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Submission + - Top Girl Games For Beginners (

averyzoe writes: There is a question that all girl-gamers hear, at one time or another: “How can I get my girl to game with me?” The mistake many guys make in trying to get the non-gaming girls in their lives to understand their hobby is that they usually try to get the girls to try their games. While there are many girls who enjoy poppin’ a cap in zombies or chasing large breasted goddesses, I’m going to have to be honest and say a lot of those games are marketed towards males. The other problem with that is those games are generally not for the beginner gamer. There is a learning curve to gaming; not just for learning controls, but also for learning general progression. The key to hooking new gamers is to start with simple, engaging games and work your way up.

Submission + - Anime master Satoshi Kon passes away (

tekrat writes: Yesterday, news of master Japanese animator Satoshi Kon's death started circulating wildly. It came as a shock because, first, Kon was only 47 years old and, secondly, because nobody could confirm what was then thought to be a rumor. The news started after two people had mentioned Kon's passing, though those two people are trustworthy members of the anime industry: the President of Madhouse Studios (Mindgame) and one of the founding members of Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Now it has been confirmed that Kon has passed away. He died of cancer.

Random Hacks of Kindness 69

Elizabeth Sabet writes "Google, Microsoft, NASA, The World Bank, and Yahoo! are unlikely partners, but they are bringing together the best and brightest in disaster relief management and the ever-growing hacker community in a progressive initiative called Random Hacks of Kindness. Its mission is to mobilize a world-wide community of technologists to solve real-world problems through technology. RHoK is gearing up for its first world-wide 'hackathon for humanity' on June 4-6, 2010. Following last year's inaugural event in Mountain View, California, which produced software solutions that were used on the ground during the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the partners have decided to take the effort global. RHoK engages volunteer software engineers, independent hackers, and students from around the world in a marathon weekend of hacking events and coding competitions to develop software solutions for problems posed by subject-matter experts. This first global Hackathon will feature sponsored events in Washington, DC, Sydney, Nairobi, Jakarta, and Sao Paulo." Here's where to go for more details or to register for the DC event.

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