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Wordle Is Taking Over the World
Wordle Is
Taking Over
the World

Wordle Is Taking Over the World

Ad-free word game is a massive online hit

(Newser) - Last year, New York-based programmer Josh Wardle created a game for his partner Palak Shah, a big fan of crosswords and other word games. Fast-forward a few months, and Wordle is taking over the world. The free online game, in which users have six chances to guess a five-letter word,...

Tesla to Disable Gaming While Vehicle Is Moving

NHTSA has launched an investigation of 'Passenger Play' feature

(Newser) - Tesla has released a software update that will block drivers from playing video games on the front touch screen while their vehicle is in motion. Tesla announced the move after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation of the "Passenger Play" feature, the Wall Street Journal reports....

Josh Hawley: Liberals Are Ruining Men
Josh Hawley
Starts Debate
on Manhood
the rundown

Josh Hawley Starts Debate on Manhood

Senator says liberals are turning young men into pathetic creatures hooked on porn, video games

(Newser) - Conservative Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri opened a fresh battle in the culture wars with a defense of masculinity, arguing that the left is turning young men into wimpy creatures addicted to porn and video games. That, in turn, triggered a backlash against the 41-year-old. Coverage:
  • The speech: Hawley addressed

Game Studio CEO Steps Down After Praising Texas Law

Tripwire Interactive faced huge backlash after tweet from John Gibson

(Newser) - Gaming studio Tripwire Interactive announced Monday night that John Gibson had stepped down as CEO—two days after he expressed support for the new Texas abortion law. Gibson and Tripwire faced a major backlash after Gibson tweeted that he was "proud" of the Supreme Court for affirming the law,...

China's New Law: No Video Games on School Nights

And children can only play for one hour per day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

(Newser) - China just put a new law in place that's sure to have Americans of all ages doing a double-take. Kids can no longer play videos games on school nights. What's more, they can play for only one hour per night on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 8 to...

Video Game Developer Faces Mutiny Over Lawsuit Response

2K sign letter demanding Activision Blizzard seriously evaluate harassment claims

(Newser) - More than 2,000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees have signed a letter to management saying its response to a lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination is "abhorrent and insulting." A week-old complaint filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing following a two-year...

New Hire Suggests Games Are Ahead for Netflix

Executive has worked for Electronic Arts and Zynga

(Newser) - Netflix has hired veteran video game executive Mike Verdu, signaling the video streaming service is poised to expand into another fertile field of entertainment. Verdu's addition as Netflix's vice president of game development, confirmed Thursday, comes as the company seeks to sustain the momentum it gathered last year...

Someone's Old Video Game Worth Almost a Million Bucks

Nintendo cartridge of the 'Legend of Zelda' fetches $870K

(Newser) - An unopened copy of Nintendo’s "The Legend of Zelda" that was made in 1987 has sold at auction for $870,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold Friday. The auction house said it was a rare version that was created during a limited production run...

Fan Fixes Longstanding Issue With Grand Theft Auto

'tostercx' speeds up load times and is now $10K richer

(Newser) - A gamer who set out to fix the poor loading times on Grand Theft Auto 5 has now been awarded $10,000. The loading times "have been the butt of many a joke over the last seven years," writes Mollie Taylor at PCGamer . But Github user tostercx, who...

Roblox Surges 55% in Stock Market Debut
Roblox Surges 55%
in Stock Market Debut

Roblox Surges 55% in Stock Market Debut

Dow Jones hits new record high

(Newser) - The stock market's big success story Wednesday was videogame maker Roblox, which surged 55% on its debut. The company, which enables users to play online games created by others on the platform, was valued at around $4 billion just a year ago, but the leap from a reference price...

Pigs Impress Researchers With Video Game Skills

They used their snouts to control joystick

(Newser) - You won't see Wilbur joining a Call of Duty session any time soon, but researchers have confirmed that pigs are capable of playing video games. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology , animal behavior specialist Candace Croney and chimpanzee cognition expert Sarah Boysen says four pigs...

Cyberpunk 2077 Maker on Hackers' Extortion: We Will Not Negotiate

Ransomware creators steal, threaten to release source code from CD Projekt Red

(Newser) - "You have 48 hours to contact us." That was the ransom note left Monday after a cyberattack against Cyberpunk 2077 maker CD Projekt Red, which has posted the note online and said it's not in the mood for negotiations. The hackers' message indicated that they stole the...

Elon Musk Adds Fuel to the GameStop Fire

He simply tweeted 'Gamestonk!!'

(Newser) - It's "a head-scratching David and Goliath story," as the AP puts it, and Elon Musk on Tuesday lobbed a rock in the giant's direction. Musk tweeted a single word, "Gamestonk!!"—and it was enough to send GameStop's share price temporarily over the...

Rollout of Much-Awaited Video Game Does Not Go Well

Sony has to pull glitchy 'Cyberpunk 2077' from PlayStation Store

(Newser) - The Dec. 10 release of Cyberpunk 2077 by Polish developer CD Projekt Red was one of the most highly anticipated drops of the year. Now, Sony has pulled the role-playing action video game starring Keanu Reeves from its PlayStation Store and is offering refunds after users complained of glitches and...

Video Games May Make You Happier
New Video Games
Research Offers a Twist
new study

New Video Games Research Offers a Twist

Oxford study links playing to increased happiness

(Newser) - How's this for a conversation starter: "If you play Animal Crossing for four hours a day, every single day, you're likely to say you feel significantly happier than someone who doesn't." The assertion to the BBC comes from Oxford researcher Andrew Przybylski, who is quick...

Microsoft to Pay $7.5B for Video Game Rival

Idea is for Bethesda to boost Xbox Game Pass service

(Newser) - Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games the Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Fallout. The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, the AP reports. Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part...

Animal Crossing Fans Are Split on Biden Campaign's Move

Some think it's clever, others not so much

(Newser) - For anyone who's ever thought, "I wish there was a way to campaign for Joe Biden while playing Animal Crossing," well, now there is. The Biden campaign is now offering four official yard signs users can download and display in the uber-popular Nintendo Switch video game. Some...

Battle Royale Looms After Apple, Google Drop Fortnite

Epic Games slaps both firms with lawsuits

(Newser) - Apple and Google dropped "Fortnite" from their app stores Thursday over a dispute about in-game currency, and it soon became apparent that the makers of the hit game had been gearing up for a legal battle. Within hours of the move, Epic Games filed 60-page lawsuits against both companies,...

One of the Biggest Video Games Ditched Police Cars

They're gone from 'Fortnite'

(Newser) - Fortnite is out with a new game map for players, and one thing is conspicuously missing: police cars. They were visible in previous versions, but no more, reports Kotaku . Players have noticed and were flooding online forums with messages of support and criticism, with most assuming the move is related...

Teen Pushes Back on Government's Gaming Rules

Japan's Wataru, 17, says limits on video games, smartphone use are unconstitutional

(Newser) - In 2018, the World Health Organization added "gaming disorder" to its official list of addictive diseases. This past April, the Kagawa prefecture government on Japan's Shikoku island decided to address the issue head-on, putting in place regulations that asked parents to limit the playing of video games by...

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