Although it is not mandatory, many girls lacrosse players are choosing to wear helmets. Saint Dominic Academy’s Charlotte Gastonguay, left, sports hers as Hannah Trottier-Braun, right, is still waiting for hers to arrive. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal) The coach and former player in Leslie Klenk understands the resistance to helmets in girls’ lacrosse. “I’m kind of an old-school player,” the St. Dom’s coach and former University of Virginia player said. “I like looking back and seeing the no helmets — when I was playing, there wasn’t even eye gear.” The mother in Klenk, however, has come around on helmets. Her daughter, St. Dom’s freshman Charlotte Gastonguay, has a history of concussions, and will be wearing a helmet this year in an effort to prevent further head injuries. “I think it’s more from being a mother than a coach that we came to that decision,” Klenk said. “Because you want to protect … [Read more...] about Head games: Helmets slowly seeping into girls’ lacrosse
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Humans, beware. “Westworld” has returned with its highly anticipated second season, and the gun-slinging robot thriller has done so with a vengeance. And you’re the target.The mechanized hosts of this Wild West theme park suffered every sort of humiliation, indignity and gruesome death imaginable last season (and the creators of this HBO series, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, have vivid imaginations). Now there’s a full-tilt rebellion across all sectors of the man-made park. And the myriad questions that caused this series to be such a mind-bender when it premiered in fall 2016 now play out across several story lines: Who’s controlling who? What constitutes free will? Is it the series that’s complicated, or am I just simple? Of course, there are a few new questions too.This season, like the last time around the “loop” with this existential crisis of a cowboy sci-fi thriller, the unexplored terrain between our most basic impulses and highest … [Read more...] about Fun and head games, terror and bloody revolt in ‘Westworld’s’ smart, action-packed season two
If you grew up in the U.S. any time in the last 80 years, you probably spent a good portion of your childhood weekends watching Disney movies.Starting with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” — the first fully animated feature film released by Walt Disney Studios in 1937 — Disney characters from Peter Pan to “The Lion King’s” Simba have become legends, beloved for generations.Imagine getting to take some of those characters and create a game with them, open to all of the public to play. That’s what Madison game development company PerBlue has done.PerBlue and Disney combined forces to create “Disney Heroes: Battle Mode,” a mobile role-playing game that teams Disney and Pixar characters to save the world from an evil internet virus.“We’re excited to be working with some of the most recognizable characters and brands in the world and to bring them together in the new universe we’ve created,” PerBlue CEO and … [Read more...] about Playing in the big leagues: Madison game developers team with high-flying partners
A newcomer to Madison’s growing video game scene is trying to forge a support network for those in the industry who identify as women, non-binary, femmes or girls.Madison FemDev will hold its first meeting at Cool Beans Coffee Cafe, 1748 Eagen Road, at 7 p.m Wednesday. According to founder Katherine Stull, the young group will promote mentorship, networking, and creative partnerships among those who may feel isolated or intimidated in a male-dominated industry.“I thought about how less intimidated I would have been to get into games if I had known how many women were out there,” said Stull, who also serves as the community manager for Human Head Studios on Madison’s north side.Stull is a self-described “spring chicken” — she just arrived in Madison last year after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she studied game design and development.She said she was one of a few women in the program. That isolating … [Read more...] about Fem Dev, a video game group focused on gender diversity, launches this week
Artificial intelligence applications have gone head-to-head with humans in a lot of scenarios over the past few years and the latest application has seen esports players take the latest loss. An artificial intelligence application beat a top player in the multiplayer online game Dota 2. At The International championship in Seattle earlier this week, a program developed by firm OpenAI managed to beat top Dota 2 player Danil Ishutin, better known as Dendi, in a series of 1 vs. 1 matches. Read : Why Microsoft Is Looking At Artificial Intelligence For Its Corporate Business During the first match, the bot took the victory after Ishutin and it traded kills and blows. But after taking an early lead in the next round, Ishutin forfeited the match and gave the bot the final win. For OpenAI, Dendi was also the latest major player the bot managed to take down. In a pre-roll segment, OpenAI’s bot was shown beating several other top Dota 2 players in matches. Check out … [Read more...] about Artificial Intelligence Bot Defeats Top ‘Dota 2’ Human Player, Dendi
Customers experiment with virtual reality games at Flash's Augment Arcade. (Photo courtesy of Flash) How do you take happy hour up a level? Try blasting a few virtual-reality zombies to bits before grabbing a cocktail. Here are our favorite spots for pinball, arcade games and beers, including newcomers Augment Arcade and Bar Elena. Augment Arcade Flash is one of D.C.'s best dance clubs, but if you visit the Shaw nightspot on Wednesday or Thursday, you're likely to encounter people wearing bulky virtual reality headsets and frantically waving wireless joystick controllers. With four deluxe HTC Vive machines that feature more than 30 games and experiences, Augment Arcade lets gamers use designated areas separated by curtains, while flat-screen TVs overhead show what the player is looking at. They may be flying around the globe in Google Earth; using a lightsaber to fight off stormtroopers on the planet Tatooine; playing Space Pirates, a first-person Space Invaders; or … [Read more...] about What beats the usual happy hour? Bars with skee-ball, arcade and virtual reality games.
0 View Comments NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City ferry that got stuck on a sandbar and took hours to evacuate apparently traveled off its usual route, the operator said Thursday as the mayor blamed "human error." Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials would take action after the second stranding in a month for the city's newly-expanded ferry service. Both pilots involved have been pulled off their work, the Democratic mayor said. Cameron Clark, a senior vice president of ferry operator Hornblower Inc., said it appeared the boat was "off route." "That's something we're looking into," Clark said in a statement. Ferries have routes they generally follow, though they might deviate from them because of boat traffic or other reasons. The boat hit a sandbar in Jamaica Bay around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with about two dozen people aboard; authorities initially said 27, but the city Economic Development Corp. said Thursday that updated information showed there were 26, including four crew … [Read more...] about Stranded NY ferry went off-course; mayor cites ‘human error’
"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" tops many game of the year lists. (Nintendo) "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" tops many game of the year lists. (Nintendo) "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" tops many game of the year lists. (Nintendo) "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is the upcoming entry to the legendary Nintendo franchise. Mario can run around in a swimsuit in "Super Mario Odyssey." (Nintendo) This photo provided by Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC shows the female character, Aloy, in the Sony video game, "Horizon Zero Dawn." (Sony via AP) "Persona 5" features a similar combat system from previous games. (Atlus) The public events let players within a zone participate in a small mission that rewards them with loot. (Activision Blizzard) Players must carefully choose teams that have abilities that synergize with each other in "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle." (Ubisoft) Marguerite Baker is a handful with her … [Read more...] about Best of 2017: Nintendo ruled the game world, but which releases were the best?
The board game is back. Family game night is back, and just in time for the holidays. They never really went away, but recent popularity is just short of a craze. Industry analyst NDP Group reported that sales of family games involving strategy — think UNO — were up more than 50 percent in 2016, with children’s games up 27 percent and brainteasers 40 percent higher. And adult party games? Up more than 100 percent. So now you know what to do this Christmas or whenever the family gathers, then eats and plops down on couches where someone has control of the remote and plans to watch six straight hours of home-improvement shows. Head to the kitchen table, or any table, and consider pulling out one of these games. Tenzi The rules couldn’t be easier for one of the family’s favorite and most addictive games: Each player is given 10 dice; someone decides what they must all roll (all 5s, for example); someone says “Go!” and the … [Read more...] about Our picks for family games to play during the holidays
LANDOVER, Md. The final games of a season long since lost seemingly carry no meaning to anyone other than fantasy football team owners. However, the final games of a lost season can mean much to marginal players who finally have a chance to prove their value on the field and gain contracts that vastly will improve their financial worth. Two weeks ago, the Redskins were 5-8 and facing the possibility of a 5-11 or 6-10 finish. After defeating Denver 27-11 Sunday, Washington is 7-8 with a chance to finish 8-8 if it can handle the New York Giants on the road in a day game on New Year’s Eve. A .500 record might not be dazzling, but 5-11 or 6-10 puts jobs in jeopardy and can lead coaches and general managers to think wholesale roster changes are in order. Even at 8-8, the Redskins will consider this a disappointing season. They wanted to be in the playoffs. But it says something about the coaching staff that the team has been prepared for every game since playoff … [Read more...] about WOODY: Final games in a lost season have significant meaning for Redskins’ players trying to earn full-time NFL jobs