A cool online event that some of my student in various classes might have an interest in. Read there description below:
A game jam is an event where people get together and make games over the 48 hours of a weekend. While that may not sound like much time, you’d be surprised at what you can do with a motivated team and a short amount of time. Participants prototype, design and create a video game based on a secret theme that is announced at the start of the event. The constraints of the time limit and secret theme encourages creative thinking between participants with different backgrounds and skill sets, and results in small but innovative or experimental games. Don’t stress that you might not have a finished product by the end of the weekend. Game jams are about discovery, innovation, and creativity. Not everyone has a finished product at the end – one of your biggest takeaways is a valuable learning experience. The “jam” in “Game Jam” is a reference to the musical jam sessions performed by bands and artists. The biggest reason to join a game jam is to have fun. Either exploring a new gaming concept or practicing your artistic skills, you will have a blast learning and making new friends – all while developing and playing video games!
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In honor of the fact that it is the end of the semester and my Computer Science students are starting their final projects, I present:
Blizzard has showered a fan in rewards after the return of a lost gold master source code disc for the original 1998 StarCraft. As spotted by Kotaku, Reddit user Khemist49 had purchased a “Box of Blizzard stuff” off eBay which happened to contain a disc marked “StarCraft Gold Master Source Code”. Unsure what to do with the seemingly valuable object, he turned to Reddit for answers and, after having some users request the code be made freely available or to sell it, was contacted by Blizzard’s legal team.
Blizzard naturally requested that he return the disc due to the “intellectual property and trade secrets” that it contained and once again Khemist49 turned to Reddit to express his confusion after seeking legal advice. Torn between having paid for and done nothing wrong in acquiring the disc and his potential legal obligations, he decided to send the disc back to Blizzard, just in case. The multi-billion dollar game company decided to reward Khemist49 by sending him a free copy of its popular FPS Overwatch, and $250 USD in Blizzard store credit. Khemist49 assumed that this was the end of this unusual event – until a week later he received a phone call from a Blizzard employee. “He wanted to thank me for returning their disc (which was in fact stolen).” Khemist49 explains in his follow up Reddit post “He then asked me if i have ever heard of BlizzCon. I said well, yeah of course but it’s impossible for me to go, i live in the east coast, and the badges are always sold out before you can refresh the page lol. He said well, the reason we are calling you is to invite you to Blizzcon, all expenses paid, and we would love to take you out for drinks.” To top it all off, two days later he also received a box of Diablo and Overwatch themed merchandise for his troubles. Blizzard has confirmed the events and stated that it “wanted to show an appropriate level of appreciation to the player for doing the right thing, not just from Blizzard, but on behalf of the large and active community of players who still enjoy StarCraft today”. The recovery of the StarCraft source code comes at an interesting time for Blizzard, with the original StarCraft and its expansion not only made free to download last month but also being remastered later this year.