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Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program is teaming up with NASA

This time your challenge is to land on an asteroid. And not explode
Jan 29
// Alasdair Duncan
The makers behind Kerbal Space Program are teaming up with NASA to create an educational version of their popular rocket-building sim. I say "rocket-building sim" when KSP is more of a "build a cool rocket and watch it crash ...
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Typing of the Dead

The Typing of the Dead: Overkill DLC goes Shakespeare

The Bard vs. Zombies
Nov 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
I was over the moon when The Typing of the Dead: Overkill was released, as I totally loved the original Typing of the Dead in concept and play. But maybe the text offerings were a little too vulgar for you and you'd appr...
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Over a record 1000 entries to the 2014 IGF

That's a lot. No really, a lot.
Nov 12
// Alasdair Duncan
It feels like every year the Independent Games Festival gets bigger and bigger but that's definitely the case with the student prize. There have been over 1000 entrants to the 2014 IGF in total, split between the Main and St...
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Mecanika wants to teach Newtonian mechanics with robots

Robots in motion tend to stay in motion; robots at rest tend to stay at rest
Sep 09
// Darren Nakamura
As somebody who has had ideas for using games as tools for education, things like Mecanika are particularly interesting to me. Though physics has become more prominent in games as time has passed, developer CREO wants to uti...
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The Oregon Trail

The original Oregon Trail was made in just two weeks

'We can do that'
Aug 01
// Jordan Devore
For as great of an impact as The Oregon Trail had on me as a kid, I know so very little about the circumstances surrounding its development. As it turns out, they're fairly remarkable. A Mental Floss profile of the game recou...
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Alaskan tribal council forms videogame studio

Pretty cool
Jun 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Development costs are spiraling out of control. Studios are closing left and right. And yet the Cook Inlet Tribal Council of Alaska decided to invest its capital in a videogame company of all things. According to the nonprofi...
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Oh my word

Elmo takes a trip to Silent Hill

The hell that lies underneath Elmo's Letter Adventure
May 10
// Allistair Pinsof
What was the last game that scared you? Would you believe me if I told you Elmo's Letter Adventure was mine? The above video, captured and narrated by the hilarious guys at Vinesauce, shows off some eerie glitches discovered...

Should games replace text books?

Apr 13 // Jonathan Holmes
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This and more with developer Steve Swink!
On last Sunday's Sup, Holmes? (now on iTunes) Steve Swink made me look bad. I thought I knew a thing or two about the man, but our discussion revealed that there a lot of important stuff that I had missed, like his work on T...

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Monster Hunter

Capcom is holding live Monster Hunter classes on April 20

Earn your degree at Monster Hunter Community College today!
Apr 10
// Tony Ponce
Digging into the finer features of the Monster Hunter series can often feel like academic research. I just want to kill giant dragon creatures, consarnit! It's not like I want to write a graduate thesis on the blasted thing! ...
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Brain Age

Brain Age: Concentration Training makes you feel dumb

Your memory skills are pathetic
Apr 09
// Tony Ponce
The latest entry in Nintendo's line of brain training software, Brain Age: Concentration Training, released to practically no fanfare whatsoever back on February 10. I think it's safe to say that the "brain age" craze has lo...

Monday Mind Teasers: Word Dynamo

Learn up to ten new words in each round!
Feb 18
// Tom Fronczak
Are you ready to flex your brains and have some fun?! That's right, the weekly Monday Mind Teasers are back! It's been so long since I've visited the always-helpful online Dictionary site that I don't even know how long they'...

President Obama wants game design in high schools

The President looks at the positive effects of gaming in education
Feb 18
// Allistair Pinsof
Game design programs in high schools can encourage kids to learn math and programming, President Barack Obama said in an online interview with the public. In response to a question about adding programming requirement in publ...

Gamemaster Howard wants you to be a 'Know-It-All'

Sep 25
// Tony Ponce
Former Nintendo of America spokesman Howard Phillips has been sharing tons of goodies from his personal archives lately, and now he shares a game idea. As the original Nintendo "Gamemaster," he was tasked with knowing the in...

Game Career Guide will help you get good game jorbs

Jul 15
// Allistair Pinsof
One of the most asked questions I get as a game journalist is "How do you write crazy awesome game reviews and have non-stop sex with Russian models in the back of bazillion dollar sports cars all the time?" The second most a...

UK teachers protecting the young with ignorance

Apr 03
// Fraser Brown
Teachers here in Blighty are concerned. They aren't worried about how the curriculum doesn't prepare kids for the real world or how they've simply become training camps for university, no. It's videogames that appear to be ge...

Smithsonian's 'Art of Video Games' exhibit examined

Mar 23
// Changston
[Editor's note: Community member Jonathan Chang (Changston on the site!) visited the recent opening of the Smithsonian's new exhibit: The Art of Video Games. Here is his great write-up on the experience. -Chad] Games as art. ...

CES: Game Changer for iPad probably not a game changer

Jan 11
// Conrad Zimmerman
As many of you are aware, my passion for games extends far beyond the computerized entertainment we all hold so dear. I was raised as much on board games as I was on videogames and I usually love it when those two worlds inte...

Videogame workshop gets your grandparents game on

Oct 18
// Wesley Ruscher
My grandma is ace at bowling in Wii Sports -- and yes that is her throwing it down in the pic above (be nice and send some positive energy her way as she's currently in the hospital). But while she may have the natural bowlin...

Slavery: The Game was a viral for a Dutch documentary

Sep 07
// Maurice Tan
Well, we didn't expect that did we? When you slap an Adults Only rating on a website for a supposed multiplatform game, you know you're being trolled. Funny thing is, most people expected it to be something related to Americ...

Seminar on working in the Japanese games industry

Sep 02
// Raz Rauf
Japanese high school students and their parents got to hear about the nature of the Japanese games industry at a seminar held at the Tokyo University of Industrial Arts. The panel consisted of CyberConnect2's General Manager ...

Explore the ocean with The Magic School Bus game

Jul 11
// Victoria Medina
Growing up in the 80's, one of my absolute favorite cartoons was The Magic School Bus. I was entertained by the ridiculous animations, wacky writing  and catchy tunes while actually learning things that I would probably ...

Recap: Valve's Erik Wolpaw speaks at NYU Game Center

May 13
// Samit Sarkar
“I love these things, but I also know that there’s something weird, and kind of bizarre, and strange about them -- like, there’s something really dumb about them. [...] We love them, and, kind of, hate them ...

Monday Mind Teasers: Z-Type, Word Shoot, Ys Typing Tutor

Apr 04
// Tom Fronczak
I saw this wonderful vocabulary game on Reddit a few months ago and have been meaning to post it ever since. I've been busy with the Flixist launch for the last few months, but now that things are stable and awesome on a dail...

Fresh screenshots for Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing

Apr 04
// Jordan Devore
With Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing hitting DS in Japan later this month, new screenshots for the educational game have surfaced on andriasang. It's looking about as adorable as you'd expect, thanks to those bright-eyed fif...

Rock Prodigy will teach you guitar

Mar 17 // Tara Long
At first glance, Rock Prodigy might seem like another Guitar Hero clone. That skepticism quickly fades though, when you realize it’s not really a game - it’s a learning tool. It just so happens that its selling point is that it uses a real guitar. Any guitar can be used, in fact - even acoustic - so long as you have a headset with a built-in microphone or a basic line-in guitar adapter with a headphone jack and guitar cable input to connect to your iOS device. Roger Danneberg, a Computer Science PhD at Carnegie Mellon, is partly responsible for creating the polyphonic pitch recognition software used in the app, which can detect frequencies small enough to distinguish when an incorrect note or chord is played. This technology forms the basis of the software, but the developers did incorporate some fun gameplay elements to the app similar to those in other guitar games. In the basic version of the app, users have access to only the Perform mode, which offers a simple, straight playthrough of the song. How well the player performs ultimately determines their score and subsequently, their Career.   The Premium Feature Pack, which is available as an add-on for $9.99, features a Practice mode which seems quite reasonable for the price. It allows you to fast-forward and rewind songs, turn on note and chord names to help in learning music theory, and adjust guitar backing or track volume. It also grants you access to the app's Auto Pause feature, which is arguably the most important tool for true beginners. It temporarily pauses the song when you don’t hit a note on time, and then picks the song back up when you play the next note. So, if you're anything like me and it takes you 5 seconds to find the C note, your progress won’t be stunted by the realization that you’re now 5 seconds behind. Practice mode also features an Auto Play option that lets you hear the track as though you played every note correctly. Sometimes it's just nice to pretend, isn't it? As you begin to improve in Perform mode, your score will get higher. Users have the option to save scores to their profile so they can track their improvement over time or compare themselves to other players on the global leaderboard.    Rock Prodigy offers over 40 tracks available for purchase as of now, which are priced from $1 to $3 and are typical of what you would find in any guitar peripheral game, but with a bit more variety. The artists range from Lynyrd Skynyrd to B. B. King to the Deftones to Bach. I will admit I was impressed by the inclusion of classical music, though I can't imagine how it would sound on an electric guitar. A complete list of all the songs can be found on the app's website. If none of them are your particular flavor, note that the developers are continually adding new songs to the store. Each song has four levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Prodigy. Playing a song on Prodigy is equivalent to mastering it, which means not only mastering every note, but playing above and beyond the note-for-note transcription and learning various ways to incorporate multiple parts of the guitar.    I demoed the app on an iPad, which is surely the optimal way to view it. It still looks great on an iPhone or iPod, though, and would have been especially useful last summer during my fruitless attempts to learn guitar. Missed opportunities aside, Rock Prodigy seems like a fun, useful, and worthwhile method of learning the guitar for a totally reasonable price. [embed]196567:37042[/embed]

On the heels of this week's Rocksmith announcement, I feel I should introduce another player to the line-up of games that promises to teach you real life skills.Rock Prodigy is an iOS app that has been available on the App St...


Bethesda's parent company partners with USC school

Mar 04
// Dale North
ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, has just announced a partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. This program will support the school's Interactive Media Division through guest lectures and internshi...

Destructoid: Carmen Sandiego, Gang Bangs, and The PSP2

Jan 28
// Max Scoville
Good news everyone! We've just completed work on the latest episode of The Destructoid Show. In this episode, our heroes discuss WTF the 411 on the PSP2, AKA the NGP is. OMG. If that's not portable Sony news for you, w...

Weekend Charity: Helping the world with only 8-bits

Aug 21
// Matthew Razak
About a month ago Monodi, Destructoid community member extraordinaire, posted about an organization called Playpower. Playpower is a volunteer organization and network of game developers and other computer types who develop ...

An English lesson regarding BioShock Infinite

Aug 14
// Jim Sterling
Continuing on from yesterday's Jimquisition on the subject, I want to help a few people who are still confused about BioShock Infinite and, dismayingly, the English language. The general argument against the game seems to be ...

Pay money to learn how to play Street Fighter

Aug 10
// Jim Sterling
If you've got a skill, you might as well try and profit from it. That's a mentality embraced by a number of Street Fighter experts, who are offering intimate knowledge of Capcom's fighting game in exchange for cold, hard cas...

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