“To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea. “ – Henry David Thoreau
BRING ON THE EARL GREY!
Pure Sophistry is back once again bringing you a collection of the weeks most bizarre news from the world of gaming, geek culture, and the interwebs. Oh, and H.D. Thoreau? Well, lets just say he never experienced the joys of exploring Loch Modan in World of Warcraft. Walden could have used a few orcs…
Okay, every one’s dad is the best dad ever, but tell me this: Did your dad ever build you a video game to help out with the problems you were experiencing in life? Norweign Step-father Marius Mathisen devoted himself to helping is step-daughter Angelina, who suffered from a series of learning disabilities. Angelina isdistracted easily and unable to learn traditionally, so Marius decided to use his tablet and some programming to help her.
In designing “Angelin’s World” Marius was able to use gaming and technology to visibly help his child learn and grow. This is not only am inspiring human interest story, but a powerful example of how gaming can do more than we might think it can. You can find Marius’ Indiegogo page here.
If you are a computer nerd, you’ve no doubt heard of McAfee Security. Well, it seems as Mr. McAfee might need some security himself. Joh McAfee is wanted by Belize police as part of an ongoing investigation into the death of an American in Belize. Gregory Faull was killed last Saturday, and he a McAfee have a little bit of history.
McAfee is now hiding from authorities. Indeed, he has been hiding from authorities for a little while, taking a page from Solid Snake’s book and is said to have “quickly buried himself in sand, placing a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe”. Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture of that.
The law can be cruel. It’s a sad fact, but it is part of civilization and the society we all live in. Many will say the death penalty is the harshest of all known punishments in society today. I can tell you, without an ounce of hyperbole, that that pales in comparison to the sentence passed on a California teen. A hacker, known by the oh-so humble-name of Cosmo the God, has been sentenced to six year probation from a keyboard.
Now, hacking isn’t okay, and Cosmo actually did some pretty bad stuff, going as far as hacking NASDAQ and the cia.gov websites. However, I can guarantee you that all hackers, including Cosmo, live on their computers. It’s how they enjoy life, most likely work and communicate. Hell, I think I’d be more willing to sacrifice a foot rather than internet privileges for 6 years…
What could be as good as The Dark Knight Rises? A Splinter Cell movie starring Tom Hardy as Sam Fisher! While this is exciting simply because a Splinter Cell movie could be awesome, I think that this is a sign of things to come. Last year, Hollywood proved that Superhero movie could not only appeal to a big audience, and work as movie, but could be incredibly successful in the Box office.
Video games might very well be the next stop, and if we can get directors of real caliber (Uwe Boll does not count) and skill tackling some of the best and most interesting games out there, Wwe could see another step of video games and the stories they tell becoming even more integrated into mainstream culture. It is, as they say, good to be a geek.Personally, my hope is that a Deus Ex:HR movie will come of this. One of the best stories I have ever experienced…
Who’s Blue, Metallic and slays evil robots for fun? Mega Man of course! Capcom has confirmed that, somewhere down the line, Mega Man is coming back. This is a great bit of news, and actually, the interview with Christian Svensson, senior vice president of Capcom, reveals a lot about where we could be the Blue Bomber show up next.
I can say with certainty that you’ve not seen the last of the Blue Bomber on consoles and handhelds, and, with luck, we’ll be celebrating his 50th anniversary, including all of the games you’re going to enjoy over the next 25 years,
Consoles AND handhelds. Interesting.
While we will still need to wait for the release of Half Life 2: Episode 3, we may be seeing something even more exciting from Valve in the near future. Gabe Newell, during his birthday no less, revealed to a number visiting 4chan members that Valve is in the works for a new game engine. This will most likely take the form of Source 2, but who knows: maybe we’ll get Buckets o’ Hats for PC.
Anyone who has ever watched Star Trek will likely know of the holodeck, a magical, if often broken, place in which you can create world or live out the experiences of your favorite literary character. Well, this wondrous invention might not be as far away or fictional as you think.
Lee Sheldon, who was a writer and producer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, is actually trying to make the holodeck, or a holodeck-esq conglomeration of technology, into a real world thing. What is even more interesting is that he’s actually had some success. By using “60 panoramic screens, 3D stereoscopic projection, surround sound, motion tracking interfaces that include everything from Kinect at the low end, intelligent virtual agents, omni-directional treadmill floors, compliant surfaces, adjustable air flow, temperature gradients, and Smell-O-Vision” Sheldon was able to create a semi-virtual Bejing airport to use as a practicing ground for a Mandarin Language class. Students were tasked with asking for direction inside this environment. being thrown into a foreign environment is the best way of learning a new language, hands down, and if this could be replicated without having to actually travel somewhere and find someone to live with, it could be an invaluable tool for teaching. What is more, Sheldon has stated that “experienced game designers will be crucial in creating believable, immersive scenarios.” We are talking about the next step in video game reality.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.puresophistry.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/profile-pic.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Born in Maine, educated in Canada, and forged on the internet, Jacob is a proud gamer, unabashed nerd, and writer. He received his degree in classics from Mount Allison University and his love of stories and their meaning from countless hours spent reading Homer, playing old school RPG’s and studying Joseph Cambell. His one rule to live by? “Always dress as if you were going to give a speech.”[/author_info] [/author]