LUIGI: Has the green brother of Super Mario been killed off?

Tokyo – VIJAY SHAH via WIL JONES and Joe Super Mario, the games franchise featuring an Italian plumber who rides dinosaurs and has a penchant for golden rings, has been an icon of the video games circuit since its explosion in popularity. As anyone who has played the games knows, Mario has a taller, greener brother named Luigi. While not as regarded as his shorter sibling, Luigi is the quintessential sidekick, always supporting his brother in his endless quests to liberate royalty from towers guarded by baddies. But, according to online magazine Joe, Luigi has now passed away. Killed off … Continue reading LUIGI: Has the green brother of Super Mario been killed off?

POKEMON GO: International Community Day next month

Tokyo – VIJAY SHAH via RENE RITCHIE and iMore While the hype around the celebrated Nintendo augmented reality game Pokémon Go has long since died down, perhaps because everyone decided to twaddle with fidget spinners instead, the game still draws a loyal support base. For the uninitiated, Pokémon Go is an interactive game, downloadable to your mobile phone, where you catch animals from the Pokémon kids’ cartoon series in real-life locations, raise them and use them to fight opponents. In 2016, the game’s popularity reached endemic proportions, with people crowding in parks to catch rare and elusive Pokemon, and state authorities such … Continue reading POKEMON GO: International Community Day next month

PHOTO MOMENT: DieselWave

  An image of trainers, a television and 1980s gaming items produced by an unknown artist for the clothing retailer Diesel. Featuring their new SKB model of trainer, the picture draws its influence predominately from the vaporwave art movement (combining pastel and bright colours, retro designs and 1980s nostalgic throwbacks), but with a slight nod to the photography trend known as ‘flat lay’. IMAGE CREDIT: Diesel, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/Diesel/ Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: DieselWave

BAFTA: Guru LIVE sessions this bank holiday weekend

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is organising a special series of sessions to offer the latest tips and advice for people working in the industries of film, television and game design this month. The academy, well-known for its yearly televised BAFTA Awards honouring the best in British television, has unveiled ‘Guru LIVE’. This is three days of talks and discussion panels with leading lights in the media industry. The event, which takes place in London over the May Bank Holiday weekend from April 30th to May 2nd, will see attendees … Continue reading BAFTA: Guru LIVE sessions this bank holiday weekend

XBOX AVATARS: Change them with just your mobile phone

Owners of Microsoft Xbox consoles can now change their avatars (display pictures) while on the go with the help of their mobile phones. Mobile phone technology website phoneArena.com reported today that users of the popular console, second only in sales to Sony’s Playstation range, will be able to use a Windows 10 equipped mobile phone and a new app, Xbox Avatar App to change their avatar ‘on the fly’. The avatar configuration for now only applies to phone users who download the Technical Preview of Windows 10 Mobile on their calling devices. With that in place, they can easily download Xbox Avatar … Continue reading XBOX AVATARS: Change them with just your mobile phone

GAMER ART: The userbar

“Two geeks walk into a userbar…..“ Okay, so I might have completely lost the punchline to this joke, but the popularity and artistic capacity for expression of the userbar certainly isn’t any laughing matter. For almost a decade, gamers, geeks and online artists have used userbars as decorations and virtual badges of honour to announce their presence and creativity on the internet. So what exactly is a userbar?. It’s a small and slender graphic which is a really skinny version of the ubiquitous advertising banners found all over the web. The big difference though is that they aren’t ads for … Continue reading GAMER ART: The userbar

LADBROKES: Cheshire student nets over £1 million in betting shop lottery

A student in Chester, Cheshire, can finally wave goodbye to Pot Noodles and baked beans after she recently won just over £1 million on a lottery run by a local betting shop. Jirtchaya Klongjarn, 34 years, visited a town centre branch of the betting shop chain Ladbrokes, where she placed two £1 bets for the Friday draw of the ‘49’s ‘ lottery. She successfully chose all six winning numbers and netted herself a cool £1,000,990. It was a case of ‘second time lucky’ for Klongjarn, who only began playing the 49’s lottery just four months ago. She first won £601 in June 2014 and narrowly missed out on a £200,000 windfall after selecting … Continue reading LADBROKES: Cheshire student nets over £1 million in betting shop lottery

FIFA 15 & WWE 2K15: Great sports gaming for 2015

with Sunny Atwal (idea contributor) Today’s article was inspired by a good friend who is a big football and wrestling fan. In November 2014, he plans to take two weeks off of work and chill out to the max with two brand new game titles. One is the latest instalment of the highly-respected FIFA football (soccer) series, FIFA 15. Also on his Christmas shopping list is the newest WWE game for PlayStation, WWE 2K15, a game based on the popular World Wrestling Entertainment sports entertainment brand, which has the clearest graphics and involving gameplay yet. I grew up playing both wrestling and football video games myself. I and my younger brothers are all great football and … Continue reading FIFA 15 & WWE 2K15: Great sports gaming for 2015

FLAPPY BIRD: Developer says he “got lucky”

with Huzaifah Jearally (idea contributor) & Arjun Shah (Flappy Bird fan/review assistant) Flappy Bird is the new game that is causing a whole generation of phones to be dashed to pieces against walls as more and more people try to guide a tiny bird past pipes without causing a collision. Yet the developer behind the runaway success has admitted that he just got lucky, according to technology news site Tech Crunch. The game, which is influenced by the 8-bit graphical technology associated with hit old-school games like the 1980s Super Mario series, was the brainchild of a Vietnamese ‘indie developer’ named Ha … Continue reading FLAPPY BIRD: Developer says he “got lucky”