Mammoth Gamers: Machinima Removes Video Archives, Erasing Years Of Video Game History

Mammoth Gamers: Machinima Removes Video Archives, Erasing Years Of Video Game History. “Machinima, a long time multi-channel network focusing on video game content, has removed all video content from all of its channels. The video purge comes only days after Machinima was pulled into a larger Otter Media merger, says our source. The merger was announced in late November of last year, though what that really meant was unclear to many creators and consumers.”

Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1923 (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1923. “…this year, we’ve been seeing tons of celebratory articles, highlighting how works from 1923 are finally entering the public domain (WAY later than they should have, but not much we can do about that now). So, it’s time to celebrate. And what good is a public domain if you don’t do anything with it? So, today, now that these works are in the public domain, we’re announcing the Gaming Like It’s 1923 Newly Public Domain Game Jam. We’ve teamed up, once again, with Randy Lubin from Diegetic Games, who was our partner on the (public domain) CIA: Collect It All card game, to run this game jam.”

Tubefilter: Ninja To Stream ‘Fortnite’ For 12 Hours On New Year’s Eve In Times Square

Tubefilter: Ninja To Stream ‘Fortnite’ For 12 Hours On New Year’s Eve In Times Square. “Ninja is capping off his busy year with an overnight New Year’s Eve stream. He’ll be playing Fortnite — the massively popular battle royale game that’s netted him a following of nearly 13 million people on Twitch — live in Times Square starting at 4 p.m. EST on Dec. 31 and running through 4 a.m. EST New Year’s Day.”

Charged: Fortnite isn’t a game, it’s a place

Charged: Fortnite isn’t a game, it’s a place. “I’ve played a lot of Fortnite this year, and I was struggling to understand why I liked the game so much. It’s fun to play, but usually I get bored of multiplayer because I’m being constantly killed, can’t keep up with the hardcore players or it just gets stale. Fortnite is different, because it’s not even about the game at all: it’s a place we’re all going together.”

Disappearing movies and games: How safe is your digital collection? (The Age)

The Age: Disappearing movies and games: How safe is your digital collection?. “It’s not just video content, either. We’ve also gone digital in a big way for music (only 25 per cent of revenue in 2017 was from physical formats like vinyl and CD) and interactive electronic games (just one dollar in every five comes from actual disc sales). Only books are bucking the trend, with e-books accounting for less than a fifth of the market. You don’t have to be a devotee of Marie Kondo – author of the 2014 bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – to see why. Digital libraries are just so much neater, tidier, more space-efficient. But are they as safe?”

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.”