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How traditional game stores can survive the digital revolution

Online multiplayer games, massive hard drives and digital delivery are the watchwords of the new generation of consoles, on display at E3 and launching in 2013.<p>Does this mark the end of your local game store? Not so, according to one of the digital revolution's biggest evangelists, who believes …

Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Ghosts and the nameless game engine that powers a first-person shooter phenomenon

Developer Infinity Ward's game engine runs one of the most popular franchises in the world at 60 frames per second every tear, and it doesn't even have a name.<p>Later this year, the developer will release <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i>, a pivotal installment in the first-person shooter phenomenon. It will …

Call of Duty: Ghosts: The Return of Infinity Ward

After a public collapse and a hard-earned recovery, Infinity Ward is back with Call of Duty: Ghosts.<p>It starts with a cork board. That is the place and moment of conception of a Call of Duty game at developer Infinity Ward: a blank slate to which hundreds of ideas — taking the form of index cards, …

How Blizzard is tweaking Diablo 3 for consoles and plans to bring it to next-gen

Sometimes, porting a game from PC to console is like adapting a novel to a screenplay: You've got to make changes to play to the new medium's strength. That's exactly what the developers at Blizzard have done with the upcoming console port of <i>Diablo 3</i>.<p>We spent some hands-on time with the PlayStation …

How Reddit Became A Hub Of The Crowdsourced Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

Reddit’s users launched a new subreddit, Findbostonbombers, where hundreds of amateur sleuths are crowdsourcing clues and suspects in the Boston terrorist attack.<p>In an inevitable development, Reddit users have begun crowdsourcing an investigation into the Boston terrorist attack. A new subreddit …

Boston Bombing Suspects Are Brothers Living In U.S. For Years

<i>Updated 1:50 p.m. ET: (Correcting that brothers shared an apartment in Cambridge, not Watertown.)</i><p>The suspects in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon explosions and the Thursday night murder of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are two brothers from a former Soviet republic …

Star Wars: The Old Republic | Developer Blogs

Hello everyone. My name is Austin Peckenpaugh, and I’m a Senior Designer on <i>Star Wars</i>™: The Old Republic™, responsible for class design and combat …

Board Games

Interview: Watertown resident talks about last night’s shootout with bombing suspects

KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez talked to Andrew Kitzenberg, a witness to last night’s shootout between Boston bombing suspects and the police. Kitzenberg was …

The Console Version Of Diablo III Could Very Well Be The Best One

Dog-pampering obsessions in Singapore and Hong Kong are symptoms of a demographic time bomb

In Hong Kong and Singapore, it is not unusual to see couples pushing baby strollers that do not contain a baby, but rather a small dog. Sometimes the puppy prams are not wheeled by the dog owners, but by a Filipino or Indonesian domestic helper who has been hired just to look after the pooch.<p>This …

Hong Kong

Cyprus has 'no intention of leaving the euro'

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades has assured civil servants that "in no way will we experiment with the future of our country" by exiting the euro.<p>He said that while the current situation on the country is "tragic", that the bail-out "averted the risk" of bankruptcy.<p>Mr Anastasiades - known for …

Finance

N Korea 'readies' rockets to strike US bases

North Korea's leader has responded to America's use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military<br>drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions.<p>The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency said on Friday that Kim …

Tight border discourages migrants from going home

Deportees have families here, many of them legal U.S. citizens, so they don't cross the U.S.-Mexico border unless they're caught.<p>NOGALES, Sonora — Tougher border security such as building bigger fences, imposing tough penalties and deporting immigrants far from where they came across have wound up …

The madness of March: why the 'Big Dance' may affect fans' minds more than other sports

The psychology of bracketology<p>Are you suffering from any one or more of the following side effects: anger, euphoria, depression, frustration, aggression, arousal? Sit down, breathe, and try to relax. You may be experiencing "march madness," but the conditions are temporary and should last only …

In 'Disney Infinity,' worlds collide in your virtual toy box

Plus, there's 'Tron'<p>Kid-focused augmented reality game <i>Disney Infinity</i> seems like a me-too cash grab, and in a lot of ways it is. After the massive, on-going success of Activision’s <i>Skylanders</i> — a franchise that combined relatively simple video games and collectible toys into a highly lucrative …

Tiger Woods Has The Solution To The Massive US Debt — And Larry Summers Agrees With It

Tiger Woods is back on top of his game, and as Matthew Futterman at WSJ notes, there's a fun comparison to be made between Tiger's career trajectory and that of the Dow Jones which is at all-time highs.<p>Both the Dow and Tiger hit their low points in 2009, and have been climbing back since.<p>But even …

Tiger Woods

NBC Has Reportedly Offered Matt Lauer's Job To Anderson Cooper

And it appears the brass at NBC are now looking to possibly replace Lauer.<p>Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports exclusively:<p>I hear NBC toppers recently reached out to CNN's Anderson Cooper to replace Lauer on the show before the end of the year. After their initial approach to Cooper, I hear NBC …

Matt Lauer

Scanning felons' brains could help predict whether they'll reoffend

Over five decades since <i>A Clockwork Orange</i> foretold a future where experimental science is used to "cure" repeat offenders, a study of 96 male felons has used brain scans to predict the likelihood of falling back into crime. While the neuroscientist who led the study, Kent Kiehl of Albuquerque's …

The Trader Joe's Lesson: How to Pay a Living Wage and Still Make Money in Retail

Companies that invest in higher salaries for low-level employees find success in a competitive market<p>Reuters<p>The average American cashier makes $20,230 a year, a salary that in a single-earner household would leave a family of four living under the poverty line. But if he works the cash registers at …

The Proof Is In The Profits: America’s Happiest Companies Make More Money

Workplace happiness may seem like a fuzzy concept when it comes to financial value. But as the Parnassus Workplace Fund has proven, dignity has–and creates–value.<p>“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” –Henry David Thoreau<p>Every year around this time, a new edition of the “100 Best …

The Rise of Social Selling

I don’t know if anyone can claim to have created or invented “social selling” even though I was a part in creating Social Selling University, I know …

Selling

The Complexity of Simplicity

Every project I've worked on in my 17-year career has had one thing in common. At some point someone says, "It should be simple."<p>But what does …

UX Design

The future of mobile graphics: Better, faster, cheaper, & way more 3D

SAN FRANCISCO — A panel discussion on the future of mobile graphics at today’s Game Developers Conference drew a standing-room-only crowd eager to hear what our smartphones will be showing us next.<p>Envisioning a near future when smartphones and tablets are as powerful as the current but elderly …

Free-to-play publishers & game developers throw down at GDC

SAN FRANCISCO — At GDC today, game publishers in the free-to-play arena had a powwow to discuss the niceties of publishing and distribution and where we’re headed next.<p>The panel in question was a slew of heavy-hitters, including Rob Carroll of 5th Planet Games, Barry Dorf of DeNA, Pany Haritatos of …