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Babies born with extra digits are not that rare, and those with 6 fingers on one hand are able to play a complicated video game with a single hand. What’s more, their brains have no trouble controlling the more complex movements of their extra digits.

A sixth finger can prove extra handy An extra finger can be incredibly handy. Two people born with six fingers per hand can tie their shoes, deftly manage phones and play a complicated video game — all with a single hand. What’s more, their brains had no trouble controlling the more complex movements of their …

Babies born with extra digits are not that rare, and those with 6 fingers on one hand are able to play a complicated video game with a single hand. What’s more, their brains have no trouble controlling the more complex movements of their extra digits. Read More »

Nintendo pushed usage of the term “game console” so people would stop calling products from other manufacturers “Nintendos”, otherwise they would have risked losing their trademark.

Nintendo Nintendo Co., Ltd.[a] is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company headquartered in Kyoto. Nintendo is one of the world’s largest video game companies by market capitalization, creating some of the best-known and top-selling video game franchises, such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. Founded on 23 September 1889 by …

Nintendo pushed usage of the term “game console” so people would stop calling products from other manufacturers “Nintendos”, otherwise they would have risked losing their trademark. Read More »

The first character on screen in Super Mario 64 is Lakitu, Mario’s camera operator. Because the 1996 game was the first in the series to have 3D gameplay, the developers needed to teach players that they were controlling both Mario AND the camera.

Super Mario 64 introduced the camera as a friend and foe in video games When the Nintendo 64 launched in the United States in September of 1996, players had just two games to choose from: a flight simulator called Pilotwings 64 and the latest entry in one of the most popular series in video game …

The first character on screen in Super Mario 64 is Lakitu, Mario’s camera operator. Because the 1996 game was the first in the series to have 3D gameplay, the developers needed to teach players that they were controlling both Mario AND the camera. Read More »

A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster.

New Mexico city finds buried treasure of Atari games A long-buried copy of the infamous Atari game “E.T.” is worth more than $1,500. The desert city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, finally sold off its buried treasure of ancient Atari games, raking in more than $100,000 from nearly 900 games. The haul included a single copy …

A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster. Read More »

Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town.

The Mind’s Eye Departments Features How do we transform an ever-changing jumble of visual stimuli into the rich and coherent three-dimensional perception we know as sight? Rochester vision scientists are helping reshape our understanding of how the brain ‘sees.’ By the time James Risen arrived at the Napa Valley hotel his wife had booked in …

Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town. Read More »

Steam was originally created so Valve didn’t have to keep shutting off Counter-Strike servers to fix issues with the game.

Steam (software) This article is about the digital video game distribution platform. For the video game console, see Steam Machine (hardware platform). “Steamworks” redirects here. For the brewery, see Steamworks Brewing Company. For the robotics competition, see FIRST Steamworks. Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation for purchasing and playing video games. …

Steam was originally created so Valve didn’t have to keep shutting off Counter-Strike servers to fix issues with the game. Read More »

In the 90s, video game designer Kenji Eno learned he had blind fans, who played his games with great effort. So he designed a blank-screen game just for them: “Real Sound: Kaze no Regret.” He made Sega send 1000 consoles (w/ the game) to blind people. It is still a popular game for the blind.

Real Sound: Kaze no Regret “Real Sound” redirects here. For a technology for the PC, see RealSound. Real Sound: Kaze no Regret (リアルサウンド ~風のリグレット~, Riaru Saundo ~ Kaze no Riguretto) is an adventure audio game developed by Warp and published by Sega. The game was first released for the Saturn in July 1997, and later …

In the 90s, video game designer Kenji Eno learned he had blind fans, who played his games with great effort. So he designed a blank-screen game just for them: “Real Sound: Kaze no Regret.” He made Sega send 1000 consoles (w/ the game) to blind people. It is still a popular game for the blind. Read More »

When game designer Tim Schafer was interviewed to work at LucasArts, he said he was a fan of their game “Ballblaster.” The interviewer told him their game was titled “Ballblazer” and only pirated copies were named “Ballblaster.” He eventually got the job, and co-created Secret of Monkey Island.

Tim Schafer Not to be confused with Tim Schaffer. Timothy John Schafer (born July 26, 1967) is an American computer game designer. He founded Double Fine Productions in July 2000, after having spent over a decade at LucasArts. Schafer is best known as the designer of critically acclaimed games Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Brütal …

When game designer Tim Schafer was interviewed to work at LucasArts, he said he was a fan of their game “Ballblaster.” The interviewer told him their game was titled “Ballblazer” and only pirated copies were named “Ballblaster.” He eventually got the job, and co-created Secret of Monkey Island. Read More »

Pixar’s Cars lost the 2006 Best Animated Feature Oscar to Happy Feet, which used motion capture technology. Their next film, Ratatouille, has a stamp in the credits saying “100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film”

Motion capture Motion capture performers from Buckinghamshire New University Video games often use motion capture to animate athletes, martial artists, and other in-game characters. This has been done since the Sega Model 2 arcade game Virtua Fighter 2 in 1994. By mid-1995 the use of motion capture in video game development had become commonplace, and …

Pixar’s Cars lost the 2006 Best Animated Feature Oscar to Happy Feet, which used motion capture technology. Their next film, Ratatouille, has a stamp in the credits saying “100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film” Read More »

The U.S. Navy employed a dolphin, Tuffy, to regularly deliver tools and mail to scientists living in an experimental underwater laboratory.

SEALAB II: Porpoise Post and Life Beneath the Waves It may come as no surprise to you all (seeing as I am a digital archivist who spends all day with technology) but I am a self-admitted nerd, complete with a love of video games. One of my favorite games – and one I suggest to …

The U.S. Navy employed a dolphin, Tuffy, to regularly deliver tools and mail to scientists living in an experimental underwater laboratory. Read More »