The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It

By QUENTIN HARDY
June 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-seven years ago, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web as a way for scientists to easily find information. It has since become the world’s most powerful medium for knowledge, communications and commerce — but that doesn’t mean Mr. Berners-Lee is happy with all of the consequences.

“It controls what people see, creates mechanisms for how people interact,” he said of the modern day web. “It’s been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people’s content, taking you to the wrong websites — that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create.”

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Vivendi buys out Guillemot family to seal Gameloft takeover

French media group Vivendi will cement its hostile takeover of Gameloft by buying out company founders, the Guillemots.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the family — who also formed fellow French studio, Ubisoft — say they are stepping away “with regret.”

“The family maintains that Vivendi’s hostile approach goes against the best interest of Gameloft, both for its activity and for its teams,” they said in a statement.

It’s believed Vivendi will pick up the majority of the Guillemot’s 21.7 percent stake in the Modern Combat developer.

Earlier this month Bloomberg reported that Gameloft CEO Michel Guillemot Read the rest

The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble

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APOD: 2016 June 8 – The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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Explanation: While drifting through the cosmos, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud became sculpted by stellar winds and radiation to assume a recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is embedded in the vast and complex Orion Nebula (M42). A potentially rewarding but difficult object to view personally with a small telescope, the above gorgeously detailed image was … Read the rest

Night on Venus in Infrared from Orbiting Akatsuki

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APOD: 2016 June 7 – Night on Venus in Infrared from Orbiting Akatsuki

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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Night on Venus in Infrared from Orbiting Akatsuki
Image Credit & Copyright: ISAS, JAXA

Explanation: Why is Venus so different from Earth? To help find out, Japan launched the robotic Akatsuki spacecraft which entered orbit around Venus late last year after an unplanned five-year adventure around the inner Solar System. Even though Akatsuki has passed its … Read the rest

The Supernova and Cepheids of Spiral Galaxy UGC 9391

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APOD: 2016 June 6 – The Supernova and Cepheids of Spiral Galaxy UGC 9391

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Explanation: What can this galaxy tell us about the expansion rate of the universe? Perhaps a lot because UGC 9391, featured, not only contains Cepheid variable stars (red circles) but also a recent Type Ia supernova (blue X). Both types of objects have standard brightnesses, with Cepheids typically being seen relatively nearby, while supernovas are seen … Read the rest

7 progression and event systems that every developer should study

Online multiplayer games are almost defined by a constant state of change. Since their inception, the rise and fall of different genres, the constant patching, and the eventual creation of things like metagames has meant the only real certainty in developing online games is that—well, nothing is certain.

But even if nothing is certain or fixed in online game development, that doesn’t mean past trends don’t matter, and two trends that have taken over online multiplayer are the introduction of progression systems and events.

Progression systems, in case the name itself isn’t clear, are means of tracking player progress across … Read the rest

Hybridex research report available online!

Hybridex research report “Hybrid Playful Experiences : Playing between Material and Digital” is now available online at Tampub.

The report presents the results of a two-year research project set to map the value of hybrid experience between digital and physical.

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Seminar on Hybrid Play

Game Research Lab is organizing a joint morning seminar of two research projects: Hybrid Play Seminar.

The Hybrid Play Seminar presents recent results and current work on the topic of hybrid play. The event starts with a presentation on the final results of the Hybridex project conducted by the University of Tampere Game Research Lab. Exploring the topic of hybrid play is continued in Hybrid Social Play: Solutions for Future Social Games and Media. The project is a joint collaboration between the University of Tampere, the University of Turku and the University of Jyväskylä and project aims to identify best … Read the rest

Lahjoitus Tampereen yliopistolle pelitutkimukseen

Colossal Order on tehnyt Tampereen yliopistolle 15 000 euron lahjoituksen, jota ollaan suuntaamassa perusteilla olevan Pelitutkimuksen keskuksen toimintaan ja kehittämiseen: https://www.tieteenraivaajat.fi/colossal-order-lahjoittaa-tampereen-yliopistolle/

Source: http://gameresearchlab.uta.fi/2016/04/14/lahjoitus-tampereen-yliopistolle-pelitutkimukseen/Read the rest