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ARK: Survival Evolved Free Weekend

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
A free weekend has begun for ARK: Survival Evolved, the game of prehistoric survival, offering the chance to play for free until 4:00 pm EDT Sunday. The game is also on sale, and can be picked up for...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege through midday Sunday, and that the tactical shooter sequel is also on sale right now for 50% off. Here's word on...

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online Open Beta

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online is now in open beta as a free-to-play game on Steam and through the Nexon Launcher, offering the chance to play this Ghost in the Shell-b...

DOOM Patch, DLC, and Double XP Plans

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Bethesda.net has details on a new update coming tomorrow to DOOM as well as plans to launch the first premium DLC for the shooter next week. On a semi-related note, the DOOM demo has been updated...

SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell Released

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Publisher Headup Games and developer Pine Studio now offer the promised release of SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell, the first-person platform intended to satisfy your need for speed. You can pick the...

Mafia III Trailer

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
A new short trailer from Mafia III introduces Cassandra, aka The Voodoo Queen, a known associate of Lincoln Clay, another of the characters in the upcoming open-world crime sequel. Here's her dossier,...

Paragon Trailer

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Epic offers a new trailer revealing The Fey, the final character from Paragon, their upcoming MOBA. Word is she will be added to the early access version of the game on August 2nd  (sadly the game...

On Sale

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
ADR1FT on Steam. Save 50%. Dino Run DX on IndieGameStand. Pay what you want. League of Legends Champion and skin sale- 07.29 - 08.01. Steam VR Weekend Sale.

Evening Patches

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
RCTW ? EARLY ACCESS UPDATE #10 IS NOW LIVE. SMITE- Force of Nature - 3.14 PTS Patch Notes.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Yooka-Laylee Toybox codes sent to Kickstarter backers ? here?s a complete playthrough of it.

Evening Previews

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Meridian: Squad 22 on Chalgyr's Game Room.

Evening Consolidation

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2 Are Now Available For Xbox One. Rollercoaster Dreams announced for PS4 & PSVR - Rollercoaster Dreams for PS4 News.

Evening Metaverse

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Report: Apple?s negotiating tactics sunk its long-rumored TV service.

Evening Tech Bits

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Nvidia to pay out $30 to every buyer of the GTX 970 in class-action lawsuit settlement. PC Perspective Podcast #410 - Data Recovery, New Titan X Launch, AMD builds a GPU with SSDs and more.

Evening Safety Dance

Blue's News - 11 hours 47 min ago
Thanks j.c.f. Siemens Patches Flaws in Industrial Automation Products. Osram's intelligent home lighting system is riddled with flaws. The internet of insecure things. DDoS attacks increase 83%,...

Study: Astronauts Who Reach Deep Space 'Far More Likely To Die From Heart Disease'

/. - 12 hours 45 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Astronauts who venture into deep space appear to be much more likely to die from heart disease, according to a new study. In another sign that leaving planet Earth is fraught with danger and a potential blow to hopes of establishing a colony on Mars, researchers discovered deep space radiation appears to damage the body's cardiovascular system. They reported that three out of the seven dead Apollo astronauts died as a result of a cardiovascular disease, such as a heart attack or stroke. Although the numbers are small, that rate of 43 percent is four to five times higher than found among astronauts who flew in low Earth orbit or who did not actually go into space, according to a paper in the journal Scientific Reports. In an attempt to test whether the higher numbers of cardiovascular deaths were simply a statistical blip or a genuine sign of the effect of traveling into deep space, the scientists exposed mice to the same type of radiation that the astronauts would have experienced. After six months, which is the equivalent of 20 human years, the mice showed damage to arteries that is known to lead to the development of cardiovascular disease in humans.

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Beware! Religious Performance Now Showing, Part 3

In many ways, our walks with God are something we shouldn’t keep to ourselves. By sharing our faith, we not only spread the good news; we go on record as being Christians . . . and not ashamed of it. On the other hand, it’s possible to be so conscious of others watching us that we turn our spirituality into a public performance. When that occurs, we’re “practicing . . . righteousness . . . to be noticed by them” rather than walking humbly with our God (Matthew 6:1). In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus took on the hypocrites with both guns blazing! Drawing on common examples of showy righteousness, He instructed us on the importance of being people of quiet sincerity, seeking to glorify God rather than impress others. 

Dark Patterns Across the Web Are Designed To Trick You

/. - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Harry Brignell has posted a 30-minute video documenting dark patterns, deliberately confusing or deceptive user interfaces (not exclusive to the internet) that trick users into setting up recurring payments, purchasing items added to a shopping cart, or spamming all contacts through pre-checked forms on Facebook games for example. Basically, they're tactics used by online services to get users to do things they wouldn't normally do. Yael Grauer has written an in-depth report on Ars Technica about dark patterns, where he discusses Brignull's work with UX designers and business executives: "Klein [Principal at Users Known and author of UX for Lean Startups] believes many of the worst dark patterns are pushed by businesses, not by designers. 'It's often pro-business at the expense of the users, and the designers often see themselves as the defender or advocate of the user,' she explained. And although Brignull has never been explicitly asked to design dark patterns himself, he said he has been in situations where using them would be an easy solution -- like when a client or boss says they really need a large list of people who have opted in to marketing e-mails. 'The first and easiest trick to have an opt-in is to have a pre-ticked checkbox, but then you can just get rid of that entirely and hide it in the terms of conditions and say that by registering you're going to be opted in to our e-mails,' Brignull said. 'Then you have a 100-percent sign-up rate and you've exceeded your goals. I kind of understand why people do it. If you're only thinking about the numbers and you're just trying to juice the stats, then it's not surprising in the slightest.' 'There's this logical positivist mindset that the only things that have value are those things that can be measured and can empirically be shown to be true, and while that has its merits it also takes us down a pretty dark place,' said digital product designer Cennydd Bowles, who is researching ethical design. 'We start to look at ethics as pure utilitarianism, whatever benefits the most people. Yikes, it has problems.'" Brignull's website has a number of examples of deliberately confusing or deceptive user interfaces.

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Project Wyoming Dev Blog 3: A Call for Writers

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 7:05pm

Our latest devblog and an emergency call for writers!

Outbreak, classic survival horror, is now on Steam Greenlight!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:55pm

Outbreak has made its debut on Steam Greenlight! Outbreak returns to the roots of survival horror with extreme tension, horrifying environments and brutal inventory management. Team up with three additional friends online or go it alone in the offline single-player mode as you attempt to survive the nightmare.
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