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There is no doubt that Java holds tremendous potential in bringing sophisticated behaviors and networking to VRML 2 worlds. The debate is over how to add the Java and how much control the Java should have over the VRML. There are two approaches to using Java to extend VRML 2 worlds which have been popularized by VRML technologists. A third approach, which will allow programmers to load a VRML 2 file directly into a Java 3D API and manipulate worlds completely in Java, is just on the horizon. This article looks at the potential of the External Authoring Interface (EAI), reviews when best to use the EAI, shows how to use the EAI and provides a complete example of virtual kaleidoscope application which is appropriate for the EAI. To me, VRML has two distinct purposes: To provide a pleasing architecture to 3D cyberspace and to provide educational and entertaining things ... (more)

SBG/b EQUAL Awarded DVD Game License for Shrek the Third(TM)

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- SBG/b EQUAL, an innovator in family games, announced today a deal with DreamWorks Animation SKG to create a series of DVD games based on Shrek the Third(TM), the newest sequel to the number one animated movie of all time, Shrek(R) 2. This announcement marks the fourth time that SBG/b EQUAL has been licensed by DreamWorks Animation to produce DVD games. Previously released titles Shrek(R): Totally Tangled Tales and Madagascar(TM) Animal Trivia games have both won industry awards, and most recently, SBG/b EQUAL launched the Over the Hedge(TM): Wacky Moments in Human History game to coincide with the theatrical release of Over The Hedge. "There is no licensor like DreamWorks. SBG/b EQUAL really prides itself in taking a unique approach to DVD games and we have experienced tremendous success in this new and exciting growth cat... (more)

Free-to-Play Mobile Social Game Company Dragonplay Secures $14 Million in Series A Funding from Accel Partners

Dragonplay, a free-to-play social games developer for smartphones and social networks, has raised $14M in a Series A funding from leading global venture capital firm Accel Partners. Dragonplay specializes in multi-platform social game experiences in the cards & casino and board game category and is best known for Live Holdem Poker Pro, frequently the top ranked application on Android’s (Google Play) “Highest Grossing” chart with over 12 million installs and more than 2 million monthly active players. The company will use the investment from Accel to expand its existing portfolio of games on Android and Facebook, launch on new platforms including iOS, grow its team and game development capacity, and consider studio acquisitions. The company was founded in 2010 by Sharon Tal with seed capital from funds represented by Entrée Capital. Dragonplay was an early-mover on An... (more)

Soul and Vibe's Timeless Gems Featured on NewsWatch -- Host Encourages Gamers to Play

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/23/14 -- Soul and Vibe Interactive Inc. (OTCQB: SOUL), "The Company," a video, mobile, and computer games publisher, announced today that Timeless Gems was featured on NewsWatch as part of its popular segment, AppWatch. The program aired on the History Channel and the Bio Channel on Thursday, May 22, 2014. In Timeless Gems, your favorite storybooks come to life in an innovative "match-3" puzzler that's wrapped in a board game. Timeless Gems creates an innovative play experience by combining highly popular "match-3" game play with board game elements. Since its worldwide launch in the first quarter of this year, Timeless Gems has surpassed 370,000 cumulative downloads across the Facebook, Android, and Apple's iOS platforms and maintains consumable and monetization conversion rates that are above the industry average. During the ... (more)

The Ubuntu Experience

Ubuntu Linux is a new experience for me. Having used only Red Hat's Fedora Core, I was anxious to try out the recently released Ubuntu 5.10 (available from Ubuntu's Website at www.ubuntu.com). I was not disappointed. After waiting approximately 45 minutes to download the 617 MB ISO file, I quickly burned it to a CD and rebooted my computer. Within a mere half an hour, Ubuntu was successfully installed on my system. Ubuntu 5.10 opens with an attractive background display resembling a swirling, luminous horizon surrounded by clouds. The bottom half of the picture looks like an ocean. Both the top and bottom of the desktop are framed by long horizontal menu bars. The top menu bar shows a few menu items such as "Applications," while the right-most corner displays the current date and time. The bottom of the desktop shows currently active programs along another horizont... (more)

Obsession with the Sea

Once a favorite haunt of pirates, and the setting for Treasure Island, the riches in this area of the West Indies now lie in abundant coral reefs and unpopulated islands accessible only by boat. The crisp, crackling underwater sound I heard was unfamiliar to me. I tried to pinpoint it while caught up in the mesmerizing world of slowly waving purple sea fans, magenta-colored coral, and schools of fish ranging from electric blue to vibrant yellow. When I was able to tear myself away long enough to return to the tender of the 85ft Hatteras, Obsession, I removed my snorkel and asked Captain Gene Costa about the source of the noise. He told me it was the sound of the vividly colored, multistriped parrotfish chewing on the coral. In fact, he said, their teeth are designed for just that purpose. I resumed my drifting, facedown in the 86-degree turquoise sea, this time focuse... (more)

Product Review: openSUSE 10.3

Sunny Talks Tech Blog For the last 10+ yrs, I have spent quite a lot of my PC experience on SuSE beginning with v4.2. openSUSE 10.3 was released October 4 2007.  A lot has improved over the years and I've seen how it has improved with every new version. My last Linux installation and review was Shift Linux 0.5 RC2 some days back and I was eagerly waiting for openSUSE 10.3 to be released. I have been following the development of v10.3 and installed a few milestone builds on the way to the final release. What's New There are a plethora of improvements in openSuSE 10.3. I wouldn't go through all the changes, since the link explains everything. But I wouldn't mind mentioning my special favorites in this version. 1-Click Install, Official Repository List, Improvements in YAST, Compiz-Fusion, KDE4 Games. These are some of my favorite enhancements in openSUSE 10.3. Installa... (more)

Freedom Through Constraints

Today we have new gaming platforms. There are games for wireless phones and PDAs. Some calculators, watches, messaging pagers, and other handheld devices are also capable of supporting games. The purpose of this article is to apply basic game design principles to these devices. I've worked as a designer and producer of electronic games since 1979. My first electronic game design was for a game watch (Game Time by GCE, circa 1981-82). I've designed handheld game LCDs, board games, dice games, and games for videogame consoles, computers, and the Internet. I'm not a programmer. The ideas in this article are based on general principles of game design - not on details of the technology. When designing games for a new gaming platform, the first fact you must face is the constraints of the system. These platforms aren't generally intended to support games. These devices ca... (more)

The Strangest Board Games of 2009

+6 Bag O'Munchkin Babes Following Steve Jackson's other release +6 Bag O'Munchkins. Aside from the weirdness of using these in a game of Munchkin - you can put one in front of you in order to gain a benefit during the game - SJ added a whole level of weirdness to them by allowing you to use the pieces in any other game. For instance, you can whip out a munchkin babe to add or subtract from your die roll once in some other roll and move game. This is so cool, that I hope the concept spreads (and I'll be stealing the idea for my next game at BGG.con, so look in your goodie bags). Aargh!Tech Architecture in the stone age. One player is the architect who sees a card with blocks in a certain order. The other is the builder who doesn't see the card. The architect has to communicate to the builder using grunts in and moves to tell the builder which blocks to pick up, rotate, and... (more)

Record iPhone Downloads Post Holiday Week

PlayHaven, an online universe of fan communities for iPhone games, and Mobclix, the industry's largest targeted mobile ad exchange, released data today predicting that iPhone game usage is likely to set records in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, soaring to levels 28 times greater than the same weekly period last year. "The week between Christmas and New Years has become the great 'Game Rush' for iPhone games - essentially what Black Friday is to brick and mortar retailers," said Raymond Lau, co-founder and CEO of PlayHaven. "This soaring increase in iPhone game downloads is even more spectacular when you consider the slow holiday sales this year for console game titles." From January through November, sales of console titles were down 12 percent from the same time frame last year, according to retail analysts. Lau said consumers are looking to their i... (more)

Southern California Linux Expo(SCaLE 8x) Recap

In a time when many tradeshows are experiencing lower then normal attendance the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 8x) had record attendance this past weekend in Los Angeles. I was there exhibiting and conducting a community training day for Zenoss and was very impressed by not only the quality of the program but the enthusiasm of the attendees. Here are some of the highlights: The Mini Conferences On the Friday before the main SCaLE expo and speaking program starts many people hold mini-conferences and the SCaLE staff has been excellent at helping to organize and promote the events. I conducted a  Zenoss Community Day that Friday with phenomenal attendance and enjoyed meeting a great group of open source management users. I also peeked in on Ubucon which had a standing room only crowd of Ubuntu users. There were also quite a few other special events... (more)