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Lone Developer Initiates 100-Day Protest at Nintendo for NDS SDK

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300w ago - Recently Bob Pelloni, the man who spent five years making a 'homebrew' Nintendo DS RPG called Bob's Game entirely by himself is ready to do something pretty drastic.

As Nintendo won't give him the Nitro software development kit (why not Google, it's been on the Internet for ages?), he's prepared to lock himself in for 100 days in protest. He won't have any luxuries like a TV, just enough power to check his e-mail in the hope Nintendo will actually get in touch with him.

A trailer for Bob's Game is below, and to quote on it: This is my game for Nintendo DS, a 20-hour-long retail-size, retail-quality adventure title by a single human being.





"Bob's Game" is a simple 2D adventure game with focus on story, puzzles, items, and communication. Many characters have deep personalities that evolve, and many events depend on the in-game time and day.

It's the game I wanted to play when I was younger, a vision I've been following since then.

This game is a sort of masterpiece for me. I've invested well over 15,000 hours into this game's development over five years. That is no exaggeration. All concepts, story, code, sprites, tiles, music, samples, fonts, etc. were created entirely by me from scratch.
 

Protests force Facebook to change

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355w ago - Facebook members have forced the social networking site to change the way a controversial ad system worked.

More than 50,000 Facebook users signed a petition calling on the company to alter or abandon its Beacon advertising technology.

When Facebook users shopped online, Beacon told friends and businesses what they looked at or bought.

Many considered the data sharing to be an intrusion that exposed them to more scrutiny than was comfortable.

Privacy please

In response to the demands, Facebook's 55 million members will have more control over whether data about what they do online is used for Beacon.

Before the changes, Beacon was an "opt out" system and many complained that they missed the chance to avoid using it when it was introduced in early November.

Now Beacon will be an "opt in" system that only tracks data if explicit permission is granted to Facebook to do so.

More than 40 websites, including Fandango.com, Overstock.com and Blockbuster, signed up to use Beacon software on their webpages and report what Facebook users did when they visited.

Activist site MoveOn was at the forefront of protests against Beacon and set up the petition to gather signatures on 20 November.

"It also says a lot about...
 
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