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TOONWORLD APP RELEASED
Orlando 2/5, 2021

Toonworld Newsgoogle play badgeOur new game 'Toonworld' is available now for download from the Google Playstore. The App is published as Free-to-Play with in-app purchases. Give early feedback and let us know how you like the app and how we can improve it. Not all features are implemented yet and expect weekly updates! Additional features and levels will be published throughout the year. A Virtual Reality version for Oculus Quest 2 is under development and should be available later in the year.

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The Android app has been programmed by a small team in Tuebingen, Germany. Lead programmer Tom Haeschke (middle) used the Unity game engine for development. Former Disney Imagineer Brian Collins contributed ideas to gameplay, which was originally drafted by our youngest team member, Nicolas Meiertoberens.

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British composer Sophie Lloyd created original game music and Raziye (Razi) Tutku Özel from Germany is the voice talent behind the scenes in Toonword.


MAGIC BYTES IS PUBLISHING 'SMOKE & MIRRORS VR'
Atlanta 3/16, 2020

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We're excited to announce, that Magic Bytes will be publishing James Laudermilk's upcoming Virtual Reality experience 'Smoke & Mirrors VR' for Oculus Rift and other VR headsets! You are the Magician and experience what it is like to perform on different stages and create unbelievable illusions. This magical VR experience also has a museum of magicians to preserve the history of magic which features illusionists like The Award Winning Queens Service Medal Magician, Alan Watson, Magic Castle Magician Misty Lee, Magicians Kyle & Misty, Houdini and even Martinka's famous magic shop where the Society of American Magicians was founded in 1902. The game was already featured in Indie Gamer Magazine, Vanish Magic Magazine and Cucalorus Film Festival in North Carolina. 


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James is a 19-year Army Veteran and Iraq War veteran. After beating Cancer in 2016, he taught himself programming in Unity. He also started developing his own game 'Smoke and Mirrors VR' when he was selected for Oculus Launch Pad 2018 which is ran and owned by Facebook. Virtual Reality is helping James with his diagnosed PTSD. Magic Bytes CEO & Founder Thomas Meiertoberens visited James at his home near Atlanta to meet him in person, experience his passion for new technologies, learn more about his latest VR animation tools and to discuss details of his magical VR game. It's an honor to have James on our team. 

Otronicon 2020
Orlando Science Center 1/17-1/20, 2020

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Our first public presentation of our Toonworld demo on Oculus Quest happened at Otronicon 2020 in the Orlando Science Center - We received great positive feedback! Otronicon is a yearly showcase of resources available through collaboration between educational institutions, the tech and manufacturing communities of Central Florida.

More info and a video of Toonworld here: https://www.magicbytes.com/coming-soon/toonworld

 
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Our presentation of our updated Gaming & Computer Lab at Otronicon 2020 in the Orlando Science Center was a tremendous success. There's a lot of interest in Physical Computing with Scratch and Raspberry Pi. Our modified Windows10 version of Scratch3 can control GPIO Pins remotely over WIFI. Code in Scratch on your own Windows10 Computer and start exciting experiments with electronics!

• Create exciting STEM experiments with sensors, electronic switches, servo motors and LED's
• Combine your experiments with Lego® Boost, Lego® Powered Up Train or Lego® Mindstorms®
• Add Amazon® Text to Speech or Google® Translation to your projects
• Learn Coding, Game Design, Physical Computing, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
• Add a large LED Matrix for displaying data, pixel art, RSS feeds and more

 

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STEM EXPO 2020
Orange Technical College 1/31, 2020

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Alien Invasion at STEM Expo 2020 Orange Technical College in Orlando! Great to see all the excitement about our upcoming VR game Toonworld for Oculus Quest.

More info and a video of Toonworld here: https://www.magicbytes.com/coming-soon/toonworld

 
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Indie Galactic Space Jam
Orlando Science Center 9/27-9/29, 2019

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The 6th Indie Galactic Space Jam was held this year at the Orlando Science Center and had a great turnout. It's an annual 48h game jam event where teams design space related computer games. It's hosted by Indienomicon and winners are determined by Space Florida Judges. It brings together the local Space Industry of Central Florida with determined and talented programmers, designers and people excited about space.

 
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Magic Bytes Operating Manager, Mai Nguyen, is part of the Indienomicon team and welcomed all participants to the Orlando Science Center, where she works as an Educator as well.

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Kunal Patel (middle), founder of the Orlando Game Space and initiator of Indienomicon, with his team.