Items tagged with Video Games

Somewhere between Babe and Elon Musk’s Neuralink experiments are pigs playing video games for science. Though it may sound bizarre, researchers Candace Croney and Sarah Boysen wanted to better understand the cognitive ability of pigs, through training and manipulating a joystick-operated video game task. This training and subsequent research Read more...
2020 was a weird year. A pandemic changed the way we do many things, and it heavily impacted the entertainment world. This does not include the video games market, though, which seemed to be reasonably healthy in 2020. Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group tweeted out charts showing how much was spent on video games... Read more...
Over the years, several studies have linked violent video games to violent behaviors in real life. However, those studies have been a pain in the side of ordinary people who understand the studies are a bunch of hogwash. A new ten-year-long study has come out, explaining that violent video games do not cause kids to... Read more...
While anyone could say a good movie, book, or video game made them feel emotional, scientists did not understand why until now. A research team at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, found that emotions result from the synchronization of several neural systems throughout the brain. They found this out by analyzing... Read more...
There are currently several AI tools whose purpose is to create more life-like images. The most recent addition is PULSE (Photo Upsampling via Latent Space Exploration), an AI-infused application that can transform low-resolution pixelated images into high-resolution images. The creators of PULSE’s mainly focused on... Read more...
April Fools’ Day is here and this year we could all especially use a laugh. Some companies like Google are not participating in April Fools’ Day, but there are still plenty of pranks to be found in video games. Here are some of the best 2020 April Fools’ Day tricks that are floating around a few of our favorite video... Read more...
Some video games are just better with a friend. However, gaming can quickly become frustrating and still isolating if you and your good friends play on different platforms. Thankfully there are plenty of games that feature cross-play for inter-platform gaming fun. Here are some of the best video games that can be... Read more...
Many of us are spending more time indoors than usual this season and some are taking the opportunity to revisit a few favorite video games. While it is fun to be able to replay or delve deeper into the video games that you already own, sometimes you simply crave some new content. If you find that you are a little... Read more...
The devs behind the incredibly popular game, Minecraft, have announced bad news about a long-anticipated update for the game. The Super Duper Graphics Pack that was promised years ago has been canceled. The first we heard of Super Duper was during E3 2017, and in November of 2017, the devs promised that Super Duper... Read more...
The video game industry is absolutely massive and is outpacing even Hollywood when it comes to generating money. The video game industry racked up $43.4 billion in revenue in 2018 and it may surprise you to learn that the average gamer in the U.S. isn't a teen. The average gamer is 33 years old and plays mostly on... Read more...
Each year a new round of video games are inducted into The Strong's World Video Game Hall of Fame, and this year four new titles were added. Most of the newly inducted titles are popular enough that people will be familiar with them. One of the titles has come on every Windows computer since 1991 and that game is... Read more...
It seems that everyone wants in on the game streaming market of late. Reports have indicated that Verizon wants into the game streaming segment, as does Amazon. Start-ups like VectorDash have announced game streaming services that leverage unused GPU power from crypto-mining rigs recently as well. And of course Google... Read more...
Amazon isn't getting high marks from gamers for its latest policy decision relating to Prime members. The company sent out emails earlier today to Prime members letting them know that the 20 percent video game pre-order discount is ending.  Given that we're all gamers around here and that it's a high chance that you... Read more...
If you're into extremely rare Japanese video games, we may have a real treat for you courtesy of a unveiled stash. A folder full of roughly 70 ROMs (weighing in a 67GB in size) was uploaded to a private forum earlier this year, but eventually made its way into the public domain. It should be noted that the games in... Read more...
PUBG gamers that are good enough to get an invite to this summer's invitational tournament have the chance to duke it out for a prize pool worth $2 million. PUBG Corp. will be sending out invites to twenty top teams from all around the world who will gather in Berlin, Germany from July 25 through July 29 for the... Read more...
PUBG fans who enjoyed playing the Codename: Savage map on the Closed Experimental Server the last time it was available have another opportunity to play the new map. Savage launched again on the experimental server last night at 9 PM ET. The map will be available to play until Wednesday, April 18. Just as before you will need a beta key to Read more...
The weekend is nearly here and if you have nothing planned or winter is still holding on in your area as it is in mine, perhaps the best weekend is spent indoors playing some sweet games. The good news is that Steam is having a massive sale right now and it has some awesome games that you can pick up for bargain basement prices. My favorite Read more...
Blizzard has announced that it is rolling out a new tool for Overwatch players that will allow them to avoid people that make their gameplay experience less than ideal. This less than ideal gameplay can be because the player and you clash and don’t communicate well, or perhaps the player doesn’t meet your expectations... Read more...
One of the most popular game franchises to ever grace the PC was Half-Life, which hailed from Valve. Fans have wanted to delve back into the world of Gordon Freeman for many years now, and have all but given up any hope of Half-Life 3. The flames of hope for Half-Life 3 are starting to be stoked again with Valve's... Read more...
A new poll has been published by UMass Lowell-Washington Post that looked at the popularity of competitive gaming among young adults in the 14 to 21-year-old age range. The poll has found that among that group, e-sports are about as big and popular as football. A full 40% of people who fall into that age group says... Read more...
We all know how it is, you roll into GameStop to pick up a used game, get it home, and find out that you don’t like it. Unfortunately, that’s just money down the drain. Or you get the game home and beat it in short order and need something new to play. GameStop has a new program set to launch in November that might... Read more...
Earlier this month we talked about the folks working to organize the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games wanting to add eSports games. Ratings for the Olympics have been on the decline as it appears fewer people care to watch most of the sports that the games highlight each year. This led the Paris Olympics committee to... Read more...
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