Google Stadia exclusives push potential players to data centers
- Further ReadingGoogle tries to reassure gamers about Stadia speed and latency concernsThose Stadia players will, of course, be subject to Stadia's bandwidth requirements, which start at a recommended minimum of 10Mbps as well as potential added latency from the Internet roundtrip to and from Stadia's data centers.
- That's par for the course for Stadia games, but as a Stadia exclusive, Orcs Must Die 3 won't even offer potential players the option of downloading a local copy to play without an Internet connection.
- With those games, though, PC gamers are merely faced with the prospect of downloading a free launcher to play the "exclusive." With Stadia exclusives, though, potential players had better get used to the idea of getting set for remote game streaming if they want to try certain games.
Robot Entertainment bounces back with Orcs Must Die! 3 and Ready Set Heroes
- Robot Entertainment showed off a new version of its Orcs Must Die!
- 3 will debut on Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service, and developer Robot Entertainment said the single-player game will perform well on the cloud, even with hundreds of orcs on the screen at the same time.
- A couple of years ago, Robot Entertainment was in bad shape.
- But the company had to sunset its older games and its Orcs Must Die!
- Unchained game did not live up to expectations, said Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment, in an interview with GamesBeat.
- Compared to a couple of years ago, the Plano, Texas-based company downsized to less than 25 people.
- It focused on a couple of strong partnerships, and it is building two games with a smaller team, with a total of 35 people now.
Criminals are racing to cash out their Bitcoin
- The guy found himself among a growing number of dark web vendors — people who use anonymous networks to sell drugs, counterfeit currency, and malware — who are struggling to convert their bitcoins into real money.
- (VICE News heard his account from a Swiss private banker who said he’s received several messages from scammers and criminals looking for help with cryptocurrency.) These dark web vendors were among the early investors in bitcoin, and, arguably, the drivers of its initial value when no one else was interested.
- As financial institutions and regulators the world over grapple with bitcoin’s adaptation to mainstream use, some of these criminals have devised ingenious hacks for converting their money; still others are turning to alternative coins as they seek greater privacy for their transactions and to stay ahead of the law.
Die With Me – The chat app you can only use when you have less than 5% battery
- This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
- Once I did i couldn't really talk to anyone though cause it seemed like 75% of the people talking were talking in a foreign language.
- There were a few other English speakers but it was impossible to have a conversation.
- There were so many people talking at the same time that I couldn’t actually have a conversation with anyone.
- Also, some people were talking in foreign languages which made it impossible for me to talk to them.
- I think instead of being thrown into one big chat everyone who logs on should be paired with one person who’s at the same battery percent is you.
- Also, you should select a language before so you can be paired with someone you can actually talk to.
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Google Employee Writes Memo About ‘The Burden of Being Black at Google’
- In a memo he sent before leaving the company, a former Google employee criticized the internet giant and its employees, noting that he regularly encountered racism during his experience as a Black worker at the company.
- The memo, obtained by Motherboard, is titled “The Weight of Silence,” and argues that Google is lacking in diversity, and that some of its employees make racist or at least insensitive comments about minorities.
- In the memo, the former employee cites a few moments where he felt uncomfortable at Google, particularly after big news events such as the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and during the ensuing protests against police brutality.
- In the summer of 2017, an anti-diversity memo written by a now former employee caused an uproar within the company.
- Last week, a new mother shared a memo complaining that the company discriminated and retaliated against her for being pregnant.