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Why Opening Loot Boxes Feels Like Christmas, According To Game Devs

Opening Overwatch loot boxes or Halo 5 REQ packs adds a special drama to a gaming session. The crate shakes. A jingle chimes. Lights peek out from the cracks. It swells with potential. Game developers make subtle design decisions that stoke the hope.....»»

Category: topSource:  gizmodoMar 20th, 2017

Activision’s latest in-game money-maker trick uncovered

It isn’t exactly a secret that game publishers have gone a little crazy for microtransactions. As the current console generation marches on, more and more microtransactions are appearing in triple-A games, usually in the form of loot boxes. It.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  slashgearRelated News18 min. ago

Smalltown America finds ecstasy at Dollar General

I love dollar stores, and so does rural America. Dollar General, in particular, is cleaning up in the towns so out of the way even Wal-Mart can't make business there. The Decatur store is one of 1,000 Dollar Generals opening this year as part of t.....»»

Category: topSource:  boingboingRelated News18 min. ago

Go from Good to Great with Predator"s Training Room

This content hub features esports psychologists, trainers, and coaches aimed to help you up your game. Partner Content by Predator Gaming What kid doesn’t want to be a master swordsman when he or she grows up? To follow the Hollywood cliche.....»»

Category: gameSource:  ignRelated News26 min. ago

Newborns with trisomy 13 or 18 benefit from heart surgery, study finds

Heart surgery significantly decreases in-hospital mortality among infants with either of two genetic disorders that cause severe physical and intellectual disabilities, according to a new study......»»

Category: biomedSource:  sciencedailyRelated News33 min. ago

Online game will spot if you have hidden cybersecurity talents

A music major or law student might have native cybersecurity skills a trained IT student doesn’t – and this online game will identify you.....»»

Category: topSource:  newscientistRelated News34 min. ago

"Small number" of Russian Facebook election ad accounts used Messenger

According to David Marcus, Facebook's VP of Messaging Products, a "small number" of the 470 Russia-linked accounts that attempted to influence last year's US elections also used Messenger. He said so in an interview at Wall Street.....»»

Category: topSource:  engadgetRelated News34 min. ago

AI, robotics, IoT, augmented and virtual reality to bolster ICT spending

According to IDC, spending on new technologies will accelerate over the next five years and boost spending on information and communications technology overall......»»

Category: blogSource:  betweenthelinesRelated News42 min. ago

AI versus AI: Self-Taught AlphaGo Zero Vanquishes Its Predecessor

DeepMind’s Go game-playing AI—which dominated its human competition—just got better -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.....»»

Category: scienceSource:  sciamRelated News1 hr. 5 min. ago

What security system works best with Google Home?

Developing the perfect Smart Home can be a fickle beast with dozens of companies producing hundreds of products using various technologies and standards that may or may not work together. As companies like Amazon and Google focus on the power of voic.....»»

Category: asiaSource:  phandroidRelated News1 hr. 5 min. ago

HP’s new workstation tablet makes Surface Pro look like Surface Amateur

HP has built a machine for artists, designers, and engineers, all packed into a tablet. HP Imagine that you're a digital artist. You like the idea behind Micr.....»»

Category: topSource:  arstechnicaRelated News1 hr. 6 min. ago

Nissan Teases Crossover Concept for Tokyo

We already knew that Nissan will unveil a Leaf Nismo concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, but that’s not the only surprise the automaker has in store. It will also showcase what looks like an electric concept crossover. In a new video, Nissan teases th.....»»

Category: autoSource:  motortrendRelated News1 hr. 17 min. ago

Why Gone Home Creator Left BioShock Infinite Development

When the Fullbright founder realized he didn't want to work on large-scale projects anymore, he decided to return to Portland. Before creating Gone Home, Steve Gaynor worked at Irrational Games on BioShock Infinite, but left during development......»»

Category: gameSource:  ignRelated News1 hr. 17 min. ago

The Walking Dead: Why Daryl Wants to "Burn Everybody Down"

"He’s tired of being diplomatic," teases star Norman Reedus. "Daryl wants to burn everybody down. Warning: Spoilers for AMC's The Walking Dead through Season 7... Daryl Dixon went to hell and back in The Walking Dead's seventh season. Held pr.....»»

Category: gameSource:  ignRelated News1 hr. 17 min. ago

This easter egg on "Game of Thrones" adds a whole new layer to this tragic death

Remember Shireen? Well, the sound of Stannis Baratheon's late, innocent daughter's screams as she burned in one of Melisendre's safrifices might jog your memory. Or still haunt you in your sleep. But a new Reddit post discovered a subtle easter egg l.....»»

Category: topSource:  mashableRelated News1 hr. 18 min. ago

"Jeopardy!" contestant somehow wins with just $1

On the third game of his Jeopardy! run, Manny Abell scrawled down the incorrect answer to Tuesday night's "Final Jeopardy" question. Still, through sheer luck, he managed to secure an unlikely win. With $1,000 on his board and a bet of $999, he w.....»»

Category: topSource:  mashableRelated News1 hr. 18 min. ago

Someone turned "Super Smash Bros." into a 3D game and it"s amazing

By combining the ground-breaking 3D world design of Super Mario 64 with the addicting combat mechanics of Super Smash Bros., game modder Skelux has birthed an amazing new mod called Super Smash Bros. 3D. This early version of Super Smash Bros. 3D.....»»

Category: topSource:  mashableRelated News1 hr. 18 min. ago

Motorola’s Moto Mod Speaker With Amazon Alexa Official at $149, Arrives in November

The newest Moto Mod to join the ever-expanding family is the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa. With this speaker connected to your Moto Z device, you’ll be able to access Alexa by voice command at any time. Like all other Moto Mods, this Am.....»»

Category: mobileSource:  droidlifeRelated News1 hr. 18 min. ago

Bento Stack is the Japanese lunchbox of Apple dongle holders

The Bento Stack was announced today by Function 101 in an effort to easily contain the many Apple cords, dongles, and accessories some users use. This includes holding the Apple Pencil, the MacBook Pro power cord, the AirPods, and etcetera. Much like.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  slashgearRelated News1 hr. 25 min. ago

Style Savvy: Star Stylist Debuts Its Features In This Glamorous Trailer

Style Savvy 4's new trailer shows what is up with the new features and story experiences in the game. Read Style Savvy: Star Stylist Debuts Its Features In This Glamorous Trailer on Siliconera!.....»»

Category: gameSource:  siliconeraRelated News1 hr. 33 min. ago

The insincerity of your protest is deafening

This jerk at an NFL game doesn't feel folks should protest civil injustice against black Americans by kneeling, but thinks the flag is there to keep his ass dry. Who is disrespecting what? Via Deadspin. This jerk at an NFL game doesn't feel folks.....»»

Category: topSource:  boingboingRelated News1 hr. 41 min. ago