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Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Apple stops The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth from reaching the App Store, Fixaris adds support for the Steam Controller to XCOM 2 but not other game controllers, a piracy group claims it will abstain from cracking single-player games for one year, and Steam holds yet another sale.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Blizzard ships a major content patch for Diablo 3, Valve reveals its Steam Sale changes greatly benefited developers, mobile game Sorcery! is heading to Mac and PC, and Desert Bus may soon be revived as a VR game.
If you've spent any time playing games in the last few years, you're no stranger to "what makes a game a game" debate. You probably have your own theories and ideas, maybe citing things like the magic circle. Well, today, we bring you another game that falls into the "maybe it's not really a 'game' per se," a charming little garden simulator named Viridi.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a report claims Major League Gaming is selling the majority of its assets to Activision Blizzard; Valve reveals 34,000 account details were on view for Steam's brief holiday issues; and MacGamer HQ publishes its list of the best Mac games of the last year.
Valve Software was forced to temporarily suspend the Steam online game store's service for a short period on December 25, after some user details were leaked. An issue with the way the service cached user account pages allowed visitors to see the account details of another user, including purchase histories, some contact information, and a limited amount of payment-related information.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Oculus prepares to ship the final developer hardware for the Rift VR headset, Chromecast gains more games, Valve launches the Steam Winter Sale, and Rare shows the unreleased game that eventually became Banjo-Kazooie during its development.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Tencent takes complete ownership of Riot Games, Blizzard introduces the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl to Hearthstone, Medieval II: Total War Collection reaches the Mac App Store, and the date of Steam's Winter Sale has apparently leaked.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, CCP offers Eve: Valkyrie to those pre-ordering the Oculus Rift, an update for the Steam Controller adds new features, Valve admits approximately 77,000 Steam accounts are victims of fraud each month, and Sony adds new effects to the PlayStation 4's Sharefactory app.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Sony confirms it is working on PlayStation 2 emulation for the PlayStation 4, Valve allegedly prepares to make changes to how it runs its major Steam sales, and Rooster Teeth suffers a server breach.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Fallout 4 sets sales records, Payday 2 continues to be a headache for Overkill, an upcoming update to Halo 5: Guardians, and Valve fixes issues with the Steam Link and Steam Controller when the devices are used with OS X.
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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko