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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 »

Tetris Reborn—on Skyscraper's Side

Video game classic gets another go on a 29-story scale in Philly

(Newser) - Those who didn't fritter away a sufficient portion of their youth playing Tetris got a second chance last night—on the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper. A 29-story version of the classic video game debuted last night on the Cira Centre, and if you thought the experience would be... More »

Landfill Search for 'Worst Video Game Ever' Halted

Atari's ET will continue to slumber untouched for now

(Newser) - Truckloads of Atari's 1983 ET game—often listed as the worst video game in history—are believed to be entombed in a New Mexico landfill , and it doesn't look like they'll be unearthed any time soon. The New Mexico Environment Department has nixed a film production company'... More »

Adults Lose Video Game ... to a Chimp

Chimpanzees play as fast as kindergarten kids

(Newser) - Maybe the struggling Nintendo should market to apes. A 22-year-old chimpanzee performed better than 12 kids and four adults in a virtual-reality maze, a study found. In terms of speed, the chimps were generally on par with children aged 3 to 6 in the group. But when it came to... More »

Flappy Bird Creator 'Considering' a Resurrection

Creator Dong Nguyen offers in-depth interview

(Newser) - The creator of Flappy Bird shocked fans when he mysteriously yanked the game , and since then, Dong Nguyen has been difficult to pin down. But Rolling Stone managed to catch up with him in his hometown of Hanoi, where he agreed to an in-depth chat. Perhaps the most important question:... More »

70K People Collectively Playing One Video Game

It's going very, very slowly

(Newser) - Multiplayer online gaming is nothing new, but a bizarre experiment taking place on the streaming site Twitch shows what happens when thousands of players all try to control one game of 1996's Pokémon Red. Welcome to Twitch Plays Pokémon, an emulator modified to take chat text and... More »

Flappy Bird Creator: Game Was Too Addictive

Rejects rumors of Nintendo warning

(Newser) - Why did the creator of Flappy Bird remove the hit game from download services? It was "an addictive product," he tells Forbes . "Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," notes Dong Nguyen, 29. But "I think it has... More »

Stressed Developer Yanks Best-Selling App

'I can't take it anymore,' says Flappy Bird creator

(Newser) - It's game over for Flappy Bird. At midnight, the Vietnamese creator of the hugely popular mobile game made good on his threat to pull the game from app stores, saying the attention from its instant success had become too much and he couldn't take it anymore, reports Mashable... More »

App Maker Is Trademarking the Word 'Candy'

Other developers get warning letters

(Newser) - Hey, developers: If your next game title features the word "candy," you may want to rethink it. The company behind hit mobile app Candy Crush Saga has a provisional trademark on the word, the San Jose Mercury News reports. A Florida developer is among those who have reportedly... More »

Another NSA Target: World of Warcraft

Agents saw games as a 'target-rich communications network'

(Newser) - It's not just us humans who have faced NSA surveillance: Orcs and elves were also among its targets. The agency, along with its British cousin GCHQ, did some of its spying in the virtual world, through games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, the Guardian reports, based on... More »

Ace Who Brought You Nintendo Dead at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi turned company into videogame powerhouse

(Newser) - Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to videogame giant, has died. He was 85. Kyoto-based Nintendo says Yamauchi, who owned the Seattle Mariners before selling it to Nintendo's US unit in 2004, died today... More »

Video Games Not to Blame for Navy Yard Shootings

Let's focus on the gun shooter always carried: Alexander Abad-Santos

(Newser) - Not surprisingly, quite a few media outlets were quick to trot out the familiar old "mass shooter played violent video games" articles in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings in Washington. But the idea that video games are to blame for real-life violence is a "toxic notion,... More »

Kagan: Supreme Court Hasn't 'Gotten to' Email

They still communicate via hand-delivered notes

(Newser) - The next time the Supreme Court rules on a technical issue, you might want to think back to the conversation Elena Kagan had yesterday at Brown University. "The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people," Kagan told the historian interviewing her, according to the AP . "... More »

Video Game Star Gets 'Pro Athlete' Visa

Danny 'Shiphtur' Le crosses over

(Newser) - If you're looking for a sign that e-sports have arrived, look no further than Danny "Shiphtur" Le. The Canadian League of Legends star has just become the first professional video game player ever awarded a P-1A visa, a visa normally reserved for the likes of David Beckham or... More »

Crew to Dig Up Tomb of Worst Video Game Ever

Vast trove of ET Atari games supposedly buried in landfill

(Newser) - ET left an indelible mark on video game history—as the protagonist of its worst game ever. The game was so terrible that some say it nearly destroyed the industry, which was in big trouble in 1983, the year after the launch of ET for the Atari 2600. Millions of... More »

Boy Scouts Unveil Game-Design Merit Badge

Board games, card games, and even smartphone apps are possible

(Newser) - When you think of the Boy Scouts, you probably imagine kids doing rugged, outdoor activities. But Scouts can earn merit badges in all manner of esoteric fields, and today the organization unveiled the latest, and one of the quirkiest: game design. The badge, developed over the past two years with... More »

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