Jan 4, 2015

10,000 seek job getting shot at with paintballs

Some 10,000 people from around the world have applied to be shot at as a paintball bullet tester, the British recruiter says. UKPaintball, which has over 60 paintballing venues in Britain, said it was stunned by the response to its search for a “human ...

Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

Dec 27, 2014

Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

by Stephanie Griffith

Microsoft’s online network for its Xbox game console was restored to nearly full service Friday after an allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hacker attack brought it and Sony’s PlayStation network down. The PlayStation network remained down, while Xbox’s service returned to all except three of ...

Kim Jong Un spoof game 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

Dec 20, 2014

Kim Jong Un spoof game 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea. In ...

Lego builds brick by brick in digital age

Nov 30, 2014

Lego builds brick by brick in digital age

Generations of children worldwide have grown up loving Lego and the popularity of tablets and video games will not change that, the company’s chief executive said in an interview. Joergen Vig Knudstorp said he believed that the plastic, multicolored bricks, whose name is an ...

Boy crowned youngest-ever U.S. chess grandmaster

Nov 28, 2014

Boy crowned youngest-ever U.S. chess grandmaster

Not many people can claim to have shattered a major American record at the age of 13 years, 10 months and 27 days. But chess prodigy Samuel Sevian can now do just that, after being crowned America’s youngest-ever grandmaster, easily besting the country’s previous ...

Oct 21, 2014

KDDI, Gree team up for smartphone games

Major mobile phone carrier KDDI Corp. and mobile game site operator Gree Inc. said Tuesday they have formed a business alliance to support Japanese and overseas game developers. Under the collaboration, the two companies plan to release a new game developed by Tokyo-based Trifort ...

Oct 1, 2014

Classic video game Tetris to be made into a movie

The classic video game Tetris, in which players slot a cascade of tumbling blocks together, is being turned into a science-fiction movie, the project’s developers said Tuesday. Tetris has been a mainstay of computer gaming since it was created 30 years ago, but the ...

Sep 10, 2014

Microsoft reportedly in $2 billion talks for 'Minecraft' maker

Microsoft is in talks to buy the Swedish company behind the wildly popular “Minecraft” video game in a deal valued at more than $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. The U.S. technology colossus and game maker Mojang AB were not commenting on ...

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Aug 30, 2014

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to “amiibo.” Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the “Pokemon” and “Legend of Zelda” leading men, ...

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 ...