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 Wednesday, 8-May-2013  02:06:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EA have been awarded the exclusive rights to make Star Wars games, which has the gaming community divided. EA will be developing new Star Wars games for "a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres." Disney will have rights to develop new Star Wars games for "mobile, social, tablet and online game categories." DICE (Battlefield) and Visceral (Dead Space) will be joining Bioware (Star Wars: The Old Republic) to develop new Star Wars games under the agreement. Discussion here.

Meanwhile QUT have posted the results of a study into video games and wellbeing. Of interest in terms of relationships that were not found in the data is that amount of play (measured by average hours/week and most hours/week) showed no significant relationship to player wellbeing. Rather the results suggest the primacy of the psychological experience of gameplay- given that the experience of relatedness and competence in gameplay had a greater impact on player wellbeing scores than the type of game being played, the mode, or the amount. Here's the original survey thread.

A teenager has been arrested on terrorism charges for uploading a rap video. The Methuen, Mass., high school student was arrested last week after posting online videos that show him rapping an original song that police say contained “disturbing verbiage” and reportedly mentioned the White House and the Boston Marathon bombing. He is charged with communicating terrorist threats, a state felony, and faces a potential 20 years in prison. Bail is set at $1 million.

Sony have killed off the annoying 1366x768 resolution in their laptops. "We're really focusing on the power of Sony," VAIO product manager Travis Furst told The Verge. That means collaboration among the company's many parts, that "One Sony" every employee seems to want to talk about. The Fit's most important spec its display, with a nod to Sony's TV division: they come with 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 touchscreens and nothing else. "We're not going to offer 1366 x 768," reps said. "We've killed that."

A few people sent in this how fast is the NBN site. Demonstrate the striking difference between the Labor and Coalition NBN proposals by sharing this website with your friends and family. NBN discussion continues here.

Geeky TV show The IT Crowd will apparently be back for one more episode. Series creator and writer of the Channel 4 sitcom set in a company’s IT department, Graham Linehan just announced during an IT Crowd Q&A at German conference re:publica that the long-teased special, which he has previously stated will serve as the finale to the series, will be filmed in three weeks’ time.

Today's timewaster is Push Me from TheWedgie.



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