How the Microsoft HoloLens Will Become the Future of Personal Computing

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on January 29, 2015
How the Microsoft HoloLens Will Become the Future of Personal Computing

Microsoft announced its heavyweight contender in the wearable technology market: the HoloLens. And despite the proof of concept, it’s creating a lot of skepticism in its wake. The Rise (and fall) of Wearable Technology Wearable technology has been getting a considerable amount of press in the last few years after the announcement, availability, and demise …Read more

2015 New Video Games that will Blow Your Mind

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on January 13, 2015
2015 New Video Games that will Blow Your Mind

Tracy Fullerton of USC Interactive Media & Games said it well: “The next step in the evolution of games is not newness and it’s not surprise, it’s depth.” 2015 is going to be full of new surprises in the gaming industry, but what will characterize it is the richness of external worlds and the depth …Read more

Dreaming of the Perfect Role Playing Game

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 3, 2015
Dreaming of the Perfect Role Playing Game

After spending a bit of time playing World of Warcraft together a few years back, colleague Gordon Calleja and I had a discussion by phone about how we felt about it. We were impressed with the technological achievement and visual style, certainly, but we were perplexed as to why we weren’t getting that spark, that …Read more

Love in the Virtual Worlds

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 13, 2014
Love in the Virtual Worlds

If you’ve ever read the Everquest or World of Warcraft Widows mailing lists (a bit of a guilty pleasure), you’d think that the road to nowhere good (really fast) has an online role-playing game at every bend:  players leaving otherwise satisfying real life relationships to selfishly seek their romantic pleasure online.  It all starts innocently …Read more

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