In a move that is arguably long overdue given the increasing influence video games have had over modern culture, a world first Video Game Hall Of Fame has been set up at The Strong National Museum Of Play in New York. To coincide with this, a first class into the Hall Of Fame has also been selected commemorating games that have displayed longevity, icon-status, expansive geographical reach and influence – the six games which have been inducted are Pong, Pac-Man, Tetris, Super Mario Bros, Doom & World Of Warcraft.
“The games in the inaugural class of The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general” – The Strong commenting on its selection
It’s pretty hard to argue with the selection, but at the same time one wonders if Space Invaders or Elite could have made the cut as well. Anyone is free to submit a nomination for a game to enter the next class into the Hall Of Fame, so long as a claim is submitted before March 31st 2016 on The Strong’s website. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES FOR 18TH MAY – 6TH JUNE→
Afternoon all! The month of March has pretty hectic for me with extended work taking a toll, so apologies for the lack of news publication. Rather than create several smaller articles, I’ve bundled all the major headlines from the industry covering from the 8th-29th March into different sections below
Headlines For 23rd-29th March
The first British national center celebrating the history and culture of videogames has officially opened in Nottingham. The £2.5 million National Videogame Arcade was announced in October last year following the success of the annual Game City festival held in the Midlands, and is located in the creative quarter of the city, Hockley. The centre boats five floors, interactive exhibits and educational space for teaching.
Microsoft are to offer a free upgrade to its new Windows 10 operating system in the first year of its release – this offer applies to anyone currently running a Windows 7, 8 or Windows Phone OS in an attempt to boost the adoption rate of the new software (Windows 8 has notoriously failed to strike a chord with consumers since release in 2012). The computing giant has also revealed a HoloLens headset designed to take on Google Glass eyeware, and confirmed that the ‘Cortana’ voice control tool will also make the jump to all Windows 10 devices having previously been limited to Windows Phones.
Of greater interest for gamers is the news that Xbox One owners will be able to stream games to their PC via an Xbox application on the new OS, as well as the fact that Windows 10 will natively support Xbox Live multi-player allowing for cross-device play. While I can’t imagine that the majority will actively use the ability to stream games to PC (increased input lag and generally poorer visual quality will likely put people off), rumors that the company is also reportedly looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One will get tongues wagging. You can see a visual presentation of how the cross compatibility will work here.
Microsoft have taken the wraps off its latest OS – and seemingly in line with the old playground trick of ‘one, two, skip a few’ when playing Hide & Seek, they’ve gone straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10.
Designed to run on multiple devices including PC’s and Windows Phones (and potentially being compatible with the Xbox One), the main headline for the OS is the return of the classic Start Menu which was controversially left out of Windows 8 – although the latest menu is a blend of traditional functionality and the ‘Tiles’ system which offers more immediate updates from your most used applications. Windows 10 is also set to introduce quadrant snapping and the ability to create multiple desktops.