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Time To Battle On The Board With New Mega Man Board Game

mega-manSo there’s no mention of a new Mega Man title at the moment, but soon you’ll be able to get your hands on the blue bomber’s very own board game. Coming in the near future from Jasco Gamesestimated late this year to tie in with his 25th Anniversary – the board game will allow you to take control of Mega Man and defeat Dr Wily and his evil army of robots. The board game joins an assorted collection of 25th Anniversary memorabilia, including a Mega Man statue and 3DS case covers. Let us know if you’ll be picking the board game up when it’s released.

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Off The Grid Game

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Given the recent leaks about NSA and IRS dossiers on American citizens, it makes sense that some people are choosing to opt out of the social media ego stroke-athon for privacy reasons. But how does the womanizing sophisticate who has waved sayonara to Facebook and the rest handle the inevitable questions and objections when girls ask him about his odd lack of online presence?

Women, lovely lemmings they are, don’t like weirdness. Non-conformists give them the heebie-vajjies, until such time that the non-conformist is validated by the wider social group. So the Man Without a Facebook is likely to elicit suspicion, and maybe even irrational annoyance, from women. This problem will be worse for the off-the-grid man who prefers the company of younger women (the kind of woman least likely to care that Big Daddy State is safely in charge of her personal liberties).

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Microsoft Thought They Owned Donkey Kong When They Acquired Rare

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Conker’s Bad Fur Day director, Chris Seavor, has revealed that Microsoft mistakenly thought they owned the Donkey Kong franchise when they purchased Rare back in 2002. The information came about when Seavor was asked where the Xbox One’s equivalent of PlayStation 4 exclusive Knack was. Seavor then told the tale about Microsoft and Donkey Kong. Here’s what he had to say.

The current generation of ‘enablers’ won’t even know they own the IP… Here’s a true story.. When Rare was first bought by MS a group of execs came on a tour.. One of them noticed the Donkey Kong. ..Posters everywhere and said.. ‘Hey that’s great.. We own Donkey Kong right??’ ………/massivesigh

Microsoft Thought They Owned Donkey Kong When They Acquired Rare.

Is It true? Google I/O 2013 Keynote Livestream: 3hrs of geek-fun!

We’re headed into the final countdown for the Google I/O 2013 opening keynote, with the scene set for a solid three hours of Android, Chrome, and other news. Kicking off at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern; 5pm BST) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the whole event is being live-streamed, and you can watch it all unfold after the cut. We’re just thirty minutes away, though the developer-centric festivities continue until the end of the week.

There’s no shortage of rumor as to what Google might have to show us this morning. First up is a Spotify-rivaling subscription music service, which the rumor-mill claims will deliver unlimited streaming to Android devices, among other things. Meanwhile, there’s chatter of a new version of Google maps. That was previewed earlier this week, in a hastily-pulled sign-up page, but not before tidbits were gleaned like maps that can learn from your search history and where you click, and thus show you tailored results. The SlashGear and Android Community team arrived on-site yesterday, and spared no time in giving you a behind-the-scenes look of this year’s show. Of course, the halls are going to be a whole lot busier today, as I/O kicks off in earnest. We’ll have full coverage of everything Google announces at the keynote on the SlashGear frontpage, kicking off the start of what will be three days of news as Google further courts developers. Glass, Chrome OS, and more are all likely to be on the menu, so don’t forget to let us know exactly what you’re most excited about! Google I/O 2013 Keynote Livestream: Google I/O 2013 Keynote Livestream: 3hrs of geek-fun! is written by Chris Davies .

Is It true? Google I/O 2013 behind-the-scenes preview tour: we’re here!

It’s day zero at Google I/O 2013, the company’s developer event made for and by developer groups and Google to strengthen their world of software, services, and everything in-between. SlashGear has gotten the opportunity to step behind-the-scenes at this event on registration day – that is, the day before everything begins. Here we’ll begin to explore what’s actually at the event with the hard evidence that only comes from on-site investigation right in the midst of the big setup.

The Moscone Center once again plays host to Google I/O with an experience on the first of three floors that’s quite similar to 2012. This year attendees are given their official badges and T-shirts in a center console where Google employees are charged with scanning QR-codes and making sure everyone is who they say they are. A massive Google I/O sign rests against the main wall of the center with a color-changing I and O, cycling through blues and pinks in a comforting haze. We’re wondering where these massive 3D letters go once the week is over – perhaps a special giveaway on a letter-by-letter basis? The ground level also holds a pop-up Google Store where attendees can purchase various Google-branded oddities. Bags, clothing, cases, and toys are in effect. This store encourages – as it did in 2012 – users to utilize their Google Wallet to purchase the goods. On the second floor (or first floor, if you’re German), you’ll find a massive Google+ presence where users are encouraged to sign-in with the social network. A deck with Office Hours is set up for developers to learn how they might integrate Google+ into their own software. This area has a series of live hang-out portals which we’re sure will be popping up this week. This level is dedicated to several Google services and Google partners, each of them set up to present to any developer – or press member, or anyone else in attendance – that wishes to learn more. BONUS FIND: here you’ll see an unopened box of special-edition Android collectable figures from Dead Zebra. We promise we didn’t peek! Google Glass has its own section on level 2, users able to have a peek at the current iteration of the device as well as participate in talks on the future of the device. We’re expecting more information on the future of the headset in the main keynote address in the morning as well as in more than one chat later in the week. You’ll find Glass being set aside in a massive section all its own on this level, mind you, while items like Google Maps are part of a series of towers up the center of the room. The amount of space Glass gets here says a lot about how important the device is to the company. Up on the top level of the center, Google has made a massive show of both Android and Chrome. To one side, attendees are greeted by flying Androids and their floor-bound kin in a display not unlike what we saw at Mobile World Congress 2012 and 2011. It seems that this location has become the heart of the Android press event presentation – and perhaps rightfully so. Turn around 360 degrees and you’ll find a fabulous display – not yet turned on, as it were – of Chrome. One setup shows the highest-end Chrome OS hardware to date in an array that’ll certainly be a sight to behold once it’s turned on. Three large semi-transparent displays show Chrome in an impressive display that’ll certainly play host to some shows of power for both the web browser and the operating system. Androids large and small – but mostly large – litter the top level in both complete and nearly complete states. A massive pair of black-framed glasses remain wet with paint less than a day before the main event is set to begin. An eye-bursting array of pink and blue squares blasts in a checkerboard grid above the fray. It’s here that the fun will begin soon – and very soon. Have a peek at SlashGear’s Google I/O tag portal for more information on this array of Google action taking place Wednesday the 15th of May, 2013, till Friday. If you’re pumped up about any specific session or event, send us a note – we’d be glad to have a peek at it and report back to you, our valued readers! Pay close attention starting tomorrow morning at 8AM PST in-particular – the big keynote event will be covered piece-by-piece right here on SlashGear! BONUS: We’re on-site with and through Glass as well. Have a peek at a couple videos filmed by Vincent Nguyen with Google’s headset here and let us know what you think of the method and the quality. Above you’ll find a general layout look at the first level of Google I/O 2013 and below you’ll hear a bit of information from the BBC’s own Rory Cellan-Jones. He’ll let you know exactly what he thinks about the gadget world and how important Glass is to it – stay tuned – #throughglass! Story Timeline Google I/O 2013 sells out in under an hour Google I/O 2013 tipped to bring Nexus 4 LTE with Key Lime Pie Google Babel to rebrand as Google Hangouts, could launch at Google I/O Google I/O 2013: What to expect from this year’s developer conference Google I/O 2013 behind-the-scenes preview tour: we’re here! is written by Chris Burns .

Is It true? Syrian Electronic Army takes over E! Online’s Twitter Account

The Syrian Electronic Army strikes again, and this time, their target was both E! Online and Justin Bieber. In a series of tweets, the SEA stated that Justin Bieber was coming out of the closet and admitting to his homosexuality in an E! Online exclusive. The group provided links following those tweets, presumably to malware infested sites. The SEA finished up their practical joke with the tweet, “The Syrian Electronic Army was here! Fans of @justinbieber, you have been trolled.”

The fake tweets resulted in a huge wave of responses from Justin Bieber’s followers. Many were shocked, many were “not surprised”, and many were indifferent. Hacking E! Online is a strange change of pace for the Syrian Electronic Army, who normally goes after news publications and human rights organizations. But its attack was foreshadowed with a recent tweet dated May 1st that said, “The next target will be different…” E! Online is the latest victim in the Syrian Electronic Army’s attacks, but it most certainly isn’t the last. Twitter knows that as well, and has informed everyone to make sure their password is complicated and secure, and that news publications keep their passwords out of their emails. Twitter recently went to battle with the SEA by deleting their Twitter accounts, but seeing as Official_SEA12 is still up, Twitter probably assumed their attempts were futile. Twitter is also in the process of developing a two-factor authentication system that should dramatically reduce the amount of account hacks, but the company has yet to reveal a launch date for the service. The SEA has already targeted many other accounts, such as several of CBS’s accounts, BBC’s accounts, NPR’s accounts, The Guardian’s accounts, and many more. It won’t be too long now before another group is added onto the list. [via Business Insider] Story Timeline Three BBC Twitter accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack Twitter and Syrian Electronic Army go to battle Twitter tipped to be testing out two-factor authentication system Syrian Electronic Army targets The Guardian’s Twitter accounts Syrian Electronic Army takes over E! Online’s Twitter Account is written by Brian Sin .