Shreveport-based Moonbot Studios participated in a panel discussion at the world's largest gaming trade fair, Gamescom, held in Cologne, Germany, earlier this month. Moonbot's creative director Adam Volker debated with fellow panelists on whether games are art. He says Moonbot aims to carve out an interactive storytelling niche in the vast gaming industry as it works on a Sony Wonderbook game for the PlayStation 3. Diggs Nightcrawler is slated to be released sometime next year.
The organizing board of the Great Texas Balloon Race is working with LeTourneau University researchers to calculate the economic impact of the event on East Texas. Race founder Bill Bussey, a Longview dentist, said nearly 500 volunteers helped to put on this year's race. The Great Texas Balloon Race will host the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship in Longview for the next two years. Bussey says the board is considering bidding for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Championship.
The Willis-Knighton Health System has completed a $3.9 million assisted living expansion. The hospital system's Savannah at The Oaks community will nearly double in size to 52 apartments. Executive manager Janice Latvala says it fills a gap between independent living and a nursing home. She says the new units are nearly all leased, and she began taking contracts on them five months ago.