Virtual rape in Grand Theft Auto 5: learning the limits of the game
Are video games societal microcosms wherein deviant behaviour flourishes and spills into "real life"? Or are they just harmless fun in which nobody really gets hurt? This endless debate usually concerns violent ...
Gamer disclaimer: Virtual worlds can be as fulfilling as real life
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming. Electronic sports (or esports) are now mainstream, drawing more than a million viewers in large tournaments and offering prizes u ...
How Sony is enlisting gamers on Twitch, Reddit to develop new titles
Think of Sony and games, and it's likely PlayStation that comes to mind. But the company has also had big success making online games for 18 years through its Sony Online Entertainment division.
When 'exciting' trumps 'honest', traditional academic journals encourage bad science
Imagine you're a scientist. You're interested in testing the hypothesis that playing violent video games makes people more likely to be violent in real life. This is a straightforward theory, but there are ...
EA tests subscription video game service for Xbox One
US video game colossus Electronic Arts on Tuesday began testing a Netflix-style subscription service that lets Xbox One users play a library of online titles by paying monthly fees.
Microsoft to shutter Xbox television show studio
Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that its studio devoted to original television programs for Xbox consoles will be shuttered as part a massive overhaul of the workforce.
Video game designers envision characters who are more like us
Is it possible to hold hands with a video game character? That is, in many ways, a ridiculous question, but is one posed by the developers of "Murasaki Baby."
Video games could provide venue for exploring sustainability concepts
Could playing video games help people understand and address global sustainability issues such as pollution, drought or climate change? At least two researchers believe so, outlining their argument in a concept paper published ...
Game makers eager to pick your brain with neurogaming
For a glimpse of an evolving technology that promises to shake video gaming to its foundation, check out "Throw Trucks With Your Mind."
A lack of leading ladies haunts game industry
Video game developers hyped upcoming titles featuring super-soldiers, assassins, bank robbers and secret agents at last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo. They all had one thing in common: They're men. ...
Tech Tips: Facebook ads, tracking and you (Update)
If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook—your profile information, status updates, likes and interests.
With light echoes, the invisible becomes visible: Camera that can see around the corner
Scientists at the University of Bonn and the University of British Columbia have developed a novel camera system which can see around the corner without using a mirror. Using diffusely reflected light, it ...
E3 unleashes next generation of gruesomeness
(AP)—Game makers at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo went for the jugular.
Augmented reality puts players into video game action
A street luge rider races down a winding mountain road, zips under a truck and through a curve and into the path of an oncoming car.