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Plume is the latest company trying to reinvent Wi-Fi for the home

Pods that plug into every room<p>Eero has created some buzz and positive reviews in taking on more traditional router companies with its full-home Wi-Fi product, and now another company, Plume, is joining in — only there 's no router involved. Plume's system is set to launch this fall, and instead of …

Wi-Fi

Why Google Daydream matters — and how it could change virtual reality

That platform is called Daydream, an Android-based virtual reality initiative announced yesterday at I/O. Unlike Cardboard, Daydream’s apps will run only on new phones that have been certified by Google, a process that requires various VR-friendly components — like high-quality sensors for head …

Virtual Reality

Relive Your Childhood on Your Mac With This Nintendo 64 & PlayStation Emulator

Get gaming.<p>The games of yesteryear are now within your reach with all-in-one game emulator OpenEmu‘s latest update, which adds popular titles from PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Sega, Atari and the like onto your Mac. Free to download, OpenEmu features real time gameplay rewind, enhanced screenshot …

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with …

The original Wiggles are reuniting for an adult-only pub tour in Australia

Hold onto your skivvies, the original Wiggles are reuniting for one night of adult-only sing-a-longs.<p>This is not a drill. The blue, purple, yellow …

I Love Dick: the book about relationships everyone should read

The novel I Love Dick was initially published in 1997 to a critically and commercially cold reception. Reviewers seemed to think that it was gossip; beneath contempt: the nasty indictment of a real person, the art critic Dick Hebdige, who’d spurned the advances of its heroine, a woman who, like its …

Books

Video Games Should Be More Expensive

There are a lot of shady business practices that go on in the video game industry, from graphics downgrades to day-one downloadable content (DLC.)<p>But a lot of the practices that bother consumers the most, from DLC to pre-order bonuses to micro-transactions in full-priced games, are a result of one …

Gaming Industry

Why do AAA devs often hate their jobs? Watch this video.

If you're a AAA-game developer at a big studio with a publisher and a big marketing budget, this video is probably enough to give you cold chills, or at least a knowing nod.<p>This is what it looks like when people who don't understand game development begin asking for things they assume are …

Gabe Newell will be a bad guy in this indie dungeon crawler, with Valve's blessing

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell is going to appear as a (beautifully animated) knife-wielding enemy in <i>Crawl</i>, a local multiplayer dungeon crawler currently in Early Access on Steam, with the permission of "Gaben" himself.<p>Earlier this month, <i>Crawl</i> developer Powerhoof posted an animation of a pixelated, …

Bringing empathy to the Middle East through gaming

Navit Keren grew up in Israel. She's lived through the signing of historic peace treaties, and horrific terrorist attacks. Just as important though, she's witness to the dramatic deterioration of the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. The biggest problem she sees, is a lack of empathy. …

9 marketing mistakes that make you look like a rookie

There are a few glaring marketing faux pas that crop up everywhere, from newsletters to email campaigns, over and over again. But what could seem …

The 'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer is the most impressive thing to come out of Comic-Con

<i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i> has been in development since 2003. Since then, the film has fluctuated from "could happen" to "pipe dream" and back again. Even after the production began filming in 2012, a release felt uncertain with the film plagued by setbacks.<p>Today, the first trailer for the <i>Mad Max: Fury</i> …

Has game investing turned into a gold mine or risky bubble speculation?

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of the Videogame Economics Forum paid my way to France, where I participated in a couple of sessions on the game business. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>Game investments and acquisitions have exploded in the past few years, with billions of dollars at stake. The deals, …

10 reasons why players do not spend money

<i>This sponsored post is produced by deltaDNA.</i><p>How can I change my game so that it makes more money?<p>That’s the million-dollar question in the free-to-play game industry, and one that I’ve been asked nearly as often. And while no single formula for success exists, games that monetize best are where the …

SumoBoy: the game that takes aim at bullying

There's no denying that bullying is a pretty big and long-standing problem. It's entirely possible it's one that will never be solved -- but that doesn't stop some brave people from standing up and trying.<p>One such group is a Sydney-based global development studio called TAPRR, and its method has …

Globalization

Osmo's interactive play aims to pull tablet gaming outside the screen

A new device called Osmo aims to change the way tablets are used for gaming by expanding play beyond the screen.<p>Osmo — the work of a startup called Tangible Play — is a collection of kid-friendly gaming apps and peripherals that attach to the iPad. Using a small mirror, Osmo redirects the iPad …

Virtual reality's biggest enemy is bad virtual reality, says Oculus founder

Palmer Luckey can hardly take a step without being stopped for pictures, questions or just friendly handshakes. I'm not surprised; we're at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo, and Luckey just closed a speculative panel on the future of VR. Here, he's a celebrity, and with good reason -- the …

A visit to Galloping Ghost, the largest video game arcade in the USA

From the archives: We took a trip down memory lane through Galloping Ghost's 400+ games.<p>It's Thanksgiving week in the US, and most of our staff is …

YouTube reportedly buying Twitch for $1 billion

Sources with <i>Variety</i> report that YouTube is nearing a deal to buy Twitch, the popular game streaming startup, for $1 billion. The deal is said to be an all-cash offer and will close "imminently," according to <i>Variety</i>; <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, however, has followed up with a report claiming that …

Wallace and Gromit creators want to help your kids learn to code

Aardman Animations, the animation company behind Wallace and Gromit, is trying to get kids into coding.<p>It has teamed up with the Nominet Trust to launch Shaun’s Game Academy, a national competition that gives kids the opportunity to create a video game.<p>The competition will give young users a suite …

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …