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Armchair Arcade on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and RSS

Did you know that you can keep track of the latest from Armchair Arcade not only through your favorite RSS feed reader, but also on the top social networks? That's right, whether you're a Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ fan, we've got a page for you. Click any of the links to check us out!

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Brains, Brains, Brains! (and epic Atari stash)

Brains!!! Oh, yes, brains. Are you an idiot? Well, fret no more, now there's a brain exercise that really works. The key is Dual N-Back Tasks, which looks about as fun as it sounds. Still, with just a few hours ago, you won't be doing stupid stuff like virginity checks! Hurry; new people are signing up every minute!

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Brain in Vat Happy to Test All Day

Introducing the PS4.Introducing the PS4.It's Friday! Let's see what's in the queue.

Not so good news for Sony fans. Apparently, Sony will be slashing budgets for its next-gen PlayStation. Did they really invest that much in the PS3? Hm. So what do you call a half-step between generations? An upgrade? Maybe they're releasing some type of add-on expansion type thing instead of a standalone console? Perhaps this isn't really a headline at all, and it's a very slow news day? Speculation!

Now this is cool: Test chamber music: Valve offers free Portal 2 soundtrack downloads. Go ahead and grab it. I played Portal 2 a few weeks ago, and man, was it awesome! The music is great, too. Hm. What the hell is that orange goo gushing from my speakers???

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The end of anonymity on the Internet and it's all thanks to Facebook?

TrollfaceTrollfaceI was listening earlier to the net@night 192 podcast ("Guy Kawasaki and Enchantment" March 8, 2011) on my iPhone and Amber McCarthur and Leo Laporte were having an interesting discussion regarding Facebook's pervasiveness and how it might solve the problem of anonymous trolling on the Internet. As you know, some of around here on Armchair Arcade have been championing the idea of one's online identity being tied directly to their actual identity (here and here, as just two examples). The basic premise is that just like they do in the real world, an adult's negative actions would have consequences because others would know exactly who was causing the grief. The problem was always how to implement such a system, because previous attempts at real name accountability (as detailed in those two example links) were met with anger and resistance. In short, there was no practical way to make this happen considering the wide open and non-unified nature of the Web. Interestingly enough, the answer may be in Facebook's ever increasing dominance. You see, many sites now are requiring use of a Facebook login to leave comments--anonymous griefers need not apply. According to McCarthur, the sites that have implemented such a system have seen a slight reduction in the volume of comments, but a dramatic increase in the quality of comments and few, if any, trolls. While we've already debated this idea endlessly around here with neither side really budging from their positions, I think even though the Facebook-login-to-comment's success is largely anecdotal at this point, this is certainly a trend worth keeping an eye on for those of us in the accountability camp. Who knew that Facebook could have been the argument clincher all along? With over 600 million users and counting, it's clearly one of the most viable solutions out there. As Bill Loguidice - the actual Bill Loguidice - I can say without hesitation that if this indeed represents a turning point, I believe that the vast majority of us will have a heck of lot of great conversations to look forward to.

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Gamasutra's Top 5 Industry Trends

Gamasutra has an article up concerning the top 5 major industry trends they see as we round out 2010. You could probably list most of them yourself: Facebook gaming, 3D, cloud gaming, digital distribution, and motion controls. I thought I would give my own thoughts on each below; feel free to add your own.

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Farmville is a Networking Marketing Scam, not a Social Game

ScamvilleScamvilleThere's a post over at Slashdot declaring a "new reality of gaming." Basically, they're arguing that recent trends in social gaming, particularly Facebook games like Farmville, are showing an increasingly skewed demographic of middle-aged female gamers entering the market. The post points to a number of articles that make the usual assumptions about this demographic, namely that their time and tech skills are too limited to enjoy traditional videogames, but they are willing to play these because of the simplicity and social aspects. Rohin Dharmakumar of Forbes argues that games like Farmville and The Sims, which simulate reality, "are the new escapism." All of this is leading up to the prediction that it's just a matter of time before social games start hitting a billion or more in sales, perhaps eventually eclipsing sales of conventional videogames.

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Facebook Farmville Leaks and Privacy

It looks like Facebook is back in the news over security issues again, this time over a leak in apps including Farmville and a Texas Hold'Em game. The leak amounts to leaking real names and your friends' names to advertisers and trackers. I hope that no one using Facebook nowadays has any illusions about the company's lukewarm approach to securing their privacy, but the fact that headlines like this still arouse controversy suggests otherwise. At any rate, I'm of the opinion that Facebook's unacknowledged quest to wean people from internet anonymity is a good thing.

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Finding Armchair Arcade on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

In an effort to embrace complete accessibility, we've created a greater Armchair Arcade presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Check out our Facebook fan page, Facebook discussion group, the Armchair Arcade Twitter feed, and our YouTube video channel. If you'd like to contact me (Bill Loguidice), Matt Barton, or Mark Vergeer, be sure to check out our About Us page. Let us know how all the various methods work so we can iron out all of the kinks. Enjoy!

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Scanned & uploaded Intellivision materials...

Just received a Intellivision Intellivoice module, in celebration I scanned and posted a Intellivision product catalog from cover to cover as well as a brochure and some keypad overlays for 3 Intellivoice games and Intellivoice manual.

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