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  • ‘CodeSpells’ Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming
    By on April 10, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments


    CyberSlugGump writes “Computer scientists at UC San Diego have developed a 3D first-person video game designed to teach young students Java programming. In CodeSpells a wizard must help a land of gnomes by writing spells in Java. Simple quests teach main Java components such as conditional and loop statements. Research presented March 8 at the 2013 SIGCSE Technical Symposium indicate that a test group of 40 girls aged 10-12 mastered many programming (more…)

  • Cuban Video Game Recreates Revolutionary History
    By on March 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hugh Pickens writes writes “The Guardian reports that Cuban programmers have unveiled a new 3D video game that puts a revolutionary twist on gaming, letting players recreate decisive clashes from the 1959 uprising in which many of their grandparents fought. ‘The player identifies with the history of Cuba,’ says Haylin Corujo, head of video game studies for Cuba’s Youth Computing Club and leader of the team of developers who created Gesta Final – (more…)

  • Missouri Republican Wants Violent Video Game Tax
    By on January 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter sHr0oMaN writes with news that Diane Franklin, a Republican member of Missouri’s state House of Representatives, has proposed a sales tax on violent video games. The proposal, HB0157I, is one of many responses to the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The proceeds from the tax would go toward mental health programs and law enforcement in the hopes that future shootings can be prevented. The total amount taxed would be small — 1% (more…)

  • Wigan winger Roberts quits game
    By on May 11, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Wigan Warriors’ Australian winger Amos Roberts retires from the game at the age of 31.

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  • Ulster winger Danielli quits game
    By on May 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ulster and Scotland winger Simon Danielli announces his retirement from rugby because of a back problem.

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  • Worcs-Surrey game on at New Road
    By on May 7, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Worcestershire will stage Wednesday’s home Championship game against Surrey at their New Road headquarters, as originally planned.

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  • Browser Emulation of 1975 Computer Runs First 16-Bit Home Game
    By on April 5, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Following up on the 2009 story about the first graphics game written for a 16-Bit Home PC, I thought Slashdot readers might be interested in seeing the game in question running in their browsers. The original hardware has been emulated and loaded with the original machine code transcribed from PDF scans. Some brief background here.”

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  • Next-gen Game Controllers Tug At Thumb Tips
    By on March 5, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Engineers at the University of Utah have designed a new kind of video game controller that not only vibrates like existing devices, but pulls and stretches the thumb tips in different directions to simulate various types of movement. ‘We have developed feedback modes that enhance immersiveness and realism for gaming scenarios such as collision, recoil from a gun, the feeling of being pushed by ocean waves or (more…)

  • Judge Rules Twitter Data Fair Game In Wikileaks Investigation
    By on November 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Wired reports that “The Justice Department is entitled to records of the Twitter accounts used by three current and former WikiLeaks associates, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dealing a victory to prosecutors in a routine records demand that turned into a fierce court battle over online privacy and free speech. … The Justice Department has been seeking the Twitter records under 18 USC 2703(d), a 1994 amendment to the Stored Communications (more…)

  • 7 Video Game Cereals We Want to Eat
    By on August 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    A gamer’s breakfast isn’t complete without a hearty serving of your favorite gaming cereal!

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