Video Games

School of Mines Welcomes Varsity Esports Team

May 17, 2018
SDSMT University Relations

Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, and many colleges around the country are capitalizing on the broad appeal. This fall the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology joins the ranks of schools that sponsor so-called esports teams.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The International Coding Competition in Rapid City and recent international hacking events have prompt people to consider coding. It provides the scaffold for computers and smartphones and apps. Educators must decide how kids can learn code, what they should understand, and when they should start.

Take a peek inside this coding classroom. The room is warm. It’s afternoon. The school year draws to a close, and sixth-grader Adysen Moet plays a video game.

Lawmakers Consider Ending Pac Man Tax

Jan 21, 2016

State Lawmakers are considering a plan to change the way arcade games in South Dakota are taxed.   

What could be called the Pac-Man Tax includes a registration system for coin operated amusement games that began in 1985.   Today some believe the system is out dated. 

If you’re in the right age bracket you know the video game Pac-Man.  

“Those of us who are older might remember Pac-Man days.  They had Pac-Man machines out and they were kind of the rage of the market,” says Bob Riter, a lobbyist for the Music and Vending Association of South Dakota .

Guide To Geek Gifting

Nov 21, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present one of their favorite shows of the year - the "Guide to Geek Gifting."  Listen for great gift ideas for the "tech geek" in your life!

Accelerator Boot Camp

Aug 15, 2014
South Dakota Technology Business Center

Cara Hetland hosted today's Innovation program from the South Dakota Technology Business Center in Sioux Falls where she visited with several entrepreneurs at the annual Accelerator Boot Camp.  Pam Boehm, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Manager at the Technology Business Center, discussed this year's boot camp.

Oculus VR + Amazon Enters OTT Market

Mar 28, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys," Joel Broveleit, John T. Meyer and Jeff Litterick, discussed Oculus VR and the way people experience video games on this edition of Tech Radio.  They also covered Amazon's entrance into the "over-the-top" (OTT) market, the Apple/Comcast partnership, future problems for XP users and more.

Game Narrative Review Competition

Feb 27, 2014

Five Dakota State University students were awarded top honors in a Game Narrative Review Competition for the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) held in San Francisco in March.  They are students of Jeff Howard, assistant professor of Game Development and Design at DSU.  Sophomore Mostafa Haque won one of the three top Platinum level awards, for which he'll receive a free, all-access pass to the GDC.  This year, Howard assigned his fall 2013 class, Game 360: Narrative Design, to submit an analysis of a game narrative to the competition.  Howard helps students and other designers dig into the