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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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KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.

The Games For Change Festival Is Looking To Go Mainstream

Good news, everyone! The Games for Change Festival today announced a partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. Seen by many as the Sundance of gaming, the festival this year is both narrowing its focus and broadening its context in hopes of showing just how important games culture has become.

Sweden Is Using Video Games To Spread Peace, Love, And Democracy

The Swedish government has launched an initiative which it hopes will help spread democracy and creativity...through video games. The program - known as Democreativity - is intended to both bring people together and push them away from the violent, male-dominated image of gaming.

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.