This week on Spark - Preserving the experience of video games. When online dating preferences tip over into racism. And, free texting apps know more about you than you think!
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Dan Misener brings us the week's tech highlights, through a numerical lens, including the news that the number of over-the-top messages (through free texting apps) we send, has now surpassed traditional SMS texting.
Race and Online Dating - 1
Back in February, we dedicated an entire Spark episode to dating in the digital age
, including a story by Kaj Hasselriis, all about Grindr, a geo-social dating app for gay men. Kaj is back to talk about another, and ugly, side to online dating - racism.
Race and Online Dating - 2
Christian Grov on how preference-setting in online dating has changed the way gay and bisexual men present themselves to potential partners.
Game On 2.0
Patrick Moran takes Nora on a chronological and nostalgic tour of video games at the Ontario Science Centre's Game On 2.0 exhibit.
Lost in Emulation
Your shiny new laptop can pretend to be a vintage Commodore 64! Jason Scott on re-creating the experience of a game on new piece of hardware, through emulation.
Preserving Virtual Worlds
Jerome McDonough on the cultural importance of preserving virtual worlds - like World of Warcraft, or Second Life and the applications beyond computer games.