• Making waves at DREAM Adaptive’s Water Sports Week
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    Making waves at DREAM Adaptive’s Water Sports Week

    An inviting lawn fitted with towering trees looking out onto Echo Lake near Bigfork is filled with families from many different walks of life. Some are all adults while some have small children and everything in between — and all are participating in DREAM Adaptive Recreation’s Water Sports Week. The organization’s annual week-long program makes it possible for everyone, regardless of ability, to recreate on the water and enjoy much of what makes Montana summers special. Although DREAM runs summer activities and coaching on a consistent basis, Water Sports Week is a time especially for families to gather and feel the camaraderie with old friends and new friends alike. “I…

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  • Fixating on player counts and ‘dead games’ is making gaming worse
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    Fixating on player counts and ‘dead games’ is making gaming worse

    There was a time not so long ago that we knew definitively which games had sold the most copies. If you wanted to know how many people bought Splinter Cell vs. Kingdom Hearts in the fall of 2002, the numbers were right there (opens in new tab), provided by a market research company called the NPD that got its sales data directly from retail stores. Mathe-magic!  20 years later we’re still comparing games to each other, but we now live in the age of service games, where the biggest games are free-to-play and sales numbers don’t tell the whole story. We no longer measure a game’s health in millions of…

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  • Microsoft’s Making New Xbox Ad Tech For Games
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    Microsoft’s Making New Xbox Ad Tech For Games

    Image: Xbox / Epic / Kotaku Raise your hand if you’re excited to see more ads inside your favorite video games? I don’t see any hands. Well, bad news: A new report claims that Microsoft is building an advertising program to give “select brands” the ability to buy ads that will then appear in free-to-play Xbox games. And while the report says Microsoft and Xbox are being careful to not “irritate” players or disrupt games, it’s unlikely most folks will enjoy starting to see in-game ads. Business Insider reports that Microsoft wants to work with adtech companies to create a system that will allow brands and advertisers to buy and…

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