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    December 4th, 2013admin39Games

    News from GameSpot:

    by Martin Gaston

    PC hardware manufacturer Nvidia says the PC is “far superior” to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as a gaming platform, and that small form-……………. continues on GameSpot

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    News from Pasadena Star-News:

    Researchers Spiros Michalakis, left and Alex Kubica at Caltech Monday, November 4, 2013, have developed qCraft, a version of the video game Minecraft. Using the game´s basic premise of building a universe from blocks, Spiros Michalakis came up with the idea to include an educational tool to teach quantum mechanics. Walt Mancini — Staff photographer

    PASADENA >> A team of Caltech researchers has mined pop culture to create a new computer game that connects with youngsters who put up a wall between them and learning quantum mechanics.

    The researchers joined game developers from E-Line Media and MineCraftEdu to develope “qCraft.” The Google-funded project takes the world of the popular game “Minecraft” and injects it with lessons on quantum mechanics, the physics that governs the behavior of matter and light at both the atomic and subatomic scale.

    “This is a game, so when you get into it, you’re learning something, you’re not just playing,” said Spyridon Michalakis, staff researcher and manager of outreach for Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter.

    “You learn painl……………. continues on Pasadena Star-News

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    November 7th, 2012admin39Mobile Games

    News from ReadWriteWeb:

     

    A Microsoft ‘Xbox Surface’ Tablet Could Bridge PC-Mobile-Console Gaming

    Microsoft is reportedly building its own “Xbox Surface” gaming tablet, which could give the company a true mobile gaming strategy.

    Microsoft officials declined to comment, but the rumored 7-inch tablet could incorporate a custom ARM processor as well as “high-bandwidth RAM suitable for gaming tasks,” The Verge reported o……………. continues on ReadWriteWeb

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    News from The Huntsville Times – al.com:

    By Andrew Gribble | agribble@al.com al.com

    on November 06, 2012 at 8:01 PM, updated November 06, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson hits Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson after he released the ball and is called for the penalty in the third quarter at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (The Birmingham News/ Mark Almond)


    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — With no offense intended, Alabama coach Nick Saban made it abundantly clear Monday that Blake Sims — or whoever else plays the role……………. continues on The Huntsville Times – al.com

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    Gearbox releases Borderlands for iOS, mobile games continue to dominate market
    While mobile games are generally a hit with consumers, the core gaming market fears the profitability of mobile games may make more complicated and more involved PC titles less desirable for developers. Indeed, others argue that as developers scramble …
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    August 28th, 2012admin39Games

    News from Computerandvideogames.com:

    Microsoft has taken its time to introduce free-to-play gaming on Xbox 360, but that’s soon to change.

    Happy Wars The platform holder plans to publish Japanese studio Toylogic’s online brawler Happy Wars as its first free-to-play game later this year, followed by action-RPG Ascend: New Gods from Toy Soldiers maker Signal Studios.

    Both will be available free of charge to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but they’ll “leverage the Microsoft Points system” through microtransactions.

    “We’re always looking at ways to push the boundaries of the console and our digital platform,” a Microsoft spokesperson told our friends at

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    May 9th, 2012admin39Games

    News from Computerandvideogames.com:

    Mojang’s Minecraft has whipped PC gamers up into a mad frenzy over the last year and a bit.

    While keyboard warriors have been enjoying making elaborate, awe-inspiring constructions, battling creepers in the dead of night and trolling fellow crafters, console owners have had to wait patiently for the arrival of 4J Studios’ Xbox 360 Edition. Well, the wait is over, and the game is great. Rejoice!

    Here’s what we said in our Minecraft: Xbox 360 review: “Whether you’re mining, crafting, building, or fighting – either alone, or with friends – there’s nothing quite like Minecraft. An accomplished, streamlined port that’s a perfect fit for Xbox 360.” We gave it an impressive 9.0.

    Other criti……………. continues on Computerandvideogames.com

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    News from KCRG:

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – For months state leaders have debated on what Iowa should be doing to reform education. Lawmakers have tried to find a plan that will improve student learning and college preparation. But some Eastern Iowa schools have started offering specialized classes that cater to the interests of students.

    At Cedar Rapids Washington, Jefferson and Kennedy, one business class is doing just that. It’s called “Video Game Marketing and Design” and it has students piling into the classroom to learn more. It could be because for an hour a day, class work seems less of a task and more like entertainment. “As soon as I heard there was a game development class, I just really wanted to get into that,” said Bryce Korazio, a Sophomore at Cedar Rapids Washington. The class had such a strong interest, the schools ended up offering it at more times than they originally planned.

    The title of the class is what drew many students in. “I basically did it for the video game aspect because I love playing video games but the advertising aspect kind of also appealed to me,” said Chase Deshaw, a Freshman at Cedar Rapids Washington. But once learning was underway many realized it was……………. continues on KCRG

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    April 29th, 2012admin39Games

    News from Cosmic Book News – Comics:

    One thing about this game that had me worried was whether it was going to be another Dead Rising — which I find utterly boring!

    Or if it was going to be another dull arse shooter game.

    Well, I downloaded the demo and played for a bit — and it seems to be really cool!

    Actually the game seems more like an RPG than a shooter.

    I’m not a gamer, but the controls are new to me. You walk with one of the sticks and use the other stick for your actions. And what’s cool about the game is you choose how your story proceeds and how you interact with other people. And I think the game “remembers” what you do because a message will pop up noting just that. So what you say and do might come into play later: like when you talk to a cop and tell him who you are. continues on Cosmic Book News – Comics

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    News from Mirror.co.uk:

    London 2012 will put up 1.4million tickets for the Olympic football tournament on sale this week

    Gold rush: You can buy tickets to see the GB Olympic football teams on Monday

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    London 2012 will put 1.4million tickets for the Olympic football tournament on sale this morning with organisers confident the problems which struck the system in January have been solved.

    No Olympic tickets have been on sale since the re-sale of unwanted tickets was suspended in January after serious issues with the Ticketmaster computer system.

    The technology has been worked on since and tested – the testing process was the reason given for the football ticket sale not coinciding with last Tuesday’s draw – and organisers say the system can now sell up to 250,000 tickets an hour.

    The sales window will open at 11am tomorrow and close at 11pm on Sunday, May 6. Tickets will be available for all but five matches: Great Britain men v Uruguay, the men’s quarter-final and semi-final at Wembley, and the m……………. continues on Mirror.co.uk

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    April 20th, 2012admin39Mobile Games

    News from CNET:

    There once was a time when mobile platforms never had a chance of matching game consoles. That’s about to change, says chipmaker Nvidia.

    by Don Reisinger April 20, 2012 5:42 AM PDT

    Infinity Blade Dungeons on display at the new iPad unveiling.

    (Credit: CNET)

    For now, mobile devices still can’t match game consoles in graphics quality. Nvidia thinks that could change, and soon.

    The company last night sent over a slide to enthusiast site Anandtech charting the graphics performance progress across the console, PC, and mobile markets. And although PCs will continue to stand above the fray, Nvidia believes that by 2014, mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC) GPUs will offer better graphics performance than does the <……………. continues on CNET

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    News from VentureBeat:

    Online casino games are hot. So much so that we’re renaming our site Casino GamesBeat. Just kidding, but The United States Playing Card Company (owner of the Bicycle playing card brand) and Digi117 aren’t. Those two companies are partnering to form Zeniz, a mobile social casino game platform.

    Together, they will launch the Zeniz Social Casino platform for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android this spring. Casino games are the rage, according to a first-quarter acquisition and investments report by Digi-Capital. Just yesterday, Playsino announced it had raised $ 1.5 million.

    The United States Playing Card Company is based in Erlanger, Kentucky, and is a subsidiary of Jarden. Vancouver, Canada-based Digi117 is a mobile strategy agency. Their Zeniz Social Casino will operate under a freemium model, where you can play casino games for free and pay real money for virt……………. continues on VentureBeat

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    Mini Word Search! Makes Word Puzzle Excitement More Mobile
    Selectsoft, a California-based developer of family-friendly games, has released Mini Word Search!, an on-the-go word search game for iPhone® and Android™ phones. Mini Word Search! is a fun mobile word puzzle game filled with over 1000 words, …
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    April 1st, 2012admin39Games

    News from Computerandvideogames.com:

    A number of developers have expressed hope that Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4, or whatever Microsoft’s and Sony’s next generation consoles are called, will be more open development platforms than their predecessors.

    While PC games can largely be updated on the fly relatively inexpensively to offer new content or fixes, making changes to console titles often requires cutting through a lot of red tape. Ultimately, the argument goes, these issues can affect the quality of the game and console owners get a rough deal.

    “It’s sometimes expensive, there’s an awful lot of bureaucracy, even when you want to do quite small things,” David Polfe……………. continues on Computerandvideogames.com

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    News from The Seattle Times:

    As Microsoft’s strategic thinker, Craig Mundie prefers to live on the bleeding edge. So when he and his wife moved to a house in Washington Park, he wanted to trick it out with servers to control the lights, the computers and entertainment systems.

    His wife just wanted a television she could turn on with a single button. “She said, ‘Well if it’s all so highly automated, I want it to be like the good old days. I pick up the remote control, I hit one button, I get to watch television,’ ” Mundie said. He gave in. She got what she wanted.

    Still, Mundie is pushing Microsoft toward a future without buttons — no keyboard buttons, mouse buttons or phone buttons.

    Touch-screens are just the first step, Mundie said. In his version of the future, people will talk to computers without having to type on a keyboard. The computer will understand hand gestures and body movements instead of mouse swipes. He calls this evolution “natural user interface,” or NUI for short.

    Computers will become more like humans, he said, able to understand such language as, “Where should I eat tonight?” instead of forcing people to type the disjointed words “best,” “restaurants,” “……………. continues on The Seattle Times

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    March 27th, 2012admin39Online Games

    News from Los Angeles Times:

    In a significant milestone for a device once known only for blasting “Halo” opponents, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console is now used more for watching movies and TV shows and listening to music online than playing video games online.

    Microsoft has long attempted to use the Xbox 360 and its predescessor, the original Xbox, as a “trojan horse” that would use video games as a way to become the digital entertainment hub for families in the living room.

    “The original vision for the Xbox was for it to be the heart of connected digital entertainment and it has been amazing to watch the arc,” said Otto Berkes, a senior vice president of consumer technology at HBO who helped to launch the Xbox at Microsoft.

    Yusuf Mehdi, who heads up marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Xbox business, said households now spend an average of 84 hours a month on the Xbox Live online service playing games, watching videos and listening to music. That’s up 30% from a year ago. Just over half that time is spent on videos and music.

    By comparison, th……………. continues on Los Angeles Times

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    News from Chicago Tribune:

    WMS Industries is positioning itself to join online gaming when Nevada allows it. (Phil Velasquez/Tribune / March 27, 2012)

    With Nevada among the first states readying to legalize online and mobile gaming, Waukegan-based WMS Industries wants a seat a the virtual poker table.

    The casino game maker announced Tuesday that it has submitted an application to the State Gaming……………. continues on Chicago Tribune

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    March 23rd, 2012admin39Games

    News from PC Magazine:

    You can’t play your best game with a mouse and keyboard. Follow these simple steps to use your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 controller on your PC.

    Back in the day, you needed third party adapters or complicated USB hardware hacks to use the controllers from your game console with your PC. But thanks to a flexible design from Microsoft and some some enterprising hackers working on the PlayStation 3 gamepad, you can now easily use both controllers with your computer. While the Xbox 360 gamepad is extremely easy to set up, the PS3 gamepad is simple, but requires a few extra steps.

    Xbox 360
    If you have a wired Xbox 360 gamepad, you can just

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    Cutting game short, Girardi riles Valentine
    Fresh off a game-tying squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees on Thursday night, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was looking forward to watching Clayton Mortensen pitch the 10th inning. This would have been another chance …
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    February 7th, 2012admin39Games

    News from Must Have A Look – CubsNet.com:

    If a batter is severely injured as a result of being hit by a pitcher, who should pay for time on the disabled list?

    The batter’s team should continue to pay the injured player’s salary.

    75%

    The pitcher’s team should pay for the injured player’s salary for the duration of the time spent on the disabled list.

    25%

    Total votes: 4

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    News from Boston.com:

    After Sunday’s fiasco in Indianapolis, we could all use some good news from the sporting world. And here it is, courtesy of Curt Schilling.

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which is being released today, is the first product from 38 Studios LLC, Schilling’s video game company. The game, full of lavish imagery and lively adventure, will, I expect, earn back every dollar of the $ 30 million Schilling has invested to develop the game, and then some.

    Of course, Schilling is the former Boston Red Sox pitcher whose 2004 mound heroics helped the team win its first World Series in 86 years. As a would-be video game mogul, he tapped his baseball earnings to launch 38 Studios, which was founded in Maynard but moved to Providence last year.

    Schilling’s investment was an immense risk; the bargain bins at Walmart are full of flop video games. This won’t be one of them.

    Unlike run-and-gun shooters like the Call of Duty hit series, Reckoning is a role-playing gam……………. continues on Boston.com

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