Ukraine’s Highly Mobile Tech Work Force Hits the Road

How one Lithuanian company evacuated dozens of employees, three dogs and one guinea pig as Russia invaded.

#berlin-germany, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #crimea-ukraine, #dnipro-ukraine, #labor-and-jobs, #lithuania, #nordcurrent, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #vilnius-lithuania

Activision Employees to Cast Union Vote

Employees at a company subsidiary complain about long hours and low pay. On Monday, they could vote to form the first union at a big U.S. gaming company.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #communications-workers-of-america, #computer-and-video-games, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries

Fun, but With Structure

When socializing is stressful, rule-bound role-playing games can offer some relief.

#computer-and-video-games, #gygax-gary, #internal-storyline-no

FIFA and EA Sports End Their Two-Decade Partnership

The demise of a relationship that produced one of the most popular games of all time will mean risks for soccer’s governing body but few changes for its players.

#computer-and-video-games, #electronic-arts-inc, #fifa-video-game, #infantino-gianni, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #soccer

How to Separate Parents From Their Money

It takes just a kid and an app.

#apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #internal-sub-only-nl, #itunes, #mobile-applications, #moderna-inc, #parenting, #roblox-video-game, #zigazoo-mobile-app

‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

Depression, self-harm and suicide are rising among American adolescents. For M, a 13-year-old in Minnesota, the despair was almost too much to take.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #depression-mental, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minneapolis-minn, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Activision Says It Will Cooperate With Insider Trading Investigations

The company received requests for information that appeared to relate to investigations into whether investors who knew Bobby Kotick, the chief executive, traded Activision stock before a deal with Microsoft was made public.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #insider-trading, #kotick-bobby, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #stocks-and-bonds

In Elden Ring, the Struggle Feels Real

The video game evokes the hardship and disappointment of the pandemic, but also the hope of human communion.

#computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dont-look-up-movie, #elden-ring-video-game, #miyazaki-hidetaka

Mixing Minecraft and Watches

Lydia Winters, the game’s chief storyteller, now spends her leisure time photographing her 18-piece collection.

#collectors-and-collections, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #minecraft-video-game, #mojang-ab, #photography, #watches-and-clocks, #winters-lydia

What an Oscar Win for ‘CODA’ Tells Us About Apple’s Power

What the best picture Oscar for “CODA” tells us about Apple’s enormous market power.

#academy-awards-oscars, #apple-inc, #coda-movie, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mobile-applications, #movies

How Your Sense of Direction Is Shaped by Where You Grew Up

Childhood environments shape people’s navigational skills, researchers reported. The findings one day may lead to better tests for early dementia.

#alzheimers-disease, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #maps, #memory, #nature-journal, #navigation, #rural-areas, #university-college-london, #urban-areas

Genshin Impact, Smash Hit From China, Beats Japan at Its Own Game

Genshin Impact, a nearly picture-perfect reproduction of Japanese fantasy role-playing games, has raked in billions of dollars and sent shock waves through the world’s aging video game superpower.

#china, #computer-and-video-games, #japan

TikTok Ukraine War Videos Raise Questions About Spread of Misinformation

The Chinese-owned video app is dealing with a flood of war videos and the question of whether it is spreading unverified information.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #ukraine, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Twitch Says It Will Bar Chronic Spreaders of Misinformation

The new policy will take down channels that persistently lie about vaccines and election fraud, as well as Russian state-run media.

#amazon-com-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fortnite-video-game, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Epic Games, Who’s Behind Fortnite, Buys Bandcamp

Epic Games is acquiring an online music platform that has been embraced by musicians for its eclectic offerings and a payment system that favors artists.

#bandcamp-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #epic-games, #fortnite-video-game, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #music, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Are We Measuring Our Lives in All the Wrong Ways?

The philosopher C. Thi Nguyen believes that to understand modern life, we need to understand how games work.

#computer-and-video-games, #fitbit, #games, #klein-ezra, #philosophy, #science-and-technology, #twitter

Hacker Who Sold Pirated Video Games Gets More Than 3 Years in Prison

Gary Bowser, 52, pleaded guilty for his role in a group that sold pirated video games for devices like the Nintendo Switch, costing companies more than $65 million, prosecutors said.

#computer-and-video-games, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #gary-bowser, #nintendo-switch-video-game-system, #united-states, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #washington-state

Nvidia Deal to Buy Arm From SoftBank Is Off After Setbacks

The deal, which was initially valued at $40 billion, encountered regulatory scrutiny, including an F.T.C. lawsuit.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #arm-holdings-plc, #computer-and-video-games, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-trade-commission, #huang-jen-hsun, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #nvidia-corporation, #softbank-corporation

How The Sims Became the Internet’s Most Exciting Place to Eat

The 22-year-old life-simulation video game has evolved into a world where players can farm, forage, cook and learn about the many ways people experience food.

#computer-and-video-games, #electronic-arts, #food, #the-sims-4-video-game

How Instagram, FedEx and Wordle Hook You

The brand architect Debbie Millman says it’s all about design.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #social-media

The New York Times Buys Wordle

The word game, released in October, has millions of daily users.

#computer-and-video-games, #crossword-puzzles, #mobile-applications, #new-york-times-company, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #wardle-josh, #wordle

Microsoft and the Metaverse

Why are so many major companies investing in this new digital world — and what is it, anyway?

#activision-blizzard-inc, #audio-neutral-informative, #computer-and-video-games, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metaverse-internet, #microsoft-corp, #virtual-reality-computers, #xbox-video-game-system

Why Microsoft Wants Activision

Activision has a lot of popular games that fit into Microsoft’s plans to build a vast library of titles that can be played on all sorts of devices. The metaverse can wait.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #cloud-computing, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #sony-corporation, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xbox-video-game-system

Gamers Greet Microsoft’s Activision Deal With Guarded Optimism

Some players, unhappy with Activision in recent years, said the Microsoft deal could reverse a decline in quality.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #kotick-bobby, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mixer-microsoft, #sexual-harassment, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #workplace-environment, #xbox-video-game-system

What’s All the Hype About the Metaverse?

Microsoft cited the metaverse as a reason for buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Let’s break down what that really means.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #microsoft-corp, #virtual-reality-computers

Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard for Nearly $70 Billion

With the deal, the largest in the software maker’s history, Microsoft will gain Activision’s nearly 400 million monthly users and access to some of the world’s most popular games.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #kotick-bobby, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #virtual-reality-computers, #xbox-video-game-system

Behind the Movement to Create More Black Video Game Characters

The lack of Black representation in games stems from a failure to understand the Black gaming audience, creators say.

#black-people, #computer-and-video-games, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #rae-issa

Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Meet Their Match: Angry Gamers

Game publishers are offering NFTs, but skeptical gamers smell a moneymaking scheme and are fighting back.

#blockchain-technology, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sega-corp, #square-enix, #ubisoft-entertainment, #virtual-currency, #xbox-video-game-system

Crypto Enthusiasts Meet Their Match: Angry Gamers

Game publishers are offering NFTs, but skeptical gamers smell a moneymaking scheme and are fighting back.

#blockchain-technology, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sega-corp, #square-enix, #ubisoft-entertainment, #virtual-currency, #xbox-video-game-system

How Big Sports Leagues Are Trying to Woo the Gamer Generation

Here’s what sports marketers are doing to win back a lost generation and save the future of fandom.

#baseball, #basketball, #blevins-tyler-1991, #charlotte-hornets, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cortez-jhay-singer, #detroit-lions, #e-sports, #fans-persons, #football, #fortnite-video-game, #generation-z, #instagram-inc, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #nba-2k-video-game, #new-england-patriots, #overwatch-video-game, #roblox-video-game, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitch-interactive-inc, #twitter, #youtube-com

What if Work Were a Video Game?

Xbox head Phil Spencer discusses how the gaming industry is already peeking into the metaverse with avatars, virtual worlds and online economies.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #audio-neutral-informative, #call-of-duty-video-game, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #fortnite-video-game, #halo-video-game, #microsoft-corp, #minecraft-video-game, #roblox-video-game, #xbox-video-game-system

Wordle Is a Love Story

The word game has gone from dozens of players to hundreds of thousands in a few months. It was created by a software engineer in Brooklyn for his partner.

#computer-and-video-games, #crossword-puzzles, #reddit-inc, #spelling, #wardle-josh

The Video Games That Got Us Through 2021

These are not the year’s best video games, and some of them aren’t even that new. But they are the ones that helped us through yet another unexpected year.

#computer-and-video-games, #dark-souls-iii-video-game, #escape-from-tarkov-video-game, #halo-infinite-video-game, #it-takes-two-video-game, #mario-golf-super-rush-video-game, #marvels-avengers-video-game, #metroid-dread-video-game, #new-pokemon-snap-video-game, #persona-4-golden-video-game, #resident-evil-village-video-game, #slay-the-spire-video-game, #the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword-video-game

Big Tech Journeys Into the Virtual Reality Reaches of the Metaverse

Tech’s biggest companies are joining game makers and start-ups in pursuit of an immersive digital world that some have been working on for years.

#apple-inc, #augmented-reality-computers, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #intel-corporation, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing, #zuckerberg-mark-e

How John Madden Became the Face of a Video Game Empire

Madden, who died Tuesday, helped bring to life a series of football video games that has generated $7 billion in revenue since 1988.

#coaches-and-managers, #computer-and-video-games, #electronic-arts-inc, #football, #madden-nfl-video-game, #madden-john, #national-football-league

How Discord, Born From an Obscure Game, Became a Social Hub

Jason Citron created a video game that was going nowhere fast. So he stripped it down to a chatting feature that eventually boomed during the pandemic.

#charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #citron-jason, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #discord-inc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

5 Ways Young People Are Using Discord

Discord users from 12 to 23 years old describe how they use the messaging site, which has boomed during the pandemic.

#computer-and-video-games, #discord-inc, #e-learning, #instant-messaging, #social-media

Meet The Two Teenage Brothers Dominating Tetris

The best player in the world over the last two years is a 14-year-old boy from Fort Worth. One of his main challengers? His 16-year-old brother.

#artiaga-andy, #artiaga-michael, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #contests-and-prizes, #nintendo-co-ltd, #tetris-video-game, #twitch-interactive-inc

Tesla Agrees to Stop Letting Drivers Play Video Games in Moving Cars

A federal regulator said the electric vehicle maker agreed to disable the feature after an investigation was opened.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #computer-and-video-games, #musk-elon, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tesla-motors-inc

The Rise of E-Sports Has Big Implications for Traditional Sports

Kids were already drifting away from traditional sports before the pandemic, with ramifications for the entire sports industry. The trend has accelerated in the pandemic.

#athletics-and-sports, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #dallas-tex, #e-sports, #frisco-tex, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #young-mens-christian-assn-ymca

Masayuki Uemura, 78, Dies; Designed the First Nintendo Console

He developed the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 1980s, which laid the foundation for today’s enormous video game console market and franchises like Super Mario Brothers.

#computer-and-video-games, #deaths-obituaries, #donkey-kong-video-game, #japan, #nintendo-co-ltd, #nintendo-entertainment-system, #super-mario-bros-video-game, #uemura-masayuki-1943-2021, #united-states

The Game Awards Returns With Glitz and an Industry Asserting Its Muscle

On Thursday night, the video game industry held its big awards event, which is quickly becoming as important — and as long — as certain other entertainment occasions.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #arnett-will, #burd-david-lil-dicky-1988, #carrey-jim, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #electronic-arts-inc, #imagine-dragons-music-group, #keighley-geoff, #los-angeles-calif, #microsoft-corp, #sting-1951, #wen-ming-na

I Play Video Games With My 4-Year-Old, and That’s OK

Video games may not be harmless, but what are you going to do?

#bowser, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #internal-sub-only-nl, #nintendo-switch-video-game-system, #parenting, #princess-peach, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #super-mario-odyssey

Tesla Drivers Can Now Play Video Games Even With Car Moving

The feature raises fresh questions about whether Tesla is compromising safety as it rushes to add new technologies.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #computer-and-video-games, #driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #musk-elon, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #national-transportation-safety-board, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

PlayStations and Xboxes Are Hard to Find. Meet the People Trying to Help.

New gaming consoles remain in short supply this holiday season, spawning cottage industries of tipsters and scalpers making money off their scarcity.

#computer-and-video-games, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

The Tech Gifts That Are Hard to Buy This Holiday Season

The list of scarce gadgets is long, driven by a chip shortage. Don’t wait until Black Friday for the best deals.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electronics, #laptop-computers, #microsoft-corp, #nintendo-co-ltd, #playstation-video-game-system, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

Bobby Kotick, Activision’s C.E.O., Faces Calls to Step Down

More than a hundred employees protested at the company’s studio in Irvine, Calif., on Tuesday.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #computer-and-video-games, #kotick-bobby, #sexual-harassment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Halo Infinite Release Aims to Lift Xbox Prospects

Though interest in Halo has waned over the years, the company is banking on a new version to goose sales of its Xbox and subscription gaming service.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #halo-video-game, #microsoft-corp, #xbox-video-game-system

Roblox Goes Down, Forcing Children Outside for Halloween

The popular gaming site said Sunday that it was working to resolve the outage. In the meantime, children were freaking out.

#children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #halloween, #roblox-corp

Anonymity No More? Age Checks Come to the Web.

To protect children online, more companies and governments are forcing users to prove how old they are.

#censorship, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #identification-devices, #politics-and-government, #pornography, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming