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Posts tagged “Video game industry”

December 8

Pioneer of video games, consoles, 'Simon' dies at 92

Ralph Baer Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

December 2

Premium Lock Epic Games unleashes two games: Fortnite for free, Infinity Blade on Xbox in China

Cary-based Epic is letting gamers play Fortnite on PC and Infinity Blade on Xbox One, ending a new game drought stretching back three years. John Gaudiosi has the details for WRAL TechWire Insiders.

October 27

Premium Lock Latest news on Apple Pay rejection, FCC spectrum, Golden Joysticks, Nest acquires Revolv, and the Queen Tweets

Bulldog In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: CVS and Rite Aid disable Apple Pay; FCC postpones spectrum auction to 2016; Dark Souls 2 wins Game of the Year at UK's Golden Joystick Awards; Google's Nest Acquires Smart Home Hub Startup Revolv; and the Queen of England sends her first royal tweet.

October 17

Premium Lock Epic Games tells violent game maker: Don't use our logo

Unreal Engine 4 "Grisly" video game Hatred included Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 logo in a video trailer and the Cary-based company quickly told Destructive Commons to remove it. The game maker complied, reports gaming website Polygon.

October 14

Premium Lock Can it really be real? Augmented reality melds work, play

Augmented reality isn't new. But it's hitting the mainstream thanks to the rising popularity of wearable technology like fitness trackers, smart watches and glasses. GPS tracking, sensors and camera technology on mobile devices are finally strong enough and widely available. Video gamers are an obvious target group for use, but businesses too are finding that combining wearables with augmented reality could solve practical problems.

Seeing the real, unreal Seeing the real, unreal

October 14

Premium Lock Is video game media corrupt? Inside the #GamerGate debate

video games Blake Collins, the CEO of online publishing startup PencilBlue, tackles the issue of alleged corruption in the video game media and the on-going debate sparked by the #GamersGate movement. Critics are "so intent on protecting their cash cow that, in an attempt to squash the movement, they've negated any shred of journalistic integrity they might have had," he writes at ExitEvent.

October 13

Premium Lock Epic unleashes Unreal 4 game engine free for educational use

Epic Games is partnering with academia to spread the reach of its latest game engine technology, Unreal Engine 4. Unreal is already one of the world's most popular game creation technologies, used by companies worldwide and across multiple platforms. WRAL TechWire Insider John Gauidosi reports in an exclusive interview with Unreal's general manager.

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October 1

Premium Lock Hackers plead guilty in $100M hit on Epic Games, U.S. Army, other game firms

Epic Games' "Gears of War 3" was hacked by a team of hackers known as the "Xbox Underground" and so were other firms as well as the U.S. Army, and two men pleaded guilty in the case on Tuesday.

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September 22

Premium Lock  Epic's Infinity Blade the game is over - but now comes the movie

Epic Games was never able to bring its mega-selling hit "Gears of War" to the big screen, but the story may have a happier ending for its Infinity Blade. The series, developed for mobile devices to run on Apple's iOS, has sold more than 50 million copies. The game itself is ending but there may be new life for it in Hollywood. John Gaudiosi has the exclusive details for WRAL TechWire Insiders.

Beasts soar and roar across "Infinity Blade III" Beasts soar and roar across "Infinity Blade III"

Updated September 15

Premium Lock For Microsoft, 'Minecraft' is more platform than a game

Microsoft Corporation Microsoft's purchase of "Minecraft" maker Mojang shows its commitment to building up its cross-platform appeal and evangelizes a device-and-platform-agnostic strategy for the company, according to Technology Business Research.

September 15

Premium Lock Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5B

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang in a deal expected to close later this year.

Microsoft and Minecraft Microsoft and Minecraft

September 15

Premium Lock Latest news on Microsoft and Minecraft, Twitch, iPhone delays, digital wellness and cloud security

Bulldog In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: Microsoft to purchase the makers of Minecraft on Monday; New malware spreads over Twitch chat, targets Steam accounts; Larger Apple iPhones shipments delayed amid record orders; Health pros left wondering if Apple Watch can move the dial on wellness; and Why cloud security is something businesses must take into their own hands.

September 15

Premium Lock Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

video games Authorities say the hoax know as "swatting" that initially targeted celebrities has now become a way for players of combat-themed video games to retaliate against opponents while thousands of spectators watch.

Updated September 12

Premium Lock Inside the rise of the Triangle's gaming industry: The Vicious view

Eric Peterson, president and CEO of Vicious Cycle Software, can talk about the rise of the Triangle's video game industry with authority. After all, he has been involved in game involvement dating back the better part of two decades in Chapel Hill and elsewhere, from the days of Hasbro Interactive (formerly MicroProse) and since 1999 at Vicious, which now has new owners. In the second installment of an exclusive two-part interview with WRAL TechWire's John Gaudiosi, Peterson talks about the Triangle's gaming evolution plus the pressure of working with Hollywood.

Madagascar 3, developed by a Vicious Cycle division Madagascar 3, developed by a Vicious Cycle division

Updated September 12

Premium Lock Under new owners, Vicious Cycle Software to stay in Triangle, grow operations

With deep roots in the Triangle dating back to Hasbro Interactive and MicroProse Software, video game company Vicious Cycle Software has new owners in Silicon Valley. But the company plans to stay in Morrisville, its founder and CEO tells WRAL TechWire Insider John Gaudiosi in an exclusive two-part interview for our subscribers.

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Updated September 8

Premium Lock Tilt? Not at all: Tilt Expo shows promise of Triangle's gaming culture

So the elephant in the room is that the Tilt Expo, a mash-up of video gaming, table gaming, electronic music, and a celebration of the culture that surrounds it, is in a rebuilding stage. But the weekend-long mashup of music and gaming shows considerable promise with a strong program, an appeal to women and kids, plus an embrace of casual games. WRAL TechWire Insider Joe Procopio offers our subscribers his exclusive analysis.

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Updated September 4

Premium Lock Get the beat, electronic music style, at Tilt Music Festival in Bull City

I confess with pride that I'm a seasoned citizen - just turned 61, actually. But I still love rock 'n roll. However, EDM isn't on my iPod. Maybe that will change after the Tilt Music Festival and Tilt Expo starting tonight in Durham.

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August 28

Premium Lock Newest spectator sport? How about video games

video games Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros." But today there's Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, most of whom watch live and recorded footage of other people playing video games --in much the same way that football fans tune in to ESPN.

Updated August 27

Premium Lock Rock this way: Gamers love EDM, so Tilt Music Festival goes electronic

From The White Panda to Ashes of a Martyr, electronic dance music bands are hitting the stages in Durham for three nights for the Tilt Music Festival next week. Gamers will be gathering for the TiltExpo and they told organizers they prefer EDM. So be ready to be rocked in downtown Durham.

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August 26

Premium Lock With streaming deal, Amazon aims to be ESPN of video games    Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The ecommerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport.

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