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The Art of ‘Monument Valley’

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I just finished Monument Valley on my iPhone and it is phenomenal. It’s serene, has intriguing puzzles and the art style is just a joy to behold. Definitely worth $5 if you have a commute to kill some time.

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My mother made me a gamer, and gave me the skills to deal with her death
I was born with a controller in my hand.
At least, that’s the story my mother loved to tell me growing up. She demanded my father go out and buy her an original Game Boy and a copy of Tetris while she waited to give birth to me in the hospital. That Game Boy would serve as my first foray into gaming, with my mother as my teacher.
She taught me to make every life in Super Mario Bros. 3 mean something, to bomb every inch of wall in The Legend of Zelda. She left me with a set of tools I’ve continuously used to explore a hobby I love.
These tools would also allow me to cope with her death.
(Link to the full story)

polygondotcom:

My mother made me a gamer, and gave me the skills to deal with her death

I was born with a controller in my hand.

At least, that’s the story my mother loved to tell me growing up. She demanded my father go out and buy her an original Game Boy and a copy of Tetris while she waited to give birth to me in the hospital. That Game Boy would serve as my first foray into gaming, with my mother as my teacher.

She taught me to make every life in Super Mario Bros. 3 mean something, to bomb every inch of wall in The Legend of Zelda. She left me with a set of tools I’ve continuously used to explore a hobby I love.

These tools would also allow me to cope with her death.

(Link to the full story)

From KQED: Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Video games, however, have been a bit of an aberration in the history of play and games. Many of them have been solitary experiences. That’s changing, though. We’re in the midst of a multiplayer video game renaissance that’s bringing people together. Equally exciting is the trend in design toward video games that build social skills and encourage players to reflect on themselves and their relationships. Here are a few games that do just that.

From KQED: Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Video games, however, have been a bit of an aberration in the history of play and games. Many of them have been solitary experiences. That’s changing, though. We’re in the midst of a multiplayer video game renaissance that’s bringing people together. Equally exciting is the trend in design toward video games that build social skills and encourage players to reflect on themselves and their relationships. Here are a few games that do just that.

How The Oculus Rift Helped A Cancer Patient Experience The World Again

This story from Rift Arcade is a really uplifting and wonderful example of what virtual could do for people besides just making it more fun to kill dragons and shoot things. Cancer had confined Roberta Firstenberg to her home, but thanks to the help of her granddaughter — a 2D and 3D video game artist — and an Oculus Rift development kit, she was able to have the experience again of being outside, interacting with butterflies and walking through an Italian villa. There were plans to make more scenarios for Roberta, but sadly she died four weeks after her first experience with the Rift.

As Tom Rudderham writes in the article:

Roberta’s experience with the Oculus Rift only hints at the possibilities that virtual reality affords. It’s escapism in its most visceral form, transforming the lives of those with severe and crippling limitations. The Rift headset enabled Roberta to walk again, to reach out at virtual butterflies, and to forget all of her problems if only for a brief moment. 

Georgia Is Offering A Hefty $25 Million Tax Break For Video Game Developers

It will be interesting to see if more states pick up on this. Many states have tax incentives to attract movie studios, with video games being a multi-billion dollar industry it only makes sense that it’s a way to bring businesses and people into a state.