dotarray writes: You might remember Paranautical Activity as the game that caused an awful lot of drama when developer Mike Maulbeck threatened to kill Gabe Newell in late 2014. Now, you’ve got another reason to remember it: It’s the first game of 2016 to be Refused Classification in Australia.
dotarray writes: This time of year, people have quite a bit of time on their hands, and they use that time to do all sorts of tricksy things. Today? Here’s a video of Windows 95 running quite successfully on a New Nintendo 3DS.
dotarray writes: Five years ago, the professional StarCraft community was rocked by a massive cheating scandal (https://www.playerattack.com/news/2010/04/12/2903/starcraft-cheating-scandal-rocks-korea/) – now it looks like history is repeating, as twelve StarCraft II gamers have been arrested in South Korea over charges of match-fixing and illegal betting.
dotarray writes: This is just what we need. In a world where everybody seems to be obsessed with young women and their weight, a recent study has shown that playing just an hour of video games each day can increase the risk of women in their 20s gaining a few extra kilos.
dotarray writes: Team Immunity, one of Australia's longest-running eSports teams, has been banned from League of Legends tournaments for two years, after failing to pay the players. Riot reportedly handed down multiple warnings, but the team did not make minimum match payments to its League gamers, failing to meet the requirements of the Oceanic Pro League requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.