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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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Google Has Finally Added Video Games To Its Knowledge Graph

It's a change that many will probably feel is long overdue - as of this month, video games are now a part of Google's Knowledge Graph. This means that all the information you need to know about a particular title - from genre to developer to release date - is just one search away.

Sony Unveils Share Play, A System That'll Let Two People Game Like They're In The Same Room

This week, Sony will finally release a feature teased back at E3 2013 - Share Play. It's a system that''ll let PlayStation 4 owners share their games online- you can 'hand' someone your controller, giving them control of your game; or remotely hook up a local multiplayer session. Awesome, right?

Apparently, Kids Eat Less After They Play Angry Birds

Video games aren't generally associated with healthy eating habits. As such, you might be surprised to learn that screen time actually reduces food intake - at least, according to Nick Bellissimo, a professor of nutrition at Ryerson University.

From The Modder Who Brought You The Xbox Laptop, Say Hello To The Playbook 4

Ever wanted to play Destiny at a coffee shop? Got a hankering for Infamous: Second Son on the bus? You might want to get in touch with hardware modder Ed Zarick, then. He's turned Sony's immensely popular gaming console into a laptop - the Playbook 4.

Three Monkeys Is A Game Made Entirely For The Blind - And It's Part Of A Burgeoning Genre

Video games are, above all, a visual experience. You wouldn't be wrong in thinking that fact precludes certain people from experiencing them - anyone with severely impaired vision, for instance. Now, however, there's a new camp of developers creating games designed entirely for the blind.

Want To Play PS4 Games On Your Smartphone? Sony's New Xperia Phone Can Do That

One much-touted feature of the PS4 was Remote Play - the ability to stream games to a secondary device. Unfortunately, it didn't see much use - it was exclusive to the Vita. That's changed - Sony's unveiled a new Xperia phone with full support for streaming. Spoiler alert; it looks awesome.

Codemancer's A Game That'll Teach Kids About Programming And Inclusiveness

Codemancer might well be Rob Lockhart's magnum opus. A long-time educational game dev; the project was something he wanted to do for years - but never had the time or resources. It's a story about a little girl and her fox; it'll teach kids not only how to code, but how to be better people, as well.

Here's A Pair Of PlayStation 4 Shoes For $950 - Complete With An HDMI Port

Have you ever wanted to show everyone how awesome you think the PlayStation 4 is? If so, the JRDN 4 X PS4 sneakers are for you. They're branded after the console, and even come with an HDMI port (that doesn't do anything). There's just one small problem...they cost $950.

With AirVR, You'll Finally Be Able To Strap An iPad To Your Face. That's...Cool, I Guess?

So, uh. There's a project making the rounds on Kickstarter right now that lets you strap an iPad or iPhone to your face in the name of virtual reality. Yeah, I know - I'm not so keen on the idea, either.

This Guy Programmed A Video Game Entirely With His Feet - And Now Its On Kickstarter

Although 21-year-old Max Strzelecki was born without arms, he hasn't let that stop him - or even slow him down. Not only is he a capable gamer in his own right; he's also been programming since age 14. Now, along with his friend and business partner, he's launching his first commercial game.