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An Alarm Clock App That Wakes You Up With Games

A new app from Microsoft aims to make waking up in the morning fun—or at least, less miserable. The Mimicker Alarm, which was released for Android …

Stellaris is Civilization in a Massive Sci-Fi Universe

In Stellaris, progress is measured in light years, and empires are built between the stars. As your civilization leaves its home planet for distant solar systems, through wormholes and across slipspace vectors, Paradox Development Studio wants to make the journey meaningful every step of the …

Wormholes

US gov’t grants limited right to revive games behind “abandoned” servers [Updated]

Players can circumvent defunct server checks but can't create their own multiplayer.<p>After nearly a year of debate and deliberation, the Library of …

Gaming Industry

Coming soon: Quantum computing on your desktop PC?

Quantum Computing

Xbox Boss Finds Console Wars Debate "Distasteful"

Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has said he feels the ongoing console-versus-console-feud raging rampant in online forums, comment sections, and social networks is something he finds "distasteful."<p>Speaking in an interview with GameSpot, Spencer was asked, in light of his success shifting …

Gaming Consoles

Microsoft Is Killing the Indie Store that Was Too Weird for Xbox

But Xbox Live Indie Games' legacy lives on.<p>The news that Microsoft plans to shut down Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG), Xbox 360's online store where anyone could upload and sell pretty much any game, didn't make waves, and that's probably how Microsoft wanted it.<p>XBLIG's idealistic notion of giving …

Redesigning the world's most-played PC game

The most used piece of PC software in the world isn't Word, that blank slate on which countless novels, school projects, hot-takes and clipart …

Konami Ceases Triple-A Console Game Development, Reports Claim

[<b>Update]:</b> Rika Muranaka, a composer at Konami that has worked on the Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania series, has responded to Twitter updates about Konami's reported move away from triple-A console game development, suggesting there is some truth to the statements.<p><b>[Original story below</b>]<p>With the …

Metal Gear

How paying for content ratings is hurting devs who release in Europe

A few months back I was Skyping with Matthew Burns and Zach Barth about Zachtronics’ <i>TIS-100</i> when Barth mentioned his frustration with PEGI, Europe’s …

Game Development

Google's Eric Schmidt Takes Potshot at Apple Music in Artificial Intelligence Op-Ed

AI makes music a "much less elitist taste-making process," according to the Alphabet chairman.<p>Eric Schmidt, the current chairman of Google and soon to be chairman of Alphabet, is very fond of artificial intelligence. This should not be a surprise. Google likes artificial intelligence and likes to …

What Would the World be Like if Peaceful Video Games Were More Popular Than Hyper-Violent Ones?

How would today's gaming landscape be different if the first-person puzzler, not the gory shooter, had been the most important game of the 1990s?<p>A few weeks ago, in the middle of August, the top-selling game across all formats wasn't a shooter, a sports simulation, a movie tie-in, or a …

The 1990s Video Game Console That Was Way Ahead Of Its Time

<i>by Ryan</i> <i>Lambie</i><p>In terms of sheer convenience, the average 21st-century gamer is truly spoiled for choice: We can access games on our mobile phones and …

The best indie games of Gamescom 2015

All the top grassroots titles from the giant games convention in Cologne.<p>Gamescom, Europe’s biggest gaming expo, kicked off this week in Cologne, and …

How to Build a City on the Moon

The new head of the European Space Agency wants to give it a try.<p>Humans haven’t set foot on the moon since 1972. That hasn’t stopped Johann-Dietrich Woerner, the new director general of the Paris-based European Space Agency, from pushing mankind toward more of a giant lunar leap than another small …

Space Exploration

FireChat will become a totally free mobile carrier

The creator of a popular free smartphone messaging app, which doesn't need a network signal and can't be blocked by governments, says he plans to …

I Tried VR and It Was Just OK

It's been about a year and a half since I wrote The Road to VR, and a … few … things have happened since then.• Facebook bought Oculus for a skadillion …

Virtual Reality

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Medical Research

Smart Cities: Moving beyond the hype

If you happen to be in Amsterdam, among the many striking aspects of this lovely city, you can see how ubiquitous wireless connectivity, symmetrical …

Smart Cities

Valve shares advice on designing great VR game interactions

Figuring out how to design the ways players interact with your VR game is tricky business, especially now when many high-profile VR headsets haven’t …

Game Development

Electric cars could be recharged as they are driven

Is this the future of electric car charging?<p>The New Zealand Transport Agency has been criticised for splurging billions of dollars on new roads …

Isis Wenger's blog post about sexism in the tech industry goes viral – spawning its own hashtag

An American woman’s blog post about sexism in the tech industry has gone viral and spawned the hashtag #Ilooklikeanengineer.<p>Isis Wenger, a software …

Xbox Live and ID@Xbox indie games coming to HoloLens

Microsoft's promise of unifying its disparate platforms with Windows 10 has even more going for it with some surprise announcements ahead of this week's Gamescom show in Germany. We knew that Xbox Live was coming to the desktop -- for free, even -- but that extends to HoloLens too. That's right: …

Create A 3D Hologram On Your Smartphone With This Amazingly Simple Video

Holograms might appear to be limited to the realms of science fiction films like 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' but actually, they're far easier to make …

Here Are 41 Facts You Didn't Know About No Man's Sky

18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets to be exact.<p>IGN recently wrapped up its No Man’s Sky IGN First coverage, but there’s more to the space exploration …

No Man's Sky

Galapagos airport hailed as the world's first "green" airport | CNN Travel

Galapagos