you Open Adventure." Calling it one of the great artifacts of hacker history, ESR writes about "what it means to be respectful of an important historical artifact when it happens to be software," ultimately concluding version control lets you preserve the original and continue improving it "as a living and functional artifact. We respect our history and the hackers of the past best by carrying on their work and their playfulness." "Despite all the energy Crowther and Woods had to spend fighting ancient constraints, ADVENT was a tremendous imaginative leap; there had been nothing like it before, and no text adventure that followed it would be innovative to quite the same degree."

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