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  • The changing face of the gaming scene: are women dominating the industry?

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    There’s no denying that females have increasingly made an impact in the worldwide video gaming industry. Back in June 2013, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) released a very informative report which revealed that “women comprise 31 percent of the video game-playing population, while boys, 17 and under, represent only 19 percent of game players. Women are 45 percent of the entire game playing population and 46 percent of the time are the most frequent game purchasers.” The 2014 edition of this same ESA report confirmed that a whopping 48 percent of video gamers are female. It also stated that “women age 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (36%) than boys age 18 or younger (17%)”. The potent combination of next-gen hardware and outstanding software will definitely keep the broader video gaming fan base engaged for years to come.

    With so many titles and platforms for video gaming these days, it’s not too surprising to find out that certain preferences have emerged among male and female video gamers. Experts from Wichita State University’s Software Usability Research Laboratory (SURL) claimed in an August 2012 research study that male video gamers were more likely to be enticed to games in the action/adventure, fighting, real-time strategy (RTS), first-person shooter (FPS), and role-playing game (RPG) genres. On the other hand, female video gamers were more likely to be drawn to games in the simulation, puzzle/card, music/dance, and social genres. Some studies also cite that it is the female demographic that dominate the casino gaming genre, making up more than 50% of the poker, blackjack, and slot-gaming customers. It’s certainly worth noting that some facets of social gaming have been assimilated into the online gaming experience, especially in casino-related games. A study from RMM London, which has worked closely with InterCasino – the world’s first online pay-to-play gaming site that offers web-based slot machines –, has acknowledged that online gaming can certainly be considered a social medium. The study cited Bryan Eisenberg and his definition of social media as “platforms for interaction and relationships”.

    While the growing popularity of social gaming will surely entice more females to play video games, an earlier research study from the University of Toronto back in 2007 has claimed that action-oriented video games can help women improve their spatial awareness abilities. Apparently, playing fast-paced action-oriented video games can help females catch up to the male brain’s proven advantages in spatial skills like like geometry, interpreting technical drawings, and reading maps. Specifically, females have shown noticeable improvement in spatial skills after only 10 hours of playing action-oriented video games. Moreover, these newfound improvements have been maintained for as long as five months after the initial 10 hours of video game playing.

     
  • Operation Supply Drop: Crimson Omen

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    When we think about our patriotic countrymen (and women) fighting over-seas we can sometimes forget that they’re people just like us, and that they enjoy video-games too. However, being in such hostile conditions it can be difficult to get the latest games, or any games at all for that matter. Retired Captain Steven “Shanghai Six” Machuga knows this all too well, after racking up more than two calendar years worth of time served overseas Machuga understands how vital care packages are to the morale of soldiers.

    After leaving the army, Machuga started the charity Operation Supply Drop, a fund dedicated to delivering video game themed and oriented care packages to soldiers overseas. Gears of War developer EPIC Games has recently gotten involved, donating signed copies of Gears of War 3, along with some merchandise, books and even a model lancer! They call this supply drop Crimson Omen, after the Gears of War logo.

    Operation Supply Drop continues to raise money and collect donations to send to military personnel overseas.

    To help fund this amazing charity, you can visit the link below:

    http://fronttowardsgamer.com/osd/

     
  • Ouya: a $99 Android Gaming Console Coming Soon

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    In a world where every game company is doing all they can to suck every last bit of money out of your wallet, a new challenger has stepped up to change the unfair balance in the gaming industry: the Ouya.

    What is the Ouya, exactly?

    Ouya is a $99 Android-based gaming system completely dedicated to hacking and free games. It will ship with HD capability and a complete dev-kit, enabling developers to create games and upload them to the Ouya ‘store’.

    On the Ouya team is One Laptop Per Child designer Yves Behar. Other notable figures on-board include Ed Fries, Amol Sarva, Peter Pharm and Ouya founder and CEO, IGN’s Julie Uhrman.

     
  • Black Ops 2 Announced

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    That’s right folks, the sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops has been announced.

    Despite an IP block on the UK’s Call of Duty site to screen out the rest of the world, reports are rolling in about what is on the webpage. For sure there is a YouTube trailer, which is private making it unwatchable for now. You can see some sort of metropolis being attacked, proving the rumors that Black Ops 2 will take place during a 21st Century Cold War.

    The following is apparently the only text on the UK website currently:

    “Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting entertainment franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare. Pre-order today.”

    Black Ops 2 has been scheduled for a release on November 13, 2012.

     
  • New 3DS Mario Game to Hit Japan This Summer

    During a video presentation hosted by Nintendo’s president, New Super Mario Brothers 2 was announced for the 3DS this August. A North American release date was also hinted at for this summer.

    A sequel to the smash-hit New Super Mario Brothers on DS, it will be a 2D sidescroller… but in 3D.

    This game will see the return of the Power Leaf, allowing players to charge up their powers and fly. This will be the Power-Up like the one in Super Mario Bros. 3, not like the Tanooki Suit in Super Mario 3D Land.

     
  • Gameloft announces N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance

    Proving that you can’t keep a good sequel down, Gameloft today announced that the sequel to the hit iOS first person shooter N.O.V.A. was coming back to the platform. Sadly no dates were announced, but if past announcements are anything to go on I would expect it within the month. I’m actually surprised that N.O.V.A. 3 took this long to come out, Gameloft seems to have slowed their release schedule down quite a bit.

     
  • Waterfield introduces 3 cases for Nintendo’s 3DS

    Waterfield, one of the best case manufacturers I have come across is now selling cases for Nintendo’s 3DS.  They have three choices: the 3DS Case (pictured), the 3DS Suede Jacket (a soft pouch with an optional pocket) and the 3DS Travel Case (holds 3DS, dock, charger and more).

    Prices start at $11 for the Suede Jacket and top out at $58 for the Travel Case with optional shoulder strap.  The Travel Case and Suede Jacket are available now and they are taking pre-orders for the 3DS Case, which will ship on 4/22/11.

     
  • de Blob 2, Reviewed [PS3, 360]

    Colourful! It’s the one word I would use to describe de Blob 2 above all others. Everything about the game revolves around being artistic with your palette and spreading the vibrancy to anything in your vicinity. As with its Wii exclusive predecessor, Blob must bring the colour back to the world by bouncing across buildings like a paint covered Space Hopper. Does the sequel take this basic idea to new heights?

    If the original game taught us anything, it was that a well conceived art style can do wonders for player’s first thoughts on a game. de Blob attracted a lot of press attention due to its joyous use of bright tones, and the cutesy stylings of the main characters. Reminiscent of PSOne era platformers, the game’s light-hearted nature made it one of the Wii games to really look forward to in 2008. Cut to 2011, following disappointing sales of the game, and we have a sequel appearing on all 3 platforms in order to improve profit. That cutesy feel is even more prominent on PS3, the colour coming to life even more in HD. As such, the first time you boot up de Blob 2 will undoubtedly be a happy moment. Just like games such as LittleBigPlanet which draw a player in with a cutesy art style though, de Blob has a lot more to give than just looks. Read more ›

     
  • Nukoda’s Game of the Year 2010

    Game Of The Year. The title has weight.

    It is the first day of a new year and with the passing of 2010 it is time to anoint a single, solitary champion of the year in gaming. It takes a lot to stand out amongst what have been a banner year for good games. There are contenders aplenty and several that stand out as things of beauty and art…  But only one can be left standing.

    What criteria shall we judge it on?

    Value for money? Which games takes your $60 and gives you the absolute last penny? A subjective point at best, something like Farmville eats millions of man-hours but none of us would consider that a contender for game of the year.

    No – the standard for this year should be art. Which game has advanced the cause of video-games-as-art more than any other. Which one will make Roger Ebert eat his words?

    Read on for the contenders and winner.

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  • Must Have Games for Your New Console

    Welcome to the current generation of consoles. Now you can put away that PS2 you’ve been lovingly keeping alive all these years and start gaming for real. Nowadays, it’s rare not to have a couple of games in your stocking, especially if your loved ones are any kid of coordinated but that doesn’t mean they’re worth playing…

    Maybe you’ve just updated your old console with a fancy new slim version of the 360 or PS3 or just added to your existing collection – whatever the reason, there are some games you need to play.

    So what should you hope you got? What should be your first exchange tomorrow morning?

    Read on for more. Read more ›