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Gamers Who Harass Women Actually Suck

Poor-performing males who stand to lose status take it out on ladies: study

(Newser) - Like low-status Neanderthals, contemporary men who aren't exactly winners—literally, when it comes to playing video games—are more likely to harass women online, new research cited in the Washington Post finds. Scientists who conducted the study published in Plos One played 163 games of Halo as either male-voiced... More »

How YouTube Star PewDiePie Makes His Millions

Felix Kjellberg has more than 37.7M subscribers on YouTube

(Newser) - If you thought it was a fluke when word got out last year that YouTube star PewDiePie was making $4 million a year playing video games and filming his reaction to them, think again. Back then Felix Kjellberg had 27 million subscribers; today he sits atop YouTube with 37.7... More »

Porn, Video Games Causing 'Masculinity Crisis': Shrink

Phillip Zimbardo says men are suffering 'new form of addiction'

(Newser) - Video games, pornography, and social isolation are an unhealthy mix for today's young men, according to a leading psychologist. Phillip Zimbardo, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, makes his warnings in his new book, Man (Dis)Connected—which includes the results of an in-depth study of 20,000 young men,... More »

Man Ruptures Tendon After Weeks of 'Candy Crush'

Too much smartphone use is to blame for range of repetitive stress injuries

(Newser) - Excessive smartphone use can, in rare cases, lead to repetitive stress injuries. There's even a phrase for what happens when a tendon in the thumb constricts from too much texting— "texting thumb." But one California man took it to a whole new level: The 29-year-old visited an... More »

Kanye Made a Video Game Starring His Dead Mother

'Only One' game takes place in afterlife

(Newser) - If you've ever dreamed of playing a video game where you get to control Kanye West's deceased mother, you're a strange person, but a lucky one. Kanye told the Breakfast Club radio show a few days ago that he has spent six months designing a game based... More »

Report: Netflix Making a Legend of Zelda Live-Action Show

Nintendo has generally avoided TV, movies

(Newser) - Nintendo isn't exactly known for a love of TV and movies—one reason might be the disaster that was 1993's Super Mario Bros. movie. But the Wall Street Journal reports, via a "person familiar with the matter," that the video-game company is planning a new show,... More »

Researchers Making Mario Think for Himself

He can 'learn' to collect coins, jump on bad guys

(Newser) - Before you know it, your video games could be playing themselves. Researchers in Germany are working on giving Nintendo's best-known character a form of artificial intelligence, the Verge reports. Their goal is a "Living and Conversing Mario Agent" that can act on commands given not with a gamepad... More »

Man Dies in 3-Day Gaming Binge as Others Play On

The 32-year-old in Taiwan suffered 'cardiac failure'

(Newser) - Just a few weeks into the new year and a second death blamed on binge video-gaming is being reported in Taiwan. A 32-year-old identified only by his family name Hsieh was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead after workers at an Internet cafe in Kaohsiung City went to check... More »

2.4K Old-School MS-DOS Games Are Now Online

Internet Archive adds huge free gaming collection that works with most browsers

(Newser) - "Prince of Persia," "Oregon Trail," and "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" are once again ours for the playing—but this time, they're on the Web. The Internet Archive, purveyor of "universal access to all knowledge" through portals such as the Wayback... More »

How One Guy Makes $1M a Year Playing 'Call of Duty'

'Nadeshot' used to work at McDonald's

(Newser) - His name is Matt Haag, but he's better known by his video game identity, Nadeshot—a moniker under which he makes almost $1 million a year playing Call of Duty. Sure, the 22-year-old's job is to press buttons, but he and his team have a dietician keeping them... More »

Kevin Spacey's New Villain Is on ... a Video Game

He 'stars' in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

(Newser) - Movies, TV shows, and the stage have long been the domain of actors—but add video games to that list, as Kevin Spacey is doing in the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Spacey—who has "never played a [video] game in my life," he tells the New ... More »

8 Stars Who Voiced Video Game Characters

If you thought that character sounded familiar, you were probably right

(Newser) - "That voice sounds familiar..." If you've ever found yourself saying that while playing a video game, well, check out ETOnline 's list of 19 celebrities who've lent their voices to game characters. A sampling:
  • Emma Stone: Amanda Cartwright in Sleeping Dogs.
  • Kristen Bell: Lucy in
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Hilarious Glitch: Linebacker Shrinks to 1'2" in Madden 15

Glitch in video game makes Christian Kirksey quite tiny

(Newser) - The Tennessee Titans have a secret weapon this season: a 1-foot, 2-inch linebacker. At least, that's what players of the just-released Madden NFL 15 video game have found in an apparent glitch, which features the diminutive athlete dodging in between the legs of his relatively gigantic opponents. The identity... More »

Amazon's Big Buy: Site for Watching Video Games

Twitch brings together millions to view broadcasted gaming

(Newser) - Amazon just bought the fourth-largest source of online traffic in its second-biggest purchase ever, the Wall Street Journal reports—but you may never have heard of the service in question. Twitch is an online channel that offers video gamers a chance to watch each other play. Amazon reached a deal... More »

PlayStation, XBox Services Hacked; Tweet Points to ISIS

Sony exec's plane diverted over threat

(Newser) - Multiple major gaming networks faced technical trouble this weekend, and reports suggest hackers are to blame. Sony's PlayStation Network was down yesterday; Microsoft's Xbox Live and Blizzard's Battle.net were among other services apparently affected, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, a Sony executive was threatened in the air:... More »

Ex-Dictator Sues Over His Call of Duty Appearance

Manuel Noriega doesn't like being the bad guy

(Newser) - Apparently you need to be careful when screwing with notorious dictators—even when they've been in prison for decades. Manuel Noriega, former ruler of Panama, has sued Activision Entertainment for what he calls the "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation, and misappropriation" of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black ... More »

Kim Kardashian Now Has Her Own ... Video Game

Coming soon to a smartphone near you

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian: The Video Game? No, this is not a joke. "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" is coming next week to the App Store and Google Play, Kardashian announced yesterday , along with a video preview of the game. Based on the trailer, it appears to involve walking red carpets and runways,... More »

NM City to Divvy Up Unearthed Atari Games

Including the 'worst game ever' found at landfill

(Newser) - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month. Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, issued a draft of a distribution plan to Alamogordo city... More »

After 32 Years, Town Lifts Arcade Game Ban

Marshfield, Mass. has a lot to catch up on

(Newser) - A Massachusetts town has decided it's time to finally lift a ban on arcade games it established when Ms. Pac-Man was new. At a town meeting, the residents of Marshfield voted 203-175 to lift the ban that was introduced in 1982 and went almost all the way to the... More »

Landfill Dig Finds Hundreds of Copies of 'Worst Game Ever'

Crews reveal truth behind legend

(Newser) - Gaming lore holds that huge quantities of the supposed worst video game of all time—Atari's ET—were buried in a New Mexico landfill . Turns out, those who believed the story were right. In a dig in the southeastern city of Alamogordo, crews found hundreds of copies of the... More »

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