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Apple Once Again Bans 'Drug Dealing Simulator' From The App Store

Apple has allegedly banned the sequel to a controversial drug dealing game from the App Store, prompting its designer to angrily claim that Cupertino treats independent developers more harshly than gaming giants like Rockstar.<p>The new “drug dealing simulator” is called Underworld: Drug Lords and …

Teaching kids to code, and to empathize, lies at the heart of Codemancer

There's a special moment in Rob Lockhart's Kickstarter video for his game, called <i>Codemancer</i>. It's a shot from behind the screen of a laptop where a little brown-haired girl — she's all of seven years old — is tapping away with a mouse. Her tongue is pressed tightly into the space where her two …

Bungie Talks Raid Matchmaking, Private Matches in Destiny

Not now, but maybe one day.<p>Bungie has revealed discussions are ongoing about adding Raid matchmaking and private matches to Destiny.<p>Community manager …

Intel issues apology regarding its advertising and 'GamerGate'

Microprocessor-maker Intel issued a statement late Friday regarding its decision to pull advertising from the industry journal Gamasutra, a decision made under pressure from the movement calling itself GamerGate.<p>Intel removed advertising from Gamasutra on Wednesday, a decision that attracted a …

Alien: Isolation review: crew expendable

Isolation isn't the worst Alien game, but it is the most disappointing<p><i>Alien: Isolation</i> does not want to be an <i>Aliens</i> game.<p>That's an important distinction. Where James Cameron's 1986 film <i>Aliens</i> has been a major influence on video games since its release, and has seen a number of high-profile game …

Portal 2 Improves Cognitive Skills More Than Lumosity Does, Study Finds

What does it mean when "entertainment" games improve players' test scores more than brain-training programs?<p>Like many people, Val Shute likes playing video games. But while she's gaming, she doesn't exactly think about the same things the average person does.<p>For example, Shute loved playing the …

Angry Birds Dev Rovio Hit With Layoffs

The company needs to consider possible reductions of a "maximum of 130 people."<p>Finnish company Rovio, developer of the ubiquitous Angry Birds …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Sony reminds us what the PlayStation TV can do ahead of its US launch

If you need a video refresher of just exactly what the PlayStation TV is capable of ahead of its US and Canadian release, Sony has something to take care of that. The video we've embedded below reinforces that Sony's micro console is a device for families with kids and touts its ability to do more …

‘Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Shows Off Jetpacks, Mechs And Webslingers In A New Trailer

I tend to be pretty cynical about the <i>Call of Duty</i> franchise, but I have to hand it to Activision — they really do seem like they’re working hard to make <i>Call of Duty:</i> <i>Advanced Warfare</i> feel fresh and exciting. How are they doing that exactly? With mech suits, and jetpacks and grappling hooks you shoot …

Destiny Update Makes Some Missions Easier

As the game's next event kicks off.<p>Destiny's latest patch has hit the live servers, bringing with it a couple of easier missions and a fix for a bug …

Destiny's 'Queen's Wrath' event is live, here's how to get some new legendaries

<i>Destiny</i>'s first timed event — a package of new bounties, quests and rare loot titled <i>The Queen's Wrath</i> — kicked off this morning, and will continue until October 6. Guardians who are sufficiently geared up can take on challenges to curry favor with a new faction, and purchase and find new legendary …

California County Targets Violent Video Games

Exchange violent video games for ice cream.<p>Marin County in California wants to collect toy guns and violent video games in exchange for free ice …

Here's the video that made Notch question his connection to Minecraft's fans

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of <i>Minecraft,</i> said today that he was selling that powerhouse property, and the studio he co-founded, because the game had made him into "a symbol," something he never wanted to be. He came to that realization after watching this video about the indie games …

Quantum Mechanics Saves Grandfathers From Time Travelers

Probability solves a great question of time travel. Well, probably.<p>Mention time travel at a nerd party, and other guests will immediately respond with a grim conundrum: What happens if a time traveler goes back in time and kills one of his ancestors? This is the “Grandfather Paradox.” In a …

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The Evil Within maze brings your nightmares to life in October

Bethesda's upcoming horror survival game <i>The Evil Within</i> is getting its own haunted house of sorts this October with The Evil Within Maze.<p>Unfortunately, it sounds like the maze, a partnership between Bethesda and Warner Bros. Movie World, will only be in Australia. The creepy real-world walkthrough …

Why your Internet could be slowing down today

<b>John Oliver on net neutrality (HBO)</b><p>Sept. 10 is Internet Slowdown day<p>Sarah Gray<p>September 10, 2014 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Wednesday, Sept. 10, is Internet Slowdown day -- a day of protest by 68 companies and organizations including Reddit, Netflix, Imgur, WordPress, Etsy and the ACLU. The day was organized by …

After the weird success of Goat Simulator, what comes next?

What's the next step for a game studio that accidentally found success in a bug-riddled gamejam entry about goats?<p>After reaching over $7.5 million in sales for <i>Goat Simulator</i>, Coffee Stain Studios is investing in a new IP that will veer away from the absurdist path the team stumbled on by chance, …

Microsoft's next Xbox One update makes it act more like the 360

We weren't lying in our review when we said that the Xbox One felt like a work in progress. From the sounds of it, though, the system's next update will add features and functionality that frankly should have been in the box last fall. For starters, once the patch rolls out to everyone in October, …

Destiny is the most preordered franchise debut in gaming history — and it makes sense

Apparently, a lot of you have plans to pick up a new game tomorrow.<p>Publisher Activision, which is distributing Bungie’s Destiny, revealed today that the sci-fi shooter is the most preordered franchise debut ever. While established brands like Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed may have had higher …

Bungie warns about rushed Destiny reviews from day one ‘tire kickers’

Destiny launches at midnight tonight, but developer Bungie says gamers shouldn’t trust early scorecards from reviewers that don’t have the “time or patience” to do the game justice.<p>The release of the highly anticipated, $500 million first-person shooter (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox …

Guy lived in woods for 27 years, stole Pokemon from kids

An in-depth profile recently published in GQ tells the story of Christopher Knight, the "Maine Hermit" that lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly thirty years. He had no concept of the modern world (including the internet) when he finally returned to civilization, having almost no contact with …

GamerGate: A Closer Look At The Controversy Sweeping Video Games

It all started with a blog post.<p>Jilted ex-boyfriend Eron Gjoni wrote a long treatise on the alleged infidelity of his ex-girlfriend, video game developer Zoe Quinn. Members of the video game industry and press were implicated.<p>This led to an initial outcry over corruption in the video game press. …

New Nintendo 3DS And 3DS XL Will Be Region locked

Region-locking applies to both models.<p>Nintendo's latest 3DS handheld hardware revision, the New Nintendo 3DS, will be region locked, the company …

Global alliance warns of no end to poverty unless countries pull together

The fight to end poverty is at "a critical juncture" and will require greater collaboration and stronger political will, delegates at a high-level meeting in Mexico have warned.<p>The first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), which ended on Wednesday, …

Nvidia's GeForce Experience Becomes Crucial Part Of Gaming Ecosystem With Today's 2.0 Update

Nvidia's GeForce Experience software is getting a significant 2.0 update today; one which solidifies it as the crucial heartbeat of Nvidia’s ecosystem as opposed to being forgettable bundleware.<p>Since debuting the 1.0 release in May 2013, Nvidia has worked admirably to add useful features to GeForce …

Twitch: PS4 streaming a 'game changer' for service

PlayStation 4 owners are responsible for 20 percent of Twitch broadcasts from Dec. 23, 2013 to Jan. 3, Twitch announced today.<p>Since the console's launch, more than 1.7 million streams have been broadcast through the PlayStation 4, Sony announced today. That number is measured from the console's …

Bitcoin hits $1,000 for the first time

The virtual currency Bitcoin, a decentralized form of money that approximates cash on the internet, has never been worth more. The price of a single bitcoin has soared above $1,000 on Mt. Gox, one of the main exchanges where the currency is bought and sold. As of this writing, the price is $1,020 …

Surveillance covers porn, too — leaks show NSA considered undermining “radicalizers”

Pervasive online surveillance isn’t just for spotting threats to national security – it may also be a handy tool for using people’s personal …

Soderlund: Freemium and premium games will 'coexist' on consoles

Freemium titles are not the future of console games, but rather a supplement to the already established premium business model, executive vice president of EA Studios Patrick Soderlund told MCV.<p>According to Soderlund, the console market differs from the cheaper, mobile one, where free-to-play and …