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Super Meat Boy Forever gets a new release window and teaser trailer

Eurogamer - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 15:54

Team Meat has confirmed that Super Meat Boy Forever will release in April 2019.

Eurogamer played it at EGX 2017 and came away impressed, but since then we've not heard much about the hotly-anticipated sequel. As part of yesterday's Kinda Funny Games Showcase, however, Team Meat confirmed the sequel - which had originally been planned as a mobile title - would be coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the first half of next year.

However, unlike its predecessor, Super Meat Boy Forever will not be coming to Steam, but instead will debut on the Epic Games Store. A quick peek at the video comments suggests not all fans are pleased with the decision, though.

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Sega's Project Judge gets a new name and a Western release date

Eurogamer - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 15:16

Sega has confirmed that Project Judge, the next game from Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, is coming to Western territories in 2019 rebranded as 'Judgment'.

"Judgment (formerly Project Judge / Judge Eyes) is headed to the West in summer 2019!" says a tweet from the official Sega account. "Step into the mind of Takayuki Yagami and utilize investigation skills to uncover the secrets that lie deep within Kamurocho's corrupt underbelly when Judgment launches in summer 2019!"

While the teaser showcases an English voice cast - an unusual addition, as Yakuza games have traditionally only offered the original Japanese dialogue - a comment by Sega PR rep Jonathon Stebel in the twitter comments confirmed that the game will be available with dual audio and dual subtitles, and you'll also be able to "swap any time" between English and the original Japanese voice work. The subtitles will also swap over automatically depending on which audio track you're using.

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Linux.org's DNS Got Hijacked

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 14:34
Linux.org reports: Wednesday afternoon around 5pm EST someone was able to get into the registrar account for our domain and point DNS to another server -- as well as lock us out from changing it. They pointed the domain name to a pretty rude page for most of the evening until Cloudflare stepped in and blocked the domain for us. After a lot of back and forth with our registrar, we were able to get things back under our control. I'd like to point out that our server environment was not touched so there are no worries about your data. We've gone over security protocols and are tightening things up that may have slipped through in the past. Thanks for your support! Linux.org apparently pointed to a page exclaiming "G3T 0WNED L1NUX N3RDZ", which also included a NSFW picture, some abusive language, a shout-out to recently-deceased programmer Terry Davis, and a link to an article about Linus Torvalds' controversial apology for "his hostile behavior towards others in the community." Long-time Slashdot reader Grady Martin says he also saw the page pointing to "presumably doxed info" about the creator of Linux's code of conduct, a fact confirmed by a report in the Register. "As for how it was hacked, [Linux.org owner Mike] McLagan blames the public Whois displaying his partner's email address -- presumably the hacker worked their way into the Yahoo email account listed as the admin of the site and from there requested a password change in her Network Solutions account to gain access to the domain."

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DF Retro: why Resident Evil 2 on N64 is one of the most ambitious console ports of all time

Eurogamer - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 14:12

With game-makers and publishers building almost all of their games with multiple console platforms in mind, it's worth remembering that things used to be very, very different. Titles used to launch on bespoke arcade platforms before being ported to home consoles, and when hardware like the original PlayStation arrived, titles were specifically built around its strengths. Direct ports to other systems rarely worked owing to massive hardware differences, with some developers opting to create entirely new games instead. But when it came to the N64 port of Resident Evil 2, Angel Studios - now Rockstar San Diego - went for a different approach. It aimed to overcome the N64's most profound limitations, delivering an uncannily accurate port of the original PlayStation release.

On the face of it, an N64 conversion of Resident Evil 2 shouldn't be a problem. After all, at the nuts and bolts level, the action consists of fairly simple 3D characters and objects overlaid on a series of pre-rendered 2D backdrops. An invisible mesh creates the boundaries of the 3D space, ensuring that the characters sit correctly within the environments, while moving through the levels is achieved simply by flipping from one screen to the next once you hit the boundary - there's no scrolling here.

But what sounds simple in theory becomes massively more complex when you look at the implementation. Resident Evil 2 for PlayStation shipped on two CDs. It's true that there's commonality is some of the data between the two discs, but the bottom line is that just one CD offers Capcom the luxury of 700MB of storage. That's plenty for the game's 2D backgrounds, its 15 minutes of full-motion video plus its 200 minutes of sample-driven soundtrack - on top of other in-game audio, including character voices. The N64 version has to somehow contain all of this data within one 64MB cartridge - less than 10 per cent of the storage available on one of Resident Evil 2's CDs. Additionally, even if the storage situation could be resolved, N64 doesn't have any hardware-accelerated video decompression - something Capcom utilised extensively in the PlayStation game.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season's episode 3 release date confirmed

Eurogamer - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 13:35

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's company, Skybound Games, has confirmed that the next instalment of Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season will release on all platforms on 15th January, 2019.

Skybound picked up the rights to complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season after Telltale Games laid off the vast majority of its staff at the end of September. Despite assertions that it was retaining a skeleton team to keep some production going, they too were reportedly laid off just a few days later.

"We're extremely thankful to the team working on this game to make sure the season is finished with the quality the game and the fans deserve. We are #stillnotbitten," said Skybound's Johnny O'Dell via a blog update.

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Here's when we'll get to play Anthem's upcoming open and 'VIP' demos

Eurogamer - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 13:11

Electronic Arts has announced two upcoming demos for BioWare's ambitious sci-fi shooter, Anthem.

An open beta, available to all, will run on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One from 1st - 3rd February, 2019.

If you're keen to get in on the action a little earlier, though, a separate "VIP" demo will be available from 25th - 27th January, 2019, for pre-orderers, EA Access subscribers, and Origin Access subscribers. Alternatively, you can sign up for the Anthem newsletter for a chance to secure a VIP code, too. Early adopters will also get an "exclusive" VIP Demo item to "show you were one of the first to play".

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Gungrave VR is a blast from the past that makes for an abysmal virtual experience

Eurogamer - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 11:00

I've played a lot of bad VR games for Ian's VR Corner over the past year but Gungrave VR has to be up there with the worst of the worst. Put simply it's an absolute mess that fails to be immersive in any way.

The Zone of Enders 2 remaster proved that it's entirely possible for old-school gameplay to make the leap to VR but, as you'll see in this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner, some things are best left buried...

Gungrave VR follows on from events in Gungrave: Overdose, a third-person shooter and sequel to the original Gungrave that launched on PS2 in 2004. In terms of presentation and production though, it's like that 14 year gap between these games never existed at all - everything about the Gungrave VR feels archaic.

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Half of All Tech Workers Surveyed Think Their Workplace Is 'Unhealthy'

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 10:34
"Half of tech employees think their work culture is toxic," reports one Texas news site, citing a new survey by Blind: Blind, an anonymous work talk app, asked more than 12,000 tech staffers to respond to the statement: "I consider my current workplace a healthy working environment." Slightly more than half, 52 percent, said the survey statement was "false," versus nearly 48 percent who responded with "true." Intel was named the tech company with the least healthy work environment, by 48.5 percent of its employees, followed by Amazon at 46.5 percent, and eBay at 44.5 percent. Employees who consider their workplaces healthier work at LinkedIn, where 17.3 percent responded true, followed by Google, at 23.7 percent, and Uber, at 29.7 percent. It depends on how you define "unhealthy," of course -- but it'd be interesting to hear how Slashdot's readers respond to the same question. So leave your own thoughts and reactions in the comments. Is your work environment unhealthy?

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Apple Store Employees Aren't Allowed To Say 'Crash', 'Bug', or 'Problem'

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 06:34
Long-time Slashdot reader mspohr shares a Guardian article which argues that Apple Store employees "are underpaid, overhyped and characters in a well-managed fiction story" who "use emotional guile to sell products": When customers run into trouble with their products, geniuses are encouraged to sympathize, but only by apologizing that customers feel bad, lest they implicate Apple's products as the source of the trouble. In this gas-lit performance of a "problem free" brand philosophy, many words are actually verboten for staff. Do not use words like crash, hang, bug, or problem, employees are told. Instead say does not respond, stops responding, condition, issue, or situation. Avoid saying incompatible; instead use does not work with. Staff have reported the absurdist dialogues that can result, like when they are not allowed to tell customers that they cannot help even in the most hopeless cases, leading customers into circular conversations with employees able neither to help nor to refuse to do so.... [I]n a move so ridiculous it's almost certain to be a hit, the Genius Bar has been rebranded the "Genius Grove". Windows are opened to blur the distinction between inside and outside, and the stores are promoted as quasi-public spaces. "We actually don't call them stores any more," the new head of retail at Apple, former Burberry executive Angela Ahrendts (2017 salary: $24,216,072), recently told the press. "We call them town squares." The article argues that since there launch in 2001, Apple Stores "have raked in more money -- in total and per square foot -- than any other retailer on the planet, transforming Apple into the world's richest company in the process." But it also complains that Apple's wealth "flows from the privatization of publicly funded research, mixed with the ability to command the low-wage labor of our Chinese peers, sold by empathetic retailers forbidden from saying 'crash'."

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Can Democrats In Congress Restore America's Net Neutrality Rules?

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 04:34
"Democrats are expected to use their upcoming control of the House to push for strong net neutrality rules," reports NBC News: "The FCC's repeal sparked an unprecedented political backlash, and we've channeled that internet outrage into real political power," said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights-focused non-profit organization. "As we head into 2019, net neutrality supporters in the House of Representatives will be in a much stronger position to engage in FCC oversight...." Gigi Sohn, a former lawyer at the FCC who is now a fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology, Law and Policy, said she expects Democrats to use their new power to push for the restoration of strong net neutrality rules -- and for the topic to be on the lips of presidential hopefuls. "I have no doubt that bills to restore the 2015 rules will be introduced in both the Senate and the House relatively early on," Sohn said.... Jessica Rosenworcel, an FCC commissioner who has been a vocal supporter of net neutrality, noted that it has become a national issue -- and one that has broad approval from Americans. She pointed to a University of Maryland study that found 83 percent of people surveyed were against the FCC's move to undo the rules around net neutrality... Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation...said he is "extraordinarily confident" that proponents of net neutrality will win. "It really just boils down to how one side of the polling is in this space," Falcon said.

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Elon Musk: Tesla 'Would Be Interested' in Taking Over GM's Closed Factories

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 02:34
An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Elon Musk wants electric vehicles to be successful -- even if Tesla goes under trying. In an interview for CBS' "60 Minutes," the Tesla CEO and Silicon Valley billionaire was asked about competition from General Motors (GM), which announced last month it's laying off thousands of workers as the century-old company shifts focus to self-driving and electric vehicles. Musk appeared unconcerned. "If somebody comes and makes a better electric car than Tesla, and it's so much better than ours that we can't sell our cars and we go bankrupt, I still think that's a good thing for the world," Musk told Leslie Stahl during the interview.... "The whole point of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of electric vehicles and sustainable transport," he said. "We're trying to help the environment, we think it's the most serious problem that humanity faces...." In his 60 Minutes interview, Musk also floated the possibility that Tesla may expand its footprint in the United States. He said Tesla "would be interested" in taking over some of the factory space GM said it will abandon during its restructuring. The article also cites estimates from Navigant Research that Teslas now account for 20% of all fully-electric vehicles on the road today.

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US Senator Attacks Failure To Crack Down On Google's Ad Fraud Problems

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 01:36
Democrat Senator Mark Warner "says Google is profiting off advertising fraud and has no interest in addressing it," reports ZDNet -- and he's laying part of the blame on America's trade commissioners. Warner is just as mad about the FTC as he is about Google, claiming the FTC has failed to take action against the Mountain View-based company for more than two years since he and New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer first wrote the agency about Google's ad fraud problem. "The FTC's failure to act has had the effect of allowing Google to structure its own market," said Sen. Warner in a letter sent to the FTC... "While the company controls each link in the supply chain and therefore maintains the power to monitor activity in the digital advertising market from start to finish, it has continued to be caught flat-footed in identifying and addressing digital ad fraud." Sen. Warner also called out Google for proving unwilling to address misuse of its advertising platform for the "rampant proliferation of online disinformation" -- referring to how various foreign entities have used Google ads to push political agendas, both in the US and other countries of the world. "As long as Google stands to profit from the sale of additional advertisements, the financial incentive for it to voluntarily root out and address fraud remains minimal," Sen. Warner added.

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Massive Collaborative Text Adventure 'Cragne Manor' Released

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 01:04
Long-time Slashdot reader Feneric writes: Cragne Manor , a 20th anniversary tribute to the classic work of horror interactive fiction Anchorhead by Michael Gentry, is now available for free public download. It was written by a collaboration of over 80 authors and programmers organized by Ryan Veeder and Jenni Polodna. Each author worked on a room in isolation, not knowing the details of other authors' assignments. The result is a sprawling, puzzle-dense game that will at turns delight, confound, amuse, and horrify. More announcements are available here and here, and an early review is also online. "Each location is a different author's take on a tribute to Anchorhead," reports the official site, "or an original work of Lovecraftian cosmic horror, or a deconstruction of cosmic horror, or a gonzo parody of cosmic horror, or a parody of some other thing, or a portrait of life in Vermont, or a pure experiment in writing with Inform 7, or something else entirely. "There are tons of puzzles. The puzzles get very weird."

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Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer Sets New Record: 289M Views In 24 Hours

Slashdot - Sun, 09/12/2018 - 00:37
Marvel's last Avengers movie ended with a cliff-hanger -- leading hundreds of millions of fans to watch the trailer for the franchise's next film, Variety reports: The "Avengers: Endgame" trailer was viewed 289 million times in its first 24 hours, after it was released around 5 a.m. PT Friday, according to Marvel Studios. That blasted past the previous record of 230 million views, set a little over a year ago by the studio's "Avengers: Infinity War." Behind that was Disney's "The Lion King" teaser, which racked up 224.6 million views.... The trailer also set a record for Twitter conversation for a movie trailer in the first 24 hours -- with 549,000 mentions -- soaring past previous record holder "Avengers: Infinity War" (389,000) and "Black Panther" (349,000). Mashable also reports on some clever tie-in marketing for another Marvel-related film: Typing "AvengersEndgame.com" into your address bar will take you to the official Fox Movies web portal for Once Upon a Deadpool, the family-friendly Deadpool 2 re-cut that uses the same "reading stories to a sick kid in bed" framing device as The Princess Bride (right down to Fred Savage!). There's still some question as to whether or not this is an intentional marketing ploy, however. It's definitely something you could see coming out of the Deadpool playbook.

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YouTube's Top-Earner For 2018 Is a 7-Year-Old

Slashdot - Sat, 08/12/2018 - 23:39
In 2018 the most-downloaded iPhone app was YouTube, reports USA Today, while Amazon's best-selling item was their Fire TV Stick for streaming video. "Sense a trend? We love to stream video." If you're thinking of quitting your day job this year and looking to strike it big in the world of online video, maybe this will inspire you. The No. 1 earner on YouTube this year is.....7-year-old Ryan from Ryan Toys Review. For all those unboxing videos and playing with toys -- and his own new line of toys at Walmart -- he and his family will pull in a cool $22 million, according to Forbes. Ryan launched the channel in 2015 -- when he was four -- and now has 17.3 million followers. One viral video of the 7-year-old even racked up 1.6 billion views, though apparently Ryan actually has fewer subscribers than several of the game streamers among YouTube's top-ten earners.

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22-Year-Old Google Engineer Dies At His Work Terminal

Slashdot - Sat, 08/12/2018 - 22:40
"A Google software engineer has been found dead inside the company's Chelsea headquarters," reports the New York Post: A janitor found 22-year-old Scott Krulcik unconscious at his work terminal on the sixth floor of the building on Eighth Avenue near West 16th Street around 9 p.m. on Friday, police sources said. EMS workers tried to perform CPR but to no avail. Krulcik was pronounced dead at the scene. "Krulcik's Linkedin page says he began working at Google in August," reports long-time Slashdot reader McGruber, adding that "Police sources say that his body did not show any signs of trauma, nor did he have a history of medical conditions or substance abuse problems."

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Here's a good look at FuturLab's PSVR exclusive, Mini-Mech Mayhem

Eurogamer - Sat, 08/12/2018 - 22:00

Velocity developer FuturLab has shown off its next game, a PlayStation VR exclusive called Mini-Mech Mayhem, during the Kinda Funny Games showcase event.

The tabletop strategy game, which is due out during the first quarter of 2019, is designed for up to four players to battle online. You team up with your mech to defeat your opponents. Here's the official blurb:

"Boasting online multiplayer functionality for up to four players, Mini-Mech Mayhem has a highly accessible strategy component with deeper underlying mechanics and heart-warming humour at its core.

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Were Those Strange Waves Rippling Across Earth Caused By Magma Shfits?

Slashdot - Sat, 08/12/2018 - 21:34
"Strange waves rippled across earth and only one person spotted them," reported Forbes, noting that the seismologist then "quickly put out an alert to see if other systems detected the same unusual wave." "Seismographs picked up the waves as they traveled as far as New Zealand, Chile, Hawaii and Canada. In total, the waves were detected as far as 11,000 miles from their origin, ringing for 20 minutes or more minutes as they passed... As these waves rippled across the globe there were surprisingly no reports of anyone feeling the rumbling." The Weather Channel now reports that "There was no earthquake large enough to have started these low-frequency signals. Scientists believed a magma shift caused the rumblings," citing a recent interview with Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton. The Guardian reports: Hicks believes magma may suddenly have drained from a volcanic chamber about 10 miles under the seafloor near Mayotte, setting off the deep rumble that spread around the world. While strong enough to be picked up by sensitive seismometers, the vibrations would have been minuscule: far smaller than a millimetre. "It's something that you wouldn't perceive," he said. Pierre Briole, a geoscientist at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, has reached a similar conclusion. He believes that a third of a cubic mile of magma may have drained from a volcanic chamber under the seafloor, unleashing deep vibrations when its roof collapsed. Much of the seismic sleuthing played out on social media with professional and amateur scientists working together. "Overall, [it has been] a fascinating demonstration of open science on Twitter and engagement between scientists and citizen seismologists," said Hicks.

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Bitcoin Options Purchased for $1 Million Will Soon Be Worthless

Slashdot - Sat, 08/12/2018 - 21:04
"The biggest-ever bet on Bitcoin options is about to expire worthless," reports Bloomberg: Purchased for almost $1 million on LedgerX's trading platform just days after Bitcoin peaked a year ago, the call options have a strike price of $50,000 and an expiry date of Dec. 28, 2018. For the contracts to retain any value at expiry, Bitcoin would need to rally more than 1,400 percent. The options' almost certain wipeout is a less-than-ideal outcome for the buyer, but it may not be quite as bad as it seems. Ari Paul, a cryptocurrency fund manager at BlockTower Capital, has indicated that he bought the options while simultaneously selling some of his fund's Bitcoin holdings... He later tweeted that the trade -- selling some of his Bitcoin holdings while buying the call options -- was profitable.

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Conan Unconquered is a new strategy game from Petroglyph

Eurogamer - Sat, 08/12/2018 - 21:00

Funcom has announced a new Conan game.

Conan Unconquered is a strategy game developed by Petroglyph, the studio behind Star Wars: Empire at War, Grey Goo and the recently-announced Command & Conquer remasters. It's due out during the second quarter of 2019.

Conan Unconquered is described as a "high-pace" strategy game where you face wave after wave of enemies in increasing numbers and difficulties. To defend, you have to build a stronghold, putting up walls and other defenses. You can summon massive avatar units, too.

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