Zynga has a knack for identifying successful social games and drawing "aggressive inspiration" from them. Over the past few years they have started taking flak for their ability to produce near clones of popular games with the regularity of a post-buffet bowel movement.
It’s hard to just talk about The Dark Knight Rises by itself. As a conclusion to Nolan’s Batman story you really need to talk about the trilogy as a whole. I’m not going to go into which film was best because thanks to the third movie, it’s not really three separate stories. It’s one, it’s the story of a man who goes through tragedy after tragedy but despite the fact continues to be a symbol of, if anything, endurance.
Spark Plug Games recently hosted 25 middle school girls to show the technical side of how games are created. The Raleigh Middle School Girls Computer Camp of NCSU had asked John O'Neill (CEO of Spark Plug Games) if they could come and ended up spending half a day with the team. The girls were in the middle of building a game in teams of two within a week using Kodu (apparently not even middle school girls like the logo) and they asked a lot of great questions about game development.
Most of the talking was done by John, Chris Loyd (Senior Designer) and Clarence Simpson (Engineer) but I asked Mega Carriker (Brand and Community Manager) if she had anything to add seeing how she's the only girl on the team. "As all of the girls were filing out and leaving the office, one walked up to me in my office and said 'I'm going to come after your job here' and then left" Megan continued. "It was amazing. I still keep cracking up over it."
As the discussion about bringing girls into the sciences continues, I think it's really great that things like this are happening so kudos out to Spark Plug Games.
The first time I played through Dead Space, I accepted everything at face value: Isaac Clarke was a valiant man of science trapped on a hostile ship. Hell was breaking loose and he was the only man with the tools, wits, will and balls to stop it. I would like to say that I sauntered through the game like a cowboy. I would like to say that retribution rained from my plasma cutter like a shoeless Bruce Willis celebrating Christmas Unfortunately, Dead Space is scarier than walking down an empty country road in the middle on the night. As my neighbors will tell you, I was much closer to Chris Tucker from The Fifth Element than Bruce Willis. Thankfully, by my second play through the frequency of girly shrieks had decreased to a much more tolerable level.
Kind of like that guy who is just now watching every episode of lost. They’ve ended up a little late to the party. Well damnit I’m just as excited about stuff that everyone else has probably already played and I’m going to talk about it anyways.
I've been a PC elitist for a very long time. I last owned a 360 in... 2008? I hit some financial rough spots and ended up parting with it for much-needed cash. However recently I got a job - and with that job I once again have discretionary income. Despite protests from part of my conscience, I got myself a fancy 250GB 360 and a pile o' games. Long story short? I really missed it.
Andy Griffith, a television legend and America's #1 sheriff has died today. He was 86 years old. Andy starred in two of televisions most iconic shows in the last half century and has endeared in the hearts of American's since his debut on television with No Time for Sergeants in 1955.