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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, …

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Coding a Game Now Gives Achievements Like A Game

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Microsoft has made it so you can earn achievements while coding your game, which makes coding your game like playing a game while you’re coding your game. An interesting application of the achievement concept, and it will be curious to see if it motivates coders to dive deep into the code, and perhaps discover new ways to use it. According …

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OnLive is finding its way into Google TV.

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OnLive, a cloud gaming service that eschews hardware except for a tiny connector box and requires only a broadband connection, was viewed with considerable doubt, if not outright ridiculed, when first announced. Not only has it found increasing success and acceptance, but the service is going to be included in GoogleTV-equipped televisions and devices. OnLive claims that in the GoogleTV …

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Gamertags!

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After having read through the comments and seeing one that included gamertags (your username when signed into the gaming services like Xbox Live or PSN), I thought sharing them would be a great idea. Therefore, I am putting up this post for the sole purpose of sharing gamertags in the comments. If you have a gamertag and would like to …

Serious Sam Gameplay Video

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Since I mentioned Serious Sam and its spectacular multiplayer co-op mode in class, and many of you were unfamiliar with the title, I thought I would throw up a video of some gameplay footage. This is the final level; just imagine it with 16 other players and 4 times the enemies, especially when the player starts heading towards the pyramids. …

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Are Videogames Healthy?

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A hospital is going to study games that require active involvement, which I’m assuming are games like Just Dance and Dance Central, to see if there are associated health benefits. The article also suggests adults don’t participate enough to see the benefits. I don’t know about you, but I work up a pretty good sweat playing those things, and they …

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The Smithsonian is giving artistic credit to video games

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From March 16th to September 30th, the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. will have an exhibit focusing on the artistic aspects of, and contributions from, video games and the people who make them. Further indications of video games as a true artistic medium along the lines of film and television, both of which the Smithsonian have embraced for many years, or …