Can videogames teach history? It is a question we have asked ourselves before, although our musings have never delved into the scientific. Ubisoft, however, have spent a bit more time and effort on the idea. The developers of the historical stab-a-thon Assassin’s Creed series put together an experiment during the creation of Assassin’s Creed Origins to see if their recreation of Ancient Egypt could be used as an educational tool in schools. The results are surprising.
It must be tempting when creating a sequel to a puzzle game to start where you left off and simply stack up the difficulty. After all, should your second game not further challenge veterans of the first? Read more: the best indie games on PC. Developers Toxic Games have a different idea with Q.U.B.E. 2. The studio have refined and adjusted the original’s block-placing puzzles by allowing you to generate new boxes, rather than being restricted to the ones already placed in the level.
Some of the greatest games ever made are the result of imitation and the borrowing of ideas. Take a look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which sees Nintendo build upon and refine the ideas they picked from other games for their open world. But if you lift someone else’s formula and neglect to inject some originality into it the effort can easily backfire. That seems to be the case with indie developers AurumDust and their replica of Stoic’s strategic RPG The Banner Saga.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".