October 16th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Watch Microsoft Hololens demo at Windows 10 devices event. A game named Project X-Ray was revealed, and it was INSANE.

Microsoft just announced that HoloLens development kit is launching early next year for $3000. The development kit will be available for developers who want to take advantage of the new wearable, which combines real life situations with virtual reality. The kit will allow them to create applications that should be available at launch.

Published on Oct 6, 2015

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September 16th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Thanks to John Porter for this week’s tech tip.

can-you-run-itCan I run Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4, DayZ, League of Legends, Call of Duty Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV, FIFA 15, Counter-Strike, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Crysis 3 or Grand Theft Auto IV? Does my computer meet the minimum or recommended requirements for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Titanfall? Difficult questions. But evaluating whether or not your computer meets or exceeds hardware requirements is our specialty. Remembering your exact PC hardware specs is tough, deciphering the meaning of a PC game’s minimum requirements is challenging and combining those tasks together is almost impossible for mere mortals. But Can You RUN It does this millions of times every month. See for yourself, takes less than a minute.

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September 5th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

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August 29th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

In [these episodes] we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they’re created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused.

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August 8th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

A case study in internet celebrity. (Contains adult language)

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August 7th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

duke_discSeveral months ago, while performing an inventory of recently acquired video games, I happened upon a DVD-R labeled Duke Nukem: Critical Mass (PSP). My first assumption was that the disc, like so many others we have received, was a DVD-R of gameplay. However, a line of text on the Copyright database record for the item intrigued me. It reads: Authorship: Entire video game; computer code; artwork; and music. I placed the disc into my computer’s DVD drive to discover that the DVD-R did not contain video, but instead a file directory, including every asset used to make up the game in a wide variety of proprietary formats. Upon further research, I discovered that the Playstation Portable version of Duke Nukem: Critical Mass was never actually released commercially and was in fact a very different beast than the Nintendo DS version of the game which did see release. I realized then that in my computer was the source disc used to author the UMD for an unreleased PlayStation Portable game. I could feel the lump in my throat. I felt as though I had solved the wizard’s riddle and unlocked the secret door.

Read the full post @ The Library of Congress Blog.

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April 24th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Just Press PlayRecorded on April 23, 2014.
NCompass Live – http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ncompasslive/

Research on games and learning have shown us that games can be powerful tools for learning–providing players with the opportunity to learn from and even celebrate failures as part of the natural learning process in a challenging environment. How can universities take advantage of the power of games and game mechanics? It’s not as simple as dropping in badges and leaderboards. Professor Liz Lawley, who teaches in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Games & Media as well as directing RIT’s Lab for Social Computing, will talk about Just Press Play, a “game layer for undergraduate engagement” that she and her colleagues have designed to enrich the learning environment for undergraduate students. After three years of iterative development and testing, her group will be releasing the software underlying Just Press Play under an open source license at the end of this academic year.

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April 15th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Liz LawleyResearch on games and learning have shown us that games can be powerful tools for learning–providing players with the opportunity to learn from and even celebrate failures as part of the natural learning process in a challenging environment. How can universities take advantage of the power of games and game mechanics? It’s not as simple as dropping in badges and leaderboards. Professor Liz Lawley, who teaches in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Games & Media as well as directing RIT’s Lab for Social Computing, will talk about Just Press Play, a “game layer for undergraduate engagement” that she and her colleagues have designed to enrich the learning environment for undergraduate students. After three years of iterative development and testing, her group will be releasing the software underlying Just Press Play under an open source license at the end of this academic year.

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This episode will be broadcast live on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10am CT. Register @ http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=13024.

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March 28th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

 

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March 6th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Fantasy Library League MosaicThe Geneva Public Library in Geneva, NY has come up with the most amazing way to gamify the library: The Fantasy Library League.

In the Fantasy Library League (FLL), you test your ability to purchase books that your community wants to read just like a librarian. Players go online (or complete a paper form available at your Library) to choose an assortment of popular books that are currently available in or coming soon to libraries throughout the Pioneer Library System. We’ll track how frequently your specific collection of titles circulates throughout the Fall. The players whose collections have the most total circulations will win fun prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights.

If I was in a public library I would be setting this up right now! Read all about it @ GenevaPublicLibrary.net.

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