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    Minecraft coding cover

    Minecraft is increasinlgy similar to Second Life and IMVU: the famous blocs videogame developed by Mojang, now part of Microsoft group, has just released a new tool developd for the Education Edition, the Code Builder, already downloadable in beta and designed to let boys learn how to code directly inside the videogame.

    Minecraft Education Code BuilderWith Code Builder you will learn coding

    Code Builder will allow you to interact through learning platforms as Tynker, Scratch and MakeCode and to integrate more advanced development platforms, for instance using JavaScript to directly modify game code.

    But beside lookin with increasingly interest to educational sector, Minecraft is getting ready to imitate the business model adopted over several years ago by virtual worlds lik Second Life or IMVU, with the opening scheduled by the end of Spring of its online store.

    Minecraft MarketplaceMinecraft Marketplace to sell your content

    Basically it will be a marketplace (it should be named Minecraft Marketplace) where users will be able to sell or to buy mods, maps, textures, mini games and so on, and on every transaction made on Minecraft Marketplace Mojang will earn a fee of 30%.

    To carry out the transactions you’ll need to use Minecraft Coins, i.e. the Minecraft version of virtual money (but linked to real money) such as for Second Life are the Linden Dollars and for IMVU the Imvu Credits. Then for modders and creatives will be increasingly profitable to develop new content, while Mojang will find a new source of revenues not tied only ot the sales of the game.

    We’ll just have to see whether these new tools will be successful  and Minecraft will keep on seeing to grow the number of users and available content. To discover, continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, even through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is also on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it, on Paper.li and also on Youtube).

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      Haptic VR cover

      What can make virtual reality more involving? Especially if you think about apps for gaming, user’s experience is the key: to be successfull a  videogame must be not just exciting, but able to capture the player’s imagination so to trigger the “suspension of disbelief” mechanism. Haptic VR Teslasuit

      Virtual reality increasingly haptic

      If a player cannot imagine himself/herself inside the game, he/she will walk away very soon. Sofar player’s traditional experience is based on the senses of sight and sound, but in the future virtual reality games will be able to engage the player through the sense of touch to increase immersive game experience.

      How? Through controls able to let the player feel touches, vibrations, and full-body physical assaults. The ability to let players feel the recoil of a weapon, or the blow of a sword and so on, is called haptic feedback. Haptic VR Null Space

      Haptic engines for new sensations

      To succeed in reproducing this developers working on controls and devices for virtual reality video games will use “haptic engines” specially-designed embedded in gloves, vests, and other wearables able to convert gaming actions into phisical sensations.

      By using a combination of engines of varying sizes and powers, haptic feedback devices can provide sensations ranging from a tickle to a sharp blow.

      There are already startups like Go Touch VR (which we already described), NullSpace or Teslasuit which are developing such devices, others, still in an alpha phase, were seeing in the latest months in many startup contests in Italy (Shocking T, from an idea of Gianpaolo Greco and Stefano Nicosia, aka MinDBlinD Setsuko in Second Life, is a good example). Haptic VR touch

      What do you think about?

      Virtual reality will be increasingly an haptic experience? Several experts are ready to swear, but whaat do you think? Please leave a comment and if you like share this article, you will help us to cover always better the items you prefer!

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      Makeblock technologtical toys - cover

      Once upon a time kids were able to just play with their toys, without them to be chockablocked with tech components, so letting room for kid’s imagination rather than those of engineers who built the toys.

      Now instead children must be almost robotic engineers or IT specialists to be able to fully use their toys and according to the Toy Industry Association, one of the 2017 “top trends” for the market is to “incorporate engaging tech components” into the toys.

      Good news for startups like Makeblock

      The good news for consumers is that technologies that were just emerging a few years ago (like 3D printing) have become a lot more affordable for manufacturers, making high-tech experiences more readily available at realistic price points” adds Toy Industry Association.

      For sure is a good news for a lot of startups which are developing technological toys and educational robots, like LittleBits, SparkFun, ArcBotics, Flybrix, Wonder Workshop, Ozobot or Makeblock.

      Makeblock just raised 30 million dollars (which by the way is the sam sum that at the beginnings raised Linden Lab to launch the development of Second Life), to develop programmable robots and robot-building kits for kids and teens. This founding round was led by Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group.

      technological toys MakeblockOpen source technological toys

      Makeblock, which products are on sale even on Amazon.com, declares to already have customers in 140 countries and that its products are used by educators in 20,000 different schools worldwide.

      Among its most successful products there are rovers to build, transform and programm with Arduino in the mBot series (one of the best seller costs 120 dollars on Amazon).

      But Makeblock also proposes more original products like Airblock, a modular toy drone to assemble offered on Kickstarter and Indiegogo last year at 129 dollars, Neuron, an electronic platform to assemble to blocks for educational use, in the process of being launched on Kickstarter at 39 dollars, or kits to build plotter and laserBot, from 300 to 350 dollars each. toy drone Makeblock

      The modern version of the Meccano

      To be true Makeblock reinterpreted in a modern and “open source” way the Meccano, thinking not only to kids and boys but even to their parents and teachers.

      An approach that seems me very good, but what do you think? Please leave a comment and if you like share this article, you will help us to cover always better the items you prefer!

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        Minecraft Pokemon cover

        The “user generated content” virtual worlds are online platforms like Second Life, Imvu or Minecraft that allow to develop users’ creativity in many ways and to share the results like few others social media enable.

        Sharing your content

        With Second Life and Imvu many users have specialised in making (and selling) accessories for avatar and buildings setting up whole sims, with Minecraft advanced users developed amazing locations (here you can find 10 fantastic buildings in Minecraft) and mods able to enhance the game (these is our top 20 Minecraft mods).

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        Pokemon Cobalt & Amethyst in Minecraft

        Notably,  the Phoenix Projects team (this is their site) after two and a half years working realized and made available a single-player custom map for Minecraft 1.8.8, Pokemon Cobalt & Amethyst, within which an adventure has been settled similar to the gameplay of the lucky Nintendo franchisee, with the difference to be in a 3D virtual worlds, Minecraft, freely open.

        A region filled with 136 Pokemons

        Phoenix Projects’ team realized a very impressive undertaking, not even resorting to mod to succceed in their own goal. Downloading Pokemon Cobalt & Amethyst you’ll get a fully new region, 136 curbstones Pokemons and an original adventure to play. But first watch the video to find all information needed to understand how to work it.

        What do you think?

        What do you think about Phoenix Project’s work we’ve presented? Please leave a comment and if you like share this article, you will help us to cover always better the items you prefer!

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          VR chess cover

          Among the first titles appeared on the market, beside basic Pong (1972) and Breakout (1976), table games like chess and, later, Dungeons & Dragons were among the driving forces to growth of the video game sector at the beginning of eighties.

          Since then the development of chess engines was huge and now some like Crafty, Stockfish, Fruit and Gnu Chess, downloadable for free, are able to easily face even great chess champions.

          Magic Table ChessSuccessful chess and table games

          Among the chess video games whicn in these decades struck players’ immagination there was Battle Chess, launched in 1988 by Interplay Entertainment for different platforms. The distinctive nature of Battle Chess was due to the fact that chess pieces were animated and fought one against the other during the game for carrying on the moves decided by the player.

          Now a similar mechanism will be developed in virtual reality by Experiment 7, a new VR studios which, having learned from the Magic Table Chess experience, virtual reality chess that you can play with Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift, is getting ready to develop further titles for Magic Table series by using famous franchisee’s characters as their own virtual table games’ pieces.

          Dungeon Chess Gold DragonExperiment 7 sviluppa la serie Magic Table

          As Geoffrey Zatkin, Experiment 7 co-founder and creative director announced, thanks to a partnership with Wizards of the Coast (founded in 1974, as Tactical Studies Rules, by Gary Gygax, publisher of the famous board game Dungeons&Dragons, since 1998 owned by Hasbro) will be developed and launched later in the year Dungeon Chess, so to “bring fantasy and wonder to the classic strategy game of chess, while taking great care to stay true to D&D lore, implement robust chess gameplay, and provide a high-quality user experience”.

          Differently from Magic Table Chess, in which the player faces AI pponents, Dungeon Chess player will face al real-world friends, other VR users from around the world, or custom AI opponents and can will be able to opt for multiplayer game and not just single player. Each game will be played in stunning and customizable rooms, with different avatars and so on.

          What to you think about?

          What do you think about, Magic Table series will gain in virtual reality a success similar to thos of classic board games and Eighties video games? Please leave a comment and if you like share this article, you will help us to cover always better the items you prefer!

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          Chevrolet Lego Batmobile Cover

          The second Lego Movie (“The Lego Batman Movie”, regarding the adventures of Lego Batman) is about to debut in the theaters of the world and among the side promotions one of the most remarkable was the official presentation, at the Detroit Auto Show 2017, of a (real) Chevrolet Lego Batmobile.

          Chevrolet recreates the Speedwagon Batmobile

          Chevrolet Lego BatmobileThis car is the literal reproduction of the Speedwagon Batmobile which Lego Batman uses in the Warner Bros movie to save Gothem Cityfrom the Joker, escept in this case it is a car of 5,18 meters length and 2,11 meters high, built using 344,187 Lego bricks of 17 different color.

          To draw and project it Chevrolet technicians needed 222 hours, while to build it together Lego technicians in an hobby stor in Enfield, Connecticut, other 1,833 hours have been necessary.

          Sale price: 48 million dollars

          Chevrolet Lego Batmobile has also been included by the American manufactorer on its site among the sales pitches, at the “moderate” sale price of 48 million dollars, comprised of V100 20.000 Cv engine and 4G wi-fi connection. The car only weighs 769 kg and it has come out around an aluminum frame weighing 128 kg.

          We will be able to see its computer-animated version, in Italy, from February 9, but it has to like a lot to break the gross record of the original The Lego Movie (over 469 million dollars worldwide). In the meantime, take a look about how the Chevrolet Lego Batmobile showed at Detroit was built.

          Then if you like to be costantly up to date about the latest news regarding virtual and augmented reality and other geek technoloogies, continueto follow Mondivirtuali.it even through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is also on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it, on Paper.li and also on Youtube). Share this article, you will help us to follow always better topics that you are interested in!

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            Htc Vive Black Friday cover

            Black Friday, November’s last Friday which traditionally opens the Chrismas shopping season in the Usa, is coming and brings discounts and deals even to virtual reality games fans, although prices the prices remain rather high, considering necessity to link viewers to top quality computers and consoles and to to equip them with controllers  and cameras.

            Htc Vive at $699 from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

            Htc Vive discount Black FridayMonday Htc announced that from Friday 25th to Monday 28th October (Cyber Monday) virtual reality viewer Htc Vive will be $100 lowered, at $699 for everyone will buy it on the Htc online store or on online shops like that of Microsoft, Amazon and Newegg.

            Plus, who will buy on Htc store 30 dollars or more of contents different from virtual reality games, will receive further $10 discount on additional purchase; lastly some VR apps like The Grand Canyon VR Experience (normally for sale at $4,99), Star Chart (normally for sale at  $9,99) and World of Diving (normally for sale at $19,99), will be 50% off these four days.

            Also Oculus $100 discounted for four days

            Oculus Rift discount Black FridayEven for those who will buy an Oculus Rift VR viewer on the Microsoft online store there will be $100 discount, so the price in these four days will be just $499 insted $599.

            The one who has withstood for now the temptation to offer Black Friday discounts is Sony: if you wanna buy a Playstation VR for Chrystmas you’ll have to spend 399,99 euros.

            On the other hand the PlayStation VR bundle includes a demo disk, which offers the possibility to play first virtual reality games titles (Rigs Mechanized Combat League, PlayStation VR Worlds, Tumble VR, Driveclub VR, Battlezone, Eve: Valkyrie, Headmaster and Wayward Sky). If you were thinking about giving you or to make you give a VR viewer, maybe you should take profit of the deals valid from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.

            If you wanna keep updated about any other news regarding virtual reality, virtual games, creativity and geek technologies, keep following Mondivirtuali.it, even through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is also on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it, on Paper.li and also on Youtube). Share this article, you will help us to follow always better topics that you are interested in!

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            Wimpy Poptronica cover

            What does connect a virtual world to a worlwide bestseller teen series? Apparently nothing, but, actually their creator’s creativity. This is the case of the 45 years old Jeff Kinney, American game designer and cartoonist, author the famous “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series, the 11th book of which is due for release this November on the main world markets having already sold over 165 million books printed in 53 markets and 50 different languages.

            From Poptronica to Diary of a Wimpy Kid

            Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney is still the Creative Director of Poptronica, teen virtual world he created in 2007 for Family Education Network, controlled by Pearson Education (Pearson british publisher’s division born from the merger of Simon & Schuster and Addison-Wesley Longman).

            Originally less famous than Second Life, Poptronica has kept on gaing ground, so much that in May 2015, when Pearson sold Family Education Network to venture capitalist Sandbox Networks, Poptronica was said to have “over 3.2 million monthly unique users in 200 countries and territories”.

            Poptronica: from 3 to 40 islands to be explored

            When Poptronica was first launched in 2007 (this is the site: http://www.poptropica.com/) had just three “islands” (Early Poptropica, Shark’s Tooth Island and Time Tangled Island) to be explored. As of the end of 2015 islands were 40, two of which (Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk) were dedicated to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” characters, everyone with its own quest, complied which a player receives an island medallion as well as 150 credits to spend in the Poptropica Store. Since June 2011 kids can eevn replay islands, while still keeping all the island medallions they had already earned.

            Temporary games advertisers-friendly

            Poptronica contestThe interesting thing about Poptronica is that its advertisers (like Disney, Kellog’s and Lego) can contract for temporary games, contest or islands, even targeted to players (of a certain age group or gender), in addition to “standard” islands and quests.

            But you don’t have to believe that all this success (Jeff Kinney’s wealth should be over 40 million dollars) easily come: only to write the first one “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” took Jeff eight years to have the work done and originally the book got rejected by various publishing houses.

            A global success built up over the years

            The franchisee then generated over $570 million and there were already three movies based on the series (a fourth, to be released in May 2017, was announced by Jeff on Twitter), but that’s another story. The lesson is: never give up, if you have fresh ideas and if you wanna succeed!

            Then if you wanna keep updated about virtual worlds and creativity, keep following Mondivirtuali.it, even through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is also on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it, on Paper.li and also on Youtube). Share this article, you will help us to follow always better topics that you are interested in!

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            Herobrine is backIf you don’t know Herobrine you can’t say to be a true Minecraft’s fan. Officially this scary character never appeared on any game’s release developed by Mojang, in fact officially there is no references to Herobrine in all the source code as well as there is no code which allows an entity to di transform into Herobrine.

            Herobrine is back

            Yet almost every year many users shall report Herobrine’s sighting in the different game’s releases, the latest of them being youtuber Suprsoup, who in June 2016 was able to shoot it in the video that you can see just below, in Minecraft 1.8.9 / 1.9.

            The first appearance in 2010

            Minecraft community stated talking about Herobrine in August 2010, when Minecrafterrysooften channel on Livestream put up online a video, entitled “Live Show [Procaster] Mon Aug 30 2010 11:24:42 AM” in which Herobrine appeared in a single player game.

            Was it just a fake? Maybe, but the following year Minecraft’s creator, Markus Persson aka Notch (Herobrine woule be the avatar of a dead brother of Notch himself) confirmed on Twitter that he wanted to officially place Herobrine in Minecraft.

            Notch gives up Herobrine

            A few months later, in October 2010, Notch changed his mind, explaining that he no longer want to add Herobrine in Minecraft, decision stated several times in the following years, including he never had a brother, but just a half brother.

            According to some Herobrine it’s just the character of a creepypasta developed by the same Notch, who of course never confirmed. In the meantime, however, Minecraft community flipped out over Herobrine and many players developed mods to spawn the scary character in Minecraft.

            Pay attention to these signs

            Herobrine totemSo if sometimes in Minecraft you are standing in a wood of birch, or you discover a totem with a 3×3 golden block base and a netherhack block in the middle, or appear a sign that says “It’s me”, maybe you should watch your back, Herobrine happen to be near.

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            Pokemon Go allenatorePeople is going crazy for Pokemon Go, to confirm augmented reality (AR) potential, especially when you apply it to a mass market like that of video games.

            Be careful: augmented reality and not virtual reality since with the Pokemon Go, of which Mondivirtuali.it had already spoken about, you don’t need to wear headset and gloves, but just to download on your smartphone an app and start playing with surroundings.

            Somebody in Italy have even managed to start to earn with the game: Loris Pagano, 27 years old guy who lives in Ravenna’s province, through a service launched by ProntoPro.it, started to receive requests from other players to find for a fee rare characters. His tariff is 15 euros per hour.

            How to startu with Pikachu

            There are not just Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle as Pokemon starters to start with: when Professor Willow will ask you to choos your Pokemon starter, you just don’t select anyone and start moving around.

            The three Pokemon starters will disappear only to reappear after 10 minutes. Continue to ignore them for 40 minutes, the fourth time they will reapper in front of you there will be another one, Pikachu.

            Where the 151 Pokemons are?

            pokemon go mapThere are 17 Pokemon types for a total of 151 characters, but since they are environment-related, dependent on day or night and on player’s skill level, you can’t capture all the Pokemons in a single nation or continent.

            In some countries like China or Egypt the game can’t be downloaded, btw there are already some clones that shall allow fans to hut their favourite characters.

            In some cases Pokestop were considered to be “inappropriate” and hunting Pokemons has been banned (like in the Holocaust Museum in Washington or in the Arlington Cemetery, in Virginia).

            Record downloading for Pokemon Go

            After the Usa launch, July 6, and Italy launch, July 15, it’s already time for the earliest assesment. At present Pokemon Go has been downloaded over 150 million times, a new record which beat that of Candy Crash Saga.

            2016 has been btw a record year for mobile games: besides Pokemon Go entered the all-time top 5 even Slither.io (fifth) and Clash Royale (fourth).

            Battery and data consumption

            pokemon go batteryPokemon Go it’s quite demanding for your smartphone’s battery. According to some tests carried out, it seems that 10 no-stop game playing minutes consume about 10% battery.

            If you don’t have a power bank, after about one hour and a half of game playing your smartphone will have quite completely exhausted its battery. Especially if you want to catch the characters in AR mode.

            On the other hand Nintendo’s game is relatively “light” in terms of data consumption: if you connect throught 4G wifi network, you will consume about 100 KB every minute, i.e. about 6 MB per hour. If you had downloaded videos from Youtube in the same time you had been consuming about 20-25 times more.

            How to capture a lot of Pokemons

            For some reasons parking lots near PokeStop are especially crowded with characters that you can catch. To increase the likelihood to catch characters wait untill they are inside the circle ring before throwing your Poke Ball against the Pokemon.

            Remember that when a Pokemon appears it is visible to all those who are nearby and have the app on, therefore you can have some group hunts, to increase probabilities to find all the characters’ hiding places close to you.

            We will have other opportunities for talking of Pokemon Go and other VR and AR games.

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            Even Apple comes into play VR: Cupertino bought Faceshift, a Swiss startup that deals with “motion capture” to offer features and services that integrate and improve everyday life.