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This T-Shirt Got a Video Game Actress Fired

South Korea dealing with its own GamerGate

(Newser) - A South Korean actress' voice won't be heard in two video games after people complained about a T-shirt she wore bearing an offensive slogan: "Girls do not need a prince." Not offended? Neither is the feminist network Megalia. Splinter group Megalia4 sold the shirts to fund lawsuits... More »

Women and Men Equally Strong Video Gamers

Nearly half of the gaming population in the US is now female

(Newser) - The hostility toward women gamers that was laid bare in 2014 during the GamerGate controversy extends to the stereotype that female gamers are inferior to their male counterparts. So researchers at the University of California, Davis , decided to track thousands of players in two multiplayer online role-playing games and compare... More »

Now Gamers Will Be Drug Tested, Too

After big-name player makes Adderall boast

(Newser) - If you still have a hard time buying the notion that gamers are professional athletes, maybe this doping scandal will help. The Electronic Sports League plans to conduct random drug tests at future tournaments after a big-name player 'fessed up, reports the Wall Street Journal . Anything off-limits to more... 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 »

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 »

Nintendo's Way Behind on Gay Rights

Critics weigh in as company apologizes for game's straight-only relationships

(Newser) - A Nintendo game's failure to allow gay relationships is prompting a hard look at the video game industry, which critics say is stuck in the past. Studies show that players can form powerful bonds with their in-game avatars, and these virtual relationships are tied to self-esteem, writes Mark Griffiths... 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 »

'Incredible' SimCity Grows Up

Most reviewers love the new version, which gives players way more control

(Newser) - The SimCity franchise gets a major reboot today with a sixth version that gives players far more detailed control over the cities they create and the individual citizens who live in them. For the most part, reviewers are wowed:
  • Farhad Manjoo, Slate : The update is "incredible," he writes.
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What Tablet? Lenovo Rolls Out 27-Inch 'Table' PC

Giant all-in-one aims for multiple users

(Newser) - Tablet too small for you? Try an entire table. Lenovo is releasing a 27-inch Windows 8 PC billed as a computer for multiple users, CNET reports. A wheeled stand (which may not reach the US) invites users to gather 'round, while another concept turns the computer into a coffee... More »

Zynga Kills 11 Games After Terrible Year

Farewell to FishVille as battered firm cuts costs

(Newser) - Social media gaming titan Zynga has whacked Mafia Wars 2, put down PetVille, and fried FishVille as part of a cost-cutting drive. The company is shutting down a total of 11 games, closing offices, and laying off more than 100 employees as it seeks to recover from a disastrous year... More »

Microsoft Making 7-inch 'X-Box Surface' Tablet

New tablet would be just for gaming

(Newser) - The latest gossip out of Silicon Valley: Microsoft is developing a new, 7-inch gaming tablet known as the Xbox Surface, insiders tell The Verge . The device, still in the testing stages, will contain hardware designed specifically for games, though some basic tablet and Windows features may be incorporated. Fueling the... More »

$99 Gaming Console Smashes Record at Kickstarter

Ouya creators meet original goal in just 8 hours, pass $3M

(Newser) - The creators of Ouya, a cheaper and hacker-friendly gaming console built on Android , wanted to raise almost a million bucks in a month. Well, they got that much through their Kickstarter campaign in about eight hours, reports an impressed CNET . And in about a day, they had raised more than... More »

$99 Console Aims to Reinvent Gaming

Kickstarter project OUYA welcomes hackers

(Newser) - Video gaming is about to go indie. Running on Android, a new console will encourage developers to alter its software and hardware to suit their specifications. What's more, players will get lots of games for free, though developers can make money on things like virtual goods. OUYA is currently... More »

Zynga Churns Out 3 More 'Ville' Titles

Gaming firm looks to restore stock price

(Newser) - Tired of FarmVille? Never fear: Amid reports of departing users, Zynga is releasing three new potential addictions. The Ville, by the guy who brought you CityVille and FarmVille, is a lot like the Sims doused in Facebook updates. ChefVille offers a restaurant environment, and FarmVille 2 takes the franchise 3-D,... More »

Gamers' Brains Have Bigger 'Reward Hub'

Researchers unsure whether it's pre-existing or games change brains

(Newser) - This is your brain on videogames: The brains of hardcore gamers are wired differently than those who rarely play video games, according to a new study. Researchers who scanned the brains of more than 150 14-year-olds found that the brain's "reward hub"—which plays a role in... More »

Fate of Nintendo Wii U Likely Hangs on Price Tag

If it's $500, analysts don't expect great sales

(Newser) - The upcoming Wii U, part tablet computer, part game machine, could help Nintendo surpass its rivals once again. But not until we know how much it will set us back—investors so far are skeptical of that and other unknowns, and the company's stock has fallen 10% since the... More »

Angry Birds Soar Into Reality

Birds, pigs, explosions come to life in Spanish setup

(Newser) - You’ve played the game, you’ve seen the “movie” trailer —now, witness Angry Birds in real life. A giant replica of the game’s birds, pigs, and barricades was set up at Plaça Nova de Terrassa in Spain in an effort to promote Deutsche Telekom. The... More »

Angry Birds Launches on the Web

Now you can feed your addiction without your phone

(Newser) - You no longer need a smartphone to shoot furious fowl at evil swine: As its international popularity continues to soar, Angry Birds is taking off on the Web. Maker Rovio has teamed with Google for a beta version of the game, which was developed for Google’s Chrome OS and... More »

How CityVille Sucked In a Hardcore Gamer

Online game's accessibility and simplicity turns busy man into addict

(Newser) - The online city-planning game CityVille is meant for “casual gamers,” and there are plenty of them: 92 million active monthly users, to be exact. But such simple gameplay and basic graphics would turn off any sophisticated player, right? Wrong—as JP Mangalindan, writing in Fortune , found out. A... More »

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