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GenCon 2016The Gen Con 2016 Event Finder is live! Gen Con’s Event Finder, which was introduced last year, will be the default option for 2016, and now features “Search by Keyword” or “Game ID” functionality. The Event Finder works on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices. It requires an account on gencon.com to use. You can use this tool to view events and begin building your Wish List for Gen Con 2016 Event Registration. The Find Your Events page under the “Experience” header on the top of gencon.com has additional information on how this new interface works.

Long-time Gen Con attendees may be more comfortable using the classic event interface, and they may continue to do so at this web page. A downloadable Event Catalog which updates every six hours is also available in zip file and spreadsheet formats.The Event Catalog currently includes more than 12,500 events (a Gen Con record for its release), and new events will be added to the system as they are approved.
Never Participated in Event Registration?
With a record-breaking Exhibit Hall, exciting Georgia St experience, and a convention center full of amazing sights and sounds, you may think Gen Con has more than you could ever explore in four days. If you have never participated in ticketed events at Gen Con, you’re missing out on a GIANT part of Gen Con. With more than 12,500 different events in the Gen Con Event Catalog, there is something for everyone! You can try new games, play in competitive tournaments, watch live entertainment, learn to craft, and more.Veteran Gen Con attendees now are building their Wish Lists on gencon.com, preparing for the opening of Event Registration on Sunday, May 15 at noon (Eastern). If you have never participated in Event Registration or purchased Event Tickets before, don’t worry; Gen Con will help navigate you through the process.Prospective event ticket purchasers should make sure that they have an account at gencon.com and have a valid badge for Gen Con 2016. Once you have that completed, you can start building a Wish List using the Event Finder. You will want to load up your Wish List with your favorite events found through exploring the event offerings. Then, when Event Registration begins on Sunday, May 15, you can submit your Wish List at noon (Eastern), and it will process in the order in which it is received. Please keep in mind that with thousands of people submitting Wish Lists, many popular events sell out quickly and not everyone will get all the events they want. More information on how to take part in Wish Lists and Event Registration will be released in upcoming newsletters.You can begin building, adding to, re-ordering, and managing your Wish Lists now. To get the “Your Wish List” link under your sign-in information on the upper right of gencon.com, you must have at least one event in your Wish List and a valid Gen Con 2016 badge in your account.Want more information on how to take part in Event Registration? Check out this Find Your Events link. It has links to key pages as well as an instructional video.

Have questions about your account or need further information about Event Registration? Email customerservice@gencon.com for more details. Given the high volume of emails anticipated during the week of Event Registration, attendees should plan to resolve any issues sooner rather than later.

True Dungeon 2016 Information
What’s new for True Dungeon events in 2016? Quite a bit!
New Location: True Dungeon (TD) has expanded with a move from the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) to two exhibit halls inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Access to TD events is gained through a pedestrian connector from the Capitol Concourse located just outside the Gen Con Exhibit Hall in the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).Improved Sets: The first Lucas Oil Stadium exhibit hall will be brightly lit and will feature all the pre-game fun like the storyscape and coaching rooms. The second (and connected) hall will boast more dramatic lighting and sound because of this new private location. To take full advantage of these upgrades, True Dungeon has made large improvements to the sets of its adventures. For instance, more than 50 internally-illuminated lava features now can be found inside “Into the Deeperdark.” True Dungeon will boast two consecutive adventures, and this is the first year of the new four-year story arc! Play one or more adventures to find out how the new story begins.Part One: “Into the Deeperdark Players will face many terrors and challenges as they tread into the deepest realms of the Underdark as they give chase to a monster bent upon a grand scheme to gain a set of powerful relics.Part Two: “Behold Her Majesty The party must enter the bizarre abode of a twisted monster to discover the details of his vile scheme. Perplexing puzzles and bone-chilling monsters await!Note: For both adventures, two slightly different versions will be offered: one more puzzle-oriented, the other more combat-focused. This means that you can try a total of FOUR different adventures! You can find additional event details at True Dungeon’s website.

True Dungeon event information in Gen Con’s Event Catalog may be viewed at this link.

Curious about True Dungeon? Want to explain TD to friends?  Check out this short video!

Hickman’s “Killer Breakfast” Update
Long-time Gen Con attendees may note that this year’s Event Catalog does not feature Tracy Hickman’s Killer Breakfast events. A popular event among Gen Con attendees, Hickman’s Killer Breakfast was a unique offering from a Lifetime Gen Con Guest of Honor. The team has some bittersweet news, as this event will not take place at Gen Con 2016. Tracy Hickman has accepted a position at a new company called The Void, and due to his busy new schedule, will not be able to attend Gen Con 2016.Tracy Hickman has sent a message to share with Gen Con attendees. “Gen Con holds a special place in my heart, in large part because of the friendships and connections with our fans over the years,” Tracy said. “It’s the familiar faces, the laughter and warm reunions that I’ll miss the most — that and Killer Breakfast, of course.”The Gen Con team wishes Tracy Hickman all the best with his new project, and hopes to see him return for Gen Con 50.
2016 Exhibit Hall Map, Record Number of Exhibitors
Ready to plan your Gen Con adventure? The 2016 Exhibit Hall map released this week on gencon.com. There are two ways to explore the map: an interactive map with links to exhibitor web sites and a printable Gen Con 2016 Exhibit Hall Map PDF. You can use the interactive web tool to discover more about the new companies exhibiting at Gen Con, or to see what your long-time favorites will have in-store for 2016. The printable PDF is great for drawing a path to the companies that you want to visit.For the first time in Gen Con history, the convention will feature more than 500 exhibitors, a more than 25% year-over-year increase. Expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium and into participating downtown Indy venues has created an opportunity to expand the Exhibit Hall in an unprecedented fashion. That’s a lot of games!
Gen Con Baseball Hats
OffWorld Designs has released two new baseball hats In the Official Gen Con Store for 2016. The black dragon and a stone khaki hats feature new designs for 2016, and are just $20 while supplies last.

Military Video Games

Posted by Keith Webster

call of dutyBy Keith A. Webster Jr.

Do the names Call of Duty, Splinter Cell, or Ghost Recon ring a bell? All three of these games have one thing in common: military action. These games have been modernized and are becoming more popular as the years continue to move forward.

According to Corey Mead’s study of War Play, military games attract the life of the soldier in computerized combat. War Play explains the usage of government actions and have led society in education, from GPS and jet engines, to distant education as well as vocational learning.

The interesting fact about military games is that they have been in existence since 1960. Spacewar! was the first game created by graduate students from MIT who were funded by the Pentagon. In 1980, the first-person shooter Battlezone was created which made success in the game industry, which led to the infamous 3D shooter Doom in the 1990s. The reason why Doom was so successful was because it provided multiplayer interacting and its virtual reality based training.

As we witness wars rage on in modern society, the need for young soldiers continues to increase. This is how the military was able to attract the young generation. However, the downside of recruiting soldiers was the rise of psychological disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A simulator called Virtual Afghanistan helps soldiers confront traumatic events in a process called exposure therapy. This allows soldiers to rehabilitate their emotions and memories, and also gain an outlook from role-playing different characters.

Although improving the lifestyle of an American soldier is profound, the idea of becoming a soldier is reflected through military games. As these games continue to win fans, the gaming industry will always have a source to provide insight to various soldier scenarios. One thing is clear, the government will not stop recruiting soldiers.

However, the likelihood of military video games not being produced will not be a factor as long as it keeps its gamers entertained and satisfied.

 

 

Why Do We Love Video Games?

Posted by Keith Webster
severedBy Keith A. Webster Jr.
I have written a series of articles about the world of video games. From its origins to its adaptation to the social environment today, it is fair to close these articles on a high note.The subject: Why do we love video games? I can honestly say that video games have become part of my life not only as a fan, but as a social individual that identifies with other gamers that have the same passion and interest in different video game genres. So I have identified four main reasons why gamers love video games. See if you agree with any of them:First, video games allow us to break away from the harsh realities of the real world. We all have our bad days and just want to relax in an environment that is stress free. Well video games offer that independence. Video games allow us to out our aggression and negative inner emotions to wreak havoc on an unreal model of subjects.But this does not mean that gamers are angry individuals, it just means that when we want to unload our stress, we simply find the means to channel that energy and transfer it to something else. It is the simple law of physics; energy is neither created nor destroyed; however, video games let us vent that energy into a virtual environment.

Second, video games have often brought out the little kid in all of us. When it is time to play, we as humans are brought back to the times when fun time literally meant fun time. This could last from thirty minutes to endless hours of button pushing, open dialogue, and constant movement on the television screen. We play video games because there is no outside control to invade our space. Not to say that video games are the leading cause of breakups, because men and women of all ages play video games.

Thanks to internet game play, the social identity of video game collaboration is more appealing to gamers all over the world. Therefore, fun time never seems to end when it comes to playing video games.

Third, instead of sitting on the couch all day you can actually workout with video games. Nintendo became a huge hit with its Wii console, and ever since then workout games have been launched into the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Getting fit has been the life goal for men and women of all ages, but that does not necessarily mean they have to get a gum membership. Video games have given those individuals the freedom to workout in their own home by experiencing the same exercises you would normally get at a local gym. Adults can fully take advantage of this new trend and still be a gamer at the same time!

Finally, the reason why we love video games is because they can be found anywhere. I am not just talking about game consoles, but also the smartphone, tablet/IPad, and computer. As the next generation enters this world, the creation of video games will adapt to them in a more nonlinear platform.

The success of creating video games and attracting gamers of all ages will definitely have a positive effect in the world. Video games will forever be embedded into the souls of gamers and will continue to attract newer audiences with innovative developments and creative masterpieces. No one will ever get bored with mundane activities or feel negative energy as long as they have something to play with, and that will forever be the influential video game.

 

 

Does the Arcade Fire Still Rage?

Posted by Michele McMillan

ArcadeBy Michele McMillan

I frequently begin small electronics projects, but lately I have wanted to do an arcade machine. When I started thinking it over I realized how lonely other arcade machines in my neighborhood had become. Was it because of the graphics? Was it because of the controllers? Was it because kids today have mobile devices? Maybe people don’t carry change like they used to? I know I am a swipe and griper. I know plenty of arcade machines that get a lot of love. There are many retro-arcade machine spots popping up around Chicago, Los Angeles, and other cities, but they aren’t really targeted to youth. It seems it is more to target those with a sense of nostalgia for it. So I puzzle the question again… Is there a life for the modern arcade machine? Or is it best to leave well enough alone? Are home consoles supreme? Are there opportunities for arcade machines the console does not provide left to be explored?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second LifeBy Michele McMillan

I could never understand how SecondLife worked, or what made it interesting; but what really appealed to me was the virtual economy – how a pixelated avatar could generate revenue in the real world and intrigue many of us and marketing and technology professionals everywhere take notice. It just didn’t hold me. RPGs have always been my favorites because I’m more into losing myself in an experience, but I have yet to find one online to join. Being a developer, I am always looking at code and thinking of things to write, and lately I have been wondering about a more graphically intensive online virtual economy…but what? Does the future of the virtual MMORPG economy rest solely in user accounts and weapons? Is there something more we are missing? Can the fantasy become the primary life? I believe as we approach the possibilities of wildest science fiction dreams, we need to first, come up with them. We need to imagine the possibilities for the usage of the latest technologies. What if every home had a danger room? What enemies would you fight? Where would you go on the holodeck? Currently, we have tons of awesome, fast-paced, action packed games, but where does one go to relax?