What happened to the women that built the video game industry?

In 1996, a computer game company sold for $1.5 billion. That company was Sierra On-Line, and its creative head and public face, Roberta Williams, was a woman. Against everything we’ve come to believe about women’s opportunities in gaming, Williams reached the pinnacle of success. How?

Williams’ career began when she created the first adventure game with graphics, Mystery House, in 1980. (Fans of more recent adventure games like Life Is Strange or Telltale’s The Walking Dead have her to thank.)

Back then, “The climate of the early microcomputer software industry was one of vast openness,” Laine Nooney, a soon-to-be assistant professor of media and information Industries at New York University and a leading expert on Roberta Williams and early-’80s computer games, told Mic in an email.

There were no rules. All that mattered was seeing what the newly invented home computer could do.

Sierra On-Line sold for $1.5 billion because computer games, contrary to what most believe, aren’t men’s history. The true history of gaming is antithetical to today’s hyper-masculine, hyper-reactive “gamer culture.” If we want to recover the openness of the early years, our best hope is to tell their story, loudly and often, to anyone with ears to hear. Read more (7/28/17)

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The Maya Controversy: How Did an Advanced Civilization Magically Appear with Science & Engineering Prowess Already Intact?

A highly advanced civilization seems to have magically arrived in Central America with thousands of years of science and engineering prowess already intact. How is this possible? Guest author Cliff Dunning examines modern evidence of ancient civilizations and mega-catastrophe.

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Turmeric may help fight the most common type of cancer found in infants

  • A popular spice frequently used in curries may be combatting the most common cancer cells afflicting infants, according to a recent study.
  • Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin. Recent research suggests that curcumin helps destroy neuroblastoma tumor cells, which often start in the embryo or fetus.
  • These particular tumor cells can become resistant to drug treatments, scientists say, meaning that a new treatment plan involving turmeric could make all the difference.
  • For children, neuroblastoma can be a severe health obstacle. About 700 new cases appear each year in the U.S., mostly diagnosed in kids younger than age 5. Read more (7/27/17)

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Meet Merlin, former Statesman (codename: Bourbon). Semi-retired, mostly off-field agent and tech support. He helps train new agents and proctors their tests–and tries to make sure they don’t die in the process. He reports agents, their progress, and his personal recommendations to TB. While he’ll still go on missions, he very rarely sees actual combat anymore, preferring to be the “Voice from the sky,” helping guide agents and watch cameras. 

You have no idea how hard he had to fight to get them to let him wear jeans.

Steeped in cutting edge research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the changes it’s making to life and relationship. She has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gaps of our age — that our children’s immersion in social media may offer a kind of respite from their over-structured, overscheduled analog lives. And that cyber-bullying is an online reflection of the offline world, and blaming technology is missing the point.

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There’s now a cochlear implant processor made to work with your iPhone

  • Apple has teamed up with Australian medical device company Cochlear to bring a new cochlear implant sound processor to the market.  The processor connects to your iPhone, making it the first of its kind.
  • After receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in June, the sound processor — called Nucleus 7 Sound Processor — lets those living with a surgically embedded Cochlear Nucleus implant stream sound (e.g. phone calls, FaceTime, YouTube) from compatible iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read more (7/27/17)

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‘Dream Daddy’ tops ’Overwatch’ as Tumblr’s favorite video game

  • Move aside, Overwatchthere’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s a hunky dude named Dream Daddy.
  • According to Tumblr’s Fandometrics page, which tracks engagement data related to various fandoms, Dream Daddy was the most popular video game across all of Tumblr for the week ending on Monday.
  • That might not necessarily sound like a big deal, but it is. Until now, Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter Overwatch held the number-one slot uninterrupted since Oct. 17, according to Tumblr’s senior content insights manager Amanda Brennan. Read more (7/26/17)

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Uber is going to start charging $15 to return lost personal items

  • Next time you take an Uber, make sure you have all your belongings before hopping out. If you leave something behind you may be charged $15 for its safe return.
  • Beginning Tuesday, drivers in Boston and Chicago must be paid this fee for returning forgotten items; then the fee goes into effect across the United States in August, and in September for Canada.
  • Why the new penalty? Uber is portraying the change as positive for its drivers. Read more (7/26/17)

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