Licence revoked: the disturbing case of the disappearing video games – Reader’s Feature

Forza Motorsport 6 – licence to be killed A reader discusses the downside to having real cars and licensed music in video games: at some point those licences runs out. Dakkar wrote several weeks ago about the demise of Driveclub and how the game is being removed from the PS Store at the end of August. Sony are also ending all online features on 31st March 2020 as well. The licencing issue really does seem to pose a problem for games and it will certainly continue to, when they are…

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Four great video games that need a sequel – Reader’s Feature

Eternal Champions – probably not in line for a reboot A reader names four classic games he’d love to see get a sequel, reboot, or remake… and he may be in luck with more than one of them. 1. Serious Sam [embedded content] This is without a doubt my favourite first person shooter. It’s simple, no boring story, no annoying side characters, no silly restrictions like only two weapons at a time; it was an amazing fun game based on the fact you had many weapons and there were many,…

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Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: What’s your favourite strategy game?

I don’t think I’ve ever played a real-time strategy game, unless something like Cannon Fodder counts, but my favourite turn-based ones are XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Into The Breach. Enemy Unknown was the first XCOM (or any game of its type) I’d played but it was an extremely enthusiastic and convincing preview you put out in 2012 that got me on board and your very positive review sealed the deal. For the first few playthroughs, I enjoyed it a lot but it wasn’t until I returned over two years later…

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Twitter adding filter to its DMs that the it hopes will help block abusive and unwanted messages

Twitter is continuing its frenzy of new features by testing out a filter for direct messages that aims to curb abusive and unwanted messages. According to a tweet from the company, the new filter will sort messages that ‘may contain offensive content’ into a separate inbox called ‘additional messages.’ The separate bin will be in the ‘message requests’ folders where DMs from un-followed people are sent and must be opened manually by a user to read the message. Instead of reading the flagged material users can also choose to delete…

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YouTube says new policy could result in more blocked content’for videos containing copyrighted music

A new, less lucrative, policy on copyrighted music may lower the amount of claims against creators. According YouTube, the company will discontinue its policy of allowing copyright owners to share in the ad revenue of creators video clips that contain unintentional and ‘very short’ clips of copyrighted music. Instead, owners of the copyright will only be able to have YouTube remove the clip or leave the video up and prevent the publisher from earning money from it.  YouTube says its new policy on reporting copyrighted material could result in more…

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Spicy Korean dish kimchi ‘could be cure for baldness’ after scientists say it may reverse hair loss

It is known for helping maintain a healthy gut, but now scientists have found kimchi could be used to reverse hair loss. The Korean dish of fermented cabbage, onions, garlic, fish sauce and spices is already popular with health-conscious consumers and known for its probiotic qualities. But research shows a kimchi drink sold in South Korea helps thicken existing hairs and grow new ones within weeks. Research shows spicy Korean dish kimchi helps thicken existing hairs and in some cases new hairs grew within weeks Researchers at Dankook University near Seoul…

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Elon Musk still wants to ‘NUKE Mars’: CEO revives radical idea to make the red planet habitable

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk not only wants to explore Mars, he wants to ‘nuke’ it. In a tweet this week, Musk reiterated calls to ‘Nuke Mars!’ adding that t-shirts are ‘coming soon.’ Jarring though the idea may be, the tweet is a re-hash of an idea championed by Musk in the past that proposes using a nuclear weapon to terraform the red planet for human habitation.  By detonating nuclear bombs over both of the planet’s poles, Musk has posited that the process would release enough carbon dioxide — locked in…

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Siri and Alexa are NOT making adults ruder because we don’t need to say please or thank you to them

Barking off orders to Alexa and Siri without so much as a please or thank you likely isn’t going to become a habit you carry over into the rest of your life. This is because adults have already formed their behaviours for interacting with others — and, in their current form, we don’t see smart assistants as people.  Researchers came to this conclusion after talking with over 200 people and seeing how they interacted with digital assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. However, children may be more susceptible to…

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Games Inbox: Best old school FPS, Man Of Medan reviews, and FUZE4 for Switch

In response to Hexy’s letter this morning, I’m lucky enough to have a three-bedroom house that was originally used as three bedrooms, but due to a change in circumstances one of those is now a dedicated games/TV/film room, which also has PlayStation VR and a (rarely used these days) racing wheel/seat. Having this as a separate room does make it easier and I try not to spend too much time in there and see it as more of a ‘treat’ to myself, either for a gaming session or watching a…

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Bluetooth flaw that lets hackers intercept data between devices affects iPhoneX, Pixel 2, and more

Millions of Bluetooth devices may be affected by a serious security flaw that lets hackers intercept data transferred between two devices.  In a security advisory from The Bluetooth Special Interest Group — which oversees standards for the technology everywhere — the group has called attention to the flaw discovered by researchers at the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability. According to them, the vulnerability allows hackers to shorten an encryption key linking two Bluetooth-connected devices.  With that shortened key, hackers can easily use brute-force (repeatedly enter an automated key) to…

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