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Every Toaster Is Just A Game Console Waiting To Happen

Every Toaster Is Just A Game Console Waiting To Happen | Games People Play | Scoop.it
As I pondered the recent and lovely modding work of Finnish artist Jarno Kotavuopio, I pondered the perfection of toaster as video game console. Such a simple and elegant device, with a classic aesthetic that outshines any true console. Plus it makes toast, which is delicious.

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5 Things I Learned as the Internet's Most Hated Person

5 Things I Learned as the Internet's Most Hated Person | Games People Play | Scoop.it

Hi. My name is Zoe, and I make weird video games with some degree of success (and make them playable for free, if you're so inclined). My life is generally pretty uncomplicated, I guess, aside from the fact that a month ago the Internet decided to make me the center of a supposed global conspiracy. I made the mistake of dating a guy who would later go on to write a several-act manifesto about my alleged sex life and post it to every forum he could create a handle for


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, September 18, 2014 12:50 PM

Best quote: "There could be other women out there making games and having sex, right now, dammit!"

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Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too | Games People Play | Scoop.it
Play among children is vital for their social development. So what's in it for adults?
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How sensory technology could change the future of gaming

How sensory technology could change the future of gaming | Games People Play | Scoop.it
Gaming sensors and peripherals have come a long way since the original Wii’s waggle controls.
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Just Over Half of Gamers in Brazil Play on Smartphones

Just Over Half of Gamers in Brazil Play on Smartphones | Games People Play | Scoop.it
Brazil’s sheer size makes it a superlative smartphone gaming market, even at relatively low penetration rates when compared internationally. Still, gaming apps lead usage among smartphone owners in the country.
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Mobile Gaming in the UK Grabs the Controller

Mobile Gaming in the UK Grabs the Controller | Games People Play | Scoop.it
In the UK, there has been a trend toward richer and more complex mobile gaming since the introduction of smartphones and tablets—cannibalizing console-based games. For both smartphone and tablet games, the “freemium” model has emerged supreme. Advertisers are finding that in-game ads overindex for recall, tap-through and conversion, but ad spending remains low.
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NSA and British government snooping on Angry Birds players

NSA and British government snooping on Angry Birds players | Games People Play | Scoop.it

Angry Birds is the latest game to become embroiled in the international government spying scandal.

 

In December it was revealed that America’s National Security Agency and the British Government had been accessing data sourced from users of services such as Xbox Live and World of Warcraft.

 

Now The New York Times reports that Angry Birds has been another target of the agencies, with the game’s metadata revealing details such as a user’s location, age, sex.

 

Specifically, a British Government document has been found to contain “the computer code needed for plucking the profiles generated when Android users play Angry Birds”.

 

Note, too, that Rovio has been previously criticised for the amount of data Angry Birds gathers about its users and has been accused of willingly passing this onto third parties.

 

“The scale and the specifics of the data haul are not clear,” NYT reports. “The documents show that the NSA and the British agency routinely obtain information from certain apps, particularly those introduced earliest to cellphones.

 

“With some newer apps, including Angry Birds, the agencies have a similar ability, the documents show, but they do not make explicit whether the spies have put that into practice. Some personal data, developed in profiles by advertising companies, could be particularly sensitive: A secret British intelligence document from 2012 said that spies can scrub smartphone apps to collect details like a user’s ‘political alignment’ and sexual orientation.”

 

Other revelations from Snowden’s latest leaks claim that “just by updating Android software, a user sent more than 500 lines of data about the phone’s history and use onto the network” and that “the NSA and the British agency busily scoop up this data, mining it for new information and comparing it with their lists of intelligence targets”.


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Video games change the way you dream & make us more creative...

Video games change the way you dream & make us more creative... | Games People Play | Scoop.it
Maybe you're meandering, alone and lost, through an abandoned castle surrounded by a crocodile-filled moat. Suddenly, a flame-breathing dragon hurls towards you, snarling and gnashing its teeth,...

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Gary Hayes's curator insight, January 23, 2014 5:21 PM

Quote "Among her other findings, Gackenbach has noted that gamers tend to have more "bizarre" dreams — those that include far-fetched or impossible scenarios, like imaginary characters or space travel — than their peers. Bizarre dreams, in turn, have also been linked to enhanced creative output in day-to-day life, suggesting (as Gackenbach has also found) that gaming might make us more creative in real-world scenarios."

Donald McClendon's curator insight, January 27, 2014 12:44 PM

This explains the "crunch' sounds I hear in my dreams. Too much Candy Crush!!

Kelly Bryant's curator insight, January 27, 2014 2:18 PM

Very interesting-helps put to rest that video games "rot" your brain

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Valve: The future of Virtual Reality is just one year away

Valve: The future of Virtual Reality is just one year away | Games People Play | Scoop.it
The most exciting aspect of contemporary virtual reality is its implications. Even using Oculus VR's early duct taped-prototype, most users immediately
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Mobile Gaming

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US mobile game revenues (including both downloads and in-app purchases) leads growth of $10 billion mobile content market as ebook and music downloads stagnate, according to new figures from eMarke...
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Women significantly outnumber teenage boys in gamer demographics | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Women significantly outnumber teenage boys in gamer demographics | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Games People Play | Scoop.it
Adult female gamers have unseated boys under the age of 18 as the largest video game-playing demographic in the U.S., according to a recently published study from the Entertainment Software Association, a trade group focused the U.S. gaming industry. Continue reading →
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Study: Gamers are more educated, more social than the people who make fun of them

Study: Gamers are more educated, more social than the people who make fun of them | Games People Play | Scoop.it
A new study commissioned by Twitch suggests gamers are more social and more successful than non-gamers.

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The Rarest and Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games | RetroGaming with Racketboy

The Rarest and Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games | RetroGaming with Racketboy | Games People Play | Scoop.it

Due to its age, and the bizarre state of the video game industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Atari 2600 has seen some of the cheapest and common, as well as some of the rarest and most valuable games ever released. Because of the rarity of certain games, it is nigh-impossible to build a complete collection for the console, especially if one attempts to collect the different versions of some companies’ games.

 

But if you happen to look in on your Atari 2600 collection and spot one of the titles mentioned below, or wander across them in a bargain bin at a local flea market or yard sale, thank your lucky stars, because you will hold a real piece of gaming history. So take a look, one of these might just be sitting in your closet right now.

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www.jaxretrorama.com's curator insight, February 4, 2014 8:18 AM

Collectors, remember that only a handful of these ever made to the multiple thousand of dollars.

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Bad Romance: The Terrible World of Video Game Dating Sites

Bad Romance: The Terrible World of Video Game Dating Sites | Games People Play | Scoop.it
There are websites for everything. Therefore, there are websites for gamers who need dates, and there are websites for people who want to date gamers. These sites might be one and the same. It's not really clear in the surprisingly inept world of video game dating sites, a web of false promises, Google search bait and general crappiness.
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Two-month deadline for in-app fees

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Creators of mobile apps that promote in-app purchases are being given two months to comply with Office of Fair Trading guidelines.

Apps that do not reach the standards set by 1 April could face legal action.

 

The OFT is attempting to crack down on instances where children rack up huge bills without their parents' consent.

 

Earlier this month, Apple agreed to refund $32.5m (£19.9m) to customers who had made complaints about unexpected bills from games.

A large number of mobile games now offer in-app purchases - for items such as power-ups or in-game currency - as a way of making their games profitable. Prices for such items typically range from 69p to £10, but can top £100.

 

PhonepayPlus, the UK regulator for premium phone lines and related services, estimates that 90% of seven-to-15-year-olds in the UK have played mobile games in the past six months.

Up-front information

 

Last year the OFT outlined its guidelines for app makers after studying 38 popular titles.

 

The BBC's Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains some of the things you can do to prevent charges from web and phone games

It concluded that app makers must:

 

provide up-front information about the costs associated with a game before consumers download itensure gamers are not misled to believe they must make a payment to proceed if that is not the case, for example if they could wait for a period of time insteadprevent the use of language or anything else that might exploit a child's inexperience, for example, implying an in-game character would be disappointed if they did not spend moneymake it clear how to contact the business if the gamer has a complaintonly take a payment if the account holder provides "informed consent", in other words a charge cannot be made because a password had recently been entered for something else

 

In addition to those guidelines, the OFT on Thursday posted advice for parents. It includes checking the in-app payment settings on their devices and trying the games themselves to better understand how they work.

 

"Many children enjoy playing these types of games," said the OFT's chief executive Clive Maxwell.

 

"This rapidly growing creative sector has also brought wider economic benefits. Our principles make clear the type of practices that games makers and platform operators should avoid.

"Parents and carers have an important role to help protect their child and their bank balance."

 

Furthermore, a series of videos explaining how to change relevant settings has been posted on Ofcom's website.

 

Not all app stores list the price of add-on purchases in their descriptions

The OFT praised games companies for co-operating with their investigation into the issue, and noted that several developers had already made moves to adhere to the guidelines.

 

However, games that do not comply could face legal action, the OFT warned, although its first course of action would be to work with the developer to make changes.

 

The video games trade body Ukie said it was happy the OFT had acknowledged that protecting consumers was a shared responsibility.

"We are pleased to see the OFT recognise that parents need to be more aware of and use parental controls that are available on devices," said the organisation's chief executive Jo Twist.

 

"Done responsibly, micro-transaction based business models give choice and value for both players and businesses."

 

In the US, action from the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month led to Apple agreeing to refund in-app payments to "thousands" of customers.

 

The FTC said consumers had been harmed by "unfair billing".

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: "The consent decree the FTC proposed does not require us to do anything we weren't already going to do, so we decided to accept it rather that take on a long and distracting legal fight."


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Chung-wei Kerr - Sam's curator insight, January 30, 2014 7:14 AM

The clampdown on in-app purchases on mobile and tablet games has finally happened, but also brings the issue regarding in-game advertising to the forefront with the new regulation regarding upfront disclosure on in-game advertising and use of personal data.

 

I personally think the initial gold rush for publishers and developers pushing in-app purchases is soon coming to a close, and should hopefully refocus the industry away from such practices, often viewed in an unpopular light amongst the gaming community.

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Can Oculus Rift show us what it's like to swap genders?

Can Oculus Rift show us what it's like to swap genders? | Games People Play | Scoop.it
The body-swap film genre could become a reality. 

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Can Video Games Make You Smarter? - YouTube

Are video games good for you? SUBSCRIBE! It's Free: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Follow us! (Links Below) What If You Stopped Going Outside? (and the negative effec...
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Sexism In The Gambling Industry

Sexism In The Gambling Industry | Games People Play | Scoop.it

With all the talk about sexism in gaming, I think it's time to discuss the sexism in gambling. Everyone knows that the number of female gamblers are increasing, just as it is in gaming; but where are the casinos, online or real world destinations, which cater to these women?

 

At the start of this century, there were several...


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malek's comment, January 18, 2014 4:44 PM
Sexism and gambling: a kind of addiction