Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Night at Hacker News Kansai in Japan

On top of Pandoralive, I am involved in a certain number of activities in my free time, and one of them is Hacker News Kansai (aka HN Kansai). HN Kansai was born from the desire to find and gather readers of Hacker News living the Kansai region of Japan (basically the Western area of Japan with Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka as major cities). As one of the 3 co-organizers (the other two being Paco and Sacha) of the event, I have been quite involved and I just wanted to share here about what we did about a month ago, since it gives a good insight as to what this event is about, and may interest a couple of folks from the Pandora community as well.

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Playing Luftrauser on Pandora

Luftrausers has been recently getting a lot of attention on Steam as it was released a couple of days ago on PC, Mac and Linux. At its core, it’s a retro-looking shooter where you have total freedom of movement, while being constantly attacked by hordes of WW2 planes and boats. So why am I talking about it ? Well, Luftrauser (without the S) was actually a flash game in the first place, and believe it or not, it’s very much the same game that’s now being sold on Steam.

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Weekly Software News 17th to 23th March 2014

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Another week has passed, bringing us closer to the end of March. In Japan the cherry blossoms should be visible in a couple of weeks now, so it should not take long until everyone rushes outside to drink beer under the sakura trees. In the meantime, there were a bunch of updates on the repo, while very few new releases. Actually, only one. I know PtitSeb is still working on several projects in parallel so no doubt we’ll see some new stuff from him soon as well.

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Service Games – The Rise and Fall of Sega

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Back in the 1990s a series of articles covering the history of Sega were written and put up on a website called Eidolon’s Inn as its Segabase. This covered the early days of Sega up until midway through the Sega Dreamcast’s lifespan. Those articles have now been reedited and bound into book form and extended up until the death of the Dreamcast and the company’s refocussing as a multiplatform publisher and developer. As such the book covers a lot of Sega’s history, from its foundation by an American expat in Japan through its arcade and Genesis/MegaDrive glory days and its final hurrah with the Dreamcast and everything in between.

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Linux Gaming Under the Sun in 2014

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Late last year, I wrote about Steam and their future towards Linux-based games and related hardware. Valve being a large actor in the digital distribution market, we could expect some additional movement and support from third parties, yet the beginning of 2014 had been relatively quiet. Until now. Several announcements were made recently that show signs of accelerating support for Linux in the gaming world. Holy Molly!

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Weekly Software News 10th to 16th March 2014

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Yo guys. I have been a bit late for this update, since I was away for the weekend. Yeah, a man needs to get some rest sometimes. Actually, I did not get much rest, since I went to catch up with mmmkAlll in Tokyo as he was passing by. But more on that later. The previous week was a slow one for updates and releases, so it seems like the scene was just getting their act together not too put too much stress on my shoulders. Thanks a bunch !

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