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Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To Mobile

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Zynga's former CEO is back, less than two years after leaving the company he founded. The company had a smash hit with Farmville on Facebook, but has struggled to stay current in new markets.

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Developers Continue Push To Make Virtual Reality Mainstream

Sunday, March 08, 2015

As virtual reality becomes more lifelike and the technology more consumer friendly, developers continue to push it as the new heart of the video game and movie experience.

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All Things Considered

Businesses Offer A Link To The Past For Lovers Of Old Video Games

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Many people of a certain age fondly remember spending hours in arcades or playing on the popular systems of the '80s and '90s. Now, these retro video games are fast becoming a growing business.

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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

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Morning Edition

Video Game Based On Ancient Story Aims For Audiences In Iran, Beyond

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Two entrepreneurs with Iranian roots hope to make an international splash with a new online multiplayer game that is an update of a 1,000-year-old Iranian poem.

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All Things Considered

Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Forget chess. Poker may be even harder for a computer. But a software program has now "solved" a variant of Texas Hold'em, the bot's creators say. And nothing can keep it from winning.

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Inventor Ralph Baer, The 'Father Of Video Games,' Dies At 92

Monday, December 08, 2014

Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.

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Terrible Video Game, Great Fundraiser: Meet Desert Bus For Hope

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Desert Bus, a parody game invented by magicians Penn and Teller, consists of driving a bus on a featureless road for hours. A comedy troupe in Canada has turned that monotony into money for charity.

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Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Pew Research Center's first study on online harassment shows it happens to most Internet users. But gender disparities are starkest in online gaming.

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After Pulling Ads, Intel Tries To Stay Out Of #Gamergate Debate

Saturday, October 04, 2014

This week, Intel pulled an ad campaign from a gaming site after an email campaign by #Gamergate supporters. Now it's facing new backlash from critics who say the ad pull backed a sexist movement.

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All Things Considered

#Gamergate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A debate has flared surrounding ethics in video game journalism and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry. Attacks online have turned heated, vicious and ugly.

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PRI's The World

This woman's gaming career took off in the back of her parents' Chinese restaurant

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lilian Chen grew up playing video games in the back of her parent's Chinese restaurant. She navigates between her life Chinese heritage at home and her American lifestyle at school. But it was in the world of gaming where Chen found home.

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With Minecraft, Microsoft Buys A Doorway To Millions Of Players

Monday, September 15, 2014

Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for Mojang, the company behind the hit building-block video game Minecraft that is played by millions. But it might have gained a lot more than just a popular franchise.

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On The Media

My Attempt To Write About "Gamergate"

Friday, September 05, 2014

Against my better judgment, I am writing about Gamergate.
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Amazon Buys Twitch, Proving Gaming Live Streams Are Golden

Monday, August 25, 2014

Twitch broadcasts gamers to huge audiences around the world, and it boasts big potential when it comes to advertising dollars. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calls watching gameplay "a global phenomenon."

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Robin Williams, An Avid Gamer, To Be Remembered In World Of Warcraft

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Many people know the late actor and comedian for his film and TV work, but to the gaming community he was a staunch advocate and a fan.

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Yearning To Be A 'True Sport,' E-Sports Group Changes Gender Rules

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Backlash prompted an e-sports organization to pull an about-face last week after promoting a competition exclusively for male players, but the group's larger ambition may have been as much motivation.

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All Things Considered

Modern Video Games Go Beyond 'Jumping On Blocks'

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The creative director for BioShock Infinite, one of 2013's biggest video games, says as technology improves, so does the ability for games to tell complex stories with rich narrative structures.

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On The Media

Online Gamers Arrested In Japan For Cheating

Friday, June 27, 2014

Playing video games online, you're likely to run into cheaters. Aimbot, wallhacks, NoClip, they can render a server unplayable. However, they're little more than a pain in the ass, and penalties for getting caught can be pretty severe, including having accounts that cost a lot of money banned from using certain games. In Japan, they'll just arrest you.

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Aisha Tyler Tells Us The Real Problem With Gaming And Diversity

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"The idea that there's not diversity in gameplay is just not true," says Archer star and gamer Aisha Tyler. "Does it need to be better? Absolutely."

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