Feb 4, 2016

Meet the man who's making virtual reality feel more real

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As a student at the University of Bristol, Tom Carter became obsessed with a seemingly impossible notion: letting people feel and manipulate virtual objects. A professor turned him on to an esoteric concept — using ultrasound to simulate tactile sensations — that was floated ...

Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

Jan 28, 2016

Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

In a milestone for artificial intelligence, a computer has beaten a human champion at a strategy game that requires “intuition” rather than brute processing power to prevail, its makers said Wednesday. Dubbed Alphago, the system honed its own skills through a process of trial ...

Jan 15, 2016

Nintendo's Iwata honored for work on video games

Satoru Iwata, the late president of Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co., has won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 19th annual Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (D.I.C.E.) Awards, according to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. The awards are seen as the Oscars ...

Video game centers becoming social hubs for Japan's elderly

Dec 29, 2015

Video game centers becoming social hubs for Japan's elderly

In contrast to their heyday, video game arcades in cities are turning into social hubs for the nation’s elderly, replacing traditional community centers and day care facilities. Experts say the trend reflects the fact that elderly people are increasingly bored with activities at traditional ...

Nov 26, 2015

PlayStation 4 console sales top 30 million

Sony PlayStation 4 video game consoles have sold at a furious pace, topping 30 million units worldwide, the manufacturer said. PS4 has seen the fastest and strongest adoption since the first generation of the video game console was introduced in late 1994, according to ...

Good things come in threes

| Sep 26, 2015

Good things come in threes

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Veni, vidi — Vita! While there have been reports that the PS Vita handheld may be struggling overseas, in Japan it is still going strong — and there’s been a steady stream of new Japanese-developed games to prove it, including “Tokyo Xanadu” from studio ...

Nintendo names new president after Iwata death

Sep 14, 2015

Nintendo names new president after Iwata death

Nintendo has named a long-serving executive as president following the death in July of Satoru Iwata. Nintendo Co. said Monday that a board meeting decided to appoint Tatsumi Kimishima, 65, as president to strengthen management of the video game maker. A new title of ...

Nintendo celebrates 30th anniversary of Super Mario

Sep 13, 2015

Nintendo celebrates 30th anniversary of Super Mario

Nintendo on Sunday celebrated the 30th anniversary of Super Mario, one of the best-known characters in video game history, at an event where artists performed his theme music for fans dressed as the hyperactive plumber. Super Mario series creator Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage ...

Aug 30, 2015

Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100,000

A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months. The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games, ...