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Fortnite Makers Accused of Stealing Dance Moves

2 Milly is first artist to allege copyright infringement

(Newser) - Characters in the wildly popular video game Fortnite can snag celebratory emotes—read dances—based on real moves. There's The Floss , The Worm , and the Electro Shuffle . There's the Turk Dance as featured on Scrubs and this Seinfeld scene . And, to 2 Milly's dismay, his Milly Rock... More »

Cops: Gamer Left Microphone on During Sex Assault

Another PlayStation gamer overheard the attack in Florida, say authorities

(Newser) - A Florida teen took a break from his game of Grand Theft Auto to rape an underage girl, police say. Daniel Enrique Fabian, 18, allegedly told another player on an online multiplayer network that he was leaving the game for a few minutes to "smash" the 15-year-old girl, the... More »

'Swatter' in Fatal Case Pleads Guilty

Tyler Barriss faces 20 to 25 years in federal case, still faces trial on state charges

(Newser) - The man who "swatted" another in a prank that ended with the second man dead pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. Tyler Barriss, 26, pleaded guilty to 51 federal charges related to not just the fatal hoax 911 call on Dec. 28, 2017, but also bomb threats against FCC... More »

California Kid, 16, Dethrones 7-Time World Tetris Champ

Joseph Saelee beat Jonas Neubauer Sunday night

(Newser) - A California 16-year-old is the new world champion of Tetris. Joseph Saelee beat Jonas Neubauer in the Classic Tetris World Championship grand final Sunday night in Oregon; a definite stunner, per Kotaku , considering Neubauer, a 37-year-old taproom manager , has come out on top seven times in the eight years the... More »

Jeopardy Contestants Apparently Don't Play Video Games

They really struggled with this category

(Newser) - It was the end of a round of Jeopardy and none of the questions in the "Video Games" category had been attempted. When the contestants had no other choice than to give those questions a try, the reason why became clear. In what GameSpot calls a "cringe-worthy" and... More »

YouTube Star Kills Mom, Daughter in Fatal Crash

Trevor Heitmann, 18, was driving the wrong way when he killed Aileen Pizarro and her daughter Aryana

(Newser) - A YouTube star driving the wrong way on a California freeway Thursday smashed into an SUV and took three lives, including his own. Trevor Heitmann, 18, was apparently in a troubled state when he drove his sports car south on the northbound I-805 and killed Aileen Pizarro, 43, and her... More »

WHO's Newest Mental Health Disorder: Obsessive Gaming

But parents shouldn't freak out just yet

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may actually have an addiction. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the UN health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, per the AP . WHO said classifying "gaming disorder"... More »

School Shooting Video Game Pulled After Backlash

Steam's parent company says 'Active Shooter' is being removed from its platform

(Newser) - A Seattle-area company has removed a school shooting video game from its online platform following widespread backlash , the AP reports. The "Active Shooter" video game was pulled days before it was to be released on the video game marketplace Steam. Valve Corp. as Steam's parent company said Tuesday... More »

Petition Demands Cancellation of School Mass Shooter Game

'Active Shooter' may allow users to play as a school shooter

(Newser) - More than 120,000 people so far have signed a petition calling for a game that simulates a mass shooting inside a school to be pulled from release. Active Shooter allows players to play as either the shooter or a SWAT responder and is due out June 6 on digital... More »

For 2nd Time, Russia Uses Video Game Footage for Syria

Channel One admits the error about scene from first-person-shooter game

(Newser) - Sharp-eyed viewers of a Russian media report on the Syrian war spotted a gaffe—Channel One mixed in an image from a video game with actual war footage. You can see for yourself at the 4:59 mark of this YouTube video , per Popular Mechanics . It seems an editor at... More »

Trump Boasts of Selling Fictional Planes to Norway

The F-52 only exists in the video game 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

(Newser) - America's allies should be getting those shipments of Super Mushrooms and Master Swords any day now. The Washington Post reports President Trump on Wednesday boasted about the sale of F-52 fighter jets to Norway. “In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump... More »

Excessive Gaming About to Be an Official Disorder

World Health Organization to declare it as such

(Newser) - Habitual gamers, the World Health Organization is worried about you. In its upcoming International Classification of Diseases, the WHO is adding something called "gaming disorder," reports New Scientist . A draft makes clear that the label would apply only to those whose habit consumes their lives to an extreme... More »

He Was Witness to a Double Murder—From 600 Miles Away

Video game microphone captured shooting in Kansas

(Newser) - Cody Ha may have been 600 miles from his friend in Texas, but the 23-year-old Kansas man sounded as though he were in the same room via the microphones and headphones the pair used to communicate while playing video games online with others Saturday. Then, around 10pm, Ashley Martinez of... More »

Suit: KitKat 'Stole' the Look of This Popular Video Game

Nestle accused of 'blatant' invasion of copyright for the classic game 'Breakout'

(Newser) - Nestle ripped off the classic Atari game Breakout in an ad for KitKat, the BBC reports. The video game maker charges in a lawsuit that Nestle broke copyright laws when it swiped Breakout's "look, feel, sound, and imagery" by replacing the video game's colored bricks with KitKat... More »

Woman Lights Hair on Fire While Playing Video Game

AnaPlaying was burned, literally, by multitasking

(Newser) - A French gamer got quite a shock when she tried to do at least one too many things at the same time. Mashable reports Twitch user AnaPlaying was playing a game of League of Legends while live-streaming herself, chatting with fans, and flicking a lighter on and off. This, of... More »

China Introduces 'Husband Storage' Pods in Mall

Tiny rooms with gaming consoles let users play retro games

(Newser) - For men who are willing to accompany their wives to the mall but not actually inclined to shop with them, a mall in Shanghai has devised a novel answer: "husband storage" pods replete with retro video games from the 1990s, reports the BBC . The Global Harbor mall currently offers... More »

Halo Might Be Based on a College Fling

UCLA professor claims she was creator's muse

(Newser) - Catherine Halsey, a character in the video game Halo, is a scientist and atheist who considers herself smarter than her parents. The same can be said of Patricia Dickson, a UCLA associate professor of pediatrics—and she claims that's no coincidence. Dickson, who had a romantically tinged friendship with... More »

Two Ways Video Games Affect a Man's Sex Drive

They have less interest, but less of a common problem, too, says study

(Newser) - For guys who game, researchers have good news and bad news. The good news is that guys who play video games "chronically," which at least for the purpose of one new study is defined as more than an hour a day, are less likely to ejaculate prematurely than... More »

Nintendo Caught Off Guard by Popularity of the Switch

The company is projecting a seven-year high in operating profits

(Newser) - Nintendo thought its new Switch console would do well; it had no idea it would do this well. Time reports Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switches in March after launching March 3. The video game company only expected to sell 2 million, which is one reason the Switch is still... More »

This Might Be the Most Zen Video Game Ever

But would Thoreau appreciate a digital walk in the woods?

(Newser) - Henry David Thoreau distrusted technology, advocated surrounding oneself with nature, and believed people should "live deliberately." In 2017, he wouldn't even have to step away from his computer. Smithsonian Magazine reports the Game Innovation Lab at USC is releasing a video game based on Thoreau's most... More »

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