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Beyond 'Flinch and Twitch' Games

On Oct. 31, the Serious Games Summit gets underway in Washington D.C. Its sole focus: To bring together the computer gaming industry with other experts from various fields for more than just a good time. –Beyond ‘Flinch and Twitch’ Games (Cybershake) Thanks to some (partial) funding from SHU, I’ll be going to this event. My students were crushed when I told them I was cancelling most of my classes Monday and…

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Student Sanctioned For Comments On Homosexuality

A complaint was filed against Miner because he used the word “subhuman” when writing about gay people. The university’s Judicial Affairs panel found that those remarks violated the school’s university code of conduct. [...] As punishment, Duquesne University made Miner take the offending blog off his online profile. We checked that profile and the blog is gone, but Miner is also supposed to write a 10-page paper on homosexuality in…

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Blasts From the Past: What today's game designers can learn from Space Invaders.

For the last decade, most game companies have been governed by one obsessive idea: that making games more lifelike?more three-dimensional and hyperreal?will make them more fun. But this hasn’t worked. Even the crappiest game today has an elaborate 3-D world you can wander around and marvel at the superb rendering of shadows, the elaborate tattoos on the characters, or the lens flares when you look up at the virtual sun.…

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The Uncanny Valley

The uncanny valley itself is where dwell monsters, in the classic sense of the word. Frankenstein’s creation, the undead, the ingeniously twisted demons of animé and their inspirations from legend and myth, and indeed all the walking terrors and horrors of man’s imagining belong here. In essence, they tend to be warped funhouse-mirror images of humanity, and many if not most share one or both of a pair of common…

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Welcome to my Blog

This is Denny Hastert and welcome to my blog. This is new to me. I can’t say I‘m much of a techie. I guess you could say my office is teaching the old guy new tricks. But I‘m excited. This is the future. And it is a new way for us to get our message out. –Speaker of the House Denny Hastert –Welcome to my Blog (Speaker’s Journal) Found via Slashdot,…

But I, for one, do not believe that journalism’s future is gloomy. In fact, I think that when we look back on the early years of the 21st century, we will recognize it as a period of exploding opportunity for journalists and the start of an exciting new era for journalism. I also think it’s quite possible that we’ll look back on these years as a period when a better…