Ars Technica: Researchers can now legally restore “abandoned” online game servers

Ars Technica: Researchers can now legally restore “abandoned” online game servers. “Among a wide range of new DMCA exemptions recently approved by the Librarian of Congress (LoC) is a limited legal right for video game preservationists to restore online games that have been ‘abandoned’ by their creators to a playable form. But the new rules come with a number of caveats that could require some significant hoop-jumping from affected research institutions.”

IGN: Google’s Project Stream Will Let You Play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey In Chrome

IGN: Google’s Project Stream Will Let You Play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey In Chrome. “Google and Ubisoft have announced that Google’s Project Stream will be testing its gaming streaming capabilities via its Chrome browser using the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey starting on October 5.”

MakeUseOf: Browse the Best Gaming Easter Eggs and Deleted Content on This Site

New-to-me, from MakeUseOf: Browse the Best Gaming Easter Eggs and Deleted Content on This Site. “With all the work that goes into developing video games, do you ever wonder what gets left behind? It’s a common occurrence for developers to leave all sorts of graphics, music, secret messages, and other tidbits in their games. As it turns out, there’s a website that’s completely dedicated to finding unused content in games. It’s called The Cutting Room Floor (TCRF), and it’s definitely worth a look if you’re into games.”

Internet Archive: Over 1,100 New Arcade Machines Added to the Internet Arcade

Internet Archive: Over 1,100 New Arcade Machines Added to the Internet Arcade. “The Internet Arcade, our collection of working arcade machines that run in the browser, has gotten a new upgrade in its 4th year. Advancements by both the MAME emulator team and the Emscripten conversion process allowed our team to go through many more potential arcade machines and add them to the site.”

Lifehacker: How to Play Google’s Text Adventure Easter Egg in Chrome

Lifehacker: How to Play Google’s Text Adventure Easter Egg in Chrome. “Who doesn’t love a good round of Zork? While you are unlikely to be eaten by a Google Grue, you can play a text adventure in the company’s Chrome browser. It’s a clever little Easter egg that’s actually kind of fun, if you have some time to kill. Better still, the game isn’t just some marketing BS for Google products; it actually gets a little tricky, and you might find yourself turning to others for help—and then explaining to them, as we’re about to explain to you—how to find the game in the first place.”

Quartz: Fortnite helped cause 5% of UK divorces this year

Quartz: Fortnite helped cause 5% of UK divorces this year. “The cause of marital discontent may be shifting in 2018, as the viral online video game Fortnite sweeps the globe. According to a new report from Divorce Online, a UK site offering information and services to people who are uncoupling, 200 divorce petitions filed in the UK since the start of this year cited Fortnite as a reason for the separation.”

Columbia University: Albert Field Playing Cards go online

Columbia University: Albert Field Playing Cards go online. “The Columbia University Libraries has digitized cards from nearly two hundred decks of the Albert Field Collection of Playing Cards. The cards date from the 16th century through to 1801, and were mostly European – French, German, English, and Italian, though we slipped in one deck from a very new United States.”