Let The Hype Commence – Bethesda Hiring for ‘Bleeding-edge of RPG Development’

It’s no secret that Bethesda is working on a new game, they’re a development studio, it’s what they do! However, with Fallout 4 now out of the way, and smaller teams working on patches and DLC releases for the game, the main teams will be moving onto the next big project, although for now, we have no idea what they’re going to be doing.

Bethesda has teased already that they’ve got several new games on the way that are “different to anything” they’ve done before. This would suggest that these new games aren’t part of the Fallout or Elder Scrolls series. However, we already knew these were in the works, so their new job postings spark interest for their next long-term investment.

Four new positions are now available, for an engine, gameplay and two graphics programmers. All touting that they’re required for “bleeding-edge RPG” development. If the current projects are different from what they’ve done before, it stands to reason that this one, an RPG, is a return to Elder Scrolls or Fallout. However, this is extreme early stage hiring, so we should likely expect it to be around about a year before we get hints of what it is, two years before we start to see anything from it and likely four years before it hits the market.

My gut instinct says Elder Scrolls 6, but as a fan of the series, I prefer to lie to myself and imagine that it’s been in development for a few years already and is coming much sooner than this project will; I can only hope!

Picking through some finer details, Fallout 4 lead producer, Jeff Gardiner, is listed as working on an “unannounced” project, as is Dave Schreiber, sound designer for Skyrim who’s listing says “unannounced future project.” Add to that Diego de Almeida, a freelance illustrator, has been on an “unannounced project” since the end of the Fallout 4 main development cycle last November.

Let’s cross our fingers, because as more names start to get put into this new project, leaks are bound to happen.

Sony Is Planning to Upgrade the PlayStation 4’s GPU Performance

Sony looks like it wants to update its devkits and is currently looking for an experienced programmer to work on GPU Profiling and Debugging tools used by the PlayStation 4 developers around the world.

The current job description, as Sony states, “offers the opportunity to work on all aspects of the GPU Tool” and it aims at assisting game developers get the best GPU performance from their titles.

The programmer is said to have the responsibility to improve features of the PlayStation 4 graphics profiling and debugging tools, design and implement systems that will enable game development teams to profile and optimize their titles, as well as support game development teams analysing the GPU performance of their titles.

Looking at what Sony wants from its future programmer, it’s safe to say that the company wants to fully exploit the performance from the AMD chips it installed in the consoles.

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First Alpha for Eve Valkyrie Requires a Powerhouse PC to Test Out

Fans of Eve Valkyrie with lower PC specs will be extremely disappointed with the news that the first Alpha for the title will require a powerhouse PC to be able to run it. CCP is reaching out to users with PC that are able to run the title at ultra settings, so if your PC doesn’t meet the required specs, bad luck.

“I can tell you for the first alpha test, it’s going to be quite high,” Sigurdur ‘Siggi’ Gunnarsson, Valkyrie’s lead programmer stated. “We’ve already had to do a lot of optimisation to get the game running, what you see today. But we need to do a lot more before we launch the game. The alpha test’s going to be pretty high spec.”

It isn’t quite clear what type of PCs CCP is targeting, but Gunnarsson stated that users with one of the latest NVIDIA 900 series or AMD 200 series graphics cards will be “pretty safe”. The trailer also provides a bit of a tease for players to go out and spend their money on a new graphics card.

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7,000 Women Achieved a World Record for Hackathon Ahead of Women’s Day

A three-day coding marathon organised by HackerEarth, a Bengaluru-based coding platform, which started on Friday managed to get together exactly 7134 women from all around the world.

“We want to catalyse a change that encourages more women to take up technology. An IDC report found that only 18% of the 5 million developers in India were women.We want to bridge this gender gap,” said Vivek Prakash, co-founder and CTO of Hacker Earth.

The majority of women, namely around 80%, are said to have been from India, while 12% were from the United States and the rest from 34 countries around the world including UK, New Zealand, Chile, and Iraq, having to work in big-name companies such as Walmart Labs, Altimetrik, ThoughtWorks, Snapdeal, Akamai, SanDisk, Harman, Capillary, HCL, AT&T, Freshdesk, VMware and Practo.

“Writing great code can be fun for everyone.Women might feel intimidated because they do not get to see many other women in the industry .While this is unfortunate, it is surmountable.Which is why we are very happy to be a part of HackerEarth’s women’s hackathon,” said Kaushik Ghosh, head of people at ThoughtWorks India.

While the current record has been set, there is still room for another one to be set, as there’s still one more day left!

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Megaupload Programmer Sentenced to One Year in Prison

We mostly hear news about Kim Dotcom in regards to Megaupload and the ongoing legal issues, but he isn’t the only one indicted by the United States in the case.

Andrus Nomm, a 36-year old programmer living in Netherlands, traveled to the US last week to plead guilty to the charges set up against him.

The Department of Justice announced that Nomm pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

While the authorities celebrate their first victory in this legal battle, it is far from a glamorous one. Just as most of this case has been up until now, this rather reminds one of a bully than a legal authority.

“Nomm was aware that copyright-infringing content was stored on the [Megaupload] websites, including copyright protected motion pictures and television programs, some of which contained the ‘FBI Anti-Piracy’ warning,” the DoJ statement reads. “Nomm also admitted that he personally downloaded copyright-infringing files from the Mega websites. Nomm continued to participate in the Mega Conspiracy.”

While the authorities celebrate this as the result of years of hard work, Megaupload’s founder as well as lawyers have another view on the issue.

Kim Dotcom went to his twitter account to slam the U.S legal system a bit, Megaupload layyer Rothken explained that they might have taken advantage of Nomm’s situation. As an Estonian citizen living in a foreign country, he was vulnerable and running out of funds to defend himself.

“The DOJ apparently used Andrus Nomm’s weak financial condition and inability to fight back to manufacture a Hollywood style publicity stunt in the form of a scripted guilty plea in court,” Rothken says.

“The facts mentioned in court, like a lack of cloud filtering of copyrighted works, are civil secondary copyright issues not criminal issues,”

“The DOJ apparently convinced Andrus Nomm to say the conclusory phrase that Kim Dotcom ‘did not care about protecting copyrights’ and such point shows off the weakness in the DOJ’s case as Megaupload, amongst many other ways of caring, had a robust copyright notice and takedown system which gave direct delete access to major content owners and from which millions of links were removed.”

It is clear that both Dotcom and his lawyers defend the former employee, but several law experts have also expressed concern over the conviction. There was only one example of possible copyright infringement in the indictment, and that referred to watching a copy of a pirated TV-show. For now it remains unclear what other evidence the authorities have.

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Homeless Man Being Taught Coding Since August Launches His First App, Trees For Cars

You have probably heard about the homeless guy named Leo Grand and programmer Patrick McConlogue offering him a choice between $100 and 16 free coding lessons. Grand, homeless since 2011 after losing his job at insurance provider MetLife and being priced out of his home when a high-rise apartment block was built nearby, didn’t have to think for long and a coding life for him began.

Grand received a refurbished Chromebook and three books on coding, having McConlogue meet with him every weekday morning for some coding sessions. We are pleased to hear that Grand has released his very first app named Trees for Cars, available for iOS and Android. The idea behind the app, Grand said, is to decrease the number of cars on the roads with an eye toward reducing CO2 emissions. Users have to sign up and specify whether they want to catch a ride or offer one, and the app will connect them with fellow carpoolers nearby. The app will then track how much CO2 was saved by all the passengers. To be noted here is that Grand wrote every line of code, and all app purchases from both stores will go directly to him.

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McConlogue’s tutoring was based on the course found here and you can also read the story of Grand’s remarkable journey here. And don’t forget to check out the app on iTunes and Google Play and maybe even buy it for $0.99 / £0.67.

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