What You Guys Liked in August 2014

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August, done! Another month bites the dust! This was a shitty month in Japan though, lots of rain, a couple of typhoons leading to the cancellation of a number of summer festivals (bugger) while I still had the chance to see the Awa Odori festival in Tokushima, which was a great as ever (see pic). It was a little bit quiet on the Pandora scene, probably because of vacations, by the Pyra was presented at the GamesCom in Germany and attracted many people.

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Weekly Software News August 25th to 31st 2014

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August is now dead and over, and summer is gone with it. At least it does feel like Autumn here in Japan already. That was quick ! The good news is that the repo is bursting with activity these days and unless you were watching very closely what was happening, you have probably missed a couple of news… don’t worry, you can catch up everything here.

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C4A Competition in September 2014

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As indicated in my previous post about C4A, One Year Later, I intend to increase the activity around a couple of C4A-supported games every single month, in order to get more focused competition now and then. There will be weekly updates on PandoraLive, as well, to show you who’s leading the scores for each game so that you can decide to jump in and participate.

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Ryan Gordon’s View on Linux Gaming

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Ryan Gordon is a “God” in the Linux Gaming world. He used to work at Loki in the early 2000s, porting with other bright folks Windows AAA games for Linux way before Steam even existed. After Loki went bankrupt, he worked on many ports for the Humble Bundle and Steam, and has now become a renowned expert on how to do porting right. He gave an excellent interview very recently on the Linux Action Show, and it’s well worth watching.

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C4A, One Year Later

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Compo4All, better known as C4A in the Pandora community, started a little more than a year ago when Skeezix released it to the public. It was first used in combination with MAME, to extract high scores from a couple of selected games, and share them on online leaderboards automatically. Since then, the number of supported games has grown dramatically, and not just MAME games.

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What You Guys Liked in July 2014

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I just noticed that I’m almost one month late to tell you what articles were popular in July ! Looks like the heat has got my wits… Well we did not get a great summer in Japan, it’s been hot and rainy and there were more typhoons that we expected. July is also the month of semi (cicadas), these huge alien-like insects making a ton of noise in the trees. They don’t live too long, so by mid-end August they are all gone and dead after partying like crazy for 2-3 weeks at the end of their life. Hey, that’s a pretty cool way to go, if you think about it.

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Unreal Tournament Running on Pandora [ExaGear Tech]

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Are you surprised? Maybe not ? Well, it’s true that a while back, Lunixbochs from the boards was able to make the Unreal Tournament demo run through a modified build of QEMU and glshim to make it run on a Pandora 1 Ghz, but if you remember the result was less that stellar in terms of framerates. Now, a new solution is available (while still in development), and it’s coming from a Russian company called ElTechs.

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