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The Origin Of Video Games
TECHNOLOGY, VIDEO REELS

The Origin Of Video Games

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, University of California, Santa Cruz Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Some people just love to play. Give them a ball, or a pen, or a pile of leaves and they’ll find a way to play with it. In fact, enough people love to play that just about any time someone invents something new, people find a way to play with it. Christopher Strachey didn’t invent modern computers. He didn’t even see one until 1951, several years after others had first created the first ones. But he had been friendly with Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of modern computers, when he was in college in England. The Mark I is considered the first computer because it could stor...
Video Games Should Be More Widely Used In School – Here’s 5 Reasons Why
TECHNOLOGY

Video Games Should Be More Widely Used In School – Here’s 5 Reasons Why

TECHNOLOGY Andre Thomas, Texas A&M University In an effort to curtail how much time young people spend playing video games, China has banned students from playing them during the school week and limits them to just one hour per day on Fridays, weekends and holidays. The new rule took effect Sept. 1, 2021. From my standpoint as a video game designer and scholar who specializes in game-based learning, I don’t see a need to limit video game play among students during the school week. Instead, I see a need to expand it – and to do so during the regular school day. Video games are one of the most popular mediums of our times. One estimate shows that by 2025, the global gaming market will amount to US$268.8 billion annually – significantly higher than the $178 billion it is in 2021. Th...
Using Data In Sports For These Students, Is About More Than Winning Games
TECHNOLOGY

Using Data In Sports For These Students, Is About More Than Winning Games

When professional sports teams use big data and analytics, their objective is to improve player performance and win more games. That approach is paying off in a major way. For instance, after the Golden State Warriors became one of the first NBA teams to invest in analytics, the team subsequently won league championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Analytics is the science of looking for patterns in data to make more informed decisions. The Warriors also get regular assists from partners in Silicon Valley – the famed tech hub near where the team is based. For that reason, it’s a small wonder why, in 2016, the Warriors were recognized at a sports analytics conference as the “Best Analytics Organization.” National Football League teams rely heavily on data as well. For instance, the Philadelp...
A People’s History of Board Games
GAMING

A People’s History of Board Games

If games are a reflection of our values as a society, and can influence how we think and act, can we game our way to a better world? We are living in the golden age of board games. Thousands of new board games are released every year, played by millions of people around the world. Board games, filled with strategy and exciting tension, have made a decisive comeback even in the era of video games. By 2023, the board game industry is expected to be worth $12 billion. And in 2018, tabletop games outperformed video games on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter: Tabletop games raised a total of $165 million, while video games raised a total of $15.8 million. Like all forms of art and entertainment, games are often a reflection of our values as a society, and they can also...
Fun new tabletop games for families, couples
GAMING

Fun new tabletop games for families, couples

Five new tabletop games that are both fun and have a broad appeal to players of all ages and interests. Last century I made my living writing for and designing tabletop games, and Gen Con was the center of my professional life. As I moved into developing video games, I stopped going, so I haven’t been to the self-proclaimed “Best Four Days in Gaming” in over 20 years. Since then it’s moved from Milwaukee to Indianapolis and more than tripled in size. This year saw 70,000 gamers come together and play thousands upon thousands of games. It was a joyous sight to behold. Gen Con has become a prime stage for publishers to show off new and forthcoming games, and for players to demo them before they buy. I spent a lot of time in the First Exposure hall, where developers were playtesting ga...
GAMING

4 games to look forward to this year

Every year video game publishers come together in Los Angeles for the biggest press event in the industry: the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. Well, it’s supposed to be the biggest. This year Sony and its PlayStation decided to skip the show, and in general there were fewer exhibitors and fewer exciting announcements than in previous years. The 2019 showcase offered some exciting games, but with new consoles coming from PlayStation and Xbox next year, I got the sense that a lot of the more interesting titles were held back for the next generation of these platforms. There are still at least four titles coming out this year that I’m excited for, most of which gave a good show at E3. ‒ For me the next six months of gaming begin and end with fast-paced, exciting and very gory s...
GAMING

Unique, artful games for summer

Now is a great time to catch up with some chill, beautiful indie games with unique styles and emotionally moving art. Summer brings long, languid days and vacations - the perfect time for games, but also a slow time for big new game releases. Now is a great time to catch up with some chill, beautiful indie games with unique styles and emotionally moving art. ‘Florence’ $2.99, Android and iOS, rated E ”Florence” is a mobile game that tells the story of one young woman’s life and relationships. The elegant, welcoming ink-and-watercolor style doesn’t look anything like most video games. It’s subtle, simple and balanced, not oversaturated, heavy on details and made from polygons. It has the feel of an illustrated novel come to life. Except unlike a novel, there are scarcely any words. T...
Babylon casino with a large amount of games
GAMING

Babylon casino with a large amount of games

Playing at online casinos, gamers often face with such problems as a few number slots or the lack of other games except of the classic machines. Sometimes you want to compete by playing poker or blackjack. At the Babylon online casino, you can easily play both the popular card games, and HD slots or the classic game emulator. There is also a mobile version of the casino and popular slots, which works on any tablet or smartphone. Everything is very convenient. You can enjoy your favorite gambling games wherever you are without being tied to a PC. Modern design of the emulators allows you to get real pleasure playing casino games. The joy of victory, emotions, passion – every gamer experiences these feelings while playing here. Competing with other gamblers playing popular card games...