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Chances are if you’ve heard of Sri Lanka, you know it as a tropical tourist destination. If you haven’t, it’s a developing Southeast Asian island nation in the Indian Ocean famed for its beaches, jungles, historic sights, tea, and warm hospitality.

But you’re not here for that. You’re here because you’re curious about what it’s like gaming on an island nation like this.

In the previous entry of this series, you got an introduction to what gaming is like on Sri Lanka. Much like the rest of Asia, the most popular platform is mobile, which can be attributed to economic factors. Despite challenges in access to traditional platforms and their games, this island nation is home to a rich culture of gaming.

Video games have largely been absent from the mainstream consciousness of Sri Lankans. They are often disregarded and lumped together with cartoons as a means of keeping children entertained. It’s a traditional perception shared across South Asia. …

In the first entry of this series, we explored what gaming is like on Sri Lanka. Much like the rest of Asia, it’s a land where mobile rules as the leading platform, mainly due to economic factors. In the second entry of this series, we saw how gaming culture is transitioning into a budding industry with excellent growth potential.

There’s a growing number of Sri Lankans exploring the digital realms of gaming as it continues to grow. Much like the rest of the world, a handful of Sri Lankan creators are building their own virtual worlds for us to explore.

When Steve Saylor jumped into The Last of Us Part II, he burst into tears. “I’m sorry. I don’t even know what to say. There’s so much here,” he said while sobbing in joy, looking at the game’s accessibility menu. Steve is a gamer who is legally blind.

Living with Nystagmus, he is forced to sit 1–2 feet from the screen to play any game. For its highly-acclaimed sequel, Naughty Dog added 60 accessibility options. These simple options were literal game-changers for Steve. …

U.S. Digital Service | Technology | Design
U.S. Digital Service | Technology | Design
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At least, that’s how Barack Obama describes the U.S. Digital Service.

When we typically think of startup, most of us picture Silicon Valley tech companies. The U.S. Digital Service is the furthest thing from that definition. But according to Eric Ries — Author of The Lean Startup, “A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”

Even if it’s a department of the federal government, the U.S. Digital Service ticks all of those boxes. …

Today, humanity lives in a vast ocean of digital data. Few years prior, it was impossible to walk into a tech conference without hearing three words, “Big Data Analysis. AI. Cloud Computing.” Originally, they were dismissed by some as mere buzzwords — the latest in a long line of tech fads that would be forgotten.

Today, these so-called fads are all around us. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an organization that doesn’t use those technologies. That includes the police who’ve embraced it with open arms. …

March has been a profitable month for the gaming industry. In the US, Roblox went public beating expectations and making it (for now at least) larger than known titans like EA, Take-Two, and Ubisoft. Meanwhile across the Pacific, Japan also saw its hottest IPO of 2021 to date with Coly Inc. going public — a company run by women building games for women.

The twin sisters behind Coly and its rise to fame

I confess, until a few months ago I had never heard of Roblox. Chances are you haven’t either unless you have kids. It was my niece and nephew that first introduced me to the platform. While both I and they owned PS4s, theirs was collecting dust. Instead, they were jumping between their favourite worlds on Roblox and they weren’t alone. Today, 75% of kids in the US are regular users of the platform. Now it has gone public at a staggering $42 billion valuation. But what exactly is Roblox?

The rise of Roblox

Released in 2006, Roblox is a platform that hosts several…

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On the 9th of February 2021, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri made a shocking announcement. The 13,000+ residents of Oldsmar narrowly avoided being poisoned. Hackers gained access to the city’s water supply systems and increased the levels of sodium hydroxide. Thankfully, quick action saved countless lives. While the story of Oldsmar had a happy ending, it highlights the importance of investing in cybersecurity.

Of course, cybersecurity incidents are as old as computers are themselves. But for cybersecurity professionals, the Oldsmar incidents is the stuff of nightmares. As the march of progress takes us towards a more digital world, we’ve seen…

Tokyo’s Akihabara neighbourhood is famously known as the mecca of anime and video games. Sadly, on the 30th of August, it will be losing one of its iconic landmarks. The popular Sega Akihabara Building 2 arcade announced that it will be closing its doors permanently.

For an entire generation, video game arcades might be relegated to the history books of gaming. Yet for a moment in time, arcades were inseparable from gaming. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’d already gone the way of payphones. However, you’ll find that even in 2020, arcades are still alive and have evolved to survive…

Mazin Hussain

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