Tech Net News and Opinion Gaming Edition
Most of us at indienation.fm are gamers of one type or another. In fact we have had several gaming news shows in the past. Some will be returning in the future and a few new ones to be added. Of course there are a lot of variants to gaming. For the tech news show, we tend to focus on video and online gaming. However, keep your browser and podcatcher tuned here as we roll out more shows themed around RPGs and tabletop games as we head into 2015.
2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion
This is the recording of our weekly news show. In this episode we discuss some Celtic music news, Android news, Chrome OS app news, net neutrality, Minecraft, Microsoft, writing on maps from the era of Columbus, and more.
We opened with two from Ceil Moss
- As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
- Lies a Lurrighan
You can find this band at:
Through Gamer Goggles News – 6-4-2013
The music in this week’s podcast is by Brother Love. You can find him at brotherloverocks.com. We must caution the listener not to go to brotherlove.com which currently re-directs you to Brother brand printing supplies but, in the past, it was a porn site and is definitely not safe for work.
WotC won’t be in the exhibit hall at Gen Con.
2 mobile titles from Wizards
Origins game fair
- TGGN 5-28-2013 Heavy Gear Assault edition (indienation.fm)
- Tggn 5-21-2013 (indienation.fm)
- Tggn 2013.04.30 (indienation.fm)
Hey listeners it has been awhile since we have aired Through Gamer Goggles News, but we wanted to let you know it’s coming back. That’s right next week, Tuesday April 2nd, we will return at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. We will take a look at one of the recent Kickstarter project from GreenBrieR Games Zpocalypse. Jeff Gracia from GreenBrier Games will be joining us live discuss the semi – cooperative board game and its future.
We opened the show with Liquor & Wine from Polina Kourakina.
News regarding Assassin’s Creed from Cinema Blend
- Hired a Native American Consultant; to enure the new protagonist is handled properly.
- The new assassin won’t look like Atiar or Ezio (etseeoe)
- Nothing from the previous will be used
- Scheduled to launch October 30th
In this episode of Through Gamer Goggles News we featured the music of Jonathan Coulton.
THERE BE MONSTERS
“Map Monsters is a free-to-play location-based adventure game designed by the venerable Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering, Schizoid, King of Tokyo, and many other fantastic video and analog games.”
The Article includes a back story on the game before going on to gameplay.
The game uses location via GPS devices. Unlike other games the GPS device will be a secondary mechanic. In other words travel isn’t necessary, but those that do will progress quicker.
The world is the map
Virtual world travel, players will be allowed to travel the world from their living room.
You never know what you will find when you explore a new location.
Items will have a scarcity, or a rarity. Some items will be abundant in areas forcing players to travel in order to trade.
Players will be able to build mileposts, mines, and farms.
Create friends to trade with and use their roads and more.
It will be available for Ipad and I phone 1st.
The will be funded if they can find enough contributors to reach 40k.
More info at Bodsix
Bodsix on facebook
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Through Gamer Goggles News Episode 004
Through Gamer Goggles News Episode 003
Video Games Good for You
From the Wall Street Journal
“Videogames can change a person’s brain and, as researchers are finding, often that change is for the better. A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability. “
Other points to note
Women that play video games are better able to manipulate 3D objects
Violent games have the strongest beneficial effect, But they are a two-edged sword. Compulsive video gaming can lead to obesity, introversion, and even depression. What was the name of that Bobby Brown song? Every gamer needs to listen to this while they play Don’t Worry Be Happy
According to the article the average gamer is 34 and plays about 18 hours a week.
Yes you read right that says ninja Zombies… they are just the coolest thing ever a new breed of Zombies coming for your braiiiiiins…. they are faster, stealthier and just down right cool ! This resident Zombie gives this a thumbs up and can’t wait until its out check out the Trailer at : Vimeo and please visit them on Facebook yeah they are that good the ninja Zombies are on Facebook too . It’s so nice to know there are still gentleman zombies out there … The GentleMan Zombie : cyanide and happiness @ Explosm.net wanted to put a little humor in your day even Zombies like to giggle especially this Zombie :) Now to leave you with a song one of my favorites by The Hooters -All you Zombies youtube
So when you go to sleep tonight just remember the Zombies have united and now have a new breed the ninja Zombies…. so if you hear scratching at your window…. ;)
Until next time your Resident Zombie Cleta
- Facebook Games: Zombie Lane Review (brighthub.com)
- Zombie Holdout: Pixel Ninja made a Kinect game with zombies in it (joystiq.com)
- Zombie Trailer Park – Ninja Kiwi (itunes.apple.com)
In an effort to continue to evoke laughter in the war on stupidity and responsibility, with seemingly much counsel from the Department of Redundancy Department, Representative Joe Baca has re-introduced a video game warning label bill.
House Resolution 400 would add a warning phrase to video games with certain ratings. This bill is very similar to a bill Baca introduced 2 years ago that never even made it to the floor. If passed, some games would be labeled “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior”.
I have heard these claims before but, to date, I can find none of them that link to any studies or research that prove this. Besides, this whole thing is kind of deja vu and redundant.
Excuse me, if the game is already rated, how is it not labeled already? It seems a bit overly redundant to me, it is as if I would say the same thing twice. Is the original rating not a warning? (heh)
You can follow House Resolution 400 over at GovTrack, it has currently been referred to committee. I hope that it ends just like the earlier bill submitted. May this redundant act too die in committee.
While I admire a “never give up” attitude in certain areas, I think that the lesson that this is just another stupid, unwarranted law, should have been learned two years ago.
- Broken Record Congressman Pushing Health Warnings On Video Games Again [Politics] (kotaku.com)
- Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation (games.slashdot.org)
- Congressman wants to slap warning labels on violent games (arstechnica.com)
- Warning Label Proposed For Violent Video Games, Internet Rolls Its Collective Eyes (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Bill Introduced To Require Bogus ‘Warnings’ On Video Games (techdirt.com)