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Drone Racing: ESPN’s Newest Televised Sport

September 19th, 2016 at 6:17 am » Comments Off

  First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports. Now ESPN is betting that speeding drones will be the next noncontact “sport” to find a mass audience. The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN […]

Foosball Robot Will Kick Your Ass

August 30th, 2016 at 6:43 am » Comments Off

As we steadily march toward our own obsolescence by designing machines that are better than us at everything from surgery to driving Uber taxis, humans have had to take solace in the fact that, while the robo-apocalypse may be immanent, at least our robotic overlords would never be able to beat us at foosball.

Facebook launching PC gaming platform

August 29th, 2016 at 6:06 am » Comments Off

Facebook’s gaming aspirations didn’t stop with Farmville and its $2 billion Oculus VR acquisition. Nope, the social network is also launching a dedicated PC gaming platform today. Said platform will lean heavily on developers using the ubiquitous Unity game engine, according to a release from the company. The partnership’s first project is admittedly developer-centric, but […]

Using Games to Further Quantum Computing

April 19th, 2016 at 1:57 pm » Comments Off

There is a battle raging between human and machine. Even though machine consciousness is still a long way away, computed algorithms are making choices that once needed human input. Recently Google’s AlphaGo algorithm beat a professional player in the game Go. An achievement that demonstrates the speed and development of machine capabilities. However, there is […]

Crazy examples of virtual reality possibilities

March 26th, 2016 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Sony made a big virtual splash recently. The company finally said that its PlayStation VR virtual reality headset will debut in October. Sony now joins several other big tech companies like Facebook, HTC, and Samsung that see virtual reality as a radical new form of entertainment that will forever change how people watch movies, play games, and socialize […]

Top 20 countries that make up most of the $91.5B global gaming business

October 22nd, 2015 at 7:57 pm » Comments Off

Only a fraction of the countries in the world make up the bulk of the tons of money spent on video games. The top 20 nations alone will spend $83 billion on video games by the end of 2015, according to intelligence firm Newzoo. NOTE: For people interested in entering the fast-moving field of game design, DaVinci Coders […]

New video game features create a placebo effect

October 21st, 2015 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Whether it’s the new iPhone, a Blu-ray movie with deleted scenes or a simple firmware update people are obsessed with the new and improved, and according to researchers at the University of York, there’s a good reason: New features can create a placebo effect for an experience feeling more fun and immersive.

Pro gamer on the difference between playing in the US and Korea

May 21st, 2015 at 5:09 pm » Comments Off

Professional gaming has yet to break through to mainstream American culture, despite its online popularity.  It has a tiny fan base compared to sports like football or basketball.  In the mecca of pro gaming – Korea - it’s a totally different story.  

By 2018 mobile gaming will be a $45B market

May 12th, 2015 at 1:51 pm » Comments Off

With the smartphone continuing to take over the world, mobile gaming will outpace the rest of the industry.  

Five ways e-sports are like other sports

May 11th, 2015 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

ESPN caused a little controversy over it’s decision to air its first e-sports tournament, a.k.a, people playing video games professionally — on ESPN 2 earlier this month.  

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