Basic Workout Tips

Whenever I go to the gym I try to focus on two muscle groups at a time: back and biceps, chest and triceps, or legs and whatever else I feel like doing that day (oh, and don't forget to do shoulders occasionally too). If you look at most gym equipment you'll see diagrams highlighting which muscle groups each machine focuses on. You'll generally notice that equipment that works out the chest also works out the triceps, same with back and biceps; so if you get stuck, just look at those diagrams.

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Digital Distribution for the Next Generation

Last week on Xbox One's Reddit page, I offered my thoughts on the digital distribution strategy for both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. The post itself became quite popular, and attracted many different opinions which I hadn't considered. 

The reason for my post was simply that I cannot wait to move to an entirely digital games library. My PC games are already filed neatly away on my computer and in the cloud, but I am a console gamer, and my tower of retail games is becoming a bit of an issue around the living room. 

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Gamification is the process of adding game mechanics to something to make it more enjoyable and interactive. A lot of website commercials now have mini-games you can play (although usually once you win the game, you are redirected to the companies website).

Jesse Schell gave a speech at DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in 2010, where he talked about the changing landscape for games designers. He talked about how one day every product you come in contact with in your daily life will be gamified. Imagine brushing your teeth in the morning, and your toothbrush rewarding you for brushing. Now imagine getting bonus points for brushing for a certain amount of time, or for brushing after breakfast and dinner. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use those points to, say, get discounts at your local shopping centre?

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Connected Collaboration

Remember those days when you’d wait till the 6pm news to find out what had happened in the world that day, or waited to check your emails at home to hear from your distant friends and family, or even waited by the post to receive a letter from an overseas pen-pal? There was something exciting about the waiting, but that’s something people wouldn’t tolerate anymore. Times have changed, and so has the way we receive our information.

Since the the invention of Web 2.0, the internet has all been about collaboration. People now have a much simpler way of communicating and organising online. News now reaches us almost instantly with the uprise of social networks and, in particular, Twitter. Amateurs have taken over the role that professionals once had, bloggers are the new journalists, and users on social networks are the new photographers.

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Transmedia Storytelling

Telling stories across multiple platforms is quite common these days, and there is no better example than the recently released Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, 2011). Many of us have grown up reading, watching or hearing about the adventures of Batman, but only in computer games can we get a convergence of many different forms of media. For example, many of the characters are voiced by their original voice actors from Batman: The Animated Series (TV series).

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