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Amidst moderate growth the Finnish gaming industry is in need of workforce expansions

Press release: April 18th, 2017 – By any measure the Finnish gaming industry has seen steady annual growth since 2009. Sales and number of employees also continued to grow last year, yet the growth rate was lower than that of the previous year. 2016 was the year of moderate growth and stabilisation in contrast to the hyper growth experienced earlier…. READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Someone on CNN Compared Recent Facebook Live Murder to First-Person Shooters

If you’ve been following the news at all lately, chances are, you’ll be aware of the disturbing murder of a 74-year old man live on Facebook. The killer, 37-year old Steve Stephens, decided to broadcast everything and claimed to have killed dozens of other people. During CNN’s coverage of the crime, someone actually compared the murder to first-person shooters, prompting widespread condemnation online. A brief clip of the segment was posted on Twitter by user Philip DeFranco, which you can find below. Do note that we’re unable to determine the entire context of the conversation from the short video but it’s clear that whoever was making the remarks – whether it was a CNN anchor or a guest – believes that “a lot of young people experience weapons” through video games, particularly first-person shooters, with their controllers. “There’s an element of this that makes it look like a video game,” the voice can be heard saying. “Unfortunately, a video like this, it has that same perspective.” FUCK YOU @CNN!Comparing this shooting to being like a video game. Couldn’t even wait til he was caught to starting pushing BS? — Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) April 16, 2017 Bizarre READ FULL STORY…


Playing Tetris on a Business Card Is Everything I Hoped It Would Be

Images: Andrew Liszewski/Gizmodo Three years ago, Kevin Bates created a Tetris-playing business card to showcase his engineering skills to potential employers. But his creation quickly went viral on the internet, and everyone reminiscing about their beloved childhood Game Boy clamored for their own. After testing the waters with the equally tiny Arduboy, Bates has finally delivered an officially-licensed Tetris MicroCard. If you’ve got $60 to spare on a tiny machine that plays a single game, you’re going to want this in your wallet. Quite possibly the smallest version of Tetris you’ll ever play As thin as a credit card? Not quite, try ten of them instead. Measuring a little over three inches by two inches in size, the MicroCard is only slightly bigger than a standard business card, and can easily be smuggled inside a card case. But don’t expect to squeeze too many other cards in there alongside it. Kevin Bates’ original Tetris-playing business card might have only been 1.6-millimeters thick, but this consumer-friendly version measures in at five-millimeters, thanks to a set of physical buttons, and a clear plastic housing that protects all of its exposed electronics. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The most popular games that you will want to play over and over again – Sponsored post

Gaming can be categorized in several different forms. Just as we have people who derive great pleasure playing video games all by themselves, going through story lines, and maps, so do we have those that like to play slots with no deposit. Irrespective of which category you fall, you sure would find one that would interest you in the list… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Interview with Leonard Herman – The Game Scholar, Phoenix IV and video game history

Not so long ago I got to communicate with Leonard Herman (the writer of the acclaimed Phoenix series of books, which tell us about the history of video games from an unbiased perspective), and the timing couldn’t have been better. You see, Herman’s Phoenix IV: The History of the Videogame Industry book was released just recently. So I had the… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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This Guy Hacked His Car To Play Mario Kart

As someone who has turned a car into a video game controller before, I feel that I’m completely qualified to say that this is way better than the crude, 8-bit era hack I cobbled together to play Pole Position with a Lancia and an Atari. What Adam Ringwood and his friends did with a Chevrolet Volt and a tiny, cheap-ass computer is really quite amazing, and, even better, should be easier for people to duplicate on their own cars. Where I just wired motion switches to the steering wheel and simple switches to the shifter and pedals, what this team did was to use the car’s internal CAN bus to get access to the various dashboard controls. And they did all this at the HackIllinois event this past year. The game itself is played on a Raspberry Pi little single-board computer, which is running a Nintendo 64 emulator. The emulator normally looks for controller inputs, so the goal was to connect the computer to the car via the car’s OBDII port. An add-on board provided the interface between the Raspberry Pi and the car’s OBDII port and CAN bus. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Lego Movies’ Secret Gaming Roots

Around this time three years ago The Lego Movie arrived in theaters and everything was awesome. No one would ever imagine that a feature-length toy commercial could actually be one of the funniest, smartest, and most imaginative movies of the year, even if it totally got robbed of an Oscar nomination. Since then, the Lego cinematic universe has only expanded. By the time I stop laughing at jokes from February’s Lego Batman Movie, it’ll be time to laugh at jokes from The Lego Ninjago Movie hitting theaters this September. But as fans of Lego in all kinds of media, we couldn’t help but notice how these films’ wild sense of humor reminded us of the long-running series of Lego video games and its wacky cutscenes. And after playing three of the most recent Lego games (Lego Worlds, Lego City Undercover, and Lego Dimensions), the movie-game connections seemed even stronger. Was it just a coincidence that these two branches of the Lego tree resembled each other? Maybe, or maybe not. So to get to the bottom of this, we went to the source and talked to employees at TT Games, the developer behind the Lego games, and Animal Logic, the animation…


Debunking the claimed link between sexism and video games

A recent article came out by a collaboration force of Iowa State University, University Grenoble Alpes and Universite Savoie Mont Blanc of France talking about sexism and video game exposure in adolescents. As one may expect, based on the first sentence which reads, “Research has indicated that many video games are saturated with stereotypes of women and that these contents may… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Debunking the supposed link between sexism and video games

A recent article came out by a collaboration force of Iowa State University, University Grenoble Alpes and Universite Savoie Mont Blanc of France talking about sexism and video game exposure in adolescents. As one may expect, based on the first sentence which reads, “Research has indicated that many video games are saturated with stereotypes of women and that these contents may… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Mad science – Finding inspiration as a bedroom developer

People love to criticize video games – take a look at the user reviews on Metacritic – but players might not be so quick to hand out zeroes if they’d gone through the process of making their own RPG or shooter themselves, the sleepless nights over broken code and whether or not to take the plunge on isometric graphics instead of… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Gran Turismo Lied To Us

Modifying a car always makes it better. Stock cars are as bad as cars can be. These are lies, lies told to us by Gran Turismo. Advertisement It’s something that’s immediately clear once you drive some kid’s first car, first modified car. Too stiff, too rattly, too boosty. The sensations of wow this is exciting isn’t this exciting this is exciting right are all there, despite the car clearly being measurably worse than it was when it left the factory. That’s exactly what Regular Car Reviews picked up on when driving a blobeye Subaru WRX STi, one that’s being converted back to stock from being modified by its 19-year-old previous owner. The stock STi is faster, smoother, better in the real world, though it masks its sensation of speed with road-crushing performance. That’s why you so often find these things modified, RCR notes. But also to blame is Gran Turismo, the way in which so many of today’s car enthusiasts first encountered modified car culture. The stock car was the slowest car, the worst-handling car. Every mod made the car better. Advertisement But what READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


What I’ve Learned From Tinkering With the Raspberry Pi for Five Years

Today is Pi Day and what better way to celebrate everyone’s favorite mathematical constant than by taking a look back at everyone’s favorite $35 hobbyist computer, the Raspberry Pi. Since the launch of the Raspberry Pi, I’ve written an absurd number of guides, blogs, and an already outdated book on the variety of projects you can do with it. I’ve learned a lot it that time. Troubleshooting Is a Life Skill You Have to Practice The joy I get from finding a solution to some dumb problem is one of the main things that drew me to the Raspberry Pi to begin with. Thankfully, Raspberry Pi projects have gotten easier over the years. Where it was once a complicated process to build an SD card, it’s now pretty much automatic. Still, the Raspberry Pi is far, far away from being as user friendly as a PC or Mac. That’s a feature, not a bug. The Raspberry Pi is built to force you to learn troubleshooting, and that’s still one of my favorite things about it. Advertisement Before hobbyists latched onto the Raspberry Pi, it was a computer for learning how READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The Counter-Culture of the 60s is Alive and Well in Games

Every year a massive chunk of the games industry makes the trek to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. While it used to be right up alongside E3 as the place to announce your next major console or project, it’s since shifted a bit. Taking a cue from San Francisco’s history as a hub for the avant-garde, GDC is now all about the independent games. Even the big players like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo tout the little guys at GDC. Alongside the Braids and the Insides of the independent world, there’s also a crop of indie developers that wear punk and counter-culture aesthetics as naturally as the hippies of the Haight-Ashbury. While they might not catch the attention of the masses, these folks are an important testing ground for the ideas we’ll see in games five or ten years down the line. GDC hosts countless minds that want to push the boundaries of what games can do. They hold open houses and mid-hallway demos for press and other developers alike. Some, looking for a job, others just trying to show off the latest build of a game they’ve been working on for READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!


Pick Up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild For $48 With Amazon Prime Before It Sells Out

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is quickly becoming the game to have and right now, if you have Amazon Prime, you can knock off $12 a physical copy for the Switch. Better grab it while it’s still in stock. $48 From amazon 2288 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!