NEWS STREAM may 2012 TUESDAY 1ST
●●The Angry Birds theme park opens in Särkänniemi Adventure Park, Tampere, Finland.
●●Kickstarter suffers its first videogames upset, as Mythic, from Little Monster Productions, is withdrawn after allegations it’s stolen assets from other projects. ●●Analysis shows only 25% of Kickstarter’s game projects achieve their funding goals.
“We started to hear from educators that they were using Portal and Portal 2 in creative ways in class”
●●The Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington, completely sells out in under two weeks.
●●Fileplanet, the videogamer’s hosting service for mods, patches and demos, is to be discontinued and archived after thirteen years online.
●●The sell-off of the games collection belonging to the late Dave Arneson begins. The Dungeons & Dragons co-creator amassed over 10,000 items before his death in 2009, most considered lost until being discovered in a storage lot.
Monday 7th they desired for curriculum, so we provided a framework and destination for the sharing of lesson plans through www.teachwithportals.com. We hope to continue this collaboration with the educational community. How far into a national school curriculum do you see projects like this being able to reach? LR: In creating lesson plans, one of the things we are encouraging is the alignment to standards such as the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers can ascertain whether or not a lesson plan will be appropriate for them. Schools
around the world are beginning to incorporate ‘21st Century Skills’ such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, persistence and systems thinking. Games like Portal 2 and tools such as the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker well represent those attributes. Where else are you planning to take Steam for Schools beyond Teach With Portals? LR: We’ve been hearing from some other game developers who are interested in supporting educators and we’ve also been receiving game suggestions from educators. We’ll see where it takes us!
●●Speaking with website Gamasutra, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney speculates that improvements in cross-compiling technology may make AAAquality games playable via browsers within a few years. ●●Valve announces that Portal 2 has sold over 4 million units worldwide, just as it prepares to release a level designer.
●●The now ubiquitous Angry Birds reaches one billion downloads.
●●Virgin Media begins its 100 Day Game Project, which challenges developers to create a mobile game in just 100 days, with a £10,000 prize for the winner.