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Why Facebook’s F8 is Important to Video Games

Hello!

This Wednesday, Thursday, Facebook’s F8 Conference took place in San Francisco.

This week, I discuss the importance of Facebook’s Conference F8 in the video game industry. A lot of hardcore gamers, play on consoles or the PC, may not be aware of the incredible impact Facebook has in the games industry.

The following are the references I used in this video:

Candy Crush Saga – Raining Candy! (2015, November 28). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU5Pi…

Eadicicco, L. (2015, March 26). Facebook showed how stunning video games will look on the Oculus Rift this year. Retrieved March 26, 2015.

Kumparak, G. (2015, March 25). Everything You Need To Know From Today’s Facebook F8 Announcements. Retrieved March 25, 2015, from http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/25/ever…

Rosoff, M. (2015, March 25). Here’s everything Facebook just announced. Retrieved March 25, 2015, from http://www.businessinsider.com/facebo…

Moscaritolo, A. (2015, March 26). Facebook Shows Off Solar-Powered Internet Drone. Retrieved March 26, 2015, from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,…

IMAGES/GIFs:

Sony’s Morpheus :

http://cdn.idigitaltimes.com/sites/id… Retrieved March 26, 2015 from http://www.idigitaltimes.com/project-….

Oculus Rift:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… Retrieved March 26, 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oculus_Rift

HTC Vive: http://www.androidcentral.com/sites/a… Retrieved March 26, 2015 from http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-viv…

PS4 Controller:

Hanacek, V. (n.d.). Playing Games on Playstation 4. Retrieved March 26, 2015, from http://picjumbo.com/playing-games-on-…

Party:

Hanacek, V. (n.d.). Party At Home: Dancing Cranberries. Retrieved March 26, 2015, from http://picjumbo.com/party-at-home-dan…

Wedding:

Hanacek, V. (n.d.). Wedding Sign. Retrieved March 26, 2015, from http://picjumbo.com/wedding-sign/

Watch the F8 conference here: https://fbf8.com/

Music:

TeknoAXE: http://youtu.be/gA_dxGEF5gA

Cheers!
Jennie Bharaj

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Are Video Games Truly Free?

Hello!

This week, I discuss whether or not video games are truly ‘free’ in society. Due to the increase of censorship in video games, I felt it was important to discuss this topic.

Video Game Censorship and Freedom of Speech – an Interview with Jon Festinger, Q.C.: https://youtu.be/OrrQxJeopvA

The following are the references I used in this video:

Festinger, J., Metcalfe, C., & Ripley, R. (2012). The Freedoms. In Video Game Law (2nd ed.). Markham, Ontario: LexisNexis Canada.

Mellow Jr., J. (2004, January 6). Haitian Group Files Suit To Ban ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ Retrieved March 18, 2015, from http://www.technewsworld.com/story/32…

Frum, L. (2010, October 1). Playing as ‘Taliban’ removed from ‘Medal of Honor’ game. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/gaming.g…

IMAGES/GIFs:

King’s Quest: http://estatico.aventuraycia.com/imag… Retrieved March 18, 2015 from http://www.aventuraycia.com/reviews/k….

SoftPorn Adventure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softporn… Retrieved March 18, 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softporn…

Fallout 1 GIF: http://i.imgur.com/r6BSwpJ.gif Retrieved March 18, 2015 from http://www.reddit.com/r/Fallout/comme… (If anyone has a proper source, let me know!)

Music:
TeknoAXE: https://youtu.be/gA_dXGEF5gA

Cheers!
Jennie Bharaj

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Risk Management in Video Games

 

Hello again!

In this video, I discuss the risks involved in developing a game. Risk management is a very regular thing in many industries, but seldom do we see it in video game development!

The following is the study I focused on:

Marc Schmlaz, Aimee Finn, Hazel Taylor, “Risk Management in Video Game Development Projects,” 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 4325-4334, 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2014

http://www.computer.org/csdl/proceedi…

Let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Jennie Bharaj
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Building a Video Game: Key Roles

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It’s been a while – I know! How are you? I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. I’d like to tell you a story, if you don’t mind. :)

Back in 2008, I remember being extremely ecstatic about the new, upcoming Prince of Persia for the PS3. This was a dream for me. I absolutely loved the Prince of Persia series. After reading the wonderful reviews on Kotaku, IGN, and other prominent gaming websites, I decided to pre-order the game.

Once the game finally came in the mail, I inserted the disk into the console with very high hopes.

Unfortunately, after playing the game, I was let down by the game’s redundant mechanics and mundane storyline. In fact, many gamers agreed with my opinions. It was clear that these video game journalists had given gamers like myself false information. Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way.

I’m really passionate about fighting journalistic corruption in the games industry. I’m writing to you today to introduce you to my project, BasedGamer.com. BasedGamer will be a community-driven, game-review aggregator that will be honest and transparent with its reviews.

BasedGamer currently has an Indiegogo campaign and I’d love it if you’d help support me in my endevour. You can view my Indiegogo campaign video below:

 

Your help would be truly appreciated. Visit BasedGamer’s Indiegogo link here for more information: http://igg.me/at/BasedGamer

This week’s video focuses on the key roles in building a video game. Do check it out:

Until next week!

Cheers and keep on gaming.

– Jennie Bharaj

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