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 ...

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 ...