Late Night Computing: December 20, 2012

Humbug to December 20, 2012 with Late Night Computing. Let's get this week over with, shall we? After you.

Is there anything about the holidays you don't love? Oh, really? Perhaps I'm just a scrooge. That's not quite the breaking news you'd expect it to be this time of year, for I fully expect a giant lump of coal in my stocking. Not that it's been a bad year. Not particularly, no. Just not a good one. Bring on 2013. Provided the world doesn't explode tomorrow.

News bits:

  • You don't have to travel to North Korea to play the nation's very first video game, Pyongang Racing. [via The Atlantic Wire]

  • Have you finally finished upgrading your storage with solid state drives (SSD)? Good, because MIT just discovered a new way to magnetically store data. [via Extremetech]

  • Did you enjoy Bastion? How about Dota 2? Combine the two, and you have one awesome package. [via Youtube]

  • Net neutrality once again heads back to the legislature in the form of a new Senate bill. [via Wired]

  • Speaking of legislation, go behind closed doors during the United Nations failed attempt to regulate the Internet. [via ArsTechnica]

Chatty posts of the moment:

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  • "Dearest Shacknews~ May your holiday spirit rise with the season! Love, Tinfoilhatter, Entropy and SAAAAAAAAntaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa." [by tinfoilhatter]

  • "You should probably download Final Fantasy IV for iOS." [by avatar_58]

Nightly file:

  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Christmas demo 1.0. "Giana runs, jumps and ice-skates through a captivating snow-covered winter wonderland, which morphs into a nightmarish barren wasteland at the press of a button. To get into the spirit, the designers created a ton of morphing holiday objects to be discovered by the players, and it requires all the skills that players can muster to make it through and to bash the vicious Santa-Owls." Download the demo here.

Media:

Crysis 3 Train Yard gameplay preview trailer:

Prophet and Psycho attempt to escape the overrun New York City train yard in this Crysis 3 gameplay preview.

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We also have a new historical adviser trailer for Silent Hunter Online, a Hadley's Hope concent trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines, a tactical gameplay trailer for Fuel Overdose, and an Into the Wild trailer for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.

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