Greece must choose between 2 catastrophes

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The Greek finance minister says his country would be better off if it was still using the drachma. Deep down, he says, all 18 countries using the single currency wish that the idea had been strangled at birth but understand that once you are in you don’t get out without a catastrophe.All of that is true, and explains why Greece is involved in a game of chicken with all the other players in this drama: the International Monetary Fund, the European commission, the European Central Bank and the German government.

A poultry farm in southeast Asia plays classical music for its chickens

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A worker feeds chickens as classical music by Mozart play in the background at Kee Song Brothers' drug-free poultry farm in Yong Peng, in Malaysia's southern state of Johor April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su Thomson ReutersA worker feeds chickens as classical music by Mozart play in the background at Kee Song Brothers’ drug-free poultry farm in Yong Peng

 

YONG PENG, Malaysia (Reuters) – In barns filled with classical music and lighting that changes to match the hues outside, rows of chickens are fed a diet rich in probiotics, a regimen designed to remove the need for the drugs and chemicals that have tainted the global food chain.

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‘Dead Rising 3’ gets a massive 13GB patch

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There’s a new piece of downloadable content coming to Dead Rising 3 on the Xbox One, and along with it comes a new title update for the game — one that weighs in at a hefty 13GB. The update will be required if you want to play the game online or check out any of the upcoming DLC like this week’s “Operation Broken Eagle” add-on. It includes a number of gameplay tweaks and stability and performance fixes.

“It’s a large update.”

Remembering the Sega Dreamcast: 15 years of modern gaming

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15 years ago today, the Sega Dreamcast made its debut in Japan (the US release date was famously 9/9/99). This bizarre beige machine didn’t even last three years on the market, but it left a lasting mark on the world of video games. From second screen gameplay to online multiplayer to DLC, the Dreamcast was well ahead of its time. Let’s take this opportunity to examine what made the Dreamcast special, and pay respects to one of the most bizarre moments in gaming history.

Compared to the PS4 and Xbox One, it’s startling just how little horsepower the Dreamcast had to work with back in 1998. It shipped with a 200 MHz CPU, 16MB of RAM, 8MB of VRAM, and had a max resolution of 480p. That said, the Dreamcast’s hardware was miles ahead of the other consoles on the market at the time. The Nintendo 64, released two years before, had a 93.75MHz CPU, 4MB of unified RAM (expandable to 8MB), and maxed out at 480i. At that point, the original PlayStation had been out for nearly four years in Japan, and its specs were even worse. Without a doubt, the Dreamcast blew existing hardware out of the water from a technical perspective.

The Dreamcast’s performance superiority didn’t last long, though. The PS2 launched less than two years later, and was capable of rendering substantially better looking games. Frankly, the PS2 was an unstoppable juggernaut, and that lead to Sega’s untimely exit from hardware production. Even so, the Dreamcast had a number of quirky features that put it apart from everything else at the time, and ended up influencing the future of console gaming in a major way.

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‘Xbox on’ voice command powers up console ‘faster than you can find your controller’

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Microsoft’s Xbox One console goes on sale in just over a week and the company is continuing to tease out details and demos. We’ve seen a 12-minute tour of Xbox Onegames, TV, and apps, our very own exclusive look at Xbox TV, and a demo of the voice-activated dashboard. Microsoft provided a closer look at its Xbox One app snappingfeature earlier this week, and now the company is teasing the boot time for the console using the “Xbox On” voice command.

Some Xbox One pre-orders arrived early and revealed a 17 second boot time, but Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s most recent video shows a boot time of 13 seconds using voice. It’s not clear if this is a cold boot or whether it’s simply using the standby resume feature of the Xbox One. Either way, Kinect will detect the player immediately and sign them into their relevant Xbox Live account “faster than you can find your controller.” It’s the latest example of the impressive features of the new sensor, following a similar tease by Hryb that showed how quick it is to redeem game codes with Xbox One. Microsoft’s Xbox One console goes on sale on November 22nd and The Verge will have a full review before then.

Xbox One guarded by sharks ahead of 10,000 launch parties

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Xbox One Sharks

Microsoft is preparing for an elaborate Xbox One launch later this month. 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries will open their doors at midnight launches to mark the Xbox One launch on November 22nd. Some of the bigger events in major cities will be streamed on Xbox Live and broadcast on Spike TV. In New York Microsoft is planning street entertainment along with free tickets for music gigs, something the company provides regularly at its Microsoft Store launches.

NO FRICKIN LASER BEAMS

One rather odd and unique aspect to this console’s launch is the appearance of giant Xbox Ones and sharks. The first Xbox One to be sold at retail is being guarded by sand tiger sharks in New Zealand where it will go on sale in just over a week. The Xbox One is currently submerged at an aquarium and will be presented to a customer at a midnight launch event. Microsoft might claim it’s the first Xbox One to be sold, but retailer Target kicked off proceedings a little early by sending some lucky customers their consoles two weeks in advance. The software maker has subsequently banned at least one of those consoles from Xbox Live access until closer to the launch on November 22nd.

Making sense of Valve’s Steam Box: Windows vs. Linux, OpenGL vs. DirectX, and the impact of support from AMD & Nvidia

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Steam Box/controller, in the living room

If Monday’s announcement of SteamOS was greeted with a great deal of interest and speculation, Wednesday’s announcement that Valve was getting into living room PCs with broad compatibility and a full range of supported hardware was a major letdown. The limited information available doesn’t point to much of anything beyond “We’re doing a cheap living room PC.” So what are the options and potential for a Steam Box? To answer that, we need to consider three separate questions. Valve’s just-unveiled controller, while interesting, is unlikely to be the peripheral that makes or breaks the device, particularly since it’ll work on the Windows side of the equation as well.

Is Linux faster for gaming than Windows?

We’re treating this question separately from the question of whether or not OpenGL is faster than DirectX. Gaming relies on a huge suite of supplementary technologies, from network I/O, storage performance, video drivers (separate from the graphics API), and how efficiently the operating system handles multithreading. The truth is, it’s extremely difficult to find a solid answer to this question, partly due to the sheer variety of components in the Linux ecosystem.

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Nvidia Shield review

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Is Android ready for a portable game console?

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Last summer, I bought an iPad 3. I convinced myself I’d use it for everything: showing off wedding photos, reading all those neglected articles I save to Pocket, and as a second monitor for my laptop.

The only time I actually pick up the iPad, sadly, is to play video games. Perhaps the saddest part is that my iPad isn’t a very good game system. It’s bulky, the touchscreen controls are pretty crappy for navigating 3D worlds, and the graphics are merely okay. But where “real” game systems like the PlayStation Vita are struggling to build a library of game titles, the iTunes App Store continually tempts me with addictive, artsy new games. I wanted the best of both: the physical controls to explore immersive worlds, and a store to convince developers to build them. I wanted the equivalent of a PlayStation Vita running iOS.

Then, the next best thing came along: Nvidia announced the Shield at CES. For $299, the graphics giant promised the most powerful hardware we’d ever seen in a portable console, running stock Android, with what basically amounted to a built-in Xbox 360 controller at the helm. Nvidia even promised it would stream games from my home gaming PC. I was jazzed. Six months later, the Shield showed up on my doorstep.

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What is a next-gen game?

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This November, the Xbox 360 will be eight years old. The PlayStation 3 will be seven. At the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, we finally got acquainted with their successors. The new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 represent a new generation of consoles, the fabled “next generation,” and with them comes the tantalizing possibility of “next-gen” games. Why else would we spend upwards of $399 on a new game console?

What does a next-gen game look like, though? What does “next-gen” even mean? Going into E3 2013, we had no idea what to expect. So on Monday morning, we made it our mission to answer this question. We tracked down the most advanced games, watched dozens of demonstrations, interviewed their developers, and occasionally even got to play. Slowly, over the course of the week, patterns began to emerge.

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