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  • The Cake Is Not a Lie: How to Design Effective Achievements
    By on April 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments


    In this first in a new series of articles, PhD researcher and game designer Lucas Blair uses academic research to formulate best practices for designing in-game achievements.

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  • Lakers player shoved pregnant cashier
    By on April 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a pregnant cashier at a pancake restaurant.

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  • Making a Disability-Friendly Industry
    By on April 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Creating a game that’s accessible to everyone is more than just inserting subtitles. We explore the many different ways games can and ought to assist disabled gamers.

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  • This Wrestling Referee Is Having Way Too Much Fun (GIF)
    By on April 27, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Come on dude, this isn’t about you – it’s about the match!

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  • Google Meeting in 1999 w/ a young Larry & Sergey
    By on April 27, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    TGIF is Google’s weekly all-staff meeting. This video was shot in December, 1999 and gives a feel for how the meetings ran for the first year or so.

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  • YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious
    By on April 27, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader sent in a link to the Delicious blog, which reads, “Today, we’re pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. They are committed to running and improving Delicious going forward.”

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  • The Impact of PSN’s Downtime (And Sony’s Response)
    By on April 27, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    The PlayStation Network’s recent downtime has had far reaching effects for PlayStation 3 owners. We examine the impact on some of the platform’s services, with comments from analyst Michael Pachter.

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  • Azam banned for headbutt
    By on April 27, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Gloucester hooker Olivier Azam is banned for four weeks after being found guilty of striking Northampton lock Adam Eustace with his head during their sides’ Premiership clash.

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  • Wheelie 101 – What Not To Do (VID)
    By on April 24, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    He will not be sleeping comfortably for some time.

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  • Japanese Robots Await Call To Action
    By on April 24, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Kyusaku Natsume writes with this excerpt from a Kyodo News report on the robots Japan has available on standby to work at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant:
    “Japanese robots designed for heavy lifting and data collection have been prepared for deployment at irradiated reactor buildings of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power station, where US-made robots have already taken radiation and temperature readings as well as visual images at the crippled (more…)