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Comic for May 26, 2020

Dilbert - May 27, 2020 - 12:59am
Categories: Geek

Minecraft Dungeons review: A smashing good Diablo clone for any age

Ars Technica - 49 min 13 sec ago

Enlarge / Redstone golems are a real pain in the Minecraft Dungeons butt. (credit: Mojang)

When Microsoft acquired the game studio Mojang in 2014 for a whopping $2.5 billion, fans of its biggest series, Minecraft, immediately wondered what would happen next. Would this be the end of Minecraft on rival platforms like PlayStation? Was the Java version toast? Would we have to suffer through some ill-fitting abomination like Minecraft: Kinect Dance Party?

Turns out, Microsoft has largely been a solid shepherd for the blocky series. The traditional Minecraft game continues receiving regular free updates across every platform imaginable, and its cross-platform builds sit alongside the original Java incarnation. Also, we didn't wind up with a bunch of annoying spin-off games; so far, there has just been a well-reviewed Telltale adventure and a decent Pokemon Go clone.

Microsoft and Mojang's combined ambitions grow this week with Minecraft Dungeons, the first series spin-off to germinate from within Mojang's offices. At E3 2019, the studio admitted to having run a skunkworks division for some time, focused on finding the right game concept for its mega-hit universe. Its first spinoff salvo comes in the form of a family-friendly action-RPG.

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I laughed a lot at Netflix’s Space Force, but my inner space wonk cried

Ars Technica - 1 hour 8 min ago

Enlarge / Dan Bakkedahl as secretary of Defense spells it out: Boots on the Moon by 2024. (credit: Netflix)

Note: This is not a review of Netflix's Space Force, but in discussing differences between the series' first season and the real world, this article contains minor plot spoilers—but not enough to spoil 99 percent of the series' jokes and plot developments.

One of the opening scenes of Netflix's new comedy series Space Force hilariously depicts General Mark Naird (Steve Carell) at his first meeting as part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

This scene establishes the premise for the main story line of the show. Comedian Dan Bakkedahl (similar to his portrayal of a congressman in Veep) plays the part of Secretary of Defense John Blandsmith. After introducing Naird as a new four-star general, Blandsmith gets to the point:

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The Moon Pays a Spring Visit To Virgo

Slashdot - 1 hour 16 min ago
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Covid-19 brings remote medicine revolution to the UK

BBC Technology News - 7 hours 11 min ago
Doctors are finding new ways of working including reviewing patients' scans and X-rays at home.

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