Atari disputes reports that its retro-inspired console is doomed

Atari has offered a glimpse at the development of its troubled console. | Image: Atari Atari put out a lengthy development update for the Atari VCS console earlier this week, on the same day that The Register reported that the project is experiencing significant difficulties. One source with knowledge of the project reportedly described it as a “shit show,” and the console is reportedly shaping up to be more of a Linux PC than a dedicated games console. Atari’s post sought to assure backers that the project is proceeding as planned. Amidst numerous photographs of the console’s circuit boards and chassis, the company claimed that the molds for the plastic housing of the console are “largely complete,” that its controllers and joysticks are “just about ready for mass production,” and that it expects to host hands-on preview… Read the full article…

Formative Vs Summative : The User Testing Battle

As Steve Jobs once said,  “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”  Even though the legendary tech leader spoke out about how design needs to be functional and have its usability, it is still treated as only an aesthetic part of the development process.  Even when […] The post Formative Vs Summative : The User Testing Battle appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Chorus is Part Musical and Part Adventure Game, with an All Star Cast

“There are many different types of musicals,” David Gaider, Creative Director at the newly formed Summerfall Studios tells me. We’re discussing musicals, or more specifically, Chorus, the first project from the Melbourne-based studio. (You can check out the Fig pitch here.) It’s an adventure game described as one-part narrative-driven journey and one-part interactive musical. It’s the latter element that immediately grabs my attention, for its sheer potential and, well, the idea of a video game musical being a somewhat difficult concept to grasp. Musicals come in many forms, after all, from Broadway plays to animated films starring blue genies, and across to standalone episodes of popular TV shows. Read the full article…

Asgard’s Wrath Review

When I purchased my Oculus Rift over two years ago, my first great adventures in the headset consisted mainly of instant classics like Superhot VR, Robo Recall, and Lone Echo. Immediately, I saw the potential in experiencing games from true first-person perspective rather than just controlling your character remotely. But I wanted more. Even as I longed for opportunities to go on adventures in virtual reality, I also equally longed for the depth and production value that I’d grown accustomed to throughout my lifetime of playing traditional games on PC and consoles. Having now spent 25 hours in Asgard’s Wrath from the beginning to the rolling of the credits, I’ve finally gotten the grand-scale VR adventure I waited so long for – and it’s been worth it. Read the full article…

22+ Best Educational PPT (PowerPoint) Templates for Teachers

PowerPoint presentations are an important part of education. Any lecture can be made more entertaining and easily understandable by using an effective educational PowerPoint slideshow. Having a set of brilliantly designed slides also helps deliver your key points more effectively. This is where we want to help. In this post, we’re sharing a collection of the best educational PowerPoint templates teachers can use to create attractive presentations for educational purposes. Whether you’re making a slideshow for a group of children or preparing a lecture for a college course, you’ll find many different templates to choose from on our list. Let’s have a look. Edumode – Education PowerPoint Template Edumode is a professional PowerPoint template featuring a set of slides made for creating educational presentations for schools, colleges, and academies. The template comes with more than 40 unique slide designs along with editable vector graphics, maps, icon packs, and more. Academia Read the full article…

Steam will soon let you play local multiplayer games over the internet

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Steam is preparing to launch a new “Remote Play Together” feature, which will let you play local multiplayer games over the internet with friends “as though they were in the same room.” Valve announced the new functionality to developers via the Steamworks website, before PC Gamer reported its existence publicly. The new feature is planned for release in beta in the week of October 21st. Remote Play Together has the potential to open local multiplayer games up to a much wider audience, by making them playable to anyone who doesn’t have people they can play with nearby. Interestingly, PC Gamer notes the Steamworks page for the new feature says that it will work automatically for “all local multiplayer, local co-op and split-screen games,”… Read the full article…

Blizzard employees walked out in protest following pro-Hong Kong player ban

Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A couple dozen Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday in protest of the company’s decision to ban a professional Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend, according to The Daily Beast. The employees met at a giant statue depicting an Orc Warrior outside of the Activision Blizzard offices in California. According to the Beast, employees came and went as the day continued on and topped off at around 30 concurrent workers. Someone claiming to be a Blizzard employee posted a photo of workers sitting beside the statue on the r/Hearthstone subreddit, where it was met with praise from members of the Reddit community. Earlier this week, Blizzard banned professional Hearthstone player Ng… Read the full article…