Tod den Smartbombern
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 5:58 pm
Mit der Noob-Fleet gegen Smartbomb Battleships. Einige von Euch werden es kennen. Man muss ‚mal eben‘ in den HighSec. Schnell greift man sich den nächsten Travel Interceptor und macht sich auf den Weg vom sicheren 0.0 durch den

Microsoft's AI future is rooted in its gaming past
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 5:00 pm

The Kinect will never die.

Microsoft debuted its motion-sensing camera on June 1st, 2009, showing off a handful of gimmicky applications for the Xbox 360; it promised easy, controller-free gaming for the whole family. Back then, Kinect was called Project Natal, and Microsoft envisioned a future where its blocky camera would expand the gaming landscape, bringing everyday communication and entertainment applications to the Xbox 360, such as video calling, shopping and binge-watching.

This was the first indication that Microsoft's plans for Kinect stretched far beyond the video game industry. With Kinect, Microsoft popularized the idea of yelling at our appliances -- or, as it's known today, the IoT market. Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana (especially that last one) are all derivative of the core Kinect promise that when you talk to your house, it should respond.

The Never Ending Story of New Eden
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 2:15 pm
I started off yesterday’s post about EVE Online’s fifteenth anniversary with a few points in the back of my brain that I wanted to cover.  I got through a few of them before I went sort of “onion on my belt” about things back

PUBG’s third map will open for all players to test this weekend
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 3:24 pm

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been teasing its upcoming third map for a month now, and this weekend, players on all platforms will be able to test it out -- no invite required. The newly-named Sanhok (formed from the Thai word for 'fun' and the Tagalog word for 'chicken') features ruins and jungle inspired by areas in Southeast Asia. And like the game's unpopular second map Savage, this one is a much smaller 4km x 4km -- just a quarter of the size of PUBG's original arena Miramar.

Source: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds blog

'Fortnite' is bringing Thanos to its cartoony battle royale
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 12:41 pm

If you thought Avengers: Infinity War was the ultimate pop-culture mashup, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has another cameo up its sleeve. Franchise villain Thanos will make a limited appearance in Fortnite: Battle Royale starting May 8th, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

'League of Legends' finals head to Oakland's Oracle Arena
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 1:00 pm

The North American League of Legends Championship Series has a home for its summer finals... and you'll definitely recognize it. Riot Games has announced that the Summer Split finalists will play on September 8th and 9th at Oakland's Oracle Arena -- you know, the home of the Golden State Warriors. This isn't completely surprising when the Warriors are an affiliate of the league's Golden Guardians team, but it's still rare for regional eSports competitions to get such a prominent venue.

Source: League of Legends

Jeff Freezos: a diary of Frostpunk doom, day 1
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 12:00 pm
The fate of humanity, or at least a slim and freezing remainder of it, rests upon the bewildered shoulders of someone who can’t even keep a basil plant alive for more than 24 hours. Frostpunk does not forgive. Frostpunk does not have mercy. Frostpunk will kill everyone. Unless I can stop it.

Niantic details this year's 'Pokémon Go' events
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 9:00 am

Last year, Niantic hosted a day-long Pokémon Go festival in Chicago with 20,000 diehard fans of the smash hit mobile game. Unfortunately, it was a disaster, with both the local data networks, and the game's servers, unable to cope with that many players at once. It recovered from that initially bumpy (and expensive) start to host events in Japan, Korea and Europe, and now it's hoping to maintain that streak this year.

Source: Pokémon Go Live

NVIDIA kills its 'anticompetitive' GeForce Partner Program
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 9:41 am

NVIDIA has canceled the GeForce Partner Program (GPP) just two months after announcing it. The GPP began with little fanfare in early March, but it quickly became clear (thanks to work by HardOCP's Kyle Bennett) that it was more than a simple branding initiative. Bennett showed that GPP was encouraging manufacturers to solely produce PCs and laptops with NVIDIA GPUs inside. Manufacturers could still opt for AMD cards, but they would have to be sold through a different brand. Should a manufacturer not play ball, NVIDIA would at best not include it in marketing efforts, and at worst actively hold back inventory to exclude it from upcoming GPU launches.

Via: Anandtech

Source: NVIDIA

The Morning After: Elon Musk's candy dreams
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 6:30 am

It's a busy week coming up. Microsoft's Build conference kicks off today, then, with no time for a break, it's Google I/O. What to expect from Microsoft? This. What does Google have planned? Something like this. Oh, and then there's all the things from the weekend.

The Battle of the Five Fleets
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2018, 6:13 am
Yes, you can bring your Drake!

Plunkbat servers crash in first 24 hours of 50 player deathmatch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 2:06 pm
Bluehole ran into a serious issue this week, as their servers crashed 24 hours into the return of their 50 player deathmatch mode. War Plunkbat was the temporary return of the team deathmatch from last month, which breaks from PUBG’s traditional ‘once you’re gone you’re gone’ structure and allows you to respawn. There are ten […]

Radical Heights adds J.A.N.U.S. enemy locator in new update
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 2:56 pm
Radical Heights is the 80s retro battle royale blastathon that’s the newest kid on the battle block. Whether you like shooting up arcades or shooting up other, different arcades, Radical Heights has you covered; all wrapped up in a sense of gnarly attitude not seen since Sunset Overdrive. That’s right, I invoked Sunset Overdrive in […]

Fifteen Years of New Eden
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 3:15 pm
EVE Online is fifteen years old today.  It launched on May 6, 2003. It feels kind of strange, thinking about that. I thought of myself at the time as having arrived late to the party when I first logged in back in 2006.  MMOs were still kind of

Hand-pencilled horror tittle Mundaun to release fall 2018
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 12:06 pm
Mundaun is a new horror indie set in the Alps that, as you can tell from the terrifying header image, has a very specific look. This hand-pencilled spookfest encourages players to explore large open levels where you must interact with the inhabitants of the mountain (who speak their own bizarre language) and free them from […]

Republic Commando is on sale and better than you remember
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 12:26 pm
I’m not sure how rare this experience is, but I played A LOT of Star Wars games as a kid without having seen the Star Wars movies. They not only laid the groundwork of my later-fandom, but they also told these side stories that were (occasionally) so well done that I wound up underwhelmed by […]

Stop a 70s serial killer in Dead Secret Circle
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 1:23 pm
This week, Robot Invader released the sequel to Dead Secret, which was one of the first VR horror-mystery titles I ever got to experience. I enjoyed that game’s puzzles and general otherworldy vibe — not to mention its Kansas based setting. (That’s where I’m from. There’s a lot of murders there. It felt good to […]

'Eve Online' turns 15 today, and its history is epic
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 12:00 pm

Today is the 15th anniversary of the legendarily fascinating virtual world EVE Online, a massively multiplayer spaceship game that has become famous for the incredible stories that sometimes emerge from the community about heists and wars between thousands of players.

EVE is so interesting that it even has its own historian, Andrew Groen, a video game writer formerly of Wired who studies the politics and sociology at work in EVE's virtual community over its 15-year history.

Groen raised $95,729 from a Kickstarter campaign to independently publish his first book, Empires of EVE: A History of the Great Wars of EVE Online, which has now sold 17,000 copies worldwide and is in its third printing. He's currently Kickstarting a sequel which has already brought in more than $115,000 in support and concludes this week.

Empires of EVE is half Star Wars, half Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It is a true and fact-checked account of what happened inside EVE Online from the years 2003-2009 as player factions began to accumulate power and eventually wage a years-long war between more than 50,000 real players. It's a space opera that takes place on our own internet, and all the characters are 2003 internet users attempting to build their own digital fiefdom.

The excerpt that follows is chapter four of Empires of EVE, and takes place near the beginning of the story.

We've come a long way
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 11:24 am
That is the very first Stay Frosty recruitment/propaganda piece published back in May 2013 here on this blog, just a few days after we formed. At that point we had 15 members.It is difficult to know exactly how many members have come thru our doors since

May 6th, YC120 "Melting the Ice"
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 11:38 am
#Anomalous User Behavior Detected##Observation Sub-Routines Initializing##Recording Initiated##Sir, something seems to be bothering you, may I assist?#"Hm... Volcano..."#Sir? Geological forecasting for Poitot II hasn't shown any abnormal volcanic activity

The Sunday Papers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2018, 6:00 am
Sundays are (sometimes) for relishing the very un-Sunday-ish feeling of having a whole extra day off work ahead of you, and regretting not ordering God of War early enough for it to arrive in time. Jennifer Allen’s article on Eurogamer about establishing rules for a gaming friendship is great, and I’d love to know how […]

Humble Monthly’s early unlock game is Destiny 2
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 6:40 pm
Hey fellow Space Wizards. Are you one of those folks still yet to acquire Destiny 2? Well, Humble Bundle has you covered. If you’re a part of Humble’s monthly subscription service, which is $12/£9 recurring, you get 7-9 games every month, plus a big promotional thing every once in a while. This month, being a […]

Get rewarded for the Plunkbat weapon balance survey
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 5:08 pm
The folks at PUBG are making one of the most significant adjustments to how the game is played, via the Weapons Balance Update (Patch 12), which is re-balancing everything from damage to scope reticle to movement speeds while certain weapons are equipped. It’s such an intricate and deep re-alignment of the entire game that Plunkbat […]

The Good Life from Swery has a story trailer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 2:03 pm
Swery65 once got in some trouble for trying to take us to Rainy Woods, back when it was the title of Deadly Premonition and back when it was a little too legally infringey upon Twin Peaks. We’re going back to Rainy Woods, albeit in a much different form, as Swery welcomes us to The Good […]

Recommended Reading: The 'Stories' invasion won't relent anytime soon
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 12:00 pm

Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone
Ian Bogost,
The Atlantic

Snapchat may have created the monster, but in nearly every social (and some not-so-social) app you fire up, you'll be greeted with a feed of Stories. In fact, Facebook says the format is on pace to be more popular than a primary feed as the preferred way to share updates. The Atlantic explains how the ephemeral format took over your phone and why it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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