As a project manager on Agile software development teams for the last three years, it has been my job to facilitate and improve communication between team members and stakeholders. This prompted me to inquire as to the possible relationship between video game communication and Agile software development team communication. I wanted to prove that the types of communications used for recreational and competitive video gaming can prepare a person for the interactions that occur on Agile software development teams.
There are a plethora of frameworks available for developing awesome things on the web. Every one of us have our go-to technology, framework, language, and cms that we like. We like them because we feel comfortable with them and we feel productive using them. However, if you keep and open mind and stay technology agnostic, I promise you’ll be a more effective developer.
Open Source Festival is an annual event put on by the American Society for Information Science and Technology – UAlbany Student Chapter (ASIS&T). It aims to bring members from academia and industry together to promote participation and utilization of open source code.
While video games are awesome, sometimes it’s nice to play a game with friends and family as well. I got into board games a few years ago when I played Werewolf at a Ruby conference. Werewolf is really fun, but it’s not as accessible to novice players as it could be. Happily, there’s a whole genre of similar games (Mafia, etc.) and tonight I’d like to talk about one. The Resistance is a fun (family frienly) game for five or more players that pits a pair of spies against everyone else. The idea of the game is simple; identify the spies and keep them from winning. The game works as follows…
I have always felt that if you cross Halo with God of War you would get Gears of War.
It is just an all around fun TPS with oversized bone shattering weapons, gritty levels,
and He-man-like characters. Epic Games and Microsoft Studios definately kept that world alive
with the 3rd installment.
What’s Sunday Slacker like without actually living by the name?! Finally, I’m getting you that blog post you’ve been expecting yesterday. You know, I really dislike excuses, but I’m pretty sure that I can blame Treyarch for my lack of focus on posting about Activision’s recently published game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Hey Slackers! Everyone else got a chance to post their review and now it’s finally my turn. But what to review? So many games, so little time! How about a short review of one of my all-time favorite games; The Elder Scrolls V - Skryim.
Growing up I was a huge closet fan of classic fantasy book series like the Sword of Shannara, the Belgariad, the Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Dark is Rising, and pretty much anything else I could get my hands on. Probably because of this, I’ve been a huge fan of RPGs since I first borrowed a set of my dad’s 5 1/4” floppy disks to copy Return to Zork.
To say I’ve played a lot of RPGs would be an understatement. However, along the way they started losing their magic for me. They became too formulaic, to similar to previous incarnations to warrant the time it takes to really get into the game. I still loved a good RPG, but it was just too hard to find something fresh and different.
It was with that cynical opinion of the genre in general that I first came to Skyrim; and wow was I impressed. This game has everything you want in an RPG and more. It’s epic in every sense of the word.
I’ve always been a Playstation gamer ever since my parents bought my brother and I one for Christmas. So of course when Playstation 2 came out. I was in college at the time so having a PS2 was a big deal then. However, about a year later Microsoft released Xbox with its flagship game…Halo. A bunch of my friends got their hands on one so I never had to buy one of my own. However, after playing Halo for the first time, especially multiplayer battles, I was hooked! I immediately went out and bought an Xbox just to wire into my dorm room Halo LAN parties. I didn’t even buy a second game for over a year because Halo was all I needed. It was that good and Halo 4 is even better!
Assassin’s Creed 3 from Ubisoft is one of those games you just can’t put down. It’s so good, in fact, that I was contemplating playing it some more rather than writing this, but that wouldn’t be such a great intro to the MadGlory team, nor would it be in the spirit of Sunday Slacker. So here it comes: If you’re the type of gamer who might love a mixture of American history, conspiracy theory, insanely detailed, explorable envoironments, and a plethora of plot twists and side stories, then this is a must-have.
Hey Slackers! This weekend was a pivotal point in MadGlory’s existence. We are excited to announce that we have a new office! The acquisition of the new office lead to the dusting off of my modded Nintendo Entertainment System (for office purposes) and in doing so, it reminded me of the countless awesome hours spent on Super Mario Brothers 3.
SMB3 is arguably one of the best games developed and published for the NES. So let’s get that magic whistle and travel back to 1990 for this retro style Sunday Slacker.
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