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Gamer Love

February 14, 2013 |

Editor’s note: This post is part of our Community Spotlight series. If you would like to be featured, reach out to me at Amy.Tucker@FrontBurnr.com. If we publish what you send us, we’ll be sure to share it all around the internet. 

“What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?”

Starting in mid-January, that’s the topic of many conversations that I get the pleasure of hearing snippets of when walking around just about anywhere. Who can blame people for being so excited about it, though? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to share in a friend’s joyful celebration of their relationship. Having a set day is the perfect way to do so.

But what about those who don’t have a significant other? I don’t want to be one of those social pariahs spending Valentine’s Day alone. You know those people that don’t have any fantastic stories about how much their significant other spent on them or the gaudy jewelry they got. I won’t have that be me at all.

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Minecraft: More Than Just a Time Waster

February 7, 2013 |

Editor’s note: This post is part of our Community Spotlight series. If you would like to be featured, reach out to me at Amy.Tucker@FrontBurnr.com. If we publish what you send us, we’ll be sure to share it all around the internet. 

Jacob Cordeiro wrote Minecraft for Dummies when he was 15. Stanford University did a write-up on him. He’s still in high school and he’s already achieved more than most people do by the time they’re thirty. Anyone else feeling like a loser right now? 

Minecraft for Dummies by Jacob CordeiroMinecraft is a constructive adventure game played by 9 million creative participants. It is as educational as it is entertaining, providing a flourishing outlet of ideas, adventure and deep thinking.

Both playing the game and writing the book have been valuable experiences that have shaped my own perspective as a game designer and problem solver.

Minecraft, as it began, was composed of moving blocks around on a virtual landscape. Even with basic tools, people were building incredible creations and gameplay modifications. The charming graphics and gameplay design drew me and many others to this new world, because it had so many possibilities.

Minecraft, as it is today, is much more of a challenge: blocky creatures roam the landscape, and the once arbitrary cubes composing the world can now be collected and “crafted” into items and other blocks. It is no longer just a building tool, but a self-paced quest for survival. This is an extremely positive change since creativity under constraints makes players more creative. The concept is simple yet incredibly elegant and I was immediately enamored with the design. Read More

Community Showcase Day: A Call for Your Stuff

January 31, 2013 |

We’re all about community here at FrontBurnr.

One way to foster that sense of community–and make it even stronger–is to have members of the community contribute.

It makes you feel like you own a little piece of what’s going on.

It makes you feel hip.

You want to feel hip, don’t you?

You’re a pretty decent writer, right?

You have a strong view [or twenty] on some stuff having to do with gaming culture or social media. We want to read it. In fact, it would be pretty awesome if you would write something great for us. We really like great stuff and love to share great stuff all over Twitter and Facebook and even Pinterest if it’s pretty. Read More