Aug 5, 2014

Scrabble players rejoice: game to get 5,000 new words

To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages. The word “te” as a variant of “ti,” the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” out Aug. 11 from ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. sues Amazon over charges for children's online game buys

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon Thursday for charging parents for what their children spent on online games without parental authorization. The FTC said Amazon let kids playing online games to spend real money from their parents’ accounts on virtual items — coins, ...

Nintendo bolsters Wii U lineup with shooter game, toy platform

Jun 11, 2014

Nintendo bolsters Wii U lineup with shooter game, toy platform

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata has delivered his clearest message yet to gamers about the company’s future: Don’t count the Wii U out yet. Nintendo, threatened with becoming an also-ran in the market for home consoles, announced a half-dozen new titles for the Wii ...

New Mexico dig uncovers 'E.T.' video games buried after 1980s flop

Apr 27, 2014

New Mexico dig uncovers 'E.T.' video games buried after 1980s flop

Documentary filmmakers digging in a New Mexico landfill on Saturday unearthed hundreds of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” cartridges. The game was considered by some to be the worst video game ever made; it was blamed for contributing to the downfall of the video game industry ...

Skyscraper-sized Tetris game wows U.S. city

Apr 7, 2014

Skyscraper-sized Tetris game wows U.S. city

Tetris fans had a little fun Saturday with a skyscraper-sized version of the classic video game. The Philadelphia event created a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped would inspire onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology. The 29-story Cira ...

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

Mar 13, 2014

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

by Jason Coskrey

After a successful debut last year, former Q-Games producer James Mielke once again shone a light on Japan’s independent gaming scene with the second edition of BitSummit, a gathering of independent developers. This year’s event, held March 7-9 in a large exhibition hall at ...

Mar 5, 2014

Popular video game mocks Russian politics

Buy voters, divert public funds, become an all-powerful czar: It’s all part of the fun in video game “Demokratia,” whose merciless take on Russian politics has made it a runaway success in the land of Vladimir Putin. “Begin the ballot stuffing!” and “Voter participation ...

'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

Mar 2, 2014

'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: “Which sandwich are you?” After answering a series of unscientific and seemingly unrelated questions, which included selecting her favorite doughnut from a lineup of frosted pastries, she had her ...