April 29, 2010
Videogame instruction manual archive
A boon to video game history researchers, replacementdocs is an online archive of video game instruction manuals in pdf format. The site currently features over 8000 titles.
Manuals range from early gaming platforms like the Amiga, Atari 2600, Magnavox Odyssey, etc. to more modern titles. See http://www.replacementdocs.com/index.php for more details.
April 22, 2010
How often do people game? Nielsen has some answers
In their new research study, "Who, When and How? A Closer Look at Video Game Measurement" (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/who-when-and-how-a-closer-look-at-video-game-measurement/), Nielesen games analyzes XBox 360 use to determine peak gameplay times.
Their results closely parallel other prime times for media (7pm-11pm). The study also analyzes how long the "1 vs 100" game was played, and by whom, and, according to Gerardo Guzman, from Nielsen Games, “What makes this pilot study so important is the potential for precise audience segmenting. As more game companies and advertisers participate in studies like these, we’re able to define and refine an efficient set of metrics for gaming that can be compared against other media.”
April 6, 2010
Gamebuild-a-thon: Design and Defend - April 10th
The local ACM Gamebuilders organization (http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/gamebuilders/) will be hosting a game design competition this Saturday, April 10th, from noon to midnight. So grab a six of energy drinks and show your stuff at 218 Seibel Center.
Dinner is provided - how can you go wrong? More details and sign-up are available at: