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Just in time for 1st April - Pokémon Go! Introduces 8-Bit graphics to provide users with the "latest in immersive experience"
April 1st graphicsPerhaps forgetting that this is familiar territory for owners of the Gameboy Color :)

Happy April 1st!
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Blade's Shadow Cloud gaming service ($34.95 /mo) launched in California today:
https://shadow.tech/usen/

They claim to deliver the performance of a high end gaming system, through any old computer you have. They also offer a "Box" ($139) that is supposed to deliver the best experience for their service:
https://shadow.tech/usen/box

This is actually the only way I'll likely be PC gaming anytime soon. Building a rig just isn't in the cards nowadays. Looks like it's the equivalent of a virtual machine with a dedicated GTX card and 12GB of RAM.

I'm gonna need to take this for a test drive.
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Oh wow, have you taken those for a test drive? The way the image is beamed to your eye with those things is hard to comprehend. Would love to hear your experience.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
they've just arrived and on charge.... these were purchased for FPV drone flying, as I already have VR head sets from Oculus and HTC!

So these are NOT VR headsets.

and what I do like, is they can be setup for IPD and can be setup for the correct eyesight +/-... shift like you find on proper bins and scopes!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Really have to tip your hat to the developers who do game dev for *nix. I'd think the dev investment would be significantly higher than the potential return.
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by:Brandon Lyon
Linux games are seeing more investment lately. All of the major game development engines support Linux. As long as a developer makes sure their toolkits support multiple platforms it becomes fairly easy to support Linux. I've also heard developers mention that developing cross-platform games on Linux can decrease bugs on other platforms. It helps that companies like Android and Nintendo have Linux based OS and a large target audience.

Sometimes the Linux version is cost-prohibitive to implement but other times it works out alright, especially since Linux gamers are typically starved for good games.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
Co-op two player Battle Royale is great fun, really enjoyed this. Did you notice the slowdown following the Meltdown patching of the Fortnite servers?
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by:Lucas Bishop
Some of my friends who I play a different pvp game with have been playing Fortnite a lot lately.

I tried it a few times and was really put off by:
1.) The time to spawn into a solo match, from lobby to airbus, wasn't too bad. But when you end up getting shotgunned by someone a few minutes into the match, while you're holding a pickaxe, a couple of times -- it adds up to a lot of time spent for nothing. No respawn... go through the whole matchmaking process again.
2.) If you play with friends and you die early, you either have to sit through 10-15 minutes of boredom, or split out and go find a solo match.
3.) I really dislike games where the most effective technique to out maneuver someone heads-up, is pogo-stick jumping over and over and over. I get that Fortnite isn't supposed to be hyperrealistic, but still.
4.) Minecraft'ing a wall/fort in the middle of combat is pretty OP. I'd prefer if you could only use the obstacles built into the map for cover.

I haven't played PuBG, but I'm guessing it's more my style.

Otherwise, the graphics and battle royale concept are pretty cool. I'll probably give it another chance, but my initial feeling wasn't very positive.
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Pokemon Go was my first foray into the AR gaming world.  This looks like it will be my next unless Niantic gives us their Harry Potter version sooner.

https://www.thewalkingdeadourworld.com/
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
Andrew - based on an average amount of play the beta looks like 50MB/month.  Because of the design traffic is minimal with most of the processing at server.
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by:Kyle Santos
Y'all gotta get that unlimited plan (Verizon unlimited text, minutes, data.)  :)
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Congratulations to our High-Tech Treats winners!

1st Place: Razi Riaz
Prize: PS4 Pro
2nd Place: Geri Hames
Prize: Echo Dot
3rd Place: Robert Coan
Prize: Raspberry Pi 3

Thank you to all who participated! Be on the lookout for future tech gadget giveaways.
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by:Mark Bill
well done guys

well done EE
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What’s the first thing you install—or uninstall—on a new system?
The first thing I install on a new PC system (other than OS & drivers) is usually a tie between the Chrome browser and Blizzard's Battle.net client, closely followed by Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. On my Mac, I skip straight to Lightroom and Photoshop, since I'm happy with Safari and don't try to game much on that system (that's what the PC is for ;-)

As for uninstalling, usually nothing... My last PC was a custom build so there wasn't any junk on it and Macs are great about not having anything I don't want.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, definitely got to take care of all the OS and driver patches first! What do you do after all that?
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by:Shalom Carmel
I don't install PCs for a living, and only do that for select family members: myself, children, wife and mother in law.
Everybody gets Chrome, Office and Adobe Acrobat reader.
Then for each their tools of trade. This is the list of first installations as happened during the past year.

For me:
* Virtual box, Git, JDK, Python, Jetbrains IDE, curl, whois, dig, jq, notepad++, skype, mumble and Eve Online

For my mother in law:
* OE Classic

For my wife:
* Photoshop, Invision, Premiere

For my son:
* Minecraft, Netflix

For my daughter:
* Matlab, Netflix
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Currently, I'm trying to learn a bit about Unreal Engine 4; I've always loved video games and have wanted to learn how to make them. The videos that Epic Games have made for their engine are pretty good (https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/Videos/index.html), but does anyone know of other resources for learning about UE4?
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by:Phil Phillips
Kinda off topic, but another engine to look into is Lumberyard by AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard/
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by:Mikkel Sandberg
Oh yeah, I've heard about that one. I'll have to check it out :)
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Subject of the week | What sparked your initial interest in the tech industry?
My interest in tech is easily traced back to computer games. My dad brought home an Atari 800 one day and it was the coolest thing ever! Even though I was no doubt terrible at the games I played on it, the whole thing was so much fun that it instilled a life-long love of computers. I remember things like some sort of Frogger knock-off called Preppie (was about a golfer trying to cross the street to retrieve his golf ball), the racing game Pole Position, trying to race through Oregon Trail during my elementary school's 50 minute computer class (we didn't have any drives to save our game to, so the time crunch became the real challenge!) and then adventure games like King's Quest and Space Quest.

Later on, when I got a TI-82 graphing calculator, my initial love of computer games carried through and I'd make simple little programs for things like dice rolling, a text adventure game with a rudimentary combat system, and yes, even useful things for class like a quadratic equation solver.

But it was really those early video game experiences that made me want to work with computers.
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by:dbrunton
Genealogy.  I needed something to record the family history, data etc so I needed a computer.

Was at university so did the computing course and all they had were Macintosh 512K and Macintosh Pluses.  At the same time a friend worked in the computer business and sold me a clone XT 10 MHz 640K RAM 20 Mb hard drive that was um accidentally loaded with all sorts of software.  Turned on this XT and this C:\ > stared back at me.  And I stared back at that.

Next day at university bought a big thick book on DOS.  During lectures and note taking I read that book.  Went home and started typing in commands.  And found Leisure Suit Larry (I knew it was there).  18 hours later ...
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Paperspace coupled with Parsec gets me a really good cloud gaming experience for times when I'm away from home.  You can also skip Paperspace and just set up your gaming rig as a Parsec host (I don't because my current rig/connection isn't the best for streaming.  Also, I don't feel 100% comfortable with a potential backdoor into my system). AWS/Azure also work, but Paperspace is cheaper and a bit easier out of the box.
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by:Shanon Stevenson
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I miss user manuals
Subject of the week | Describe past technologies you miss.
While not quite a technology per se, it's certainly related to tech: what I really miss is the instruction manuals that used to come with software, hardware and especially, video games. That's right, I'm someone that used to RTFM.

Sure, now there's tons of integrated help, information available online, and books from 3rd party publishers, but nothing quite compares to when I used to pore over the manual that came with the product. I loved how it provided a convenient way to learn, get a solid overview of all the features, and pass the time while waiting for the install to finish. And video games were the best of all because there'd often be extra story details, artwork and more. I can even remember how I'd often go pick up a new game at Best Buy during my lunch break and read through the manual while eating, just biding my time until I'd finally get home after work to play.

These days, you're lucky if you even get a single slip of paper—and it's usually just an abbreviated license agreement!

What about you? Any fond memories of user manuals?
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by:Brian Matis
Here's an image of the Falcon 4.0 manual: http://i.imgur.com/0Boyg.jpg
They sure don't make 'em like that anymore! So awesome...
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by:Adalynn eEvans
No matter what we all say, with digitalization and all, manuals will always be an important part of every product. What if something happens to your computer and you don't have access to the downloaded pdf? Yes, you may have it stored on your iPad or phone, but wouldn't it be much easier if you had it nearby?Of course, there are many opinions in this regards.
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Subject of the week | What software update developed in the past year were you the most excited about?

Pokemon Go v0.67.1 brought a lot of people back!
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by:Kyle Santos
Oh man, I hope they didn't lower it to 5mph.  I hadn't heard that on Silph Road yet.  Last I remember folks there were saying the speed cap was 11mph.  People who use bicycles for transportation were throwing a fit about the 11mph.  

It does a check every 2-5 minutes, and bases how far you go off of that.
Yes, exactly.  There was a glitch I ran into, and others confirmed it as well, that there is a way to incubate eggs in the time that the calculations are being made where all of a sudden the eggs would hatch (2.0km ones) without even being walked!  I think they eventually patched that.
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by:Doug Walton
I also have the problem where my connection switches between 3g and LTE so often that it's always getting disconnected and not registering the location changes as often as it should.  So half the time (or more) when it tries to do that location check it doesn't register any changes.  It seems to know where I am on the map, but it's losing its log of how far I've gone or something.

I was running long distances (1-3 miles) in a straight line and barely getting 1k before I stopped playing.
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by:Brian Matis
I'm starting to feel the itch to upgrade the CPU in mine... It's a tough call though, since I'd also need to update the motherboard to support the newer CPU's—and my overall system performance is still pretty great. And if I've got to swap out the motherboard too, then I start getting tempted to change other things, like the case.

Honestly though, what I dread most is dealing with making sure my Windows licensing doesn't get messed up in the hardware change...
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It amazes me that my toddler nephew is already a YouTube wiz. He remembers which videos are his favorites and knows how to close/skip ads. He even knows which videos are "inapoopiate" and avoids them. Although he'd rather watch kids play with toys than play with his own, I admire that he's already become this tech-savvy. What do you think about kids being exposed to technology at a such a young age?
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by:Kat Donegan
Yup! It's all about balance and of course what they're actually doing on the device itself. I'm loving all these programming toys that have been coming out lately.
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by:Juana Villa
I think it is good that kids are learning how to use technology. However, I think there should be a balance where the kid learns to use technology as a tool, learns social skills, and spends most of his/her time being active.

I don't think technology is bad. The problem is that even WE as an adults don't even know how to use it properly.
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The other day Rourke told me about a game called Screeps where you code your AI units in Javascript. I'm surprised I haven't heard about these types of games before! The reviews say there's a barrier to entry for novice programmers but hopefully that won't scare too many off.
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by:Craig Kehler
That is great. So who is building a private EE server? :)
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by:Brian Matis
I love that idea Craig!
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by:Dustin Saunders
The bundle comes with a previously unreleased Star Fox 2.  But Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy III are big wins too!  I have the SMRPG cartridge but have never been able to hunt down a FFIII.  Would be great to play that with the feel of the old controllers.
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by:Brian Matis
Final Fantasy III was the highlight for me. That game was amazing.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Guess the success of the Nintendo Classic put the bug in their ear.
http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/

There is an email link on the homepage that can be used for dev inquiries:
https://www.ataribox.com/

mailto:dev@ataribox.com?subject=I’m a developer and want to know more about your platform

Open in new window


Who wants to inquire and report back?
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by:Starr Duskk
Now why would I want to answer this question and give away my age? ;)
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This is a good approach to teaching. Start with simple questions about how to reach an end goal. From "how do I install the operating system" to "how do I install Minecraft?"
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by:Brian Matis
Nice! I know the main reason I got into using computers was so that I could play games. Next step will be for them to start learning how to build simple games :-)
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by:Daniella Barion
It's great to see parents involvement trying different ways to have kids attention and interest.
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This is awesome! Minecraft is already a great game, and now it can help kids learn how to code. I'm bummed this is only in the Education Edition right now, but hopefully it'll get into the normal edition sometime soon.

I also wonder what sort of new things people will create in Minecraft as a result of this... I was once building a massive suspension bridge, but it got pretty tedious and repetitive. Seems like programming a bot to carry out the construction would have been a fun project!
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Sometimes unimportant situations can turn into opportunities.
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