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 ...

Puzzle game 'Candy Crush' tempts investors

Feb 21, 2014

Puzzle game 'Candy Crush' tempts investors

“Candy Crush” is out to tempt investors with the sweet taste of success while avoiding the sourness left in the mouths of those who bit into social game maker Zynga. King Digital Entertainment, the developer behind the wildly addictive puzzle game, said this week ...

Hooked players drive mobile game explosion

Feb 21, 2014

Hooked players drive mobile game explosion

Fanatical players forking out money to get ahead in games such as “Candy Crush Saga” or “Angry Birds” are driving explosive growth in the multibillion-dollar mobile gaming business. Once hooked on free-to-download smartphone and tablet games, millions of not-so-brilliant or simply impatient gamers are ...

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

Jan 21, 2014

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

by Takashi Amano and Mariko Yasu

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata, who tripled revenue by introducing hits like the Wii console, is coming under fire from investors and analysts after the company’s latest game machine flopped. Though Iwata had vowed to deliver ¥100 billion in operating profit this fiscal year, ...

U.S., British spy agencies snooping on virtual worlds, online games

Dec 10, 2013

U.S., British spy agencies snooping on virtual worlds, online games

American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world’s most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as “World of Warcraft.” Stories carried ...

Outside-the-box innovations seen in next generation of video games

Nov 11, 2013

Outside-the-box innovations seen in next generation of video games

The next generation of gaming is nearly here, but what about the generation after that one? Sony and Microsoft are launching their new superpowered consoles in the coming weeks. However, gamemakers at last week’s Game Developers Conference Next in Los Angeles were already contemplating ...