‘I Forget About the World:’ Afghan Youth Find Escape in a Video Game

The game’s cultlike following in Afghanistan inhabits a real-life version of its violent virtual reality.

#afghanistan, #computer-and-video-games, #kabul-afghanistan, #pubg-video-game, #taliban, #terrorism, #violence-media-and-entertainment, #youth

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The Best Video Games to Get Lost In This Holiday Season

A ninth-century Viking adventure, a game about robots that literally feels good to play and an escape from hell: Here is what’s new across gaming systems to satisfy players of all stripes.

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New PlayStation and Xbox Arrive During a Pandemic Gold Rush

The video game industry has notched record spending and profit in 2020, but to sustain its growth, it must prepare to compete with the return of concerts, movie theaters and live sports.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-video-game-system, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sony-corporation, #take-two-interactive-software-inc, #twitch-interactive-inc, #xbox-video-game-system

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PlayStation 5: The Next Step in Sony’s Rebound

The gaming console, coming out in its latest version on Thursday, has become the Japanese giant’s centerpiece product.

#company-reports, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #electronics, #hirai-kazuo, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system, #yoshida-kenichiro

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PlayStation 5 Review: Sony’s New Console Is an Entertaining Behemoth

With a winning combination of solid hardware and software, Sony’s new console makes us excited about the next generation of gaming.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Escape Rooms in an At-Home Era? Here’s the Key

The immersive games are reinventing for online, at-home play — which is no surprise, an industry expert said: “These folks are deeply creative, and they’re scrappy.”

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #escape-room-game, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater

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Xbox Series X and S Review: Microsoft’s New Consoles Are a Good Value. Is That Enough?

Nice hardware? Check. Fair price? Check. Cool, exclusive games? T.B.D.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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How J Balvin Made His Trippy, Eye-Popping Halloween Concert in Fortnite

The video game has become a music venue as the pandemic continues to keep live shows off the road. The Latin pop star put his own colorful spin on the experience.

#computer-and-video-games, #epic-games, #fortnite-video-game, #halloween, #j-balvin-1985, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rap-and-hip-hop

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They Scream! We Scream!

What’s more fundamental to scary movies than the bone-chilling shriek? But delivering a terrifying wail isn’t easy. It’s an entire art with a history and a world of its own.

#actors-and-actresses, #allen-nancy, #ashley-peldon, #blow-out-movie, #blum-jason, #computer-and-video-games, #movies, #roth-eli-1972, #shaye-lin-1943, #trevor-gates, #voice-and-speech

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A.M.D. Agrees to Buy Xilinx for $35 Billion in Stock

The deal would broaden A.M.D.’s business into chips for markets like 5G communications and automotive electronics.

#advanced-micro-devices-inc, #company-reports, #computer-and-video-games, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #intel-corporation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #xilinx-inc

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Apple Does Not Need to Return Fortnite to App Store, Judge Rules

Fortnite’s parent company, Epic Games, had broken its contract with Apple, a federal judge found. The case goes to trial next year.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epic-games, #fortnite-video-game, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #mobile-applications, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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35 Thoughts About Mario on Super Mario’s 35th Anniversary

Insights and observations about Super Mario, what he means to video game culture and why he remains popular today.

#computer-and-video-games, #nintendo-co-ltd, #super-mario-bros-video-game

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Apple and Epic Games Spar Over Returning Fortnite to the App Store

The two companies argued in federal court over Apple’s power over apps, as their fight heads to trial next year.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epic-games, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweeney-tim-1970

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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #basecamp-llc, #blockchain, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #match-group-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #smartphones, #software, #spotify, #sweeney-tim-1970

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Microsoft Acquires Video Game Company ZeniMax in $7.5 Billion Deal

The company’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media puts it in a strong position against Sony just weeks before the release of their next generation of gaming consoles.

#computer-and-video-games, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #software, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Oculus Quest 2 Review: Solid V.R. Headset, but Few Games

The new $300 virtual-reality headset works well and feels comfortable. But good luck finding games that will keep you entertained.

#boxing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #exercise, #facebook-inc, #headphones-and-headsets, #oculus-vr-inc, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing

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Coming This Fall: Return of the Video Game Console Wars

Gamers are awaiting Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, though supply might be limited because of the pandemic.

#cloud-computing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #google-stadia, #microsoft-corp, #nintendo-co-ltd, #playstation-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Return of the King: Ninja, a Video Game Star, Goes Back to Twitch

After months of speculation, one of the world’s most famous video gamers announced his next move.

#blevins-tyler-1991, #computer-and-video-games, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Chess (Yes, Chess) Is Now a Streaming Obsession

Viewers are flocking to games during the pandemic, entranced by a charismatic grandmaster and his lightning-fast play.

#chess, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nakamura-hikaru, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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India Bans 118 Chinese Apps as Indian Soldier Is Killed on Disputed Border

The Indian government is blocking Chinese apps from its huge domestic market to strike back against China amid a tense border standoff.

#china, #computer-and-video-games, #defense-and-military-forces, #himalayas, #india, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government

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Joe Biden Campaign Offers Animal Crossing Yard Signs

Past candidates have tried to capitalize on popular video games, with mixed results. Will it be different this time, in the island paradises of the Nintendo Switch?

#advertising-and-marketing, #animal-crossing-new-horizons-video-game, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nintendo-co-ltd, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #voting-and-voters

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This ‘Gamer Grandma’ Has More Than 900,000 ‘Grandkids’

Shirley Curry, 84, has cultivated a following on YouTube with her charming videos of journeys through The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

#computer-and-video-games, #youtube-com

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To Fight Apple and Google’s Grip, Fortnite Creator Mounts a Crusade

Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, has railed against tech power. “The market is out of control,” he said.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #google-play, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tim-sweeney

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Yes, We Are Living in a Computer Simulation

Microsoft’s latest version of Flight Simulator is so realistic that it suggests a new way of understanding the digital world.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #software

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You May Not Know This Pandemic Winner, but Your Tween Probably Does

Millions of children have flocked to the online gaming site Roblox since March. That’s helping game developers, some as young as 16, make a lot of money.

#black-people, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #roblox-video-game, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #youth

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Is Gaming the Future of the Virtual World?

During the pandemic, digital three-dimensional environments are where much of life is taking place.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #virtual-reality-computers

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Apple Bans Fortnite From Its App Store

The hugely popular gaming app was removed by Apple after it said Fortnite’s creator, Epic Games, violated its App Store guidelines.

#apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #epic-games, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments

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After a Flop, Amazon Makes Another Foray Into Video Games

Amazon said it was rebranding Twitch Prime, in another attempt to crack the video game market after a big-budget game effort failed.

#amazon-com-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #crucible-video-game, #mobile-applications, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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This Is Not a Desk Chair

The pandemic has put video game equipment in unusually high demand. The gaming chair is ascendant.

#chairs, #computer-and-video-games, #ergonomics, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Facebook Gaming Finally Clears Apple Hurdle, Arriving in App Store

Saying Apple forced changes during months of rejection, the social network is releasing a version for iPhone and iPad users today.

#apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-gaming, #facebook-inc, #ipad, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #software

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Like Old Hollywood Movies, Video Games Get a Polish for New Audiences

Game publishers are digging through their vaults to remake or remaster popular titles in a bid to kindle players’ nostalgia.

#capcom-co, #computer-and-video-games, #final-fantasy-vii-remake-video-game, #playstation-video-game-system, #square-enix, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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From Minecraft Tricks to Twitter Hack: A Florida Teen’s Troubled Online Path

The teenage “mastermind” of the recent Twitter breach, who had a difficult family life, poured his energy into video games and cryptocurrency.

#bitcoin-currency, #clark-graham-ivan, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #robberies-and-thefts, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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‘Hey, You Free on Friday for a Meeting and a Bank Heist?’

Eager for an alternative to Zoom, executives are getting together in video games, to bond, brainstorm or rampage.

#animal-crossing-new-horizons-video-game, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lee-bruce, #mediamonks-bv, #minecraft-video-game, #red-dead-redemption-2-video-game, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #world-wildlife-fund, #zoom-video-communications

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I Was a Screen Time Expert. Then the Coronavirus Happened.

An author reflects on her pre-pandemic pronouncements about children’s technology use and offers new advice, like focus on feelings, not screens.

#children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kamenetz-anya-1980, #mobile-applications, #parenting, #science-and-technology, #television

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More Resignations, but No Sign Yet of a Change in Gaming Culture

Since dozens of women spoke up about harassment in gaming last month, prominent industry figures have resigned. But has anything really changed?

#atari, #computer-and-video-games, #sexual-harassment, #ubisoft-entertainment, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #women-and-girls

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FaZe Clan President Leaves to Start XSET

Greg Selkoe is leaving the successful esports conglomerate to start a new venture that’s less “frat house” and more diverse.

#computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

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The Sims Is Bringing Its Inclusive Spirit to TV

In a new reality show based on the computer games, players compete for prize money. But the narrative of “The Sims Spark’d” emerges from how the series allows them to convey their own experiences.

#buzzfeed-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #electronic-arts-inc, #tbs-network, #television

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Dozens of Women in Gaming Speak Out About Sexism and Harassment

After more than 70 allegations surfaced on Twitter this weekend, gaming companies and streamers responded with action. Some say it’s the beginning of real change in the industry.

#computer-and-video-games, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #sexual-harassment, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #women-and-girls

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Two Gamers Played ‘The Last of Us Part II.’ They Were Blown Away.

When the original video game was transcendental, can a sequel top it? Two Times reporters debate the answer.

#computer-and-video-games, #naughty-dog-inc, #the-last-of-us-part-ii-video-game

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The Last of Us Part II Is a Dark Game for a Dark Time

Set in a violent, tribal, pandemic-ravaged world, the long-awaited Naughty Dog epic will leave you damaged — and awed.

#computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #druckmann-neil, #naughty-dog-inc, #the-last-of-us-video-game, #the-last-of-us-part-ii-video-game

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Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch

The Amazon-owned site, known for showing video game play, has become a hub for airing the sit-ins and marches over racial inequality.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #social-media, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Apple Rejects Facebook’s Gaming App, for at Least the Fifth Time

Apple has repeatedly denied Facebook’s new Gaming app from appearing in its App Store, citing its own rules.

#android-operating-system, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #software

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12 Hidden Gems to Play on the Nintendo Switch

There’s more to the console than Animal Crossing, Mario and Zelda. Here are some lesser known games to check out.

#computer-and-video-games, #nintendo-co-ltd

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A Government in Japan Limited Video Game Time. This Boy Is Fighting Back.

The high school student, saying families should decide for themselves how many hours to spend online, is hoping for a rare victory in a constitutional challenge to Japan’s laws.

#children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #education-k-12, #japan, #politics-and-government

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With Real-Life Games Halted, Betting World Puts Action on E-Sports

Computer-vs.-computer games of FIFA livestream to gamblers on Twitch. Fantasy contests carry League of Legends lineups. In the coronavirus age, video games have grown into a darling for casinos.

#athletics-and-sports, #casinos, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-sports, #gambling, #nevada-gaming-control-board, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Father of School Shooting Victim Takes On Smith & Wesson

A complaint to the Federal Trade Commission by a parent and two advocacy groups says the company “attracts, encourages and facilitates mass shooters.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #computer-and-video-games, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #federal-trade-commission, #firearms, #gun-control, #guttenberg-fred, #mass-shootings, #parkland-fla-shooting-2018, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #smithwesson, #social-media, #violence-media-and-entertainment

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Cute Dress. How Many Bells Did You Pay?

Move over, Armani, Dior and Versace. Fashion under lockdown is all about the Able Sisters, three adorable hedgehogs from Animal Crossing.

#animal-crossing-new-horizons-video-game, #computer-and-video-games, #fashion-and-apparel, #nintendo-co-ltd, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Isn’t Changing Everything

It is just speeding up trends that were already underway.

#computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #navarro-peter, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #trump-donald-j

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This Should Be V.R.’s Moment. Why Is It Still So Niche?

Virtual escapism is perfect for a pandemic, but V.R. still seems far from a mainstream technology.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #virtual-reality-computers

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Endless Summer Puts Homebound Kids at Risk for Weight Gain

With schools shuttered, the inactivity and snacking typical of summer breaks puts more students at risk of obesity and health ills.

#children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #exercise, #food, #obesity, #parenting, #physical-education-and-training, #snack-foods, #weight

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