The Swapper, a sci-fi puzzle video game, has you, and your clones, trying to find out what happened to a derelict space station. You start seeing those clones as more than just drones. Are they me? Are they alive? What happens when they disappear? Or when they die?
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As video games become more mainstream, some social action organizations are using them to raise awareness or raise funds. They advocate for a range of causes, from the struggles of women in the developing world to the effects of power in Congress.
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In the "dystopian document thriller," you are an immigration agent on the border of the fictional nation of Arstotzka. Will you follow the rules? Or will you aid those fighting against the establishment?
TURNSTYLEAmong gamers, there's a great schism between the casual players who poke away at their cellphones and hard-core devotees who pound at controllers and keyboards for hours at a time. Game makers are trying hard to target both thriving groups.
Cars in video games are becoming more and more realistic, but it's not just that games are trying to simulate the car world. Carmakers also want the gaming world's clientele.
Trip Hawkins founded Electronic Arts, the company behind the Madden NFL video game. His latest venture is heading in a very different direction: using the advances in gaming technology to teach children emotional intelligence.
Video games are increasingly seen as a deep, artistic medium, as much as a form of entertainment. But behind the big-budget behemoths of the video game industry sits the growing and expanding market of independent video games. These are games created by small teams and even solo developers.
TURNSTYLEFifteen years ago, pocket-sized characters known as Pokemon arrived on American shores from Japan. The cute creatures were suddenly everywhere: television, video games, card games and a movie. But few people imagined that in 2013, the franchise would still be going strong.
New basketball video games are touting their high-tech graphics, but the realistic play experience extends to the ear as well. The games feature action-packed commentary from famous TV announcers with dialogue for every situation. The more spontaneous it sounds, the better.
Coming up on All Tech this week: how video gaming can compel real-life action, the return of old favorites, and the latest innovations in the world of gaming. And, of course, we've started a new Tumblr to go with it.
More than seven years since their previous releases, Sony and Microsoft are debuting new versions of their popular game consoles — PlayStation and Xbox. Hard-core gamers are excited, but once that initial rush is over, Sony and Microsoft will have to work a lot harder to expand beyond that market.
Some parents say their children are addicted to video games, but it's no accident that kids can get lost in them. Game developers are studying gamers' actions as they play in order to make the games more compelling — and lucrative.
The organization is pushing to have war-themed games adhere to the Geneva Convention — at least to its main principles. Spokesman Bernard Barrett says the goal is to implement consequences for things like shooting civilians and torture.
A Texas teen who made a Facebook comment about "shooting up a school full of kids" is in jail on a felony charge for making terroristic threats. "These people are serious. They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made," says the teen's father.