Massive Boost For PC Gaming As Hardware Market Hit $21.5 Billion in 2014/2015

Last year the PC Hardware Gaming Market was Twice The Size Of Console Hardware Sales!

 

Selling $21.5 Billion (£13.9 Billion) in one year, it is a fact that can not be ignored, not by anyone who is interested in gaming.

If you want to read the report – it’s here along with several other interesting reports of the games industry http://jonpeddie.com/publications/pc_gaming_hardware_market_report

Until next time.

 

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All Of Samsung’s New Smart TVs Will Run Its Tizen Operating System

Some interesting news, will Samsung port this to older TV’s?
It isn’t clear but they do say it will be on all TV’s, do they mean from now, or what?

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In its latest attempt to make the operating system happen, Samsung announced today that all of its smart televisions will include a Tizen-based platform in 2015.

In theory, this means that the new smart TVs will be able to sync with other Samsung devices that use Tizen, the company’s own open-source operating system. For example, they can stream content over wi-fi or connect automatically by Bluetooth. In its announcement, Samsung said its “Tizen’s compatibility with other devices establishes Samsung’s Smart TVs as the control center of any Smart Home.”

This, of course, means that Samsung will have to drum up developer interest in the OS, which was first announced in 2012, but so far as failed to emerge as a viable competitor to Android.

That hasn’t stopped Samsung rolling out products use Tizen. The decision to build Tizen into all of its smart TVs isn’t a surprise because Samsung has previously…

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Solid evidence that gaming improves perception and motor skills – and that skills are transferable!

Games Improve Motor Skills

So Games Improve Motor Skills huh?

I knew it, I was always good in goal and catching things mid air before they hit the floor, been playing consoles since age 6.

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Some excellent studies have shown the value gaming has in motor skills, perception and decision making. Dye, Shawn Green and Bavelier have spent a number of years continuously experimenting and improving on their research surrounding whether people’s ability to make decisions or perceive things is affected by games. The overwhelming result is that gaming does have a significant impact on certain skills. Of particular interest is the conclusion drawn that, from these experiments, the assumption can be made that skills learned during gaming are transferable … a critical issue in education and learning fields.

One area that is confirmed to be improved is the ability to pay attention (attentional capacity) during an activity. Gamers have a longer attention span and can focus better on a task and improved results (accuracy).

Most interestingly, the study didn’t just conclude that gaming improves visual attention skills. As a second experiment, participants were divided…

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Startup Brain Power Uses Google Glass To Develop Apps For Kids With Autism

Anything that can be done to help our fellow humans, especially when it involves tech is always a good thing in my world.

TechCrunch

Though many developers have begun to abandon Google Glass, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup called Brain Power believes that the hardware still has plenty of possibilities for children with autism. Brain Power develops Google Glass apps, as well as hardware add-ons, that help kids learn social and communication skills while at the same time providing feedback to caregivers.

Brain Power was founded by neuroscientist Ned T. Sahin (pictured above with a shipment of Google Glass), who did his graduate training at Harvard Medical School and MIT. The company’s goal is to help people in their daily lives by “bring[ing] together the emerging wearable-computer revolution with the explosion in discoveries in academic neuroscience,” he said in an email.

Sahin became interested in using Google Glass to help children with autism after attending a symposium at MIT on the neurodevelopmental disorder while wearing the device.

“I was absolutely astonished at how much remains undiscovered…

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Driving simulators at school

This is a great thing, never had this at my school (700 years ago? lol)
Bring on the techvolution. Great post.

LAVREB Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Economic Behavior

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Everyone should learn to drive in a simulator

Georgia native Luke Pye was 18 years old, driving with his high school girlfriend on the highway when a van cut him off. He reacted by turning his wheel toward the guardrail, avoiding the surrounding cars and oncoming traffic. The situation could have played out in many different ways that afternoon. The couple could’ve been among the more than 41,000 people to lose their lives to car crashes in the US that year in 2007. Instead, they walked away with only a couple of bruises. Today, they’re married and have a four-month-old son. Pye credits his good fortune in large part to a driving simulator. “Driving on the simulator at my high school taught me to keep calm and think clearly in stressful situations,” he says. …[READ]

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How to engage kids in physical activity

Well seeing as the Wii U has gone backwards this is a great way, but let’s see how good it’ll be.

LAVREB Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Economic Behavior

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Real Life But Better: How Augmented Reality Can Save Gen Z

Our kids are fat. They’re super-connected, self-aware, highly-strategic, fat kids. One-third of American kids are overweight, according to the CDC. Another study predicts that a staggering 47% are predicted to be obese by adulthood. And while our instinct tells us to take away their phones and unplug their Xboxes, technology might actually be the cure. Augmented reality, in particular, has potential to mobilize (and exercise) those dubbed “the most sedentary generation in American history.” Meet Gen Z – kids born after the turn of the century. They’ve been described as “digital natives.” They’ve only known of a world with touch-screens and apps. And as a result, they’ve developed an instinctual relationship with technology. ….[READ]

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‘The Father of Video Games’ Ralph Baer Dies At 92

Ralph Baer Dies

Had to repost this one. The father indeed, most people will not even know Ralph. RIP Ralph Baer.

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Ralph Baer, the inventor often dubbed “the father of video games,” died at the age of 92 on December 6, 2014 at his New Hampshire home. Baer created the very first home console video game system in the early 1970s, which was licensed and sold as the Magnavox Odyssey and had games like Table Tennis.

Born in 1922 into a Jewish family in Germany, Baer’s family emigrated to New York in 1938 with the young Ralph eventually working in a leather factory. Described by Gamespot as “a lifelong inventor,” an adult Baer, while working as an engineer, came up with the idea for a device allowing games to be played on television. Later, he created the famous electronic game Simon. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology. In 2008, he received the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award.

Source: The New York Times; Gamasutra; Gamespot

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FIFA 15, Lords of the Fallen, Dragon Age DRM Has Been Cracked Already

Denuvo DRM System Cracked

So today, 3DM reported that it has been able to crack the latest DRM protection system called Denuvo, it has been used in the latest video games including:

  • FIFA 15
  • Lords of the Fallen
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition

Denuvo has been a… errr…. excellent DRM as it was able to protect FIFA 15 for all of two months and Lords of the Fallen for a whole month! Dragon Age: Inquisition – Bioware’s highly anticipated RPG – has also been released with the same DRM, the particular group involved, a group of crackers, said “we decided to prove that everything can – eventually – be ‘unlocked.’ ”

We should note however, the team has only been able to crack the DRM, a working crack is not yet available. The first part is complete. Come back soon for more updates as they happen.

Check out http://www.dsogaming.com/news/report-denuvo-drm-system-has-been-cracked for the full SP.

Who Invented The First Password?

Fernando Corbató Invented The First Ever Password

Ever wondered who actually invented the first ever password?

 

Well it was a very clever gent called Fernando Corbató in the early 60’s – if only he knew what he was starting, the significance is quite unbeweavable

 

Here is a video just in case – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q07PhW5sCEk

 

Also, Allan Scherr was the first person to HACK or at the time steal a password.  Interesting…..