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AdamPFarnsworth

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The Humble Bundle community has helped provide funding for more than 50 charitable organizations, including Child's Play Charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Red Cross, charity: water and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. These contributions have helped people with disabilities enjoy games, provided emergency medical aid, funded health care, brought books to schools in Africa, brought clean water to developing countries and much more.

"We never imagined after the first Humble Indie Bundle that we might one day reach this milestone," said John Graham, co-founder and COO of Humble Bundle. "It is hard to truly comprehend the magnitude of $50 million for charity. We owe our thanks to the generosity of the Humble Bundle community -- to the content creators who entrust us with their works of art and to the consumers -- for making this possible."


This warms my heart to see! I love playing games, and I love giving to charities, and I love how Humble Bundle combines the two! (Plus supporting developers smile)

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This is the first Dancing With The Stars dance that has actually been entertaining :)

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There is a cannon that shoots salmon over dams.
It’s awesome. Check it out.


This is such a rad video.

Fish passage is a big deal in the hydro engineering world. This salmon cannon made big news a while ago when it came out, but it's not the only inventive solution. One of my friends and coworkers, Ryan Greif, designed a decompression chamber for fish called the Decompression Raceway (http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1492&context=fishpassage_conference)

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I've not played BioShock (I know, I know), but still greatly enjoyed, and was greatly creeped out by, this parody of Under The Sea from the Little Mermaid.

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Why do some game manuals tell you a character's blood type along with the expected name, height and age? Watch for the significance of blood types in Japanese games and the blood types of the cast of Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy, mostly.

Seeing Blood Type in games like Super Street Fighter 2 was something I never really paid attention to. I never questioned why it was there. It just was. But know I know that there is an actual reason for it. Surprising and interesting.

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It looks like the Oculus is getting closer and closer to being released. There's a lot in this article, so I won't copy and paste much of it.

I'm not sure if I'm thrilled with the thought of buying a VR headset from a company like FB, but really all corporations are going to be the same. Watching your habits and trying to make money off you.

That said, it would be awesome to have a Cheerful Ghost Virtual Hangout!

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Since her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, Princess Rosalina is showing up in EVERYTHING...even the nwe Super Smash Bros for the Wii U! But really, WHO IS SHE?

The answer will change EVERYTHING you thought you knew about the Super Mario franchise...


I've not actually played much of Mario Galaxy, but as far as Mario lore goes, this video and it's Part 2 is definitely worth watching! There's genetic, story lore and physics evidence shown to make some amazing theories about the relationships in the Mario universe.

Enjoy!

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So is anyone here into Fantasy Football? I can never get enough of it. My favorite time of the year (other than the NFL draft) is August, paying attention to preseason games and news.

I thought I'd see if anyone else here is into it as well, and attempt to start a discussion.

Are there any players you're specifically aiming for? My secret weapon sleeper pick is Markus Wheaton. Unfortunately, he's no longer a secret lol http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2161151-markus-wheaton-is-fantasy-footballs-top-breakout-sleeper-candidate

Do you have a specific draft stratagy going in? Will you draft Best Available Player, or be position specific?

If you don't enjoy fantasy football, here's a least an entertaining music video for you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMor6dL0LfI

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I feel like I'm 11 again and just automatically love anything TMNT related lol.

Granted, the Turtles get blown away by the real Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey, but it's still rad!

And I love the inside joke/puns throughout the rap.

Enjoy this Monday morning!

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What do you get when you combine a FPS with a MOBA? Apparently you get Battleborn, the newest announced game from Gearbox Software.

http://www.gearboxsoftware.com/community/articles/1198/get-ready-for-gearbox-s-newest-game-battleborn
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/07/08/game-informer-august-cover-reveal-gearbox-battleborn-654814351318.aspx

Today we’re happy to announce our newest creation, Battleborn.

We’re calling Battleborn a “hero shooter” in that it’s a first-person shooter focused on characters above all else. No first-person shooter has ever had this much character variety, and we’re excited for you to see the first batch of heroes today.

Battleborn involves our heroes – called the battleborn, conveniently enough – teaming up to fight the Varelsi, an unstoppable menace trying to destroy the last star in a dying universe. You can play with up to four friends in our five-player cooperative campaign, or try out one of several different competitive multiplayer match types in games of up to 10 players.


The basic concept is that you're playing in a 5 vs 5 match, all starting at a baseline Level 1. You then quickly level up to 20, increasing your skills and gear along the way. It very much sounds like Dota2 or League of Legends, but you play your character from a first person perspective.

I'm definitely interested in seeing how this progresses.

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On sale for $3.99 on Steam!

I can't believe I haven't written about this game yet! I've put in over 20 hours and really enjoyed it.

I don't want this post to be too long, as the sale isn't going on long, but the game is definitely worth this price.

You create a start up video game company, starting back in the 80's. You have a few different options when you start, 4 different topics (you start with 4 different topics. Anything from Ninja to Transport to Zombies to Hacking), and 5 genres (Action, Adventure, RPG, Simulation and Strategy). Then you balance different aspects of the game based on the topic and genre (Story/Gameplay/Sound/AI/etc).

As you progress through the game you research more technologies to make bigger and better games, even hiring employees to develop games with you.

It's a really unique and enjoyable game. I definitely recommend it during this sale!

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It's being reported that the Steam Summer Sale is going to be June 19-30.

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Steam-Summer-Sale-2014-Dates-Leaked-64631.html

There's also some "Mysterious Cards" on steam... but no one's sure what they're for. Speculation is that they're going to be part of the Summer Sale event.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/06/11/steam-starts-dropping-mysterious-cards-likely-pointing-to-incoming-summer-sale/

And here's just an interesting site I stumbled across that shows what games are on sale on Steam *right now*!

http://steamdb.info/sales/

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Live streaming from E3 today. Will anyone be watching? I'm interested to see what's announced and shown, but if I miss something, I won't be terribly disappointed.

http://www.ign.com/events/e3

Maybe I'll post thoughts along the way in the comments. Join in if you're watching :)

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http://go.omaze.com/d0f5

Star Wars fans, movie lovers, and dreamers, this is it. The return of the most beloved franchise of all time, and we're excited to share it with you in the biggest way possible: by giving you the chance to be immortalized as a member of the Star Wars universe. You and one lucky friend will be flown out to London, where you’ll go behind-the-scenes on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as our VIP guests. You'll watch the filming and meet the newest members of the cast, but that's not all. You'll also be in the movie! You will be transformed by our makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character to be filmed for an actual scene in Episode VII.

This just looks so cool, I had to share it here! I would love to be in Star Wars! And helping kids through Unicef is awesome too :)

*Full disclosure, if you click through the link I provided, I'll get an extra entry if you enter*

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Microsoft has finally announced that they will be releasing an Xbox One without the Kinect for $399!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2014/05/13/microsoft-xbox-one-399/9034693/

This is great news to me. I have been an Xbox user in the past and preferred it to the PlayStation, but the One bundled with the Kinect completely turned me off to the Xbox. I am probably still leaning towards a PS4 when I finally get around to buying a new console, but this finally made the Xbox One competitive for me.

What are your thoughts? Are you more likely to get the Xbox One now?

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