Hoping for a blockbuster, 'Tetris' game inspires movie

May 18, 2016

Hoping for a blockbuster, 'Tetris' game inspires movie

It could be a blockbuster. At least that’s what a Chinese-American movie studio hopes to produce in a sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1980s video game “Tetris.” The $80 million (¥8.72 billion) project is the first from the newly formed Threshold Global Studios, ...

Nintendo eyes filmmaking for growth after Mariners sale

May 16, 2016

Nintendo eyes filmmaking for growth after Mariners sale

Video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth. Company spokesman Makoto Wakae said Monday details are undecided but the work might be a theater release or a DVD. Nintendo, which makes the Wii U home console and Nintendo 3DS hand-held ...

Apr 14, 2016

Intuition helps humans beat computers in thorny physics game

Computers may have us beat at chess and checkers, but new research suggests our brains still have an edge when it comes to solving certain tricky problems thanks to a very human trait: intuition. Scientists in Denmark have found that people who played a ...

Mar 24, 2016

New Sony unit to bring hit games to smartphones

Sony Corp. is looking to extend its lead in video games by pushing into smartphones with titles derived from its top-selling PlayStation consoles. The electronics and entertainment conglomerate is creating a new unit called ForwardWorks Corp. that will develop and sell applications and content ...

Mar 16, 2016

Fuji Media group to set up new game company in April

Fuji Media Holdings Inc. and Fuji Television Network Inc. said they will establish a new company on April 1 by spinning off the broadcaster’s game business unit. The move is a bid to take the upper hand in the game market, which is expected ...

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Mar 15, 2016

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Game not over? Human Go champion Lee Sedol says Google’s go-playing program AlphaGo is not yet superior to humans, despite its 4:1 victory in a match that ended Tuesday. The weeklong showdown between the South Korean Go grandmaster and Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence program ...

Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

Mar 13, 2016

Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

A Google computer’s stunning 3-0 victory in a Man-vs-Machine face-off over the ultimate board game highlights the need to keep Artificial Intelligence under human control, experts said Saturday. The partly self-taught AlphaGo program’s defeat of go grandmaster Lee Sedol showed AI was progressing faster ...