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Russians slam US video game Call of Duty

Moscow - The latest version of the popular US video game "Call of Duty" met with widespread anger and calls for a boycott in Russia on Wednesday for depicting Russian troops as brutal sadists.

Giving the Game Away: What Canada’s game play says about people?

Video games may be popular, but there's always time for board games, especially when families come together. A new survey reveals 'The 10 Most Popular Board Games in Canada, and behind this some interesting differences across the country.

Blizzard says China not a factor in eSports winner ban

San Francisco - Gaming company Blizzard Entertainment said Friday China had nothing to do with its decision to punish an eSports champion who voiced support for Hong Kong protestors, but eased the controversial sentence.

German army seeks out gamers in hunt for computer-savvy recruits

Cologne - Among countless stands of car manufacturers, software developers and engineering universities at Cologne's video games convention, the sight of fatigue-clad soldiers manning the German military's brightly-lit stall draws in the curious.

Jordan Wilimovsky qualifies for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

25-year-old American swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky has a major reason to be proud. He just qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Netflix gets its game on at E3 with 'Stranger Things'

Los Angeles - Netflix on Wednesday made its first formal appearance at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, showcasing plans for video games based on hit original shows such as "Stranger Things.

Video game rivals Microsoft and Sony team up in cloud

San Francisco - Longtime video game console rivals Microsoft and Sony on Thursday announced an alliance to improve their platforms for streaming entertainment from the internet cloud.

Iraq moves to ban online game PUBG for 'inciting violence'

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban the popular but brutal online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for "inciting violence" in the war-torn country.

Nepal bans online game PUBG on concerns over children

Kathmandu - Nepal has banned the hugely popular but brutal online game "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" over concerns about its impact on children, officials said Friday.

Chatting with Damir Martin: 2-time Olympic silver medalist rower Special

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Damir Martin chatted with Digital Journal. The Croatian rower opened up about his athletic career.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella lays out 'Netflix for games' vision

Microsoft is building a service that intends to be the "Netflix for games." The service is currently named " Project xCloud," and its goal is to stream high-end video games to any device.

Attack of the small screens: Africa eyes mobile gaming boom

Cape Town - An army of humans laid waste to an alien colony as South African video game maker Simon Spreckley enthusiastically controlled the action using his phone's touch screen."The penetration of mobile devices in Africa is huge.

Epic Games, makers of Fortnite, raises $1.25 billion in financing

Epic Games, the developers of the hit game Fornite, have built on this success and secured funding from investors for $1.25 billion.

Meet Billy Mills: Olympian and Track and Field Hall of Famer Special

Coos Bay - Olympic gold medalist and runner Billy Mills chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming film screening on October 30 at the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, Oregon.

'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

San Francisco - Activision Blizzard on Friday added six new teams to is "Overwatch" League, including one in Paris, as the city-based approach to eSports headed into its second season.

Game over? China to rein in online games in latest industry setback

China will restrict the number of video games and take steps to curb playing time by minors to address growing rates of childhood visual impairment as the government steps up its crackdown on the world's biggest online gaming market.

Video game swastikas stir unease in Germany

Cologne - The first video game to depict Germany's 1933-45 Nazi era uncensored, showing the swastika and Adolf Hitler, has stirred up debate over whether it's an advance for artistic freedom or a new danger of radicalisation.

'Monster Hunter' on hold as China hits pause on new video games

Shanghai - China appears to have halted approvals of new online game licences, with reports Wednesday that a government shake-up was causing paralysis in the world's biggest gaming market.

Cloud play on the horizon in changing video game world

Los Angeles - Console makers long at the center of the video game universe are adapting to an exploding constellation of ways to play, with the cloud looming on the horizon.

Deadly battles continue to power hit video games

Los Angeles - Bandits, soldiers, demons, zombies, aliens and other enemies will be shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, incinerated, or even blow up on the show floor of the Electronic Entertainment Expo opening here Tuesday.

Facebook out to lure eSports fans with online portal

San Francisco - Facebook on Friday unveiled a portal devoted to streaming video game play and commentary as it ramped up its challenge to Amazon-owned Twitch and Google's YouTube for eSports fans.

Video games may help ageing pooches stay mentally nimble

Vienna - At first sight, enthusiastic Border Collies Miley and Tiara may not appear to be providing insights into the deeper workings of the canine mind.

Games livestreaming to take place via Facebook

Fans of online games are in for a real treat, especially those that are Facebook users. Games livestreaming will soon be streaming directly to Facebook via its live platform. It will also reward players for watching.

In China's eSport schools students learn it pays to play

Jinan - Most teachers would not be impressed to discover a student playing video games in their class. But at a school in eastern China it is mandatory, part of a drive to train eSport champions and tap into the booming industry."Dammit, I'm dead!

AI predict best batters in baseball

New research suggests vision, sensory and motor testing could predict best batters in baseball. This has been tested out using artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

China mobile users tap phones to 'applaud' president's speech

Bejing - Missed out on the orchestrated applause at China's Communist Party Congress? Cheer up: this being China, you can join the praise through your mobile phone.

Prince Harry cheers on athletes ahead of Toronto Invictus Games

Montr - Prince Harry attended a training session Friday for athletes who will compete in the upcoming Invictus Games for soldiers and veterans wounded or disabled in battle.

Lego announces layoffs as it forces itself towards digital

Lego is laying off 1,400 employees after posting its first sales slump in a decade. The company conceded the future is digital as children's toys move onto phone displays and computers. It said it will seek opportunities to "engage with kids and parents."

Fire and choking warnings over fidget spinner

Fidget spinners may be popular with adults and children but there are risks, such as from fire when the devices are charged over night. A choking warning has also been issued. What lessons does this present for tech developers?

China's young gamers face 'King of Glory' playing time limits

Bejing - All-night gaming marathons will soon end for some Chinese kids: internet giant Tencent began limiting daily playing times on its smartphone smash hit "King of Glory" on Tuesday to "ensure children's healthy development".
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