In 1966, two middle-aged Jewish-American men named Stan Lee and Jack Kirby unleashed the Black Panther and his fictional hidden homeland of Wakanda on the world. Part of the reason the king of Wakanda became my favorite superhero was because, while in New York City with the Avengers, he was essentially an immigrant. T’Challa represented his country to the world in the best possible way, like my parents, who came to America from Haiti in the late 1960s. In the Marvel Universe’s comic-book version of New York, even a king could be an outsider. Like millions of people all over the world, I’ve been mourning the loss of Stan Lee ever since the iconic creator passed away on Monday. The fictional landscape that Lee helped architect — with Kirby and other legendary artists like John Romita Sr. and Steve Ditko — changed the world of pop culture, resulting in superheroes that felt more grounded and psychologically complex than ever before. The stories of the early … [Read more...] about Wakanda was the way Stan Lee spoke to me
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EVERY year, families across the US get together to celebrate both Independence Day and the nation's most delicious dishes. Google marked today's holiday in a novel way, by compiling each state's special Fourth of July recipes. How is Google celebrating Independence Day food? Google created an interactive map exploring some of the best food America has to offer. The "Foodle" features highly searched recipes over the last 12 months for each state. It includes a gooey goulash from Michigan and spaghetti squash from Colorado. There are also instructions on how to make a Louisiana-style gumbo and Maine apple pie. What is Independence Day? Independence Day celebrates America’s independence from the British Empire. In 1775, the 13 colonies that made up America declared a war of independence against Britain. The British had inhabited America since 1587 and exploited their resources such as tobacco and tea. Tensions began to rise between the British and Americans as the British Government … [Read more...] about 4th of July 2018 Google Doodle – here’s how the search engine is celebrating Independence Day food
It’s been an interesting week for videogaming in both Australia and New Zealand, but more than the Tasman Sea divides the two countries. Over in Canberra, the Australian federal government has issued a long awaited official response to a 2016 Senate inquiry into the games industry. The inquiry, a weeks-long deliberation that consulted with stakeholders across the country, culminated in eight official recommendations, including a suggestion that the government reinstate the defunct Australian Interactive Games Fund, which the Liberal government had cut from its 2015 reform of arts funding. The government’s response after a year and a half of dithering? It “noted” the recommendations but refused to commit to anything of substance. As Kotaku AU noted: 'Only one recommendation - that the government "facilitate dialogue between video game industry associations and groups that use, or could potentially use, serious games" - was supported "in principle" by the … [Read more...] about Game dev in Oceania: A hands-off Aussie gov’t, and a Kiwi PM’s visit
Heads up, GDC attendees: 2018 Game Developers Conference organizers want you to know that the popular GDC Pitch event will once again be a part of the GDC Play emerging/independent developer showcase at the conference this March! GDC Pitch is a special event designed to help select participants practice their pitching skills -- in front of a live audience of GDC attendees! It's significant because a great pitch can secure the future of your studio, or ensure your game has the resources to reach the players who will appreciate it most. Here's how GDC Pitch works: Game developers that register to exhibit their game in GDC Play 2018 by February 16th may be selected to receive pitching advice and coaching, then pitch their game an opinionated panel of investors and publishers in front of an audience. No pressure! GDC Pitch will once again be hosted by Jason Della Rocca of investment platform Execution … [Read more...] about Come see GDC Play devs hone their pitching skills at GDC Pitch 2018!
One could argue that the age of virtual reality kicked-off during last year's Game Developers Conference, an event that nearly coincided with the launch of two of the technology's most important head-mounted displays in recent history: the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Months later — virtual reality hype still continuing to build — E3 opened its doors, giving retailers, streamers, journalists and developers a chance to look at a flood of VR games, apps, accessories and the soon-to-be released PlayStation VR headset. That show — E3 2016 — was both the peak and turning point of virtual reality hype: highlighting the best and worst of technology in a setting almost designed to strip away nuance. Stories both exulted the big showing as a tremendous success for VR games and decried it as a massive misstep for VR. E3 demonstrated the worst of the tech, according to The Verge. E3 2016 was the moment VR gaming finally made sense, according to Vice. Cnet wrote that the … [Read more...] about The state of virtual reality