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Nintendo: Healthcare Provider?

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Nintendo may attempt to “gamify” healthcare as a way of expanding beyond its core business. continue…

Google Acquires AI Startup DeepMind

The acquisition could help in Google’s quest to create platforms that rapidly learn and adapt. continue…

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Face a Hard Road Ahead

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With mobile games and Steam on the rise, will PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have the same cultural impact as their predecessors? continue…

Can Nintendo Survive in a Smartphone World?

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Nintendo’s most difficult challenge yet is just staying relevant. continue…

Practice Gaming, Help Civilization

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In times of crisis, social media usage skyrockets. And while many of the posts are merely complaints about being inconvenienced, some contain information that could be useful to first responders. Unfortunately, due to the massive volume of posts, much of it gets lost. One organization wants to put a stop to it, but they’ll need your gaming skills to do it.  

Get Ready for a Virtual Future

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When virtual reality (VR) first became a buzzword in the early 90’s, we seemed destined for a world full of headsets and totally immersive content – then that future evaporated and we were left with naught but bitter disappointment. What happened? Early VR systems suffered from three fatal flaws: They were really heavy, really expensive and there was a serious lack of applicable content. The impact was never in question, the reactions of attendees of “fine art” installations by earlier… continue…

Big Fish Ditches Cloud-Streaming, to Lay Off 49

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Big Fish Games plans to close its cloud game-streaming initiative and lay off 49 employees in Seattle, as well as close offices in Vancouver, B.C., and Cork, Ireland. Big Fish had 524 full-time employees in Seattle earlier this month, so the layoffs there represent about 9 percent of its workforce. The business, meanwhile, grew 30 percent last year, with sales of more than $180 million. Company Founder Paul Thelen, who returned as Chief Executive last year, announced the cuts in… continue…

4 Reasons You Don’t Want to Develop Games

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Are you an avid gamer? Do you think you have what it takes to work in games? Or better yet, Do you even know what it takes to work in games? You may think producing games would be a blast, fitting right in with your addiction. But the truth is, you may be better off sticking to the joystick. Creating games, after all, is a job and much like any other job it comes with a lot of drawbacks —… continue…

Oculus Rift: Virtual Reality Gaming Makes a Comeback

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By Rob Pakus Nowadays it seems the gaming and gadget hype is all about 3-D TVs and next-generation consoles. I’m more interested in the evolutionary reincarnation of virtual reality gaming, specifically in the form of Oculus VR’s virtual reality headset, aptly named the Oculus Rift.  In case you missed the excitement, here’s a quick summary of its rise to fame. Kickstarter Launches a Virtual Reality Brand Oculus Rift founder Palmer Lucky is an avid VR headset collector, as well as… continue…

From the Buzz, Piecing Together the Xbox 720

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By Scott Bowers Microsoft has announced that the date of the “Xbox Reveal” will be at a special event on May 21.  This is the first official announcement from them regarding their new upcoming console.  But just because Microsoft’s not saying a lot about the upcoming Xbox 720 – code-named “Durango” — doesn’t mean gamers are in a wait-and-see mood.  After all, if nature fills vacuums, then the gaming community argues rumors.  And so many rumors have been floating around… continue…