How To Do Magic Tricks For Fun or Professionally!

learnmagictricksYou are sitting on a park bench, minding your own business and a man in a suit and top hat comes over to you.  He sits down next to you and starts pulling quarters out of your ear; handing each one of them off to you one by one as he pulls them out.  Amazing!  Next, he takes off his hat, and after sweeping a white cloth over it — out pops a real live bunny!  Who knew!  Mystified, you begin asking yourself questions: how did he do that?  Where did the bunny come from?  Can I keep the quarters?  And, most importantly: how can I do magic myself?

If you love leaving people stunned, dumbfounded, or taken back – consider doing some magic tricks.  After all, what is the most you can lose aside from a bunny and a few quarters?  Take out your magician’s wand, and get ready as we give you a run-down of some simple tips and tricks on how to do magic!

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UDK Tutorials: Getting Started in the World of Video Game Design

UDK TutorialsHas this ever happened to you?  You’re walking along the street, or sitting in a boring class, or waiting for a traffic light to turn green, and you are struck with a brilliant idea for a video game.  This idea includes everything you already enjoy about gaming, and even adds in a few elements you always felt were missing.  It’s a truly great idea, but it can’t go anywhere.  Not without getting an entire team of writers, designers, producers, programmers and play testers together.  Then it’s still a matter of waiting years for the finished product.

What if none of that were true?  What if there was a program available which would let you design your ideal game on your own?  Sure, you’re thinking “This must cost a lot of money, right?  Or at least take forever to learn?”  Not at all!  There is a program out there which is not only free to use, but it is also totally optimized for ease of use, and beginner friendliness.  It’s called UDK, or Unreal Design Kit, and with this tutorial, you can start using it right now with this unreal development kit.

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Video Game Tester Salary: How Much Can You Earn?

Video Game Tester SalaryThere are many myths about making video games, and video game testing has its fair share. Video game testing is a career field that is constantly growing. As the video game industry continues to evolve, more and more large companies are looking towards people to test out their video games. Being a video game tester can be a long and difficult task, but testers do make a decent income, though it’s on the lower side in the video game design industry.

Being a video game tester is no easy feat. It takes hours of hard work and examination to really get a game polished. If you want to be a tester, you should check out the Udemy course Get a Job in the Video Game Industry that teaches you what you need to do to break into a career field in video gaming.

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Ice Breaker Activities: Team Building 101

icebreakeractivitiesEveryone remembers their awkward first day of school when they were a kid.  They walk into their classroom and suddenly realize they do not recognize anyone at all.  Then each individual student will usually have to stand up and say their name in front of everyone to introduce themselves.  This is one way to introduce each other in a group setting, but it isn’t the most effective.  That is when ice breaker activities come into play.

Even as an adult, it can be overwhelming and even scary for some to be on a team or group and not know anyone.  Whether it’s a group project for a college course or a marketing team in a corporate setting, the goal for them is the same.  Have good communication,  work effectively as a team and most importantly, accomplish your goals.  But in order to do this, everyone in the group must feel comfortable with one another and feel equally important.  Team building exercises such as ice breakers are a great way to accomplish just that.

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Get Paid to Play Games: It’s Not Just a Dream!

get paid to play gamesIf you’re a compulsive gamer, don’t worry about wasting all of your time in a simulated environment. Games today are getting more and more complex, and you have many options to make money that don’t follow the traditional path of becoming a professional gamer and competing all over the country with the best of the best. When you’re looking for a way to make a little bit of money on the side, you’re in luck because there are many ways you can monetize your hobby, without making the leap from being an amateur in your lounge room to a full-on professional. If you want a few more ideas other than gaming, you can learn the best ways for kids to make money here.

All over the internet you’ll find forums and people claiming they’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars by playing games, and you’re right – many of these are simply a farce. The good news, is that if you follow some of our advice you’ll be able to start bringing in a little bit of money each week. It’s not a get rich quick scheme, because if you could become a millionaire playing video games everyone would be doing it. If you’re looking for ways to make money online, you can’t miss this course which covers many of the most effective methods today.

Taking your love of video games can make you cash, so check out these ways you can start earning from your favorite pastime today.

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Top Mac Games for Those Who Can’t Give up Their PC

top mac gamesThere’s something still satisfying about that old Windows computer you have lying around collecting dust. Tell me you don’t still have at least one or two old games lying around that you can’t bear to get rid of, even if you have to boot up that old machine just to play them one more time. For me, it’s the Neverhood. Never heard of that game? It’s okay, most people haven’t. It came in a collection of old Windows ’98 games that no one else really ever played. But there’s something that’s still oddly comforting about knowing that I still have that game and knowing that I still have a really old computer that will be able to read that game.

Unfortunately, it kind of sucks having to lug around an old machine with me every time I move just because I feel like I might play that game one more time in my life. You know what? Ditch that old machine and ditch those old games, because Mac has been creating tons of new games that you’ll be dying to play. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this list of top Mac games. There’s sure to be something that will strike your interest.

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ZBrush Tutorial: Creating a Digital World

zbrush tutorialDo you find yourself absently sketching or doodling on the back of napkins or envelopes? What if there is a way to make these drawings come to life, digitally, maybe for a video game or a movie? ZBrush is a digital sculpting program that uses pixols to add a third dimension to your drawings. These pixols allow you to create digital mesh maps of your drawings, which is the first step to creating a physical rendering of your notebook sketches, bringing your work to life. Sounds a little complicated? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ZBrush tutorials available to help you learn this program step by step with beginner courses like this one, along with courses for those who are already familiar with the basics. The story of any video game or movie is in the details and there are plenty of courses available to help you learn how to digitally refine those important details. 

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Oculus Rift Review: Overview of Features and Games

oculusriftreviewThe Oculus Rift is a head-mounted virtual reality display that’s been in development for the past year and a half, after its inventors ran a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2012 worth $2.4 million dollars. While the developer version of the Oculus Rift prototype has been out for a little under a year, available to Kickstarter backers who pledged over $300 and through pre-orders, the consumer version has yet to be released. With the Oculus Rift dev kit, game designers can integrate the device into their projects early, before the product hits the mainstream market. With the consumer version, set for release late 2014 or early 2015, gamers will be able to use the Oculus Rift virtual reality feature while playing compatible games, an opportunity not currently afforded to many outside of video game industry events and conventions. Is the Oculus Rift something you should consider for your own game? Will it be worth buying when it’s available to the public? In this Oculus Rift review, we’ll go over some of the device’s key features and functionalities, and go over some of the awesome games already compatible with it. [Read more…]

3DS Max vs Maya: A Friendly Comparison

3ds max vs maya3DS Max and Maya are both 3D computer graphics programs for making 3D animations, models, and images, used by video game developers, TV commercial studios, and architectural visualization studios to create video games, animated film, TV series, and visual effects. They are both currently owned and developed by the same company, Autodesk, Inc. If you’re interested in becoming a professional animator, you will most likely work with at least one of these programs, as they are the most commonly used in the film and video game industries. Much like driving two different models of cars from the same brand, both of them will get you to your final destination, but the way you get there will be the only thing that’s different.

If you’re new to either of the programs, here’s a tutorial for 3DS Max for beginners and an introduction to the animation workflow in Maya.

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Unity Raycast Tutorial: Unity 3D and How to Use it for Games

unityraycastMost modern video games utilize ray casting. Ray Casting is forming a line or vector from a specific point to another point in a 3D plane. The purpose of the ray (vector) is to determine if it intersects with any colliders or other game objects. This function is most commonly used in first-person shooter games, where the main camera (the character) is the ray’s origin (starting point) and the ray is cast to interact with other objects in the game that may come in contact with the ray. It is important to understand a vector (ray) and the many functions it can perform, such as shooting in a first-person shooting game, or picking up an item within the game, but first it is important to understand how to create a ray cast. [Read more…]