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Taiwan police grapple for control of Pokemon swarms

Taipei - Police are struggling to control crowds at a hot springs park in Taiwan that has become a hub for Pokemon Go players after gaining a reputation as a spot to catch rare creatures.

Italian bishop launches crusade against Pokemon Go

Rome - An Italian bishop has threatened legal action against Pokemon Go, saying the "diabolical" game has turned its army of smartphone-wielding players into "walking dead", reports said Thursday.

In violence-racked Venezuela, Pokemon Go as protest

Caracas - When Cristian Fragoza takes to the streets of Caracas hunting the virtual monsters of Pokemon Go, he knows the risks he's running are real -- his cell phone, and maybe even his life.

Pokemon No: Can a place declare the game off-limits?

Paris - The global Pokemon Go craze has prompted a slew of complaints, from memorial sites arguing it's disrespectful to play there to whole countries imposing a ban on the smartphone game.

Iranians hunt Pokemon despite ban

Tehran - Iran was quick to ban global gaming craze Pokemon Go, but as with many of the Islamic republic's internet controls, tech-savvy youths have carried on regardless.

Pokemon Go a campaign weapon for presidential candidates

Los Angeles - The global phenomenon Pokemon Go has made its way onto the US presidential campaign trail with the staff of both major candidates appealing to users of the smartphone game to catch voters.

New York bars sex offenders from Pokemon Go

New York - It's the smartphone game electrifying the world but New York took steps Monday to ban sex offenders from using the app to potentially prey on child victims.

Saudi revives 15-year-old anti-Pokemon fatwa

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's top clerical body has revived a 2001 religious edict prohibiting Pokemon in response to public calls for guidance on the newly launched smartphone version of the game.

FTC alleges that Warner Bros. paid thousands for game reviews

Warner Bros. has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after the entertainment giant allegedly spent thousands of dollars in exchange for positive reviews from popular YouTubers.

Microsoft to use Minecraft as a classroom for new AI systems

Microsoft has announced a new research project that uses the blocky world of Minecraft to teach artificial intelligence systems how to behave in real life. The system will help AI researchers create AI that behaves like real game players.

PlayStation 4 rivals Xbox One with new PC game streaming feature

Sony has announced a new PlayStation 4 software update that adds in several heavily-requested features. Version 3.50 launches in beta tomorrow and includes expanded Remote Play support, letting owners stream PS4 games to their PC and Mac.

Mojang surprises, Minecraft for Nintendo Wii U coming this month

It has been confirmed that hit sandbox game Minecraft will be available on the Nintendo Wii U from later this month with the same features as its other console versions. The platform is one of few which developer Mojang has left out so far.

Smartphone built in Minecraft can make actual video calls

Representing one of the most ambitious projects ever created inside the constraints of sandbox game Minecraft, Verizon Mobile has teamed up with players to create a working smartphone inside the blocky world. The result can load webpages and video calls.

VR communities divided by controversial '9/11 simulator'

A virtual reality game that simulates the tragic events of 9/11 from the perspective of the victims is dividing VR enthusiasts and creating both hype and deep controversy. The simulation has led people to question what's acceptable as a VR experience.

How marketing is like a game of Risk

In the mind of podcaster and startup guru Saul Colt, marketing is much like a game of Risk. In his June 2015 keynote speech at Xerocon Denver he explained what he calls “Saul Colt’s Marketing Risk."

Google launches YouTube Gaming to compete against Twitch

Google has launched its new version of YouTube dedicated to gamers. The website and app will make it easy for players to watch and broadcast the games they love most, throwing YouTube into direct competition with the Twitch streaming service.

10 million flock to Angry Birds 2 in the first three days

Game developer Rovio has announced that 10 million people downloaded the sequel to its hit title Angry Birds in just the first three days after its initial release. It shows the demand for mobile games and the popularity of Rovio's iconic creation.

After 15 years, game consoles are officially legal in China again

China has officially relaxed its formal ban on video game consoles which has been in place since 2000 and has prevented the sale of dedicated gaming devices. It was feared playing games could be detrimental to the development of children.

Angry Birds 2 flocking to app stores later this month

Finnish game developer Rovio has announced it will be releasing a proper sequel to its hit "Angry Birds" title later this month. Details on the new game are currently scarce but fans are told that they will be able to play from July 30.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's death sparks wave of tributes

Nintendo has confirmed that its president and CEO Satoru Iwata has died aged 55. Iwata had been recovering from cancer surgery last year and died of a bile duct growth on July 11. The games industry has been flooded with touching tributes for Mr Iwata.

Tetris can help block flashbacks of traumatic events

A study has found that playing Tetris can help people recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and overcome the repeated flashbacks it triggers. In a new investigation, playing Tetris reduced the number of memories of the event by over 50 percent.

Google announces YouTube Gaming, coming this summer

Google has announced that it is creating a special variant of YouTube for gamers, throwing it into direct competition with Twitch. The site will allow players to stream footage of their games and make it easy for viewers to keep track of their favourites.

The Oculus Rift is ready for consumers, launching early 2016

Oculus has finally unveiled the much-anticipated consumer version of its Rift VR headset. Slated for release in early 2016, the Rift will now be shipping with an Xbox One controller and seeks to make games more immersive than ever before.

Rockstar Games' parent company sues BBC over upcoming GTA drama

The BBC has been hit with a lawsuit by Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Grand Theft Auto creators Rockstar Games, over allegations of potential trademark misuse in the broadcasting company's upcoming drama about the GTA franchise.

Windows 10 will come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Microsoft has managed to create a new divide in technology communities by announcing that Windows 10 will be shipping with publisher King's hit match-three mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" preinstalled alongside the ubiquitous Solitaire and Minesweeper.

Xbox One May update brings new features including voice messages

Microsoft has released the May update for its Xbox One games console and media hub. It features several notable new features that have been often requested by the community including the ability to send voice messages and turn the console on remotely.

The iconic Snake game is being brought to smartphones by creator

The original creator of the now infamous "Snake" game has revealed that a new, revived version will be launching on modern smartphone platforms later this month. First launched in 1997, Snake quickly became one of the most-loved games ever.

Warsaw urges Mattel to recall game over 'Nazi Poland' term

Varsovia - Poland on Friday said it has demanded that US toy producer Mattel recall the party game "Apples to Apples" for using the erroneous term "Nazi Poland," as Warsaw had never collaborated with Hitler.

'Pancake' is the new addictive time-waster to replace Flappy Bird

A new game rising in the App Store could steal Flappy Bird's crown with its simple but incredibly addictive premise of flipping pancakes with the phone to earn points and better pancake toppings.

Minecraft to be given free to every school in Northern Ireland

Every secondary school in Northern Ireland is to receive free copies of the massively popular computer game Minecraft after the title was recognised for its unique educational potential and ability to teach children about the world.
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