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Gaming, LoTR and New Media: Interview With Professor Jay Clayton

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Clayton - the man behind "Online Games: New Media, Literature, and Narrative; a course taught primarily through Lord of The Rings Online - to talk about his thoughts on video games, literature, and the future of narrative fiction.

What Are The Best Toys For Preschoolers? Here's The Toy Industry Winners

Each year, the Toy Industry Association presents the top toys in a variety of categories the coveted “Toy of The Year” award. This week, I’m happy to showcase the premier preschool toys from the past five years, and I know I’d have had a blast with this cool stuff when I was in preschool…

Looking For A Link Between Video Games And Violence Distracts Us From Real Issues

In light of the media frenzy kicked up by GTAV, the topic of video games and their link to violence seems worth a revisit. To be frank: video games do not cause violence or aggression. We need to stop arguing about whether or not they do and move on: there's more important things to discuss.

Turn Your Home Into Aperture Science With Cool Portal Stuff!

Although you won’t find any big red buttons, repulsion gel or cake on this list, any fan of Valve’s videogame series will certainly enjoy thinking and living with Portals!

Get Plugged In To The 2013 Tokyo Game Show!

It’s almost time for Japan’s answer to America’s E3- Are you ready for the Tokyo Game Show?

Vanderbilt Literature Professor To Teach About MMOs Through Lord of the Rings Online

If you're interested in learning about MMORPGs - or the games industry as a whole - I've a spot of news for you. There's a course that'll teach you a great deal of what you want to know. It's called Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative; and it's taught in Lord of the Rings Online.

Wrap Your Device In A USB Condom Before Using Strange Ports

No, this isn't a euphemism. There's actually a peripheral known as a USB condom; designed to keep you safe when using public USB ports. Designed by int3.cc, it works by allowing only the power pins of a USB jack to connect - meaning you can charge your devices in even the dirtiest port without fear.

SpecialEffect Launches Playing With Your Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign For Disabled Gamers

SpecialEffect is looking to unlock gaming as a pastime for more than just the (relatively) able-bodied. On Friday, the UK-based charity launched its first crowdfunding campaign on Gambitious. Its goal is simple: it wishes to purchase a specialized controller that will let the disabled play  video games with their eyes.

AbleGamers Launches Consultation Lab To Help Disabled Gamers

The fine folks over at the AbleGamers Foundation - an organization devoted to improving the lives of the disabled through video games - yesterday announced the opening of their first game lab, geared specifically towards gamers with special needs.

 

What Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Can Teach Us About Video Game Design

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs - the long-awaited sequel to The Dark Descent - finally released yesterday. After playing, I got to thinking - it does some innovative things with the survival horror genre; it uses techniques that I think any video game designer would do well to note. Let's look at those.