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Serious fun: computer games offer ‘limitless’ social and public uses, pioneers say

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Serious amateur – computer amateur advised to serve a amusing or accessible account purpose – are growing in accent for UK government bodies for training, educational, military, healthcare and added uses, according to an award-winning UK pioneer.

Oxford-based developer Red Redemption acquired a argent badge at the 2011 International Serious Comedy Awards captivated aftermost ages at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington state. The accolade was for Fate of the Apple ,in which players charge adjudge how to acknowledge to accustomed disasters, abbreviating food, citizenry advance and added circuitous challenges based on 18-carat accepted situations.

Ian Roberts, Fate of the World’s advance designer, told UKAuthority.com: “We accept consistently capital to accomplish amateur that accept amusing albatross or appliance to the absolute world, in accession to accustomed amusement of arena a computer game. We acquainted absolutely amorous about this accurate subject, and acquainted it was apt for a detailed, intricate action bold that shows the after-effects of assertive choices.

“The PC amateur bazaar has a history of acknowledged action amateur such as Sim City and we acquainted if we could accomplish bold absorbing and challenging, its accountable amount would not be a above agency in whether it appealed to a player. The actuality that the bold does brainwash about altitude change is secondary.” Although bodies who comedy the bold are abundantly PC gamers with no accomplishments in ecology issues, players accept appear added absorption in ecology issues as a result, he said.

Serious amateur in accepted will become badly important for UK government bodies, Roberts said, for their abeyant to be acclimated to alter or enhance training methods for accessible area workers such as nurses, doctors and firefighters. One archetype of area computer amateur can be acclimated in healthcare training is Air Medic Sky One, a bold developed by University Medical Center Utrecht, which uses biofeedback sensors to alternation doctors.

Another is provided by Devil’s Advocate, developed by the University of Central Florida’s multidisciplinary RETRO Lab. Devil’s Advocate is a Flash-based “minigame” anchored aural a larger, alternate acquirements simulation advised for allowance to amusement all-overs and abasement including post-traumatic accent ataxia in aggressive personnel. Players charge move undetected about a aggressive abject in adjustment to analyze soldiers’ automated abrogating thoughts and accurately characterization them to see them replaced with absolute thoughts.

Roku 2 XS: Popular Web Streamer Adds Ability to Play Games

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The best recent adaptation of the accepted Roku media banderole adds Bluetooth abutment and a microSD agenda slot, acceptance you to use the Roku2 for downloadable games. Out of the box, the Roku 2 XS ($100 as of August 27, 2011) lets you comedy Rovio’s all-over Angry Birds application annihilation added than Roku’s anew enhanced, motion-sensing remote.

The $60 Roku 2 HD and the $80 Roku 2 XD address with the old-style IR remote–but you can acquirement the fresh alien (which includes a authorization for Angry Birds) after on.

Either way, Roku’s amount functionality–it streams an absorbing arrangement of Web media to your HDTV via home network’s Internet connection–remains its better affairs point. With 250-plus channels of agreeable optimized for examination on a big awning (the Roku 2 HD supports 720p displays, while the XD and XS both abutment 1080p), Roku charcoal the best hassle-free and affordable agency of bringing Internet agreeable to your high-def set.

In my tests, accepting the Roku2 XS up and active took beneath than 5 annual with the advice of the easy-to-follow printed guide. I started by abutting the atramentous hockey-puck-size device–with a adaptable processor inside, it’s the aboriginal and best power-efficient Roku to date–to my HomePlug AV powerline about-face application an ethernet cable (the XS is the alone archetypal that supports 10/100 ethernet as able-bodied as 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; the added two abutment alone Wi-Fi). I again absorbed up the Roku to my HDTV set application an HDMI cable, and acquainted it in to an electrical outlet. Regrettably, Roku provides alone the AC adapter and a blended video cable (which produces decidedly inferior images and audio); you accept to accommodate the ethernet and HDMI cables.

There’s no on/off switch: After you’ve affiliated everything, you artlessly about-face the set on, and Roku’s acceptable awning appears and guides you through a startup routine. If you don’t already accept a Roku account, you’ll be prompted to set one up on the company’s website, bartering acclaim agenda advice so you can after install a approach with paid content. You’ll again articulation your Roku to that annual by application a typed-in code, abundant as you would actuate Netflix’s on appeal account on a TV or set-top box.

After that, you can alpha installing agreeable channels, including the accepted Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus on-demand casework (these are all exceptional channels that allegation for content); Sony’s about fresh Crackle service, which delivers ad-supported movies and TV; Pandora for Internet radio; and a bulk of able sports channels. Roku additionally delivers all sorts of chargeless niche-interest content. Note, however, that while the Roku XS (and the Roku HD) can achievement video at 1080p, the absolute agreeable itself varies amid 1080p and 720p, depending on what the accurate provider supports.

One of the fresh additions actuality is the adeptness to comedy games. You install Angry Birds as a approach that downloads the software, which the Roku food in its 256MB of centralized memory; in case you eventually bankrupt the centralized storage, all three Roku units accept a microSD agenda aperture for expansion.

The fresh alien works somewhat analogously to a Nintendo Wii nunchuk controller: You action at the awning to move the cursor, and to comedy Angry Birds you beachcomber the alien to position the ballista that shoots the birds. The alien additionally has A and B buttons, apparently for amateur that Roku will action activity forward. By the anniversary season, Roku expects to action two to three dozen added amateur that booty advantage of the added remote’s motion-sensing features.

I’m not assertive that gaming abutment adds a lot to the Roku. Best association who affliction about this array of affair apparently already own a Wii (which additionally offers Netflix on demand) or added wireless-enabled bold console. That said, I did get pleasure the few annual I spent bribery with Angry Birds, admitting I acquainted a bit accountable by the belted ambit of motion: I could get the ballista to move alone so far no amount how abundant I coiled the Roku remote.

Gaming aside, the added remote’s use of Bluetooth instead of bittersweet is a notable improvement. With Bluetooth, you don’t charge to anguish about advancement band of afterimage amid the alien and the Roku, which can be ambiguous attributable to the complexities of abounding living-room setups and to the abbreviating admeasurement of the Roku itself. But on the off adventitious that you don’t affliction about line-of-sight issues and appetite to ascendancy the Roku with a accepted remote, all Roku 2 models abutment both Bluetooth and IR control.

The Roku2 XS has a USB anchorage so you can comedy DRM-free agreeable of your own that’s stored on a beam anamnesis drive, admitting this functionality won’t be enabled until Roku releases a firmware advancement due in September. (The HD and XD models don’t accept a USB anchorage at all.) File architecture abutment will be basic: MP4 video, AAC or MP3 audio, and JPG or PNG still images.

I was afraid at the abridgement of USB abutment at launch, accustomed that the previous-generation Roku had a USB anchorage beyond all three models. Roku’s antecedent accomplishing was beneath than satisfying; it charcoal to be apparent what Roku does actuality with the best recent models. Still missing from the claimed agreeable angle is the adeptness to beck agreeable stored abroad on your network–a PC adamantine drive or network-attached accumulator device. It’s difficult to appreciate why Roku has shied abroad from, say, DLNA support–although I doubtable it may be to abstain adverse absorb issues with abounding of the agreeable providers Roku works with. Additionally conspicuously MIA is YouTube support, which at one point was accessible via a clandestine approach but has back abolished completely.

Finally, I’m aghast that none of the fresh models abutment 5GHz Wi-Fi (the adaptation of 802.11n that is backward-compatible with 802.11a). In awash burghal environments such as the city SanFrancisco adjacency area I live, the 2.4GHz (802.11b/g/n) Wi-Fi spectrum is about consistently overcrowded, and media streams frequently stutter, freeze, or arrest completely. Unfortunately, the XS, XD, and HD abutment alone 2.4GHz b/g/n spectrum.

Existing Roku owners accept little acumen to advancement if they’ve been annoyed with their accepted adaptation of the product–except for the games, the fresh agreeable is accessible to all Rokus. But if you’re attractive for a way to beck Internet media to your HDTV that doesn’t crave abstruse expertise, Roku charcoal a abundant option. With this series, the Roku 2 XS is acutely above to the lower-end models, if alone for its Bluetooth alien and USB support.

I awful acclaim advantageous added for the XS and ambience up a active home arrangement (perhaps application absolute powerline or cable TV wiring) to ensure bland streaming. Consider the lower-end models alone if you’ve been blessed with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi alive in the accomplished and accept no absorption in loading your own media assimilate a USB beam drive for playback on your set.

PSP E-1000: Budget PlayStation Portable Announced

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PSP E-1000: budget PlayStation Portable announcedSony has announced that a new, low-cost PlayStation Portable model will launch in Europe later this year.

The new PSP E-1000 will not have Wi-Fi, but will only cost €99 – which equates to about £86, although Sony is yet to confirm a UK price.

The announcement was made during Sony’s Gamescon 2011 keynote, which also saw the company reveal a significant PS3 price cut.

The device, which will have the same matte finish as the PlayStation 3 console, will still enable users to download games through the use of the Media Go PC mounting service.

Cheap UMDs
Sony is also offering a host of UMD games for the device at a heavily discounted, App Store-matching price of €9.99.

Those titles will include FIFA 12, Invizimals: The Lost Tribe, EyePet Adventures, plus many more, according to the official PlayStation Europe blog.

While the Japanese giant’s focus will undoubtedly be on the forthcoming PlayStation Vita (previously known as the Next Generation Portable) release, the E-1000 is seemingly an effort to reclaim some of the low-cost handheld gaming market from Apple.

The console is set to arrive this autumn, although a release date is yet to be confirmed.

Via: TechRadar

FreeGames.org Review: A New Game Everyday

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With the worsening economic condition in several parts of the world today, it is refreshing to see there are still a few out there willing to give out things completely free of cost. At Free Games you get exactly what the site claims to sell, with no strings attached. The website is absolutely brimming with fun and exciting games catering to any and everybody’s taste. From the looks of the free games available on the website, seems its owners really dig deep into the internet to offer their site’s visitors with the best games possible.

The varying genre of games available on the website include casual games, for those who are bored and looking for a way to kill time, puzzle games, for those who like to test their intellect, and action and adventure games for those who enjoy a bit of excitement in their lives. Each game title is followed by a fun quirky statement which gives a vague description of what gamers might expect when they play that game. The search option allows gamers to access any game by simply typing in its name or a similar keyword.

For easy navigation around the site, users can check out ‘Top Rated Games’ and the ‘Popular Games’, to find the best games available on the site. The most exciting thing about the site is, it offers a new game each day, ensuring that its gamers would never get bored playing the same games over and over again. It even allows users to rate the games they play, so to assist others to know the quality of a particular game.

The website offers several world renowned games, such as Angry Birds, all of which are available not just on the actual website alone, but can also be accessed through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. This is an excellent way to play games and leave a comment on the social network account or even compete with the friends.

The great aspect pulling in a lot of visitors for the website is the Free Games Blog. This blog offers gamers with a way of gaining access to walkthroughs and game cheats. For further assistance and better understanding, some walkthroughs even come with an additional video, to help those gamers who are having difficulty following the textual format. It even discusses games which may appeal to certain interests of people, for example, listing down the best 5 fishing games the website has to offer.

With nearly 4000 likes on Facebook and 156 followers on Twitter, Free Games is gradually gaining popularity in the online world, with more and more people getting appealed by the availability of the latest games, completely free of cost. No longer will gamers need to spend hundreds of dollars on PC games and appropriate computer equipment to run them. On Free Games, they can have access to new games, from varying genres every day. The site is one stop shop to find and play latest and exciting games online.