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    by Published on February 16th, 2021 21:04
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    2. PC News

    Major tech firms are protesting against Nvidia's $40 billion acquisition of UK semiconductor firm Arm.
    The deal was announced back in September and is currently under review by antitrust regulators in the US, UK, European Union and China.
    Bloomberg reports several companies -- including Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm -- are asking for these regulators to intervene.
    According to the site's sources, at least one of these companies wants the deal to be stopped altogether.
    The concern centres around Arm's work providing semiconductors and essential chips to companies such as Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Huawei and Intel.
    The firm currently provides its services to all clients across the tech industry, but the likes of Microsoft and Google are concerned that the acquisition would allow Nvidia to limit supply to rivals or increase prices.

    Nvidia acquisition of Arm under fire from Microsoft and Google | GamesIndustry.biz
    by Published on February 16th, 2021 21:03
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    2. PC News

    Consumer spending in the US for PC gaming hardware and accessories reached $4.5 billion in 2020.
    That's a 62% increase compared to 2019, and more than double the total sales of 2017, NPD said in its latest report.
    Digital PC games content also grew 19% in 2020, reaching $7.5 billion in revenue. PC gaming accessories overall grew 81% year-on-year, while hardware grew 57%.
    All categories of gaming hardware and accessories encountered double-digital growth, NPD continued, with a particular boom for headsets, monitors and keyboards, likely driven by the working-from-home shift due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    PC gaming hardware and accessories spending grew 62% in the US in 2020 | GamesIndustry.biz
    by Published on January 25th, 2021 21:47
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    2. PC News

    OpenTTD v1.11.0 beta1 is released. OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.

    OpenTTD is modelled after the original Transport Tycoon game by Chris Sawyer and enhances the game experience dramatically. Many features were inspired by TTDPatch while others are original.

    Significant enhancements from the original game include:
    bigger maps (up to 64 times in size)
    stable multiplayer mode for up to 255 players in 15 companies, or as spectators
    dedicated server mode and an in-game console for administration
    IPv6 and IPv4 support for all communication of the client and server
    in game downloading of AIs, NewGRFs, scenarios and heightmaps
    new pathfinding algorithms that makes vehicles go where you want them to
    autorail/-road build tool, improved terraforming
    canals, shiplifts, aqueducts
    larger, non-uniform stations and the ability to join them together
    mammoth and multi-headed trains
    different configurable models for acceleration of vehicles
    clone, autoreplace and autoupdate vehicles
    the possibility to build on slopes and coasts
    advanced/conditional orders, share and copy orders
    longer and higher bridges including several new designs, plus fully flexible tracks/roads under bridges
    reworked airport system with many more airports/heliports (e.g. international and metropolitan)
    presignals, semaphores, path based signalling
    support for TTDPatch NewGRF features offering many options for graphics and behaviour configuration/modification
    drive-through road stops for articulated road vehicles and trams
    multiple trees on one tile
    bribe the town authority
    many configuration settings to tune the game to your liking
    save games using zlib compression for smaller sizes, while not interrupting gameplay
    significant internationalisation support. OpenTTD has already been translated into over 50 languages
    dynamically created town names in 18 languages, plus NewGRF support for additional languages
    freely distributable graphics, sounds and music
    framework for custom (user) written AIs
    zooming further out in the normal view and zooming out in the small map
    Lots of effort has been put into making OpenTTD easy to use. These include:

    convert rail tool (to electrified rail, monorail, and maglev)
    drag&drop support for almost all tools (demolition, road/rail building/removing, stations, scenario editor, etc)
    sorting of most lists based on various criteria (vehicle, station, town, industries, etc.)
    mouse wheel support (scroll menus, zoom in/out)
    autoscroll when the mouse is near the edge of the screen/window
    sell whole train by dragging it to the dynamite trashcan
    cost estimation with the 'shift' key
    advanced options configuration window, change settings from within the game
    Graphical/interface features:

    screenshots can be in BMP, PNG or PCX format (select in game options menu)
    more currencies (including Euro introduction in 2002)
    extra viewports to view more parts of the game world at the same time
    resolution and refresh rate selection for fullscreen mode
    colourful newspaper after a certain date
    colour coded vehicle profits
    game speed increase (through fast forward button or by pressing the TAB key)
    snappy and sticky windows that always stay on top and neatly align themselves to other windows
    more hotkeys for even less mouse-clicking
    support for 32 bit graphics
    support for right-to-left languages
    support for other (sized) fonts where the user interface scales based on the font and translation

    OpenTTD Changelog:
    Feature: [GS] Ability to set some extra text in the industry window (#8576)
    Feature: Show rainforest under vegetation on smallmap (#8562)
    Feature: Automatically determine window size on new install (#8536)
    Feature: Towns can build tunnels (#8473)
    Feature: Make maximum length of town bridges depend on population (with a minimum limit of 4) (#8439)
    Feature: New icons for renaming and go-to-location on GUI windows, and improve consistency of usage (#8455)
    Feature: Support for ARM64 on Apple Silicon and Windows (#8340, #8577, #8583)
    Feature: Add an option to disable tree growth completely (#8415)
    Feature: Support for Emscripten (play-OpenTTD-in-the-browser!) (#8355)
    Feature: Show group name as part of the default vehicle name (#8307)
    Feature: "Frozen" economy setting that stops production changes and industry closures (#8282)
    Feature: New velocity unit "tiles/day" (#8278)
    Feature: Option to automatically remove signals when placing rail (#8274)
    Feature: Increase max possible distance from border for oil refineries and rigs (#8237)
    Feature: Improve tree planting window, and allow planting 'clumps' of trees by dragging in the scenario editor (#8234)
    Feature: Indian Rupee (INR) currency (#8136)
    Feature: [GS] Ability to give a company exclusive access to an industry (#8115)
    Feature: Hotkeys for Land Info window, News window & close error window (#8053, #8266)
    Feature: Improve rendering of large viewports (#7962)
    Feature: [GS] Influence industry production changes from GameScript (#7912)
    Feature: [GS] Push-buttons on storybook pages (#7896)
    Feature: Option to group vehicle lists by shared orders (#7028)
    Feature: Drag-and-drop vehicles in group GUI for shared order groups (#7028)
    Add: [GS] A tile parameter to GSCompany::ChangeBankBalance for showing changes more visually (#8573)
    Add: [NewGRF] Allow NewGRF vehicles to query the current rail/road/tram ...
    by Published on January 25th, 2021 21:34
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    2. Retro Consoles/Translation News

    Gopher2600 v0.8.1 is released. Gopher2600 is an emulator for the Atari 2600. Whilst the performance is not as efficient as some other emulators it is none-the-less suitable for playing games, on a reasonably modern computer, at the required 60fps. (The development machine for Gopher2600 has been an i3-3225, dating from around 2012.)

    Gopher2600 v0.8.1 changelog:
    Performance improvements
    - significant speed increase for ARM emulation
    - particularly noticeble for large ARM programs
    - small TIA speed improvements
    Screen resizing improved
    MNetwork (E7) fingerprinting improved. Now catches more ROMs
    created in the modern era (ie. Congo Bongo Demo)


    http://www.emucr.com/2021/01/gopher2600-v081.html ...
    by Published on January 25th, 2021 21:31
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    2. Retro Consoles/Translation News

    Steem SSE Steem SSE v4.0.2 R30 is released. Steem is an emulator for the Atari STE computer created many years ago by Anthony and Russell Hayward. Steem SSE is a new version of Steem based on this release. 'SSE' stands for 'Steven Seagal Edition'. Steven Seagal is a well known Aikido grandmaster, action movie star, musician and playboy.


    http://www.emucr.com/2021/01/steem-sse-v402-r30.html ...
    by Published on January 25th, 2021 21:29

    This week New York Magazine featured a new article by journalist David Wallace-Wells about the state of the fight against global warming.

    He warns that "Already, the planet is warmer, at just 1.2 degrees, than it has ever been..." But there's also some good news:Just a half-decade ago, it was widely believed that a "business as usual" emissions path would bring the planet four or five degrees of warming — enough to make large parts of Earth effectively uninhabitable. Now, thanks to the rapid death of coal, the revolution in the price of renewable energy, and a global climate politics forged by a generational awakening, the expectation is for about three degrees. Recent pledges could bring us closer to two. All of these projections sketch a hazardous and unequal future, and all are clouded with uncertainties — about the climate system, about technology, about the dexterity and intensity of human response, about how inequitably the most punishing impacts will be distributed. Yet if each half-degree of warming marks an entirely different level of suffering, we appear to have shaved a few of them off our likeliest end stage in not much time at all.

    The next half-degrees will be harder to shave off, and the most crucial increment — getting from two degrees to 1.5 — perhaps impossible, dashing the dream of avoiding what was long described as "catastrophic" change. But for a climate alarmist like me, seeing clearly the state of the planet's future now requires a conspicuous kind of double vision, in which a guarded optimism seems perhaps as reasonable as panic. Given how long we've waited to move, what counts now as a best-case outcome remains grim. It also appears, miraculously, within reach....

    The price of solar energy has fallen ninefold over the past decade, as has the price of lithium batteries, critical to the growth of electric cars. The costs of utility-scale batteries, which could solve the "intermittency" (i.e., cloudy day) problem of renewables and help power whole cities in relatively short order, have fallen 70 percent since just 2015. Wind power is 40 percent cheaper than it was a decade ago, with offshore wind experiencing an even steeper decline. Overall, renewable energy is less expensive than dirty energy almost everywhere on the planet, and in many places it is simply cheaper to build new renewable capacity than to continue running the old fossil-fuel infrastructure. Oil demand and carbon emissions may both have peaked this year. Eighty percent of coal plants planned in Asia's developing countries have been shelved... [I]n the fall, the U.K. pledged to ban nonelectrics by 2030 — a once-unthinkable law coming both too slow and much more quickly than seemed possible not very long ago. Similar plans are now in place in 16 other countries, plus Massachusetts and California. Canada recently raised its tax on carbon sixfold. Italy cut its power-sector emissions 65 percent between 2012 and 2019, and Denmark is now aiming to reduce its overall emissions 70 percent by 2030...

    [F]or all their momentum, renewables still only make up 10 percent of global electricity production. But alarmists have to take the good news where they find it....

    The author also spoke to Pulitzer Prize-winner environmentalist author Elizabeth Kolbert about her new book Under a White Sky:In her book, Kolbert sketches a spectrum of interventions, from electrifying rivers to using CRISPR to save endangered species to solar geoengineering, often called "solar-radiation management," by which aerosol particles are suspended in the stratosphere to deflect some sunlight back into outer space and artificially cool the planet. "There is a slippery slope here, you know?" she says. "And where does that end?

    "But there are not a lot of great choices. We're not returning to a preindustrial climate — not in my lifetime, not in your lifetime."

    by Published on January 25th, 2021 21:27

    Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets. From a report:The new system allows users to discuss and provide context to tweets they believe are misleading or false. The project, titled Birdwatch, is a standalone section of Twitter that will at first only be available to a small set of users, largely on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will not be provided to high-profile people or traditional fact-checkers, but users will have to use an account tied to a real phone number and email address.

    "Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading or false, and write notes that provide informative context," Twitter Vice President of Product Keith Coleman wrote in a press release. "We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable." While Birdwatch will initially be cordoned off to a separate section of Twitter, the company said "eventually we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors."

    by Published on January 25th, 2021 16:50
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    Many players believe that if a bet, such as the black-red of roulette, has verified red more than once, then the chances of black appearing are increased. The reality is that each round is a new round, so the odds between black and red will always be 50%/50%. This is also called a gambler's delusion. So, pay close attention to strategies like Martingale that are partly based on this theory.

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    by Published on January 24th, 2021 21:46
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    2. Xbox News

    Less than 18 hours after it was announced, Xbox has scrapped its plans to raise the price of its Xbox Live Gold subscription service.
    The firm had previously announced that its Gold membership scheme, which is what gamers need to be able to play Xbox games online, would be increasing by $1 for a one-month subscription, or $5 for three months. That would be $10.99 for a month, $29.99 for three months and $59.99 for six months. That six-month price is what Xbox had been charging for a 12-month subscription.,
    However, some fans were angry at the increase. Analysts suggested this was an aggressive effort from Microsoft to convince its Gold user base to upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which combines Gold with the firm's Game Pass offering (where players can download hundreds of games on Xbox and PC). Other fans took to social media to criticise the move taking place so soon after the launch of the new Xbox consoles, and during the current uncertain economic situation caused by COVID-19.
    Microsoft reacted quickly, however, and has reversed its decision. The firm has also announced that free-to-play games on Xbox will no-longer require Gold membership at all. This comes ahead of the launch of Halo: Infinite later this year, which will feature a free-to-play multiplayer mode.
    Xbox U-turns on Gold subscription price hike after fan backlash | GamesIndustry.biz

    by Published on January 24th, 2021 21:44

    Hitman 3 has taken No.1 in the UK boxed charts, with launch sales up 17% over its predecessor.
    Developed and owned by IO Interactive, Hitman 3's boxed release was handled by Square Enix, the company that previously owned the franchise before letting it go. The last game, 2018's Hitman 2, was published by Warner Bros.
    The PS5 version of the game was by far the dominant edition, accounting for 49% of sales. The Xbox version accounted for 27%, while the PS4 version made up 25%. Of course, this is just physical games, the majority of Hitman 3's sales will have taken place in the digital download space.
    Hitman's chart-topping debut means that Animal Crossing: New Horizons drops to No.2, although only 800 games separates the two titles. Animal Crossing's sales dropped 8% week-on-week.

    Hitman 3 surpasses its predecessor to claim No.1 | UK Boxed Charts | GamesIndustry.biz
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