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    by Published on January 11th, 2021 22:25
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    2. PC News

    "With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup," explains a new article at ZDNet.

    "RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers looking to horn-in on Apple's recipe for high performance. Here's why..."RISC-V is, like x86 and ARM, an instruction set architecture (ISA). Unlike x86 and ARM, it is a free and open standard that anyone can use without getting locked into someone else's processor designs or paying costly license fees...

    Reaching the end of Moore's Law, we can't just cram more transistors on a chip. Instead, as Apple's A and M series processors show, adding specialized co-processors — for codecs, encryption, AI — to fast general-purpose RISC CPUs can offer stunning application performance and power efficiency. But a proprietary ISA, like ARM, is expensive. Worse, they typically only allow you to use that ISA's hardware designs, unless, of course, you're one of the large companies — like Apple — that can afford a top-tier license and a design team to exploit it. A canned design means architects can't specify tweaks that cut costs and improve performance. An open and free ISA, like RISC-V, eliminates a lot of this cost, giving small companies the ability to optimize their hardware for their applications. As we move intelligence into ever more cost-sensitive applications, using processors that cost a dollar or less, the need for application and cost-optimized processors is greater than ever...

    While open operating systems, like Linux, get a lot of attention, ISAs are an even longer-lived foundational technology. The x86 ISA dates back 50 years and today exists as a layer that gets translated to a simpler — and faster — underlying hardware architecture. (I suspect this fact is key to the success of the macOS Rosetta 2 translation from x86 code to Apple's M1 code.)

    Of course, an open ISA is only part of the solution. Free standard hardware designs — with tools to design more — and smart compilers to generate optimized code are vital. That larger project is what Berkeley's Adept Lab is working on. As computing continues to permeate civilization, the cost of sub-optimal infrastructure will continue to rise.

    Optimizing for efficiency, long-life, and broad application is vital for humanity's progress in a cyber-enabled world.

    One RISC-V feature highlighted by the article: 128-bit addressing (in addition to 32 and 64 bit).

    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/21/01/10/2020208/rediscovering-risc-v-apple-m1-sparks-renewed-interest-in-non-x86-architecture ...
    by Published on January 11th, 2021 22:23
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    2. PC News

    Mozilla developers plan to remove support for using the Backspace key as a Back button inside Firefox. From a report:The change is currently active in the Firefox Nightly version and is expected to go live in Firefox 86, scheduled to be released next month, in late February 2021. The removal of the Backspace key as a navigational element didn't come out of the blue. It was first proposed back in July 2014, in a bug report opened on Mozilla's bug tracker. At the time, Mozilla engineers argued that many users who press the Backspace key don't always mean to navigate to the previous page (the equivalent of pressing the Back button).

    https://news.slashdot.org/story/21/0...as-back-button
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    by Published on January 11th, 2021 18:15
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    2. Snes News

    ALL. 30. NBA. TEAMS. No “Others” mash-ups. Backed by the Mattrizzle Player Engine, v2.0 of NBA Jam 2K21 TE not only provides access to each of the 30 NBA teams but unlockable All-Stars and Legends, plus revamped court and uniform colors to better align with today’s teams. Plus, the campaign’s been enhanced. No longer must you battle 27 opponents to take the title of Grand Champion; you’ve got to conquer all 30. With custom code established by Mattrizzle to consolidate campaign order, roster setups, and player attributes, and supported by phonymike’s portrait inserter, the sky’s the limit for SNES NBA Jam romhacks!

    http://www.romhacking.net/community/5043/ ...
    by Published on January 11th, 2021 18:11

    The first week in January is a notoriously quiet one for boxed video game sales. It's rare we will see a release of any kind during this window, and of course most gamers will still be busy with their Christmas presents.

    Yet the isn't any normal start to the year, with the UK heading into another full lockdown to try and curb the spread of coronavirus. This may explain why over 260,000 boxed games were sold in the UK last week, which is a third more than what was achieved during the same week this time last year.

    The main driver of the growth was Nintendo Switch, with games for the console dominating the boxed charts last week. In fact, Switch game sales are up over 123% compared with the same week in 2020. Animal Crossing: New Horizons holds onto the top spot, despite sales dropping 47% (it's worth noting that sales drops during the first week of the year are entirely normal), followed by Mario Kart 8: Deluxe at No.2 (sales down 43%). At No.3 it is Just Dance 2021, which rises two places despite a 24% sales slide. Just Dance 2021 is available across all platforms, of course, yet almost 90% of the game's sales so far have been on Nintendo Switch (physical sales only, digital sales are not included).

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...k-boxed-charts ...
    by Published on January 11th, 2021 18:09

    Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red is being investigated by Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK).

    The news was initially reported by Polish business newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, with UOKiK's spokesperson Małgorzata Cieloch saying that the organisation approached CD Projekt Red to understand the issues with the game and what actions had been taken to fix them.

    "We will check how the manufacturer is working on the introduction of amendments or solution to difficulties preventing the game [to work] on different consoles, but also how it intends to act in relation to the persons who filed complaints and are dissatisfied with [their] purchase due to the inability to play games on owned equipment despite previous assurances [that it would]," they continued (translation via Google Translate).

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...cyberpunk-2077 ...
    by Published on January 11th, 2021 18:08

    GameStop today reported its holiday results, saying that sales were down 3.1% year-over-year to $1.77 billion despite strong demand for the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles.

    Unfortunately for the retailer, supplies of the new systems could not meet demand, which it pointed to as one reason for the decline.

    It also attributed the slide in sales to regional government-mandated COVID-19 store closures, as well as its "de-densification" strategy that saw the permanent closures of 462 locations from the end of 2019 through October of 2020. (GameStop has announced plans to close hundreds more by the end of March 2021.)

    That makes consecutive disappointing holidays for GameStop, as last year's holiday sales were already down 27.5% year-over-year.

    However, the numbers weren't all down. GameStop reported that comparable store sales were actually up 4.8%, a number boosted by ecommerce sales being up 309% and accounting 34% of all of the company's business.

    On top of that, GameStop said it saw holiday sales up 31% in Australia and New Zealand, where business hasn't been as hard hit by the pandemic.

    "Overall, we remain confident in both the positive growth aspects for 2021 driven by our strategy to add new and exciting product revenue streams across all things games and entertainment and the strong demand for the new generation for console-based video game products," GameStop CEO George Sherman said.

    "We look forward to executing on both of these areas in 2021 to expand our addressable market and product offerings supported by the many exciting opportunities to leverage our brand, extensive loyalty member base, and improving digital capabilities."

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...ercent-in-2020 ...
    by Published on January 9th, 2021 17:12

    Games industry veteran Peter Moore does not view FIFA Ultimate Team card packs as gambling.
    Moore served as president of EA Sports when the mode was introduced in 2008's FIFA 09. He later rose to other positions at Electronic Arts, before leaving to become CEO of Liverpool FC.
    Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz about his recent appointment as a director of mobile sports games publisher Nifty Games, we asked for his thoughts on the ongoing criticism against loot boxes and randomised monetisation mechanics, a debate in which Ultimate Team has been used as a prominent example.

    Peter Moore: FIFA Ultimate Team is a "long way" from gambling | GamesIndustry.biz
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    by Published on January 9th, 2021 17:01

    Yesterday witnessed the release of the brand new Megaways online slot, Shamrock Holmes. Released by Microgaming, Shamrock Holmes promises to be the first of many new Megaways slot games in 2021.

    Megaways Games Set for A Successful 2021

    Megaways slots are currently the undisputed kings where online casino games are concerned. Ever since the first of its kind - Bonanza Megaways - was released, the Big Time Gaming slots series has been a hit.
    Big Time Gaming has now granted licenses to multiple slots development companies so that they can create their own Megaways slots games. NetEnt, Microgaming and Red Tiger are three such developers that have created their own unique slots titles. All are innovative and utilise Megaways features such as cascading reels and free spins.
    Due to the high demand in the United Kingdom for casino games and high variance slots, Megaways games will be a common feature in online casino games libraries.

    High Variance Megaways

    Casino games which are high in variance/volatility are known to offer huge wins to lucky players. High variance slots often generate large wins, but players need to be patient as wins are a rare occurrence. The majority of Megaways games are high in variance with a few exceptions including Gonzo’s Quest Megaways which offers a medium variance experience.
    High variance slot games are high in demand in 2021 due to the huge wins. In the past, these types of slots were not very innovative but Megaways changed all of this.
    “The Megaways mechanic changed the entire landscape of online slots and ensured that high variance slots became exciting again,” states the project manager at Megaways Casino.
    “The popularity of Megaways casino games grows with each passing year. There are now over 100 Megaways slot games available to be played at online slot sites in the UK and we are expecting many more to be released in 2021.
    “In fact, many have already been announced whilst Shamrock Holmes Megaways was launched in the first week of the year.”

    What to Expect When Playing?

    Lots of thrills, excitement and action! The reason why Megaways slot games are the most popular online slots is due to the exhilaration they offer as well as the chance to win potentially thousands of pounds. Casino gaming now rivals any other type of gaming too due to the excellent graphics and features which are offered by slot games.
    Technological advancements have meant that casino slots can now be played on almost any device which has an internet connection. Mobile phone casino gaming has risen in popularity dramatically. In fact, most online casino gamers now play via their mobile phones.
    The number one feature where Megaways slots are concerned is the cascading reels feature. Cascading reels give the player a so-called unlimited number of ways in which to win. Whilst the average slot game will offer around 20 paylines, Megaways slots make available thousands of paylines.
    We expect that Megways slots released in 2021 will become even more innovative and enticing.

    Where to Play Megaways Casino Slots

    Megaways slots are available to be played at 99% of casinos and online slot sites in the UK. Our advice would be to play Megaways slots at Megaways Casino. Don’t forget, there are many different slots which use the Megaways mechanic so you should play several of them for free first before you play for real money.
    Currently, Megaways slot games are not available at land-based casinos. Whether this changes or not in 2021 or beyond remains to be seen. We expect to see an ever-increasing trend in UK players playing at UK online casinos due to the ongoing lockdown scenario in the country.

    Final Words

    We hope you have enjoyed our 2021 guide to Megaways slots and casinos. If your plan is to try out new Megaways slots, then please ensure you gamble responsibly. The high variance aspect means that it is easy to relinquish a lot of your bank roll if your bet sizes when spinning the reels are high.
    If you would like DCEMU to write a guide on any other types of casino games, please email us and let us know!

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    by Published on January 8th, 2021 16:41
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    2. PC News

    Ootake v3.00 is released. Ootake is a PC Engine emulator for Windows. Ootake is the most frequently updated PC Engine emulator available for windows, and Ootake is also one of the more complete. Also, Ootake is FREE unlike Magic Engine.

    Ootake v3.00 Changelog::
    - When playing a game in Full-Screen on Windows10/8.1/8/7/Vista, fixed a bug
    that the dialog to open the ROM image file ([O] key or "File-> Open" menu)
    was not displayed. *This is the only change, so if you are using Windows
    XP, you can leave v2.99 as it is.


    http://www.ouma.jp/ootake/

    http://www.emucr.com/2021/01/ootake-v300.html ...
    by Published on January 8th, 2021 16:27
    1. Categories:
    2. Xbox News

    XEMU (2021/01/07) is released. xemu is an open-source, cross-platform application that emulates the hardware of the original Xbox game console, allowing users to play their Xbox games on Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. This project is focused on making significant forward progress in terms of features, performance, stability, and user experience in Xbox emulation. This project is an active fork of the XQEMU project, which is based on the very popular and highly actively maintained QEMU full system emulator project.

    XQEMU Git Changelog
    ui: Move fullscreen trigger to main thread


    https://github.com/mborgerson/xemu


    http://www.emucr.com/2021/01/xemu-20210107.html ...

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