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The video game industry is growing 4 times faster than the U.S. economy

November 25th, 2014 at 6:04 pm » Comments Off

An Electronic Arts employee works on a character for “MySims.” The U.S. economy is on the upswing. Unemployment is down to 5.8 percent, and we’re adding hundreds of thousands of new jobs every months — and the video game industry is partially responsible for that.    



Good storytelling – why your brain loves it

November 13th, 2014 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Paul J. Zak: It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat.  I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity […]



You can now watch a full length 3D movie on Oculus Rift

November 13th, 2014 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

Users can download the Zachary Quinto-produced film, Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition. The virtual reality device, Oculus Rift made it’s debut more than two years ago. Possibilities of what the device can do remain exciting, so far the reality has been less thrilling. But today the technology is taking a big step: A full-length 3-D movie that you can […]



40,000 fans pack South Korean stadium to watch people play video games

November 2nd, 2014 at 8:06 am » Comments Off

League of Legends World Championship match. At South Korea’s World Cup Stadium in October, drums thundered, pyrotechnics exploded and fans banged red and white thundersticks for a world championship title worth a cool $1 million. (Video)    



Huge 43% growth in online video watching in one year

October 31st, 2014 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

People on the Internet watched 38.2 billion free videos online in the second quarter of 2014. A new report from Adobe has found that we are wasting more time than ever watching video, and we are increasingly doing it online. What’s more, “online” no longer means “on a computer” — it increasingly means on a […]



Video gamers speak out against sexual harassment

October 31st, 2014 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Adult women are playing video games in greater numbers than ever. Heather Knight thought she had found a like-minded community when she joined her first formal gaming group. The last thing she expected was what came next: unwanted, sexually harassing messages from her fellow players.    



RoomAlive can turn any space into a holodeck

October 14th, 2014 at 2:04 pm » Comments Off

RoomAlive Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom last year. Illumiroom used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel, RoomAlive. The new system can turn every surface in a room–from the floor to the couch cushions to your own skin–into a glowing screen that reacts to your movement. It’s as […]



Views for the top 100 YouTube channels have grown by 80.5% in the past year

September 7th, 2014 at 8:37 am » Comments Off

YouTube’s  biggest star PewDiePie’s gaming videos were watched 439m times in July 2014 alone. There are more than 1 billion viewers a month on YouTube. They watch 6bn hours of video, with nearly 40% of it watched on mobile devices. Its top channels are taking advantage.    



Robots replace cheering fans at Korean baseball games

August 1st, 2014 at 8:45 am » Comments Off

The creators hope the robots can lead chants by real fans too. A struggling Korean baseball team, the Hanwha Eagles, have invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches – by bringing in a crowd of robot fans.    



Two-thirds of all televised Shark Tank deals fall apart

July 18th, 2014 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Shark Tank Monday was the first of three open calls for contestants on ABC’s Shark Tank, the investing reality show in which entrepreneurs make live pitches for funding before a panel of angel investors. Shark Tank is entering its sixth season, the show attracts more than 7 million viewers each week, placing it among the 10 most popular […]



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