The sounds of mouse clicking, button mashing and card shuffling flooded the NYU Game Center last Thursday as game developers and playtesters discussed gameplay mechanics over free pizza. These Playtest Thursday events are a weekly occurrence at NYU’s Media and Games Network at Tandon. Open to the public, they bring together game developers and playtesters from the New York area, making them a vital resource for the game development community at NYU. One of the main benefits is giving game developers access to invaluable feedback from players, unbiased and raw. “Sometimes during game development it’s very easy to get into this bubble where you know how your game works so you think your game’s easy, but it may not be very easy for someone who’s never played your game before,” Tisch sophomore Isiah Rosa, a game librarian overseeing the event, said. Playtests Thursday’s emphasis on consistent testing was echoed among present game developers, such … [Read more...] about Tandon Students Are Designing Video Games — And You Can Play Them
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SEATTLE — He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss. But the friendly tone of a 29-year-old airport worker who stole a commercial plane Friday night, performing acrobatic stunts before the fatal plunge into a thick island forest, belied his desperate actions. "I think I'm going to try to do a barrel roll, and if that goes good I'll go nose down and call it a night," Richard Russell said from the cockpit, according to a recording of his conversation with the controller. The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Sunday that Russell had died in the fiery wreckage, but whether the crash was deliberate or accidental was one of several topics remaining for investigators. Others include how, nearly 17 years after the 9/11 attack, someone can simply take a passenger plane from a major U.S. airport without authorization. The Seattle FBI office said Sunday that it had recovered the flight data recorder … [Read more...] about ‘I’ve played some video games before’: Friendly tone belied desperate acts of Seattle plane thief
In downtown Chicago, high above the Magnificent Mile, is a sexy bourbon and whiskey bar in the Conrad Chicago Hotel named Baptiste & Bottle. Every detail, from the industrial light fixtures to the reclaimed wood walls, is meant to evoke creamy, brown liquors and the distilleries that make them.You can order a Sazerac Flight with mini versions of the classic rye-and-cognac cocktail. Or the Curtsy and a Bow, a house favorite made of bourbon mixed with absinthe and steamy tonka fog. One cocktail, however, stands out from the rest: the Macallan Rare Journey. It costs $95 and includes virtual reality.The drink itself is simple: a generous shot of Macallan Rare Cask combined with 30-year-old dry Spanish sherry. The "journey" part comes when you put on an Oculus virtual-reality headset that transports you to all the places involved in the spirits' making.As if drunk people need more stimulation, a handful of bars are locked in an arms race to outdo one another with elaborate virtual … [Read more...] about Cocktails with a virtual reality chaser: ‘It’s like playing a video game, but you get to drink’
Child obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2012, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it an "epidemic." But what if video games could actually help kids lose weight? A new study by a group of Louisiana researchers is showing how they can actually play a big role in children's health, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Wax. Jerry Walker is a dancing machine, but it's not all fun and games - there's a mission behind the 12-year-old's moves. "I'm like, "Oh, yes, I am so ready to get in shape. I will get in shape,'" Jerry said. Jerry's collecting points for accurate steps, but researchers are collecting more vital information, as part of a study to see whether video games can actually help him lose weight. Researchers purchased Xboxes, then asked Jerry - and other kids like him - to play for one hour, three nights a week. After six months, they'll measure his weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. For support, kids have to play with a family member. Jerry … [Read more...] about Could playing video games help kids lose weight, gain confidence?
Symphony orchestras across the country are downsizing because of dwindling attendance, but in an unusual twist, certain shows are delighting a new generation of fans and helping concert halls sell more tickets. At the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, a symphony orchestra played to a crowd where some fans were actually dressed in costume, CBS News' Omar Villafranca reports. Fans were there to experience music from their favorite video game, "The Legend of Zelda," organized in a four-movement symphony. "'Zelda' is a game that to me is probably the most important contribution to video game history," said the show's producer, Jason Paul. While working with opera star Luciano Pavarotti, Paul came up with the idea of fusing live classical music and video game visuals. Paul said he knew his idea would click the first time he experienced his show in 2004. "It was an instant success," he said. "It was a virtual riot at the box office. Now we're really at a all-time high." Most of his … [Read more...] about How video games are saving symphony orchestras