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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...

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...

While We Wait, NFL Renews Madden

Electronics Arts keeps exclusive franchise till 2026

(Newser) - There will not be competition in the field of simulation football video games for at least a few more years. The NFL, which is shut down during the pandemic, announced Thursday that it has extended its exclusive licensing agreement with Electronic Arts for the Madden NFL franchise. The Players Association...

Animal Crossing Interior Designers Offered $50 an Hour

Consultants will visit other player's islands in lockdown hit

(Newser) - Know any interior designers struggling for work? A hit video game could be the answer. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest in Nintendo's Animal Crossing series, players move to a desert island and build a home in a world of cutesy animals. British luxury homeware brand Olivia's...

The Latest Business to Dub Itself 'Essential:' GameStop

The video game retailer sells keyboards and mice that could help people telecommute, you see

(Newser) - In these times of trouble, when some states have ordered our institutions of education, religion, and culture shuttered, and all but the most essential of businesses closed, it's comforting to know that GameStop is keeping the lights on. Wait, GameStop? Correct, gentle reader: The video game retailer is claiming,...

Gamer Saves Pal's Life From 5K Miles Away

Dia Lathora called UK police all the way from Texas

(Newser) - Looks like video games come with a built-in safety net. A teenager in Widnes, England, had a sudden seizure while gaming last week with an online friend—and that friend, 5,000 miles away in Texas, called the police, CBS News reports. "I could hear him seizing and breathing...

Gamer Who Cried 'Revolution!' Has Punishment Reduced

Ng 'blitzchung' Wai Chung was initially suspended for a year

(Newser) - Activision Blizzard is easing up on a pro video game player who voiced support for Hong Kong protesters—but the company didn't exactly apologize, the Washington Post reports. Suspended at first for a year and stripped of prize money, Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung will get to keep his...

Lawsuit: Fortnite Designed to Be as Addictive as Cocaine

Could become class-action suit in Canada

(Newser) - The maker of the wildly popular video game Fortnite is facing a new lawsuit that has nothing to do with dance moves . Addiction to the third-person shooter game "has real consequences on the lives of players, many of whom … do not eat, do not shower, and no longer...

US Teen Wins $3M at Fortnite World Cup

'This is life-changing for him,' says mom of Kyle Giersdorf

(Newser) - Pennsylvania 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf plays 8 to 10 hours of Fortnite a day, but his parents aren't complaining: Giersdorf, better known as "Bugha," won a record-breaking $3 million Sunday at the inaugural Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, USA Today reports. The contest...

These Kids Make Big Bucks Gaming. Now They're Going for Millions

It's the Fortnite World Cup video game championship, with $30M in total up for grabs

(Newser) - If you're a parent who's been plagued with remorse about letting your child zone out in front of the video-game console, perhaps this competition out of New York City will ease your mind. The Fortnite World Cup, held by developer Epic Games, is taking place this weekend at...

Politician Tweets Praise for Pilot's Feat ... in 'GTA 5'

'GTA 5' does have pretty realistic graphics—enough to fool this Pakistani politician

(Newser) - "Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot's presence of mind." Any pilot would be pleased to receive such kudos from a high-up politician. But Vice reports there was one problem when Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, secretary-general of...

Candy Crush Exec: Spending $2.6K in Day on Game 'Rational'

An executive for game maker King says people who play for hours are 'happy,' not addicted

(Newser) - Are you embarrassed to admit you play Candy Crush Saga for way too long each day? No worries—you don't have an addiction, per a rep from King, the game's maker. The Guardian reports senior executive Alex Dale recently appeared before a UK Commons committee looking into addictive...

Iron Maiden Sues Ion Maiden

Video game's name, logo are way too similar to band's, lawsuit claims

(Newser) - Iron Maiden is a metal band. Ion Maiden is an "old-school first-person shooter" video game coming out later this year. Not surprisingly, the former is suing the latter over its similar name—and a number of other similarities, Kotaku reports. More specifically, the holding company for the British band...

'Gaming Disorder' Now an Official Illness

Industry groups want UN agency to reconsider

(Newser) - Video game addiction is now officially a disease. The World Health Organization added "gaming disorder" as a modern disease in its International Classification of Diseases at the 72nd World Health Assembly on Saturday, CNET reports. The UN health agency's fact page on the disorder describes it as "...

Delta's Suggestion: Keep Union Dues, Buy Booze, Video Games

The union isn't happy about it, calling Delta poster "insulting"

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines really doesn't want its flight attendants or ramp and cargo attendants to unionize. That seems to be the reason, at any rate, behind a Delta poster that's causing a ruckus. The poster, tweeted out Thursday by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, shows...

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