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Submission + - Microsoft HoloLens headsets destroyed in SpaceX launch failure->

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.
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Submission + - Australia bans more than 240 games in six months->

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.

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Submission + - Microsoft backflips, announces Xbox One backward compatibility->

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.
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Submission + - League of Legends fan admits to stalking multiple victims->

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Submission + - Valve censoring torrent references in Steam chat-> 1 1

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

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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