Month: November 2017

Students’ Favorite Video Games

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

By Jambar Contributor
Dan Genaro

Between class and studying, students at Youngstown State University have little free time throughout the semester, so many indulge in video games as a quick escape from their busy schedules.

Using free time productively is important to all students, video games—with their difficulty and ultimate goal to win—give students who play them a simulated sense of accomplishment away from their school work.

Sophomore Luciano Romeo, a business administration major, and freshman Ryan Lee, a marketing major, said their favorite game is “Call of Duty.”

Romeo said “Call of Duty: World War II” is his favorite game because the creators of the game did an excellent job portraying everything that transpired.

“I love learning about this time in history and the warfare and tragedy that happened,” Romeo said. “The creators of the game brought this time back to life by showing us the culmination of the war and ultimately how we came together as a nation to fight for what was right.”

On the other hand, Lee said he likes “Call of Duty” because it reminds him of his childhood.

“It was one of the first games I ever got for Playstation 3,” Lee said. “Me and my cousin would play it constantly all day long together.”

Freshman Noah Pechatsko, a criminal justice major, also enjoys shooter style games, saying his favorite is “Rainbow Six Siege.”

As a criminal justice major, Pechatsko said the game reminds him of what he is studying to become.

“It actually makes me feel like I’m doing what I’m doing, except in a video game,” Pechatsko said.

Beyond the shooter and war games, sophomore social studies and education major, Sean Zekkour, said he prefers the “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” series—an adventurous game of dangerous treasure hunting.
“It’s the most realistic and cinematic game I’ve ever played,” Zekkour said. “It’s made me contemplate traveling the world and becoming a treasure hunter after playing.”

Many students prefer recently released games, but others still partake in the classics.

Sophomore nursing major, Megan Politano, said her favorite game is “Mario Cart” for the Gamecube, but she also likes playing games on her phone.

“I play angry birds a lot and I’m obsessed with the phone games,” Politano said. “I used to play the Wii before it broke, but now I like the Gamecube.”

Whether it is the Playstation, Xbox, Gamecube, or even a smartphone, students at YSU enjoy the competitive, mind-teasing nature of video games.

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Month: November 2017

10 most violent video games of 2017 (and kid-friendly alternatives)

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

Every year, game graphics become more realistic and immersive, bringing players closer to the action and story than ever before. With violent video games, this realism ratchets up the brutality. Despite that, video game promotions target kids way younger than the games’ age rating. Trailers, demos, blogs, and more air on TV, go viral on social media, and are discussed endlessly on game sites. Marketers advertise the excitement, the depth of realism, and the cool gameplay — but they often don’t tell you exactly how violent the games are.

Many parents whose kids ask for these games (or set up a line of credit on game sites such as Steam) may know that the games are violent, but not the specific kinds of violence they contain. Below are 10 of the most extreme titles to come out this year, along with two alternatives for each game, one for younger players and one for older players.

“Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition:” Few sci-fi action games push the envelope as much as “Bulletstorm,” which focuses on players using guns, kicks, and an electric whip-like device to destroy their opponents. There’s plenty of blood, gore, and dismemberment, and players get points for killing enemies in extreme ways.

Alternative sci-fi action: “ReCore: Definitive Edition” (12+), “Gravity Rush 2” (14+)

“Conan Exiles:” This massively multiplayer online role-playing game is full of bloody, gory hack-and-slash action that includes decapitations and dismemberment. Other game events highlight the brutality of Conan’s world, its environment, and its subject matter, which includes cannibalism, torture, and human sacrifice.

Alternate MMOs: “Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns” (12+), “Marvel Heroes 2016” (13+)

“Dark Souls III: The Ringed City:” The end of this incredibly difficult action role-playing game franchise doesn’t skimp on the blood, gore, or shock factor, as fantasy creatures moan and gush blood when struck by medieval weapons. Bodies are frequently seen scattered throughout the environment, and players will slash, impale, and smash enemies to pieces.

Alternate action RPGs: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (10+), “Horizon Zero Dawn” (13+)

“Dead by Daylight:” In this slasher game, a remorseless killer hunts down survivors to sacrifice them to an evil entity, using a variety of weapons to hack, stab, and impale characters. Injured players may crawl on the ground, leaving pools of blood behind and can be hung on meat hooks in brutal death sequences.

Alternative scary games: “Five Nights at Freddy’s 4” (12+), “Darkest Dungeon” (16+)

“For Honor:” Combat between three factions plays a major role in this action fighting game set in a medieval fantasy world. Each entity tries to assert its dominance over the others using melee weapons, such as swords, pikes, and spears. Kills are frequently shown in close-up with large splashes of blood, while plenty of arenas show severed heads on spikes and other gruesome imagery. Players also slaughter dozens, if not hundreds of computer-controlled enemies wholesale with no ability to negotiate peace.

Alternate multiplayer action games: “Portal Knights” (10+), “Fortnite” (13+)

“Friday the 13th: The Game:” Like a digital version of the horror movie franchise, this multiplayer slasher game places one player in the role of Jason hunting down and killing opponents, who assume the roles of different camp counselors. Adding a sexual angle to the violence (a potentially harmful combination for tweens and teens), the female characters are scantily clad or skinny-dipping. while they are being hunted down. Grisly violence abounds. as characters are killed with weapons, environmental objects, or even Jason’s bare hands. The cut scenes and gameplay feature tons of blood and gore.

Alternative action games: “Cuphead” (10+), “Alan Wake” (14+)

“Outlast II:” Gory scares run throughout this bloody horror game, which forces players to try their best to escape from cultists wielding weaponry and farm implements. These enemies only want to catch and torture the player in bloody, gruesome ways, and multiple scenes of viscera and stabbing are frequently shown, as well as the violent birth of the Antichrist.

Alternate scary games: “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon” (9+), “Zombie Vikings” (13+)

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds:” Gamers try their best to be the last one standing in this online shooter, which throws up to 100 players into a constantly shrinking arena. Whether using firearms, cars, melee weapons, or bare hands, you have to try to kill everyone you come across to ensure your safety. Even alliances between players can quickly be tossed aside in favor of points and survival, undermining the concepts of cooperation, loyalty, and teamwork.

Alternative shooters: “Hard Reset Redux” (10+), “Destiny 2” (13+)

“Resident Evil 7 Biohazard:” Scares aren’t the only thing to shock gamers in this violence-packed game that glorifies cruelty as players use shotguns, chainsaws, explosives, and other weapons against human and inhuman creatures. There are plenty of disturbing images of open wounds and injuries, and characters are dismembered, impaled, or killed in brutal ways.

Alternative survival action games: “Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare” 2 (10+), “Adr1ft” (13+)

“Sniper Elite 4:” War games frequently highlight massive casualties, but this World War II shooter casts the player as a sniper. Using knives, explosives, and a variety of firearms, you travel to some of the most dangerous locations of the war to conduct stealthy attacks against Nazi soldiers. Unfortunately, there aren’t any nonviolent attack options, so these strikes are simply ways to kill enemies without poking the ant hill of enemies that scour the grounds looking for you once they’ve detected something’s amiss. On top of this, some kills are slowed down and highlighted with graphic X-ray visuals indicating the brutality of the damage inflicted on its target from a fired bullet.

Alternative shooter games: “Splatoon 2” (10+), “Overwatch” (13+)

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Month: November 2017

Andy Serkis brings ‘Planet of the Apes’ to video games

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

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The actor/director brings his expertise in motion capture to Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, an interactive story.

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Month: November 2017

PODCAST: How Video Games Are Entrepreneurial

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games


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‘Stardew Valley’

Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk the latest gaming controversy: intrusive loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II and the response from gamers, EA and Disney. (They’re all angry.)

Check out the episode on iTunes here.

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Undertale. Stardew Valley. Hotline Miami. All are games that seized the gaming spotlight when released into the world. And all are games made by one or two developers without star power.

Entrepreneurship may not be the first thought that comes to mind when talking about video games, but it’s one of the best fields for that type of thinking. Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez discuss the indie game scene and the opportunities present for those willing to grind out a game. They also talk to Mike Wilson, the cofounder of publishing studio Devolver Digital and Good Shepherd Entertainment. Topics include:

  • The free tools and tutorials available online, such as GameMaker and Unity;
  • The communities of creators willing to help aspiring designers, programmers, artists and content creators;
  • The ever-evolving ways to fund and release games, particularly with Wilson’s investor-backed Good Shepherd Entertainment.
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‘Stardew Valley’

Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk the latest gaming controversy: intrusive loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II and the response from gamers, EA and Disney. (They’re all angry.)

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Month: November 2017

Andy Serkis brings ‘Planet of the Apes’ to video games video – CNET

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

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The actor/director brings his expertise in motion capture to Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, an interactive story.

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Month: November 2017

New Research Shows Millennial Men Playing Video Games Instead of Working

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

Europe’s rock of stability is now in unprecedented turmoil. What’s next?

Negotiations to form a new German government collapsed yesterday after the Free Democratic Party (fdp) announced it was pulling out of the discussions. “The four discussion partners have no common vision for modernization of the country or common basis of trust,” said party leader Christian Lindner. “It is better not to govern than to govern badly.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the collapse of the talks marked an “almost historic day.”

She’s right. Germany is typically a beacon of stable government. Politico wrote that “news of the talks’ failure is bound to unnerve many in a political culture that prizes stability.” Germany is entering uncharted territory. Whatever the outcome of the collapsed talks, Germany seems almost certain to find itself in a situation never before seen in its history. It is “clear the country will have to live with a managing government for a long time for the first time,” said the Green Party’s Jürgen Trittin. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called it “the most difficult crisis of [Merkel’s] 12 years in office.”

No one believed these negotiations would be easy. If successful, this would have been the first postwar German coalition government involving four political parties: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (cdu); her sister party, the Christian Social Union (csu); the pro-business Free Democrats; and the environmentalist Green Party. None of these parties had any incentive for compromise. The fdp had been in a coalition with Ms. Merkel before and was rewarded for its compromises by being wiped out at the electoral box in the 2013 federal election. This time, the fdp obviously decided to torpedo the whole thing rather than risk history repeating itself.

Now that the Jamaica coalition has been sunk, what is next for Germany? Ms. Merkel must now choose between a number of bad options:

Fresh Elections

Ms. Merkel could call for fresh elections, which would occur in a little over two months’ time. The downside to calling fresh elections is that Merkel could easily find herself in exactly the same situation she is in now—or worse. If there were another election, it’s likely that the Alternative für Deutschland (afd) party would pick up more seats—squeezing the main parties even further and making it even harder for them to cobble together a majority. In this scenario, Germany could easily enter March or April 2018 still without a government.

A Minority Government

Angela Merkel could attempt to govern without a majority coalition. Alone, or with the help of the Greens, Merkel could try to persuade Parliament to support legislation on a case-by-case basis. Such governments, though, are often short-lived and are a recipe for instability. This is the reason there has never been a minority government at the federal level in Germany’s history. “Such governments are alien both to the stable, long-termist ways of the German state and to Ms. Merkel’s plodding leadership style,” wrote the Economist. ”How long one would even last in the current circumstances is unclear.”

Coalition With the Social Democrats

The cdu would have a comfortable majority if it could ally with the center-left Social Democratic Party (sdp). This was the coalition in place before the election. However, the sdp suffered its worst performance since World War ii in that election and is now refusing to work with Ms. Merkel. Some hope that the Socialists could be persuaded to change their mind. And the next option could help them do that.

Angela Merkel Could Step Down

Ms. Merkel’s position is now shakier than ever. “Today is a day of destiny for Ms. Merkel,” wrote Germany’s Bild newspaper on Sunday, before the collapse of the talks. “If she fails to forge a coalition, then her chancellorship is in danger.”

The Guardian forecast: “While the debate in Germany over the past few weeks has mainly focused on policy differences between the parties, it is likely to soon shift to the chancellor, and the question of whether or not she still commands sufficient power to hold together a strong government.” Nearly two thirds of Germans said they believed a collapse in coalition talks would mean that Ms. Merkel would have to step down, according to a poll published by Welt online.

If Merkel steps down, then a new cdu leader could take a shot at forming a coalition or lead the party into fresh elections.

There are no quick or easy options. The Economist summed it up well:

The next German government will take months more to emerge and will be distinctly fragile in comparison with its predecessors. The end of the Merkel era has surely begun, though whether it has weeks, months or a short number of years to run is anyone’s guess.

Politico pointed out the high stakes of this kind of instability:

The failure means Germany is unlikely to have a stable government for months, hobbling Berlin’s ability to make pressing strategic decisions on everything from foreign policy to eurozone reform. With Europe facing a host of serious challenges, including disputes over the rule of law in Poland and Hungary and Brexit, the political instability in the EU’s largest country could hardly have come at a worse moment.

The Trumpet has been closely watching these elections and negotiations—even putting them on the cover of our latest print issue. We’ve spent a lot of time pointing out how shaky the potential coalition looked, and that it could even fail.

Why? As I wrote in my article in the last Trumpet:

The worse this leadership vacuum gets, the more Germans will demand that it be filled with someone who can stop the chaos in German politics and in Europe. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has often warned that weak German leadership will open the door for a strong leader to rise in European politics. In a 2009 Key of David program, he said this leader could “perhaps take advantage of a weak coalition.”

That’s certainly the situation in Germany right now. But why would he make such a statement? Because Bible prophecy foretells a strong leader rising in Europe—and even how that strong leader will emerge.

That article goes over these prophecies in detail. Summing up those prophecies, Mr. Flurry wrote in a 2002 Trumpet article that this strong leader “doesn’t come to power the honorable way—by being voted into office. He takes it dishonorably! He will work behind the scenes and come to power by flatteries—not votes!”

“Complex coalition negotiations or an ineffective coalition government provide the perfect opportunity for these prophecies to be fulfilled,” I wrote in my article. “If Germany remains politically paralyzed while troubles multiply at home and Europe burns, it is easy to foresee Germans clamoring for a strong leader. This is where Germany’s political paralysis and Europe’s crises are leading.”

This is the destination Germany took a huge leap toward last night. For more on what the Bible says about the coming strong leader of Germany, read that article “Wanted: A Leader for Europe!

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Month: November 2017

The best shooter video games

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

For the last two and a half decades, the first-person shooter has been a mainstay in the video game world. Never shying away from a bit of controversy, they’re typically games about killing hundreds of bad guys in sequence on a Rambo-like rampage through levels.

But shooters aren’t all bloody rampages without meaning, style, or substance. In case you’re not too well-versed in the genre, or just need some good recommendations, we’ve put together a list of the best shooting games, from the bombastic gorefests to smaller indie affairs.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

What is it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC (Switch version coming 2018) Developer Machine Games

Why do we love it? While Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus may look like a very simple shooter, to the point of tedium, it’s anything but. It’s a gory, bloody form of mayhem made for the catharsis of murdering Nazis with a hatchet and lead, set to what is one of the best stories in games from the last few years. 

It tells the story of B.J. Blazkowicz, a beast of a man that has been tearing through Nazis in an alternate history where the Allied forces lost World War 2. He’s growing old, though, feeling the effects of being the man Nazis call Terror-Billy. But the Nazis are still in power, and so his work isn’t done, not quite yet – he’s got a lot more bullets to fire, and it’s tremendously fun. 

Bulletstorm

What is it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Developer Epic Games

Why do we love it? It might be the most crude game on this list, but Bulletstorm’s tagline of ‘Kill With Skill’ and how it fulfils that tagline is perhaps the best way to explain why it’s on this list. Much of the story and visual design is par for the course in video games, but the levels and systems are designed to reward players who are creative and downright absurd in how they kill their enemies.

That’s because the progression is all about doing absurd things with your weapons. Kick an enemy into a cactus, pull them with a whip and shoot them before they hit the ground, or feed an enemy to a huge flytrap to get points, which you can spend on upgrades. Again, some of these are crude – 10 points if you can guess how to unlock the Skillshot ‘nutcracker’ – and there’s a lot of the game that’s clearly made for a teenage audience, but it’s still one of the best games for rewarding a creative kind of player.

GoldenEye 007

What is it on? N64, unofficial PC recreation also available Developer Rare

Why do we love it? Typically, any lists we do only include games you can play now without delving too deeply into the attic of the home you grew up in. It’s unlikely you’ve got a copy of GoldenEye 007 and an N64 plugged in, considering the game released in 1997, but it remains to this day as one of the most culturally significant first-person shooters out there. 

Made for an era where friends would get together to play multiplayer games from a sofa, it’s almost certainly the start to a gaming hobby for many, many people. If you’re ever looking for a more retro shooter to play with friends, GoldenEye 007 should really be your first choice.

Rainbow Six Siege

What is it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC Developer Ubisoft

Why do we love it? Despite launching to a quiet community, Rainbow Six Siege has become a brilliant and competitive first-person shooter. Pitting two teams of players against each other in a primarily multiplayer-focused game, it’s tense and challenging. One team is the terrorists, guarding bombs or hostages, while the other team must eliminate the terrorists or take that objective. 

Since launch, there’s been a huge amount of support for the game from the developers, massively improving how the game runs and how it’s played. More and more players are joining in, and it’s definitely one of the best competitive multiplayer shooters ever.

Half-Life 2

What is it on? PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Developer Valve

Why do we love it? Including its two episodes that further the story and design, Half-Life 2 is one of the most influential shooters of recent generations. With regards to a story, it proved that a shooter can tell a meaningful tale. With regards to puzzling, it showed how physics-based puzzles can work in video games and specifically in shooters. With regards to atmosphere, the only word you need to say to someone that has played the game is “Ravenholm” to get a reaction. 

If you ever want to find out where many modern shooters got their ideas from: it’s Half-Life 2.

Overwatch

What is it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC Developer Blizzard

Why do we love it? One of the most popular shooters in recent memory, Overwatch is both accessible and deep, taking the model of unique heroes with their own abilities and adapting them to a team shooter. With a diverse and brilliant cast, it even gets past all the tropes and pitfalls that the modern shooter often falls into. It’s a shooter, without all the rubbish most shooters come with.

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Doom

What is it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC Developer id Software

Why do we love it? The original Doom game came out in 1993, but in 2016, id Software returned to the franchise with a reboot, once again using that simple name: Doom. It’s all about killing demons in fast-paced action and with bigger and bigger guns, eventually making your way to hell itself and tearing the creatures apart with bullets. 

Playing as the Doomguy from previous Doom games (who has now been named as the Doom Slayer to make him seem ever so slightly less 90s), you’ll save our galaxy from a demon invasion that was caused when humans got a bit too greedy in the process of solving an energy crisis. The story isn’t really the most important thing, instead the satisfaction of firing massive guns is what really appeals in Doom.

Hard Reset 

What is it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC Developer Flying Wild Hog

Why do we love it? Despite not having the big budgets and more recent expertise of major titles like Doom and Wolfenstein 2, Hard Reset scratched an itch for arcade-like and rather brutal shooting back in 2011. It’s not nearly as gruesome as those two titles, primarily because you’re mostly fighting robots. It takes place in a cyberpunk dystopia, where the robots are taking over and you must use a gigantic gun to tear through the enemy.

It’s an arcade shooter about dodging bullets, firing bullets, and using an array of weapons throughout a fight, with fast weapon switching and no reload times. For an indie cyberpunk shooter, there’s nothing better. With the Redux update in 2016, too, there’s a much longer story to play compared to in 2011, extra weapons, and new enemies: it’s Flying Wild Hog’s best. 

Destiny 2

What is it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC Developer Bungie

Why do we love it? Destiny 2 is vastly more accomplished than its fascinating forebear. Its campaign, as you tackle the Red Legion across a multitude of planets, is stronger and more defined, its distractions more engaging and worthwhile. It is a game that has learnt from everything the previous game both excelled and failed at and pulls it together into a more comprehensive package. And the space-faring combat is as delicious as ever. Best part is, it’s only likely to get better over time.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

What is it on? PC Developer Hidden Path Entertainment, Valve

Why do we love it? When talking about competitive shooters, it’s impossible to not mention Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The fourth Counter-Strike game, it’s where the competitive shooting scene grew and built itself. Above all else, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is responsible for the legacy of competitive shooters. 

Similarly to Rainbow Six Siege, it pits a team of terrorists against counter-terrorists, with a much more reactionary, gun-focused style of shooting. One mistake gets you killed instantly against higher level players, and rounds are quick when teams are forced to breach and clear quickly. It’s more about your reactions than Rainbow Six Siege, making it one of the most mechanically challenging shooters out there.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

What is it on? PC, Xbox 360, PS3 (remastered edition released with special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on PS4, Xbox One, PC) Developer Infinity Ward

Why do we love it? We had to have a little debate over what Call of Duty game to put in this list. Would it be Call of Duty: WW2, for being the most recent game, and returning to its roots? Would it be one of the Black Ops games, for having some of the tightest multiplayer in the series? In the end, we had to choose Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

It changed the way many people look at first-person shooters, from a series of corridors to a genre with the capability for some of the best action multiplayer out there. The Call of Duty of today wouldn’t be here without Modern Warfare.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

What is it on? Xbox One Developer 343 Industries (first three original games developed by Bungie)

Why do we love it? Similarly to Call of Duty, it’s hard to pick out the best Halo game. Thankfully, this was an easier choice, as Halo: The Master Chief Collection brings together four Halo games: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. 

Unfortunately, that means it doesn’t include the phenomenal spinoff Halo 3: ODST or the gorgeous Halo: Reach, but it’s almost certainly one of the best value games you can get, with four brilliant campaigns and their tremendous multiplayer counterparts to boot.

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Month: November 2017

Vivid imagery: Local firm hopes holograms will unleash new world in video games

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

As holographic images of brightly coloured fish and butterflies danced in a box, the boardroom at the Downtown Accelerator filled with oohs and aahs. The enthusiastic response from the small audience left creator Michael Hoppe hardly able to contain his excitement.

3DFX’s Michael Hoppe, left and Janeil Alas unveiled their hologram prototype at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator on Nov. 17, 2017.

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As holographic images of brightly coloured fish and butterflies danced in a box, the boardroom at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator filled with oohs and aahs.

The enthusiastic response from the small audience left creator Michael Hoppe hardly able to contain his excitement.

“Three dimensional has always been there,” said Hoppe, 27, creative director of 3DFX in Windsor.

“But what we wanted to do was take 3D off the screen and put 3D into its own new device. We are really excited about this.”

A hologram is a photographic recording of a light field rather than of an image formed by a lens and it is used to display a fully three-dimensional image of the holographed image. The image is seen without special glasses.

Hoppe’s company, which has worked with firms in Detroit, London, Vancouver, New York and San Francisco, normally works on virtual and augmented reality. Three months ago, the company began dabbling in holography.

A hologram is all about the experience, Hoppe said, so gauging audience response is important.

“We’ve been exploring how light reflects and how does it bounce which is really important in holography,” he said.

“So we’ve made a number of devices some which are very reflective and some with mirrors which bend and shape the light until we found what we believed to be the ideal size to have an at-home unit.”

In order to take holograms to a different level, Hoppe’s company creates a video game using the same type of 3D images. He said by doing that it allows the game to go from just watching and seeing it to experiencing it. He’s hopeful it will unleash a whole new way of playing video games. 

“I been working for many years in 3D and we’ve always tried to push the envelope and make the best experience,” he said. ”

But now that we’ve created our own device we’d love to see it go worldwide. We are really going into uncharted waters and it’s really exciting.”

Hoppe said they are looking to work with community members with skills in artificial intelligence programming to other skill sets.

“We would love to be able to make a well rounded device that would be a worldwide success born here in Windsor,” he said. 

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3DFX owners Janeil Alas, left, and Michael Hoppe unveiled their hologram prototype at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator on Nov. 17, 2017.

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3DFX owners Michael Hoppe, left and Janeil Alas 3DFX’s Michael Hoppe, unveiled their hologram prototype at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator on Nov. 17, 2017.

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Month: November 2017

Video games and workplace learning

Posted on November 22, 2017  in Video Games

Video games might be considered the territory of kids or sweaty teenaged boys. But a recent study by Bond University and the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has found at least a third of us have played games in the workplace to gain knowledge.

And there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting games can help us learn, get motivated and engage with challenging or complex ideas at work

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Month: November 2017

Queens teen shoots brother in stomach while playing video games

Posted on November 21, 2017  in Video Games

A Queens teen shot his younger brother in the stomach during an argument while they played video games — then told police a mystery man was responsible, according to law enforcement sources.

But Cordell Huggins, 13, bleeding from the bullet wound, quickly corrected Ekenede Huggins, 18, telling police it was his older brother who pulled the trigger inside their Jamaica apartment Friday, sources said.

The suspect at that point offered up different explanations, sources said.

He told police that he accidentally fired the Cobra .380mm handgun — which he bought on the street to protect himself — while they were playing around with the weapon, sources said. He took magazine out of the gun and pulled the trigger, not realizing there was a bullet left in the chamber, he said, according to sources.

Teen fatally shoots brother, 6, as he played video games

He also said, according to court papers, that it was an accident.

“I only shot him once,” he said, according to the papers. “I racked the gun and thought it was empty so I put it by my side and it went off.”

But police and the Queens District Attorney’s office concluded this was no accident.

Ekenede was charged with attempted murder, as he purposely fired out of anger, according to court papers.

Teen kills 10-year-old boy with crossbow

“He kept kicking me in the back,” the suspect allegedly said. “That’s why I shot him.”

The mystery man turned out to be a 14-year-old friend of the suspect who was there at the time and ran off with the gun.

Cops found the 14-year-old with the gun in his possession and arrested him. His case was referred to Family Court.

The shooting happened about 2:20 p.m. Friday while the brothers and the other teen, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, were hanging out in the Huggins’ family home on 140th Ave., near Westgate St.

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Cordell was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital where he underwent surgery. He is expected to recover.

Ekenede, who is being held at Rikers Island on $50,000 bail, was also charged with felony assault, weapons possession, resisting arrest and possession of a gravity knife, among other offenses. The gun’s magazine was found in his pocket, sources said. He has one prior arrest, but the case was sealed.

Sharon Brown, 43, who works in a Caribbean restaurant below the brothers’ apartment, said the older sibling had recently started hanging out with a different crowd, sometimes loitering in the restaurant and annoying customers.

Previously, she said, the suspect seemed to be on a different path.

“I would give the youngest one food while his brother was at church,” Brown said. “[Ekenede] told me he was training to be a pastor.”

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