Category Archives: Gaming

So You Are A Gamer?

Despite over 25 years of existence, billions in profits and millions of players worldwide video games continue to struggle for respectability and mainstream recognition as a legitimate form of entertainment not just for adolescents but people of all ages and from all walks of life. The players are consistently stereotyped in popular media as introverted, overweight, unemployed people (largely male) that lack social skills, live in their parents basements and are hopelessly emotionally bound to their computers, the internet and their video games. But the truth about gamers, who they are and why they play may surprise you. The individuals that comprise gaming culture is estimated in the tens of millions, it is global, competitive, highly influential and growing. Despite this growth and increasing popularity, gaming is largely ignored by sociologists. Video games are used and feared by governments, parents groups and most notably by people that have never experienced gaming culture. The documentary “Gamer Revolution” takes a look at gamer culture in the United States and around the world.
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Purity First

Ebongeek has covered game trailers before but this one titled “Purity First” is one of the finest we have ever seen. It was created as part of an advertising campaign for the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It is a brilliant piece of viral marketing that blends technological fear mongering, rabid ludditeism and faux propaganda into a kind of nightmare gumbo for the eyes. At the same time, it serves as an interesting cautionary tale about runaway technology, ruthless corporate greed and societal collapse. It is quite creepy and comes off less as science fiction as it does a peek into some strange parallel alternative reality. The fascination we have with these dystopian visions of the future seem to be part of some strange process our society uses or in some way needs to cope with the emergence of new transformative technologies. Nevertheless the trailer is very entertaining and it will likely drive traffic to the game manufacturers site, but why is the underlying message so incredibly negative? Aaron Saenz  of Singularity Hub put it best; “The effort put into this game is phenomenal, but the pessimism is a little much for me to let pass unchallenged. Human augmentation is just a new form of enslavement? Come on. Last time I checked, the real world scientists and companies creating artificial eyes and limbs were much more concerned with helping people than turning them into drug-addicted minions.” Source: Singularity Hub

Gaming on a 20 foot LCD MultiTouch Wall

If you are going to get your game on, you may as well do it on a LCD Multi-Touch Wall. The game is called Fleet Commander developed by Arthur Nishimoto in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Chicago. It is a real time strategy game adapted for a large interactive LCD Multi-Touch Wall. According to Nishimoto; “this game attempts to tackle many of the challenges of developing a multi-touch application in a tabletop environment. This includes orientation independent interfaces, multi-user interaction, and issuing multiple commands using only a multi-touch interface. Originally designed for use with TacTile, a 52-inch multi-touch LCD tabletop display, Fleet Commander is also being used to explore multi-user interaction on a 20-foot wide multi-touch LCD wall.”

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Fire Is Coming For Us In Rage Of The Firelands

Unstoppable, unending rage is what we have been promised for the upcoming World of Warcraft patch 4.2. We here at Ebongeek love our games about as much as we love Science, Technology and the Singularity. For our staff  WoW is like morning coffey and afternoon tea, a basic staple of our daily geek life. Blizzard has yet to announce an official release date for Rage Of The Firelands, but it is anticipated to arrive by June 28 2011. If you love the game as much as we do check out this seek peek.