Steam effectively halts approval of saucy visual novels

Steam effectively halts approval of saucy visual novels

The game platform Steam has an anything-goes policy toward what it publishes. But the resulting kelp mat of smut has spread enough to lead it to institute moderation by the back door: freezing approvals in certain genres while it develops ‘filters.’ Targeted most clearly are visual novels, manga and erotica. Fans and developers of erotic manga visual novels are most displeased! Based on just the developers coming forward, it seems like visual novels with some degree of adult content are in the crosshairs of this approval freeze. One such dev…

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Snake 3D: classic phone game made into a total headache

Snake 3D: classic phone game made into a total headache

Snake 3D adds depth to the classic two-dimensional game; hold shift and you’ll move in and out rather than up, down, left or right. It takes so much getting used to–and is so difficult before you even get to the point where the snake’s length becomes a hazard to itself–that I suspect that the entire premise is beyond the threshold of human patience, if not comprehension. Some extra depth cue, at least, is warranted. Ajusting the color of every cube by depth would maybe do the trick. Maybe the grid…

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Twitch is closing its Communities

Twitch is closing its Communities

Say goodbye to Twitch’s Communities. The game-streaming service says it’s soon killing off this still relatively new addition to its site in favor of implementing a tagging system instead. With the changes, users will be able to filter streams by tags within a directory or across different games on the Browse page, in order to better find the sort of streams they want to watch. The closure of Communities and addition of tags is being planned for mid-September, says Twitch. Twitch launched Communities just last year, with the goal of…

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Why ‘Fortnite’ bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare

Why ‘Fortnite’ bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare

Fortnite, the year’s hottest video game, is finally making its way to Android devices. However, owners of those devices may want to proceed with caution.  The game, for now, is available exclusively on Samsung devices through the company’s app store. But when the game opens up to all Android devices in the coming days, gamers won’t find the app in the official Google Play StoreFortnite developer Epic Games has made a calculated decision to release the app on its own. SEE ALSO: ‘Fortnite’ cheaters get a lesson in karma via…

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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process, it’s costing Google around $50 million this year in platform fees,…

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Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to be the best game machine of the 1980s

Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to  be the best game machine of the 1980s

The Basic Engine is a tiny but intentionally limited computer platform designed to be like a late-1980s game console or home computer, but with some useful modern benefits. In effect, it’s like Pico-8, but hardware instead of a set of abstract and arbitrary design limitations on software. The BASIC Engine is a very low-cost single-board home computer with advanced 2D color graphics and sound capabilities, roughly comparable to late-1980s or early-1990s computers and video game consoles. It can be built at home without special skills or tools and using readily…

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Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to be the best game machine of the 1980s

Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to  be the best game machine of the 1980s

The Basic Engine is a tiny but intentionally limited computer platform designed to be like a late-1980s game console or home computer, but with some useful modern benefits. In effect, it’s like Pico-8, but hardware instead of a set of abstract and arbitrary design limitations on software. The BASIC Engine is a very low-cost single-board home computer with advanced 2D color graphics and sound capabilities, roughly comparable to late-1980s or early-1990s computers and video game consoles. It can be built at home without special skills or tools and using readily…

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Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to be the best game machine of the 1980s

Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to  be the best game machine of the 1980s

The Basic Engine is a tiny but intentionally limited computer platform designed to be like a late-1980s game console or home computer, but with some useful modern benefits. In effect, it’s like Pico-8, but hardware instead of a set of abstract and arbitrary design limitations on software. The BASIC Engine is a very low-cost single-board home computer with advanced 2D color graphics and sound capabilities, roughly comparable to late-1980s or early-1990s computers and video game consoles. It can be built at home without special skills or tools and using readily…

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Great deal on Nintendo “SNES edition” 3DS XL

Great deal on Nintendo “SNES edition”  3DS XL

Nintendo’s retro-themed 3DS XL is rarely marked down, but is currently $150 at Amazon, which is $50 off the normal price. By far the weirdest and most portable of the company’s growing rack of retro-fueled gear, it’s also one that has a serious library of modern games to play too, in addition to the oldschool cool that comes with it—in this case, Super Mario Cart. Nintendo’s classic consoles, dating to decades-old designs, now regularly top the hardware charts, driven by cheap prices and an endless reservoir of nostalgia. SNES edition…

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