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  • 17Aug

    My night at Uwink

    I met Nolan Bushnell at the 8-bit Gallery opening a few months ago. While speaking with him and some other journalists, I learned that he had opened a new restaurant called UWink. The concept is simple, delicious food combined with a casual gaming experience. Nolan knows a thing or two about games and restaurants. He was the founder of Atari and the creator of Chuck E. Cheese. Chuck E. Cheese many of us can remember as being the go-to place for birthday parties with games, pizza and a dancing mouse. The first UWink restaurant was opened in the Woodland Hills area in Southern California. When you walk into UWink it is very white and people everywhere are gathered around pyramid shaped screens at each table. The walls have various images broadcasted on them. I am surprised at the sophisticated, futuristic feel of UWink. I take time to glance around at

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  • 17Aug

    GenCon Day Two

    Luckily, for me, my day didn’t start as early today. I got started at 1 this afternoon with an interview* at the WizKids booth. I got to play a demo for the AvP (Aliens Versus Predator) HorrorClix while I waited for the rep to talk. The demo was fun, although I’m not new to the Clix system, which helped. I played with the Aliens and won against another con attendee. My interview was short, but we talked about the big announcement for HorrorClix, which is the release of the Nightmares figures in May of 2008. I also got to see the new HaloClix system, which has a few changes from regular HeroClix. Afterward, I made my way to the Octopi/PoxNora booth to meet with Dan Kopycienski and Tom George. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a demo of the game while I was there because all of the demo computers were occupied.

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  • 17Aug

    RockBand/Harmonix Xfire Chat

    Xfire Chat with Harmonix about Rockband As a part of Xfire’s music week I was able to attend a live chat with Harmonix, the development company behind games such as Guitar Hero and Amplitude and, of course, their latest project which discussed, Rock Band. Rock Band is a game that is being released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. In the game the player will be able to become a singer, guitarist, bassist, or drummer and sing or play the many songs in the game. If that doesn’t sound fun enough you can invite your friends over and have a real band. In short, Rock Band is a game where you can live out that rock fantasy that you’ve always dreamed of. During the 4-chat room interview, Dan T (Senior Designer at Harmonix), Sean (Community Developer at Harmonix), and Naoko (Associate Producer at Harmonix) were answering questions about

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  • 16Aug

    GenCon Day One

    For the un-initiated, GenCon is quite possibly THE biggest gaming convention in the USA. Gamers gather for four days to attend seminars and workshops, but mostly they come for the games. There’s rooms dedicated to all sorts of different games. There’s a giant ballroom for Tabletop Games like Settlers of Catan, or Car Wars. There’s numerous rooms for TCG (Trading Card Games) or CCG (Collectible Card Games) like Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh. There’s rooms and events dedicated to Role-Playing like the True Dungeon or Live Action Role-Playing events. Pretty much anywhere you go in the Indianapolis downtown area during these four days is going to filled with gamers gaming. Or just participating in some sort of gaming related hobby, like painting miniatures. GenCon also has a gigantic exhibitors hall where vendors and game companies alike sell their wares, artists display their work and Convention Guests of Honor have booths

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  • 14Aug

    First game made specifically for the iPhone

    Even though it was stated by many companies that they would not be bringing games to the iPhone by Apple, it appears that there are groups trying to figure out new and innovative games to play using the iPhone’s unique features. Lights off was created by Lucas Newman and Adam Betts. The objective is to switch all of the lights out. Tapping a light toggles it and the four adjacent lights. If all the lights go out, you proceed to the next level. Although installing games for the iPhone is not an easy process yet. When I clicked on Installation instructions, it’s stated right away that it can be difficult. You have to download the iActivator so you can have access to the filesystem. Then you install SSH so that you can copy the application to the phone. Adam’s blog says they built it in three days and won 2nd

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  • 14Aug

    Have you heard of…

    …Donna Bailey or maybe Carol Shaw, no? Well how about Roberta Williams? Just who are these people? They are female game developers of the 8-bit generation. [url=http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6803&Itemid=2]This article[/url] that I received from the WIGI Mentoring list names female gme developers from the time when graphics were second on the list of top priorities and a good old fashioned gaming experience was all that was needed. So check out the article and learn about what it was like to be a game maker in 1982. The answer might just amaze you. Follow

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  • 13Aug

    The Wii WeDock

    Need a place to stash your Wiimotes when you’re not playing? Check out Brando’s [url=http://videogame.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=00483]WeDock[/url]. It’s a box large enough to hold two Wiimotes with their Nunchuck counterparts. It’s also spring-loaded so your wiimotes will pop back out with just a touch. Pretty snazy. Follow

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  • 10Aug

    Interview with Jenny gheduzzi

    [img]http://a459.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/01147/85/42/1147792458_l.jpg[/img] How long have you been an artist and what inspired you to pursue this career? What in your opinion was your first big break? What inspired you to get involved with the Hannah Montana “Music Jam” DS project? As character designer and concept artist for the game did you have any prior experience? What was that experience like and what would be your advice to any artist interested in getting involved with the gaming industry? How much involvement do you have in the gaming industry/community? Do you consider yourself a gamer? Do you play video games if so what kinds? Any future projects you wish to share? Where can we see your work next? Your image was also depicted as a character in the ongoing Graphic Novel “The Trouble with Katie Rogers” by artist Des Taylor. Can you tell us a lil more about the novel and your character?

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  • 08Aug

    Imagine – Babies! for the DS

    I saw this announcement from Ubisoft first at Kotaku, and thought surely it couldn’t be true. Unfortunately, for girl gamers everywhere, it is true. Ubisoft has announced their new line of Imagine games for the DS, one of which includes, Babies. According to a senior marketing director at Ubisoft, Helene Juguet, this is just what all young girl gamers want! Now, sure, these Imagine games are meant for young girls – however, it’s a pretty big generalization to assume that girls between 6 and 14 have the same interests in gaming. 6 to 14?! You know, that’s a pretty large gap between ages. What I liked as a six-year-old was not the same thing I was interested in at 14. And I don’t even want to think about what Imagine Babies might be suggesting about Teen Pregnancy…. So, who’s bright idea at Ubisoft was this? Let’s teach girls how to

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  • 07Aug

    Apple press conference today: iMac news

    Apple held a press conference today where they announced new prices for it’s iMac brand. This helps to position it for all the back to school sales that should be happening this month. The new iMacs will have thinner aluminum casings have 20 and 24 inch displays and will cost $1,199 to $1799 depending on configurations. The cost of the 24 inch iMac has dropped by $200. Personally, I recommend the Macbook pro for anyone looking for a laptop, but this might be a great solution for those that like to have a desktop. The other announcement was that Apple is adding a software “button” of the iPhone that allows users to upload photos taken with the built-in camera to .Mac. Follow

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