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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)

Day One of the Board Game Studies 2009 Colloquium

The conference was allegedly scheduled to start at 9:00 with reception and signing in, and the first lecture to start at 9:45. Strangely, when I arrived at around 9:30, the introduction to the conference by Gadi Kfir had already taken place and the first lecture was underway. Until lunch break, all the sessions started and ended earlier than scheduled. The Attendees I will tell you about the people I know, or know of: Gadi Kfir, the organizer of the conference, is an expert on Israeli board games in the early twentieth century. Dr Irving Finkel is curator of ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets at the British Museum, and a leading expert on ancient board games such as Senet and UR. He has also written some books. Dr Finkel is infamous for being quoted in Time Magazine last year as saying that the last momentous innovation in board game design was acquiring properties in Mo... (more)

Poker News Site Launched on Ulitzer Offering More Than 5,000 Original Articles

Poker News on Ulitzer "new-media" site launched today in Las Vegas offering more than 5,000 original news stories, blogs and articles. "Poker News on Ulitzer" (http://poker.ulitzer.com) offers breaking news and up-to-date information on Poker related acivities from around the world. Ulitzer is the first "new-media" platform in the world that revolutionizes how we will create, deliver, and consume content on the Web. Ulitzer authors can get started with their first article in a few minutes and may start a new "topic" on any subject or write a story and post it both to their Ulitzer author page and to any existing Ulitzer topic. The network effect of people using Ulitzer to communicate and collaboratively produce and categorize content is disruptive, bypassing traditional media and middlemen. Topics published on Ulitzer range from Greek Isles in the Summer to New-Media ... (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)

Toys"R"Us, UK announces its 2012 'Terrific Twenty' List of Hot Christmas Toys

MAIDENHEAD, England, October 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Angry Birds, Monsters and Spiders feature alongside a second generation of touch screen tablets to be among the hottest items on kids' wish lists this Christmas season, according to Britain's biggest toy retailer, Toys"R"Us, UK.   Combat Attacknids from Wow Stuff are six legged radio controlled robots with the ability to battle, move in all directions and fire weapons from their rotating turret.  These battling robots set a spider theme alongside scurrying little Hexbug Warriors, the battling creatures in a tiny, micro format that use the physics of vibration to propel forward and challenge their competitors. In a stark contrast, is the cute and lovable, interactive Furby from Hasbro, which makes a reappearance in the 'Terrific Twenty', this time it's more responsive, more intelligent and interacts with an acc... (more)

FAO Schwarz® Celebrates The Holidays With One-Of-A-Kind Gifts, Festive Decor And First Class In-Store Services

WAYNE, N.J., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As stockings are stuffed and mistletoe is hung, the world's most renowned toy store has decked its halls in preparation for the holiday season. The FAO Schwarz® flagship store in New York City has served as a must-see holiday destination for more than 150 years, creating timeless memories for generations of visitors big and small. Filled with unique toys that star in only the most wondrous holiday dreams, from classic brands such as Hansa, Steiff® and Tonner®, to current Barbie® and LEGO® must-haves, each item found at FAO Schwarz is selected for its quality, craftsmanship and the ability to deliver the gift of joy to little ones around the world. And, in the spirit of giving joy this holiday season and helping children in need, FAO Schwarz shoppers are encouraged to make monetary contributions in-store through Christmas Ev... (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)