Open gaming roundup: February 15 - 21, 2015

A video game hall of fame, girls developing games, and more

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at a Kickstarter bringing phyiscality to video games, how the Kano is teaching young girls to make games, the new World Video Game Hall of Fame, and more!

Open gaming roundup

Week of February 15 - 21, 2015

The Realm System: A gaming peripheral measuring your body's force

When playing a game, one rarely feels the same physicality as performing the same action in life. Pressing a button on a controller is not the same as kicking a soccer ball with all your might for the game-winning goal. There's a new kickstarter trying to bridge that gap: the Realm System.

The Realm System uses a strap around the user's waist with corded handles to record the player's movement and force. There are a few games for the system already, such as a boxing, tennis, and sword fighting. You can back the Kickstarter for around $200 to receive a system. Currently, the system works as a plug-in for the Unity game engine. With Unity's ability to publish Linux games, that means a lot of workouts that feel more like games are on the horizon!

The Kano is creating game developers

The Kano is a small (about the size of a deck of cards), build-it-yourself computer for kids to learn about programming. The largest after-school club that teaches STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education) to young girls in the U.S. is using it. They even have a summer camp where every girl will make their own video game. Read more about it on Venturebeat.

Nominate games for the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Does Pac Man Fever belong in a museum? The Strong Museum of Play has announced the World Video Games Hall of Fame and is looking for nominations. Anyone can nominate a game here, but be ready with your most convincing arguments—there are a lot of games and gamers out there!

New games out forLinux

Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora is a 3D side-scroller where players must solve a noir mystery. Gameplay is reminiscent of Metroid, with the player finding different kinds of revolver bullets to reach new areas.

Frozen Cortex is a turn-based strategy game where players move at the same time. Both trying to be the best at a great-looking future sport.

Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is another future sport, but one that takes the classic gameplay of Quake and Unreal Tournament to the disco extreme! If you are looking for a neon-fueled shooter with sweet jams, then look no further.

Hands of Fate combines a card game with an action brawler. Players will draw cards to give their character equipment and to determine what monster they will fight.

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About the author

Andrew Mandula - I'm a graduating Senior at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Game Design & Development program. I am also in the first Open Source Minor in the United States! I have an interest in all things games and FOSS and have even made a few open source games. Check them out on my Github!