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Echolocation Games & Simultaneous Invention

Echolocation Games & Simultaneous Invention

In society and technology it happens, sometimes, that two or more people/cultures create the same thing at more or less the same time. It's called Simultaneous Invention. This too happens in games, where suddenly the technology, the past products, and the right circumstances create several games of the same "new" genre to magically appear all at once. This is typically followed by a long and drawn out argument of who was first, but in the end, history will remember the game that does best, which is not always the one who finished first. History aside, it came to my attention...

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Safety in a new world of games

Safety in a new world of games

My mother used to yell at me about the dangers of video games. “You’re sitting too close to the TV!” was a pretty common shout I’d hear from the top of the stars. You can’t even SEE the TV from the top of the stairs! Not that she was wrong… mom radar is a weird thing. However, other than a severe case of Nintendo Thumb I never considered gaming a risky endeavor. With the rise of Pokemon Go there’s been a lot of articles covering safety while gaming in AR. From muggings to car accidents the simply fact is distracted...

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Best Party Games, Summer 2016 Edition

Best Party Games, Summer 2016 Edition

Summer is in full heat here in the northern hemisphere, and for many that means school vacations and more time with friends. Sure you could go outside, get exercise, maybe even meet that special someone… but it’s hot out there! Our plan is to stay in the nice AC, boot up a party game, and see who’s the best at… well… random tasks. Or that was the plan, but then we got to talking about what party game to play and suffice to say, we couldn’t agree which was best. Thus today’s article was born. The Antlion crew sat down...

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Manila Major Sees Groundbreaking Advances in Broadcast Techniques

Manila Major Sees Groundbreaking Advances in Broadcast Techniques

As eSports continue to grow astronomically, the broadcast techniques used to tell the story of a match are still being developed. As tournaments have transitioned from amateur online events, to professional leagues, to gigantic arena worthy LAN events, more and more resources are being made available to the broadcast staff. These new resources are allowing production crews to try new approaches and quickly respond to viewer feedback. While this evolution is unfolding across the entire spectrum of eSports, PGL's coverage of DOTA2's Manila Major has been a groundbreaking broadcast that is improving as the event continues. Team Roster As the...

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Game Developers' Struggle with Recognition

Game Developers' Struggle with Recognition

There aren’t many forms of media that are less appreciative of the lead creative staff than games. Books have their author’s name splashed across the front of the cover and are alphabetized by that name. Paintings of course are known by their creator. Even movies tend to get big directed by lines and key cast members have their names appear right in the front. Games? Beyond the handful of developers who really made it big, there’s always been a struggle to be known. In the old days, and to some degree still ongoing, there was a guerrilla warfare like Easter-egg...

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