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The FBI Made a Terrible Game for Teens to Protect Them From Extremists

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), USA’s top body for domestic security and law enforcement, has unveiled a new project – “Don’t Be a Puppet” – in a bid to protect teens from “violent extremists”. And as part of the interactive website, the bureau commissioned a top-down game featuring a goat. Called “Slippery Slope”, players must use left and right ... Read More »

Amazon Lumberyard Terms and Conditions Foretell a Zombie Apocalypse

With Amazon launching its AAA game engine, Lumberyard, there’s the usual dose of legal documentation, ostensibly to ensure both developers and Jeff Bezos’ company have every possibility taken care of. And while most service terms are dull, dry, and for a lack of a better term, sleep-inducing, there’s one particular sliver of information in Lumberyard’s service terms (which falls under ... Read More »

Amazon Lumberyard Is a Free Triple-A Game Engine for Everyone

American e-commerce titan Amazon has released a free cross-platform game engine for aspiring and existing developers which will easily link with existing Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure and its own live streaming video platform, Twitch. Called Amazon Lumberyard, the new game engine is capable of producing AAA games, and is being offered free of cost: no upfront payment, no ... Read More »

Red Dead Redemption’s Appearance on Xbox One Was a Mistake: Microsoft

Red Dead Redemption, the open-world western video game, had become available as a backwards compatible title for the Xbox One over the weekend despite no official announcement. It seems that was an error on Microsoft’s part, and the company clarified that in a statement on Monday. “Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience ... Read More »

Red Dead Redemption’s Appearance on Xbox One Was a Mistake: Microsoft

Red Dead Redemption, the open-world western video game, had become available as a backwards compatible title for the Xbox One over the weekend despite no official announcement. It seems that was an error on Microsoft’s part, and the company clarified that in a statement on Monday. “Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience ... Read More »

Humble Bundle Is Now a Publisher Too, With Humble Originals

The Humble Bundle has made a name for itself in the video game sector with its pay what you want approach combined with its charitable identity. It now wants to set up a new vertical called Humble Originals wherein it helps small gaming projects get off the ground. In an interview with video gaming blog Destructoid, Humble Bundle Co-Founder John ... Read More »

Firewatch’s Poor PS4 Frame Rate: Campo Santo Is Working on a Fix

Reviews for the heavily anticipated first-person exploration adventure game Firewatch are finally out and for most part they’ve been favourable. But there has been a bone of contention for most critics on the eve of its launch. The game’s technical performance, particularly on the PS4 isn’t everything it should be what with a choppy and inconsistent frame rate. It’s something ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Has a Hidden Chess Game; Here’s How to Get Started

The Facebook Messenger app, which many of us use every day for chatting and voice calls, has a hidden chess game. The game can be played by any user in a personal chat window. It works on the Messenger app for Android and iOS, the Messenger Web client (www.messenger.com), and via messages on the Facebook Web interface. To play chess ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: A Student Micro-Lending Startup, Rentals Marketplace, and More

Buddy Bengaluru-based student micro-lending startup, Buddy, announced that it has raised a Pre Series-A funding round of $500,000 (roughly Rs. 3.4 crores) from Blume Ventures, TracxnLabs and other angels. Buddy enables college students to buy e-commerce products via short and long-term payment plans, and has partnerships with India’s largest e-commerce players including Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. The startup started operations ... Read More »

Will a tax on sugar cure obesity?

(Fotolia) Thirty-five years ago, I warned readers about the dangers of excessive sugar consumption and labelled sugar the “white devil”. The sugar industry was not amused, and complained to the College of Physicians and Surgeons that I should be disciplined. I won, after a trying, difficult battle. How things change. Five countries currently have a sugar tax. Now the British ... Read More »