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Doom

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

The average web page is now roughly the same size as the full install image for the classic DOS game Doom, apparently. This is according to Ronan Cremin, a lead engineer with Afilias Technologies and dotMobi's representative for the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). Cremin points to data from the HTTP Archive showing that, at …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2016

Teen tricks leaky Valve into publishing hot new Steam game: Watching Paint Dry

A 16-year-old lad in Manchester, England, exploited flaws in Valve's developer site to publish on Steam an unapproved game about watching paint dry. Ruby Nealon, a computer science student at Salford uni, said a set of programming blunders in the Steamworks website let him sneak his Watch Paint Dry roleplaying game past Valve' …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Mar 2016
Space Invaders

MAME goes fully FOSS

Retro-gamers rejoice! Cautiously. The multi arcade machine emulator (MAME) is now open source. MAME makes it possible to emulate the hardware found in early arcade game cabinets. If one can also find ROMs of the games that ran on those cabinets, one can play classic arcade games. Last week, the MAME team announced that after …

Zynga CEO resigns – again – after terrible results

The CEO of mobile games company Zynga, Mark Pincus, has resigned – a second time – following bad results. The decision to replace Pincus with a veteran games industry exec is Groundhog Day for the troubled company after it did exactly the same thing in 2013. Back then, Pincus was replaced with former Electronic Arts exec Don …

D&D geeks were right – their old rule books ARE worth something now

The owner of venerable role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is offering US$50 for high-quality scans of game documents that have so far rolled saving throws against Spells of Digitisation. D&D re-launched in 2014 as version 5.0, but there's still lots of demand for older modules and books. Hence the scanning program …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2016

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

The Internet Archive is taking us back to 1992 with the release of over 1,000 programs and games that run on what was arguably the first truly mass-market color graphical interface: Windows 3.1. It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1 now that even our smart phones run an operating system that is an order …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016
Sony PlayStation 4 in white

Sony balls up PlayStation businesses, tosses outfit over to California

Sony is consolidating its games business into a single office that will be tasked with running all PlayStation operations. The Japanese electronics giant said that San Mateo, California will be the new headquarters for Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), a branch that will handle both the PlayStation console development and …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2016

You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

Kickstarter-funded developers are trying to create of a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the world of data centers. Yes, data centers. Server Tycoon will place the player in charge of a small server farm with the goal to build their facility into a massive compute center, competing against other players in the …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2016

I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

Nothing quite says games like Christmas time, so Electronic Arts was therefore in like a shot with the latest telling of its Battlefront epic. Sure, it’s all lovely and pseudo HD, but isn’t it worth remembering just how we got here, and the fantastic journey we've had? Indeed, if the games of the Star Wars universe were in …
Mike Plant, 24 Dec 2015
NetHack 3.6

ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

NetHack is one of the gaming industry's foundational texts. The animated adventure debuted in 1987, continuing an ASCII ancestry traceable to 1980's Rogue and earning it a place on the Museum Of Modern Art's list of games worthy of historical preservation. The game is simple: after choosing a race, gender and character class …
Candy Crush Saga

Activision to buy Candy Crush developer King

Games-maker Activision Blizzard has announced it will spend US$5.9 billion to acquire King Digital Entertainment, the evil genii behind Candy Crush. Moving into mobile is the reason for the deal: Actvision CEO Bobby Kotick says, in his canned statement, that “Mobile gaming is the largest and fastest-growing opportunity for …
Tomb Raider

Blighty flings £4m to help n00b games devs level up

The United Kingdom has found £4m (US$6.1m AUD$8.4m) to “boost the UK’s growing video games industry”. The new “Video Games Prototype Fund” will hand out cash grants to developers through the newly-formed UK Games Fund that aims to “create jobs, promote diverse new teams, enhance skills and increase the amount of new games IPs …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015
Beatrobot's Pico-Cassette

Game CARTRIDGES make a comeback ... for smartmobes

A Japanese company named Beatrobo has revealed plans to revive games cartridges, for use in smartphones. Beatrobo already makes a device that plugs in to a phone's audio port and sends a sound to the phone to authenticate you as someone able to access content stored in the cloud. The company's now planning to use the audio …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2015
Angry Birds 2 poster

Global productivity hole to open on 30 July as Angry Birds 2 debuts

The plucky indie games studio made good productivity-destroying and child-enslaving monsters at Rovio have announced that Angry Birds will fly again, the day after Windows 10 upgrades start to roll out around the world. Rovio's announced the second instalment of its clever re-invention of ballistics games will land on July …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2015
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata 1959-2015

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata was MORE than a suit – he was a CODER

Obit Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata died late last week after a battle with cancer. Born on December 6, 1959, the 55-year-old Iwata headed up Nintendo from 2002 until the time of his death, but prior to leading the world's largest game house, Iwata had already established himself as an icon in the gaming world. In …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2015
Carnival dancers in Brazil

'Facebook without sin' attracts 0.00006 times as many users as Facebook

News bytes A social networking website built in Brazil is touting itself as a sin-free version of Facebook. Dubbed Facegloria, the Portuguese-language site prides itself on Christian values to connect users. The site vows to terminate users who offend "morals and good manners." According to BBC News, Facegloria has attracted 100,000 …
Team Register, 6 Jul 2015
A re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

Apple is removing games that feature the Confederate flag in their titles or gameplay from its App Store. A number of titles previously available on the App Store, mainly combat and strategy games set in the US Civil War, have been taken down, along with some wallpapers featuring the flag. Though Apple has yet to return a …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jun 2015
The doom that came to Atlantic City

FTC lunges at Kickstarter bloke who raised $120,000 – and delivered sweet FA

The FTC has brought its first lawsuit against a guy who bagged thousands of dollars from a Kickstarter campaign and failed to produce anything substantial. Erik Chevalier was accused of raising $120,000 in funds on Kickstarter with promise of developing a game called The Doom that Came to Atlantic City, but then allegedly used …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2015

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