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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Gen Con organizers urge Indiana governor to rescind support for SB 101

March 25, 2015

The organizers of Gen Con have sent a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence asking him to rescind his support of SB 101, a state bill that limits the state and local government from interfering in a business or individuals "exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means." In other words, people can refuse service to individuals who Read more

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Andrew EisenOh, there's definitely a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, but that beat-by-beat recap is almost certainly bogus.03/31/2015 - 12:20pm
james_fudgeConster: the larger issue is that Ind. does not protect LGBTQ+ people under state law03/31/2015 - 12:11pm
PHX Corp@MP I think it is confirmed(not an April Fools joke) http://mynintendonews.com/2015/03/31/nintendo-direct-confirmed-for-wednesday-april-1st/03/31/2015 - 12:00pm
ConsterApparently Pence intends to amend SB101 so denying service isn't allowed - without explicitly protecting LGBT+ and while still allowing the many other things you can get away with now if it's motivated by your religious beliefs.03/31/2015 - 11:53am
MaskedPixelantehttp://mynintendonews.com/2015/03/30/rumour-nintendo-direct-on-april-1st/ A supposed full leak of tomorrow's Nintendo Direct, so you can all laugh and laugh about how wrong it is.03/31/2015 - 11:35am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/why-a-tekken-7-character-is-being-called-a-phoney-1694724959 Why a Tekken 7 Character Is Being Called a Phoney03/31/2015 - 10:08am
Michael ChandraArgh. Anyway, I'm glad that move was made. Wonder if it counts, can he just declare it like that? 03/31/2015 - 9:27am
ZenConster - Good, it's a BS law that exists to just allow hate basically. Glad people are standing up to it. Sadly it should never have passed to begin with though.03/31/2015 - 8:39am
ZenNintendo Direct tomorrow it seems. Funny it will be on April 1st lol. http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/03/31/nintendo-direct-announced-for-tomorrow03/31/2015 - 8:38am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.destructoid.com/chris-charla-would-love-to-see-no-man-s-sky-on-xbox-one-289761.phtml Apparently Microsoft's famous "parity clause" doesn't apply if they thing your game will make them tons of money.03/31/2015 - 8:00am
ConsterBasically, he's claiming there's a state statute that allows him to invoke section 2 of SB101 and be exempt from it.03/31/2015 - 5:48am
Conster"..military service veteran status, and any breach of this policy shall continue to be considered a material breach of the relationship with the City."03/31/2015 - 5:09am
Conster"no vendor, contractor, grand recipient, or anyone receiving public funds or benefits of any kind shall discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, or United States..03/31/2015 - 5:08am
ConsterGen Con is in Indianapolis, right? Because its mayor signed an executive order that discrimination against LGBTQ (and other groups) is still not allowed: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/30/greg-ballard_n_6972928.html03/31/2015 - 5:07am
Andrew EisenTo the surprise of no one, that HD remake of the first level of Super Mario 64 has been DMCA'd. http://mario64-erik.u85.net/Web.html03/30/2015 - 10:54pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.destructoid.com/dark-souls-ii-scholar-of-the-first-sin-upgrade-and-pricing-systems-detailed-289743.phtml Dark Souls 2 pricing revealed, is only mildly confusing.03/30/2015 - 6:02pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/yugiohtas/status/582642955489431552 Roger Slifer sent to the graveyard.03/30/2015 - 3:49pm
james_fudgeEZK: it sounds like a carry-over bug from Demon's Souls.03/30/2015 - 1:29pm
Andrew EisenJust watched a clip of one of his correspondent appearances on The Daily Show. Seems like he'll be a good fit.03/30/2015 - 1:26pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/arts/television/trevor-noah-to-succeed-jon-stewart-on-the-daily-show.html The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.03/30/2015 - 1:17pm
 

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