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British boy becomes Fortnite millionaire in World Cup tournament | Games | The Guardian
A total of $30m in prize money was up for grabs, the biggest ever at an esports event.

The duos winners, Emil Bergquist Pedersen from Norway and his Austrian partner, David W, who play as Nyhrox and Aqua, took home a total of $3m prize money.

More than 100 finalists took part in the event, trimmed down from about 40 million who attempted to qualify for the tournament.

A total of six matches were played in the competition, with duos earning points based on eliminations and their placing in each round.
games  sport  finance  attention 
12 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Model Metropolis
Looking to understand how real cities worked, Wright came across a 1969 book by Jay Forrester called Urban Dynamics. Forrester was an electrical engineer who had launched a second career as an expert on computer simulation; Urban Dynamics deployed his simulation methodology to offer a controversial theory of how cities grew and declined. Wright used Forrester’s theories to transform the cities he was designing in his level editor from static maps of buildings and roads into vibrant models of a growing metropolis. Eventually, Wright became convinced that his “guinea-pig city” was an entertaining, open-ended video game. Released in 1989, the game became wildly popular, selling millions of copies, winning dozens of awards, and spawning an entire franchise of successors and dozens of imitators. It was called SimCity.
urban  games  politics 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer
Sleeping Queens | Board Game | BoardGameGeek
In Sleeping Queens, players need to use strategy, quick thinking, and a little luck to rouse these napping nobles from their royal slumbers. The twelve queen cards lie face-down on the table. On a turn, you take one action from the cards in your hand: play a king to awaken and claim a sleeping queen, play a knight to steal someone else's queen (unless she has a dragon for protection), play a wand to send a queen to sleep once again, use a jester to try our luck with the top of the deck, or discard one or more number cards to draw more cards. Each queen card has a point value on it, and whenever all the queen have been awakened or one player hits the point threshold, the game ends and whoever has the most points wins.
games 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
SBrick
A Smart RC Receiver that connects to your mobile or tablet device, allowing you to Control all your LEGO®'s Led, Motor and Power functions from a great distance.
Simple Installation
Upgrade your LEGO® Master Pieces in no time with my two-steps Click and Plug Fast Setup. Simply place me between the motor and the Battery Pack and you are Ready-to-Go!
games  lego 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Philosophical Disquisitions: Technological Unemployment and the Search for Meaning: Should we retreat from reality?
High youth unemployment rates are common across many European countries. Indeed they are startlingly high in countries like Greece, Spain and Ireland. Furthermore, people are withdrawing from reality across the world. Screen time and video game time are on the increase. The apotheosis of this new paradigm comes, perhaps, in the shape of the Japanese hikkomori, a new breed of hermit-like people, uninterested in work, uninterested in sex, enclosed within a reality of their own creation.

And yet, for all their hand-wringing there is something missing from the analysis of these cultural critics.* Recent research from Aguilar, Bils, Charles and Hurst suggests that although young men are working less and playing more, they are also happier. Indeed, the self-reported happiness of those in their 20s and early 30s has risen from the low to high 80%s in the first decade and half of the new millennium. What’s more, the fondness for video games is not limited to men. Research from Andrew Przybylski found that in a sample of approximately 5000 chilrden aged between 10-15, about 40% of boys and girls were playing between 1 and 3 hours of video games per day.

In this talk I want ask two questions: is this retreat from reality in general, and from the world of work in particular, inevitable due to the rise of technological unemployment? And if so is it to be lamented or welcomed?
work  games 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Top 10 Command Line Games For Linux
You can do a hell lot of things in terminal including playing command line games.

Yeah, hardcore terminal lovers, gather around. Terminal games are light, fast and hell lotta fun to play. And the best thing of all, you’ve got a lot of classic retro games in Linux terminal.
linux  games 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Balancing Multiplayer Games, Part 4: Intuition — Sirlin.Net — Game Design
you will definitely have to deal with the loud complaints of incompetent people who are quite sure of themselves, and who might even have a well-developed tip-of-the-iceberg of reasoning, but no underside to their iceberg at all. I suggest somehow gaining enough authority that your vague feeling on a balance issue is able to trump their loud complaints. You might even try explaining why that is best for the game...

While balancing Street Fighter, I had the luxury of not having to really explain myself to anyone, and that was a great advantage. Note that I happily explained everything after the fact, but I’m talking about in the heat of development...

There was a brief period of disaster where a new producer tried to track every single task I planned to do in the balancing process. I was reluctant to submit any list of future changes because every day, the landscape changed... Every day, the thing I worked on was whatever thing I felt was most important that day.
programming  psychology  games 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer

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