The City University of New York Introduces A Digital Game Design Program, but...

The gaming industry is growing at an exponential rate, and new doors are opening for individuals interested in joining this exciting field. One of the latest today is the funding and launching of the City University of New York for their new Digital Game Design degree program.

You have read it right! The City University of New York is looking to provide college students with a public and affordable option that will give them access into the industry of digital games.


The Digital Game Design degree program will be a vital part of providing students with valuable industry-related experience and credentials. This is the city’s first public games-related qualification.


The CUNY's Career Pathways program is expecting a $2 million investment from MOME, the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment. The program expects more than a thousand students in the next three years. Its aim is to diversify the gaming field and boost the city's presence as a hub of game development.


New York City Mayor Eric Adam has surprisingly said that it is time for the Big Apple to take on a more prominent role in this emerging industry. He also suggests using NYC’s talented population by investing wisely by way of financing student-driven projects.


Young people growing up in New York City are primed to become gaming professionals, according to the president of City College, Vincent Boudreau. This could be done by enrolling them in programs like Digital Game Design at the City University of New York, which aims at transforming and expanding the gaming field in NYC.


Not only does this prepare them for their future careers but also supports economic development by creating jobs that suit their passions. Will NYC become the new home for game developers on the East Coast of the United States? Only time will tell.


Before you enroll:


You have no idea how important the backing and overall support is when it comes to students in this field. You're still preparing for a very challenging industry where some win big and others could end up closing their doors because of a severe loss. If New York plays its cards like a victorious Yu-Gi-Oh card battle, debt won't be an issue. CUNY definitely has to make sure this program is affordable because we're still in a situation where college grads are drowning in student debt with no jobs in sight.


I don't want to sound like a hater, but CUNY's Career Pathways program is "expecting" a $2 million investment? That's not reassuring, and how do the students know they will benefit for sure? Remember, there were a number of students told that they'd be placed into a job once it's said and done. This information is cool, but I had to add this perspective in because student loan debt is no joke. Exercise your options, make a list of pros and cons, and think think think before you leap. I still come from the angle that you can learn without the debt, but... if the cost of the program is reasonable for what it has to offer (shrugs). - Blu



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Nintendo Switch 2: Preparing For The Switch Successor


There's no question that the Nintendo Switch has been a success. It's sold more than 10 million units, and games in the catalog are among the best-selling titles within its lifespan. But there's no question that it could be even better—and not just because of what we want out of our basic gaming experience.

The Switch's biggest problem is that it falls short on the mobile side: gamers who want to play on the go can't just play online on the go, because it doesn't take advantage of certain tech available in the mobile market. It's too soon to expect a true successor to the Nintendo Switch because there is still great interest in the current system.


Nintendo would have to wait and come up with the best plan of action for the successor, but it could be a simple one: Keep the successor in the Switch Family because it's a strong concept but add certain features like true mobile gaming. Currently, you are able to connect your Nintendo Switch to wireless and that's where the online access ends when you're on the go. Mobile hotspots are an option, your phone should have this option to connect the switch, but a true successor should connect through a 4G or 5G connection on its own.

We are beyond the days of Nintendo DS and 3DS, cell phones are major competition in gaming now. If you look at what other companies are doing with their phones (like Samsung or Apple), you'll notice that they're constantly pushing boundaries with new features and upgrades. That's because they know consumers expect more from them--and if they don't keep up with what their customers want, they run the risk of losing them altogether! Nintendo doesn't have to follow this fully and as rapidly but treat the console like the flagship it is.

If Nintendo wants to stay ahead of the curve, then they need to start thinking about how they can use similar features to improve their own products--even if those improvements seem small right now! A successor would be premature if it were to launch within the next year or maybe even two because we don't know what the market will look like. However, they must plot their course as early as possible.


Improve the specs of the successor, and give us features like cell tower access which can be a partnership with mobile companies that includes Nintendo Switch Online access. Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa is concerned about smooth console transitions, but the answer could be resting in his pocket. Switch 2, wouldn't be the most innovative name but it would send a clearer message that it's a successor similar to the way mobile phones are named (unlike the Wii U).


The iPhone 13 is the clear successor to iPhone 12.

The Galaxy S22 is the clear successor to Galaxy S21.

The OnePlus 10 is the clear successor to OnePlus 9.



Make no mistake, Nintendo Switch is still a great console and there's no doubt about it. But it's also true that the technology behind the Nintendo Switch has been largely unchanged since its launch in 2017.


Sure, there have been some improvements—the Joy-Con controllers have gotten slightly better, there are more games with online multiplayer modes, and the Pro Controller is slightly more comfortable to hold—but overall, the experience of using a Nintendo Switch today feels very similar to what it was like when it first came out.


That's not necessarily a bad thing—in fact, for many people it's just fine. But for others, it's an opportunity for Nintendo to level up their tech without completely reinventing their product line. And so far, we haven't seen any evidence that they're doing anything like that.


Nintendo has been a game-changer since its inception. From bringing video games to the masses with the NES to turning their eyes towards mobile gaming with their Nintendo Switch, they have done something that no other company has done before.


While some might say that they are late to the game in terms of releasing new consoles, they have definitely made up for the lost time by putting out one of the best gaming consoles ever made.


Nintendo is no stranger to pressure. The company has been making games since 1889, and they've sold over 1.5 billion consoles in their time. They have a reputation for being one of the most beloved gaming companies in the world, but they're also known for being one of the most innovative—and that's not an easy thing to do.


Nintendo has always been a company that wants to make sure each game they release is as good as it can be, and that means taking a lot of time with each one. That's why we don't see new consoles too often from Nintendo—they want to make sure whatever comes next is worth your time and money.


But does that mean that Nintendo doesn't feel the pressure to put out something new or are they merely after new console sales? We think it's safe to say that there's pressure on both fronts: from gamers who want more and better games and from investors who want more profit, let's see how they adapt.


eLaurza | SDGT Contributor




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Is Epic Games giving Content Creators easier access to Game Development?!

Let's go ahead and get this answer out of the way, by saying... yes & no. How can it be both? Well, they're making Unreal editor for Fortnite later this year. My guess is that it won't have all the bells and whistles of the full-blown Unreal Engine... as far as options go, it will likely be exclusive to the parameters of Fortnite, but... that isn't a bad thing.

This could actually be a good thing, and suggestions should be made in the areas where it should give more room for flexibility. The full Unreal Engine is geared towards developing your own games. Unreal Editor: Fortnite Edition breathes new life into a game that the developers have already thrown a lot of content into... for your enjoyment (and their gain). 

Fortnite has a huge fanbase... which would allow for the content creators with an interest in game development to increase business opportunities if things work out in that way. CEO Tim Sweeney, actually said that creators can monetize their work (during an interview with Fast Company). So whether or not it's limited or you get access to more options than I assume, there's money to be made (I won't say it's for sure money, but it's another avenue if it makes sense). Does anyone else get that Roblox vibe right now?

Anyway, I love this, and it's actually a bridge that we've spoken about in the past... which opens the door of opportunity for gamers. Not only does Epic Games win as they pursue their metaverse, it looks like you will be able to as well (financially). One thing I will say is that if you wanted to save something for your own IP, don't get excited to where you're contributing it to another game like Fortnite, because once it's out there... it's out there. You can also use the content you've created as a part of your portfolio, so keep an eye out to see when they launch this.


For those who would rather go the IP route in Unreal Engine 5, you still have time to get 8 UE5 training courses for $25 ($1500 value).




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Top Audiences Last Week!

 

Before we jump in, congrats to the Florida Panthers & Liverpool on their wins!

The Florida Panthers won their first playoff series since 1996 after beating the Capitals. Look at this picture, it's priceless, isn't it? Look at the Capital fans in the back of Carter Verhaeghe. The battle continues, but congrats.
Credit: Alex Brandon | AP

Going from the rink to the pitch, Liverpool literally won their FA Cup after a penalty shootout. Do you know how tense that must have been? I won't flood you with pics, but... I had to share the picture above. No offense Capitals fans, better luck next time... but you have to admit, this pic is priceless.

Anyway, it's Top 10 time... so let's go!

USA

Germany

United Kingdom

Canada

France

Japan

Indonesia

Australia

Finland

Sweden


So Close:
Netherlands
Philippines
Israel






          
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1More Evo... Reviewed!

Before we jump in... let's unbox!
Shout out to the team at 1More for supplying this product for a review. My opinions are my own.
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1More is back at it again with their latest flagship earbuds... the 1More Evo. These just look and feel like... luxury, like something you would see Rick Ross wearing in a music video. That said, let's jump in to see how these fashion-friendly earbuds actually measure up for the price.

Quality + Comfort: The 1More TWS headphones came to mind initially when I took the 1More Evo out of the box. I love those earbuds, but... the 1More Evo is a smarter version (I'll get back to that in the features segment below). I was able to slip these into my ears without changing the ear tips, but the smaller size fits even better which improves the quality of sound (because they actually fit the way they're supposed to). 

By the way, you don't just slip these into your ears, when you place them in... tilt the top part of the headphones back and push the silicone ear tip into your ear further. I mention this because you will notice that they fit more securely once this is done and the sound will be even better.

One thing I noticed during this review also is that I haven't had to prepare to catch these or push these earbuds back in my ear to make sure they didn't fall out. I won't say that it can't happen, especially while out in the heat for a longer period of time... but I haven't experienced it yet (even after breaking a sweat).

My tolerance for these earbuds is solid, and this is someone who came from the position of not enjoying earbuds at all. It's certainly based on the type of earbuds and their ear tips because... I enjoy them now. I've been able to wear these headphones for hours, at least 5 to 6 hours. I've literally slept with these in my ear for ASMR action and found myself laying partially on my ear at times with no discomfort. There was a bit of pressure laying directly on them, but I haven't found earbuds that eliminate the discomfort completely.

When it comes to the headphone case, you can tell or easily assume that the earbuds are quality. The case is metal with a matte black finish with 1More etched in gold on the top of the case. When you open the case, you see the left and right earbuds that look like jewelry. It's a clear reflective exterior as you see here with a gold outline + the 1More logo in the middle. You get the standard durable plastic body on the rest of the body, which works... because if it were like the face of the exterior it would be a slip n slide fest. Like with the 1More TWS headphones the case is a similar tall flatter case that slips into your pocket which works great for placing it in or out with ease.

The only thing I can poke at in terms of comfort is something simple, (don't laugh) it takes me a few tries to get these out of the case. I feel like I get a good grip and then they slip right back inside, there's a certain way to shift them to take them out... but I have to get used to it.

Another thing that you will find that's quality is the actual case, it's quite sturdy and contains the final sketches on the interior of the box (which never gets old because they're different for each product).

Sound: When it comes to sound quality, the 1More Evo knocks it out of the park (damn good sound). Shout out to Luca Bignardi (Grammy Award-Winning Sound Engineer) for tuning these headphones to the degree that he has. By the way, (and i'm not crapping on these other headphones but) Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 has a 7mm TrueResponse dynamic driver, and the B&O Beoplay EQ has a 6.8mm Electro-Dynamic driver, while the 1More Evo has a 10mm Dynamic Driver with a Balanced Armature.

Again, I'm not crapping on these... and I really enjoy B&O (I just tested tech in the new Ford Edge Titanium that had B&O), but dollar to dollar I have to give it to 1More (and I haven't gotten to the price tag yet). I haven't found anything in regards to the lows, mids, and highs to really point out where anything could use some work to be honest. If audio is bad, it's the recording (I had to search for a few tracks because you can tell when someone did a bad recording), you have a frequency response from 20Hz to 40kHz in these headphones and the audio I've experienced has been sweet.

I went on a sound spree listening to various music tracks, DTS + Dolby Demos, movies, and games with these earbuds that build upon the THX Certified dual driver design (on the 1More TWS). I was able to enjoy these without interruption by activating the ANC, which eliminated the sound from the AC and the PC so nothing got in the way of my audio experience. Explosions and audio are things i'm definitely a sucker for when it comes to my audio, but... I also love my ASMR that puts me at ease as I sail off into dreamland thinking happy thoughts of tomorrow.


Join me on this sound spree:

Rick Ross - Little Havana
Steely Dan - Black Cow
Busta Rhymes - Calm Down ft Eminem
Gerald Albright - What you see is what you get
Kanye West - Life Of The Party ft Andre 3000
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 5
Windbound
Pinball FX
The Gunk
Tunic
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins (even though I didn't care for the movie)
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Stargirl: Summer School
Batman (2022)

I can't forget about the call quality. My voice is on the deeper side, but I don't have to raise my voice with these headphones. The call quality isn't bad, but the quality has to also be on the other end... even though that's not on the earbuds.


In the box + Features: As seen in the unboxing... you get the 1More Evo Earbuds, charging case, USB-C cable, 4 additional sets of silicon ear tips, the 1More sticker, and the manual.

Features include:

QuietMax ANC Technology
3 Mics Per Earbud + Deep Neural Network Algorithm
Bluetooth 5.2
LDAC / AAC / SBC Codecs
L/R Simultaneous Transmission + Dual Device Connection
Auto Pairing
Waterproof - IPX4
Touch Control
Fast Charge
Battery Life 8hours without the charging case / 28 with charging case
Qi-Certified wireless charging
10mm Dynamic Driver + Balanced Armature
Noise cancellation depth up to 42dB 

Going back to the dual device connection, it's definitely a plus. If you want to connect to another device like your PC, tablet, or smart TV... it's a plus to be able to do that easy shift. The 1More Evo allows you to connect without having to switching one connection for another, and the features are truly a noticeable step up from the 1More TWS even if those are excellent earbuds. By the way, Cameron from the 1More team gave me the steps to make the dual device connection possible (since it doesn't do it right out of the box at this time, you have to turn on the feature):

Instructions: 
  1. Connect earbuds to phone with 1MORE Music App
  2. Tap on the 1MORE logo on the upper right hand corner
  3. Tap on Experimental Features
  4. Toggle Dual-device connection
  5. Connect earbuds with other device

I can't forget about the touch features in these headphones because it's not just tap (though taps will be included here): 

Answer Call: Double tap

End Call: Double tap

Activate Voice Assistant: Triple tap  

Play/Pause or Remove/Reinsert Earbud: Double tap

Press Finger On Earbud: ANC (On), Transparent, Off


Price:
 Pricewise, the 1More EVO comes in at $169.99... which is solid, zero complaints. You can get it in either black & gold or white & gold. 

Other competitors have a few more colors than what you have with these headphones, but... in terms of quality and price, I can live with these colors (especially since they look nice). $169.99 (plus you can save for a limited time at this link), compared to $399 B&O Beoplay EQ, the $249.95 Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3, and even the $279.99 Sony WF-1000XM4... it's honestly a no brainer. 

No hate on the other options, but... money doesn't grow on trees, parents have to take care of x, y, z, college students don't always have money like that, and professionals that I know... aren't buying for the name they want the quality. What does that boil down to? Well... I present to you... the 1More EVO Earbuds.



Quality + Comfort 5

Sound 5

In the box + Features 5

Price 5

5 out of 5 Cool Points



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