Yahoo to require Yahoo ID; no more Facebook or Google logins

Yahoo has begun the gradual phase-out of letting people access certain services with their Facebook or Google logins. Now, to sign into all services, users will need a Yahoo ID.

The first service to stop allowing other login credentials was Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em up; and soon services like Flickr and Fantasy Sports will also require a Yahoo ID.

"Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience, which includes our sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em," a Yahoo spokesperson told CNET. "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a … Read more

NFL players scared of fantasy fans' Twitter threats

It's not easy when someone tells you their woe is your fault.

Sometimes, you know it's their fault, but you can't find a way of telling them. Sometimes, these people need deep and serious treatment because their view of reality has become distorted.

One such case, certain fantasy football players have lost touch with reality. They seem to think that there's no fantasy. They believe that everything is for real. They believe that if a player lets them down, that player should pay.

As CBS Detroit reported Thursday, certain fantasists can't take losing. Yes, they … Read more

Print chop: How copyright killed a 3D-printed Final Fantasy fad

When die-hard fans of classic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII stampeded to Shapeways -- the marketplace for user-designed 3D-printed objects -- it was because digital artist Joaquin Baldwin was offering high-quality figures of the game's most beloved characters.

The massive interest was generated initially through Reddit and then by tech and geek-culture blogs that picked up the story and called the figures "fantastic" and "perfect."

But all good things must come to end because of copyright laws (as the saying goes).… Read more

'Game of Thrones' cast chats it up at Comic-Con

Members of the immensely popular "Game of Thrones" TV show and series creator George R.R. Martin made a big appearance at the San Diego Comic Con. Warning: if you've never watched "Thrones," there are several spoilers in this posting, so be mindful.

The panel kicked off with an amusingly crafted "In Memoriam" [sic] video -- complete with the song "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" by Boyz II Men -- that paid tribute to all of the characters, big and small, that have died during the show's three-season run. As expected, the video is excessively graphic for younger audiences, but is certainly worth watching if you're an adult, not at work, and into the show.… Read more

Final Fantasy VII out now on Steam for $12, PC only

PlayStation classic Final Fantasy VII has leveled up onto Steam, giving fans the chance to rattle through the much-loved RPG on their computers.

The title arrives on Valve's gaming service with "brand new online features," which amounts to 36 unlockable achievements, cloud saves (to save Cloud, natch) and a "character booster" mode, which restores all your character's HP, MP and Gil to maximum -- likely designed to make the game easier for first-time players.

Steam boasts that the game has been optimized for PC and is "updated to support the latest hardware and … Read more

Listen to the bell tower version of the 'Game of Thrones' theme

Last week, lucky University of Wisconsin-Madison students (and staff) had a chance to hear the "Game of Thrones" theme song in a performance style uncommon to this century -- through the expertise of a carillonneur commanding the sheer musical might of 56 bells. … Read more

Name your own price for fantasy e-book bundle

Read any good books lately? I know, e-book prices can make it tough to indulge your love of the printed word. That's why I'm jazzed to see that the folks at StoryBundle have cobbled together another great batch of books for whatever price you want to pay.

It's true! The Indie Fantasy Bundle includes six full-length novels (actually, eight, as two of the selections include the first two books in their respective series), and you get to decide how much you want to pay.

As you might suspect from the "indie" designation, these aren't … Read more

Sony trims price of PlayStation Vita, adds new color

With a little less than 48 hours to go before the world gets a glimpse at the PlayStation 4, there's some news for the PS Vita coming out of Japan today.

Sony announced that the company lowered and equalized the price point for the Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi-versions of the PS Vita to 19,980 yen ($212) from 24,980 yen ($265) and 29,980 yen ($319), respectively. Sony didn't carry the announcement over to the U.S., but it's possible that the company may use a portion of its PlayStation event in New York on February 20 to announce a similar price cut. … Read more

Enjoy winter on your computer with Snowfall Fantasy

Screensavers have become far more valuable aesthetically than as a way to actually save your screen. Snowfall Fantasy is one of the better screensavers because it hits both of those notes. It moves around well enough to prevent burn-in and is an absolute delight to look at.

The Snowfall Fantasy screensaver depicts a log cabin covered in snow that continues to fall. When you first install it, it makes itself your default screensaver. However, if you change your screensaver, it can be tough to find this one again in your screensaver menu. That means you're stuck with it unless … Read more

Square Enix considers same-sex marriage for Final Fantasy XIV

One new feature in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn lets avatars get married. When it launches sometimes next year, only opposite-sex avatars will be able to get hitched, but that may change.

Square Enix discussed the matter of same-sex marriage, among other topics, in a nearly two-hour video posted to YouTube. A representative from the company said Square Enix has been carefully considering allowing same-sex marriage, though no final decisions have been made.

Read more of "Square Enix considering same-sex marriage for Final Fantasy XIV" at GameSpot.