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Computer gaming companies trying to lure more women

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 12, 2008

Gaming companies are now courting female gamers, a previously ignored segment.

Industry watchers say female gamers are now coming out of the woodwork because games now come with the right mix of casual appeal or provide avenues for them to make friends or modify activities and avatars in virtual worlds.

Thus far, games with violent content or which require strategizing have appealed more to men.

PC and console games publisher EA Games has seen its casual games such as the puzzle game Boom Blox and dance game Boogie pull in ‘non-core gamers’ because of their innovative game-play features and their lifestyle entertainment elements. (story)

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MDA encouraging game development with $50,000

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 23, 2008

Game developers dreaming of creating the next Halo or Grand Theft Auto game can now turn to a more generous government grant to get them off the ground.

They can now get up to $50,000 each to get their games marketed to big publishers and sold to gamers worldwide.

This is part of the Invigorate scheme that the Media Development Authority (MDA) runs yearly to identify and help promising local developers.

This year, it will fund up to 10 developers which can come up with games that are ‘cross-platform’. In other words, these games can be played on the PC, game console and mobile phone. (story)

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Chief calls for respect during torch journey

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 14, 2008

Singapore on Monday called for respect for the Olympics torch relay as it is a symbol of peace and friendship.

Mr Ng Ser Miang, an International Olympic Committee Executive Board member from Singapore and also chairman of the Organising Committee for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010, told Xinhua on the sidelines of a seminar on YOG, that he felt sad that the torch relay encountered some disruptions in London, Paris and San Francisco.

‘But we are happy that it was going smoothly at the latter stops which saw a lot of protection and excitement in welcoming the torch,’ he said.

‘I believe that it will get respect’, because ‘it is a very important symbol for Olympic movements, and also a symbol of peace and friendship,’ he added. (story)

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Singapore supports China during Tibet unrest

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 26, 2008

No surprise here. Singapore has much to lose if they upset one of their biggest trading partners. The economic impact would be devastating if China took action. Thus Singapore has no choice but to support China on this topic.

“Singapore on Tuesday voiced support for China’s handling of unrest in Tibet and said there should be no ‘politicisation’ of the Olympic Games hosted by Beijing in August. ‘Singapore supports the declared policy of the Chinese government to protect the lives and property of its citizens from violent demonstrators with minimum use of force,’ a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.” (story)

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Singapore opposes Olympic games boycott

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 18, 2008

Singapore on Tuesday voiced its strong opposition to the calls to boycott the Beijing Olympic Games in August this year.

“The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports opposes the call from some quarters to boycott the Beijing Olympic Games,” said the ministry in a statement on Tuesday night.

Singapore’s Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan said in the statement that a boycott will mean many missed opportunities for better cross-border and inter-cultural understanding.

It will also be a great disappointment for all the athletes who have trained so hard to fulfill their dreams of competing in the Olympics, he added.

The minister stressed that sports should be separated from politics.

“I believe it is vital to keep sporting competitions and politics separate. We must not let politics obstruct the celebration of sports and all that it stands for,” he said. (story)

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