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'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".

Raving Rabbids, Mario join forces in new Switch game

Paris - Video game giants Ubisoft and Nintendo have teamed up to put their respective stars, Raving Rabbids and Mario, together in a new role-playing adventure.

No evidence that playing 'brain games' make you smarter

A popular genera of computer and video games are ‘brain games’, such as puzzles and quizzes. These are marketed as helping to improve cognition and even to make people ‘smarter’. A major review of these games has found the opposite.

Donkey Kong enters gaming hall of fame

Classic video games Donkey Kong and Pokemon have been inducted into the Donkey Kong and Pokemon join gaming hall of fame hall of fame.

Microsoft's infamous Solitaire game was built by a summer intern

Microsoft's Solitaire game, included with Windows PCs for generations, has long been presented by the company as a way to teach new computer owners how to use the mouse. According to the intern who created it, it was actually built 'out of boredom.'

Pokémon Go players are happier and friendlier

The strange psychological research story of the week looks into gamers, players of Pokémon Go in particular, and seeks to find out whether the character chasing adventurers are happier and friendlier than the general population.

Boy, aged 11, racks up $7000 bill for mobile games

Chorley - An young boy, unknown to him at the time, spent around $7,000 playing online games after accessing his family's iTunes account.

'In-depth look' at Nintendo Switch games to be streamed next week

Nintendo has announced it will soon provide fans with a first "in-depth look" at games being built for its upcoming Switch console. The company will also be offering members of the press hands-on time with the Switch at a separate event next week.

Playing video games helps the visually impaired

While many sociologists raise concerns about the excessive playing of video games, for the visually impaired the active engagement with video game may actually be a good thing, helping vision to improve.

Google reveals the best apps and games of 2016

Google has released its list of the best content on the Play Store during 2016. It has indexed the most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books to highlight the top trends of the year. The full charts can be viewed on the Google Play Store.

Facebook brings games to Messenger

Facebook has announced you can now play games from within Messenger. The app includes a selection of social "instant games" that will augment conversations with fun and competition. Games can be played with friends you're already connected to.

Pokemon hunt leads to glory for Google-born Niantic

San Francisco - Born in Google's shadow, Niantic strode into the spotlight with a mobile internet spin on hunting Pokemon but can the obsession with the game lead to long-term financial success?

Hundreds of Taiwan drivers fined after Pokemon Go launch

Taipei - Nearly 350 drivers in Taiwan were slapped with fines for playing on their phones after Pokemon Go launched on the island, which has already resulted in broken legs and museum bans.

Indonesia bans police, troops from playing Pokemon Go

Jakarta - Indonesia is banning police and military personnel from playing Pokemon Go while on duty, officials said Wednesday, after the defence minister warned the smartphone game was a security threat.

Indonesia bans police, troops from playing Pokemon Go

Jakarta - Indonesia is banning police and military personnel from playing Pokemon Go while on duty, officials said Wednesday, after the defence minister warned the smartphone game was a security threat.

Indonesia bans police, troops from playing Pokemon Go

Jakarta - Indonesia is banning police and military personnel from playing Pokemon Go while on duty, officials said Wednesday, after the defence minister warned the smartphone game was a security threat.

Pokemon Go: Only for the brave in Lagos

Lagos - It's safe to say Nintendo's hit mobile game Pokemon Go is more suited for playing in the clean, well-lit streets of San Francisco or the impeccably-maintained parks of New York.

Pokemon Go players held at gunpoint in Australia park

Sydney - A couple playing Pokemon Go were threatened at gunpoint in a town park south of Sydney, Australian police said Friday, as they blamed the game for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints.
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