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Google web search reveals English letter frequency, helps our Scrabble hustle

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Wordsmiths go to great lengths to master a game of Scrabble or Words With Friends. Rarely are their efforts quite so calculated, however, as what we're seeing today. After Google research director Peter Norvig used his company's search engine to determine letter frequency in the English language, Deadspin and...
Google web search reveals English letter frequency, helps our Scrabble hustle

OnLive was reportedly sold for roughly $5 million to venture capital firm

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Even though weeks have passed since that well-documented OnLive kerfuffle took place, where unfortunate layoffs and the formation of a "new company" were at the forefront of it all, previously unknown details are still coming out of the woodwork. According to Mercury News, the once-promising cloud gaming outfit was...
OnLive was reportedly sold for roughly $5 million to venture capital firm

Google+ Games to go dark after June 30th

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Sure, Mountain View may be bolstering its gaming efforts on mobile platforms and the web, but it's seen fit to give Google+ Games the pink slip. After June 30th, the game section on the titan's social network will go dark, but Page & Co. note that some titles will...
Google+ Games to go dark after June 30th

Square Enix Coreonline offers top-tier games on the web for free -- if you feed the ad meter

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It's not hard to see that offering high-quality games through the cloud has its pitfalls, not the least of which is getting customers to pay. Square Enix may have licked that last problem through its new Coreonline web gaming service. Players can still pony up for the full-priced games...
Square Enix Coreonline offers top-tier games on the web for free -- if you feed the ad meter

Instrument's Map Diving for Chrome: like a Google I/O keynote, minus Sergey (video)

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Let's be honest: it's doubtful we'll ever get to directly recreate the skydiving antics of Google I/O 2012's opening keynote. Some of us on the I/O 2013 floor, however, could get the next best thing. As part of a Google Maps API showcase, Portland-based Instrument has developed a Map...
Instrument's Map Diving for Chrome: like a Google I/O keynote, minus Sergey (video)

BT planning to write off 2.6 percent stake in troubled OnLive

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BT thinks that it's "highly likely" it'll let its 2.6 percent stake in OnLive go to the wall. It told TechRadar that it was keeping a "close eye" on the gaming venture which is restructuring in the face of spiraling debt costs. The telecoms provider has promised that its...
BT planning to write off 2.6 percent stake in troubled OnLive

Amazon Game Connect links free-to-play, MMO games to store accounts, turns 1-Click into way too many

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Amazon must have a lot of free time for gaming during its summer vacation: just a day after unveiling GameCircle as a cloud infrastructure, it's trotting out Game Connect to make buying game content that much easier. Once it's integrated into a title, the new platform will let customers...
Amazon Game Connect links free-to-play, MMO games to store accounts, turns 1-Click into way too many

Mozilla shows off 'Epic Citadel' web version ported with Unreal Engine 3 (video)

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Mozilla wants to quell any doubt that its Unreal Engine 3 Firefox port works well, so it's just released a demo browser version of Epic Citadel so you can see for yourself. The game was ported to Javascript using the technology, and will run in HTML5 on most browsers...
Mozilla shows off 'Epic Citadel' web version ported with Unreal Engine 3 (video)

GTA radio brings its broadcasts to iTunes and Spotify

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From Vice to San Andreas and on to Liberty City, Rockstar Games has digitally boxed up playlists for eight of its Grand Theft Auto titles which are now available on Spotify and iTunes. "As a service for all GTA fans" -- and to keep them chomping at the bit...
GTA radio brings its broadcasts to iTunes and Spotify

Sony PlayStation 3 claims top spot as Netflix streaming device of choice

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As the current gen's console wars wind down in preparation for the coming wave, Sony's still playing a wee bit of catch up. The gaming titan may not be the dominant force it once was, but where its streaming video performance is concerned, the PS3 is an undisputed king....
Sony PlayStation 3 claims top spot as Netflix streaming device of choice

Unity stops offering Flash game engine licenses, cites a lack of Adobe love

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The Unity 4 engine has given Flash gaming a lot of TLC by simplifying web ports of complex projects. If you ask Unity Technologies, however, that love isn't being requited -- and the company feels jilted enough to stop offering new Flash licenses, effective immediately. Adobe supposedly isn't committed...
Unity stops offering Flash game engine licenses, cites a lack of Adobe love

GameFly's digital distribution client officially exits beta, celebrates with free copies of Bioshock

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After nearly a year of testing, GameFly is ready to pull the beta qualifier off of its PC game distribution client. The desktop software serves not only as a digital storefront for PC games, but also as a queue management program for subscribers to GameFly's game-by-mail service. Active members...
GameFly's digital distribution client officially exits beta, celebrates with free copies of Bioshock

Reticulating splines for reticulating times: the SimCity debacle

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SimCity is in shambles. Not the virtual cities built within its digital confines, mind you, but the game itself. The reboot of EA Maxis' classic SimCity this week has been a roller coaster of emotions, with positive reviews and fanfare pushing hype levels past 11... all of which fell...
Reticulating splines for reticulating times: the SimCity debacle

Google adds mouse lock to stable Chrome 22 for 3D shooter mavens

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Google's fast-track approach to updating Chrome gives a different theme to each update: last time, it was all about visual acuity. For the just launched Chrome 22 stable version, the focus swings to gaming. Web apps can now lock in the mouse control for first-person shooters, simulations and other...
Google adds mouse lock to stable Chrome 22 for 3D shooter mavens

OnLive statement confirms layoffs, acquisition by 'newly-formed' company, says service will continue

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OnLive has finally issued an official statement after rumors of mass layoffs first leaked out earlier today, confirming that its assets have been acquired into a newly-formed company with what it claims is "substantial" financial backing. The big news for users is that the OnLive Game and Desktop services...
OnLive statement confirms layoffs, acquisition by 'newly-formed' company, says service will continue

GAME sells Steam vouchers in its UK stores, sees no dramatic tension in that whatsoever

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GAME is certainly up for trying new things after getting a second chance at life, and today it becomes the first store in the UK to offer Steam Wallet Codes for purchase. You can buy £5, £10, £20 or £50's worth, and until December 7th, you can get a...
GAME sells Steam vouchers in its UK stores, sees no dramatic tension in that whatsoever

Report: Zynga shutters Boston, Austin, and Chicago studios, lays off over 100 employees

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While Apple was busy introducing new devices and updating its existing ones this morning, Facebook game creator Zynga was apparently relieving itself of several studios worth of employees. Several reports on Twitter indicate that Zynga is cutting its Boston, Austin, and Chicago studios; our colleagues at Joystiq spoke with...
Report: Zynga shutters Boston, Austin, and Chicago studios, lays off over 100 employees

Mojang's Minecraft Realms subscription service promises a safer playground

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A Minecraft world really comes alive with internet-based multiplayer, but the requirement for a dedicated host creates its fair share of problems for both casual gamers and parents worried about where their kids will play. Mojang is currently testing a subscription service, Minecraft Realms, that could put at least...
Mojang's Minecraft Realms subscription service promises a safer playground

Twitch takes over streaming duties for PAX, New York Comic Con

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The folks in charge of running America's largest biannual gaming event are teaming up with gaming's most popular streaming solution to offer streams of PAX Prime, PAX East, and New York Comic Con going forward. The company behind all three conventions, ReedPOP, are working in conjunction with Twitch.tv to...
Twitch takes over streaming duties for PAX, New York Comic Con

Big Fish Unlimited lets gamers resume play on mobile, PC and TV, stay distracted at all times (video)

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The perpetual crisis of casual gaming is that need for just one... more... turn. After all, those 29 levels of progress aren't coming with you to the office, are they? Big Fish Games wants to ease our consciences (or at least our egos) with Big Fish Unlimited. By using...
Big Fish Unlimited lets gamers resume play on mobile, PC and TV, stay distracted at all times (video)

Sony fined £250,000 in the UK over 2011 hacking fiasco

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A UK government agency has slapped Sony's wrist with a £250,000 penalty for not doing enough to protect the personal information of its customers. The fine specifically concerns the large-scale PSN hack in April 2011, which the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says "could have been prevented." The agency's head,...
Sony fined £250,000 in the UK over 2011 hacking fiasco

Green Day make cameo in Angry Birds Facebook offering as mascara-wearing egg thieves

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Punk's not dead, it's just diversifying its portfolio. Having already conquered Broadway, East Bay pop-punkers Green Day are hitting the world of casual gaming with a new episode of Facebook's Angry Birds Friends that features pig opponents "inspired by band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool."...
Green Day make cameo in Angry Birds Facebook offering as mascara-wearing egg thieves

Amazon launches its own game studio, goes social with Living Classics on Facebook

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Amazon is committing itself to gaming much more seriously than providing a storefront: it just launched its own game development house. The simply titled Amazon Game Studios is starting out gently by producing a Facebook hidden object game, Living Classics, that lets the socially inclined dig around through scenes...
Amazon launches its own game studio, goes social with Living Classics on Facebook

SkyDrive comes to Xbox Live as Microsoft teases over 40 new apps for 2013 (video)

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Ever the tease, Microsoft's Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) has listed 43 apps that'll arrive on Xbox consoles in selected regions between now and the spring of 2013. Notable additions include HBO Nordics in Denmark and Sweden, CBC Hockey Night in Canada and PBS here in the States. In...
SkyDrive comes to Xbox Live as Microsoft teases over 40 new apps for 2013 (video)

EA shuttering SimCity Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society on June 14th

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For awhile, it looked like EA was ready to stake a large part of its gaming future on social networking, introducing Facebook-oriented ports like SimCity Social and The Sims Social as well as more original titles. The game publisher isn't quite ready to be a social butterfly, it turns...
EA shuttering SimCity Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society on June 14th

Nintendo to retire Wii network services in Japan, including the Weather Channel

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No one disputes that the Wii is old, but old enough to retire? It seems so, at least in the case of a number of its internet services, which Nintendo has scheduled for closure on June 28th. An End of Life notice to Japanese customers reveals that a total...
Nintendo to retire Wii network services in Japan, including the Weather Channel

Nintendo debuts 3DS image sharing tool in Japan, uploads your screengrabs to Twitter, Tumblr

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Still waiting for Miiverse to show its hide on Nintendo's 3DS? Maybe the promise of more conventional social networking will tide you over. Thanks to a new web tool, Japanese 3DS owners can now share screenshots from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection:New Life with their Twitter and...
Nintendo debuts 3DS image sharing tool in Japan, uploads your screengrabs to Twitter, Tumblr

Chrome's World Wide Maze turns your favorite website into 3D game that's played on your phone (video)

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Google's latest Chrome experiment is a marble maze game that binds your smartphone to your PC through those shareable tabs. Once you've opened the same tab on both platforms, you'll be put in control of a metallic Nexus Q lookalike, steered by the accelerometers baked into your smartphone --...
Chrome's World Wide Maze turns your favorite website into 3D game that's played on your phone (video)

More OnLive management moves: Perlman out, as investor Lauder settles for Chairman

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As the OnLive storm continues to ride itself out, details of who the winners and losers are (mainly losers) keep washing up on the shore. Today's casualty seems to be CEO Steve Perlman himself, who -- just days after the firm reinventing itself -- is "departing to work on...
More OnLive management moves: Perlman out, as investor Lauder settles for Chairman

UK retailer Game promises free in-store WiFi, asks only that you visit

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Ever put a game back on the shelf because Metacritic took too long to load? Fortunately, the UK's largest (and wobbliest) games retailer is aware of the impediment and has decided to offer free Wi-Fi in all 341 of its premises before Christmas. The service will be part of...
UK retailer Game promises free in-store WiFi, asks only that you visit
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