Game on!

When the editors of Network World, ComputerWorld, and IT World Canada decided to cooperate on one subject, covering it from our different perspectives, we knew we had a challenge on our hands. What possible subject would be of common interest to all our community members?

At first glance deciding to take an in-depth look at the video game industry may seem a quirky choice, yet, this subject touches almost everyone either directly or indirectly. Even if you don’t get the whole gaming thing, we believe you’ll still find the different perspectives on this billion dollar industry a good read. You don’t actually need to be a Jolt Cola-guzzling, Goobers-popping, gamepad-wielding frag fanatic to enjoy this! We promise!

Oppressed gaming workers liberated by IT best practices
Games may be great fun to play, but developing them is no walk in the park. There is a dark side to the gaming industry. Developers beaver away in the dungeons of major gaming corporations like the subterranean Morlocks in the sci-fi classic The Time Machine, working absurd overtime and enduring bad conditions to produce games for the Eloi-customers frolicking outside.

What’s in a game?
We’ve gathered up a list of our editors and writers all time favourite video games at Find out what we ranked as our all-time favs and why.

Kids at work in virtual worlds Editor Jim Ducharme takes a look at a study which finds that kids learn career and life skills from online games.

Enterprise enters the gaming world
The enterprise owes a great deal to the gaming industry. The massive investments in research and development that game console manufacturers are making to gain an edge in the highly competitive industry are crossing over to the enterprise space.

Gaming has some lessons for software developers
A University of Ontario game design and development professor discusses what those in his field can teach their big business cousins about development.

Hopping islands for high aces
Omaha, Stud or Texas Hold ‘Em — playing poker on-line depends on a worldwide network that interconnects a series of data centres dotted across the globe’s exotic island locations. Smarter networking technology is making poker’s cyber-rooms more interactive and reliable, switching, shaping and accelerating network traffic to overcome first-hop failures and data centres prone to downtime.

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