Category Archives: News

Valve making some AWESOME moves

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Steam Dev Days just wrapped up and we learned several awesome things! Here’s a quick breakdown, or you can visit the official page and see what you can find there.

  • Samsung and Valve have teamed up to allow gamers to stream their gaming session from their gaming rig to their TV. If you’re still here with dry pants, maybe you should read about it over at hd-report.com
  • All of you PS4 owners that are frustrated that you have to buy an Xbox controller to game on your PC, you will soon be able to use your PS4 controller. Also, your Steam Controller is going to have better support, but it’s clear the lead story of this is the PS4 thing…
  • Check out the new VR Controllers that will soon be in your hands. Literally. Your hands.
  • There are more than 10,000 games on Steam. So… that happened.

Why are you still using Yahoo!?

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The Intercept had a fantastic article about Yahoo! that should send chills down the spines of people who still have and use the free email service while simultaneously angering people regardless of their affiliation with the site. I suggest you go and read that article because it lays it out more neatly than I could.

tldr: NSA asked Yahoo! to let them spy on you and Yahoo! bent over backwards to comply, without putting up a fight at all

What I’d like to do is to help you get away from Yahoo! and start using a better service. I’ll be doing this over the next week-or-so as I actually help a friend to leave the service. What I’d like you to do is to ask yourself the simple question that is the headline of this article. Why are you still using your Yahoo! account? If the answer is because you’re loyal to them, you might want to rethink that after while reading the linked article above. If you’re simply there because you never thought about leaving, now is a perfect time to rethink your options.

Stay tuned for my mini-tutorial

The Internet Just Got More… International

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ICANN is no longer under the authority of the United States of America. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has had control of domain names up until the first, but this service is officially independent and non-profit.

There are some that (bafflingly) think this will cause the internet to suddenly restrict Americans’ First Amdendment rights (freedom of speech, specifically), but it does appear to currently be a vocal minority.

What Stardew Valley Players Have Waited For

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That oft-fantasized 1.1 update for Stardew Valley has finally been released. It adds quite a bit, which you can read about here, and may be enough to finally make me go back and play it again. What I’m looking forward to most is the ability to specialize your farm into a special type. I didn’t really farm anyway, so being able to specialize into a fighting farm has me interested.

I’ll have my thoughts about it in a couple days.

British Advertising Regulator Officially “Looking Into” No Man’s Sky

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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has opened an investigation into the oft-controversial No Man’s Sky. I don’t have a dog in this race because I stayed away from that whole debacle, but I know a lot of people who are on either side of the fence about No Man’s Sky.

I’ve never heard of the ASA, which makes sense since I’m an ignorant American, but I thought it was odd that a British group was looking into these claims when our own Federal Trade Commission wasn’t. I know that Hello Games, makers of No Man’s Sky, is a British company, but most articles on this subject refer to advertisements on the Steam page for No Man’s Sky. At the end of the day, I’d hope that this case is actually looked at very carefully instead of it being brushed aside because “the yanks didn’t do anything about it, so we won’t either.”

You may know that I’m pretty harsh when it comes to lies in gaming. You may also know that I tend to blame stupid consumers who allow these horrible things to happen without causing an uproar. Knowing those two things, you may be wondering where I stand on this whole shit show. Honestly, I couldn’t ever say it better than WhatCulture did in this video.