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Steamships Ahoy - Pixel Piracy

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Ahoy mateys! A new Steam community announcement from Alex Poskey announces that Pixel Piracy is now available on Steam as an official release, having left early access earlier today, as promised (than...

F1 2014 & 2015 Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Codemasters announces the roadmap for their Formula One series of racing games, saying F1 2014 will come to Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 17th, and also revealing plans for a 2015...

Royal Quest Launches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
1C Company announces the release of Royal Quest on Steam, offering a fantasy-themed MMORPG from Katauri Interactive (Space Rangers and King's Bounty). They say the game's setting on the world of Aura...

Timesplitters: Rewind Still Ticking

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
It seems Timesplitters: Rewind will survive the Crytek shakeup, according to a report on One Angry Gamer. In light of news that Crytek U.K., the developer formerly known as Free Radical, is closed,...

Mastertronic Layoffs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
U.K.-based game publisher Mastertronic is cutting about 40% of their staff, reports Eurogamer.net. This is the second company to use the name, as the original Mastertronic was eventually folded into...

Maia Earns $1M

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Maia, the indie simulation available via Early Access on Steam is an indie success story, as Develop reports the game has now earned over a million dollars between Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Early...

Defiance Game Not Dependent on TV Series

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Following news of a new Defiance expansion coming next week, Polygon inquired what would happen to the MMORPG if the SyFy tie-in series was cancelled, learning that the game will soldier on even if...

On the Legality of "Code Stripping"

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
MCV is taking on the issue of "code stripping," with a few different articles about companies that buy boxed games in territories where they are sold cheaply and reselling them in markets where the...

Morning Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Source Filmmaker 0.9.8.7 Released. Team Fortress 2 update released. Watch_Dogs PC Patch (2014-07-29). Addresses stuttering.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Oort Online by Wonderstruck. Multiplayer sandbox voxel game from former Lionhead and EA veterans running their own fundraiser, offering instant access for participants. Here's a tech demo video.

Op Ed

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
St. Albert Gazette - Video game documentary as vacuous as games themselves. We are led down a rabbit hole of mendacity about how video games are good, how they have a unique and fundamental role in...

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Cosplay Documentarian Sneaky Zebra Shows Off Comic Con 2014. SDCC: Adrianne Curry Beats Up Cosplay Harasser at Comic Con.

Morning Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on myGamer. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris on Strategy Informer. The Legend Of Korra on myGamer. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham on Skewed & Reviewed. Secret Ponchos...

Morning Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Thanks nin. PlayStation 4 sales help Sony post quarterly profit. Sony Financials Reveal PlayStations Outsold Xboxes 3-1 in Q1 2014. Luke Smith, one of the lead designers on Destiny, about not...

Morning Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:27pm
Samsung sees profits slip in Q2 as demand for smartphones stagnates. Kim Kardashian Game Maker Glu Drops After Gross Margin Forecast. If they can't make money on GameSpy… Staff Picks:...

Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:12pm
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton created a revolution with TiVo, a device that challenged the notion that we had to watch TV shows when they aired. And they hoped to do it again with Qplay, a device that challenged the notion that short-form videos had to be consumed one at a time, like snacks instead of meals. Qplay streamed curated queues of short-form Internet video to your TV using a small, simple box controlled by an iPad app. So what went wrong? Unlike TiVo, the Qplay box was difficult to justify owning, and thevalue of the service itself is questionable. And as of last week, Qplay is closed."

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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:32pm
dcblogs (1096431) writes Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS. Instead of pushing its users off the system, it has licensed OpenVMS to a new firm that plans to develop ports to the latest Itanium chips and is promising eventual support for x86 processors. Last year, HP put OpenVMS on the path to extinction. It said it would not validate the operating system to its latest hardware or produce new versions of it. The move to license the OpenVMS source code to a new entity, VMS Software Inc. (VSI), amounts to a reversal of that earlier decision. VSI plans to validate the operating system on Intel's Itanium eight-core Poulson chips by early 2015, as well as support for HP hardware running the upcoming 'Kittson' chip. It will also develop an x86 port, although it isn't specifying a timeframe. And it plans to develop new versions of OpenVMS.

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Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:49pm
You remember Peter Hoddie, right? He was one of the original QuickTime developers at Apple. He left in 2002 to help found a startup called Kinoma, which started life developing multimedia players and browsers for mobile devices. Kinoma was acquired in 2011 by Marvell Semiconductor, whose management kept it as a separate entity. The latest creation from Peter and his crew is the 'Kinoma Create,' AKA the 'JavaScript-Powered Internet of Things Construction Kit.' With it, they say, you can 'quickly and easily create personal projects, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things prototypes.' EE Times mentioned it in March, and they're not the only ones to notice this product. Quite a few developers and companies are jumping on the 'Internet of Things' bandwagon, so there may be a decent -- and growing -- market for something like this. (Alternate Video Link)

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