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How Overwatch communicates character from a first-person perspective

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:52am

"In terms of game animation, Overwatch is a master class in character appeal. This game is all about its characters. Every single member of this cast is unique and just loaded with personality." ...

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Blog: Crowdfunding tips from Kickstarter's video game expert

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:12am

I talk to a ton of people who are planning to launch game projects on Kickstarter. Here's what I tell them. ...

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Corona 2D game engine is now 'completely free'

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:05am

Starting today anyone who downloads the toolkit through the daily builds page will get a combined package that includes the standard simulator and native-based products. ...

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Trump Plans To Dismantle Obama-Era 'Startup Visa'

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A regulation from the Obama administration that would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise investor cash to build their startups in the U.S. won't be allowed to go into effect. The Department of Homeland Security will file an official notice to delay the International Entrepreneur Rule for eight months. The intention is to eliminate the rule entirely, according to sources briefed on the matter who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. The decision isn't final, and a DHS spokesperson told the WSJ that the department "cannot speculate" on the outcome of the review. The International Entrepreneur Rule, signed by former President Obama days before he left office in January, doesn't offer a visa but rather a type of "parole" that would allow immigrants to stay in the U.S. temporarily as long as they meet certain requirements. In order to qualify, a foreign entrepreneur has to raise at least $250,000 from well-known U.S. investors. The rule grants a stay in the U.S. of 30 months, which can be extended for an additional 30 months. Founders can't apply for a green card during that time. DHS has estimated about 3,000 entrepreneurs would qualify under the rule.

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A beginner's guide to boosting Lifetime Value

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:03am
Server-side development, balanced difficulty and weekly events - AppLovin MD Johannes Heinze on increasing LTV in mobile games
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Weird orbits hint ‘Planet Ten’ might lurk at solar system edge

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:00am
Astronomers studying icy objects in a distant region called the Kuiper belt say an unconfirmed planet with similar mass to Mars could be responsible for tugging them out of alignment
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Here's why 'deliberate Switch shortages' is a ridiculous notion

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:53am
Nintendo has regularly said it's ramping up production, so why are people so worried the platform holder is holding out on us?
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Google’s multitasking neural net can juggle eight things at once

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:22am
Deep-learning systems can struggle to handle more than one task, but a fresh approach by Google Brain could turn neural networks into jacks of all trades
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Netflix Launches New 'Interactive Shows' That Let Viewers Dictate the Story

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 2:00am
Netflix announced that it's launching an all-new interactive format that turns viewers in storytellers, letting them dictate each choice and direction the story takes. "In each interactive title, you can make choices for the characters, shaping the story as you go," according to Netflix. "Each choice leads to a different adventure, so you can watch again and again, and see a new story each time." The Next Web reports: The first two interactive shows that will be available on Netflix are Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. Puss in Book launches globally today, with Buddy Thunderstruck slated to make its debut a month from now on July 14. The new experience will be available on most television setups and iOS devices. "Content creators have a desire to tell non-linear stories like these, and Netflix provides the freedom to roam, try new things and do their best work," Product Innovation director Carla Fisher said. "The intertwining of our engineers in Silicon Valley and the creative minds in Hollywood has opened up this new world of storytelling possibilities." Fisher further added that, for the time being, the streaming service will be mainly focusing its efforts on producing interactive content for children -- especially since their research has shown that they already tend to be prone to interacting with the screen.

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Corona goes completely free

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 1:15am
Firm behind cross-platform 2D development software removes Enterprise licenses
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Valve's SteamVR "Knuckles" controller tracks all five fingers

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:37am
Dev kits are now shipping for a new VR controller that emphasises hand presence
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Color Switch joins Skillz mobile eSports platform

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:33am
With almost 200 million downloads, mobile hit has designs to become "a full-fledged eSport"
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Paradox insists price hikes “create a more equal price point”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:15am
UPDATE: Crusader Kings publisher reverses decision, intends to honour refunds
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With Sony's indie support in question, developers at E3 weigh in

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:01am

"The bottom line is they need to do what's best for their business. And unfortunately maybe doing indies is not that right now. And that's unfortunate, but there's not much we can do." ...

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hits 4 million sales

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:36pm
After three months on sale, the breakout hit of the year shows few signs of slowing
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Is PlayLink the PS4's missing link to casual consumers?

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:00pm
Missing in action at E3, PlayLink might be Sony's best effort yet at capturing the thus-far ignored casual market
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ESA Approves Gravitational-Wave Hunting Spacecraft For 2034

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:00pm
The European Space Agency has approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna mission designed to study gravitational waves in space. The spacecraft is slated for launch in in 2034. New Scientist reports: LISA will be made up of three identical satellites orbiting the sun in a triangle formation, each 2.5 million kilometers from the next. The sides of the triangle will be powerful lasers bounced to and fro between the spacecraft. As large objects like black holes move through space they cause gravitational waves, ripples which stretch and squeeze space-time. The LISA satellites will detect how these waves warp space via tiny changes in the distance the laser beams travel. In order to detect these minuscule changes, on scales less than a trillionth of a meter, LISA will have to shrug off cosmic rays and the particles and light from the sun. The LISA Pathfinder mission, a solo probe launched in December 2015, proved that this sensitivity was possible and galvanized researchers working to realize the full LISA mission.

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GameMaker Studio 2 adds new license options

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:50pm
Devs can pay for PS4 and Xbox One exports separately, or for all platforms under new "Ultimate" license
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Scientists Discover How To Stop Luggage From Toppling On the Race Through the Airport

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have worked out why suitcases tend to to rock violently from one wheel to the other until they overturn on the race through the airport. This most pressing of modern mysteries was taken on by physicists in Paris, who devised a scale model of a two-wheeled suitcase rolling on a treadmill and backed up their observations with a pile of equations and references to holonomic restraints, finite perturbations and the morphing of bifurcation diagrams. Fortunately for non-physicists, the findings can be reduced to simpler terms. For the suitcase to rock it had to hit a bump or be struck in some other manner; the faster the suitcase was being pulled, the more minor the bump needed to set it off. So far, so obvious. But Sylvain Courrech du Pont wanted to know more. Why did a rocking suitcase swerve and make such violent movements that it might eventually topple over? After more treadmill tests and more equations, the answer popped up: because a suitcase's handle pulls from the middle and the wheels are at its sides, the suitcase swerves inwards whenever it tilts up on one wheel. If the rocking overcomes the dampening effect that happens when each wheel touches the ground again, the suitcase will keep on rocking or eventually flip over. In conclusion, the researchers discovered that "when a suitcase starts to rock out of control, the correct response is not to slow down but to pull it faster." The scientists have published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society.

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Home Improvement Chains Accused of False Advertising Over Lumber Dimensions

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:05pm
per unit analyzer writes: According to Consumerist, an attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit charging Home Depot (PDF) and Menards (PDF) with deceptive advertising practices by selling "lumber products that were falsely advertised and labeled as having product dimensions that were not the actual dimensions of the products sold." Now granted, this may be news to the novice DIYer, but overall most folks who are purchasing lumber at home improvement stores know that the so-called trade sizes don't match the actual dimensions of the lumber. Do retailers need to educate naive consumers about every aspect of the items they sell? (Especially industry quirks such as this...) Furthermore, as the article notes, it's hard to see how the plaintiffs have been damaged when these building materials are compatible with the construction of the purchaser's existing buildings. i.e., An "actual" 2x4 would not fit in a wall previously built with standard 2x4s -- selling the something as advertised would actually cause the purchaser more trouble in many cases.

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