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Marti Meyers

    Cute Valentine’s Deal from Artifex Mundi

     

    mainsite_imageIt’s nearly Valentine’s Day, love is in the air and nothing makes my heart flutter quite like a great deal on games.  If you don’t already have a relationship with Artifex Mundi, now is a great time to start up a fling with this casual gamer creator and publisher.  Their “Cute Valentine’s Deal” has three of their games priced up to 85 percent off now through February 19th.

    Artifex Mundi is best known for their stunning hidden object games with compelling stories. As an added bonus their games are available on multiple platforms, which is something I appreciate.

    For Valentine’s Day, they are running sale promotions in the Mac App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, the Windows Store, and the Windows Phone store. There are 2 games in each store, discounted at different levels at least through the weekend. Here’s the breakdown:

    Mac App Store:
    Clockwork Tales:Of Glass and Ink, $2.99 (normally $6.99)
    Time Mysteries 3:The Final Enigma, $1.99 (normally $6.99)

    Google Play:
    Grim Legends:The Forsaken Bride, $1.99 (normally $4.99)
    Time Mysteries 3:The Final Enigma, $0.99 (normally $4.99)

    BlackBerry World:
    Grim Legends:The Forsaken Bride, $1.99 (normally $4.99)
    Time Mysteries 3:The Final Enigma, $0.99 (normally $4.99)

    The Windows Store:
    Clockwork Tales:Of Glass and Ink, $2.99 (normally $6.99)
    Time Mysteries 3:The Final Enigma, $0.99 (normally $6.99)

    The Windows Phone Store:
    Clockwork Tales:Of Glass and Ink, $0.99 (normally $2.99)
    Time Mysteries 3:The Final Enigma, $0.99 (normally $2.99)

    Visit the Artifex Mundi site for more information and links to purchase any of these games. I really enjoy their games and I hope that you will too.

    Indiegogo: The G-pad

    Indiegogo The G-pad

    I’ve never been much of a small-electronics gamer in the past, but now that I’m a smartphone enthusiast I definitely like to play games on the go. On-screen controls, however, can be pretty difficult to use. Enter the G-pad – a silicone slip-over for your iPod Touch, or other select iPhone models, that will give you physical Game Boy Advance-like controls.

    I love this idea, and I love small-denomination crowd funding. So if you’re an iThing user, and you love to play GBA games, you might want to give the G-pad a few dollars.

    Learn more about the G-pad here at indiegogo.com.

    Look at me still talking when there’s science to do.

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    Although I haven’t actually played Portal – scandal! – I have an MMO character named GlaDOS, and I love the song from the first game.

    But don’t you wish you could really do science with Aperature’s evil AI? Well now thanks to NASA you can! Let’s learn about fusion and fission with GlaDOS today! And be sure to watch all the way to the end. She’s so evil.

    (Dear NASA: Please, please, please make more of these! Pretty please with mashed potatoes?)

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    Headset deal alert:Turtle Beach

    TurtleBeachPX5I just saw this, and felt the need to pass it along. Amazon.com has the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Headset (manufacturer refurbished), normally selling for $250, for $95. I’ve heard good things about the Turtle Beach, but since I’m deaf in one ear, headsets and I don’t get along at all well.

    If you’re in the market for a new headset, this might just be the steal you’re looking for! Find it on Amazon.com here.

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    Weekend Deal Alert: Torchlight and Torchlight II on Steam

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    If you like classic D&D-like RPGs as I do, then this is your weekend! Steam is offering 75% off both Torchlight and Torchlight II. That brings Torchlight to $3.74 and Torchlight II to $4.99.

    The Torchlight series are RPGs that look and play very much like Diablo and Diablo III from Blizzard Entertainment. And they should, because Torchlight developer, Runic Games,  was founded by several ex-Blizzard folks.

    Torchlight is very much a dungeon-delving RPG of the most classic kind. There are 3 classes: the Barbarian (melee tank), the Alchemist (mage), and the Vanquisher (ranged bows and guns).

    Torchlight II is more like Diablo III in that you move around horizontally in the world as well as vertically down dungeons. There are 4 classes here: the Berserker (melee tank), the Embermage (mage), the Outlander (ranged weapons and guns), and the Engineer (melee damage dealer with special magic-imbued gear).

    This could make me sign up for Steam finally. Which will bring plenty of other temptations, I’m sure. These offers end on January 13, 2014, so snatch them up fast!

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    Design your fashion, win a Nintendo 3DS

    splashRising Star Games and Aksys Games have teamed up to release a new “life sim” game: Girls’ Fashion Shoot for Nintendo 3DS. In this game, you’re an aspiring model. Do you have what it takes to rise to the top and become a major fashion editor?

    Along with this release, they are running a contest to win a Nintendo 3DS (US, Canada, excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec).  Here are the basic rules:

    It’s easy to enter:

    • Design a  fashionable outfit using whatever materials you prefer—colored pencils,  markers, collage… the only limit is your imagination!
    • Create an electronic image of your  design by scanning it or taking a photo.
    • Submit your entry via email to comp@risingstargames.com, or at the Facebook page for the  chance to win one of FIVE awesome prize packages!
    • Your image  must be in one of the following file formats: JPEG (.jpg), BMP (.bmp), TIFF  (.tif), or PNG (.png), and may not exceed 2MB in size
    • Entries will be judged on the  basis of Fashion Sense, Creativity and Quality.

    Be  sure to submit your entries by January 31, 2014! Must be 10 or older to enter  (13 or older on Facebook).

    The full rules can be found here. There are additional stipulations  not in the basic rules, so I highly recommend reading them carefully. There will be 5 winners.

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    Obduction (or OMGOREALLY!)

    CyanLogo_mediumIf you’re any kind of PC gamer, the words Myst and Riven should send you into shudders of ecstasy. They are absolutely gorgeous, immersive adventure games with some of the most beautiful music ever put into something that wasn’t a movie.

    Cyan, Inc. is at it again with a Kickstarter campaign for a new project, currently called Obduction. There isn’t a lot said about it yet, but it will be a lot like Myst: you’ll be plopped down into a beautiful alien landscape, and okay, start exploring.

    Since this is a Kickstarter, there are levels of giving and rewards. From as little $1 (Thanks and get Kickstarter backer updates) to $10,000 (attend a design meeting on Cyan’s dime or virtually, have lunch or dinner with the design team, test and give feedback on early builds, get updates from the producer, get credited in the opening credits plus all rewards at the other levels). Yes, they already have 1 backer at the 10 grand level. But for only $25, you’ll get a digital download of the release game, a digital manual, access to backer-only forums, your name in the end credits, and a digital high-resolution piece of concept art. For $25, that sounds good to me!

    Check out some stills and then go to the campaign page and watch the video.

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    Scientists: 10 years. Gamers: 10 days.

    Foldit_smallWhen people scoff at you for gaming, show them this: in 10 days, gamers helped Washington University scientists decipher the structure of an HIV-like enzyme that they’ve been struggling with for over 10 years.

    Scientists have been studying the M-PMV retroviral protein for 10 years in the hope that by learning how this protein works, they can also learn more about HIV/AIDS and possibly work towards a cure. One of the ways scientists study proteins is by folding. The shape of the protein helps to determine its bonds, and tells scientists what it can do, and what drugs may help to counteract them.

    Foldit is a puzzle game that attempts to use our pattern-recognition, puzzle-solving, and intuitive abilities to help this process along. As living, thinking beings we can make leaps of faith or intuition that computers can’t. By harnessing these organic abilities, the Foldit team also hopes to be able to “teach” computers to be able to do the same.

    So after 10 years of nothing, a biologist at Washington University sent the 3D model of M-PMV to Foldit, just to see if any headway could be made. Using distributed computing, players came through!

    “The critical role of Foldit players in the solution of the M-PMV [retroviral protease] structure shows the power of online games to channel human intuition and three-dimensional pattern-matching skills to solve challenging scientific problems,” said the study, which was published by Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. “Although much attention has recently been given to the potential of crowdsourcing and game playing, this is the first instance that we are aware of in which online gamers solved a longstanding scientific problem.” – Seth Cooper, Washington University computer scientist and lead designer and developer of Foldit

    This is probably the highest and best use of games: saving lives.

    Source: ZME Science

     

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