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Senior Artist: WRKSHP

Gamasutra - Jobs - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:00pm
About Us : At WRKSHP, our mission is to bring people together through the power of play. We believe in teamwork, intellectual honesty, and high quality craftsmanship and work hard to create simple, beautiful and massively social games that expand the possibility space of people’s lives. We are passionate, boot-strapped and profitable. Our 60 person team is made up of the best artists, developers and designers in the world. We have developed over 55 top 25 applications in the App Store and our latest game, Battle Camp, is the world’s largest mobile MMO with over 30 million downloads. Battle Camp was the App Store’s Best Multiplayer Game and is a Top 100 Grossing App in 100 countries on iOS and Android. The Role : Are you a talented artist with a passion for gaming and are looking for a way to break into the mobile games industry? We are currently seeking a Game Artist to join our team of talented game professionals.   The game Artist will work closely with our art directors and team on all of our game projects, including our hit game “Battle Camp”. Our ideal candidate must be able to take concept ideas and transform/create finished, high quality production art assets. They will be working in a wide range of subjects such as characters, environments, and UI game objects. Having a keen eye for detail is imperative, and the successful person will be passionate about their work, will constantly be thinking of how assets work with animations and other objects, and is deadline driven.  This role will work in both Photoshop and Illustrator.   Due to the nature of this position, no candidate will be considered without a diverse portfolio submission.  Candidates identified to continue in the process will be asked to complete an art exercise in addition to an interview. Responsibilities Work on concepts and production assets, creating characters, environments and UI items. Collaborate with different teams (such as design and animation) to deliver a wide variety of assets (environment, character, and background art, etc.) that fit within the projected style Managing contractors and ensuring that all the work that is produced is consistent, stylistically, and the highest quality Communicate with game design, developers and QA to ensure sure your work flows seamlessly through our pipeline and meets the highest visual quality Requirements Portfolio demonstrating artistic skills related to mobile games. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in game development as an artist Solid understanding and comfortability with both Photoshop and Illustrator Able to analyze and understand the style of each project and make sure the rendering of each asset reflects that and remains consistent Superior attention to light, shade, color, and detail as well as a good understanding of form, shape, and structure Excellent communication skills and a passion for video games.   While not required, the following attributes will help set you apart from the other candidates:   Have shipped mobile game titles as an artist. 3D modeling experience for characters and environments Associates or Bachelor of Arts degrees from an accredited institution in a related field   Sounds good? If it sounds like you, please submit your resume and portfolio at http://grnh.se/iku41r1
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Navy, Marines Prohibit Sharing Nude Photos In Wake of a Facebook Scandal

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:50pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: The Navy and Marine Corps issued new regulations that ban members from sharing nude photographs following a scandal involving military personnel sharing intimate pictures of their female colleagues -- some of which were taken without their knowledge -- in a secret Facebook group. The new statute, which was signed Tuesday by Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley, went into effect immediately and will be made permanent when the next edition of the Navy's regulations is printed, according to Navy Times. Military courts will handle violations of the new rule. The crackdown comes after a Facebook group was uncovered featuring naked photos of female service members. The group was eventually shut down by Facebook after a request from the Marine Corps. The Center for Investigative Reporting found that some of the photographs posted on the Facebook group may have been taken consensually, but others may not have been.

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Ask Slashdot: What Are Good Books On Inventing, Innovating and Doing R&D?

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:10pm
dryriver writes: I've signed up to a project that involves inventing new ways to do things and also performing the technology R&D required to make these new ways a reality. So, dear Slashdotters, are there any good books on inventing, innovating or doing R&D? Books that describe different ways to approach inventing/R&D? Books on managing a team effort to invent, innovate and research? Or even good books about the history of past inventions -- how they were created, why they were created, how and why they succeeded or failed in the real world? Thanks!

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The ESA figures 67% of U.S. households play games

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:05pm

That's drawn from the ESA's annual "Essential Facts" game industry report, and what's interesting is that it's the exact same figure the ESA reported seven years ago. ...

Categories: Gaming News

Drunken crayfish show that loneliness raises alcohol tolerance

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:00pm
Crayfish forced to be solitary are less affected by alcohol, because being alone appears to alter the way their nerves function
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The difference between making an MMO versus an Early Access survival game

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:56pm

Conan Exiles creative director Joel Bylos, who's also worked on Funcom MMORPGs of years past, shares some key development lessons about switching genres in online game development. ...

Categories: Gaming News

From Super Mario to Street Fighter, check out this giant gallery of hitboxes

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:38pm

If you ever wanted an easy way to study how lots of different games in all sorts of genres handle real-time collision detection, check out this Flickr gallery filled with 450+ images of hitboxes. ...

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Toyota Unveils Plan For Hydrogen Powered Semi Truck

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:30pm
New submitter omaha393 quotes a report from R&D Magazine: Toyota announced a new initiative on Wednesday aimed at advancing its work in vehicles powered by alternative energy sources. The automaker unveiled Project Portal, which is a novel hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles. A proof-of-concept truck powered by this fuel cell will be part of a feasibility study held at the Port this summer, with the goal of examining the potential of this technology in heavy-duty applications. The test vehicle will produce more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound feet of torque from two of these novel fuel cell stacks along with a 12kWh battery. Overall, the combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds that will be carried over 200 miles. omaha393 adds: "While hydrogen fuel has been criticized due to high cost of production and safety concerns, recent advances in catalysis and solid storage systems have made the prospect of hydrogen fuel an attractive commercial prospect for the future."

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Tesla Settles Lawsuit Against Former Autopilot Program Director Accused of Stealing Info, Engineers

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:50pm
Earlier this year, Tesla filed a lawsuit against its former director of Autopilot Programs, Sterling Anderson, for stealing proprietary information about the Autopilot program and recruiting fellow Tesla engineers to work with him at Aurora Innovation, another autonomous driving company. According to Electrek, "the lawsuit was settled today with Tesla withdrawing their allegations without damages and Aurora agreeing to make itself available for an audit by a third-party to make sure they don't have proprietary information from Tesla's Autopilot program." From the report: Aurora also agreed to cover the cost of the audit for up to $100,000. The startup claims that it had already ordered its own audit, which found âoeno material Tesla confidential information." As for the allegations of poaching employees, Aurora has agreed not to reach out to Tesla employees for a year and to release the names of former Tesla employees who have joined the startup already. You can read Auroraâ(TM)s statement about the settlement in full here and Teslaâ(TM)s further down below: âoeSelf-driving vehicles will save lives, preserve resources, and make transportation more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Aurora was founded on the premise that experience, innovative thinking, hard work, and a commitment to doing the right thing can accelerate this future..."

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Microsoft's Skype Is Most Used Messaging Service For Cyber Criminals, Study Finds

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:10pm
chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: Cyber criminals lurk in the dark recesses of the internet, striking at random and then disappearing into the virtual ether. But when they want to talk shop with their colleagues, they turn to Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft and its Skype communications tools, according to an analysis by the firm Flashpoint. Mentions of different platforms were used as a proxy for gauging interest in and use of these messaging services. Flashpoint analysts looked, especially, for invitations to continue conversation outside of cyber criminal marketplaces, like references to ICQ accounts or other platforms. The survey results show that, out of a population of around 80 instant messenger platforms and protocols, a short list of just five platforms accounts for between 80% and 90% of all mentions within the cyber underground. Of those, Microsoft's Skype was the chat king. It ranked among the top five platforms across all language groups. That, despite the platform's lack of end-to-end encryption or forward secrecy features and evidence, courtesy of NSA hacker Edward Snowden, that U.S. spies may have snooped on Skype video calls in recent years, The Security Ledger reports. The conclusion: while security is a priority amongst thieves, it isn't the sole concern that cyber criminals and their associates have. In fact, sophisticated hacking communities like those in Russia to continue to rely on legacy platforms like ICQ when provably more secure alternatives exist. The reason? Business. "These cyber criminals have a lot of different options that they're juggling and a lot of factors that weigh on their options," said Leroy Terrelonge III, the Director of Middle East and Africa Research at Flashpoint. "We might suspect that cyber criminals use the most secure means of communication all the time, that's not what our research showed."

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Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:40pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Former Pirate Bay spokesperson and co-founder Peter Sunde has just announced his latest venture. Keeping up his fight for privacy on the Internet, he's launching a new company called Njalla, that helps site operators to shield their identities from prying eyes. The name Njalla refers to the traditional hut that Sami people use to keep predators at bay. It's built on a tall stump of a tree or pole and is used to store food or other goods. On the Internet, Njalla helps to keep people's domain names private. While anonymizer services aren't anything new, Sunde's company takes a different approach compared to most of the competition. With Njalla, customers don't buy the domain names themselves, they let the company do it for them. This adds an extra layer of protection but also requires some trust. A separate agreement grants the customer full usage rights to the domain. This also means that people are free to transfer it elsewhere if they want to.

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Gaming video to generate $4.6 billion this year - SuperData

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:34pm
Research firm says there are now 665 million viewers of gaming video content worldwide
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Video: Warren Spector's postmortem of Deus Ex

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:16pm

At GDC 2017 game dev veteran Warren Spector delivers a postmortem talk on Deus Ex, Ion Storm's seminal immersive sim, and reflects on what he learned from the experience of making it. ...

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Get a job: Improbable is hiring a Software Engineer

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:01pm

Improbable is searching for a Software Engineer to join its team in San Francisco, CA and build vital tools, prototypes, and more for its developer community. ...

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Exhibitors will be able to sell merchandise on the E3 show floor this year

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:47am

Following its earlier move to admit the general public to the annual trade show, the ESA has put a system in place that will allow exhibitors to sell products and merchandise from the show floor. ...

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Facebook is Working On a Way To Let You Type With Your Brain

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:20am
From a report: Facebook today unveiled a project from its secretive Building 8 research group that's working to create a brain-computer interface that lets you type with your thoughts. Regina Dugan, a former director of DARPA and the ex-head of Google's experimental ATAP research group, announced the news today onstage at Facebook's F8 developer conference. Dugan, who now heads up Building 8, says the goal is "something as simple as a yes-no brain click" that could fundamentally change how we interact with and use technology. While it does not exist today outside of very specific medical research trials, Dugan says her team is actively working to make it a reality. Dugan refers to the technology as a "brain mouse for AR," meaning it could be an ideal way to receive direct input from neural activity that would remove the need for augmented reality devices to track hand motions or other body movements. For instance, the Microsoft HoloLens uses hand tracking to let you tap your finger in front of you as if you were clicking a mouse. Facebook's theoretical device could also be used for patients with severe paralysis, acting as a "speech prosthetic" Dugan says.

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Facebook 360 Capture SDK makes VR sharing possible

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:18am
The SDK supports Unity and Unreal, so developers can enable players to share their VR gameplay
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StarCraft is now free

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:10am
Blizzard making the 19-year-old game freely available to download in advance of the upcoming StarCraft: Remastered
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Newest Firefox Browser Bashes Crashes

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:40am
Nobody likes it when a web browser bombs instead of opening up a website. Mozilla is addressing that in the newly released v53 of its Firefox browser, which it claims crashes 10 percent fewer times. CNET adds: The improvement comes through the first big debut of a part of Project Quantum, an effort launched in 2016 to beef up and speed up Firefox. To improve stability, Firefox 53 on Windows machines isolates software called a compositor that's in charge of painting elements of a website onto your screen. That isolation into a separate computing process cuts down on trouble spots that can occur when Firefox employs computers' graphics chips, Mozilla said.

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Dont Miss: Unpacking The Silver Case, A Q& A with Grasshopper Manufacture

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:35am

The HD remaster The Silver Case hit PS4 this week so now is the perfect time to take a look back at this conversation with the game's devs about character design, story, and the port itself. ...

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