Research with Minecraft

Image: Kenming Wang, Minecraft Screenshots-Huge Minecraft Castle Town, http://bit.ly/1G5wcKJ
Image: Kenming Wang, Minecraft Screenshots-Huge Minecraft Castle Town, http://bit.ly/1G5wcKJ

The “Science Year”, organized yearly by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, will put its focus on cities this year. According to the motto “Science Year 2015 – City of the Future”, Germans are asked to submit ideas and suggestions on how they picture future cities. The goal of the Science Year is to discuss and find solutions for upcoming challenges such as eco-friendly energy supply in urban areas or the consequences resulting from demographic change.

gamescom 2015: A huge success

About 345,000 visitors from 96 countries celebrated the Next Level Of Entertainment at the world’s largest event for computer and video games from 5 to 9 August 2015. With the attendance of 33,200 trade visitors, gamescom registered over 5 percent growth and boasting a constant 52 percent share of foreign visitors, confirmed its position as the leading business platform for the European computer and video games industry.

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806 companies (+14 percent) presented hundreds of novelties to trade visitors and gaming fans from all over the world on an expanded exhibition surface spanning 193,000 square metres (including the event level). Besides exciting premieres of games for all platforms, new developments in the virtual reality areas and E-sports events were the focus of interest. The partner country of gamescom 2015 was the United Kingdom (UK). Traditionally, the games week kicked off on Monday, 3 August with the developers’ conference, GDC Europe and finished on Sunday, 9 August with the evening concerts at the gamescom city festival.

„I buy two games per day on average“

image credit: 42 All-Time Classics, clry2, http://bit.ly/1I76aWE
image credit: 42 All-Time Classics, clry2, http://bit.ly/1I76aWE

In 2014 the worldwide biggest collection of video games was to be sold for 750,250 Dollar. The owner Michael Thomasson wanted to put his more than 11,000 video games up for auction on Ebay. 2,600 of these games were never opened by the owner and were still in their original packaging. No wonder, for collectors of video games it is by far not only about gaming.

This War of Mine – Much more than just a game

credit: 11 bit studios, http://bit.ly/1ETDXyO
credit: 11 bit studios, http://bit.ly/1ETDXyO

An exceptional anti-war game – “This War of Mine” is probably the saddest and most realistic survival game of 2014. It shines in a fictitious civil war without any ego-shooting or zombies. The game by Polish indie developers rather demands tactics and strategy. At the same time the game not only has a unique character, but also provokes thought.

Gaming in China

475 million online users and a gaming community of 340 million gamers – China is the worldwide biggest market for online games. With two-figure growth forecasts, this business sector is one of the biggest and fastest growing markets of the world, and therefore of great interest for international gamers and producers. Popular in particular is the unique trade called “gold farming”.

image: Cory Doctorow, Game Cafe, Guangzhou, China, http://bit.ly/18WYIin
image: Cory Doctorow, Game Cafe, Guangzhou, China, http://bit.ly/18WYIin