Revisiting games that have marked generations: the Habbo Hotel

Habbo Hotel is an internet-based social network service and web community game aimed at young adults and teens. The website is owned by Sulake a finish company and was created in the beginning of this millennium. The game has grown to several different web sites worldwide, each for a region of the globe with over a hundred thousand members in over 150 different countries. It had its peak of popularity between 2010 and 2015 but it still continues to be very popular, specially in some regions of the globe and more recently, due to the pandemic and necessary lockdown, it was played once by many.
This was mainly notorious in its Portuguese language speaking community, Habbo Hotel PT/BR, targeting specifically Brasil but also Portugal, where the game has always been very popular among young teens.

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The secret behind Super Mario’s success

Koichi Hayashida, director of the successful Super Mario 3D Land, talked about Nintendo’s most important franchise. Of course we’re talking about Mario games. The plumber’s endless success is due, according to Koichi, to the combination of the old signs of the series and the exploitation of Nintendo’s hardware and its unique possibilities. One of the key elements is that every time we offer new hardware, it’s its unique technological capabilities that allow us to offer new playable combinations that are familiar to this universe. These allow us to make something new that is very special with that hardware. It’s the combination of the familiar and the new that keeps people fresh.

He also had time to talk about the importance of Miyamoto-san’s ideas in the series. Of course Miyamoto-san is not retiring in the short term, and I have to say that I will work as hard as I can on games now and in the future, but Nintendo is built on a lot of great ideas, many of which have been provided by Miyamoto-san himself. We are very concerned about these ideas, and we strive to understand and use them in our work. We also do our best to offer these ideas to the next generation of developers, and that’s an ongoing process.

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How to learn through gaming

A Uruguayan research assures that video games are more effective than memorizing texts to learn history. The study carried out on 32 students from fifth to sixth grade of a private school with the objective of quantifying the impact that a video game made specifically to educate can generate in learning; it showed that effectively the students who retained the most information were those who played the video game, as reported by the Uruguayan portal El País.

The research was carried out by the Uruguayan company Ingenious Softworks (specialized in design and development of software systems) with the support of the National Telecommunications Directorate and the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII) of that country, with the participation of a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

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Can video games be used for education?

Video games are gaining ground as a tool to disseminate educational content and train cognitive skills. But what aspects should be taken into account?

Just as there are fanatics, there are detractors who believe that learning does not always have to be entertaining or tied to fun. However, in the new generation accustomed to interactivity, the hyper-reduction of ideas and the audiovisual format, video games appear as an invaluable tool for teaching. But it is not always used to its full potential.

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How to choose the best table for your computer

Just as the chair supports your body, the table supports your work team. This work equipment can be very varied: documentation, desktop elements, computer and peripherals, telephone, lamp, etc. The table is also the element that will take up the most space in the office. When buying it at mesaconsola.com, it is necessary to consider which table is going to be the one that, in terms of size, shape and functions, best adapts to the work you are going to do and the space available to place it.

First of all, check that it has sufficient capacity. When purchasing a workbench, it is important to consider the size, shape, functionality and space available for positioning it. We must therefore ensure that it accommodates all the necessary working material. A rectangular office table should be at least 130 cm wide by 90 cm deep. Although the shape of the table may vary, it is recommended that the depth be maintained to accommodate the personal computer. The height should be between 70 and 74 cm to accommodate the computer screen and allow you to support your arms and hands without overexerting yourself. Visualize the table with all the work elements on it (if possible, put objects that occupy its space), and check that everything is not too tight.

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Can video games be good for your brain?

Video games have often been the target of criticism, being blamed for promoting violence and encouraging self-isolation. In some countries, even video games considered “violent” have been banned by law. However, research has not agreed on the existence of a link between violence and video games, and some conclusions have been reached about the positive effects of video games on the brain and cognitive abilities.

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