The Crisis Text Line is a new program released in order to keep teens and young adults safe. [Read more…]
Video games are a rich part of American culture and have played a part in our technological history. Here are the top five best-selling video games of all time. [Read more…]
By Mackenzie Dixon
As many of you know, technology has become one of the biggest factors in modern-day lives. Every where you turn, there is someone on their iPhone, iPad, Macbook, Chromebook, and on and on… But the big question still stands about the origin of modern technology.
What made the Internet so powerful?
By Nathan Vanderwerker
Tetris, a game everyone knows and loves, especially if you grew up in the 80s. Shapes and puzzles come together to create the ultimate addictive game. Alexey Pajitnov of Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Soviet Academy of Sciences created this while he was at work to solve his boredom problem.
Prior to the game’s release, Alexey was an artificial intelligence tester for the Soviet Union in the summer of 1984. One of his favorite tests for the robots were to write simple games for them to play and see their reactions and scores.
As a kid Alexey grew up playing pentominoes. This involves attempting to place a certain pattern of 18 shapes into a box with specific measurements. He used this game to model Tetris after.
One major modification he made to the game was the disappearing of complete lines. After playing the game himself, he realized instead of stopping and changing levels/speeds, that he could just gradually increase the game’s speed while keeping game play going infinitely. He made his first model of the game was made on the Elektronica 60, which only included text-based display.
Soon after the game made its way around the office as a great way to pass time, he came up with the name “Tetris” from a combination of the words tetronimo and tennis. It was soon licensed by Spectrum Holo Bytes after being copied by the Hungarians. Another software house soon made its way to Alexey bringing him a licensing contract and asking him to sign, but Holo Byte’s right to the game were still intact.
Tetris gained traction around 1987 and soon made its way around the way world with the slogan “From Russia, with fun!” Soon after, the popularity grew and Tetris was suddenly being formatted to the game consoles of that time, which were the Atari and Amiga home computer.
From there it went on to grow and be one of the most played games all over the world.
Zork is one of the most famous games in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It is a picture-less adventure that leads your imagination on a joy ride. It swept the ARPAnet, one of the earliest types of Internet, and lead to the generation of video games. It also made the world more connected to technology.
By Nathan Vanderwerker
Battlefield 1 is a widely popular, Rated M, first person shooter created by DICE for the PS4, Xbox 1, and PC. The creators wanted to capture the essence of war, and it was recently released in late October. It’s been the pinnacle of shooter games ever since. This article is going to go into depth about why I personally feel like it overtakes most of the games produced in 2016. [Read more…]
What makes video games addictive? You can just ask me! I have devoted three hours of my life to give you four reasons why games are addictive.
Terminal cancer is bound to affect 39.6% of Americans at some point in their lives. Over 5,500 infants in the U.S. die each year from birth defects. Think of all families and lives that are lost. Now ask yourself, what if we had the opportunity to save those people, but it came with a price?
Recently The Lion Pride News featured a news segment from a website called code.org, and everybody in my home room had their jaws wide open. Some students laughed at the thought of making their own games and computer programs. In fact, this website makes it easier than ever to produce your own games and programs. The only thing you need to know is a little bit of math. Code.org has taught over 1,922,485 people to code. [Read more…]