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Studiu: Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry

A fost publicat un studiu destul de detaliat al companiei Software Association Divertisment (ESA). Denumit Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry, studiul nu arată doar că numărul gamerițelor a crescut foarte mult, dar și că gradul ridicat de răspândire al jocurilor, inclusiv în rândul părinților, care sunt mult mai deschiși la ideea de jocuri pe calculator.

Source:computergames Website

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The first great works of digital literature are already being written

t’s an unfortunate feature of working as both a novelist and a games designer that I end up sitting through a lot of panels, round-tables, conferences, discussions and other exercises in head-nodding where digital people try to get to grips with storytelling, or where story people try to understand the digital world.

Both these types of event have their aggravations. When digital people run workshops or colloquia or jams (there are infinite names for the basic principle of bringing people together in combination with coffee) about storytelling, they often seem not to notice that quite a lot of very clever people have been thinking very hard about stories for, oh, the past 3,000-4,000 years.

Source: theguardian Website

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Like playing a video game: West Australian cattle farmer uses drone to muster stock

Drones are fast becoming a popular tool among farmers and now one is using them to muster his cattle.

Jerome Pilkington farms Angus cattle on his 2630ha property at Bremer Bay in Western Australia's Great Southern region.

Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek.

Mr Pilkington has mustered stock by aerial helicopter and also has a fairly typical son who likes to play computer games, so it seemed to make sense to experiment with a quadcopter, or drone, for mustering.

Source: abc.net Website

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Leamington company to host open event to inspire the next generation of computer games creators

Leamington Spa based Games company Radiant Worlds is hosting an open event this evening (Thursday) which is designed to show the rich variety of careers available to an audience of young people aged from 16 to 25.

The event organised by Creative Skillset is being hosted by the company’s founders, Richard Smithies and Philip and Andrew Oliver - The Oliver Twins.

Source: kenilworthweeklynews Website

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Get me out of here! The addictive thrill of escape games

ancy paying to be locked up for an hour? You do. Really, trust me: you do. I’m locked in a room, a woman called Amy is dying before my eyes and I’m freaking out. To help her, I have to escape – if I don’t, we’re both in trouble and judging by the flickery CCTV feed I’m watching her on, she’s fading fast. Just another Wednesday night in Birmingham city centre.

Except that this is pretend. I’m taking part in Escape Live, a team-based, puzzle-solving experience that challenges you to break out of a locked room within an hour. Escape games are a global phenomenon these days, catering to an audience that grew up on high-stakes computer adventures.

Source: theguardian Website