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Ice-cool Skate Em Up OlliOlli Kickflips Onto PS Vita This Year

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59w ago - Roll7 Creative Director John Ribbins announced today that the ice-cool skate 'em up OlliOlli video game kickflips onto PS Vita later this year.

Below are the details, to quote: Hello. I'm John. I'm the game designer at Roll7! We started in 2008, when I teamed up with two entrepreneurs Simon and Tom. The company's initial mission was to try and combine Simon and Tom's passion for training disengaged youth in video game design, with my love of making games.

The dream from day one was to make our own games, but as a business it seemed impossible to make it work, so for the next four years we worked for various clients, making everything from websites, to apps, to games controlled by your brain.

In the meantime I spent countless hours in the evenings making the games we really wanted to make, while Simon and Tom looked for viable ways to transition from an agency to an actual game developer.

By early 2012 we'd scraped enough cash together to take some time off from client work and we set about making a game for iOS called Gets to the Exit.

We got some nice reviews (an 8/10 in Edge), but not everyone liked it ([Register or Login to view links]):

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Under-road radiators may beat the ice

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324w ago - The old question of how drivers of salt-spreading lorries get to work could soon be answered under government plans to recycle summer sunshine collected by Britain's roads and use it to keep them ice-free in winter.

The Highways Agency plans to install pipes underneath a section of road to gather solar energy in summer and recirculate it in winter.

Experts hope the scheme could be a way to treat the roads which are the first to freeze. Officials are also testing the technology to heat and cool buildings, cut energy bills and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

If successful, the pilot scheme could be extended to more roads.

An agency spokeswoman said a final decision on which trunk road to use for the trial would be made this year. The road should have maintenance work scheduled so that delays to the public are minimised, she added.

The scheme, known as interseasonal heat transfer, or IHT, will lay a network of plastic pipes filled with water just below the road surface.

In summer, when road temperatures can reach 40C, the water is warmed and pumped to pipes insulated with polystyrene. In winter, when sensors detect the temperature at 2C, warm water is pumped back under the road to heat the ground and prevent ice forming.

Because of the significant...
 
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