Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekly Link Round-Up

It's that time again for a glimpse at some of the best, and the worst, that the internet has to offer with our Weekly Link Round-Up. Let's hope I can post this before the thunderstorm knocks out power.

- Feminist Frequency posted their review of the latest Assassin's Creed title, Syndicate. Since Unity got a really bad rap for Ubisofts one-gender mind-frame and shoddy quality, the developer really needed to step up for this title. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on the topic, so it's nice to see another take on the franchise to show that yes, they are growing albeit at a slow pace.

- Activision - Blizzard has hired former ESPN and NFL Network CEO's Steve Bornstein and Mike Sepso to run their eSports division. With the rise of game play as a full-time sporting gig, Activision is taking the next step in forming a department dedicated to eSports. While details are still hush-hush, what we do know is that this division will manage the Call of Duty league, which was announced this year, and potential develop web shows around eSports. It's a big leap forward for gaming.

- Because WhatCulture can't make it past a day without developing a list, here are the Top 10 Scariest Retro Video Game Moments that still scare us. I'll give them credit, they used the original Resident Evil. Anytime anything involved a dog, it was a jump moment. And they are still annoying!

- The University of Texas at Galveston has been doing research on "exergaming." That's their term for video games that promote physical activity. By utilizing these games with autistic children, they have been finding that their mental development and response time increases after repetitive use. Now they only followed 17 kids with this study, so the results are going to be very skewed. But it's a start!

- What do video games look like without money? Kotaku Australia dove into that topic at the Freeplay Independent Festival, now in it's 10th year. Where people from all walks of life makes games for the sake of making games. They're not in it to "hit it big" and they don't care about the money down the line with microtransactions. They just want to make a game. The showcase is really interesting to see how people's creative and technical aspects change when their budget is, well, nothing.

- A video game is attempting to obtain FDA approval as the first prescription game for ADHD. Project: Evo is a mobile game developed by Adam Gazzaley and Eddie Martucci, a Director at UC San Francisco and a CEO of Akilli Interactive Labs in Boston. The game is designed for daily use for just a few minutes. In that time it is believed to improve multitasking skills and focus. The team will be presenting their study to a panel on October 28th. This was only tested on 80 patients, so we'll see if this even flies. There is also no detail in the article about how the game works, how they saw improvement in the patients, etc. Hopefully more is revealed in the presentation.

- This just in, video game sales are up and so are stocks! Someone was looking for some click bait...and I won't be providing it. Thanks donotclick! Obvious troll is obvious.

- And this just has to be shared. From Sporting News.com. Will Madden ever have competition? The answer is no. No it will not. Why? Because the NFL has a contract with EA and EA alone. If ANYONE else attempts to create a football game in the same vein, they're going to be shut down. It can't be published. Legal issues will ensue. If it's not a copyright against the use of players in the mystery game, it's using licensing and brands that are owned by the NFL. It's impossible to find another football game on the market, because the NFL is the market. And as such, so is EA. You might find a mini-game in Mario Party that is kind of like football, but it's really not. It'll be called something else and have entirely different rules so as not to infringe on the NFL's rights. The NFL is a giant corporation and they take their copyrights very seriously. So don't read the article. The only possible way another football game will exist is if the NFL drops EA or vice-versa. And let's face it - that won't happen. It's a guaranteed profit every year for both companies.

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