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Amazon joins the game dev world

Mod DB's News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:39am

Amazon Lumberyard is a new AAA Game Engine, You might recognize it in its previous form, Cry Engine.

Study Finds You Can Grow Brain Cells Through Exercise

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:18pm
phantomfive writes: Researchers have discovered that aerobic exercise may increase neurogenesis. Based on the results, rats that were put on a treadmill grew more brain cells than rats that didn't. Resistance training seemed to have no effect. This is significant, because the neuron reserve of the hippocampus can be increased, thus preconditions for learning for humans could be improved simply through aerobic exercise.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Universe Sandbox 2 To Introduce VR Support

Mod DB's News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:29pm

Gain a cosmic sense of presence as you explore the solar system in VR.

Operation Intimidation, Part 1

For months, Nehemiah led the project of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls in spite of constant opposition, both subtle and overt. As the walls neared completion (Nehemiah 6:1), threatening foes once again assailed this leader. But this time the attack was much more insidious than before—the enemy attempted to intimidate Nehemiah through several frightening plots. But because Nehemiah had developed God-given discernment, none of these plans succeeded . . . and the wall was completed.

French Gov't Gives Facebook 3 Months To Stop Tracking Non-User Browsers

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:23pm
Reader iamthecheese writes RT reports that France's National Commission of Information and Freedoms found Facebook tracking of non-user browsers to be illegal. Facebook has three months to stop doing it. The ruling points to violations of members and non-members privacy in violation of an earlier ruling. The guidance, published last October, invalidates safe harbor provisions. If Facebook fails to comply the French authority will appoint someone to decide upon a sanction. Related: A copy of the TPP leaked last year no longer requires signing countries to have a safe harbor provision.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Scientists Turn Paper Waste Into Aerogel

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:55pm
Kristine Lofgren writes: A team of scientists have successfully turned paper waste into aerogel. Aerogels are used in insulation, and they are usually made out of polymers and silica. But a research team at the National University of Singapore managed to make the highly sought-after product using recycled paper, which could have huge implications not only for the rate at which we are filling up our landfills, but also for the amount of chemicals that we are producing and releasing into the environment.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:01pm
SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We are more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. This is just the first step in a number of improvements we will outline in the coming weeks. SourceForge and Slashdot were acquired in late January by BIZX.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hearthstone Cheats and Tools Spiked With Malware

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:05pm
itwbennett writes: Cheating at the online card game Hearthstone (which is based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft) can get you banned from the game, but now it also puts you at risk of 'financial losses and system ruin,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. Symantec is warning Hearthstone players about add-on tools and cheat scripts that are spiked with malware. 'In one example, Hearth Buddy, a tool that allows bots to play the game instead of a human player (which is supposed to help with rank earnings and gold earning) compromises the entire system,' says Ragan. 'Another example, are the dust and gold hacking tools (Hearthstone Hack Tool), which install malware that targets Bitcoin wallets.'

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

PUNT: Rebirth Development as of 2/9/16

Mod DB's News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:13pm

A quick update regarding PUNT: Rebirth's development as of 2/9/16.

Month #34 dev. diary - big demo update, complete mod nearly ready!

Mod DB's News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:11pm

Hello stalkers! Here are the items in today's news: demo has had a big update, news about the complete mod, beta informations, new screenshots. Thanks for reading!

DOOM Retro v2.0.4 - The latest Doom source release packed with updates!

Indie Retro News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:09pm

We've just been informed through our twitter feed that ' Doom Retro ' , which is a minimalistic designed DOOM source port by Brad Harding, has now reached version 2.0.4. Unlike that very gory Brutal Doom, with it's destroyable bodies and disgusting physics, Doom Retro tries to stay as close as possible to the original game but improving it with a number of features and updates. See change log for details.

DOOM Retro v2.0.4, a minor point release, is now available. 
  • Using a FireOldBFG code pointer in a DeHackEd lump will no longer cause the game to freeze.
  • The following improvements have been made to HacX: Twitch ’n Kill support:
  • The correct status bar is now displayed.
  • The projectiles of the nuker are no longer translucent.
  • The smoke trails have been removed from the projectiles of the photon ’zooka.
  • The “B” in John Romero’s E1M8B.WAD is now displayed when the map starts, and in the automap.
  • Dead players can now trigger actions that allow them to exit a map.
  • The total number of monsters, and the percentage killed, are now displayed for each type of monster in the output of the playerstats CCMD.
  • The position of keys when using a custom status bar has been corrected.
  • CCMDs and CVARs now appear in the correct order when pressing the TAB key in the console to autocomplete.
  • The brightmap for the SW2METAL wall texture has been fixed.
  • SLIMExx flats will no animate as liquid in EPIC2.WAD.
  • A small icon is now shown next to each warning in the console.
  • The STARTUP5 string is now displayed correctly in the console when playing Freedoom.
  • The SDL2_mixer.dll file supplied with DOOM Retro is now compiled with libmad, fixing the tempo of some MP3 lumps. Consequently, smpeg2.dll is no longer required.
  • A bug has been fixed whereby using the map CCMD would cause the game to crash in some instances.
  • The selected episode or expansion in the menu is set as necessary when using the map CCMD.
Links : 1) Source 2) Download 3) Twitter

Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:57pm
martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Indie Retro News & RGDS Podcast Amiga DOS Special!

Indie Retro News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:28pm

I'm sure many of you will agree with me, but Aaron White is becoming a bit of a legend in the Amiga scene. He has done countless albums now going right back to 2014. From C64 remixes and 80's tracks, to Amiga PDs and even a more recent Sega Master System Hits Vol 1. But for me although these are mighty fine releases, I always like to challenge people to push their skills to the limit. So I said to him, " Can you convert PC MS-DOS tracks to the Amiga and if so, can you convert these? " Sure enough after some teasing over the weekend, here we have ' The Indie Retro News and RGDS Podcast Amiga DOS Special ' from Aaron White of RGDS Podcast. A small part 1 album, with remixed game soundtracks such as One Must Fall, Aladdin, Doom, Empire Civil War and The Lion King.

In all I'm highly impressed with what Aaron White has achieved, converting tunes such as these were no small task. But for those of you who want more, he is working on a volume 2 album!

Links : 1) Download 2) Aaron White 3) RGDS Podcast

The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:15pm
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – "a long time coming," according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, "paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case." The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond's key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. "As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University]," Wood said, "I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard." In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Jeep/Chrysler's New Gearshift Appears To Be Causing Accidents

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:33pm
bartle writes: The new gearshift design for the Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be causing rollaway accidents: 121 crashes and 30 injuries so far. The gear shifter is designed to look and feel similar to a traditional automatic gear shift lever but it is meant to cycle through the gears rather than move directly to a certain gear. A driver who is used to placing their vehicle in park by pressing the shifter all the way forward may instead be setting it to neutral before exiting the vehicle. The NHTSA is investigating.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Update - Environment, Music, Minigames & More!

Mod DB's News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:19pm

Our first development update of the new year! We have overhauled the forest environment based on professional feedback, started production of the orchestral music score, revamped the levelling system as well as begun production on the various minigames that will be present in Rite of Life.

Video DevLog #1 and the launch of our forums

Mod DB's News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:05pm

Our first in a bi-weekly series of video DevLogs. These DevLogs will hopefully give you a deeper insight into what UNION is and where it is going. This week we discuss some of UNION's history and demonstrate the Engineering Power Wheel.

FBI Gripes "We Can't Read Everyone's Secrets"

/. - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:52pm
New submitter rdukb writes: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigators still can't access the phone contents of one of the San Bernadino killers. He went on to argue that the phenomenon of communications "going dark" due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is "overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations, including, not only the San Bernadino murders, but also investigations into other murders, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. This might increase pressure on Apple to loosen the backdoor restrictions. Will the industry relent and allow Government access to data from these devices?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

G.R.I.T. Teaser Trailer 2

Mod DB's News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:47pm

Hi everyone! I've got a new game trailer for you all plus I talk about what I've been up to since the switch to UE4 Last year! Lots of new tech and significant improvements since the last update, no? Also, I finally have additional members on board to speed things up and make the game the best it can possibly be :)

Mongrel - February Update

Mod DB's News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:29pm

A look into what we've been working on the last couple of months.
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