Indonesia's presidential palace bans playing of 'Pokemon Go'

Jul 20, 2016

Indonesia's presidential palace bans playing of 'Pokemon Go'

Indonesian officials have banned the playing of “Pokemon Go” from the presidential palace. Hastily printed warnings that say “Playing or hunting Pokemon prohibited in the palace area” were put up around the palace complex in Jakarta on Wednesday. “This is the office of the ...

Console makers banking on virtual reality

| Jul 20, 2016

Console makers banking on virtual reality

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Gaming console maker Sony Corp. is betting big on virtual reality, with a new headset and a slew of games set for release later this year, while rival Microsoft Corp. is also developing its own hardware to make use of the immersive technology. Shawn ...

Video games may become China's best cultural export

Jul 6, 2016

Video games may become China's best cultural export

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When Chinese internet giant Tencent acquired the Finnish video game developer Supercell last month for $8.6 billion, it became the world’s dominant publisher and distributor in the $100 billion gaming market. It was a blockbuster deal: No other Chinese entertainment company in any field ...

Apr 27, 2016

Nintendo's net profit drops 61% in FY 2015 as stronger yen bites

Nintendo Co. said Wednesday its group net profit fell 60.6 percent in the 2015 business year ended last month to ¥16.51 billion ($139.5 million), bruised by the yen’s appreciation against major currencies and languid portable game sales. With nearly three-quarters of the video game ...

Nintendo finds a hit with its new social app, Miitomo

Mar 18, 2016

Nintendo finds a hit with its new social app, Miitomo

Nintendo Co.’s foray into smartphones is off to a good start. Miitomo, a free messaging-based application, reached No. 1 among social-networking apps in Japan on Apple Inc.’s iOS devices on the day of its release, market researcher App Annie said Friday. Line, the country’s ...

PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Mar 16, 2016

PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Sony plans to make virtual reality — long the stuff of films set in the distant future — mainstream with the October release of PlayStation VR headgear priced at $399 (about ¥45,000). “Virtual reality represents a new frontier for gaming, one that will forever ...