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Quake developer says modders should be compensated for their efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 52 mins ago

John Romero, Doom and Quake game designer at id Software in the 1990s, believes modders should be allowed to receive payment for their efforts. The recent discussion has come back to life following news that Valve included, and then removed Steam paid mods - gamers seem more inclined to be able to donate to modders, but don't want to be forced to pay.

 

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"I've always believed that mod makers should be able to make money from their creations," said Romero, when speaking to GamesIndustry International. Remember, Quake was the stepping stone for the Team Fortress mod, which eventually led to the Team Fortress 2 sequel.

 

Romero's team came up with an idea that was later abandoned leading up to the original Quake launch: "In 1995, while we were making Quake, we had the idea to start a company called id Net. This company would be the portal that players would connect to and play other mod maker's creations. It was to be a curated site, levels and mods chosen by us at id, and if we put your content on our network we would pay you an amount equal to the traffic that your content drove to the site."

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Mushkin teams up with Ubisoft to expand REACTOR SSD lineup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 hour, 52 mins ago

Mushkin has expanded its REACTOR series of solid-state drives, pushing storage capacities to include 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. Gamers and PC enthusiasts will be able to purchase the new drives starting on Monday, May 11.

 

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The Mushkin REACTOR SSDs have data transfer speeds of 560MB/s read and 460MB/s write, with random 4K performance up to 74K/76K read/write IOPS, according to Mushkin.

 

"To celebrate the expansion of our very popular REACTOR SSD starting May 1, 2015, gaming fans can enter our Ghost Recon Phantoms Sweepstakes for a chance to win a custom built Mushkin Extreme Gaming PC and much more," said Nicolas Villalobos, director of global market at Mushkin. The contest also includes products from EVGA, BitFenix, Razer, DXRacer, and SiliconMotion - click here to enter.

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NASA tests shape-changing wing to help cut down on fuel costs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 35 mins ago

NASA is working with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys to test a new morphing wing technology that uses a seamless flexible edge. The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) provides major improvements when compared to conventional flaps that are used on aircraft today.

 

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"Armstrong's work with ACTE is a great example of how NASA works with our government and industry partners to develop innovative technologies that make big leaps in efficiency and environmental performance," said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directatorate. "This is consistent with the agency's goal to support the nation's leadership in the aviation sector."

 

The NASA Langley Research Center will now study flight tests to help create designs used for large transport aircraft.

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Woz: Humans made machines 'too important,' at our own peril

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 57 mins ago

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is concerned about the future of humans and artificial trying to co-exist, believing the future could be "very bad for people." During a recent speech in Massachusetts, Wozniak spoke about how computers might not be the best thing for humans - even though he helped start one of the biggest computer companies in the world.

 

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"The machines won 200 years ago," Wozniak said during a speech at the MassMutual Center last week. "We made them too important. That makes us the family pet." Wozniak has expressed concern that humans could one day lose control of artificial intelligence, which would pose a major threat to mankind.

 

Woz also spoke out about the reliance on computers to help try to educate students, though that can't be effective if class sizes are too big. "A lot of our schools slow students down. We put computers in schools and the kids don't come out thinking any better."

Nintendo issues apology regarding shortage of Amiibo products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 59 mins ago

Nintendo has publicly apologized for its continued struggle to keep Amiibos, little plastic figurines based on popular Nintendo characters, in adequate supply for gamers. For gamers trying to find their favorite Amiibo, some will admittedly be easier to find than others in the foreseeable future.

 

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"We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening," Nintendo said in a press statement. "As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock Amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details."

 

The gaming company wasn't as proactive as needed when updating gaming fans, and said it will work to resolve those problems. A chaotic labor dispute also led to major delays along west coast shipping ports, which also added to supply problems for Nintendo.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin helping push the limits of space tourism

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 hours, 12 mins ago

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, a space venture company, successfully test launched its New Shepard spacecraft last week. The New Shepard reached 307,000 feet, powered by a 110,000-lbf thrust liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen BE-3 engine. The boundary between Earth and space is 62-miles above the Earth's surface, so the New Shepard maximum altitude of 58 miles was close to the limit.

 

 

"Any astronauts on board would have had a very nice journey into space and a smooth return," Bezos said in a blog post. "In fact, if New Shepherd had been a traditional expendable vehicle, this would have been a flawless first test flight."

 

The space capsule demonstration was successful, but the reusable rocket booster was unfortunately not recovered. Bezos said his company is working on an improved hydraulic system, and hopefully the next launch will not lose pressure during its descent.

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May the Fourth Be with you with the Star Wars Gamer Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 6 hours, 57 mins ago

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Celebrate Star Wars Day 2015 in true Jedi fashion with an exhilarating 'May the Fourth Be With You' gamer bundle. The four-game pack is just $12.50 at TweakTown Deals and includes:

 

- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, an adventure-packed walk on the dark side.

- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a top-rated role-playing experience.

- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, an intense first- and third-person game that allows you to create and train your own Jedi.

- Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, the critic favorite that puts the fate of the galaxy in your hands.

 

Valued at $50, you can get all four games for $12.50 at TweakTown Deals. May the fourth be with you!

The race is on for the No. 3 mobile OS position behind Android, iOS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 12 hours, 32 mins ago

Google Android and Apple iOS control the majority of the mobile operating system market, but there is an intensifying fight for the No. 3 position. Consumers and businesses are expected to embrace wearables, connected vehicles, smart products, and the Internet of Things (IoT) on a larger scale in the next 10 years.

 

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"For both new and incumbent OS vendors, capturing the next wave of users will require support of new device types, a strong focus on developing markets, and support for universal development processes," said Eric Abbruzzese, research analyst at ABI Research. There will be a number of new consumer products hitting the market, so it's up to software developers to create appealing software environments that are easy-to-use and extremely flexible.

 

Companies must work on creating an OS that is appealing in developing markets, paying close attention to Southeast Asia, India and China - and can heavily modify Android to their own needs, but must be prepared to invest a large amount of capital to make the effort successful.

Valve taking requests from developers to ban disruptive gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 52 mins ago

Valve has worked diligently to improve VAC so it's able to identify and remove cheaters, but trying to get rid of annoying and disruptive players is extremely difficult. However, Valve has given game studios the ability to identify and permanently ban players, including those found to be cheating.

 

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"Playing games should be fun. In order to ensure the best possible online multiplayer experience, Valve allows developers to implement their own systems that detect and permanently ban any disruptive players, such as those using cheats," according to the Steam website.

 

Game developers must still inform Valve when they spot a disruptive player, but the developer is "solely responsible for the decision" - with Valve enforcing a game ban as needed. Banned players will have to speak directly with the developer if any problems arise, and Valve can remove a developer's ability to enforce their own systems.

Microsoft announces Sydney, Australia for its new flagship store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 14 hours, 37 mins ago

Microsoft is continuing its retail takeover with Microsoft Stores throughout the United States, but the Redmond-based OS giant has just announced that its 'first Microsoft flagship store outside of North America' will be at Westfield Sydney, in Australia.

 

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Rumors were circling that it would be built in the UK, but Microsoft has decided to take the retail experience Down Under. The company hasn't said when the store is opening, teasing that they "can't reveal too much now" but if you want to keep up with the new Microsoft Store that's headed to Sydney, you can follow Microsoft on Facebook.

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