It is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Get ready to play your way through the history of video games at the international blockbuster exhibition called Game On 2.0.

From classic games like Mario, this action packed celebration of video games culture has an all-new version is world premier exclusively in Tasmania at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.

Get a peek on history by seeing how Game On 2.0 tracks the development of videogames from the earliest computer games to arcade-era hits and the very latest from today’s billion-dollar industry. You can even try the games yourself.

This is a rare event that showcases rarely seen consoles, controllers and collectables, this is a showcase of games history like no other. I think that this will be a jam packed event. My favorite game Mario will be there. It is the only game that I have liked ever since the early Family Computer came out.

By showcasing a range of emerging technology and content trends, guests can get ideas of some indication of the shape that gaming may take over the next decade. It will be a spectacular event that is for sure. Secure your tickets to be able to join!

For existing Java users, coding Android using the Eclipse IDE will surprise many first timers. Why? Because the System.out.println() does not show anything in the console. But do not fret, there is a way and it is just not in the console.

There is another console called LogCat and this is what you need to enable in order for you to view console output. Go to Windows > Show View > Android > (Other) > LogCat.

Then you use the Log class in order to send out messages to the LogCat console. The Log class has actually a few methods to distinguish what kind of message it sends out to the console. Check them out below.

To use the Log class, do this. It takes in two parameters: TAG is useful to indicate where the message originated.

The screenshot below came from these two lines of code

Notice that I was still able to output using System.out.println() but the the Log class is much more useful for me because it is easier for me to dissect which class the output came from.

joystick-128x128Just read this cool tidbit in CNN’s tech portion. A new gaming system that is currently being developed by OnLive will have players stream games directly to their PC, Mac or even their very own high definition TV. If its business model will click and people will start to move on, this could put a damper on Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo’s business. Though we will not find out yet for now since it is currently in the works, its business model looks decent and promising. As long as the player has the minimum requirements, one can play the stream the game while playing it. One big advantage for this is that the player does not have to upgrade hardware and stuffs in order to play the latest games. Instead, OnLive will be the one who will do the upgrading to its backend servers so that players will continue to stream and play without the worries of any possible upgrades on their own unlike gaming consoles like PS3, Wii and XBox.

This is a neat technology to begin with and it may change the way how games will be played. As is the usual case, OnLive plans to offer trials so that players can then decide to have the option to play just one time or anytime via a subscription fee. This also removes the issue of piracy and can save distribution costs for publishers. Since players will be streaming and, say, watching on their TV, they can even watch other players play the game while they watch as spectators. Pretty cool huh. As I said, this can change the way how games are played much like how Apple introduced its iPhone to the world and now, lots of phone companies had scrambled making their own iPhone look-a-like versions. If all will go well, the bigtime players like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo may follow suit and for those who cannot to afford to buy such consoles and even the games themselves, it can be good news ;).

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