Netsim – a network simulator game for teaching

Netsim is a simulator game intended to teach you the basics of how computer networks function, with an emphasis on security. You will learn how to perform attacks that real hackers use, and see how they work in our simulator!

Netsim is completely free to play.

VimGolf – fun way to learn Vim

VimGolfVimGolf – a quick and fun way to learn Vim text editor.  There is a whole lot of different challenges for all levels – from novice to expert – that will test your knowledge of Vim trickery.

You can also review the solutions provided by other people, from shortest to the most readable.

YouTube Gaming Launch

 

YouTube Gaming

YouTube launched YouTube Gaming – a YouTube built for gamers.  The blog post describes:

On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.

It’s a good thing they mentioned these different genres, because they way I saw it was mostly kids watching other kids playing games.  Apparently, that’s a thing these days (see Twitch, for example).  That’s something I can’t understand with my son – instead of actually playing the games, he is watching other people playing.  What’s that all about?

Adult women are now the largest demographic in gaming

Adult women are now the largest demographic in gaming

Congratulations, gamer girls—you’re officially at the top of the food chain when it comes to games. A new study released by the Entertainment Software Association has revealed that adult women now occupy the largest demographic in the gaming industry. Women over 18 made up a whopping 36 percent of the gaming population, followed by adult men at 35 percent.

Teenage boys, who are often stereotyped as the biggest gamers, now lag far behind their older female counterparts, making up just 17 percent of the gaming demographic.