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Nick's Games Haven

Hey there, ladies and gents! It's been a while, hasn't it? I used to be known on here as Tech Light, back when I was first getting started in the world of freelance writing. Maybe you read a few of my pieces - I primarily focused on computer hardware and technology. Then I sort of disappeared for a few years. 

Sorry about that. 

Now that I've re-settled into my little corner of the web, I'll be shifting my focus a bit.  I'm going to be covering gaming - more specifically, all the awesome developers, amazing innovations, and epic titles which make the games industry worth following and video games worth playing. Sounds pretty cool, right? 

Anyway, let's get started: it's good to be back.

-Nick

P.S: Those of you who are interested can find me putzing about in the following locales: 

Twitter: @OmniscientSpork

My Personal Blog(updated when I feel I've something particularly important to say): Double Crit

On Steam: Omniscient Spork

On Xbox Live: Azrius

On League of Legends: Vindicair

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Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.

What Is AMD's Mantle, And How Will It Impact Gaming?

A few months ago, AMD revelaed what it hoped would be the future of gaming - Mantle, a "revolutionary" application programming interface. This year, we're finally seeing the results. Let's take a closer look at the technology to figure out just how AMD means to change gaming.

Five Awesome Video Game Radio Stations For Your Listening Pleasure

One of my favorite things about video games is definitely the music.There's actually a great deal of talent, passion, and variety in gaming's music scene. Not surprisingly, there's a host of radio stations dedicated to the music - here's just a few of my favorites.

Are Video Games Making You Angry? You're Probably Just Incompetent

Gaming's foes have long held that there's a direct link between video games and aggressive behavior.  They were at least half right - scientists have just linked aggression to games with an interesting bridge: incompetence. Apparently, being bad at something - especially games - makes us angry. 

These Computers Are Learning By Teaching One Another Pac-Man

Researchers at Washingon State University have touched on a very fascinating way to improve machine learning and artificial intelligence: by having said machines teach each other to play video games. No, that isn't an April Fools' Joke: it's a legitimate scientific study.

So It Turns Out Gaming Is Integral To Modern Day Youth's Social Lives

One of the biggest criticisms I frequently see leveled at gaming is that it's an inherently antisocial activity; that it promotes introversion, inactivity, and generally poor behavior. Turns out, none of that is necessarily true - video games may actually form the foundation of modern youth culture.

Sony "Excited To Give Morpheus Units To Indie PlayStation 4 Devs"

Project Morpheus - Sony's upcoming virtual reality headset - won't just change AAA gaming on the PlayStation 4. Sony today revealed that it intends to provide Morpheus headsets to pretty much any independent developer who's the desire to work with the platform. There's a very good reason for that.

Is Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Really A Bad Thing For Gaming?

I've got some bad news for those of you who've been waiting for Oculus VR to revolutionize the world of video games - it might not be happening. Earlier today, Facebook acquired the company for $2 billion. Not surprisingly, industry figures and financial analysts alike weren't exactly pleased.

Five Of The Best News Stories From The 2014 Game Developers Conference

It's been a few days since the 2014 Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco drew to a close. It was a big year this time around, with a whole host of awesome announcements, keynotes, and revelations. Now that we've all had a few days to process the conference, why not take a look back?

GDC 2014: Unity 5 Introduces 64-Bit Engine Support; Lighting And Audio Updates

The latest version of the ever-popular Unity game development engine was announced this week at GDC 2014. Unity 5 brings to the table a whole array of significant changes, including a huge update to Unity's audio and lighting tools as well as 64-bit support. That's not all it brings, either.