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  • Colleges roll out scholarships to varsity video game players

    09/15/2017 10:59:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 09/15/2017 | CBS/AP
    Video games are going varsity. In some ways, they're like typical college athletes. They're on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships. But instead of playing sports, they're playing video games. On college campuses, varsity gaming teams with all the trappings of sports teams are becoming increasingly common as schools tap into the rising popularity of competitive gaming. After initially keeping its distance, even the NCAA is now considering whether it should play a role. Fifty U.S. colleges have established varsity gaming teams over the past three years, often offering at least partial scholarships and...
  • Why More Young Men Aren’t Working — Video Game

    07/08/2017 1:04:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | uly 5, 2017 | Maria LaMagna
    Before young American men get back to work, they should switch off the video console. Younger men’s working hours have declined more than those of older men over the last 15 years, according to a working paper by researchers at Princeton University, the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester and distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Cambridge, Mass.-based research group. The researchers analyzed how people spend their time when they are not working. Older men are more likely to be employed than those who are younger. Some 66 percent of men looking for jobs aged...
  • Chancellor Merkel is opening gamescom for the first time

    06/22/2017 6:07:21 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 6 replies
    Gamescom ^ | June 22, 2017 | Staff
    Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will open gamescom, the world’s largest event for computer and video games, for the first time on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 in Cologne. This was announced today jointly by Koelnmesse, organiser of gamescom, and the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) as gamescom sponsor. “We consider it a great honour and a sign of recognition that Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will this year participate in the opening tour of gamescom”, says Felix Falk, Managing Director of the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU). “The visit of Dr. Merkel underlines the importance of...
  • Atari working on its first video game console in over 20 years

    06/19/2017 11:38:03 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2017 | Staff
    Known as a pioneer in the formation of the video arcade and modern video game industries, Atari is stepping back into the hardware business with a new game console — its first in more than 20 years. The New York company, swimming with the tide on the popularity and nostalgia of retro games, recently began teasing the Ataribox with an advertisement showing a “brand new Atari product years in the making.”
  • Activision Announces 'Call Of Duty: World War II'

    04/21/2017 2:22:16 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 21, 2017 | Erik Kain
    Activision officially unveiled the next Call of Duty game this morning. Call of Duty: World War II is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the makers of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. That was a good game, and I'm excited to see what Sledgehammer can do with a World War II setting. Prior to Advanced Warfare, the developer had been working on a Vietnam-era game which was ultimately scrapped when Activision promoted the studio to one of its three regular Call of Duty developers. We know nothing about the game at this point beyond the setting and name. A livestream is...
  • The original StarCraft and its beloved Brood War expansion are now free

    04/19/2017 11:23:51 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 12 replies
    PC World ^ | April 19, 2017 | Hayden Dingman
    A few weeks ago Blizzard announced the upcoming summertime release of StarCraft: Remastered, giving a facelift to the classic RTS and its beloved Brood War expansion. Alongside that announcement came other interesting news though: The original (not remastered) versions of both StarCraft and Brood War would be made free sometime in April, alongside a new 1.18 patch. That time has come. Blizzard dropped the 1.18 patch late on Tuesday, adding in a borderless windowed mode, tweaking some back-end code, correcting some long-standing bugs, improving compatibility with Windows 10, and more. But more importantly, whether you never purchased the game or...
  • Blizzard is remaking 'StarCraft' with better graphics — and it's making the original version free

    04/06/2017 10:30:35 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 26, 2017 | Kif Leswing
    People still play the original StarCraft, a real-time strategy game that first came out in 1998. Now, the intergalactic war game is getting a major face-lift, the game's developer, Blizzard, announced Sunday."StarCraft: Remastered" will preserve the gameplay of the original 1998 title, but the new title will update its aging graphics and audio and will ensure better compatibility with modern computers, the company said. "Gameplay and balance have been precisely preserved," Blizzard said in a statement. Preserving the gameplay is important for this remake because the original StarCraft is still played as an e-sport, especially in South Korea.
  • China's Alibaba to Invest $7.2B in Entertainment Over Three Years

    12/29/2016 2:27:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 28, 2016 | Patrick Brzeski
    "I didn't come to play," the Chinese internet giant's new head of entertainment said in a memo. Alibaba Group's top entertainment executive is cementing his reputation as a bold leader at the Chinese e-commerce giant. Yu Yongfu was named CEO of Alibaba's newly consolidated media and entertainment subsidiary in October. This week, the 40-year-old executive pledged to invest $7.2 billion (RMB50 billion) in media and entertainment over the next three years, adding that he "didn't come to play." Content will be a focus of investment, he also said. The statements were made in an internal memo reviewed by Reuters. An...
  • (Vanity) Xbox One Co-op

    11/06/2016 12:19:51 PM PST · by GunHoardingCapitalist · 7 replies
    Me again | Today | Me
    So, next Friday I will be Upgrading to an Xbox One S. I chose the Xbox over the PS4 Neo simply because PS4 doesnt allow beta games or private party games, and I really want to play Ark: Survival Evolved, and maybe start a Freeper Tribe on a public PvE server and if there is enough interest, possibly purchasing a private server in the future. If there are any fellow Gamer Freepers out there and are interested please get ahold of me. I already have an Xbox Live account set up and can give you my ID. Will also be...
  • HTC to open hundreds of virtual reality arcades

    11/05/2016 1:30:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Can-India ^ | November 5, 2016 | Wire Services
    Taipei, Nov 5 (IANS) Taiwanese tech giant HTC will open hundreds of virtual reality gaming arcades in Taiwan, China, Europe and the US by end 2017 under its “Viveport Arcade” programme. The company is developing virtual reality games for its VR devices and hopes the gaming arcades will serve to promote its virtual reality Vive headset, the Taipei Times reported Saturday. The programme will begin in Taiwan and China and then be extended to the US and Europe at an unspecified date. HTC is hoping to expand its Viveport programme to internet cafes, movie theatres and virtual reality centres by...
  • Meth Found Inside Video Game Case in Lake Charles

    09/05/2016 12:08:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KPLC ^ | Thursday, September 1st 2016 | Jillian Corder
    When an 11-year-old purchased a game from GameStop Wednesday afternoon, he opened the case to find a baggie of drugs. The game was purchased from the GameStop location on Nelson Road in Lake Charles. According to the boy's father, there was a baggie inside. He returned the game to the store and called Lake Charles police. Det. Rebecca Reed with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office confirms the substance was meth. Dustin Varos, the manager on duty, told KPLC that if the game was shipped from another store, it was not checked before being sold again. GameStop's Director of Public Relations...
  • Fallout 4 Nuka-World Release Date and Gameplay Trailer

    08/16/2016 10:44:49 AM PDT · by yuleeyahoo · 19 replies
    Bethesda.Net ^ | August 15, 2016 | Matt Grandstaff
    Nuka-World is a vast amusement park featuring Raider gangs and unique park zones like Safari Adventure, the World of Refreshment, Dry Rock Gulch, Kiddie Kingdom, Galactic Zone and Nuka-Town, USA. Nuka-World features new quests, Raiders factions, weapons, creatures and more. Enjoy the ride!
  • Ghostbusters dev Fireforge files for Bankruptcy

    08/14/2016 1:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Games Industry ^ | August 1, 2016 | Dan Pearson
    Owes millions to part owner Tencent, according to filings Fireforge, the California developer responsible for the recent Ghostbusters tie-in game, has filed for bankruptcy, owing debts of over $12 million according to papers associated with the case. The firm originally filed for voluntary chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 15, but further filings were completed on July 29. According to documents seen by Kotaku, Fireforge owed considerable amounts of money to several parties, but the majority of its debt, believed to have been accrued prior to the development of Ghostbusters, is owed to partial owner Tencent, which controls 37% of the...
  • How a Small Group of Devotees Are Saving Neopets From Extinction

    08/05/2016 11:41:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | August 4, 2016 | Lauren Young
    The 2013 update of Tyrannia, an ancient civilization listed as one of the 19 official lands in Neopia. [Photo: Screeshots from]If you visit the current website of the virtual pet game, Neopets, you’ll instantly recognize the vestiges of a late 1990s internet world. Its users almost certainly shared their thoughts on Xanga or LiveJournal, and were just beginning to discover other niche online communities through a year-old company called Google.Clicking through the Neopets world known as Neopia is like going back in an internet time machine. The bright Crayola yellow backdrop, the bubbly space font, and the cute cartoon pets are remnants of the early web—their cheerful style unfazed...
  • E3 2016: New Fallout 4 DLC Revealed

    06/13/2016 8:57:33 AM PDT · by yuleeyahoo · 23 replies
    IGN ^ | 6/12/2016 | Daniel Krupa
    During its conference tonight, Bethesda revealed three new piece of DLC for Fallout 4, the third of which, called "Nuka World," will be the game's final DLC.
  • Fallout 4 maker Bethesda is working on 3 new games

    02/20/2016 4:58:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    venture beat ^ | 02/18/2016 | Dean Takahashi
    "We are doing three longer-term projects," Howard said. "We'll talk about them in future. They are different from anything we have done before, while also being a Bethesda-style game." Holmes asked Howard again. And he said, "I teased enough. I'll get in trouble." Much of the talk was a victory lap for Fallout 4, which had a team of 100 people and was in the works for four years, following the debut of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim role-playing game in 2011. Howard said he was grateful for the success of Fallout 4, an open world game with 100,000 lines...
  • Fallout 4 discussion thread

    11/12/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · by An American in Turkiye · 69 replies
    An American in Turkiye
    Would like to hear what fellow FR gamers think of the new Fallout 4 game. I tried Fallout 3 but didn't care for it. I'm not a fan of open worlds or RPG's. I prefer linear games, like BioShock, Uncharted, Dead Space, etc. Is Fallout 4 living up to the hype? Is it open world like Fallout 3?
  • This Version of Super Mario Turns Him Into a Syrian Refugee Attempting to Get Past Border Agents

    10/15/2015 12:24:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    This version of Super Mario turns him into a Syrian refugee attempting to get past rickety boats and border agents Mario, of Nintendo's Super Mario franchise, had to navigate treacherous turtles and evil mushrooms before getting to the next level (and the damsel in distress) in the famous video game. This version, however, is a little different. Instead of turtles there are border agents and the chasms have been replaced by treacherous water passages. Winning, in this version, doesn't mean reaching the princess: Instead, it's just about managing to get to a refugee camp. Created by Samir Al Mufti, a...
  • No, 'Super Mario Maker' Is Not Racist

    07/25/2015 4:11:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/22/2015 | Erik Kain
    Super Mario Maker is a game we’ve all been waiting for: Finally, we can create our own classic Mario levels using the Wii U’s touch-screen gamepad. (I’d sure like to have a mouse and keyboard, but the touchscreen is far superior for this kind of thing than a traditional gamepad.) Ben Gilbert of Business Insider recently demoed the game and was mostly just really disturbed by the big, white, feminine hand that appeared onscreen as a stand-in for his own. This one: Here’s Gilbert’s reaction: During a meeting with Nintendo on Thursday in New York City, I tried the game...
  • Apparently, Medieval-Themed Video Games ‘Legitimize’ ‘White Supremacy’

    07/23/2015 7:24:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 22, 2015 | Katherine Tempf
    If you like playing medieval-themed video games, you might not be just some harmless nerd — you might be a nerd who is also kind of a white supremacist. At least that’s the opinion of Victoria Cooper, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leeds in England, who presented a paper titled “Playing Politics: Exploring Nationalism and Conservatism in Fantasy Video Games” at the International Medieval Congress earlier this month. “The Middle Ages is a space where white supremacy is legitimized,” Cooper said, according to an article on “The maintenance of white privilege. The gamer community use ‘historical facts’...