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Growth of Esports raises legal questions

Two Toronto-based lawyers have started Canada’s first law firm dedicated to Esports. Esports are one of the world’s fastest growing industries and it presents several challenges, from streaming rights to contract management.

Essential Science: How playing video games changes the brain

New studies looking into how playing video games can affect the brain indicated that regular gaming can trigger changes across several brain regions, boosting efficiency but also fueling addiction.

Pre-orders being taken for Atari’s retro VCS console

Interesting news for fans of classic video games. Atari's retro-style VCS console is now ready for pre-orders. The console may look retro, but it comes packed with some very modern hardware. Get ready to play classics like Pong, Armor Battle and Utopia.

Atari co-founder ‘Ted’ Dabney dies

Ted Dabney, who co-founded video game pioneers Syzygy and Atari, has died from cancer, aged 81. Dabeny also produced produced Computer Space, the first commercially available arcade game.

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.

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.

Nintendo's wildly popular NES Classic has been discontinued

Nintendo has officially discontinued production on the NES Classic, its incredibly popular $60 game console — at least in North America.

Violent video games have no effect on antisocial behavior

Another study on video games and violence has been undertaken, this time looking at whether games with more violent content influence the ability of the gamer to be empathetic towards other individuals. The answer is: no impact.

Video games with heavy alcohol and smoking influence teens

Nottingham - It has been an on-going debate since the first home computer consuls: do video games affect behavior, especially in impressionable adolescents? For things like alcohol and smoking the answer seems to be a ‘yes’.

Evidence that video game ratings really work

Should video games continue to be rated in terms of age suitability? Do these categories influence the behavior of kids? The answers are yes, according to Iowa State University.

Walden the video game to be released for Thoreau’s 200th birthday

A new kind of video game, almost a decade in the making, will allow players to step into the shoes of one of America’s greatest philosophers as he finds food, shelter and arrowheads in the rustic setting of Walden Woods.

Classic video game console baffles neuroscientists

Researchers have used a classic video game console to try to analyse neural networks. Since looking at the networks in the brain is a highly complex process, the researchers hoped studying an old Atari 2600 system would prove simpler. It didn’t.

Meet Gabe Newell, the richest man in the video game business

The wealthiest man in the video game industry has a name you likely haven't heard; he runs a company you probably haven't heard of; he wears a wild beard and, often, the same black polo.

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.

Royal Seas Cruises offers top quality entertainment Commissioned

Royal Seas Cruises is known for their top quality cruises to some of the best destinations in the Caribbean. Royal Seas Cruises also has some of the very best live entertainment available today in the entire cruise industry.

Video game voice actors go on strike

While video game culture got a real thrill this week with a preview of the new Nintendo Switch and the awe-inspiring new trailer for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, things took a darker turn for voice actors relied upon to help bring video games to life.

Nintendo issued over 500 takedown orders for fan-made games

On September 2, 2016, Nintendo issued at least 500 DMCA takedown requests ordering indie companies who developed fan-made games to remove their products. Most of these games were hosted on Game Jolt, where they could be uploaded and shared for free.

Review: Homefront — The Revolution will now be playable Special

Homefront: The Revolution is a unique followup as the gameplay is an improvement from its predecessor but the story lacks the emotional substance that the original was remembered for.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is backwards compatible for Xbox One

In a highly anticipated decision, Microsoft officially confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops is now backwards compatible for the Xbox One.

Review: Doom is a classic remade for a new generation Special

The original Doom set the standards for shooters back in the 90s and even though gaming has changed drastically in the last few decades, this re-imagining takes players back to the good old days.

Twitch gamer celebrity allegedly beats his girlfriend on stream

A Twitch gaming celebrity allegedly verbally and physically assaulted his girlfriend during a livestream. The video quickly went viral in just a few hours after being posted on YouTube.

Battlefield 1 officially confirmed

Electronic Arts unveiled the first trailer for Battlefield 1 and it confirmed months of rumors that the game will be set during The Great War, World War I.

Activision officially unveils Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

After a week of rumors and speculation followed by two teaser trailers, Activision has officially unveiled Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

'Dark Souls' comes to an end: 3rd installment is its last

FromSoftware's director Miyazaki recently announced that the third installment in the Dark Souls popular franchise will be the last one, at least for now. The release of two additional DLC packs has been confirmed in late 2016 and early 2017.

First teaser for new Call of Duty unveiled

Following rumors that the next game in the series will be titled Infinite Warfare while a remastered version of Modern Warfare is in the works, Activsion unveiled the first teaser for the next Call of Duty.

Build your own video game? Now you can in full retro 8-bit style

The award-winning app designers studio Tinybop announced Infinite Arcade, a new video game construction set in full 8-bit style, to allow smartphone users build their own arcade games.

Congressman used campaign funds to buy video games: FEC

Alpine - A United States congressman faces query from the Federal Election Commission over credit card charges made against the pol's campaign finance account.

Review: Resident Evil 6 is a sad reminder that this game exists Special

Resident Evil 6 for the Next-Gen consoles is another attempt by Capcom to convince fans that this is a fun title but it ends up becoming a sorry way to promote an embarrassment.

Review: Blood Alloy: Reborn is a unique adventure with a classic feel Special

Blood Alloy: Reborn is a unique 2D adventure that combines the elements of an old school game with a new artistic tone along with a killer cyberpunk musical score.

Review: The Division is a survival journey as told by Tom Clancy Special

The concept of the apocalyptic survival genre is not new to gamers but Tom Clancy’s The Division is a journey that stays true to the techno thriller concept the acclaimed author is known for.
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