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Gaming Tech Drives AR/VR Adoption In TV

Cutting-edge news technologists from The Weather Channel, CNN, Brainstorm and Planar are leading a vanguard of broadcasters into including augmented and virtual reality in their presentations. They told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that advances in video game technology are making that possible.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Netflix Confirms Move Into Video Games As Its Growth Slows

On Tuesday, Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. But it thinks it has an answer to that: Video games.

It’s-a Me, a $1.56 Million Copy Of Super Mario 64!

Netflix Plans To Offer Video Games In Expansion Beyond Films, TV

Scrounging For Hits, Hollywood Goes Back To The Video Game Well

After decades of game-to-film flops, a new effort, led by Sony, aims to adapt big PlayStation and Xbox franchises for movies and TV.

Facebook Acquires Another VR Game Studio

Support Grows For Unionizing Video Game Industry

Scopely Buys Disney’s FoxNext Games, Maker Of Marvel Strike Force

ESPN, ABC Pull ‘Apex Legends’ Esports Tournament Following Mass Shootings

Still No Link Between Video Games, Violence

“There are no longitudinal studies that show a link between violence and video games,” said Benjamin Burroughs, a professor of emerging media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “Certainly, there is no linkage to gun violence.” The theory persists in part because politicians on both sides of the aisle have taken it up as an easy target, since it lacks a powerful lobby like, say, the National Rifle Association.

Netflix Takes Baby Steps Into Video Gaming

Netflix is getting its toes wet with video games to expand beyond its roots. On Wednesday, Netflix announced that it would work with developer Next Games to create a third mobile game based on its hit series Stranger Things.That game, expected to be available in 2020, follows the debut of Stranger Things: The Game from 2017. Stranger Things 3: The Game also drops July 4, the same day the third season of the show premieres.

More Millennials Subscribe To Games Than Pay TV

More American millennials now subscribe to a video game service than to a traditional paid television service, according to a survey on Monday, as consumers favor new forms of entertainment that are shifting the broader media landscape.

Video Game Urges Players To Kill Journalists

Google Debuts Stadia Video Game Streaming Service

Activision To Lay Off 800 As Game Sales Drop

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history. The cutbacks announced Tuesday illustrate the boom-and-bust cycles in an industry whose fortunes are tied to video games that can have a […]

‘Fresh Prince’ Star Sues Video Games Maker Over His Dance

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K for using his famous dance on the popular video games. In separate lawsuits filed Monday in federal court, Ribeiro alleges that Fortnite-maker Epic Games and 2K Sports-creator Take-Two Interactive used his dance dubbed “The […]

Trump Meeting Video Game Execs, Critics

As the president searches for ways to respond to last month’s Florida school shooting, he was wading into this debate by bringing together representatives of the video game industry and some of their most vocal critics for a discussion Thursday at the White House.

Trump Reopens Video Game Violence Debate

President Donald Trump is reviving an old debate over whether violent video games can trigger violent behavior. There’s just one problem: Roughly two decades of research has repeatedly failed to uncover any such link.

Trump To Meet With Video Game Industry

President Trump has invited representatives of the video game industry to a meeting at the White House next week, days after he suggested a link between violent games and a recent spate of deadly school shootings including in Parkland, Fla.

SAG-AFTRA OKs Video Game Actor Agreement

SCOTUS Pases On Madden Video Game Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pass. That’s what the Supreme Court has decided to do with a copyright dispute case stemming from a classic football video game. The court said Monday it won’t take up the case involving John Madden Football. A computer programmer behind the original 1988 hit game for the Apple II computer wanted the […]

SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike Ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video-game voice actors have agreed to end a nearly yearlong strike against several major gaming publishers. The actors union SAG-AFTRA and a representative for the publishers said Monday they reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the strike. It calls for actors who work multiple sessions on games to receive […]

E3 Game Show Opens To Wider Audience

E3, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, opened Tuesday in Los Angeles. The show has typically only been open to those in the video game industry and media that cover it. But this year organizers allowed 15,000 members of the general public onto the show floor.

Video Game ‘Little Nightmares’ Coming To TV

20th Century Fox Expands Gaming With Aftershock

SAG-AFTRA On Strike Against Video Game Cos.

Battlefield Video Game To Be TV Series

Battlefield is getting the TV treatment. Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to the popular video game with the intent to develop a television series.

Journalism Harnessing Power Of Video Games

As digital technology allows more and more of our lives as consumers to be framed as play, scoring points or competing with others, news outlets of all kinds have been incorporating games into their strategies.

World Video Game Hall Of Fame Inducts First Classics

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE

Sony To Launch Virtual-Reality Headset In ’16

The gaming and electronics company announced Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference that its VR system nicknamed Project Morpheus will debut in the first half of 2016. Sony Corp. originally unveiled a prototype of the headset at last year’s gathering of video game developers. The headset works in tandem with Sony’s PlayStation 4 console and camera by covering users’ vision and simulating virtual worlds on screen.

Museum To Create Video Game Hall Of Fame

Home Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer Dies At 92

Superfan Recreates ‘Friends’ For ‘The Sims 4’

Amazon Buys Live Gamer Twitch For $970M

As video gaming grows into an online spectator sport, gameplay video feeds are becoming increasingly lucrative. Twitch had 55 million unique visitors in July, most of whom went to the Twitch.tv website to watch other people play games — competitions interspersed with advertising. “Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Vivendi To Sell Activision Stake Worth $850M

Vivendi SA, once the controlling shareholder in video-game maker Activision Blizzard Inc., is selling half of its remaining stake in an offering valued at more than $850 million.

Ouya Looks To Crack Game Console Market

NEW YORK (AP) — Ouya, maker of a bite-sized game console that runs Google’s Android operating system, wants to take a bite out the video game triumvirate of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The console, which went on sale Tuesday for $100, lets players try games for free before buying them, a selling point Ouya (pronounced […]

Sony Takes Aim At Microsoft With PlayStation 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony broke out the heavy ammunition Monday against Microsoft, announcing its forthcoming PlayStation 4 will cost $399 — $100 less than the competing Xbox One. “The gaming landscape is changing with new business models and new ways to play,” said Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. The price […]

Syfy Bets $105M On TV Series And Video Game

Nintendo’s New Wii Wants To Be TV Hub

Nintendo Co’s Wii U, packed with innovative TV and video features, will hit U.S. store shelves on Nov. 18 as it plays catch-up with Microsoft and Sony and aims to lure gamers back from the Internet and mobile devices.

YouTube Video Game Ch. Aims For Next Level

Machinima has the fourth-highest number of subscribers on the video website and is reaching beyond its roots into live-action programming. It’s catching the attention of advertisers and Wall Street.