Minecraft – more than a video game

Minecraft is more than a popular video game – as highlighted by the fact that computer scientists and amateurs are going to be able to use it to look at Artificial Intelligence (by July 2016). See the BBC article: Minecraft to run Artificial Intelligence Experiments 

This follows Minecraft having been made available to all Secondary Schools in Northern Ireland last year as highlighted in an Article in The Guardian: Minecraft Free For Every Secondary School in Northern Ireland. 

The Games BAFTA Awards

You may not have heard of the British Academy Games Awards which took place on 7th April 2016.  Some of the winners include Fallout 4 which won Best Game, as well as Her Story which collected three awards.  The Anime-inspired Ori and the Blind Forest  won a BAFTA for Artistic Achievement whilst the award for Best British Game went to Batman: Arkham Knight.

You can read about the other winners here on the BAFTA website 

The Guardian also notes that Independent titles dominated this years Games Awards

(link to The Guardian article).

April Fools 2016

Have you ever fallen for an April fool? I certainly have. My favourite so far today has been the one about a train carriage dedicated just for dogs, although the one about BMW inventing shoes to stop toddlers falling over comes close. I still remember thinking that dinosaurs had been brought back to life but I love the classic BBC one about the spaghetti harvest

See BBC website for the April Fools today so far