Technology

Archiving the digital

Not so very long ago most computer users printed everything. They held onto their paper texts, probably also because the average pre-millennium (Windows) computer was quite unreliable and crashes happened frequently. Files were much easier damaged than nowadays. Making backups was easily forgotten, so a printed hardcopy was something to rely on. The ‘paperless office’ existed in theory, but not in practice.…

Something lost. . .

Usually I write this really upbeat blog, but today will be different. So prepare yourself for a change of pace. Normally I talk about all the advantages that the digital world entails, but for today I would like to focus on the downside of the digital world (when it comes to history). But why is the digital world bad for history? In…

The team behind FIFA

FIFA is a widely popular series of video games, released yearly to millions of eager fans all around the world. Boasting exclusive licenses from football leagues and teams globally, it has been claimed to be one of the most successful, polished, and realistic football games ever, but not many know about the effort and the back story behind this game. In the…

“Mobile gaming isn’t gaming”

Last week at BlizzCon 2018, a gaming convention held by the video game developer Blizzard Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment announced its newest game: ‘Diablo Immortal’. This announcement was not met with the usual excitement, but instead received a huge backlash from the Diablo fanbase. One disappointed fan even asked the announcer whether “this is an out-of-season April Fool’s joke”. For anyone who has…

The (virtual) world of Neopets

Growing up, one of my fondest childhood memories were of me playing Neopets. I remember how excited I would be at the thought of being able to play it after school, or during the weekends. The early 2000s marked the era of rising development of virtual worlds for preteens in games, and other virtual online gaming sites that I loved were Club…

Pokémon Go, our virtual playground

“Playgrounds are everywhere once you start looking.” I’m sure everyone here has played (or at least heard of) Pokémon Go, the mobile game that took the world by storm ever since its release. Pokémon Go is a location-based mobile game that operates in a virtual reality, allowing users to ‘capture’ and ‘evolve’ virtual Pokémon characters that appear to exist in the same…

Get fit with Wii Fit

I like Pokémon Go. It forces me to go outside in order to play and I personally find that a good thing. A side effect of that is obviously that I exercise while playing. I explained all the good things about Pokémon Go in a previous post, so I wont go too deep into it here. Niantic recently announced a new feature…