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BANANA TIME
A PUBLICATION OF ACAC ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,
BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.
SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR BANANA TIME TO WIGLEY@CANISIUS.EDU.

NAME: OUYA game console
DESCRIPTION: Open Source Game Console
PURPOSE: Game Design and Development
OS: Android
PRICE: $99
SOURCE: http://www.ouya.tv
BANANA RATING:  Five bananas out of five
RATED BY: P.J. Moskal

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The times when open source software was dysfunctional and used only by geeks are gone!  Office Libre, Linux, WordPress, Firefox, Audacity, VLC, and Notepad are just a few examples of applications that are making software more affordable to the general public.  With the introduction of OUYA, an open source game console based on Android OS, the gaming industry has been taking notice!

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OUYA targets gamers interested in low cost, low budget games created by independent game developers called Indies.  Indies are not connected to major game publishing houses like Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony or others.  Indie developers’ games are smaller in scope and self-published, but are incredibly creative and fun to play.  OUYA provides an Indie with an opportunity to develop and distribute games without having to go through the complicated procedures of becoming a certified game developer for the console.  It literally takes a minute to become a game developer!  This has huge implications for the entire game industry and for education as well, and that’s why I am very excited about OUYA.  As a professor of game design, my students will be able to develop, publish, and even deliver their games to the market for the OUYA console.  It will provide my students with the real world experience of becoming game developers without having to deal with complex licensing issues and top-down control of what can or cannot be published.

I wish OUYA much success in a very competitive game industry as it has the potential to discover great talent and infuse the industry with more creativity and inventiveness.  Game on!

-PJM

BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy.  Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.”  Roy, D. F. (1959).  “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at http://64.6.252.14/class/377a/Readings/roy-bananatime.pdf