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  • 360° Replay! (2/5/2017) - The Super Bowl is here, and this year there’s a new cool way to see the game. Intel 360 Replay lets you to see replays in 360° from the player’s point of view. Here’s a fun commercial about it (with Tom Brady, of course). The technology is not as trivial as putting a camera on … Continue reading 360° Replay!
  • At the Ballpark… (8/4/2017) - Did you see that catch? If you follow baseball, then you know which one, but for those of you who don’t, check out this video of Austin Jackson’s epic catch at Fenway Park this week. Needless to say there’s a bunch of fans who are going to have to revise their Greatest Catches Videos (YouTube). … Continue reading At the Ballpark…
  • Friday Fun (4/7/2017) - How about a few minutes of mindless fun? Check out these YouTube videos of old platformers re-created in the 360° format (click and drag to look around). Of course, if you are one of the very few folks who have an Oculus Rift, then you’ve probably seen Lucky’s Tale (a free launch title). If you … Continue reading Friday Fun
  • Start your engines! (5/26/2017) - It’s that time of year again. This isn’t just a long Memorial Day weekend — it is also time for the 101’st running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing! In honor of this I thought it would be fun to see if there are any 360° YouTube videos that give a sense of what it’s … Continue reading Start your engines!


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Games Portal (Wikipedia)


game : (a) a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other (b) a division of a larger contest — Webster

Game developer’s dictionary (, Oxford, OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, InfoPlease, Word Reference, Urban Dictionary


Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus


Game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are distinct from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more often an expression of aesthetic or ideological elements. However, the distinction is not clear-cut, and many games are also considered to be work (such as professional players of spectator sports or games) or art (such as jigsaw puzzles or games involving an artistic layout such as Mahjong, solitaire, or some video games).

Key components of games are goals, rules, challenge, and interaction. Games generally involve mental or physical stimulation, and often both. Many games help develop practical skills, serve as a form of exercise, or otherwise perform an educational, simulational, or psychological role. — Wikipedia

Games Encyclopedia (GamePressure), Britannica


The online guide to traditional games (
Games of the world: How to make them, how to play them, how they came to be (Grunfeld), GameFAQs (Wikipedia)


Outline of Games (Wikipedia)


WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo



Tradgames (Masters Traditional Games Shop)
Historic games timeline (Historic Games)


Quotations Page Bartlett’s


The Strong Museum of Play (Official Site)
The National Museum of Play (Wikipedia)


WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library



GameSpot Community


Penny Arcade Inc. (PAX), Games Meetups (





Games Spot,
Games News (Science Daily), Top 100 Video Game News Websites and Gaming Blogs: Game Sites for Gamers (Feedspot)






Dream Machines: How games are unleashing the human imagination (Will Wright, Wired)


Fun, play and games: What makes games engaging (Marc Prensky)



Amazon Toys


Global Game Jam


Game Dev Tycoon (Green Heart Games)


The Art of Game Design (Jesse Schell)
Are video games art? (Wired)
Theater festival turns videogames into performance art (Wired)
Game art galleries (Creative Uncut)


OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form





Video Games News -- ScienceDaily Video Games. Read about innovative new video games, trends in gaming, the effects of video game violence and more.

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    on December 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

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  • Pokémon Go could help people who struggle...
    on December 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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  • Action games expand the brain's cognitive...
    on December 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    The human brain learns and adapts. Numerous research studies have focused on the impact of action video games on the brain by measuring cognitive abilities, such as perception and reaction time. An international team of psychologists has assembled data from the last fifteen years to quantify how action video games impact cognition. The research has resulted in two meta-analyses, which reveal a significant improvement in the cognitive abilities of gamers. […]

  • Screen time before bed linked with less sleep,...
    on December 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to researchers. […]

  • Virtual reality makes journalism immersive,...
    on December 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Virtual reality technology may help journalists pull an audience into their stories, but they should avoid being too flashy, or their credibility could suffer, according to a team of researchers. […]

  • Some video games are good for older adults' brains
    on December 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Playing 3D-platform video games on a regular basis may improve cognitive functions in seniors and increase grey matter in a brain structure called the hippocampus, a new study suggests. […]

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    on December 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    When most people put on a virtual reality headset, they still treat what they see like it's happening on any run-of-the-mill TV screen, research finds. […]

  • Electricity generated from low-cost biomaterial
    on December 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Mobile phone speakers and motion detectors in cars and video games may soon be powered by electricity generated from low cost and sustainable biomaterials, according to new research. […]

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    on November 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Researchers are creating a library of movement data from different dog breeds, to make animal animations in films and video games more realistic. […]

  • New computational method introduced for lighting...
    on November 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Computing lighting that looks real remains complex and inefficient, as the necessary consideration of all possible paths light can take remains too costly to be performed for every pixel in real-time. A pair of computer scientists, with expertise in video game development and lighting simulation algorithms, has developed a new computational method to address this key challenge. […]