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Some Inspired Designs in the Dune RTS Series – Wayward Strategist
Dune 2 is considered one of the founding games of the real-time strategy genre, and as such it is often given place of pride by veteran RTS players (especially those who prefer Westwood’s style of game design). via Pocket
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23 hours ago
“O Brasil está experimentando uma das maiores desindustrializações da história da economia” | Economia | EL PAÍS Brasil
Você se considera de esquerda? Mesmo acostumado a dar entrevistas, essa pergunta ainda faz gaguejar Ha-Joon Chang, professor de economia da Universidade de Cambridge, na Inglaterra, que se tornou conhecido por expor os problemas do capitalismo. “Bem... via Pocket
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2 days ago
The Making of Lemmings – Read-Only Memory
If a young electronics engineer named David Jones hadn’t lost his job at the Timex plant in Dundee in 1988, videogame history would have been different. via Pocket
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2 days ago
The minds behind Firewatch and Uncharted discuss cancelled games and the indie vs. AAA debate - Polygon
Sometimes video game developers make games. And sometimes they don’t. In 2017, Campo Santo, the studio that made Firewatch, announced that it was working on a new game, In the Valley of Gods. via Pocket
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3 days ago
First class functions in Swift — Swift by Sundell
Languages that support first class functions enable you to use functions and methods just like any other object or value. You can pass them as arguments, save them in properties or return them from another function. In order words, the language treats functions as "first class citizens". via Pocket
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4 days ago
Do you have to manually unregister block-based NotificationCenter observers? – Ole Begemann
In iOS 11, is it still necessary to unregister block-based notification center observers? Apple docs are ambiguous: docs for addObserver(forName:object:queue:using:) say yes; removeObserver(_:) docs say it’s no longer necessary for iOS 9+. So let’s test what happens. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Apple’s Indirect Prescence Fades from CES – Tech.pinions
I want to make an observation, which I feel is an important one. However, I don’t want it to be taken the wrong way. For the record, Apple is not doomed. What should be noted, is how fast the Amazon ecosystem is growing. via Pocket
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5 days ago
How Scary Can An Old-School Programmer Could Be? – Kaspersky Lab official blog
Recently Eugene Kaspersky wrote in his blog a post about the so called Big Comeback of old-school virus writers. I am old enough to remember those guys and their brilliant work – I don’t necessarily mean malware creators, I’m talking about programmers, coders and assembler masters. via Pocket
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5 days ago
Gamasutra - Amid a rising tide of games, devs reflect on state of the Switch market
Knee-deep in a rising tide of games, devs reflect on the state of the Switch market via Pocket
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6 days ago
Gamasutra: David Lightbown's Blog - Classic Tools Retrospective: Tim Sweeney on the first version of the Unreal Editor
In recent years, retrospectives of classic games have been well received at GDC, but there have been very few stories about classic game tools. This series of articles will attempt to fill that gap, by interviewing key people who were instrumental in the history of game development tools. via Pocket
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6 days ago
French prosecutor launches probe into Apple planned obsolescence
Posted on Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 5:34 pm. PTWritten by A French prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation of U.S. tech giant Apple (AAPL. via Pocket
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7 days ago
Why Raspberry Pi isn't vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown - Raspberry Pi
Over the last couple of days, there has been a lot of discussion about a pair of security vulnerabilities nicknamed Spectre and Meltdown. These affect all modern Intel processors, and (in the case of Spectre) many AMD processors and ARM cores. via Pocket
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7 days ago
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At Product Hunt, we are so passionate about helping startups and makers launch their products and share them with the world. Much of our site is about beginnings — the moment a product launches, and the moment someone discovers something new that they love. via Pocket
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8 days ago
Finding a CPU Design Bug in the Xbox 360 | Random ASCII
The recent reveal of Meltdown and Spectre reminded me of the time I found a related design bug in the Xbox 360 CPU – a newly added instruction whose mere existence was dangerous. Back in 2005 I was the Xbox 360 CPU guy. I lived and breathed that chip. via Pocket
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8 days ago
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Twitter managed to get something right. After studying how hundreds of people read UIs at Google, we learned a magical fact: no one really reads anything. If they do, you’re lucky if they get sixteen words in. via Pocket
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11 days ago
Six Cyber Threats to Really Worry About in 2018 - MIT Technology Review
Hackers are constantly finding new targets and refining the tools they use to break through cyberdefenses. The following are some significant threats to look out for this year. via Pocket
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13 days ago
Be Lazy! Running a Games Team – Ian Thomas – Medium
Mike Bithell posted some hints and tips about tools and process the other day, and it reminded me that I have a collection of similar tips about running a dev team. via Pocket
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13 days ago
The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017 - The Verge
2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the darkness. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Airline safety: 2017 was safest year in history for passengers around world, research shows | The Independent
In a year when more people flew to more places than ever, 2017 was the safest on record for airline passengers. The Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, has released its Civil Aviation Safety Review for 2017. via Pocket
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14 days ago
18 science fiction and fantasy books to read this January - The Verge
It’s a brand new year, and that means that it’s time to dust off the reading list and take a look at what’s coming ahead. In the last days of 2017, I finally found some time to catch up on Brian K. Vaughn and FIonna Staples’s brilliant comic Saga. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Nintendo’s Switch Brings Some Magic Back - The New York Times
Jake Kazdal, an American video game developer who lives in Kyoto, Japan, spent a night in early March refreshing the website of GameStop, the video game retail chain in the United States. He wanted to buy Nintendo’s just-released console, the Switch. via Pocket
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17 days ago
The Unabomber’s not-so-lonely prison life
From his prison cell, Ted Kaczynski — the “Unabomber,” who terrified the nation in the 1980s and early 1990s — has carried on a remarkable correspondence with thousands of people all over the world. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Guide to Retro Game Hunting in Japan – My Hard Off Strategy – Honkey Kong Country
Yes, I wrote that title as a pun. This is my second trip to Japan and I love retro video games. I am somehow connected to the systems and games I would read about as a kid. via Pocket
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19 days ago
13 sci-fi series starters to break in your new ebook reader - The Verge
So you just got a new ebook reader for the holidays this year. Nice! Now, it’s time to find books to load it up with, which should give you plenty to read on your trip home, or if you need an excuse to avoid relatives for a couple of hours. via Pocket
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20 days ago
HQ Trivia Is a Harbinger of Dystopia - The Atlantic
What do you get from a live game-show app? a. Fun b. Money c. Social collapse Twice a day, HQ Trivia players tune in to a smartphone game-show app, where an emcee poses 12 wholesome questions, each with three possible answers. Players who answer all of them correctly split a cash prize. via Pocket
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23 days ago
Should You Shower in the Morning, or at Night? Yes. - The New York Times
There were few greater sins in my childhood home than going to bed dirty, though I could sometimes appease my mother by just washing my feet before slipping between the clean sheets. Now, as an adult, I cannot bear to get in bed with the grime of the day clinging to my skin. And I’m not alone. via Pocket
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23 days ago
Introducing Plexamp – Plex Labs – Medium
As we mentioned on the blog post introducing Plex Labs, one of the things we’re using Medium for is a venue for talking about awesome parts of the Plex ecosystem outside of the officially supported universe. via Pocket
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26 days ago
Revisiting Anamanaguchi's 'Capsule Silence XXIV,' Music Gaming's Most Revolutionary Misadventure | Billboard
A burbling voice introduces Capsule Silence XXIV as “a video game that will change the way you game for the rest of your life...$33 million dollar budget, soundtracked by pretty popular band, rated top game by all the top game blogs in the world. via Pocket
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27 days ago
The Game Genie Generation
— David Darling, one of the founders of Codemasters, the British gaming company that first created the Game Genie in the late 1980s, discussing how the device came to be. via Pocket
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27 days ago
Gamasutra: Doug Pearson's Blog - Post Mortem: The Death of Flash and Rewriting 1.4 Million Lines of Code
Adobe recently confirmed the suspicion held by many in the games industry that Flash is a dying platform. via Pocket
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28 days ago
Kevin Horton Is a Cryogenics Engineer Turned Retro Gaming Savior - Motherboard
Anyone with a passing interest in old school video games owes Kevin Horton a virtual fist bump. By day Horton, 43, is an engineer at a cryogenics company (he's worked at the same company since high school). via Pocket
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28 days ago
The Pixel-Perfect Evolution of High-End Retro Gaming - Motherboard
Recently, I had a big problem really put a damper on my retro-gaming experience. After modding my Super NES Classic, I proceeded to play one of my all-time favorite games, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja. via Pocket
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28 days ago
Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear
This summer, Elon Musk spoke to the National Governors Association and told them that “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” Doomsayers have been issuing similar warnings for some time, but never before have they commanded so much visibility. via Pocket
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28 days ago
Mom, 'Final Fantasy' and the Language of Gaming - Rolling Stone
As a kid born in a Dutch-Egyptian household, I’ve grown up with language all around me. Kids growing up in the Netherlands -a small European country that speaks Dutch, a language spoken by under 25 million people on Earth- are often taught Dutch and English as part of their basic education. via Pocket
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28 days ago
DF Retro takes on Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct • Eurogamer.net
23 years on from its initial release, Donkey Kong Country remains one of the most influential games of all-time. Combining a unique approach to visual design and a pivotal reimagining of a classic Nintendo character, DKC was a landmark release. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Gamasutra:Doctor's Blog -Making a Game Boy game in 2017
Everyone has childhood dreams. Mine was to make a game for my fist console: the Nintendo Game Boy. Today, I fulfilled this dream, by releasing my first Game Boy game on a actual cartridge: Sheep It Up! via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Cuphead dev: "We didn't go from zero to hero" | GamesIndustry.biz
It's been a big year for StudioMDHR. The Canadian developer finally launched its first game, the vintage cartoon-inspired 2D action platformer Cuphead, after years of anticipation and remortgaging their homes. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
How to Design for iPhone X (Without an iPhone X) – MacStories
Design for ergonomics. On regular iPhones, you have to do much less as a designer to optimize ergonomics. The iPhone X requires you to think about comfortable button placement and usability. Ergonomics is more than just tapping, but also swiping and other gestures. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
O Last.fm foi a única rede social musical que prestou pra alguma coisa - VICE
Meu primeiro perfil no Last.fm levava a alcunha de “Nergal-Behemoth”, em homenagem à música da minha banda polonesa favorita de death metal. As primeiras faixas que registrei na rede, no dia 21 de fevereiro de 2006 , foram “Africa”, da banda Toto, e “Electric Crown”, do Testament. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Japanese Cooking 101, Lesson 2: Prep and Cook A Great Bowl of Japanese Rice | JustHungry
This is Lesson 2 of Japanese Cooking 101. Today I'll show you how to cook the star of Japanese cooking - plain, steamed rice. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Gigaom | The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal
The .io country code top-level domain is pretty popular right now, particularly among tech startups that want to take advantage of the snappy input/output reference and the relative availability of names — Fusion.io, Wise.io and Import.io are just a few examples. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
My $200,000 bitcoin odyssey
This was not what I expected to be doing with my October. But there I was, on a flight to Hong Kong, hoping I would be able to retrieve $200,000 worth of bitcoin from a broken laptop. Four years ago, I was living in Hong Kong when a fellow journalist named Mike* and I decided to invest in bitcoin. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters | Shacknews
Based on interviews with the developers, Rocket Jump explores the making of the Quake franchise, the culture that simultaneously shaped and fractured creator id Software, and other developers whose creativity defined an era. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
What On Earth Is Going On With Bitcoin? - The Atlantic
The cryptocurrency’s current price is completely unreal. Then again, so is money. A bar of gold. A disk of iron. A chain of beads. A card of plastic. A slip of cotton-linen paper. These things are worthless. One cannot eat them, or drink them, or use them as a blanket. But they are valuable, too. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know - GOV.UK
This page will be updated with the latest information about the status of European Union (EU) citizens (see note 1), and their families, in the UK as the EU negotiations progress. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Peter Molyneux Talks Regrets and What's Next - Rolling Stone
In his first major interview in over a year, Molyneux opens up about his legacy, his empathy for the 'No Man's Sky' team, and redefining himself When Peter Molyneux – the charismatic designer of Fable, Populous, and Black & White, among other seminal video games – announced a couple via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
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