Exploring the Depths of Minecraft

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on October 6, 2014
Exploring the Depths of Minecraft

A friend of mine has a 10 year old boy who is a MAJOR Minecraft fan, so I interviewed her about his obsession and how she feels about it.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this clever building game, it utilizes simple graphics and a complex formula for maximum creativity.  The thing I …Read more

The Future of Gaming is on Your Wrist:
Why Smartwatches Will Be the Next Big Gaming Platform

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 1, 2014
The Future of Gaming is on Your Wrist: <br />Why Smartwatches Will Be the Next Big Gaming Platform

Wearable technology is on every tech enthusiast’s lips. Computers in our glasses. Computers in our contacts. Virtual reality over our eyes and connected to our social networking. It feels like a step closer to becoming a cyborg. Our imaginations are running wild with the big announcement of the smartwatch Android Wear earlier this year. Its …Read more

The Summer of Strong Women: Unwind with These 5 Must-Read Comics

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on July 31, 2014
The Summer of Strong Women: Unwind with These 5 Must-Read Comics

Summer’s in full swing. Whether you are on a three-month vacation or a three-day getaway, you’re going to need some entertaining reading. Now is the perfect time to get absorbed in a new comic book. More likely to read a fiction novel than a graphic novel? You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the narratives that are …Read more

From Total Recall to Oculus Rift: A Brief History of Virtual Reality

Posted by Taylor Stein on July 28, 2014
From Total Recall to Oculus Rift: A Brief History of Virtual Reality

When thinking about the term virtual reality, your mind might jump straight to images of flying cars, your favorite science fiction book, or movies like Total Recall. But the truth is, VR technology has been a part of our lives for decades, tracing its conceptual roots back even further. Sony’s Project Morpheus and the Oculus …Read more

The 5 Best Features of a Social Slots Game

Posted by Nadjawa McCoy on July 9, 2014
The 5 Best Features of a Social Slots Game

Do you enjoy spending your free time spinning the slots on your mobile device, anticipating a big win? How can you ensure that you’re getting the best bang for your virtual buck? Throw out the bar and seven slots from yesteryear, and check out these top five features to look for when choosing your social …Read more

E3 2014 Puzzle and Adventure Games You’ll Love – and What was Missed

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 13, 2014
E3 2014 Puzzle and Adventure Games You’ll Love – and What was Missed

E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the event for all electronic gaming launches on the horizon. Unlike gaming conventions like Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), E3 is locked down and restricted to industry only. It hasn’t even been a decade since a gamer outside the industry could slip in by knowing someone who knows someone at …Read more

The Big List of Anime Conventions

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 6, 2014
The Big List of Anime Conventions

You might have seen my list of must-see geek conventions where I selected 17 excellent events from a variety of geekdoms such as video games, anime, and sci-fi. I received great feedback from you about the list, and readers wanted to see even more options across different types of conventions all over the globe. This …Read more

How Stories Are Told in Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on June 3, 2014
How Stories Are Told in Games

Storytelling has been fundamental to human experience for thousands of years (probably the earliest form of entertainment), and yet, novel methods to tell a great story emerge all the time. From books to radio, television and games, learning how to tell a compelling story in any medium means understanding its unique properties and how to …Read more

The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 21, 2014
The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

“Indie gaming” (games that are produced independent of a major publisher) has become a part of our gaming vernacular since 2009. There are two big reasons:   1) The rise of crowd-sourced funding through sites like Kickstarter has liberated developers to find money directly through their audience instead of pitching to a few big publishing …Read more

Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 15, 2014
Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

What felt like a utopian cyberpunk dream is now becoming reality: wearable computers is a topic on everyone’s lips. Last year we were introduced to Google Glass, the first commercially available optical head-mounted display–which, unfortunately, has since seen a decline in interest. Perhaps it was the wallet-busting price point at $1500, maybe it was the …Read more

What is Gamification?

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on March 17, 2014
What is Gamification?

Gamers are known to be particularly motivated people who practice self-discipline, learn well on their own, and find endless reserves of motivation, even when it involves repetitive tasks.  It’s a natural extension to watch gamers and think, ‘How can we leverage what is great about games in order to encourage people to do necessary or …Read more

Careers in the Game Industry – 2014 and Beyond

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on March 5, 2014
Careers in the Game Industry – 2014 and Beyond

If you’re into games to any degree, then a career in the games industry might be for you.  In this article we will look at the roles available in the game industry, as well as some of the skills you might consider developing if one of these career paths is of interest to you.  If …Read more