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Speaking of Zynga

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As referenced in the previous post regarding Zynga and Facebook, Zynga is finding themselves to be under the microscope more and more as to how they get, and develop, their ideas for games. To be fair, they are not the only ones who find themselves in this situation. Source: MSNBC, Gaming Bolt

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University game courses are ‘Scandalous’

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This is the sentiment expressed by Codemasters (DiRT, Overlord, Clive Barker’s Jericho) VP Jamie Macdonald during an interview about the state of the industry in a particular region of the UK. Specifically, he is referring to programming courses that are game specific, as opposed to a general computer science education.(Link to the article here) The quote was taken from a …

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In case anyone doubts the power of casual/social games

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 As FaceBook prepares a $5 billion IPO, it turns out that it made 12% of its profit from Zynga and their cadre of games in 2011. What does that mean in terms of dollars? A mere $445 million. There may be many concerns about Zynga and their approach to game development, but it clearly has been doing something right. Source: …

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Attack on synagogue blamed on violent games

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This subject has already come up in our discussions during class, and we will talk much more about it as the semester goes on, but there is a belief (as well as supporting and dissenting research) that playing violent video games can cause people to act out in anti-social ways or exacerbate a previously existing mental condition. In a story …

FPS world record (almost) set

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It’s not an official record yet, but 999 players logged on simultaneously to what is now called Man v. Machine which uses the Unity engine for what looks like a confusing, chaotic, anarchic, but very fun deathmatch. Honestly, it’s hard to tell what’s going on, but it looks like it was a blast while it lasted. I can’t speak to …

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Development, rumors of the next generation of consoles begins.

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And so it begins. CVG has an article that discusses the development of the next Xbox console. It talks about the potential CPU architecture, embedded tech like the Kinect, engine development, even a comparison between it and the not-yet-in-existence next generation Playstation. The author of the article believes we’ll see our first glimpse of it this year at the Electronic …

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Nintendo experiences major drop in profits

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Nintendo seems to be in a sudden whirlwind of worrying news. Engadget has a post regarding Nintendo’s current financial status, and the news isn’t good. Profits are down 61 percent, which is surprising considering that the 3DS is finally coming into its own. Not only that, Nintendo is also seriously considering a renaming of its upcoming Wii-U to avoid the …

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Gamers come through for protein folding

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Today in class we discussed gamers performing simulated protein folding to achieve results that supercomputers weren’t able to achieve. The project is called FoldIt, and gamers have achieved remarkable results, even being added as authors in scientific papers! Taking that to its next logical step, this article from Ars Technica talks about gamers being asked to create entirely new proteins …

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Microsoft planning on dropping point system

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Rumors are swirling that Microsoft will be eliminating its point system that allowed for the purchase of digital goods with pre-purchased points, and switching to a currency-based transaction model. Now, instead of buying blocks of points, a user will pay only the price of the product. Feedback seems to be mostly in favor of this move, since the point system …

PBS investigates the deeper meaning of games.

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In line with the post discussing games as art, here is a short promotional video from PBS discussing the ability of games to deliver meaning beyond the gameplay itself. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Are they taking the concept of games to far? Or not far enough? Watch Off Book: Video Games on PBS. See more from Off Book.

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Adding to the post below about Indie Game: The Movie

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And there was much rejoicing. To follow up on the post below, which references the positive reception of Indie Game: The Movie, is this article on MSNBC. Apparently the rights to the remake have been bought by HBO and they appear to be planning on turning it into a comedy series. Needless to say, there are many who are displeased …

Game development movie finds success at Sundance

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Indie Game: The Movie Official Trailer from IndieGame: The Movie on Vimeo. Normally I would hold off on posting something like this until we discussed it in class, however because this film is moving forward and progressing well, this is as good a time as any. Indie Game: The Movie is a movie about just what you’d expect; indie game …

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The harsh realities of social game development

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You might think that developing social games for sites such as Facebook would be a never-ending cash windfall for their developers, however according to this article the opposite is true. In fact, the analyst in this story makes some subtle yet dour predictions for the social gaming market, and Zynga specifically. Source: BenZinga

Beta WordPress version of this blog

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We are currently beta-testing a WordPress version of this blog. Please take a moment to click over to it and provide any feedback, either good or bad. We would love to hear any opinions, ideas, thoughts, contributions, anything you would like to say. Please keep in mind it is still beta, therefore features and formatting is not quite complete. Ultimately, …