December 05, 2003

Space Invaders advance on the US

Everything old is new again...

One of the most popular video games ever, Space Invaders, is returning to gaming arcades in the US. Swarms of alien invaders are set to take the US by storm, almost 25 years after they first pounced. The extra terrestrials that live as computer code in the classic Space Invaders game are receiving a new lease of life. The Japanese game machine maker Taito is planning to start re-selling arcade console machines in the US.[BBC News | TECHNOLOGY] More

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November 13, 2003

Professor Playstation?

Academics Can Be Fun and Games The University of Southern California will be the first well-known research university to offer a minor in game design when it rolls out a new program next fall. By Katie Dean. [Wired News]

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Why girls and games are a good mix

A rarely seen perspective on games,

What the games industry is about is making good games for everyone, and there is a huge variety of excellent games out there begging to be played...But the real challenge lies in telling people about them, and one of the main problems is the way a lot of games are marketed...Generally, games advertising is not targeted at anyone other than males...Most video game adverts appear in gaming magazines, and many of the adverts that do appear depict gamers as male...This only serves to reinforce the stereotype that only males play games and that they are something that a female would not be interested in... I do think video game adverts in a girl's/woman's magazine might attract even more interest than currently exists.

From Why girls and games are a good mix, A female games developer argues the way video games are marketed is to blame for the enduring "geek" image. [BBC News | TECHNOLOGY]

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