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eSports is on the brink of becoming a billion-dollar industry

eSports is on the brink of becoming a billion-dollar industry. It's growing exponentially fast, and in Asia it was recently announced that eSports would become a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.<p>Despite eSports' swift audience growth, when it comes to brand sponsorships, the …

eSports

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang dives deep into gaming, VR, autonomous cars, and Shield TV

You could say that Nvidia is at its high-water mark. The company’s stock price has tripled in the past year. It has transformed itself from a maker of graphics chips to an artificial intelligence company. And CEO Jen-Hsun Huang gave the opening keynote speech at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in …

What 2017 holds for esports

Mainstream sports are finally recognizing the untapped potential in video games as spectator sports. Three NBA team owners recently bought stakes in esports teams, and other investors are clamoring to invest as the industry is soaring. With this growth comes a slew of questions on how to best …

Feminist Frequency shares the promising gaming trends of 2016

Since 2009, Feminist Frequency has been tracking harmful representations of women in gaming. During this year's CES, Feminist Frequency's Executive Director Anita Sarkeesian and Managing Editor Carolyn Petit joined us on the Engadget stage to discuss something a little different: some 2016 gaming …

MIT's 3D graphene is ten times stronger than steel

An awful lot of ink has been spilled about how graphene is going to basically save the world with its myriad applications and powers. But chances to actually see evidence of how and why the hexagonal lattices are so strong in a life-size way have been few and far between. The Massachusetts …

Travelers react to smartphone wipes in Japanese bathroom stalls

Travelers passing through Tokyo's Narita International Airport have spotted an unusual offering in bathroom stalls: toilet paper for smartphones.<p>The airport's smartphone wipe dispensers, available in 86 stalls throughout the arrival hall, hang next to traditional toilet paper dispensers.<p>The move …

Japan

UVify's racing drone can reach speeds of 100 mph

The UVify Draco is a modular racing drone that can fly at lightning-fast speeds.<p>UVify is showing off its new racing drone this week at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The Draco modular drone is easy to repair, lightweight and lightning-fast. UVify claims it can reach a top speed of 100 miles per …

Drones

Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation

If you’ve ever spent five minutes day-dreaming about creating your perfect video game – or have recently made a new year’s resolution to start making …

Game Design

Tuning out: Norway is about to become the first country to ditch FM radio

Norway will become the first country in the world this week to start turning off its FM radio network as the country moves to a digital-only …

Europe

Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days | Inc.com

For business leaders, social media can be confusing (and sometimes dangerous) territory.<p>But last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a master class in how to use social media effectively. When a Tesla owner complained about fellow consumers hogging spots at a local charging station, Musk …

Tesla

IBM's 5 Year Vision Focuses On New Technology For Visualizing The World

Last week IBM focused attention on “five technologies that [they] believe have the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.” They call their vision “5 in 5“. The technologies they chose all have to do with enhancing our ability to visualize the world …

Machine Learning

What makes a great game? – Reader’s Feature

A reader examines four factors that he feels makes a great game: controls, story, immersion, and… obsession.<p>In our hobby as gamers, we don’t get to …

Redesigned NVIDIA Shield Streaming Player Does 4K, Gaming, Home Control

NVIDIA demonstrated some revolutionary features on its new NVIDIA Shield streaming player. The Android TV based player has been fully redesigned both …

WATCH: Video games are fun, but Games For Change believes they can be so much more

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte talks with Games for Change President Susanna Pollack about video games and their impact<p>Susanna Pollack, the president of Games for Change, came into Salon’s studio to chat about how this often-maligned medium can actually be a positive force for social change.<br>Video games …

Mobile Gaming

The makers of Poncho have some words of wisdom for indie developers

<i>Poncho</i>, the cute little indie puzzle platformer, has been out for well over a year. Did you play it? I didn’t, and apparently, I’m not alone in that. …

Apparently

Rock Band VR - Fulfill Your Dreams of Being a Rockstar

Video game fans can take their rock-and-roll fantasies to a whole new level with the virtual reality version of Harmonix's popular guitar playing …

Gaming laptops get an extra life at CES 2017

New Nvidia and Intel tech push PC makers to make better laptops for gaming and VR.<p>Gaming laptops were once the Rodney Dangerfield of computers -- they got no respect. Many were much more expensive than comparable desktop gaming rigs, despite having worse performance and less flexibility. Worse, …

Consumer Tech

The 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017

2016 was a decent if unspectacular year for PC gaming. Several popular game franchises received high quality additions – Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, …

RPGs