Northern Ireland high school students get access to 'MinecraftEdu'

March 26, 2015

High schoolers in Northern Ireland are getting access to MinecraftEdu, the special free educational version of Mojang's still popular world building game. Around 200 secondary schools in Northern Ireland will receive free download codes for MinecraftEdu, according to a report in The Guardian (as reported on by GII).

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Analysts concerned about 'specialized service' loophole in net neutrality rules

March 26, 2015

Some analysts are expressing concerns that a loophole left in the new net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late February will be used by telecoms, broadband providers and mobile phone service providers to circumvent banned practices such as throttling and blocking traffic.

The loophole involves an exemption for "specialized services" - web applications related to services such as VoIP phone service, smart thermostats, and real-time health monitoring.

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Why the 'Bloodborne' PC petition is a complete waste of time

March 26, 2015

Two dueling petitions related to Sony Japan and From Software's Bloodborne calling for the hardcore action RPG (exclusive to the PS4) to be released on PC - and another demanding that it NOT be released on PC - are up on Change.org. Clearly the latter petition is in response to the futility of the former.

The first petition found here calls on From Software to release Bloodborne on the PC. It notes:

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Lawmakers reintroduce the 'Surveillance State Repeal Act'

March 26, 2015

The reintroduction of an old bill takes a run at repealing the Patriot Act and rolling back all the authority the NSA has in conducting mass surveillance. Read more

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EA: Origin authentication responsible for 'Battlefield Hardline' lockouts, not DRM

March 26, 2015

Yesterday we reported on a problem associated with what appeared to be Battlefield Hardline's DRM when swapping out hardware components multiple times in a single computer. Read more

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Poll: Best decade for video games?

March 25, 2015

Video games have been around for a while.  Opinions have been around even longer.

Let's hear it, what is or was the best decade for video games?

What do I mean by "best"?  Whatever you want it to mean.  It could be the decade that saw the release of the best games, the decade that was most influential to the medium, the decade you simply enjoyed games in the most, etc.

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Report: 'Battlefield Hardline' DRM monitors hardware changes

March 25, 2015

Update: An EA spokesperson has responded to this story. You can find the response here.

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Report: YouTube finally taking game streaming seriously

March 25, 2015

According to this Daily Dot report, YouTube is finally making a move towards Twitch's territory. Many have wondered why the company hasn't already made the move into the game streaming space before this, but some of the delay could probably be attributed to its failed attempt to buy Twitch prior to Amazon snapping it up for close to $1 billion last year.

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Iwata claims Nintendo's deal with DeNA was not born out of shareholder pressure

March 25, 2015

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata insisted in a Q&A session (translated to English) following the major announcement last week about entering the mobile space that his company was not pressured into bringing its IP to an outside platform. But last year a large block of investors pushed hard for Nintendo to brings its IP to the lucrative mobile space - a suggestion the company strongly resisted at the time.

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Unity offers high school educators free Unity 5 licenses and curriculum

March 25, 2015

Buoyed by support from the Obama administration right out of the gate, Unity's new program aimed at secondary school educators has the right trajectory for wide proliferation. Read more

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Some 'Rust' players not thrilled about new character races

March 25, 2015

Recently the makers of action survival game Rust introduced new "player races" into the game to give users an avatar that has a unique look, but the randomness of the system and the lack of choices is rubbing some players the wrong way and causing a rise in racist behavior among some of the game's more loathsome players.

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Global Government Surveillance Reform group urges lawmakers to revise Patriot Act

March 25, 2015

Google, AOL, Apple, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook - as members of the Global Government Surveillance Reform - (you can read the coalition's mission statement here) have sent an open letter pushing for real reform of government surveillance practices and to make sure that these reforms are constitutional.

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Play.com goes offline

March 25, 2015

Play.com has shut down, with the once popular gaming destination redirecting to Japanese retail specialist Rakuten's UK website (www.rakuten.co.uk), according to MCV. Rakuten bought the website back in 2011 for around £25 million. After that purchase, the website no longer sold products directly and became a marketplace for third-party retailers to hawk their wares.

Rakuten didn't disclose why it decided to shut down in a statement to MCV today:

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Researchers use Kinect to help measure upper extremity movement in young MD patients

March 25, 2015

As highlighted in this TheMarySue report, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio have developed and deployed a new system to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using specially designed game software, the Xbox 360, and its Kinect technology. Read more

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'In Tune' explores the thorny topic of consensual physical contact

March 25, 2015

Tweed Couch Games (an indie studio made up of three student developers - Jessica Rose Marcotte, Allison Cole, and Zach Miller) has developed a game called In Tune that teaches men and women about the importance of gaining consent when it comes to intimate physical contact.

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Matthew Wilsonsome people are thinking we might have a Twilight Princess situation on our hands, what do you guys think?03/27/2015 - 8:01pm
MechaCrashMiyamoto once said "a delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever." While this can be taken to excess, it is good that Nintendo remembers it.03/27/2015 - 7:44pm
MaskedPixelanteYay for it not being a buggy mess like AC Unity. Boo that it got delayed til November 2016.03/27/2015 - 7:07pm
Andrew EisenAgreed. Considering we've seen nothing of the game (and those who did see it last E3, said it was super duper early) I would be quite surprised to see it this year.03/27/2015 - 5:28pm
Matthew WilsonI am sure star fox is 2016 too.03/27/2015 - 5:14pm
ZippyDSMleeThe primary reasons I would get a Nintendo system is Zelda and Metroid, Metroid prime collection was beyond words awesome even if 3 was the weakest one. I played TWP on the emulator I have Skyward Sword but like TWP I been putting it off…. LOL03/27/2015 - 5:14pm
Daniel LewisI actually thought star fox would be the game to be delayed,hopefully that isn't as well!03/27/2015 - 5:13pm
Daniel Lewiswoah post shared at the same time matthew,you just beat me!03/27/2015 - 5:11pm
Daniel LewisZelda wii u delayed until 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=67&v=C6Pzdl1wdUM03/27/2015 - 5:10pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=866919960035802&permPage=1 Who did not see this coming?03/27/2015 - 5:09pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/27/kleiner-perkins-verdict_n_6958164.html03/27/2015 - 5:07pm
MechaTama31I am always mysitfied when Cowboy Bebop is held up as an example of a good dub. Is it because it merely makes you want to cover your ears, rather than want to jam red-hot pokers into them?03/27/2015 - 5:04pm
james_fudgeyeah we covered that03/27/2015 - 4:41pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/13-year-old-minecraft-player-confesses-to-swatting-police-say/ not surprised.03/27/2015 - 3:51pm
Matthew WilsonI know most of my friends first saw robotech when it was on Toonami in the mid 90s, but it is possible that a fan who watched it in the 80s are in a position to do it.03/27/2015 - 1:04pm
Andrew EisenRobotech was mid 80s. Fans of the show (who were kids when it aired) are my age and older.03/27/2015 - 1:01pm
Matthew Wilsontiming. anime only really became widely known in the US in the mid 90s. if we assume it was mostly kids watching it, they still wouldnt be high enough in managment to be given full creative control yet. it would still be another 5 to 10 years for that.03/27/2015 - 12:59pm
Andrew EisenI agree. Now what makes you think that there is no one in power who cares about (or has the ability to) make a good adaptation?03/27/2015 - 12:47pm
Matthew Wilsonits not about pratice, it is about people who understand it getting in to positions of power.03/27/2015 - 12:34pm
Matthew Wilsonallot of the comic book characters that have been turned in to good movies started in the 70s or earlier.03/27/2015 - 12:32pm
 

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