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  • Black Ops’ Irish connection | Teic.ie
    finish the game They figured it would be better to get somebody back into the country who already had experience on the team rather than try to hire someone over there Donlon spent a further eight months in California working on the game and then returned to Ireland to finish his final year of university After graduation he travelled back to California to take up a full time job at Treyarch and has remained there ever since In the decade since his internship Donlon has climbed the food chain within the company to become a lead programmer which he said represents a move away from development and more towards management During that time he has worked on more Spiderman games The World at War series and most recently Call of Duty Black Ops It s pretty bizarre but it s definitely exciting he said though he pointed out that his work continues despite the game itself being finished and on the shelves On launch day we celebrated and then it was pretty much straight back to work he said We ve had several update releases since then and we re constantly tweaking game modes and gameplay settings to try to find what works in the wild These regular changes are done among other things to try to solve any unforeseen imbalances which may be drawing ire from loyal and fanatical players It would be expected that each type of weapon can be bested by at least one other for example and gamers will not be shy in letting others know if that is not the case He said this work would continue well into this year and will keep going as long as it proves viable in other words as long as enough people are playing it Working alongside him in the company are a number of other Irish developers though he said that beyond that he does not know of many others In terms of actual developers I m not aware of all that many Irish he said We have five maybe six at Treyarch but I m not aware of any large group outside of that He points to Demonware the middleware tool developed by Dylan Collins and subsequently acquired by Activision as an example of an Irish gaming success however He goes so far as to say that Call of Duty would not exist without it and others like Havok have also had a major impact on the industry With panellists at last year s Dublin Web Summit suggesting that Ireland follow the lead of Canada s Montreal in attracting big game development he is equally supportive We re always shifting away from that structure of one team one big office working on a title and then releasing it he said There are a lot more satellite offices and things being outsourced so there s no reason why the Atlantic ocean or any kind of distance limits what you can do right now It really depends on

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  • Feature: Zamano repositions itself for a new mobile world | Teic.ie
    are free to download As if this huge amount of competition was not enough paid for apps make up the minority of those downloaded and Apple much like other app store operators take a 30 cut straight off the top However with this move by consumers to new mobile buying habits and the company s inability to get an immediate handle on it Zamano has endured a bit of a rocky patch In 2008 the company which is listed on the AIM exchange in London posted a 3 8m loss In 2009 the company suffered a further 39 drop in revenue though it did return to profitability during this time This is the transition that O Shea said Zamano was going through The company was moving away from the very fickle world of ringtones and into something more high margin low volume According to O Shea the company is now focusing in on three specific areas digital marketing presentation and sign up and billing In short Zamano now aims to present and promote unique content to customers and bill them once they sign up the content itself however is outsourced Its latest deal is a clear example of this shift The company is now working with Setanta Sports to offer videos of English Premiership goals directly to people s phones within minutes of them happening It comes on a subscription basis and can be tailored to the needs of the individual user That s a very rich service compared to the ringtone service that would have been there years ago said O Shea Handsets are getting much more powerful and bandwidth availability is so much greater be it through 3G or Wireless so these things can and must be more media rich The beauty of using a browser based solution according to O Shea is that it allows them to push content through to any type of phone In order to do that via the app route they would need to develop and support upwards of five separate applications one for each of the main platforms in use today Taking the SMS and browser route also gives the company more flexibility in terms of how it monetises the content as the likes of Apple s iPhone does not yet allow the rolling subscription services that Zamano currently use Part of the reason for this may be because of the bad reputation mobile subscription services have gotten over the years something O Shea is all too aware of In its early days SMS marketing and subscriptions were a bit of a no man s land in terms of regulation but as Governments began to understand the issue they have begun to legislate However O Shea said his company has been ahead of the curve in this area enforcing its own code of practice and dropping clients who continued to do things the old fashioned way Regulations became a lot more prescriptive as time passed and people began to understand the services

    Original URL path: http://www.teic.ie/2010/10/feature-zamano-repositions-itself-for-a-new-mobile-world/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Feature: Medal of Honour reboot tips balance to the gamer | Teic.ie
    s kind of a hardcore game it really is for hardcore gamers It is a difficult balance to strike to be accessible while also presenting a challenge for the players that are used to it but I think we re geared towards the core gamer It is a risky strategy and one that bucks the trend of an industry seeking to embrace the casual gamer It is all the more of a risk when you consider just how much the competition has changed and increased in the three years since the Medal of Honour series last had a major release The Call of Duty series or more specifically its Modern Warfare variant has become a blockbuster title with a huge following Battlefield s Bad Company 2 also an EA made game has followed close behind and done equally well There is a trend across all these titles of course and that is the move from historic to modern combat scenarios For its own part Medal of Honour a franchise which began life as a World War II shooter is now set just eight years ago at the beginning of the war in Afghanistan So why the shift It was really a natural choice of telling the story of a modern warrior because that s what people are interested in says Lius This is a new venue for the franchise but it just felt natural Such a decision is not without its complications Basing a game in the modern world requires a certain level of realism that a historical or futuristic title would be able to fudge to a certain degree To respond to that DICE brought in advisers from the US military to ensure they had combat details correct they also undertook detailed studies of Afghanistan s terrain which helped provide a wide range of maps for the multiplayer missions Of course realism is about more than getting the location right in order to be truly realistic both sides of the conflict must be represented honestly This is especially difficult when you are dealing with a war that in many ways has no easily characterised divisions This focus on an on going conflict also creates significant political dynamics and sensitivities and it goes without saying that this is difficult to avoid causing offence In the case of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 much offence was caused by the now infamous terrorism level which allowed the player to attack innocent people in an airport terminal For Medal of Honour the realism is captured in a far less dramatic way namely by making Taliban forces playable and comparable to US forces in the multiplayer game It s a feature that s always been in multiplayer and there s always an opposing force whether it s Nazis or cowboys and Indians this is just another step Lius says In multiplayer we have portrayed both teams as equals with respect to everyone after all the Taliban are resourceful and skilful warriors and we

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  • Windows Phone 7 Irish launch round-up | Teic.ie
    in Ireland from the 21st October Detailed spec 1GHz processor 4 3 inch touchscreen display 576MB RAM 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video 8 16GB models GPS WiFi Bluetooth 2 1 The LG Optimus 7 LG Optimus 7 The intro Sporting a 3 8 WVGA screen the LG Optimus 7 is the smallest of the three WinPh7 devices to hit Irish shores this side of Christmas something that may be appealing to many users Unique selling points An augmented reality app that shows you nearby points of interest a 360 panoramic photo app and DNLA support meaning you can stream content from the phone to a compatible TV etc Availability The LG Optimus 7 will be available exclusively on the Vodafone network in Ireland from 21st October Detailed spec 3 8 inch WVGA display a 1GHz processor 5 megapixel camera with 720P recording 16GB internal storage GPS with digital compass accelerometer light and proximity sensors Bluetooth 2 1 WiFi and DNLA support The Samsung Omnia 7 Samsung Omnia 7 The intro The Samsung Omnia 7 sits in the middle in terms of size sporting a 4 SuperAMOLED screen and is the latest in the company s Windows based Omnia range which tends to be business focused Unique selling points The 4 SuperAMOLED screen is a sight to be seen and easily one of the best screen types out there The phone also supports the slightly faster n WiFi standard which coupled with what Samsung say is a physical design made with gamers in mind will make the device more gaming friendly Availability The Samsung Omnia 7 will be available from the Three Meteor and eMobile networks in late November Detailed spec 1GHz Qualcomm processor 4 SuperAMOLED WVGA display Bluetooth 2 1 Wi Fi 802 11n 5MP camera with 720p

    Original URL path: http://www.teic.ie/2010/10/windows-phone-7-irish-launch-round-up/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Opinion: What is the point of Samsung’s Bada? | Teic.ie
    of the Samsung Apps shop alongside Android s own Market This is enough to undermine any unique selling point Bada may have had left going for it making it as obvious as ever that Android is as adaptable flexible and feature rich as anything Samsung could hope to do on its own So what is the point of Bada and have Samsung already given up on it Going by the Bada blog they have not with a recent post detailing the first phase of their developer competition However the lack of a second Bada device or even plans for one this side of Christmas suggest that they are not exactly devoted to pushing the software out there Then there is the question of where they could push it even if they wanted to The above quote on prioritising Android shows where they see consumer demand going while the same executive suggested some professional specialised demand for a Windows Phone 7 device That leaves very little of the market for poor old Bada Perhaps then Samsung sees its future in their lower end or cheaper devices where a proprietry OS might have been used in the past As other manufacturers have already shown however Android ports just as well to mid and lower featured phones as it does to more powerful devices Think the HTC Wildfire and Sony Ericsson s Xperia X10 mini as an example In other words there is no real reason for a third way when targeting that end of the market Clearly Samsung like any manufacturer does not want to tie itself too tightly to one OS for fear or it dragging them down should market demand shift in the future However with so many other alternatives already out there like Windows Phone 7 and Nokia Intel

    Original URL path: http://www.teic.ie/2010/09/opinion-what-is-the-point-of-samsungs-bada/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Opinion: Where next for the netbook? | Teic.ie
    3 hours to keep the portable selling point in tact Pretty quickly netbooks were far less light and compact than they once were Most importantly however their price tags crept up from sub 200 to over 400 In some cases netbooks became more expensive than more powerful although far bulkier laptops Then came the iPad Much like the netbook this device is light portable and offers near full internet connectivity It is also far more stylish and expensive but it is the mark of what trend is to come next in the world of portable computing While the netbook began life as a toy and developed into something more serious the iPad has come out of the traps as an item of desire one that people will pay a premium to own It is only a matter of time before there is a quality office suite for the iPad and it becomes a logical secondary device for business users and students It is only a matter of time before rivals become available too offering more functions at a lower cost Can the netbook compete Not really especially not against a far more stylish and functional device that can do everything it can At present the only thing the netbook really has over the iPad is its USB inputs an advantage that will end sooner or later So is this the end of the road for the netbook If so it should hold its head high For a device with such a short life span it has had a huge impact on computing All manufacturers with the exception of Apple rushed to try to compete on the new battlefield and companies like Asus and Samsung made a fortune from it It also extended the lifespan of Windows XP at a time when Microsoft were desperately trying to migrate users over to Vista In the end Microsoft gave up trying instead developing a netbook iteration of its latest OS Windows 7 Starter Edition to try to kill XP with kindness Besides that it also introduced a lot of normal users to Linux and other open source software for the first time something that all the fanboys in the world had failed to do Perhaps most importantly however it has accelerated the move away from optical media forcing companies to offer digital downloads and USB based versions of software This arguably has made it easier for netbook haters like Apple to push forward disc less products of its own namely the Macbook Air and even the iPad However the netbook may still escape death but only if manufacturers are willing to take it back to its roots As regular laptops continue to get cheaper and tablet devices take over the portable professional niche there will still be a need for that simple almost throw away device It will have to be cheap small and have plenty of battery life but it will also have to be stream lined and simple to use What

    Original URL path: http://www.teic.ie/2010/07/opinion-where-next-for-the-netbook/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Opinion: Why is gaming still a second-class hobby? | Teic.ie
    of the TV How many parents categorise games as violent or aggressive enterprises How many of them actually pay attention to the games their children buy and most importantly the ratings warnings displayed on them In reality gaming is going through the same thing that film and television endured upon their infancy The older generation shows a general mistrust and the artistic community a certain amount of distain Of course some producers in the games industry should take some blame too Many seek out notoriety in order to generate sales think Postal as the perfect example When it comes to artistic chops many more are still too keen to mimic blockbuster films rather than do something unique not that they should be trying to be artistic either whatever that means However gaming is slowly becoming more respected or even just trusted and that is in large part thanks to the likes of the Wii The problem here is that many non traditional gamers probably do not see the Wii and its cute games as real gaming an ignorant piece of logic that is also felt by many hardcore gamers There is a shift happening here but it is taking some time The main reason for this is because gaming has failed to offer users any apparent benefit beyond recreational enjoyment Gaming for the most part does not educate or inspire It just entertains It does not allow people to see anything new like pictures or video did nor does it enlighten us to anything tangible Whether it ever will or should is a whole other argument However critics will always have an easy time criticising a medium that just entertains and proponents will always have a hard time defending it So for the time being at least gaming will still

    Original URL path: http://www.teic.ie/2010/07/opinion-why-is-gaming-still-a-second-class-hobby/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Features & Opinion | Teic.ie | Page 2
    suggested Apple was pioneering video call technology when introducing Face Time but all they did was perfect the pointless says Adam Maguire It was by far Read More Latest Opinion Microsoft need not fear Apple s market cap Jason Walsh 09 06 2010 Microsoft may have lost much of its sheen but it is far from a company in trouble says Jason Walsh Once the belle of the technology ball Microsoft Read More Latest TeicTat The Acer Liquid E Ferrari Adam Maguire 04 06 2010 The power you feel in your hands as you control a special piece of human engineering The stares as passers by spot the iconic bucking horse upon the sharp red Read More Latest Opinion People aren t as bothered by privacy as you are Adam Maguire 31 05 2010 For all the hand wringing about Facebook s privacy changes it appears that very few users actually care all that much writes Adam Maguire Today is Quit Facebook Day the Read More Latest Opinion Google TV How about Google Games Adam Maguire 21 05 2010 Google s announcement that it would bring Android to TV sets changes the game significantly not least by putting the search giant head to head with games console makers says Adam Read More Latest Buying ink cartridges is no longer a black and white issue Adam Maguire 18 05 2010 With cheaper options now available printer firms have to justify the high cost of cartridges writes Adam Maguire STAFF AT HP are quick to list interesting facts and Read More Latest Feature Digitising the Nation Adam Maguire 17 05 2010 Through this week s Digitise The Nation event Joan Mulvihill CEO of the Irish Internet Association IIA wants to see every businessperson and consumer make the net a part Read More

    Original URL path: http://www.teic.ie/category/features/page/2/ (2016-02-17)
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