MapsTD – Tower defence on Google Maps

MapsTD, or Maps Tower Defence, is a game built on Google Maps. The aim is to protect your home from invading creeps by building towers, which attack the creeps.

It is the most successful project Duncan Barclay built from scratch, having had 100,000 unique visitors with 180,000 games loaded within 4 days of launching.

Technology

Given MapsTD’s use of the Google Maps API, the primary language used for development is JavaScript, with Mootools being used as a development toolkit.

2012 Robogames!

RoboGames is the Olympics of Robots – we invite the best minds from around the world to compete in over 50 different events: combat robots, fire-fighters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu. Some robots are autonomous, some are remote controlled – but they’re all cool! As an open event, anyone can compete – this means you.

Next event:
RoboGames 2012, Fri-Sun, Apr 20-22, 2012 in San Mateo, CA.
The ninth annual all-events world championship! Join us for the show!

Watch our videos to see how cool RoboGames is! No matter what your favorite robot sport is, the best bots in the world come to San Francisco every year. The stands are filled with people watching 220 pound robots shoot flames and smash into each other and androids cart-wheeling down the soccer field. Subscribe to our mailing list to make sure you get all the updates about future TV shows, web video releases, and live events. Results from RoboGames 2011 are here.

Modern Warfare 3 Passes $1 Billion in Sales in 16 Days

By NICK BILTON, NYTimes

screenshot via Activision

Modern Warfare 3, the first-person shooter video game, passed $1 billion in sales in just 16 days, according to Activision Blizzard, the game’s distributor. Modern Warfare 2, an earlier installment of the game, took 60 days to reach the same milestone.

The sales did not just shatter previous video game records, but also surpassed benchmarks for movie sales. The popular 3-D movie “Avatar” took 17 days to reach $1 billion in sales.

Robert Kotick, chief executive of Activision Blizzard, said the increase in sales was a testament to the broader appeal of Modern Warfare as an entertainment experience that was not just for gamers.

“Modern Warfare 3, and other games by us, have a much broader appeal than they have had in the past, with the social nature of the game offering a different type of interactive experience that has not existed before,” he said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “As the number of new game consoles has expanded, along with the audience, it’s capturing a new audience that in the past has not considered playing video games.”

Modern Warfare is the ninth game in the Call of Duty series, which first appeared in 2003. It is available on a number of platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii.

Mr. Kotick said he believed the Call of Duty series had been so successful because the video game creators continually focus on creating a better storytelling experience with each new game.

“Really knowing the taste of your customers is something we do really well; we’ve had so much sustained success with this franchise because we continue to look at what the audience is interested in,” he said. “We continually make sure we are delivering products that have audience appeal.”

In a press release, Activision noted that movie box office revenues were down 4 percent in 2011, to $9.4 billion, while “the number of people purchasing and participating in gaming is on the rise, with no sign of slowing.”

“With more than 30 million gamers, the Call of Duty community now exceeds the combined populations of the cities of New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid,” the company boasted in the release.

It hasn’t been all good news for video games this year. In June, the NPD Group, which tracks domestic sales performance of video games, said video game sales had fallen to $863 million in May, down 23 percent from the same period a year earlier. The drop in sales was partly attributed to the recession, and they have bounced back leading up to the holidays.

 

Summertime and Escape the Room Games

It is summer and while I didn’t get my level II programming class approved this year again, I am still fascinated with the idea of having students create Escape the Room Games on phones.

IF someone wished to look around this summer I hope they look at a few of them.  One great place to start is MakeUseOf where there is a list of 12 of the Best Escape the Room Games including the Crimson Room, provided to me by a former student as a challenge.