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Late Night Computing: October 24, 2012

by Tyler J. Smith, Oct 24, 2012 5:00pm PDT
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There's a fire in the sky on October 24, 2012, burning for you and Late Night Computing.

Playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown got me in the mood to watch alien abduction movies, so I ask you, denizens of the Internet, are there any titles better than Fire in the Sky? Obviously, you have your blockbuster hits like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but are there any you think I might not have seen? Please, let me know. Halloween is the best time of year for this type of movie.

News bits:

  • A day after cutting its workforce by 5%, Zynga announces a quarterly profit of $317 million, beating estimates of $256 million. [via Mashable]

  • Will the introduction of Apple's iPad Mini mean an explosion for mobile gaming? Some developers believe so. [via Wired]

  • One of the patents in the middle of the Apple v. Samsung debacle should never have been granted, says the US Patent and Trademark Office. [via New York Times]

  • Rain helps engineers determine the relative safety of any given bridge. [via Brigham Young University]

  • A new study says that men and women can't "just be friends." I'd like a minute for rebuttal. [via Yahoo! News]

Chatty posts of the moment.

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  • "What was the first game you ever beat? I honestly can't remember, but it was one of two, Alex Kidd in Miracle world, or Ghostbusters on the Sega Master System. Ghostbusters was [super] hard. Holy [crap] I was scared, after getting to the top of the building and seeing Gozer. My heart was pounding. It was hard as [nuts], but I was so hyped afterwards." [by manero]

  • "Played my first DOTA 2 match last night, which was also my first MOBA type game ever. 1 Kill and 18 Assists and we won. I'm the John Stockton of DOTA 2. I didn't really understand a lot of it but sort of grasped it as time went on. In any event its pretty fun, looking forward to jumping in." [by FreshwaterAU]

Nightly file.

  • Farming Simulator 2013 demo 1.0. "Welcome to the largest and most exciting farming simulator ever made! Farming Simulator 2013 is bigger and enriched with outstanding content and many new features, challenging you to take on the role of a modern day farmer." Download the demo for Windows here.

Media.

Farming Simulator 2013 launch trailer:

"Dust off your overalls and hunker down for a brand new planting season with Farming Simulator 2013."

The RaiderZ beta opens everywhere for players with a short trailer, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit! gets a new trailer for some downloadable content, and Tera celebrates Halloween trailer style.




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