dotarray writes: The boxed copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain reportedly contains nothing but a Steam installer. That's right, even if you fork out real-world money for a physical copy of the game, you'll *still* have to download the whole thing from the internet. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Old-school PC gaming fans, you might not want to upgrade to Windows 10 just yet. While the new operating system does some things very well, one thing it does not do is run vintage games that come packaged with certain DRM. Yep. It's 2015 and we've been given yet another reason why SecuROM is bad. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: If you've been hanging out for another look at Fallout 4, you might have to go through some unorthodox channels. Despite Bethesda's best efforts to squish an online leak, there's one place online that's still hosting the 7 minutes of gameplay shown off at Gamescom last week. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Given that astronauts on the International Space Station were perhaps further away from E3 than any of the rest of us, Microsoft decided to send them a couple of HoloLens augmented reality headsets to try out. However... the headsets were packed into the Falcon 9 rocket that launched this week... and exploded just two minutes into the flight. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: In the 20 years from 1995 to January 2015, there were 77 games Refused Classification in Australia. After January though, more than 240 games have been effectively banned by the Classification Board — an average of 40 per month.
Most of these games are mobile- or digital-only releases you're unlikely to have ever heard of, with names like League Of Guessing, "w21wdf AB test", Sniper 3D Assault Zombie, Measure Bra Size Prank and Virtual marijuana smoking showing up in just the first few pages. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Mike Ybarra is head of Platform Engineering at Xbox, and today he told the gaming world all about one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets — after more than a year of saying it couldn't be done, the Xbox One really is backwards compatible, so you can play all your Xbox 360 games on your next-gen console. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Fans of Fallout will tell you that the coolest bit of technology is, of course, the PipBoy. Happily, Bethesda understands this completely, and has built a real-world edition that will hit the market alongside Fallout 4 when it launches November 10, 2015. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: A 17-year old has admitted to 23 charges of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment, following a string of swatting attacks across the US and Canada. The Canadian teen was charged with terrorising "mostly young, female gamers and their parents" — many of whom he met playing League of Legends. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Earlier today, 2Awesome Studio celebrated a generous pledge of €7,000 for their Dimension Drive Kickstarter — only to have it pulled three hours later over fraud allegations, a devastating 31 minutes before the project deadline.
Even worse, the developers found out about the cancelled pledge while livestreaming their game and celebrating a successful crowd-funding project. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Something for the Linux fans — Lakka is a new lightweight distro that will turn any PC (no matter how small) into a retro gaming console. It can emulate a pretty serious stack of old gaming hardware, and supports new-fangled things like video streaming, time-rewinding and both PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Australians really are about to start paying more for digital services — including Steam games — as Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed plans to introduce a "Netflix tax" in this week's Federal Budget.
As mentioned last week, this is not a new tax, but an extension of Australia's current Goods and Services Tax to include digital services, adding 10% to virtual items and services purchased online. Details have not yet been revealed, but potential services include not only Steam games but also Netflix subscriptions and even Uber trips. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Two Swedish airports have taken an interesting approach to helping travelers dispose of unwanted foreign coins. Rather than simply leaving donation boxes, visitors at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport can now play classic arcade games, regardless of which currency they hold. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: Women have no part in history, according to RTS fans who play Europa Universalis IV. Developer Paradox Interactive has recognised International Women's Day (March 8th) with new DLC for the game, celebrating the role of women in history. Despite the fact the new content is both optional and *free*, some gamers seem to have some pretty strong opinions on why female characters should be left out of historic RTS. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: You're about to pay even more to get online in Australia, as major ISPs band together to crack down on internet piracy. Even if everything you download is legal, you'll still be slugged with the bill — and while the focus is on TV shows, movies and music, video games are next in the firing line. Link to Original Source
dotarray writes: It seems Valve is restricting just what you can talk about when using the Steam chat service. Specifically, any reference to a particular torrent site is being stripped from conversation, while mentions of other pages trigger a warning that the site is "potentially malicious". Link to Original Source