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How people play Nintendo games on a computer, and why that’s probably illegal

Since the age of modern computing, people have figured out how to use code to mimic game consoles like NES and Genesis in order to play them on everything from laptops to smartwatches. Sometimes it’s a near-perfect recreation of a childhood memory. Sometimes it’s a virtual reality “remix” of a popular cartoon fighter (blatant self-promotion) or something indescribably trippy. In either case, it’s probably something the game’s developer and publisher are pretty mad about. – Ross Miller, The Verge

Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

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Whether it was because of that or because Square Enix didn’t have enough of a game catalog to offer, Dive In didn’t actually catch on. Barely a year later, Square Enix is pulling the plug on the service, hinting at its unprofitable nature. […] Square Enix isn’t completely knocking off the game streaming idea, at least not directly. […] Shinra Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary that is now headed by former Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada. Unlike a platform like PlayStation Now, Shinra’s goal is to have game developers actually build their virtual worlds on their cloud platform. It is an interesting proposition but one that has yet to bear fruit. – JC Torres, SlashGear

China officially ends ban on video game consoles

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Game consoles were first banned in 2000 due to fears that the devices — and the 3D worlds produced by them — had a negative effect on the mental and physical development of children. Last year, China eased those restrictions by letting game console-makers operate in an experimental 11-square-mile area in Shanghai, known as the free trade zone. – Dante D’Orazio, The Verge

Shinra Technologies To Launch Beta Game Streaming Platform In Kansas City

While many companies are beginning by bringing popular games to their streaming platforms, Shinra is aimed at creating all new content specifically for its cloud gaming offerings. Exclusivity is extremely important for the company.

Not only that, but game developers have traditionally not been able to create games that were too powerful for consumers’ computers to handle. Shinra, however, is telling developers to “shoot for the stars,” with developers being able to take advantage of a so-called “supercomputer.” In fact, Wada himself points to other big innovations in the gaming industry. – Christian de Looper, Tech Times

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Nintendo making Mii smartphone app; not interested in games

For anyone who might’ve been hoping to see a Pokémon battle game or a Super Mario endless runner, this week’s release of the New Nintendo 3DS should put those hopes to rest. [President Satoru Iwata,Nintendo] confirmed, saying that “I have opposed making smartphone and tablet versions of Nintendo titles; prices for content aimed at smartphones and tablets are falling quickly. I am still wary of the category.” – Eric Frederiksen, TechnoBuffalo
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OUYA confirms further moves into China with Alibaba deal

OUYA says its game service will arrive on Alibaba’s Tmall set-top box, which apparently already has streaming options for more robust games (the press release calls out soccer game Winning Eleven 2014 and fighting game Street Fighter 4). As far as control is concerned, there’s no mention of OUYA shipping its gamepad to China — OUYA reps tell us the company isn’t shipping a controller to China, and that Alibaba sells its own for the Tmall set-top box. – Ben Gilbert, Engadget 
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Microsoft To Bring Xbox One Game Streaming to Windows 10 Devices Later This Year

Microsoft wants to make your Xbox one a local game server for all your Windows 10 devices, the company announced today. Xbox lead Phil Spencer showed off the new feature on stage today in Seattle at Microsoft’s special event, playing Forza Motorsport on Xbox One and streaming it to a Surface 3 where he controlled and viewed it remotely. – Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch
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Dailymotion launches live-streaming gaming platform to compete with Twitch

Dailymotion today announced the launch of Dailymotion Games, a new live-streaming platform for gamers that is taking dead aim at the explosive success of Amazon’s Twitch service. […] Dailymotion said its partners at the time of the launch include Eclypsia, Millenium, JoinDOTA, Ongamenet, IGN, Jeuxvideo.com, GameSpot or Gamekult. In addition, the company said users can download Dailymotion Games apps for iOS and Android. And PlayStation 4 users will also be able to watch live streams. – Chris O’Brien, VentureBeat
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Here are the top 10 highest-paid stars on YouTube

1. PewDiePie:

  • Annual Earnings: $7 million
  • Subscribers: 33,528,405
  • Views: 7,400,126,842

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg goes by PewDiePie, an online alias. He is a Swedish video game commentator. This high-earning YouTube star is known for playing horror and action video games, especially “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” – Kate Aquillano, HLN via The Daily Dot

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