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For the Horde: She Plays World Of Warcraft AND She Won Her State Senate Race

For the Horde: She Plays World Of Warcraft AND She Won Her State Senate Race | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it

Colleen Lachowicz had been the victim of a smear campaing by her Republican opponent in Maine who took out of context some posts she published on World of Warcraft gamers' forums. But she nevertheless won her seat as senator yesterday, apparently rallying infuriated gamers, worried about the precedent this could cause that their online role-playing behaviors be opposed to them.


Leveling up to Senator: now, that's an achievement! GG!

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Adult women are now the largest demographic in gaming

Adult women are now the largest demographic in gaming | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it

It's time to flush your stereotypes down the drain.

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Sorry, teenage boys...

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Gaming on Apple TV: the Pros and Cons

Gaming on Apple TV: the Pros and Cons | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Apple's foray into living room gaming captures all of iOS' problems and potential.
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Can the casual gaming model that made billins on smartphones work on a box that's sitting next to a PS4, an XBOX or even a Wii?

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Have You Explored It Yet? The Importance of Aimlessness in Gaming

Have You Explored It Yet? The Importance of Aimlessness in Gaming | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Don't run. Don't shoot. Just look and listen, and wait a while.

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Guillaume Decugis's insight:

Far Cry is beautiful and one of the first open worlds I enjoyed. Before I discovered WoW and logged a lot of miles on Azeroth. Great point on why stories and missions are not the only thing there is in a game. In my opinion though, single player games leave a lot of that aimlessness aside. its a lot more fun to me to go for a walk and chat aimlessly with another gamer than be on your own. The whole idea of Second Life - which critics to at article could point the lack of long term traction of - was to be an aimless game, wasn't it?

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cdecugis's curator insight, December 27, 2014 9:14 AM

GTA series are also great games where you can just enjoy being in the game with no particular purpose. I like flying planes and driving bikes in GTA III San Andreas...

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Mobile games market to double in size by 2016

Mobile games market to double in size by 2016 | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Together with mobile games marketing platform AppLift, we have developed an extensive infographic featuring key global and regional mobile games metrics.

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Interesting data on how strong the mobile games market is.

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Why Men Choose Female Avatars in World of Warcraft

Why Men Choose Female Avatars in World of Warcraft | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
When men play female avatars in online games, they change the way they speak to conform to female stereotypes—but the way they move betrays their masquerade. In a recent study reported in Information, Communication and Society, researchers created a custom-built quest in World of Warcraft—the popular online game where players...
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You've heard about gender theory in the real world. Here's how game designers might actually influence us more than we think when it comes to choosing an avatar's gender.

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Scientists Alarmingly Close To Recreating Star Trek's Holodeck

Scientists Alarmingly Close To Recreating Star Trek's Holodeck | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
The New York Times Bits Blog is reporting that totally immersive three-dimensional environments, similar to the holodeck in Star Trek, could be a reality by the year 2024.

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Now that would be a gaming revolution! 

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Andrew Nathan's curator insight, February 3, 2014 9:11 AM

Not sure if this is leadership, but so fricking cool! As a long time trekkie, I had to share.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Extension Confirmed

Across Draenor's savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth's heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and ...
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So the rumors about a new WoW extension were true and Blizzard just confirmed the warlords of draenors extension. Among the expected novelties I wonder if the ability to build your own garrison and enroll NPC's will be a radical change of the gameplay - bringing some RTS elements to the game. After nine years of WoW, this would be welcome.
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Anki Drive: Does 'the best robotics startup' deliver?

Anki Drive: Does 'the best robotics startup' deliver? | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
“ With Tim Cook's blessing and $50 million in funding from backers like Andreessen Horowitz, robotics outfit Anki already has buzz other startups could only dream of. Hands-on with its first product.”
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Anki is not the first company to come out with a hybrid concept mixing real life and virtual gaming experience. But the investment they made in AI is very promising.
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Cast WoW spells with your hands - not your keyboard

Cast WoW spells with your hands - not your keyboard | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Playing World of Warcraft with GameWAVE Are you ready to take World of Warcraft to the next level? Today developer Uwyn released a custom gesture mapping file for playing WoW with their popular game...
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Not sure how practical this is but playing WoW with gestures looks definitely cool. Nice move by Leap Motion which confirms that one if the main applications for its device is gaming (only thing I've done with it so far).
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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 10, 2013 3:35 PM

The Leap Motion controller looks more and more like a game controller. And it should. Cracking one application vertical before moving on to the next ones might be key to mainstream adoption. 

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Do More Tanking Options Lead to More Tanks?

Do More Tanking Options Lead to More Tanks? | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
“A couple of commenters mentioned on the previous post that having paladins be Alliance-only would mean that the Horde would have fewer tanks.Has having more tank classes led to more tanks, though?Vanilla only had 2 tank classes: warriors and bears.”
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Because few players know how to be a good tank, that's why. Takes courage and abnegation, doesn't it?
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Greg Mee's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:00 PM

I've done a pretty fair amount of dungeon tanking and I agree that tanks don't seem to be too popular to play. Based on the comments made about other tanks, it seems that some are clueless. 

 

I always tried to listen and learn and make it fun (for me, anyway,) and got a few compliments. I need to get back into it, but time seems tight these days. 

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Blizzard is testing in-game World of Warcraft payments

Blizzard is testing in-game World of Warcraft payments | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Blizzard is letting World of Warcraft (WoW) players pay real money for virtual world advantages.
Guillaume Decugis's insight:
Isn't that the very thing Blizzard fought against for years?
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Is Blizzard Blowing Up Titan Is A Good Thing?

Is Blizzard Blowing Up Titan Is A Good Thing? | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
The video-game industry would be better off if more companies were brave (and financially secure) enough to do what Blizzard did.
Guillaume Decugis's insight:

Yes, says Adam Biessener on GameInformer. Of course late and good is better than now and crap. But is Titan's delay the sign Blizzard made the right call (for quality) or is the sign the company became too big and is lacking the creativity it needs to reinvent itself?

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This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
All it takes is a finger swipe and a few taps of the touchscreen, and the cyber attack is ready to launch.
Guillaume Decugis's insight:

This is both fascinating and scary. While it's been said before that gaming could change the world, I don't think that's what Jane McGonigal meant by making the world better through it. Darpa, the technology lab of the Pentagon, plans on using gaming interfaces and mechanics to make cyberwar much easier. 


“Say you’re playing World of Warcraft, and you’ve got this type of sword, +5 or whatever. You don’t necessarily know what spells were used to create that sword, right? You just know it has these attributes and it helps you in this way. It’s the same type of concept. You don’t need the technical details,” said to Wired Dan Roelker - the man behind the idea for this Plan X project.


While this certainly makes sense from a pure military point of view, this raises many questions. While most military technology progress has been comlex to implement and costly, this is about making it easy and accessible to non-specialists. Not sure what happens next when the technology is leaked and everyone WoW player can become a cyber pirate...

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Christopher Lambert's curator insight, July 1, 2013 12:31 PM

When I read things like this I can't help but think that technology is actually starting to catch up to our imagination... we are essentially getting to a place where if you dream it, you can make it a reality.

 

 

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4 Video Games Killing It With Great Design

4 Video Games Killing It With Great Design | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Over the last several years, PC gaming has undergone a renaissance, stepping over consoles to take the lead in cutting-edge performance thanks to blazing fast processors that bode well for gaming aficionados along with crisp high-def screens...
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Yes, design of video games is awesome and amazing the the kid of the 80's that I am who started to play on Atari game consoles and an Apple II. But behind the pixel revolution, I'm sad that the gameplay innovation has been stalling - with one notable exception being maybe the rise of snack gaming on smartphones and tablets. When will we see the next breakthrough in gaming? When will we see something as revolutionary as Doom or WoW when they came out? Virtual reality gaming? Augmented reality? 3D? Even these concepts seem to have been pitched around for a long time and undersell wrong so far.
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The scary intimacy of Virtual Reality games

The scary intimacy of Virtual Reality games | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
What this frightening horror game and innocent flirting game have in common.
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Interesting account of what coming up Virtual Reality games are all about: the invasion of your personal sphere.
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No Man's Sky: finally a WoW-killer?

No Man's Sky: finally a WoW-killer? | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Hello Games wowed viewers last year with a debut trailer. At E3 2014, the developer showed us how to build a universe and what to do there.
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The project is ambitious, especially for a small studio such as Hello Games. But the procedurally generated universe could mean a totally new experience for gamers.


Finally a WoW-killer?

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And you thought Google Glasses made you look weird...

And you thought Google Glasses made you look weird... | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Last week we told you about Samsung's unannounced virtual reality headset: a peripheral that enables VR interaction for flagship phones from the world's

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Can this be even more weird than Google Glasses? Probably. But gamers aren't afraid of looking silly. 

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Anki Thinks It's Solved 3 Major Problems In Robotics

Anki Thinks It's Solved 3 Major Problems In Robotics | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it

 where the Users have raced 68 million laps around the track to date.

Guillaume Decugis's insight:

Games are often when breakthrough innovations are happening. This time, the company behind the awesome Anki Drive toy cars says they have solved fundamental robotics issues. 


Wonder what they're up to next.

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EverQuest Next could be the first MMORPG to support the Oculus Rift

EverQuest Next could be the first MMORPG to support the Oculus Rift | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it

Since the release of the Oculus Rift development kit, many major game developers have been experimenting with virtual reality in their labs. Now, another one of them has come forward in support of the technology: Sony Online Entertainment, the company behindEverQuest.

Guillaume Decugis's insight:

More than a rumor: something the President of Sony Online Entertainment confirmed. 


Question is whether it will add to the gameplay or make it cumbersome? 


I've tried a prototype game with those goggles and it's pretty cool but I can't say I would have stayed immersed forever. The thing that struck me is that we probably yet have to invent the games that would make Virtual Reality compelling: looking at VR goggles as another controller for existing games with the same gameplays doesn't seem to be enough to me at this stage. 

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Warlords Of Draenor Could Be World Of Warcraft's Next Expansion

Warlords Of Draenor Could Be World Of Warcraft's Next Expansion | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Blizzard could be gearing up to announce a new World of Warcraft expansion at BlizzCon next weekend. The company filed a trademark for the title Warlords of Draenor in New Zealand and Australia.
Guillaume Decugis's insight:
Can't blame Blizzard for not giving up. Will they take the opportunity to revamp the gameplay and come out with something more creative?
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GamerPeer's curator insight, November 6, 2013 1:35 PM

Blizzard is non stop with the addition of new Expansions.  The only unfortunate aspect of them constantly coming out with new games is that communities and groups are already formed.  WoW gamers have been with their communities for so long that they have almost become families.  

 

Because of this- it is very unfortunate for GamerPeer.com because we want to take the idea of family/teamwork/friendships to every game, including console games.  With that being said, if you are a WoWer and not in a tight group community to play with 24/7, try finding the right gamers using our free software.  We will take the information you provide and match you with the right individuals and gamers that you can build a long term friendship with.

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What To Expect From SWTOR Galactic Starfighter

What To Expect From SWTOR Galactic Starfighter | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
After the announcement last week about the Star Wars: The Old Republic super-secret space project, I wanted to jump up and down
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The new expansion to SWTOR will finally bring Star Wars players to the... Stars. But don't expect too much from it: this is pvp only and pretty constrained - at least according to that Hoystiq article. 

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What Made Titanfall So Impressive At E3

What Made Titanfall So Impressive At E3 | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
In the middle of E3 earlier this month, the creators of the new game Titanfall posed for a photo in front of a massive statue of one of the giant exo-...
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Is Titanfall going to reinvent the multiplayer FPS?
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GamerPeer's curator insight, November 3, 2013 10:35 PM

I am not sure about everyone else, but TitanFall could be absolutely huge for the FPS of eSports.  Of course Call of Duty will always be at the forefront, but what if Ghosts doesn't live up to standards?  With the competitive COD community already up in arms- maybe TitanFall will be the "killer." 

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World of Warcraft subscribers drop to 7.7 million

World of Warcraft subscribers drop to 7.7 million | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
700,000 players exit Azeroth over the last three months as Activision Blizzard announces that 7.7 million people remain subscribed to gargantuan MMO.
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Still a huge number of players. The franchise will be slow to die.
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Will real-life AI gaming be bigger than MMO's?

The amazing AI-demo of Anki at WWDC.

Guillaume Decugis's insight:

If you missed Apple's WWDC keynote, you should watch this. A company called Anki is taking AI not only to the next level but also to the real world. Their first product due this fall is a car-racing game where you fight AI-controlled cars on a real track.


This is fascinating to me because the big recent trend in gaming has been to downplay the importance of AI by bringing human players to play with or against one another. We also talk a lot about real-life gaming (humans with humans in the street) but I don't know if this will be that massive (still waiting to see Ingress get big). Now this is the missing combination: after human + AI, human + human online, human + human real-life, real-life + AI.


Too early to tell but great to see the gaming industry has perspective beyond reinventing the nth iteration of a point and shoot.

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Murray McKercher's curator insight, June 22, 2013 7:58 AM

Yes...

GamerPeer's curator insight, June 23, 2013 3:57 PM

Next gen gaming is reintroduced to the living room.  My initial reaction is - when do the tournaments begin?  The combination of gameing and real objects is #gamification at it's finest.  

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Filling World of Warcraft's boots: Why Blizzard had to delay Titan

Filling World of Warcraft's boots: Why Blizzard had to delay Titan | Online Gaming For The Win | Scoop.it
Publisher Activision Blizzard has to make a hit with Titan to replace the revenue generated by World of Warcraft.
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Good summary of why it is so necessary - but also so difficult - for Activision / Blizzard to come out with a replacement for WoW.
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