Feel the beep: This album is played entirely on a PC motherboard speaker

If you’re craving a truly different sound with which to slay the crew this weekend, look no further than System Beeps, a new album by shiru8bit — though you may have to drag your old 486 out of storage to play it. Yes, this album runs in MS-DOS and its music is produced entirely through the PC speaker — you know, the one that can only beep. Now, chiptunes aren’t anything new. But the more popular ones tend to imitate the sounds found in classic computers and consoles like the Amiga and SNES. It’s just limiting enough to make it fun, and of course many of us have a lot of nostalgia for the music from that period. (The Final Fantasy VI opening theme still gives me chills.) But fewer among us look back fondly on the days before sample-based digital music, before even decent sound cards let games have Read the full article…

Athenascope nabs $2.5M seed led by First Round to bring gamers AI-edited highlight reels

As massive cross-platform gaming titles become even larger time-sucks for a lot of people, it’s probably worth reflecting on how to savor your in-game accomplishments. Streaming of esports celebrities on sites like Twitch has taken off like no one imagined, but for the most part the toil-heavy editing process has left this attention largely focused on those with the ambitions of making gaming their full-time gig. Athenascope is a small startup aiming to tap computer vision intelligence to record, review and recap what more novice gamers were able to pull off in their latest battle royale with a short, shareable highlight reel. The team is led by Chris Kirmse, who previously founded Xfire, a game messaging client that Viacom bought in 2006 for north of $100 million. The company announced this week that they’ve closed a $2.5 million seed round led by First Round Capital to grow its tools and Read the full article…

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Wizard World, board games, and lots of advice for startups

One of the biggest pop culture conventions in the Pacific Northwest is happening in Portland the weekend of Feb. 22. Wizard World draws in big crowds and big guests every year. Some of this year’s guests include Jason Momoa (Aquaman and Game of Thrones), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), and many guests from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What’s the best way to beat the blues after the biggest snowstorm in recent memory? Spending Valentine’s Day playing board games with your special someone, of course. Mox Boarding House, the combo pub and board game store in Bellevue, has some special food on the menu and lots of 2-player board games for you try out and you don’t have to figure out the rules on your own. Mox will have staff on hand to help you learn to play. The special event starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until closing on Thursday, Feb. 14. Here are more Read the full article…

The 12 best websites to download stock art

It can be really frustrating when you have a great concept for adding illustration or art to a project, but don’t have the budget to commission an illustrator. There are several ways to handle this: you could create the artwork yourself, try and negotiate more money for the project, or, you could use a stock art website. Some people imagine that such websites will be full of bland and tired clichés, but this is no longer the case. Instead, online stock art websites now feature a huge and eclectic variety of illustrations in various styles and sizes, created by thousands of talented illustrators. Although of course, you’re unlikely to like every single image on them. There are many stock art sites out there, from larger companies where illustration is only part of their offering, to smaller sites focusing purely on illustrators. Below is a list of some of the best Read the full article…