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February 26, 2009

On Campus game development organization recieves noteriety for game QuantumS.

ACM Gamebuilders, a student organization dedicated to game development, were recently featured in article at gamecareerguide.com. The article focused on their recently developed game QuantumS. The group plans on entering the game in the Independent Game Festival.

Read the article @ http://www.gamecareerguide.com/features/708/rapidfire_student_postmortem_.php

Learn more about the ACM Gamebuilders @ http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/gahttp://www.acm.uiuc.edu/gamebuilders/index.htmlmebuilders/index.html

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February 22, 2009

Video games in virtual environments geographically bridge educational barriers and complement traditional teaching; Experts explain

Playing and studying are not incompatible activities. A team of researchers from Madrid's Complutense University (UCM) looks to integrating virtual graphic adventures into online education platforms and analyzes the educational and technological aspects that they should have to promote expansion.

Read the full article and other related articles @ ScienceDaily: Video Game News from this link http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090210134746.htm

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February 20, 2009

In Japan, the Gaming Industry is hit by the worsening economy

Sega's Japanese main branch Tuesday (February, 10) that it will close 110 arcades, cancel some games in development and seek to lay off 18 percent of its staff. In a series of press releases, the game publisher said that these cost-cutting moves come in anticipation of its recording an annual loss of 25 billion yen (about $238 million) during the fiscal year that will end March 31.For more details check out: http://blog.wired.com/games/2009/02/sega-layoffs.html

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February 11, 2009

Play Differently Against the CPU? Research Says So.

Dr. Krach and Prof. Dr. Kircher from the University of Marburg, Germany, led the research team that found playing games against a computer activates different brain areas from those activated when playing against a human opponent.

Read the full article and other related articles @ ScienceDaily: Video Game News

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February 6, 2009

Upcoming Local Gaming Events

Here are a few Gaming Events that are being held this month.


Winter War is Champaign-Urbana, IL's annual adventure gaming convention. Winter War started as a small event organized by the Conflict Simulation Society on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1974.

Being held Feb. 6 - 8 @ Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, Il

For more information see: http://www.winterwar.org/

Show Me Your Moves 9 (SMYM9)

February 7th 2009
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM

SMYM9 is a Super Smash Bros Melee Tournament. It features Singles and Doubles Pools and Brackets.

Being Held at:
Top Floor of McKinley Church and Foundation
809 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL

Entry Fees:
Venue Fee: $5
Singles : $10
Doubles: $20

For more Information see:http://www.smashbrosmelee.com/showthread.php?t=194476

Gaming and Learning Expo

Sat. Feb. 28th
1:00 PM - 4:00PM

This event is sponsored by Park Ridge Public Library, the Friends of the Library, and the Park Ridge Teen Center and is being held at Maine South High School, Park Ridge, IL.

If you’re interested in exploring video games and learning, attend the Gaming and Learning Expo! Event includes featured speakers, Game Designer meet-and-greets, Information tables from area universities including DePaul University, DeVry University, and Flashpoint Academy, and Hands-on gaming arcade including Rock Band, Wii Fit, DDR, and much, much more.

Admission is FREE!

For more information see: http://videogamesandlearning.wordpress.com/

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