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HP Launches ‘Gaming Garage’ to Equip Students for the Future of Work

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HP Inc., in collaboration with AMD, has announced the launch of its ‘HP Gaming Garage’ at Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai (RIT-Dubai), based at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). The HP Gaming Garage will promote and encourage university and school students from all over the world to gain the skills needed to enter the gaming and esports industry. The initiative forms part of HP’s commitment to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.

In the purpose-built, hi-tech gaming lab, complete with the latest gaming PC hardware from HP, students can access a curated programme to build soft skills and expertise specific to the gaming industry. The Gaming Garage also enables students to connect directly with game development and esports industry experts through workshops and internship placements. The long-term vision is to equip students with the right skillset to kick-start their careers in the game development industry through digital micro-credentials – a skill-based mini-qualification and a skills passport.

Commenting on the launch, Vishnu Taimni, Vice President and Managing Director of Middle East, Turkey, and East Africa at HP Inc. said, “Gaming in the MENA region is estimated to be worth $4.5bn, and there are more than 100 million Middle Eastern gamers. To support this vibrant and growing industry, we have launched the HP Gaming Garage, in collaboration with our partners. This unique programme will bring our knowledge and excitement to students, take their passion for gaming to the next level, and help them to develop the skills needed to excel in the game development industry.”

James Blackman, Director at AMD for the Europe Middle East and Africa region said,AMD is where Gaming begins, AMD love Gamers, and we are proud to partner with HP on the Gaming Garage project to redefine the future workforce by enabling them with the skills required to begin a journey in the gaming industry. At AMD we create products that meet the demands of tomorrow and inspire innovation; I hope the Gaming Garage can inspire and help the next generation create rewarding careers in the gaming industry.”

The HP Gaming Garage is supported by a number of partners:

  • AMD – few are as passionate as those in gaming, media, and entertainment. Whether developing, creating or consuming AAA games or the latest blockbuster, AMD supports hardware to deliver the very best performance. AMD will also support with industry guest lectures.
  • RIT’s new, the state-of-the-art campus houses the HP Gaming Garage. In addition, its dedicated faculty, focused on the gaming industry, will offer academic support to further drive the programme by hosting several workshops and guest lectures.
  • Ubisoft, creators of well-known games like Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, among others, will offer industry experience and mentorship opportunities to winners of the hackathons, which will take place quarterly.

“In light of our continuous efforts at RIT Dubai to give students and the community opportunities to be prepared for the future, RIT Dubai is excited to collaborate with HP on operating this garage. Gaming is becoming a major tool in many industries including health, manufacturing, service sector as well as entertainment. Establishing a lab that fosters the creation and design of games will give participants many futuristic and business opportunities.  Housing this lab in our newly built, smart, innovative and sustainable campus will strengthen the ties with all our strategic partners, like HP,” commented Yousef Al Assaf, President, RIT Dubai.

The HP Gaming Garage consists of six tracks that will help students build-up to a game skills passport:

  • Weekly gaming skills workshop that will include courses on developing prototypes, designing for engagement, isometric design among others
  • Weekly soft skills workshop including sessions on how to pitch prototypes, sharpen leadership skills, how to brand games etc.
  • Access to industry professionals including guest lectures, Q&As from industry experts
  • Internship and mentorship with key industry partners
  • Game design incubation with industry partners, which will help students grow ideas and concepts
  • Academic pathway which provide students with links to some of the best online self-paced courses on game design

In addition, the HP Gaming Garage will host quarterly hackathons that will be conducted throughout the year, the first of which kicked off in April 2021, and is centered around the healthcare industry. As part of the first challenge, students have been asked to design an original game to creatively solve some of the pressing challenges in the healthcare sector.

Throughout the six weeks of the challenge, soft skills workshops, games skills workshops, and industry encounters will also take place to support participants in developing their prototypes. There will be additional hackathons over the coming year that will focus on solving challenges from different industries.

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Review: Corsair SABRE PRO CHAMPION SERIES Optical Gaming Mouse

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The name of this gaming mouse may be quite a mouthful. However, the performance it offers is incredible. The new SABRE PRO CHAMPION SERIES Optical Gaming Mouse from Corsair is a wired gaming mouse that is aimed at esports professionals who want the best of gaming arsenal out there on the market.

In terms of design, the Corsair SABRE PRO has a right-handed shape with two side buttons on the left and a matte black plastic body with a slight texture. There’s a glossy Corsair logo at the top of the mouse towards the back and a grey SABRE logo on the left mouse button.

The Corsair SABRE PRO’s build quality feels impressive, and there’s no flexibility in the body. This one is a lightweight competition-grade gaming mouse equipped with a drag-reducing flexible paracord cable and ultra-responsive QUICKSTRIKE buttons. It is also lightweight at 69-gms and features an ergonomic design.

The Corsair SABRE PRO also comes with good feet with rounded edges and the mouse comes with an excellent quality cable covered with paracord. It also comes with replaceable 100% PTTE glide pads that help you with rapid movements during an intense gaming session. The mouse, as mentioned before, comes with Corsair QUICKSTRIKE Buttons that ensure every click is immediate and responsive.

The mouse also supports Corsair’s AXON hyper-processing technology that delivers inputs to your PC up to 8x faster with 8000Hz hyper-polling. The SABRE PRO is also equipped with an 18000-DPI optical sensor, which can be customised in 1 DPI step, with a DPI button to cycle through five presets on the fly.

Since it is a plug-and-play gaming mouse, no installation or setup is required. You can use Corsair’s iCUE software to customise the buttons on the mouse. Through the iCUE software, you can set the buttons to run macros, act as media controls, launch applications, or even perform keyboard keystrokes.

The mouse was very comfortable to hold and use, and it offered a very nice grip. The cord of the mouse felt neat and sturdy. The scroll wheel felt precise and has a pronounced step definition. Since it is notched and has a rubberised surface, it felt grippy and easy to control.

If you are looking for an affordable gaming mouse that also does not disappoint in the performance department, the Corsair SABRE PRO CHAMPION SERIES Optical Gaming Mouse should be a good choice.

Price: $55

Corsair SABRE PRO CHAMPION SERIES Optical Gaming Mouse $55
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The Corsair SABRE PRO’s build quality feels impressive, and there’s no flexibility in the body. This one is a lightweight competition-grade gaming mouse equipped with a drag-reducing flexible paracord cable and ultra-responsive QUICKSTRIKE buttons. It is also lightweight at 69-gms and features an ergonomic design.

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Under Armour Partners with Nasr eSports

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Under Armour has announced a partnership with Nasr eSports. The collaboration aims to promote the idea of a healthy mind and body in order to succeed in esports at the highest levels. The partnership will see Under Armour become the exclusive provider of kit and uniforms to NASR’s team of athletes and rising talent. To celebrate the partnership, Under Armour and Nasr will host an exclusive event at the brand’s flagship store at The Dubai Mall from 10 AM until 3 PM, on 14th October.

Esports is a highly competitive sport, with participants performing better when they have a healthy mind and body. Under Armour understands that physical and mental training is vital to maintaining a competitive edge, which requires split-second reactions, strategies and judgement. Nasr athletes will now wear Under Armour clothing and gear when they are competing in tournaments and preparing in the gym.

Lee Devon, Vice President for Under Armour Middle East said, “The partnership with Nasr embraces them as athletes, supports their training while allowing players to gain that extra 1% needed to be the best that they can be, physically and mentally. We are excited at the opportunity and look forward to a long-term partnership with Nasr and commitment to esports.”

Expressing his excitement at the new partnership, Nasr eSports founder and CEO, Lalit Vase said, “We are excited about partnering with Under Armour. This is a collaboration where I truly see the involvement going beyond just putting a logo on a t-shirt. Under Armour is very ambitious and cutting edge in the way they think and want to find the next thing they can do to help athletes gain a competitive edge. We are looking forward to seeing what the next year holds for both brands.”

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Smashes its Way Onto Nintendo Switch

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Warner Bros. Games, TT Games, The LEGO Group, and Marvel Entertainment announce the critically acclaimed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is available now for Nintendo Switch. Featuring an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe and filled with classic LEGO videogame adventure and humor, players take on the role of their favorite Marvel Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk, as they assemble to battle against some of the most menacing Marvel Super-Villains, including dastardly Doctor Octopus, the ghastly Green Goblin, the ruthless Red Skull, the vicious Venom, Thor’s vexing brother, Loki, as well as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus. Players will unlock more than 100 playable characters, including Mystique, Elektra, Silver Samurai, Malekith, Aldrich Killain, or Super-Skrull. Players can also choose from a plethora of magnificent bonus hero characters, such as the heroic Guardians of the Galaxy, the Punisher, Captain Britain, Squirrel Girl, and Deadpool.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers players a chance to show off their super skills by using weapons such as Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer, or Hawkeye’s bow to use in combat-like action sequences or epic battle scenes. Players will be introduced to different character super abilities like summoning magic powers like Doctor Strange, shrinking down to minuscule size as Ant-Man or Wasp, and more. Players will also achieve the power of mind control with Professor X or Jean Grey, sharpen their claws as Sabretooth, Black Panther, or Beast to dig into the ground to uncover hidden items, and blaze around the city on a motorcycle as Ghost Rider or other speed-demons to complete exciting race challenges.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features some of the most legendary locations from the Marvel Universe such as Iron Man’s headquarters at Stark Tower, the Daily Bugle, the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building, and the X-Mansion, home base to the X-Men. Fans can travel to dazzling distant destinations including Thor’s home of Asgard, Doctor Doom’s castle in Latveria, and even Magneto’s Asteroid M to track down evildoers and save the world! Players can further discover the Marvel Universe with extra exciting escapades set in Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, Kingpin’s treacherous Fisk Tower, Laufey’s lair in Jotunheim, and much more.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for Nintendo Switch also includes the following previously released DLC packs:

  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Super Pack: Get ready for brick-smashing action with more Super Heroes and Super-Villains, plus new vehicles and races. Play as fan favorites Dark Phoenix, Winter Soldier, Symbiote Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Falcon, and Beta Ray Bill.
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Asgard Pack: Wreak havoc as the vengeful Malekith and the villainous LEGO Minifigure, Kurse. Play as Jane Foster and the shield-maiden of Asgard, Sif. Defend the Universe with Odin and the Warriors Three: Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is also available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

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