The Sunday Papers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 6:00 am
Sundays are for doing something nice for your mother, if you can. Let’s hope they like curated collections of the week’s best videogame writing. Robert Yang has written before about the need to claim VR for interesting, experimental voices and to shield it from the garbage parts of mainstream gamer culture. Here’s his manifesto on […]


Data Analysis
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2017, 8:14 am
It's a love / hate relationship. In the good'ol days I was pretty good at computer stuff. This recent plotting of nodes (see last post) has triggered a bit of a resurgence of interest.My first thought was to download Java and LibreOffice. Took FOREVER to


Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 11:02 pm

You might want to think twice about running a non-stop livestream just because you can -- at least in Germany, regulators will want to have a word with you. They've told the 24-hour let's play channel PietSmietTV that it has to apply for a broadcasting license by April 30th if it wants to keep running. While it's operating through Twitch and YouTube instead of TV or radio, it technically meets all the legal definitions of a broadcaster: it's a "linear information and communication service" aimed at the public, with an editorial focus and not meant for personal purposes. Channel founder Peter Smits is respecting the decision, so there isn't going to be a fight.

Via: Heise (translated)

Source: WBS (translated)




WRUP: Say it once edition
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 10:00 am
Most of the time, if you have something to say, you should say it once. That's enough. Just once, then move on. Make your point, make your argument, then move on with your life. If you think that a television show is really bad, say it once. Then don't watch it. Stop talking about it. Move on with your life. [...]


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RIFT acknowledges expansion issues, talks about new zone and challenge servers
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 11:00 am
If you felt let down by the execution of RIFT: Starfall Prophecy, you're not alone. In this week's producer's letter, Trion Worlds admits that the expansion had "shortcomings" that need addressing. To wit, the studio said that it is "pouring heart and soul into improvements" to shore up the content as it moves forward. Speaking of moving forward, there's certainly [...]


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The Stream Team: Adventuring in ARK's redwoods
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 11:55 am
After many weeks of raiding and raid prepping, Massively OP's MJ is eager to just relax and explore the ARK once again -- relax being a relative term, of course. Since many new dinos have been introduced, she can't wait to find a few to tame. Today, she's going into the redwoods in search of those high-flying cats that like [...]


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Camelot Unchained attacks its own test server with an army of bots
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 2:00 pm
While it's always important to get players on to test servers for that human element, what if you need a huge army of characters on demand that never give up? That's when you take Camelot Unchained's approach by unleashing an army of bots on its test server to stress it out as much as possible. "Right now, we have bots [...]


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The Stream Team: Celebrating three years of SMITE (with presents!)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 3:55 pm
SMITE turned three years old today, and in that time it has offered players a multitude of new gods to play (many of which Massively OP's MJ has really enjoyed showing off!). Now you can get presents for celebrating its birthday with us; MJ has a multitude of gods and skins to give away as well as one special gift [...]


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Cloud Pirates opens up a new deathmatch map
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 5:00 pm
We're going to assume that if you're already sailing in some sort of magical airship and engaging in aerial combat with disgruntled associates, then you probably have no issue with exploring a region created by an ancient and insane alien race. It comes with the territory. This past week, Cloud Pirates launched its Death or Glory update, at the center [...]


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Albion Online's new gathering gear helps you get the goods
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 6:00 pm
25Have you ever wondered how strange it was that your fantasy MMO character ends up doing grunt work like farming, mining, or baking apple pecan pies with delicate flaky crusts in your battle armor? That won't be the case in Albion Online, just in case you were wondering. With the new Galahad update, gatherers now have their own specialty outfits [...]


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This week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen capped off a week of DirectX revelations and mega map explanations with a round of celebrations -- for its fifth year of subscriptions. Folks who join the game's dev subber program pick up a magazine, discounts, and extra test access; sub before April 17th while the promo is live, you get vending machine flair for your [...]


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Refineries and me or new goo
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 5:57 pm
Moon Goo. For 10 years I have played around the edges of moon goo by using small POS sites to extract materials for sale on the market. Finding a moon that is cost effective isn’t easy. Finding a moon that is cost effective and


Gabe Newell to write, direct and star in Half-Life movie
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 5:00 pm
The founder of Valve, Gabe Newell, will write the script for a Half-Life movie adaptation, as well as being named the director, it was revealed today. However, he is also slotted to act the part of the hero of the classic 1998 shooter, physicist Gordon Freeman. This was all said in a public announcement that […]


Everything else that’s wrong with Mass Effect Andromeda
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 8:00 am
I’ve written two lengthy articles detailing why Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] is, to my complete surprise, a poor game. But I’ve not got it out of my system. There are so many things that have driven me cuckoo-crazy over the last intensive week of playing the game. Things that felt either too wordy to […]


Why I bought a Nintendo Switch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 8:30 am
I missed a supporter post this past week, so here’s one to make up for it. Apologies! I am normally late to every console party: I bought an Xbox 360 four or five years after it was first released, a PS2 ten years after its launch, and those are just the consoles I bothered with […]


Tokyo 42 infiltrates the RPS Cave of Wonders at Rezzed
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 2:00 pm
This week we’ll be taking a closer look at what’s going to be in the RPS Cave of Wonders at Rezzed! Today our futurescope has trained its beady eye on Tokyo 42! … [visit site to read more]


Justice League trailer: the superheroes finally unite, and here's the best bits
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 11:38 am
Warner Bros. has finally released a new trailer for Justice League, and it’s packed with ...


One Week Until Fanfest
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 9:46 am
Not this yearA week from today Liz and I will be jetting across the night sky towards the land of fire and ice once more to attend Eve Fanfest, see all our friends, and visit a country we fell in love with back in 2015. So much has happened since our last


KASSIGAINEN - Reports have reached the Scope News desk in the last half hour regarding the destruction of a flotilla of vessels owned by the Quafe Company, which were apparently traversing the Caldari-Gallente border on a routine supply run.

The Federation Navy and Senate have condemned the actions of Caldari Customs forces, who appear to have engaged the unarmed convoy for violating the border closure mandate that has remained in force since Wednesday.

Representatives from Ishukone and Wiyrkomi have condemned the assault by the State Armed Forces, which destroyed seven unarmed Obelisk class freighters belonging to the Quafe Company, in an engagement that left no survivors.

The Quafe Company has released a statement in the last few moments, "strongly condemning this barbaric and heinous attack" and confirming the flight manifest for all seven vessels. The release of this information revealed that the vessels were crewed by a total of 4,691 Quafe employees, who also maintain status as corporate citizens of the Caldari State, and were fully loaded with empty Quafe classic bottles for a return trip to the Federation. 

The flight manifest also shows the route that the vessels were taking from a Quafe Company warehouse in Annaro, to the Quafe Company bottling plant in orbit of Lirsautton VII, which confirms initial reports that the vessels were leaving, rather than entering Caldari territory.

In a statement delivered by Halertan Blan, Quafe's Regional Logistics Director for Everyshore, the company elaborated that "the attack on our unarmed supply vessels was entirely unwarranted and lies in firm breach of both Caldari and interstellar law. The mandate issued by the Chief Executlve Panel prevents vessels registered in the Federation from crossing the border into the state, not vice versa. The attack was an illegal, senseless and unnecessary show of force by the Caldari authorities."

The Quafe Company has confirmed that it has lodged a formal complaint with the Directive Enforcement Department and intends to file criminal charges with the Caldari Business Tribunal against Caldari Customs, with a view to "recovering cost for destruction of assets, along with substantial and adequate compensation for the families of those lost."

The Caldari authorities have remained silent since news broke of the convoy's destruction.




Fratzengeballer
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 7:39 am
Noob-Fleet PVP vs. Das Fornax Protektorat – 0:3, aber mit jeder menge Spaß Gestern war es endlich soweit. Die erste abgesprochene Begegnung der Noob-Fleet mit einer Nullsec-Allianz stand auf dem Programm. Pünktlich um 19 Uhr begann ich


The Daily Grind: What long-term MMO tech issues still annoy you?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 8:00 am
The other day in Massively OP office chat, Eliot and I were reminiscing about World of Warcraft's launch period and in particular a bug that would lock your character down into a looting pose for minutes on end, even as you scooted around the world. It was a particularly annoying issue that persisted for a long time before the game [...]


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Digital downloads killed 150 GameStop stores
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 6:34 am

It's game over for at least 150 GameStop stores. The retailer has announced that it's shutting down 2 to 3 percent of 7,500 shops across the globe after sales and earning plummeted last year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company was affected by the shift to digital downloads. More and more people now prefer installing their games straight from their console's online store instead of buying physical copies, that GameStop's sales dropped 14 percent in 2016. It did especially bad this past holiday season when its sales dipped 19 percent. As a result, its fourth-quarter profits fell 16 percent and its shares went down by about 12 percent, as well.

Source: The Wall Street Journal




The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 8:00 am

Letter from the Editor

There's something about the internet that turns grown-ass adults into sniveling, name-calling adolescents. We make dick jokes, start flame wars and lol so hard when others fail. In my six years at Engadget, I've learned the hard way why they say "Never read the comments." I've been called a "lady guy," a "perverted piece of shit" and a "pathetic and icky chronic wanker" by commenters with screen names that are about as original as a JanSport backpack on the first day of school.




What are we all playing this weekend?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 6:00 am
Ah, the first weekend of spring! March is almost over with too. Unless the proverb is lying, the weekend should be more lamb than lion. A wooly little lion, perhaps? Or a lamb with flesh-tearing teeth and skin-shredding claws. I think I’ll avoid the lambion, just to be safe. What are you playing this weekend? […]


Eve NT Championship Season 2 Majors
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2017, 5:51 am
The EVE_NT Major’s League will be spinning up tomorrow evening, throwing teams together … [visit site to read more]


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