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+ - Indie game studio devastated after €7k Kickstarter fraud-> 1

Submitted by dotarray
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.

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+ - Lakka: Linux distro turns your PC into a retro console->

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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.
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+ - Australia: Your digital games (and movies!) will get more expensive->

Submitted by dotarray
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.

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+ - Better than charity collection boxes: Charity Arcades arrive in Sweden->

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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.
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+ - Women in history content triggers massive backlash against video game->

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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.
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+ - Australia's piracy crackdown will hurt everyone->

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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.
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+ - eSports one step closer to Olympic inclusion->

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dotarray writes: Video games have been accepted as a second-level Olympic sport, putting eSports into the same category as engagements such as Chess, Automobile Racing, Polo and Cheerleading. The push came from — where else? — the Korean eSport Association (KeSPA), and could see eSports included in the international competition some time in the future.
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+ - Hotline Miami 2 too offensive for Australia->

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dotarray writes: It's official: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is too offensive for Australian audiences, according to the Classification Board. The latest from Dennaton and Devolver has been Refused Classification (effectively banned), and will not be released Down Under.
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+ - Aussie government warns against Steam malware->

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray writes: The Australian government has issued a warning to all Steam users, following the outbreak of online malware using the social side of the gaming platform to send malicious messages to users. We're used to seeing this sort of behaviour on other social networks, but this is the first time it's caused such a stir on Valve's digital platform
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