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"How do I make him jump?"
Posted on Wednesday, May 14 2014 @ 11:55:42 Eastern

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Fact: Games are beneficial to a child's development and help improve the quality of your life. Well, this isn't really a fact as mush as it is a strong opinion, but seriously though, anyone who says otherwise is lying to themselves or are too disconnected from modern electronics to grasp the concept of a console for any other purpose besides playing an updated version of Pong.
 
The digital divide is very real. Just ask anyone who has tried to teach their significant other how to play with them in a co-op console game and has cringed at how their partner is holding the controller. I know most of you know this feel. Or perhaps you’ve watched your cousin play a flight simulator and then move their arms and body along with the controller. If not, give someone a Vita and map which controls they use, if they can find the L and R triggers, or if they even identify it as touchscreen. Painful. Do not let these people around the Oculus Rift. They will be a danger to themselves and everyone around them. This experience has cemented the idea in my mind that people would much rather be told what to do, then to exhaust the gray matter figuring it out. This isn't true for gamers; we feel like we're on the slow bus if someone has to give us a detailed explanation on controls or interface (or maybe it's just me).

On the eve of the release of devices like the PlayStation’s Morpheus or the Oculus, we can only assume the line in the sand will be much thicker between “Those who game” and “Those who do not”. Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, is attempting to partially bridge the gap between the casuals and the hardcore, but I’m going to guess that within 3 months of its release you’ll be able to tell who has some frame of reference for what they are experiencing in VR and who is still sporting training wheels. I feel like this line in the sand will extend past gaming and outline which segments/demographics in society are falling behind technologically.
 
My family is on the East Coast and I currently live on the West Coast, so I did the logical thing anyone in my situation would do if they had family they wanted to keep in touch with over a large distance - I bought my mother a Chromebook in order to Skype and Gchat with her. Remotely, trying to teach my mother how to use it almost cost me my sanity. This little common sense experiment got ridiculous when I had to explain, over the phone, what the power symbol looked like in order to turn it on. 3 months and several gray hairs later - she's pinging me non-stop about wanting to video chat and sending me stupid YouTube links via email. *whew*
 
But at the very beginning, I started asking her questions - questions that I'd like you all to answer in your head like "Where would you expect that button to be?" The first time you pick up a controller on a different console, how long does it take you to adjust? Where would your initial guess be if I asked you which icon was the action button on the controller? For us, unlike our parents, it does not feel like we're learning a different language; instead it's more like we're adjusting to the local dialect. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, but I see this in my job everyday in the tiniest ways. Being “gamers” (I know some of you hate this moniker) means that we aren’t scared to push buttons and go, “hmmm.. what does this thing do if I interact with it?” Or “What happens if I place this object here?”  You do it in your everyday life and you don’t even realize it – on websites, your streaming profiles, your devices, and home entertainment systems.
 
We’ve also come to expect certain things that seem theoretically possible, but are disappointing when they don’t pan out as expected. For example, see ShadeTail’s post about the lack of integration on his PC for a USB controller. This seems like a simple task, especially since the controller plugs directly in. I’ve experienced this frustration firsthand with the PS controller on the Ouya. Being able to identify instances like this help push the industry to be better by making us a very educated consumer base that can easily identify when we’re being grifted. 
 
Video games teach us things – things like what to look for in everyday life, how to not be scared of exploration, how to create workarounds, how to hack, how to identify bugs – every single GR member is a qualified QA tester, but you wouldn’t think to put that on a resume. These are the things that go unmentioned in gaming, but I’m sure you all know to some extent what I’m talking about. So, when your mom, girlfriend, boss, or politician tells you that you are wasting your time in front of a console – just be sure to remind them of these things and make them feel foolish for missing the boat.

The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of GameRevolution, but we believe it's worthy of being featured on our site. This article, posted earlier in May 2014, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick Tan

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An Interesting Trend
Posted on Saturday, December 14 2013 @ 10:48:23 Eastern

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With the release of the PS4 and its Share functionality, I'm sure everyone in the gaming community expected the amount of console streams to increase. Just the sheer curiosity gamers have over what this new button did would aid in generating new and interesting content. This was a given. What wasn't expected, but should have been anticipated, are some of the creative ways people would be using their newfound streaming ability, more specifically the Playroom streams. Tuning in to watch someone play Battlefield 4 or Knack is expected, and the idea of engaging the broadcaster with real-time responses will open the door to more possibilities related to an interactive gaming experience.

In addition to turning their channel into PlayStation's version of LiveJasmin, some users are demonstrating their entrepreneurial spirit by using the cams to promote thier own brand - whether it be a makeshift animal cam, creating game walkthroughs, streaming live shows in podcast format, talking to viewers from their couch, or a medicinal marijuana user showcasing their rolling skills - people are finding their voices with this technology (and getting MASSIVE amounts of viewers while doing so).
Now obviously, with a technology like this and the ability to reach a broadcaster directly while maintaining viewer anonymity, there has also been a large influx of vicious trolling. The interesting part about this dynamic is not only are the broadcasters NOT disturbed by this... but they seem to invite it and have honestly been holding their own in verbal tussles. I'm not even going to lie. I secretly watch streams where the level of trolling goes above passive and just becomes mean - just to see how the broadcaster reacts. Also to see which questions they answer and which ones they ignore. I'd imagine that if you are somewhat familiar with the streaming infrastructure, you'd hit that "Broadcast Gameplay" button fully prepared to be assaulted by comments like, "Your mums a slag," "Shoe on head," "spark up that bubblegum Kush," "clean your f***ing room," and "show me your tits." Needless to say, if you choose to go live, you'd better have some pretty thick skin. It also helps that a large amount of these broadcasters are VISIBLY under the influence when they are live.

Getting back to my main point, I'm more and more impressed when I see people using the tools given to them by a platform and console to venture beyond the scope of what was to be considered "intended use." I will be monitoring, very closely, the channels that gain traction and those channels that die out and become stale. To me this is very exciting, because it is another avenue available to the average Joe to have their voices heard and to drive traffic to the content they create using limited resources. I'm including some images below to help illustrate some of the streams I mentioned above...  I'll let you guess which content gets the most traffic.







Urbz..
out.

The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of GameRevolution, but we believe it's worthy of being featured on our site. This article, posted originally on December 9, 2013, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick Tan

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UrbanMasque... Shilling up the place
Posted on Wednesday, September 18 2013 @ 18:47:10 Eastern

While at E3, I asked a significant number of gamers their thoughts on streaming and why they chose one platform rather than the other.  In essence, basically asking, “Why aren’t you streaming your games on Ustream?”  That question got a lot of answers, some legitimate relating to fanbase being already established while others were along the lines of Platform bashing. Most of the negative feedback was largely based on fanboyism and wasn’t really based on any concrete grievance.  For example, “because they suck” isn’t really a legitimate answer unless you can back it up – which almost all of them couldn’t. Don’t get us wrong, we get it you’re comfortable.  What we basically want to tell you is that you have a stable, modern, ubiquitous alternative, and in summary here are five simple keys to what we can offer you aside from the stability and reliability of our platform:
 
Channel customization: Our Dashboard allows you place HTML based apps and widgets into your iframes and channel info. If you don’t like the page layout, our widget reorder feature allows you to place PayPal Donations widgets and other content higher or lower on your page. Your Ustream player, channel and embedded, will carry over channel branded watermarks that allow you to click through to linked pages.  
Social integration: Our Social Stream module allows your to communicate with your viewers on Ustream as well as across other social media platforms by pulling in specific Tweets addressed to a Twitter Username/Hashtag, as well as similarly linked Facebook interactions. Not to mention your content can be visible across Facebook & Twitter
 
Easy VOD Management Managing your recorded videos are simple on Ustream, easily allowing you to trim, upload, and transfer to YouTube.  
Free Software Based Encoder Our in-house application, Ustream Producer, allows you to easily stream content to your channel using your basic laptop/desktop with the only limitation being the input slots on your device and your bandwidth.  Ustream Producer recognizes a number of capture devices as well as its Screen capture capabilities. Download Producer and try it out for free at Ustream.tv/Producer  
Live & VOD Metrics On of the great features of Ustream is its Live Analytics Console, found inside the dashboard.  This allows you to see who is viewing your content, how many people, what devices they are viewing from, and in what regions they are located.  
We acknowledge that not everyone is at the same level or technical expertise in reference to streaming, and will have varying experiences but at the very least check out my page in order to get an idea of what’s possible (  http://www.ustream.tv/urbanmasquegr ) and Tweet at me with questions you might have or if you feel the need to call me out on anything I’ve said. I can be reached here @UrbanMasque. In the mean time try our platform out.  Again, we understand that you want to go with the flow and fit in, but maybe its time you stood out.

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Free Streaming
Posted on Monday, December 24 2012 @ 14:03:00 Eastern


...well ...sort of.

Odds are if you are streaming to Twitch.tv, Livestream or Ustream - you are already interested in streaming and have the infrastructure necessary for maintaining a successful stream. This guide will mos...   read more...

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MMORPG-match.com
Posted on Tuesday, September 6 2011 @ 20:12:30 Eastern

So, the day has finally come! You're going to meet your WoW gf IRL!!! (if you can't follow the acronyms, you probably won't get most of the humor in this blog.. silly nUbs)   Remember, slow the F*** down! Try not to g...   read more...

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Niko Bellic... you're my only friend.
Posted on Monday, May 17 2010 @ 22:50:21 Eastern

Sometimes... I'm driving down the street and I wonder what it would be like to plow into a sidewalk full of pedestrians and children.  I also, wonder what I would be like to take a helicopter to the top of a skyscraper and just start pickin...   read more...

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Totally gay for Vincent.
Posted on Friday, April 17 2009 @ 22:23:19 Eastern

[Not really but, hey if he was real, who knows...]
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. . . . .The recent release of FFXIII's new  trailer has stirred my sleeping love affair with you (the Final Fantasy series).   Winter cannot come soon enough for go...   read more...

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