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Computer games are video games played on a personal computer, mobile device or video game console. Their defining characteristics include a lack of any centralized controlling authority, a greater degree of user control over the video-gaming hardware and software used and a generally greater capacity in input, processing, and output.

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I'm starting to feel the itch to upgrade the CPU in mine... It's a tough call though, since I'd also need to update the motherboard to support the newer CPU's—and my overall system performance is still pretty great. And if I've got to swap out the motherboard too, then I start getting tempted to change other things, like the case.

Honestly though, what I dread most is dealing with making sure my Windows licensing doesn't get messed up in the hardware change...
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Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

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It amazes me that my toddler nephew is already a YouTube wiz. He remembers which videos are his favorites and knows how to close/skip ads. He even knows which videos are "inapoopiate" and avoids them. Although he'd rather watch kids play with toys than play with his own, I admire that he's already become this tech-savvy. What do you think about kids being exposed to technology at a such a young age?
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by:Katrina Donegan
Yup! It's all about balance and of course what they're actually doing on the device itself. I'm loving all these programming toys that have been coming out lately.
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I think it is good that kids are learning how to use technology. However, I think there should be a balance where the kid learns to use technology as a tool, learns social skills, and spends most of his/her time being active.

I don't think technology is bad. The problem is that even WE as an adults don't even know how to use it properly.
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The other day Rourke told me about a game called Screeps where you code your AI units in Javascript. I'm surprised I haven't heard about these types of games before! The reviews say there's a barrier to entry for novice programmers but hopefully that won't scare too many off.
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by:Craig Kehler
That is great. So who is building a private EE server? :)
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I love that idea Craig!
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The bundle comes with a previously unreleased Star Fox 2.  But Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy III are big wins too!  I have the SMRPG cartridge but have never been able to hunt down a FFIII.  Would be great to play that with the feel of the old controllers.
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by:Brian Matis
Final Fantasy III was the highlight for me. That game was amazing.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Guess the success of the Nintendo Classic put the bug in their ear.
http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/

There is an email link on the homepage that can be used for dev inquiries:
https://www.ataribox.com/

mailto:dev@ataribox.com?subject=I’m a developer and want to know more about your platform

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Who wants to inquire and report back?
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by:Starr Duskk
Now why would I want to answer this question and give away my age? ;)
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This is a good approach to teaching. Start with simple questions about how to reach an end goal. From "how do I install the operating system" to "how do I install Minecraft?"
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Nice! I know the main reason I got into using computers was so that I could play games. Next step will be for them to start learning how to build simple games :-)
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by:Daniella Barion
It's great to see parents involvement trying different ways to have kids attention and interest.
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This is awesome! Minecraft is already a great game, and now it can help kids learn how to code. I'm bummed this is only in the Education Edition right now, but hopefully it'll get into the normal edition sometime soon.

I also wonder what sort of new things people will create in Minecraft as a result of this... I was once building a massive suspension bridge, but it got pretty tedious and repetitive. Seems like programming a bot to carry out the construction would have been a fun project!
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An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

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by:Daniella Barion
Sometimes unimportant situations can turn into opportunities.
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Oh wait... weird... there it is now!
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by:Juana Villa
I was playing instead of going to my destination :/
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As most of us in tech know, issues that seem like "simple" changes or problems are often anything but. Blizzard Entertainment, the developers of such games as World of Warcraft and Diablo, once wrote a fantastic blog post that went way in-depth to some of the complicated functionality behind such a "simple" thing as the damage numbers that appear in Diablo III.

What are some of your stories about "simple" things you've encountered that were much more complicated than they might appear?
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Wow, that's great! I love seeing positive stories like this. So often it does seems like the internet can be a cesspool of negativity, but we've got to remember how well it can help communities come together and pull off some nice things for each other.
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Build a gaming PC so that you can run a game in which you build a gaming PC! While I can see some cool uses of this (as a parts picker tool is what first comes to mind), I'm still tempted to want to file it under the "department of redundancy department". ;-)

https://thenextweb.com/shareables/2017/03/16/theres-now-a-game-in-which-you-build-your-own-gaming-pc/
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by:Phil Phillips
Next: Be able to boot your virtual gaming PC, so that you can install... PC Gaming Simulator.
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The secret to recursion is recursion!
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Kind of old, but a cool article on setting up a gaming server on an AWS EC2 instance.

https://lg.io/2015/07/05/revised-and-much-faster-run-your-own-highend-cloud-gaming-service-on-ec2.html

You’re looking at $0.53/hr to play games this way. Not too bad. That’s around 1850 hours of gaming for the cost of a $1000 gaming PC. Note that prices vary for different datacenters.
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by:Phil Phillips
I was visiting family last weekend, so I tried the AWS gaming instance out, and it totally worked. It was a little choppy at first, but I modified some network settings and the VPN (the original article mentions this), and it was pretty smooth afterwards. In some cases, it was even better than what I have at home! It only got choppy again anytime my brother would download something off Steam :P. It was about $1 to run the instance for the weekend.
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by:Doug Walton
Awesome!  I'm going back home this weekend and thinking of trying it out, too.
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I'm sure most of us are pretty well aware of the huge gender gap in technology fields. But what's the root cause? This thought-provoking article posits that it's the result of computer game marketing from over 20 years ago. Did you get into technology because of computer games? I know I sure did...

Silicon Valley's gender gap is the result of computer-game marketing 20 years ago
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by:Craig Kehler
To Jeff's point I think this starts very early in a child's life and the biggest factor to shaping it is the parent's views, not the media. While it's convenient to blame the media, gender-typing is predominantly driven by their early experiences with their family. Having read a lot of articles on this subject while expecting my first child, I found it very disturbing how often my knee-jerk reaction to a question or gift or general expectation came with heavy stereotypical bias, seemingly naturally. So I agree that it's rooted deeper in the core of our culture. I think it would help for the media to try to stop furthering these biases, however it really lands on the parents shoulders to be hyper-aware of their own actions.
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by:Michael Arciniega
Relevant article about how Lego has dealt with gender issues with their own product line: How to Play Like a Girl
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Computer games are video games played on a personal computer, mobile device or video game console. Their defining characteristics include a lack of any centralized controlling authority, a greater degree of user control over the video-gaming hardware and software used and a generally greater capacity in input, processing, and output.