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Who Makes More Money: Olympic Athletes or Professional Gamers?

Now that's a question that will probably leave some scratching their heads most vigorously. After all, we're talking about Olympic athletes, the pride of any nation, those who every four years go forth and attempt to throw things and run...

What's Stopping Universities From Teaching VR Development?

Virtual reality (VR) development might seem like the wave of the future, and not without reason. This is the technology that may well open up a future where we can go just about anywhere and see just about anything right...

Mobile Gaming Ahabs Beware: Why Hunting Whales is a Bad Idea

It wasn't so long ago when it was revealed that the gamers getting in on Game of War spent an absolutely staggering amount of cash on their game of choice, spending about $549.69 per user per year. So it's clear...

The Aging Gamer, or, When Granny Wants to Go Pwning Noobs

We all have a good idea of what a gamer looks like, at least in the stereotype in our head. Young, male, probably overweight and greasy-skinned living in his parents' basement, sucking down cheese-flavored snacks to such a degree his...

Smithsonian Steps In to Preserve Gaming's History...Again.

The true historical value of just about anything is commonly lost on most people. That's often why most historical treasures are valuable: sheer scarcity. If you'd asked the average citizen in the 1850s, for example, if they'd rather have a...

Ubisoft Movie's Jean-Julien Baronnet Breaks Off to Found Marla Studios

The public is tired of superhero movies, so believes Ubisoft Motion Pictures' CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet. Baronnet believes this so deeply that he's separated from the company to launch his own studio, focusing on video game-based movies.Baronnet had actually been out...

Feel the Bern, The Game, With Bernie's Journey

First it was Socks the Cat. Now, it's Bernie Sanders, as a new game called Bernie's Journey brings a new look at a presidential campaign as gigantic metaphor. You'll play the man some may describe as an elderly demagogue as...

The Solus Project: Why Controls Are Important

I was looking forward to trying out The Solus Project, and with good reason. Another open world survival game, one that had already been described as similar to Ark: Survival Evolved--a game I'm still enjoying like no tomorrow--posed an exciting...

The Fallout Development Cycle: Is Bifurcated Best?

Recently I saw a video online from a gent named Mr. Matty. His channel, Mr. Matty Plays, advanced the notion that maybe Bethesda should stop developing Fallout games. While he wasn't exactly in favor of this notion, I found some...

DOTA 2 Frankfurt Tourney Commands Hefty Live Price Tag

It's the biggest DOTA 2 tournament in Europe: the ESL One Frankfurt DOTA 2 tournament. The third such tourney is about to be held this coming June, and word about the tourney's specifics is already starting to come out. You...

Has EA Learned a Grim Lesson About Microtransactions?

On the surface, microtransactions are a great idea. Start with a game that's worth playing, and then let the players at said game at no charge. Then, make money with that fantastic game by offering up new options that make...

Fathom Events Readies International DOTA 2 Championship for the Big Screen

With all the post-E3 fallout, not to mention all the news about the latest Fallout, Fallout 4, we haven't heard a lot about the e-sports market lately. But needless to say, this is a field that's still going great guns...

A Game Ban Spree in Australia Precedes New Ratings System

If you thought there was a drought of games available in the United States, well, you wouldn't be alone. Personally, there's not a whole lot catching my attention until September 1's arrival of Mad Max ahead of the big magilla...

Preserving Gaming's Legacy: The National Toy Hall of Fame's Game Section

When's the last time you saw an arcade cabinet of “Revolution X”? Back in the 1990s, you'd find one of these most anywhere there were games to be played. Ever wonder where your old Super Nintendo was? Think you could...

Cheap Games, Or, Nintendo's New Comeback Plan

There will be some who object to that headline, noting that—as LL Cool J was once famously heard to remark—Nintendo can't have a comeback, as it's been here for years. In that sense, they would have a point, but Nintendo...

Blizzard Demonstrates Customer Service Edge With 10-Year Premium

It's hard to believe that World of Warcraft has only recently cleared the 10 year mark of existence with little in the way of upgrades graphically. A whole generation of consoles has come and gone in that time, and for...

Playing the Villain: Hatred's Draw on Steam Greenlight

It may well be the most pronounced case of “playing the villain” ever to be noted in a game. A game called “Hatred” has been making the rounds, and is currently camped out on Steam Greenlight, seeking to get access...

Microsoft Takes November; Changes Afoot?

In life, there are few better ways to get people interested in a product than to offer it up cheap. That basic premise proved to be no exception for the Xbox One, as an NPD report showed that Microsoft didn't...

Help Wanted: Gaming Puts On Major Expansion in U.S. Economy

Admittedly, the last several years of the economy in the United States has not been great. But there are notes that suggest things are on the mend, economically speaking, as unemployment rates drop and more businesses look to do some...

What Role Does the Arcade Have in Modern Gaming?

It's actually kind of strange to think about, but the arrival of “Star Wars: Battle Pod”--which we talked about last week—kind of got me to thinking. Back in my younger days, I was an arcade enthusiast from a long way...

Microsoft's Uphill Battle For The Chinese Gaming Market

On September 23, a little slice of history will land in mainland China as the Xbox One goes on sale in the country, the first such dedicated gaming machine to be sold in the country since the country established a...

MMOs and Xbox One Making an Increasingly Great Team

For anyone who's ever played an MMO, there's certainly an appeal there. Teaming up with friends, teaming up with people you've never even met, and going out to conquer worlds or just blow up large portions of them certainly has...

Why Does The Midwest Love PS4?

A new and somewhat unusual map recently came into view, as the Movoto Real Estate Blog took a look at breakdowns of Facebook likes in various states and discovered that certain states in the United States had some rather clear...

More Games, More Swag: Skillz Enters The Real-Money Fray

It's been something of an increasing development lately that games are allowing users to compete in real tournaments for real money. We've seen several examples of this already, and now, we're about to get one more with the release of...

Apocalypse Gaming: Why Do People Love It So?

Whilst on the hunt for news to discuss—and for once, not Nintendo-backed news—one of my favorite haunts for news came in from VentureBeat, who described the field of apocalypse gaming. Indeed, many of the biggest titles of the last few...
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